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NASA’s Space Launch System booster passes major milestone on journey to Mars

A booster for the most powerful rocket in the world, NASA’s Space Launch System, successfully fired up June 28 for its second qualification ground test at Orbital ATK's test facilities in Promontory, Utah.

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AF introduces first fully built HH-60G Ops Loss Replacement helicopter

The Air Force introduced the first of 21 fully built HH-60G Pave Hawk Operational Loss Replacement (OLR) helicopters June 28 at a ceremony in Huntsville, Ala.

Air Force photograph by 2nd Lt. Annabel Monroe Veterans

Montana’s last Doolittle Raider honored

Seventy-four years after the historic Doolittle Tokyo Raid, former SSgt. David J. Thatcher, one of two remaining Doolittle Raiders, was laid to rest June 27 in Missoula, Mont.

DOD photograph by Army SFC Clydell Kinchen Defense

U.S., UK to maintain close ties, counter-ISIL efforts continue

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told his United Kingdom counterpart State Secretary for Defense Michael Fallon in a phone call June 24 that the two nations will always enjoy a special relationship reflected in close defense ties -- a bedrock of U.S. security and foreign policy, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters here today.

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Passed the test: Q-53 radar demonstrates counter-UAS capability

The Lockheed Martin AN/TPQ-53 counterfire radar recently demonstrated its ability to identify and track unmanned aerial systems and pass that information to a command and control node, a key capability as the battlespace rapidly becomes more crowded with emerging air threats.


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2015 Homeless Count data provides hope for Valley’s homeless veterans

Posted  May 15, 2015

Data on homelessness in Los Angeles county released on May 11 confirmed what many local social service agencies and non-profit service providers already knew: the number of homeless in the Antelope Valley has increased dramatically, from 2,114 in 2013 to 2,818 in 2015, an increase of 33 percent. The sobering numbers do have a silver…

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NASA scientist inspires local children

Posted  May 15, 2015

You would expect that 7th and 8th grade students would be interested and impressed with stories about space from NASA Ames Chief Scientist, Dr. Jacob Cohen. Maybe you wouldn’t expect that they would laugh, engage in reciprocal discussions and leave with life lessons, but that is certainly what occurred during a presentation April 30 at…

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Olympic Athletes make it special for everyone

Posted  May 15, 2015

Athletes from the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and the greater Tri Valley areas participated in the Special Olympics May 2 at the Palmdale High School where they competed in basketball, track-and-field, swimming and other events. “I couldn’t be more proud of our athletes, our volunteers, our cheerleaders in the stands and especially our military for…

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Air Force successfully launches the AFSPC-5 mission

Posted  May 22, 2015

The Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the AFSPC-5 mission aboard the Space and Missile Systems Center procured United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., May 20, at 11:05 a.m., EST. There were no issues reported with the launch. “Today’s successful launch is the direct result…

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

Posted  May 22, 2015

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The galaxy is the most luminous galaxy found to date and belongs to a new class of objects recently discovered by WISE — extremely luminous infrared galaxies, or ELIRGs. “We are…

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