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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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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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Demonstration proves nuclear fission system can provide space exploration power

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NASA and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration have successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power system that could enable long-duration crewed missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond. 

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NASA 2017 – Building the Future

Posted December 30, 2016 by

NASA looks forward to 2017. For more information on NASA in 2016 and beyond, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-reveals-the-unknown-in-2016

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Lockheed Martin submits proposals for U.S. Air Force’s GPS IIIF program

Posted April 18, 2018 by

Lockheed Martin has submitted a competitive and fully compliant proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III Follow On program, which will add enhanced capabilities to the most advanced GPS satellites ever designed. The GPS IIIF program intends to produce up to 22 next-generation satellites. The Air Force’s first 10 GPS III satellites, currently in full…

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NASA’s Webb Telescope ghostly ‘lights out’ inspection

Posted March 15, 2017 by

What happens when the lights are turned out in the enormous clean room that currently houses NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope? The technicians who are inspecting the telescope and its expansive golden mirrors look like ghostly wraiths in this image as they conduct a “lights out inspection” in the Spacecraft Systems Development and Integration Facility…

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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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Plants to feed this, other worlds

Posted June 16, 2017 by

NASA photograph NASA astronaut Steve Swanson harvests red romaine lettuce on the space station, the first fresh produce grown and eaten in space. The Veggie project, which is ongoing, uses Florikan’s controlled-release fertilizer to nourish the growing plants. Astronaut ice cream may be an exotic treat for kids, but for real space explorers, a fresh,…

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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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Potential Mars airplane resumes flight

Posted April 7, 2017 by Jay Levine

Flight tests have resumed on subscale aircraft that could one day observe the Martian atmosphere and a variant that will improve collection of Earth’s weather data.

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