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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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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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Armstrong honored for Orion work

Posted May 20, 2016 by Jay Levine

NASA's Orion space program representatives came to NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California recently to honor employees' contributions and talk about the space program.

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NASA astronauts prepare for flight on commercial spacecraft

Posted April 29, 2016 by Alex Sanz

Five years after the last NASA astronauts flew from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the International Space Station, a new group is preparing for a trip, this time on a private spacecraft.

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NASA works to improve solar electric propulsion for deep space exploration

Posted April 20, 2016 by

NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. of Redmond, Wash., to design and develop an advanced electric propulsion system that will significantly advance the nation's commercial space capabilities, and enable deep space exploration missions, including the robotic portion of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission and its Journey to Mars.

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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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