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This Year at NASA: Mars, Asteroids, Discoveries and More Video in Story

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This Year at NASA.

In 2014, NASA took significant steps on the agency's journey to Mars -- testing cutting-edge technologies and making scientific discoveries while studying our changing Earth and the infinite universe as the agency made progress on the next generation of air travel. Here's a look at some of the top NASA stories of the year.


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This Week at NASA: Orion, Mars Mount Sharp and More Video in Story

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This Week at NASA: Orion, Mars Mount Sharp and More.

The hugely successful first flight test on Dec. 5 of NASA's Orion spacecraft took it farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years.

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The von Kármán Lecture Series: Dawn's Mission to the Asteroid Belt

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A Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series talk, held December 4 and 5 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, addressed the ambitious and exciting mission of the Dawn spacecraft, one of NASA's most remarkable ventures into the solar system.


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This Week at NASA: Orion Success and More

This Week at NASA: Orion Success and More Video in Story

The successful first flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft on Dec. 5 not only was a historic moment for the agency - but also was a critical step on NASA's Journey to Mars.


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Video: Orion Flight Test Prelaunch Status and Overview Briefing

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During this Dec. 2 prelaunch news briefing about the first flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft, officials from NASA, Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance discussed the status of prelaunch operations and the activities of the mission itself.


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Video: NASA's Orion Cockpit

Video: NASA's Orion Cockpit Video in Story

Orion's December flight test will be uncrewed, but the spacecraft is meant to carry people. Astronaut Lee Morin shows off the cockpit future Orion crews will use in this video. The first test flight of Orion is scheduled for December 4th.


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This Week at NASA: Expedition 42 Launch, 3-D Printing and More

This Week at NASA: Expedition 42 Launch, 3-D Printing and More

NASA's Terry Virts and Expedition 42/43 crewmates, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency and the European Space Agency's Samantha Cristoforetti, launched Nov. 23 at 4:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.


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This Week on NASA: A Tour of the Armstrong Flight Research Center and More

This Week on NASA: A Tour of the Armstrong Flight Research Center and More Video in Story

NASA invited social media members Nov. 18 and 19 to the agency's Armstrong Flight Research Center for a two-day event highlighting the ways NASA is with you when you fly.


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This Week at NASA: Orion Rolls Out to the Pad and More

This Week at NASA: Orion Rolls Out to the Pad and More Video in Story

In preparation for its first spaceflight test next month, NASA's Orion spacecraft was transported from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Abort System Facility to Space Launch Complex 37 at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on November 11, arriving at the launch pad early Nov. 12.


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Video: The Theodore von Karman Lecture Series: NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission

Video: The Theodore von Karman Lecture Series: NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission Video in Story

A Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series talk, held November 6 and 7 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, addressed the key aspects of the agency's Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (ARRM) concept, which seeks to rendezvous with, capture, and redirect to translunar space a near-Earth asteroid.


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This Week at NASA: Orion Test Flight, Mars and More

This Week at NASA: Orion Test Flight, Mars and More Video in Story

A NASA media briefing on Nov. 6 at Kennedy Space Center highlighted the fully assembled Orion spacecraft and details of its first test flight, scheduled for Dec. 4.


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NASA News Conference: Previewing Orion's First Flight Test

NASA News Conference: Previewing Orion's First Flight Test Video in Story

During a NASA Television media briefing from the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA officials discussed the completed construction of the new Orion spacecraft and details of its first test flight, scheduled for Dec. 4.


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This Week at NASA: Dragon, Antares Crash, SLS and More

This Week at NASA: Dragon, Antares Crash, SLS and More Video in Story

The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule was recently detached from the International Space Station for its return to Earth, just over a month after delivering about 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the ISS.


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Video: Professor Stephen Hawking

Video: Professor Stephen Hawking "I Fear For our Future" Video in Story

Professor Hawking explains the need for space exploration.


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Video: Space Debris In Motion

Video: Space Debris In Motion Video in Story

The animation depicts the distribution and movement of man-made objects orbiting Earth.


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This Week at NASA: Images From Comet's Mars Flyby and More

This Week at NASA: Images From Comet's Mars Flyby and More Video in Story

Several Mars-based NASA spacecraft had prime viewing positions for comet Siding Spring's October 19 close flyby of the Red Planet. Early images included a composite photo from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope that combined shots of Mars, the comet, and a star background to illustrate Siding Spring's distance from Mars at closest approach.



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