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Russian spy sub crew prevented nuclear accident at cost of their lives
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Enlarge / ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JULY 6, 2019: A Russian Navy officer by a grave during a funeral of the 14 Russian Navy officers killed by the July 1 fire on a deep-water research submersible in the Barents Sea, at the Serafimovskoye cemetery. (credit: Valentin Yegorshin/TASS/Getty Images) On July 1, 14 Russian sailors—most of […]

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How to watch NASA's critical safety test of the Orion crew capsule     – CNET
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The Orion module is set to take astronauts to the moon in 2024 but first needs to pass a test of its emergency abort system.

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Star Wars: The Phantom Menace cast and crew reunited ahead of 20th anniversary     – CNET
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Ahmed Best, Ian McDiarmid, Ray Park, Anthony Daniels and Warwick Davis joined crew members from 1999’s Episode 1 at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft had an anomaly during tests Saturday
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Four pairs of SuperDraco engines power the Crew Dragon spacecraft’s escape system. [credit: SpaceX ] Following a successful demonstration mission of its Crew Dragon spacecraft in March, SpaceX has been preparing that vehicle for a critical launch abort test this summer. During this upcoming test flight, the Dragon will launch from Florida on a Falcon […]

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SpaceX completes a historic mission, crew flight possible later in 2019
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Enlarge / All four parachutes opened as intended, bringing Dragon to a soft landing in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday. (credit: NASA TV) After a six-day mission in orbit, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule returned to Earth on Friday morning and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean. The landing, at 8:45am ET, came right on schedule, as […]

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NASA, SpaceX look ready to finally launch Crew Dragon capsule to ISS     – CNET
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NASA just dropped some enticing new details about the much anticipated and much delayed test flight.

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NASA and SpaceX reschedule the first crew capsule test flight
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We're a few weeks away from the first uncrewed Demo-1 flight test to the Space Station, but NASA and SpaceX have pushed the mission back slightly. According to a post from the Commercial Crew Program, switching the date back ten days from January 7th…

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Boeing shifts schedule for Starliner, calls 2019 crew launch “realistic”
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Enlarge / An artist’s view of the Starliner spacecraft en route to the International Space Station. (credit: Boeing) On Wednesday, Boeing’s John Mulholland, who manages the company’s commercial crew program, provided an update on Boeing’s development of its Starliner spacecraft. And, as was widely expected, the company moved its schedule to the right. Now, instead […]

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Internally, NASA believes Boeing ahead of SpaceX in commercial crew
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Enlarge / An artist’s view of the Starliner spacecraft en route to the International Space Station. (credit: Boeing) One of the biggest rivalries in the modern aerospace industry is between Boeing and SpaceX. Despite their radically different cultures, the aerospace giant and the smaller upstart compete for many different kinds of contracts, and perhaps nowhere […]

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