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Starliner Remains Parked as Boeing Faces Further Engineering Challenges

Boeing and its customer, NASA, are now dealing with a helium leak from one of Starliner's reaction control system thrusters in the spacecraft’s service module. Starliner was scheduled for its first crewed flight on May 6th, but was called off due to an issue with a pressure valve on the Atlas rocket's upper stage. It's not clear when this vehicle will launch astronauts.


May 21, 2024
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India is Rapidly Advancing Toward Achieving Human Spaceflight

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled the country’s first astronauts with a plan to launch them in 2025, and with the ultimate hope of future Indian crews reaching the moon by 2040.


May 14, 2024
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The Battle to Reverse the European Space Agency's Diplomatic Immunity

A recent court decision could create a crack in ESA’s seemingly impenetrable legal shell, which has for decades protected this European counterpart to NASA from external scrutiny. The battle, however, is not yet won as the taxpayer-funded agency, with an annual budget of more than 7 billion euro, has appealed against the decision in the Paris Supreme Court.


April 30, 2024
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Choctaw Students Study Indigenous Heirloom Seeds in Space

The Choctaw community has been collecting wild plants for over 12,000 years and has been growing agricultural plants for around 2,500 years. They developed tribal varieties of squash, corn, beans and other crops. Some of these heirloom seeds were sent to the International Space Station so they can experience space radiation and microgravity. Will the seeds survive?


April 23, 2024
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We Visited the Europa Clipper Spacecraft at JPL

Supercluster Chief Robin Seemangal visits the legendary Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California for the first time to see the Europa Clipper spacecraft, the largest interplanetary spacecraft ever built by NASA.


April 16, 2024
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In Photos: The Great American Total Solar Eclipse

In the days that lead up to the total solar eclipse, the threat of clouds loomed for excited onlookers along the path of sold out hotel rooms and Airbnbs through the heart of America. After much consideration, Erik Kuna’s ultimate choice of location proved fruitful for capturing the rare celestial event.


April 9, 2024
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