Astronaut describes noisy descent in SpaceX capsule | AFP

SpaceX’s crewed capsule isn’t called Dragon for nothing. NASA astronaut Bob Behnken describes what it was like being careened into the atmosphere at 17,500 mph.

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Astronauts on return to Earth in Dragon capsule

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley discuss their return to Earth, two days after returning from orbit on SpaceX’s dragon capsule. (Aug. 4)

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SpaceX brings NASA astronauts home safe in milestone mission | AFP

America’s first crewed spaceship to fly to the International Space Station in nearly a decade returns safely to Earth. “This has been quite an odyssey,” says US astronaut Doug Hurley.

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Here are the top stories for Sunday, August 2nd: Trump to be renominated in private; Thousands evacuated ahead of Southern California wildfire; Israeli police clear out protesters; NASA conducts first astronaut splashdown in 45 years. (Aug. 2)

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SpaceX, NASA crew make 1st splashdown in 45 years

Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico. This was the first splashdown by U.S. astronauts in 45 years. (August 2)

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SpaceX Crew Dragon hatch sealed, ready to depart ISS: NASA | AFP

Images show the crew on board the International Space Station closing the forward hatch on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft ahead of its return to Earth. US astronauts Douglas Hurley and Bob Behnken blasted off from Cape Canaveral on May 30 on board a SpaceX Crew Dragon, and are supposed to splash down off the coast of Florida on Sunday.

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NASA astronauts get ready for a rare splashdown

Two U.S. astronauts are ready to make the first splashdown in 45 years. NASA plans to bring Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken back Sunday in the Dragon capsule. (July 31)

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NASA fine tunes communication link with Mars rover

NASA’s Deep Space Network of tracking stations had some difficulty locking onto signals from Perseverance early in the flight. But officials announced with relief a couple of hours later that a solid communication link had been established. (July 30)

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Here’s the latest for Thursday July 30th: U.S. economy suffers steep quarterly plunge; NASA rover heads for Mars; Funeral today for Congressman John Lewis; Rare red panda born in Berlin zoo.

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NASA rover ‘Perseverance’ launches for Mars in search of ancient life | AFP

NASA’s latest rover Perseverance launches for Mars, blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on schedule.

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NASA launches Mars rover to look for signs of life

NASA’s most elaborate life-hunting Mars rover has rocketed away from Cape Canaveral, Florida. (July 30)

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NASA rover Perseverance launches for Mars | AFP

NASA’s latest rover Perseverance launches for Mars, blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on schedule.

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NASA presses ahead with summer’s final Mars mission

NASA’s new Mars rover “Perseverance” is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Thursday atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. (July 30)

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Is there life on Mars? NASA’s life-seeking rover set for launch | AFP

“Life may very well still exist on Mars today under its surface,” says NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the United States prepares to launch its 9th robot to Mars – eight days after China launched its first.

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NASA ups the ante with its newest Mars rover

NASA is upping the ante with its newest rover headed to Mars. Set to rocket away this week from Florida, the spacecraft named Perseverance is NASA’s brawniest and brainiest Martian rover yet. (July 29)

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Meet the boy who named NASA’s Mars rover

One young schoolboy may be watching NASA’s Mars 2020 mission launch more closely than others. 13-year-old Alex Mather submitted the winning name, “Perseverance”, as part of a naming contest for NASA’s next Mars rover. (July 29)

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Today in History for July 29th

Highlights of this day in history: Britain’s Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer; Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini born; President Dwight Eisenhower signs an act creating NASA; Artist Vincent Van Gogh dies. (July 29)

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Look out, Mars: US to send sample-collecting rover

NASA is upping the ante with its newest rover headed to Mars. Set to rocket away this week from Florida, the spacecraft named Perseverance is NASA’s brawniest and brainiest Martian rover yet. (July 28)

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NASA holds briefing ahead of Mars rover launch

NASA is upping the ante with its newest rover headed to Mars. Set to rocket away this week from Florida, the spacecraft named Perseverance is NASA’s brawniest and brainiest Martian rover yet. (July 27)

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Comet NEOWISE spotted by NASA spacecraft

A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail. Comet NEOWISE is the brightest comet visible from the Northern Hemisphere in a quarter-century and was captured by NASA’s spacecraft. (July 15)

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NASA’s Perseverance rover to scour Mars for signs of life | AFP

NASA’s most advanced Mars rover, Perseverance, will launch from Earth on July 30 on a mission to seek out signs of ancient microbial life on what was once a river delta three-and-a-half billion years ago.

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Astronaut regrets losing mirror during spacewalk

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy says losing a mirror during last week’s otherwise successful spacewalk was “a real bummer.” The commander of the International Space Station says he has no idea how the small mirror on his left sleeve came off. (June 29)

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