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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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Sunshield deployment, layers fully tensioned on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Posted October 27, 2017 by

Northrop Grumman, which designed NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope’s optics, spacecraft bus, and sunshield for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, has deployed the sunshield subsystem and fully tensioned the five sunshield layers for the first time.

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NASA team investigates ultrafast laser machining for multiple spaceflight applications

Posted November 7, 2018 by Lori Keesey

(Photo Credit: Bill Hrybyk/NASA) Steve Li (left), Frankie Micalizzi (middle), and Robert Lafon (right) are using an ultrafast laser to bond dissimilar materials and etch microscopic channels or waveguides through which light could travel in photonic integrated circuits and laser transmitters. An ultrafast laser that fires pulses of light just 100 millionths of a nanosecond…

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NASA, UAE sign significant outer space, aeronautics cooperation agreement

Posted June 13, 2016 by

The United States and United Arab Emirates have entered into an agreement to cooperate in aeronautics research, and the exploration and use of airspace and outer space for peaceful purposes, working together in the peaceful use of outer space for the benefit of humanity. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and UAE Space Agency Chairman Dr. Khalifa…

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NASA selects proposals for first-ever space technology research institutes

Posted February 17, 2017 by

NASA photograph High performance materials and structures are needed for safe and affordable next generation exploration systems such as transit vehicles, habitats, and power systems. NASA has selected proposals for the creation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research institutes that will focus on the development of technologies critical to extending human presence deeper into our solar…

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NASA Marshall advances 3-D printed rocket engine nozzle technology

Posted March 21, 2018 by

Rocket engine nozzles operate in extreme temperatures and pressures from the combustion process and are complex and expensive to manufacture.

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NASA’s Webb Space Telescope receives first mirror installation

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NASA has successfully installed the first of 18 flight mirrors onto the James Webb Space Telescope, beginning a critical piece of the observatory’s construction.

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NASA selects new technologies for flight tests

Posted August 3, 2016 by

NASA's Flight Opportunities program has selected 13 space technology payloads to flight test on parabolic aircraft, high-altitude balloons or suborbital launch vehicles to demonstrate new technologies. The selections were made through the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington.

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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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NASA awards contract for continued operations of its Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Posted July 2, 2018 by

NASA has awarded a contract to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., to continue operations of the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also in Pasadena. This cost plus fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a maximum value of $30 billion. The contract begins Oct. 1 with a five-year base period of performance, followed by five one-year…

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