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Great video shared by +SpaceX of the Pad Abort Test from Dragon's view. #Dragon .
 
Ride along with our vehicle designed to carry astronauts as it accelerates from 0-100 mph in 1.2 sec during a critical Pad Abort Test earlier this month 
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Final day of the Robotic Mining Competition being held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Good luck teams!
 
Inside the robot pit at NASA's 2015 Robotic Mining Competition, college students make adjustments to their custom-made remote-controlled robot. More than 40 student teams from colleges and universities around the U.S. will use their mining robots to dig in a supersized sandbox filled with regolith simulant and participate in other competition requirements. The competition is a NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate project designed to engage and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields by expanding opportunities for student research and design. 
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Wednesday, May 20 is the launch date for the #AtlasV   AFSPC-5 mission. Carrying multiple payloads, the first deployment of the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-4) for the U.S. Air Force is followed by a release of 10 CubeSats. #rocket  
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Guests will be able to watch the competition Wednesday, May 20 through Friday, May 22. Come out and watch the teams compete.
 
Get ready, T-10 days until NASA's 2015 Robotic Mining Competition!
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"There is no Garden like a Rocket Garden." | NASA Kennedy

Location: Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
Credit: Bill Dickinson

+NASA's Kennedy Space Center 
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#NASA #Space #Rockets #MayThe4thBeWithYou #StarWars
#Astronomy #Science #Photography #Art #Kennedy #CapeCanaveral #Florida #USA #UnitedStates
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In the early days of rocket launches, things were as likely to go wrong as they were right. There was no guarantee the first flight of Alan Shepard would go well. Lee Solid describes working on the early space program and witnessing Shepard's launch May 5, 1961. #rocket   #Mercury  
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Astronomers using our Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy. In fact, the star is so weird that it was nicknamed “Nasty.” Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1EmovYG
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NASA TV coverage begins at 6:45 a.m. EDT May 21. http://1.usa.gov/1rU5HwX
Wake up early and follow CRS-6 return to Earth. Splash down is expected at 12:42 p.m. in the Pacific Ocean. #ISS   +SpaceX 
 
Tomorrow: Dragon to release from the International Space Station and bring over 3,000 lbs of research & equipment back to Earth.

Live updates: http://livestream.com/spacex/events/3959775
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Spectacular view. Safe return
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The International Space Station (ISS) partners are updating the schedule of flights to and from the station, including crewed and resupply missions. Expedition 42/43 crew members NASA's Terry Virts, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov had been due to depart the #ISS  May 13. They will now return to Earth in early June. http://1.usa.gov/1FmKuph
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If you are not following +SmarterEveryDay, you certainly should.
 
There are 7 HOLES in the Space Station! Be sure to watch to the end... an amazing job by ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, who shows us how things work on orbit. (Samantha's Google Plus updates are here: https://plus.google.com/+SamanthaCristoforetti/posts)
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Are you planning to attend? We understand there are tickets available for this fundraiser featuring +Buzz Aldrin and John Travolta.
 
Join me and John Travolta at the official launch of Buzz Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation​ on July 18 at KSC! Tickets and Sponsorships are now available. http://sharespace.org/ssf-gala
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin is launching his new non-profit, ShareSpace Foundation (SSF), which promotes science literacy to children, at a gala with legendary actor and famous aviator John Travolta. The gala, set for July 18, 2015, will be held at the Apollo Saturn V Center, Kennedy Space Center. It will be quite a unique and fun evening – celebrating the Apollo 11 anniversary – and the Foundation launch – Buzz and John will be joined by a f...
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We could hear the launch of the Dragon Pad Abort Test  this morning, even if we could not see it.
 
Missed this morning's SpaceX Pad Abort Test or want to watch it again? Here it is.

SpaceX controllers will pour over the telemetry and other data recorded during today's test to evaluate the launch abort system and SuperDraco engines. NASA's Commercial Crew Program experts also will help evaluate the results as the development of one of the new generation of American spacecraft continues on pace.

The Crew Dragon is designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station. The ability to abort from a launch or pad emergency and safely push the crew out of harm's way is a critical element for NASA's next generation of crewed spacecraft to the space station.
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Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral offers many things to do near Orlando, FL.  Perfect for family vacations, you can encounter extraordinary adventures including, standing under the massive rockets that first put NASA astronauts into space, getting vertical on your own space shuttle launch experience, embarking on incredible tours & meeting an astronaut!


Shuttle Launch Experience* - Experience the journey of vertically launching into space and orbiting Earth aboard the space shuttle. Guest "crew members" strap in for this all-too-real simulation, which immerses visitors in the sights, sounds and feelings of a space shuttle launch, designed under the guidance of NASA and space shuttle astronauts.


Astronaut Encounter - Come face-to-face with one of more than 500 people who have experienced space travel and hear first-hand what it's like to live in space! Hear an inspiring presentation and ask questions of a NASA astronaut during the program held daily.


Established in 1962 On May 24, 1962, aboard a Mercury-Atlas rocket in the Aurora 7 capsule, Scott Carpenter successfully replicated John Glenn's space flight. Carpenter was able to orbit Earth three times and land in the Atlantic Ocean just as Glenn did. Carpenter's flight confirmed the capabilities of the spacecraft and encouraged possibilities of future space exploration.


Two months later, on July 1, 1962, the space center was officially acknowledged as an operating spaceflight center under the name Launch Operations Center. The name was later changed to John F. Kennedy Space Center in honor of the president and his vision of Americans visiting the moon.


For fifty years, John F. Kennedy Space Center has been the gateway to space. From carrying astronauts into space aboard rockets and space shuttles, launching space exploration devices and constructing the International Space Station, to building the vision and the future, the journey to space begins and ends with Kennedy Space Center.     
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Great place to visit. Takes you back in time to the beginning of the space program with JFK's epic speech about putting a man on the moon, up to the present and how far we've come. Also how Obama shut the space program down and now we have to pay the Russians $73M each time we want to send an astronaut in space. Let's get our program back America!