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NASA’s next planet hunter will look closer to home

Posted July 27, 2016 by

As the search for life on distant planets heats up, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is bringing this hunt closer to home.

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New heart, DNA research in space benefiting health

Posted July 27, 2016 by

NASA photograph Astronaut Kate Rubins works to set up a new microscope for the Heart Cells study. New science unloaded from the latest SpaceX Dragon to visit the International Space Station is under way. The variety of new and ongoing space research is designed to benefit life on Earth and astronauts on long duration missions….

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NASA’s Hubble Telescope makes first atmospheric study of Earth-sized exoplanets

Posted July 20, 2016 by

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the first search for atmospheres around temperate, Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system and found indications that increase the chances of habitability on two exoplanets.

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AEDC contributions to Viking ensures Mars first landing

Posted July 20, 2016 by Raquel March

Air Force photograph Extensive instrumentation required on the NASA Viking model is shown here before a test at AEDC in 1973 before final assembly. There were 68 sensors to record localized heat buildup around protrusions on the face of the Mars entry vehicle, while 13 heat and five pressure sensors were installed on the base…

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Dragon attached to station Harmony module

Posted July 20, 2016 by

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was bolted into place on the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 10:03 a.m., EDT, July 20 as the station flew about 252 statute miles over the California and Oregon border. The spacecraft is delivering nearly 5,000 pounds of science, hardware and supplies, including instruments to perform the…

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Sunset at the Viking Lander 1 site

Posted July 20, 2016 by NASA/JPL image

On July 20, 1976, at 8:12 a.m., EDT, NASA received the signal that the Viking Lander 1 successfully reached the Martian surface. This major milestone represented the first time the United States successfully landed a vehicle on the surface of Mars, collecting an overwhelming amount of data that would soon be used in future NASA…

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Transport of Saturn V rocket stage to Stennis a matter of real history

Posted July 11, 2016 by

History both repeated and foreshadowed itself with transport of the S-IC-15 Saturn V rocket stage to NASA’s Stennis Space Center last month.

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New crew members, including NASA biologist, launch to space station

Posted July 8, 2016 by

Three crew members representing the United States, Russia and Japan are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9:36 p.m., EDT, July 6.

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NASA’s Juno spacecraft in orbit around mighty Jupiter

Posted July 6, 2016 by

After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 8:53 p.m., PDT, July 4. “Independence Day always is something to celebrate, but today we can add to America’s birthday another…

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NASA awards contract to increase water recovery on ISS

Posted June 29, 2016 by

NASA has selected Paragon Space Development Corporation, a small business headquartered in Tucson, Ariz., to develop a system that will increase the rate of water recovery from the urine of astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The contract is valued at $5.1 million for the delivery of one Brine Processor Assembly, and is sponsored by…

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