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2010: The Year In Space

As we close out 2010, here are some articles wrapping up the year in space:

Looking ahead to 2011...
Happy New Year! Keep an eye on on our Twitter feed for Space News and History every day!

Voyager 1 Leaves Sun’s Embrace, Nears Edge of Solar System

NASA's long-running Voyager 1 spacecraft is barreling its way toward the edge of the solar system.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/12/13/edge-solar-voyager-finds-oddities/?test=latestnews

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Unmanned US Spacecraft Returns After 7-Month Trip

Click for X-37B slideshowVANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force's secrecy-shrouded X-37B unmanned spaceplane returned to Earth early Friday after more than seven months in orbit on a classified mission, officials said.

Space Station Crew Uses HAM Radio to Call Earth

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Inside the International Space Station, Expedition 25 commander Doug Wheelock gave a tour of the Russian segment of the orbiting complex, including the Soyuz spacecraft docked there. Wheelock showed off the station's HAM radio, using the call sign "NA1SS," to talk with people on the ground as the station flies overhead at 17,500 miles per hour. Wheelock, and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchickin all will return home to Earth this Thursday, Nov. 25.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h73EYcyszf8


The Hundred Year Starship:

The Hundred Year Starship: The Nasa mission that will take astronauts to Mars and leave them there forever

Nasa is planning an audacious mission to send a manned spacecraft on a one-way trip to permanently settle on other planets.

100yearstarshiphttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1324192/Nasa-plan-Hundred-Year-Starship--mission-astronauts-Mars-leave-forever.html


iPhone 4 Launched Into Space With Weather Balloon

We've seen iPhones in blenders, aerial balloons and underwater, but this may be the first time someone has launched an iPhone into space.

208081-earth-from-upper-stratosphere_180http://www.brooklynspaceprogram.org/

ISS: Expedition 25 To Launch On New Soyuz

Three new crewmembers are flying to the International Space Station tonight aboard an upgraded spacecraft, known as Soyuz TMA-01M. Their crewmates are waiting for them on the ISS. When the Soyuz docks Saturday night, the Station will be back to its full complement of sixNASA reports:

New Station Crew Members Ready for Launch

JSC2010-E-167400 -- Scott Kelly, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg SkripochkaImage above: At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Engineers Scott Kelly, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka (left to right) are pictured in front of their Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri made final preparations for their launch Thursday aboard the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Their two-day journey to the station will begin with a launch set for 7:10 p.m. EDT. NASA TV coverage of the launch will begin at 6:15 p.m.

› Watch the launch on NASA TV

Kelly, Skripochka and Kaleri are scheduled to dock to the station’s Poisk module Saturday at 8:02 p.m. completing the Expedition 25 crew.

Welcoming them aboard will be current station residents, Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Shannon Walker. Wheelock, Yurchikhin and Walker arrived June 17 aboard their Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft.

Live HD coverage at SpaceVidCast. Live video at SFN. Discussion at Nasaspaceflight. Preflight pics are up at JSC and Energia. Rollout vid at YouTube. More clips at Space Multimedia. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.

US Military’s Top-Secret X-37B Shuttle ‘Disappears’ for Two Weeks, Changes Orbit

X-37B image courtesy of USAFAmateur astronomers are enjoying a cat-and-mouse game with the US military in keeping track of its secret space plane, the X-37B.