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A new home on Mars: NASA Langley’s icy concept for living on Red Planet

Posted December 30, 2016 by

When astronauts set foot on Mars, they may stay for months rather than days as they did during Apollo missions to the moon.

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Boeing WGS-8 satellite nearly doubles bandwidth for military users

Posted December 9, 2016 by

Boeing’s eighth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite will provide nearly twice as much communications bandwidth as previous WGS satellites due to an upgraded digital payload.

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NASA announces early stage innovation space technology research grants

Posted December 5, 2016 by

NASA has selected 13 university-led proposals for the study of innovative, early stage technologies that address high priority needs of America’s space program. The Early Stage Innovations grants from NASA’s Space Technology Research Grants Program are worth as much as $500,000 each. Universities have two to three years to work on their proposed research and…

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Prototype of space station’s advanced plant habitat

Posted November 28, 2016 by

NASA photograph by Bill White A high fidelity test version of NASA’s Advanced Plant Habitat, the largest plant chamber built for the agency, arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida the third week of November, 2016. The engineering development unit arrived by truck, was offloaded and transported to a laboratory at the Space Station Processing Facility. Inside…

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WorldView-4 to expand availability of high-resolution commercial satellite imagery

Posted November 18, 2016 by Peter W. Merlin

Once again, DigitalGlobe of Longmont, Colo., has expanded its capability to collect the world’s highest-resolution commercial satellite imagery of Earth's surface.

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Gemini XII crew masters the challenges of spacewalks

Posted November 4, 2016 by Bob Granath

In the 20 months following the first piloted Gemini mission, NASA astronauts demonstrated the ability to change orbits, perform rendezvous and docking, along with spending up to two weeks in space. A look back...

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NASA awards contract for sustainable land imaging spacecraft

Posted October 26, 2016 by

NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract to Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., known publicly as Orbital ATK, for the Landsat 9 spacecraft. This contract is a 5-year, firm fixed-price delivery order for the purchase of the Landsat 9 spacecraft in the amount of $129.9 million….

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Divers practice Orion water recovery techniques in giant pool

Posted October 21, 2016 by Linda Herridge

NASA photograph by James Blair U.S. Navy divers, Air Force pararescuemen and Coast Guard rescue swimmers practice Orion recovery techniques Sept. 21, at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The recovery team is practicing underway recovery techniques using a test version of the Orion spacecraft. Training will help…

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Spacecraft ‘nuclear batteries’ could get a boost from new materials

Posted October 14, 2016 by

No extension cord is long enough to reach another planet, and there's no spacecraft charging station along the way. That's why researchers are hard at work on ways to make spacecraft power systems more efficient, resilient and long-lasting.

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Long-serving DSCS satellite takes over role of linking Antarctic researchers to world

Posted October 13, 2016 by

Nearly 21 years after its launch, a Lockheed Martin-built satellite within the Defense Satellite Communications System recently turned its attention to a new mission—supporting the National Science Foundation’s Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole, where communicating with the rest of the world has always been a challenge.

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