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Sep 16, 2014, 11:00 AM ET

NASA awarded contracts today to Boeing and Elon Musk's SpaceX to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, signaling the agency's return to manned spaceflight after the end of the space shuttle program.

"This is the fulfillment of the commitment President Obama made to return human space flight launches to U.S. soil and end our reliance on the Russians," NASA administrator Charles Bolden said.

The winning designs will end U.S. dependence on the Russian Soyuz for transportation back and forth to the International Space Station.


The announcement came after an expensive and ferocious competition to determine which companies would be tasked with building the next era of spacecraft.

Boeing’s contract could have a value of $4.2 billion while SpaceX’s deal is valued at $2.6 billion, according to Kathy Lueders, the program manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Lueders said having two contracts will help NASA make sure it stays on track to meet its 2017 goal of manned spaceflights.

The Commercial Crew Program was designed by NASA to replace the retired space shuttle, which was the workhorse of the agency's space program for over 30 years.

Boeing has invested in the CST 100 capsule, which would launch on an Atlas V rocket -- almost a turnkey proposition for NASA when you consider the company’s history in aerospace.

SpaceX has the advantage of already launching cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station and hopes to parlay that experience into a human version of its Dragon spacecraft.

Lueders said each company will be paid on the performance of key milestones. The biggest one: Boeing and SpaceX will have to successfully make manned flights to the International Space Station, where they will have to demonstrate their ability to deliver cargo, dock and then return safely to Earth.
Well today is in fact the 28th of August, three years ago today this group opened it's doors to the Deviant art community and since then this group has grown in ways I never expected. Let the record be clear that when this group was founded the shuttle program had come to a close after 30 years of outstanding service. Today in 2014 the world is different, currently we have no manned space program and we are relying on the Russians to take us to the ISS aboard Soyuz spacecraft. But fear not it is 2014 and this year, in fact this December we will be testing the new SLS (Space Launch System) program. It will be a boiler plate test of the Orion heat shield and will reenter the earth at 25,000 miles per hour, the same velocities experienced by the Apollo programs CSM or Command Service Module. And by 2016 if all goes well Americans will return to space via NASA's commercial space program, this will be the first time ever that American astronauts will ride aboard a private spacecraft and the first time in six years that Americans will return to space aboard their own spacecraft. In 2018 NASA will launch the first official SLS mission, it will be an unmanned exploration mission known as EM-1 and it will be sent to the moon and do a lunar flyby then return to earth. In 2021 NASA will send the first manned crew into space aboard SLS on EM-2, EM-2 will also mark the first time humans have left low earth orbit since 1972. EM-2 will send a crew of four into lunar orbit to collect samples from a robitically placed asteroid.

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Let's have a look back at the last 3 years of exploration and progress since the shuttle close out.



Highlights:

2011

July 8 - The space shuttle Atlantis became the last American space shuttle to be launched into space. Mission STS-135 and its 4-member crew brought much-needed supplies and equipment to the International Space Station (ISS).

July 16 - NASA's Dawn spacecraft became the first man made craft to orbit an asteroid.

November 26 - NASA launched Curiosity, the biggest, best equipped robot ever sent to explore another planet. It reached Mars in 2012.



Highlights:

2012

May 22 - SpaceX, a commercial space company, launched its Dragon C2+ mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).

August - NASA’s Voyager 1 probe, launched in 1977, entered interstellar space.

August 6 - NASA's Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars. As large as a car, it carried an array of advanced new instruments and experiments.



Highlights:

2013

September 7 - NASA launched the unmanned LADEE spacecraft from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. It was the U.S. space agency's third lunar probe in five years.

December 24 - NASA astronauts wrapped up successful repairs at the International Space Station after a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk to fix an equipment cooling system.


Over the last three years much has been accomplished and I am looking forward to where NASA and it's commercial partners will take humanity next. Happy 3rd Birthday  :cake:NASA-Headquarters:cake:
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We Are A space inspired Group we focus on Scientific expansion, Discovery and of course Space related items of interest. The Space Race is especially loved, we focus on our history as man in space.

The History of Man in Flight is also very Appreciated Aviation and Space are the focuses of interest.

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History as Man In Space

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NASA TV HD Public U-STREAM LIVE: www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

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NASA ISS HD Earth View: www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hde…

Current Space Weather Conditions: www.swpc.noaa.gov/index.html
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Current Weather Conditions at the Kennedy Space Center: forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.…

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Listen to an Airport near you !: www.liveatc.net/

Watch live Air Traffic in your area !: www.flightradar24.com

Like America's Fists on :facebook: Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/America…
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The Fallacy of the Moon Landing Hoax ! www.space.com/19531-moon-landi…
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEPmbL… NASA Anthem

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8OpsP… Enterprise Music Video

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVp0oa… History of the Federation
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKs6ik… First Orbit documentary

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCPxA8… Freedom 7 documentary

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLSLgr… Friendship 7 documentary

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvB4Co… Apollo 8 documentary

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Bjish… Part 2
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifxjq9… First Moon Landing documentary

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNQDsT… Skylab documentary

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlqT1W… Apollo Soyuz documentary

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWmYgq… Space Shuttle documentary

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S-FA9… Mission to MIR

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZa7pc… ISS Documentary

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bABoVB… Part 2

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpN_tz… Part 3

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yDqd-… Part 4

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGH2BQ… Part 5

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOSsGd… Part 6

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvaG0x… The Space Shuttle End of an Era
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1fO9Q… The Future of NASA

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KlNJ2…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSF81y… SpaceX Launch Vehicle system

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DarkAssassin069 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Thanks for requesting my pictures be in your group.
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UkrainianWerewolf Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  New member Student Artist
nasa-headquaters, thank you for allowing me to become a member of your group.Dinyctis 
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is certainly a pleasure to welcome any new members ! 
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UkrainianWerewolf Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  New member Student Artist
GeneralTate, how are you this evening?  I appreciate you kind words.
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very many thanks for requesting Air Show at Tyabb, Victoria - 3 by kayandjay100 for your group ~ I'm delighted! Cheers, Coco
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Thank you for the feature!
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artbypaulfisher Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the request :)
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the request.
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jonbluestone Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This may not be your thing, but I designed what I wanted to be a 'practical' space freighter design back in the eighties called an ARCOS. I also came up some practical designs under the label LEXINGTON. If you're interested at all, please take a look in my gallery - thank you - and loving the dA page here.
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synersignart Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
just found something interesting
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting Indeed 
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the requests.
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DeviousSqurl Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
General Tate would this fit in here anywhere? 

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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Scifi 
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Moni3 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the add! Fascinating gallery.
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DeviousSqurl Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Just curious, do you need this group to request your stuff to join?
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No you can join, why ? 
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DeviousSqurl Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I was just asking lol
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh okay 
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Stig2112 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Thank you for adding my photos to your gallery! :-)
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bicyclegasoline Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014   General Artist
Thank you for adding my work to your group :)
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genchang2112 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the request for my Captains' Logs: Declassified trailer to be posted here.  I was honored, and only too happy to oblige. :)
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PzlWksMedia Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the inclusion of Supermarine S6.  Into the Space and Aviation art gallery. 
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Don't forget to say a few words for Scott Carpenter!
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synersignart Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
hope they keep NASA going despite of the Govt shutdown in some areas.
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