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_Frank Morring Jr.

_Frank Morring Jr.
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GAO Sees Risk Webb Telescope Will Not Meet 2018 Launch 
In its third congressionally mandated review, the watchdog agency reported Monday the JWST program has started integrating and testing only two of the deep-space infrared (IR) telescope’s elements and major subsystems, with three to go.
Timing Conflict Triggers Maven Safehold, NASA Says 
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven) orbiter placed itself in a safehold state Nov. 19 that the agency says was triggered by a “timing conflict between commands.”
XCOR Hot-Fire Tests Piston Pump With LOX, Hydrogen 
XCOR Aerospace has used its unique piston-pump technology to move two cryogenic propellants in a hot-fire test of the XR-5H25 engine it is developing as a pathfinder for a potential advanced upper-stage engine for United Launch Alliance (ULA) in the same class as the RL-10 engine in use today on the Atlas and Delta expendable launch vehicles.
Unexpected Dust From Mars Comet Had Potential To Damage Orbiters 
Scientists presenting preliminary results from the Oct. 19 encounter on Nov. 7 said they detected far more dust entering the Martian atmosphere as the planet passed behind the comet than they had expected.
Antares Failure Team Begins ‘Methodical’ Fault-tree Analysis 
The lessons the Antares failure board learns will be applied to future commercial spaceflight contracts for cargo and eventually crew as NASA continues to shift U.S. access to low Earth orbit onto privately owned vehicles.
Antares Failure Team Begins ‘Methodical’ Fault-tree Analysis 
The lessons the Antares failure board learns will be applied to future commercial spaceflight contracts for cargo—and eventually crew—as NASA continues to shift U.S. access to low Earth orbit onto privately owned vehicles.
Space Manufacturing Test To Start Next Month 
The ability to manufacture needed equipment will be a major enabler for a three-year mission to Mars, giving exploration crews the flexibility to make whatever they need instead of trying to cram their limited living space with spare parts.
Mars Spacecraft Survive Comet; Next Up, Science 

The comet Siding Spring 2013 whizzed past Mars on Oct. 19, leaving the constellation of scientific spacecraft orbiting the planet undamaged and beginning to transmit the scientific take from their unprecedented close encounter with an Oort Cloud object.

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