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On Monday, October 5th, NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden planted "Outredgeous" Red Romaine Lettuce seeds in USDA's People's Garden, sister seeds of those grown and harvested on the International Space Station.

A major scientific discovery was announced by NASA at a Sept. 28 news conference. From its vantage point high above the Martian surface, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft has found the strongest evidence yet, that under certain circumstances, liquid water has been found on Mars.

A news conference was held on Sept. 24 at NASA's Johnson Space Center with the next crew launching to the International Space Station, including NASA astronaut Tim Kopra.

Sept. 15 marked the halfway point in the yearlong mission on the International Space Station with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. An event the day before at the National Press Club in Washington included a discussion about the biomedical research conducted on the station, to help formulate future human missions to Mars.

Aboard the International Space Station, the Expedition 45 crew - including new Commander Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren of NASA, said goodbye to Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency (Kazcosmos) as the trio climbed aboard their Soyuz spacecraft for the return trip to Earth.

On Sept. 2, a Soyuz spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with Expedition 45 Soyuz Commander Sergey Volkov of the Russian Federal Space Agency and visiting crew members Andreas Mogensen and Aidyn Aimbetov.

On Aug. 19, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched its "Kounotori" H-II Transfer Vehicle, or HTV-5 from the Tanegashima Space Center to the International Space Station.

On Aug. 13, NASA conducted a test firing of the RS-25 rocket engine at Stennis Space Center. The 535 second test was the sixth in the current series of seven developmental tests of the former space shuttle main engine.

NASA's Curiosity rover celebrated the 3-year anniversary of its landing on Mars recently. Since landing, Curiosity has driven nearly seven miles to its current location at Mount Sharp, and found evidence of past conditions suitable for microbial life.

A July 24 update at NASA headquarters, featured new surprising imagery and science results from the recent flyby of Pluto, by the New Horizons spacecraft.

After a nearly decade-long journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft arrived at Pluto on July 14 - passing by at a mere 7,750 miles above the surface ... resulting in an absolutely breathtaking image - the closest ever of Pluto.

NASA has selected four astronauts to work closely with two U.S. commercial companies that will return human spaceflight launches to Florida's Space Coast.

SpaceX, with Federal Aviation Administration oversight, is leading the investigation of what caused the June 28 mishap shortly after the company's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

On June 25, NASA announced that the first Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars will take place Oct. 27-30, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston.

A new NASA mission to investigate the habitability of Jupiter's ocean moon Europa has moved from the concept phase to the development phase known as formulation, after successfully completing its first major review by the agency.

On June 3, 1965, NASA astronaut Edward White became the first American to walk in space when he spent about 23 minutes outside the Gemini 4 spacecraft, maneuvering around with a hand-held oxygen-jet gun.

Following unanimous confirmation by the Senate on April 27, the appointment of MIT Professor Dava Newman as NASA's next deputy administrator will become official when signed by President Obama. Newman, a professor of astronautics and engineering systems, has been on the MIT faculty since 1993.

On April 24, 1990, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope rode to space aboard space shuttle Discovery - on a mission to do just that - discover. The results over the past 25 years have been nothing short of remarkable.

A few days after his one-year mission to study the effects of long duration spaceflight on the human body began aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 43 Flight Engineer Scott Kelly was congratulated by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden from Washington DC.

The much-anticipated March 27 launch to the International Space Station of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Expedition 43 crewmates Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency, began a one-year odyssey that plays a key role in NASA's Journey to Mars.

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