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NASA completes welding of LOX tank for first SLS flight

Posted September 15, 2017 by

NASA photograph by Jude Guidry NASA is another step closer to completing all main structures for the agency’s first launch of the Space Launch System deep space rocket. The liquid oxygen flight tank was recently built in the Vertical Assembly Center robotic welder at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. After the liquid oxygen…

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Photograph courtesy of Miloslav Druckmüller, Martin Dietzel, Shadia Habbal, Vojtech Rusin
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Five tips for photographing Aug. 21 total solar eclipse

Posted August 11, 2017 by

The total solar eclipse crossing America on Aug. 21 will be the first eclipse to march from sea to shining sea in nearly 100 years.

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Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace completes PDR for Inmarsat 6’s L-band reflectors

Posted August 10, 2017 by

Astro Aerospace, a Northrop Grumman business, completed a successful Preliminary Design Review of the nine meter L-band reflectors for two Airbus Inmarsat-6 series satellites.

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Sunshield layers fully integrated on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Posted August 7, 2017 by

The five sunshield layers responsible for protecting the optics and instruments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope are now fully installed.

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NASA Wallops successful launch rocks with student experiments

Posted June 24, 2017 by

A NASA suborbital sounding rocket carrying multiple student experiments was successfully launched at 5:30 a.m., EDT, June 22, from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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Webb Telescope set for testing in space simulation chamber

Posted June 19, 2017 by

NASA photograph by Desiree Stover NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sits in front of the door to Chamber A, a giant thermal vacuum chamber located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.  The telescope will soon be moved into the chamber, where it will spend a hot Houston summer undergoing tests at sub-freezing cryogenic temperatures.  The telescope…

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Plants to feed this, other worlds

Posted June 16, 2017 by

NASA photograph NASA astronaut Steve Swanson harvests red romaine lettuce on the space station, the first fresh produce grown and eaten in space. The Veggie project, which is ongoing, uses Florikan’s controlled-release fertilizer to nourish the growing plants. Astronaut ice cream may be an exotic treat for kids, but for real space explorers, a fresh,…

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Boeing-built satellite will enhance global high-speed broadband network

Posted May 17, 2017 by

The fourth Boeing Inmarsat-5 satellite, which was launched May 15, will noticeably expand the high-speed broadband service available through Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network after the satellite becomes fully operational later this year.

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Testing prepares NASA’s space launch system for liftoff

Posted May 10, 2017 by

The world’s most powerful rocket -- NASA’s Space Launch System -- may experience ground wind gusts of up to 70 mph as it sits on the launch pad before and during lift off for future missions.

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NASA eyes fusion reactor engines, extraterrestrial drilling, other far-out technologies

Posted April 21, 2017 by

NASA has selected 399 research and technology proposals from 277 American small businesses and 44 research institutions that will enable NASA’s future missions into deep space, and advancements in aviation and science, while also benefiting the U.S. economy. The awards have a total value of approximately $49.9 million. The agency received 1,621 proposals in response…

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