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Colorado-designed Capstone satellite breaks from orbit around Earth, heads to moon

By Nick Perry, The Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A satellite the size of a microwave oven successfully broke free from its orbit around Earth on Monday and is headed toward the moon, the latest step in NASA’s plan to land astronauts on the lunar surface again. It’s been an unusual journey already for […]

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Colorado-based flight controllers send NASA spacecraft on 2-year trip back to earth with rubble from an asteroid

By Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With rubble from an asteroid tucked inside, a NASA spacecraft fired its engines and began the long journey back to Earth on Monday, leaving the ancient space rock in its rearview mirror. The trip home for the robotic prospector, Osiris-Rex, will take two years. Osiris-Rex […]

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Colorado’s Sierra Nevada plans to develop commercial space station and serve space tourists

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems division has spent years developing habitats for life in Earth’s orbit and the vehicle to get people there. On Wednesday, the aerospace contractor announced plans to put the two together and build a space station.  Sierra Nevada’s station will be a commercial successor to NASA’s soon-to-be retired International Space Station. […]

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Colorado’s Aerospace Alley prepares for Space Command move to Alabama

By Dan Boyce, CPR News COLORADO SPRINGS — When Kathy Boe heard the news in January that President Donald Trump was moving the headquarters of U.S. Space Command from Colorado Springs to Huntsville, Alabama, she understood why Trump was making the move — even though she expected Colorado Springs to be the frontrunner in the […]

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Opinion: A community college collaboration is a key reason why the Space Command HQ should be in Colorado

Dear President Biden: Congratulations on your historic and monumental win. We look forward to working with you to get America back on track, and as you said, Build Back Better. And while you have a significant amount on your plate early in your term — most importantly, providing COVID-19 relief and a pathway to vaccination […]

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The first images of OSIRIS-REx touching an asteroid have made it back to Earth

NASA’s first mission to touch an asteroid and collect a sample of pristine space dirt is now viewable in high-resolution images sent overnight Tuesday from 200 million miles away. The OSIRIS-REx mission completed its first and possibly only touchdown on the asteroid Bennu at approximately 4:12 p.m. on Tuesday, as operators and engineers monitored the […]