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WATCH LIVE: STARLINK MISSION

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SpaceX is targeting Tuesday, March 9 for launch of 60¬†Starlink¬†satellites from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The instantaneous window is at 9:58 p.m. EST, or 2:58 UTC on March 10. The Falcon 9 first stage rocket booster supporting this mission previously supported launch of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to…

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Moment in History: Valerie L. Thomas (video)

  Valerie L. Thomas¬†(born February 8, 1943) is an American scientist and inventor. Thomas was interested in science as a child, after observing her father tinkering with the television and seeing the mechanical parts inside. Thomas did not have a lot of support as a young child; her parents did not fight for her right to study a STEM curriculum,…

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Vice President Kamala Harris Calls NASA Astronaut Victor Glover

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  In celebration of Black History Month, NASA astronaut Victor Glover welcomed Vice President Kamala Harris to the International Space Station for a virtual chat.   In the video recorded Feb. 24 and shared Saturday, the conversation ranged from the legacy of human spaceflight to observing Earth from the vantage of the space station, Glover‚Äôs history-making stay aboard the orbiting…

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NASA Celebrates ‚ÄėHidden Figure‚Äô Mary W. Jackson With Building Naming Ceremony

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On Friday, NASA celebrated the agency‚Äôs first African American female engineer, Mary W. Jackson, with a ceremony formally naming the agency‚Äôs headquarters building in Washington in her honor.   Jackson began working at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) ‚Äď the forerunner of NASA ‚Äď in April 1951. From her initial role as a ‚Äúhuman computer‚ÄĚ within the segregated…

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Moments in History: Lawrence Douglas Wilder

  ¬† Lawrence Douglas Wilder¬†(born January 17, 1931) is an American lawyer and politician who served as the¬†66th Governor of Virginia¬†from 1990 to 1994. He was the¬†first African-American¬†to serve as governor of a¬†U.S. state¬†since the¬†Reconstruction era, and the first elected African-American governor.[a] Born in¬†Richmond, Virginia, Wilder graduated from¬†Virginia Union University¬†and served in the¬†United States Army¬†during the¬†Korean War. He established a…

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FDA Statement on Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting

The following is attributed to Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. and Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA‚Äôs Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Following today‚Äôs positive advisory committee meeting outcome regarding the Janssen Biotech Inc. COVID-19 Vaccine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has informed the sponsor that it will rapidly work toward finalization and issuance of an…

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover Gives High-Definition Panoramic View of Landing Site

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  NASA‚Äôs Mars 2020 Perseverance rover got its first high-definition look around its new home in Jezero Crater on Feb. 21, after rotating its mast, or ‚Äúhead,‚ÄĚ 360 degrees, allowing the rover‚Äôs Mastcam-Z instrument to capture its first panorama after touching down on the Red Planet on Feb 18. It was the rover‚Äôs second panorama ever, as the rover‚Äôs Navigation…

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NASA Takes Steps to Reduce Aviation Emissions, Invigorate US Economy

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  NASA is seeking proposals for ground and flight demonstrations of integrated megawatt-class powertrain systems for subsonic aircraft. The deadline for proposals for this solicitation is 5 p.m. EST April 20. The demonstrations will help rapidly mature and transition integrated Electrified Aircraft Propulsion (EAP) technologies and associated EAP vision systems for introduction into the global fleet by 2035. Integrated EAP…

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NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Provides Front-Row Seat to Landing, First Audio Recording of Red Planet

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New video from NASA‚Äôs Mars 2020 Perseverance rover chronicles major milestones during the final minutes of its entry, descent, and landing (EDL) on the Red Planet on Feb. 18 as the spacecraft plummeted, parachuted, and rocketed toward the surface of Mars. A microphone on the rover also has provided the first audio recording of sounds from Mars. From the moment…

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Touchdown! NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Safely Lands on Red Planet

  The largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world touched down on Mars Thursday, after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles (472 million kilometers). Confirmation of the successful touchdown was announced in mission control at NASA‚Äôs Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California at 3:55¬†p.m. EST (12:55¬†p.m. PST).   Packed with groundbreaking technology, the Mars 2020 mission…

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