Exploration News - 14 October 2011

14 October 2011
Caltech Event Marks 75th Anniversary of JPL Rocket Tests
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13 October 2011
NASA review clears way for manned Soyuz flights
A top NASA official told Congress on Wednesday an independent engineering team agrees with Russia's findings in an investigation into a failure of a Soyuz rocket's third stage in August, affirming plans to resume crewed flights to the International Space Station in November.
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Exploration News - 02 October 2011

02 October 2011
100 Year Starship Public Symposium Focuses Attention on Future Scientific Challenges
The 100 Year Starship Public Symposium wrapped up today in Orlando, Florida. The event promoted a compelling dialog among academia, business, the public and government about issues related to long term, long distance exploration. The event was convened with the intent that the knowledge gained would be directly relevant to the Department of Defense (DoD).
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30 September 2011
NASA Cannot Launch 2016 ExoMars Orbiter
The heads of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are scheduled to meet the week of Oct. 3 to determine how much further to reduce their already slimmed-down cooperative mission to Mars following NASA’s latest round of program cuts, a senior ESA official said Sept. 30.  NASA officials have told their ESA colleagues in recent weeks that the U.S. agency cannot provide an Atlas 5 rocket as was planned to launch Europe’s Mars telecommunications relay and an atmospheric-descent and landing module. The decision likely will force a cancellation of the 2016 launch if ESA cannot secure a Proton rocket from Russia as part of a barter effort that has not been negotiated, Thomas Passvogel said in an interview.
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Exploration News - 16 September 2011

15 September 2011
Virgin aims for first space launch within 12 months
British business magnate Richard Branson hopes to launch a vessel into space within the next 12 months, kicking off an era of commercial space travel. "The mother ship is finished... The rocket tests are going extremely well, and so I think that we're now on track for a launch within 12 months of today," he told CNN's Piers Morgan late Wednesday.
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Exploration News - 22 August 2011

22 August 2011
Launch Date for Tiangong 1 docking target very likely on 30 August
Following observation of media reports, space analyst Chen Lan said on its relaunched website "Go-Taikonauts!" that the launch for the Tiangong mini laboratory might be scheduled for 30 August.
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Exploration News - 04 September 2011

02 September 2011
NASA Needs Strategic Plan to Manage Orbital Debris Efforts
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Exploration News - 11 August 2011

11 August 2011
Astrium ships ATV “Edoardo Amaldi”
“Edoardo Amaldi”, the third European cargo spacecraft for the International Space Station (ISS), left Bremen on Thursday and is on its way to the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
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