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The happiness is infectious in this video from Blue Origin’s 1st stage landing on Nov 23rd.

UPDATE: SCRUBBED

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Orbital ATK will try to return to flight today after the spectacular explosion of their Antares rocket in 2014. Orbital’s cargo will be sitting on top of a Atlas rocket built by United Launch Alliance

You can watch the launch at NASA’s live stream starting around 4:30 p.m. ET, with launch expected at around 5:55 p.m. ET.

Orbital ATK website

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The NASA Blog has a great new entry on the master model builder Barry Howell.

“During his tenure in the model shop, Barry has seen changes in technology and process, along with classic methods that have stood the test of time. In the old days of Saturn and early Shuttle, each and every model would be carefully machined according to actual blueprints that allowed Barry to ensure they were precise representations of the real rockets. Working with aluminum or plexiglass blocks, Barry would carefully drill into blocks with a mill or strip away pieces with a lathe, using nothing more than his focused eye, steady hands, and well-honed judgment to carve the individual parts of the rocket from those blocks.”                 -blogs.nasa.gov

Read the Story over at blogs.nasa.gov

Previous mentions of NASA models

Historic news for Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin rocket. On Monday the craft went into space (329,839 feet) then returned to earth and landed.

Of course this was a sub-orbital flight but still quite impressive.

 

You can read more here

 

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NASA placed it’s first order with SpaceX for a crew mission to ISS.

The Crew Dragon is scheduled to send astronauts to the ISS in 2017.

Read the full story here

 

IGNITION ! An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants

by John D. Clark

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