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NASA launches communications satellite

Washington, Jan 24 (EFE).- NASA announced the launch of a third-generation communications satellite to enhance the network that links ground controllers with the International Space Station and orbiting research platforms. The TDRS-L was vaulted into space by an Atlas 5 rocket that lifted off Thursday night from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. "TDRS-L and the entire TDRS fleet provide a vital service to America's space program by supporting missions that range from Earth-observation to deep space discoveries," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said.

NASA launches communications satellite

Washington, Jan 24 (EFE).- NASA announced the launch of a third-generation communications satellite to enhance the network that links ground controllers with the International Space Station and orbiting research platforms. The TDRS-L was vaulted into space by an Atlas 5 rocket that lifted off Thursday night from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. "TDRS-L and the entire TDRS fleet provide a vital service to America's space program by supporting missions that range from Earth-observation to deep space discoveries," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said.

NASA launches communications satellite

NASA on Thursday launched a new satellite to boost its growing communications network between Earth and the International Space Station, allowing for nearly uninterrupted video, voice link and data transmission. The TDRS-L rocket blasted off at 9:33 pm (0233 GMT Friday) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on its way to become the 11th member of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System. One hour and 46 minutes later, the 3.45 tonne satellite designed to work for 15 years separated from the second stage of the rocket, NASA tweeted.

Mystery white rock inexplicably appears near NASA Mars rover

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Scientists are stumped as to how a rock mysteriously appeared in images taken two weeks apart by NASA's Mars rover Opportunity. The rover, which landed in an area known as Meridiani Planum a decade ago, is exploring the rim of a crater for signs of past water. Another rover, Curiosity, touched down on the opposite side of the planet in 2012 for a more ambitious mission to look for past habitable environments.

NASA astronauts step out on Christmas Eve spacewalk

Two NASA astronauts stepped out Tuesday on a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk to wrap up repairs to an equipment cooling system at the International Space Station. Americans Rick Mastracchio, 53, and Mike Hopkins, 44, floated outside the orbiting lab on a second outing to replace an ammonia pump whose internal control valve failed on December 11. Their task was to retrieve a spare pump module from an external stowage platform and install it. Despite recent concerns about leaking spacesuits, the spacewalk got off to a smooth start.

NASA astronauts step out on Christmas Eve spacewalk

Two NASA astronauts stepped out Tuesday on a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk to wrap up repairs to an equipment cooling system at the International Space Station. Americans Rick Mastracchio, 53, and Mike Hopkins, 44, floated outside the orbiting lab on a second outing to replace an ammonia pump module whose internal control valve failed December 11. Their task was to retrieve a spare pump module from an external stowage platform and install it and, despite recent concerns about leaking spacesuits, the spacewalk got off to a smooth start.

NASA astronauts step out on Christmas Eve spacewalk

Two NASA astronauts stepped out Tuesday on a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk to complete repairs at the International Space Station. "The 10th spacewalk of the year at the International Space Station is now officially under way," a NASA commentator said at 6:53 am (1153 GMT), marking the start of the second of two outings to replace an ammonia pump module whose internal control valve failed December 11. ksh/oh

NASA astronauts step out on Christmas Eve spacewalk

Two NASA astronauts stepped out Tuesday on a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk to complete repairs at the International Space Station. "The 10th spacewalk of the year at the International Space Station is now officially under way," a NASA commentator said at 6:53 am (1153 GMT), marking the start of the second of two outings to replace an ammonia pump module whose internal control valve failed December 11. The main task of the day is to retrieve a spare pump module from an external stowage platform and install it.

NASA astronauts step out on Christmas Eve spacewalk

Two NASA astronauts stepped out Tuesday on a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk to complete repairs at the International Space Station. "The 10th spacewalk of the year at the International Space Station is now officially under way," a NASA commentator said at 6:53 am (1153 GMT), as astronauts made a second outing to replace an ammonia pump module whose internal control valve failed December 11. The main task of the day is to retrieve a spare pump module from an external stowage platform and install it.

Astronauts poised for second spacewalk to repair station

Two American astronauts prepared to step out Tuesday on a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk to wrap up repairs to the cooling system at the International Space Station, NASA said. The spacewalk is set to begin at 7:10 am (1210 GMT), marking the second outing to replace an ammonia pump module whose internal control valve failed December 11. "The two spacewalkers will retrieve a spare pump module from an external stowage platform and install it in the currently vacated slot to restore full cooling capability for the complex," NASA said.
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