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‘The Martian’ Balances Scientific Accuracy with a Compelling Story

Posted on · The new movie The Martian opens today, starring Matt Damon as Mark Watney, an astronaut who’s stranded on Mars. He has to resort to some pretty extreme engineering tactics to survive. The movie’s based on the novel by the same name by Andy Weir, both of which might strike a chord here in Houston, a […]

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With Orion Launch Scrubbed, A Closer Look at Its Mission

Posted on · Space City watched closely this morning as, following several delays due in part to high winds and a sticky rocket valve, NASA scrubbed today’s launch of the Orion capsule aboard an unmanned Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA hopes to launch Orion tomorrow. Once launched, Orion will orbit the Earth from a height of 3,600 miles, then drop back into the atmosphere […]