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May 13, 2014

ANALYSIS | Connecticut Astronaut Arrives Home on Russian Soyuz to Uncertain Political Environment

by Lon Seidman | May 13, 2014 11:40pm

NASA / Bill Ingalls Astronaut and Waterbury native Rick Mastracchio landed safely aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule at 9:58 p.m. EST Tuesday evening, capping an eventful six months aboard the International Space Station both in orbit and on the ground as relations between the United States and Russia deteriorated.

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December 4, 2013

Astronaut, U.S. Rep. Esty Visit Farmington High School to Encourage STEM Education

by Emily Boushee | December 4, 2013 3:34pm

wikipedia Being in space is like swimming in a pool, Astronaut Randolph Bresnik told a group of Farmington High School students Monday, drawing some laughter.

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July 23, 2011

Final Shuttle Landing Draws Record Media Attendance - An Inside Look at Covering NASA

by Tony Land | July 23, 2011 10:54am

The NASA News Office was a chaotic scene in the early morning hours of July 21 as hundreds of journalists jockeyed for access to the Shuttle Landing Facility to record the final moments of the Space Shuttle Program.

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July 21, 2011

Space Shuttle Atlantis Arrives Home for the Last Time (updated w/video)

by Lon Seidman | July 21, 2011 7:27am

Space Shuttle Atlantis landed safely at the Kennedy Space Center Thursday morning, wrapping up a nearly two-week mission and the 30-year Space Shuttle program. 

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Final Shuttle Landing Just Hours Away | The AP

by Associated Press | July 21, 2011 12:14am

On the eve of NASA’s historic, wheel-stopping end to the shuttle program, the four astronauts making the final journey and the flight controllers who will guide them home said Wednesday they’re starting to feel a rush of emotions.

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July 18, 2011

Spaceflight Now | Dawn Asteroid Explorer Moves Into Orbit At Vesta

by Stephen Clark, Spaceflight Now | July 18, 2011 7:15am

NASA’s robotic Dawn spacecraft drifted into orbit around Vesta on Saturday, starting a yearlong science campaign to map one of the solar system’s largest unexplored worlds sandwiched in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

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July 8, 2011

VIDEO | Sites and Sounds at the Kennedy Space Center on Final Shuttle Launch Day

by Lon Seidman | July 8, 2011 3:57pm

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Video Interview | New England’s Astronaut: Cady Coleman

by Lon Seidman | July 8, 2011 7:32am

Astronaut Cady Coleman, who recently returned from a 159-day flight on the International Space Station, spoke with CTTechJunkie.com about the experience.

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June 24, 2011

NASA | ‘Dawn’ Probe Nears Giant Asteroid for Year-Long Stay

by NASA | June 24, 2011 11:19am

PASADENA, Calif. – NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is on track to begin the first extended visit to a large asteroid. The mission expects to go into orbit around Vesta on July 16 and begin gathering science data in early August. Vesta resides in the main asteroid belt and is thought to be the source of a large number of meteorites that fall to Earth.

“The spacecraft is right on target,” said Robert Mase, Dawn project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “We look forward to exploring this unknown world during Dawn’s one-year stay in Vesta’s orbit.”

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May 16, 2011

Shelton High Students Celebrate Endeavour Launch

by Staff Report | May 16, 2011 10:00am

Shelton High School science students celebrate as their experiment is launched onboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour today at 8:56 a.m. The students put together the experiment with the help of PerkinElmer,  a Massachusetts-based international science and technology company with offices in Shelton and Branford, and their work was selected to go to the International Space Station as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. Read our original story on the project here.

—Check out more photos of today’s celebration at Shelton High from the Valley Independent Sentinel

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