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Space telescope primary mirror fully assembled

Posted February 5, 2016 by

The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched. The final mirror installation Feb. 3 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland marks an important milestone in the assembly of the agency's James Webb Space Telescope.

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NASA inspires teachers

Posted February 5, 2016 by Linda KC Reynolds

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Office of Education held a workshop at the Aero Institute in Palmdale Calif., recently to help teachers from across the Antelope Valley bring the adventures of space into the class room.

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New, improved Orion Crew Module arrives at Kennedy

Posted February 3, 2016 by

The Lockheed Martin and NASA Orion team has secured the 2,700-pound Exploration Mission-1 Orion crew module into its structural assembly tool, also known as the "birdcage."

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Pentagon defends use of Russian engines to launch satellites

Posted January 29, 2016 by Richard Lardner

Senior Pentagon officials Jan. 27 sought to defend the use of Russian-made rocket engines to send U.S. military satellites into space, telling exasperated lawmakers they are moving quickly to end the practice and rely on American-made rockets for the launches. But Air Force Secretary Deborah James and Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall failed to stem…

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Raytheon awarded $564 million contract for Joint Polar Satellite System instruments

Posted January 29, 2016 by

Raytheon has received a $564 million contract modification award from NASA for two satellite sensors as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System Polar Follow-On missions. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) sensors are for two satellites in the series, Polar Follow-On /JPSS-3 and JPSS-4. These are the fourth…

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NASA remembers its fallen heroes, 30th anniversary of Challenger accident

Posted January 25, 2016 by

NASA will pay will tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency's Day of Remembrance Jan. 28, the 30th anniversary of the Challenger accident.

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SpaceX launches satellite, but fails booster landing again

Posted January 22, 2016 by Peter W. Merlin

A SpaceX Falcon 9 booster successfully placed a satellite into orbit, but the company's attempt to land the unmanned rocket on a floating barge failed when one of its landing legs collapsed as it touched down.

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NASA awards ISS cargo transport contracts

Posted January 15, 2016 by

Orbital ATK photograph Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft NASA has awarded three cargo contracts to ensure the critical science, research and technology demonstrations that are informing the agency’s journey to Mars are delivered to the International Space Station from 2019 through 2024. The agency unveiled its selection of Orbital ATK of Dulles, Va.; Sierra Nevada…

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Lockheed Martin team delivers second lightning tracker for NOAA weather satellite

Posted January 13, 2016 by

Lockheed Martin has delivered the second Geostationary Lightning Mapper instrument that will provide earlier alerts of severe storms and contribute to more accurate tornado warnings.

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Camera captures first-ever rocket booster to space and back

Posted December 30, 2015 by

On Nov. 23, two proprietary JLAIR long range optical tracking systems owned and operated by FlightLine Films successfully recorded the first time a rocket booster flew to space and returned for a vertical landing back on Earth.

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