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NASA seeks proposals for deep space habitation prototypes

Posted April 20, 2016 by

NASA is soliciting proposals for the development of prototypes for deep space habitats that will give astronauts a place to call home during long-duration missions supporting the agency’s Journey to Mars. The solicitation, Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships-2 (NextSTEP-2), is a follow-on to the NextSTEP Broad Agency Announcement released in October 2014 and requesting…

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Educators learn about effects on humans from long-term space exposure

Posted April 15, 2016 by

Regional teachers participated in an educator workshop to learn about the one-year study of identical twins astronaut Scott Kelly who was on the International Space Station and former astronaut Mark Kelly who remained on Earth, referring to this study as: A Stepping Stone Toward Our Journey to Mars.

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Lockheed Martin readies sensitive IR instruments for NASA telescope

Posted April 8, 2016 by

The ultra-sensitive, highly precise Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb telescope) beat its most stringent requirements during Integrated Science Instrument Module testing, which is now complete.

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NASA selects instrument team to build next-gen planet hunter

Posted March 30, 2016 by

NASA has selected a team to build a new, cutting-edge instrument that will detect planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, by measuring the miniscule “wobbling” of stars.

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NASA selects educators to fly with astronomers on SOFIA

Posted March 18, 2016 by

NASA has selected 11 educator teams for its 2016 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. The program is a professional development opportunity for educators designed to improve teaching methods and to inspire students. As part of the preparation, the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors complete a graduate credit astronomy course and are partnered with professional astronomers to participate as…

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Educators learn about space station research

Posted March 18, 2016 by

An International Space Station, ISS, One Year Crew: Off the Earth, For the Earth educator workshop was held at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center's Office of Education’s Resource Center located at the AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif., January 27.

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SOFIA indicates star eruptions create, scatter elements with earth-like composition

Posted March 18, 2016 by

Observations made with NASA’s flying observatory, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy indicate that nova eruptions create elements that can form rocky planets, much like Earth.

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NASA recognizes outstanding small businesses with industry awards

Posted March 9, 2016 by

The winners of the Fiscal Year 2015 agency-level Small Business Industry Awards were announced March 8 during the spring 2016 NASA Industry Forum meeting hosted by the agency’s Office of Small Business Programs at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The SBIA Program awards recognize every fiscal year one small business prime contractor, small business subcontractor, and…

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Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company unveil VSS Unity

Posted March 4, 2016 by Linda KC Reynolds

Future “astronauts” and hundreds of guests came from around the globe to celebrate with Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company as they unveiled “Unity” the second SpaceShipTwo (SSII) during a ceremony at the Mojave Air and Space Port Feb 19.

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Millennium Space Systems begins spacecraft integration of Air Force’s WVOV testbed

Posted February 15, 2016 by

Millennium Space Systems started spacecraft integration of the U.S. Air Force's Wide Field of View Testbed. The WFOV spacecraft bus platform will be functionally integrated, tested and checked out in summer 2016, in preparation for sensor integration.

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