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NASA names new chair for Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel

Posted August 1, 2016 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Patricia Sanders as chair of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress on matters concerning the agency’s safety performance. Sanders currently is an independent aerospace consultant. She served for 34 years in the federal government, retiring in 2008 as the executive director…

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NASA celebrates air, space at EAA AirVenture 2016

Posted July 22, 2016 by

EAA AirVenture photograph NASA’s Super Guppy cargo aircraft pulls in the crowds at a previous EAA AirVenture in Wisconsin. When Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisc., becomes the busiest airport in the world for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture fly-in, July 25-31, 2016, NASA will be there to show thousands of attendees how NASA innovation…

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NASA’s Viking data lives on, inspires 40 years later

Posted July 20, 2016 by

Forty years ago, NASA's Viking mission made history when it became the first mission to successfully land a fully operational spacecraft on Mars.

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NASA’s next Mars rover progresses toward 2020 launch

Posted July 18, 2016 by

After an extensive review process and passing a major development milestone, NASA is ready to proceed with final design and construction of its next Mars rover, currently targeted to launch in the summer of 2020 and arrive on the Red Planet in February 2021.

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NASA selects five Mars orbiter concept studies

Posted July 18, 2016 by

NASA has selected five U.S. aerospace companies to conduct concept studies for a potential future Mars orbiter mission. Such a mission would continue key capabilities including telecommunications and global high-resolution imaging in support of the agency’s Journey to Mars. The companies contracted for these four-month studies are: Boeing in Huntington Beach, Calif.; Lockheed Martin Space…

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

Posted June 29, 2016 by

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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SOFIA status update

Posted June 29, 2016 by

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), NASA’s flying telescope, was cleared to return to flight on June 27, 2016 (New Zealand date). On June 15, a crack was found in the thrust ring of one of SOFIA’s four Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7J engines during a routine inspection. To rectify the problem SOFIA’s team sourced…

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NASA uploads app for Apple TV

Posted June 22, 2016 by

Apple TV? There’s a NASA app for that. The agency released July 21 its popular NASA app for a new platform, the fourth-generation Apple TV. This version joins the app’s other versions available for iOS in iPhone and iPad versions, Android and Fire OS. The NASA app has been downloaded more than 17 million times…

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NASA, German Aerospace Center extend SOFIA cooperative agreement

Posted June 17, 2016 by

Photograph courtesy of German Aerospace Center, DLR Pascale Ehrenfreund (left), Gerd Gruppe (right), Member of the DLR Executive Board responsible for the Space Administration, and Dava Newman (center), Deputy Administrator of NASA, after signing the agreement at the ILA Berlin Air Show. NASA and the German Aerospace Center, DLR, have extended their agreement to continue…

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NASA Challenge aims to grow human tissue to aid in deep space exploration

Posted June 13, 2016 by

NASA, in partnership with the nonprofit Methuselah Foundation’s New Organ Alliance, is seeking ways to advance the field of bioengineering through a new prize competition.

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