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Soldiers accept out-of-this-world mission aboard space station

Posted February 29, 2016 by Dottie K. White

Sending soldiers into space may seem unusual for an Army that conducts a large part of its missions on the ground, but during the next two years NASA's International Space Station will have at least one active duty or retired Army astronaut on board.

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SSL selected to provide design work for NASA JPL asteroid mission

Posted February 26, 2016 by

Space Systems Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, announced Feb. 25 that it has received a contract from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to conduct first phase design studies for a spacecraft that can travel to an asteroid, remove a boulder, and redirect it into a lunar orbit to prepare it for a visit by…

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NASA invites public to send artwork to an asteroid

Posted February 19, 2016 by

NASA is calling all space enthusiasts to send their artistic endeavors on a journey aboard NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. This will be the first U.S. mission to collect a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth for study. OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to launch in September and travel…

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Record number of Americans apply to #BeAnAstronaut at NASA

Posted February 19, 2016 by

More than 18,300 people applied to join NASA’s 2017 astronaut class, almost three times the number of applications received in 2012 for the most recent astronaut class, and far surpassing the previous record of 8,000 in 1978.

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NROL-45 launched from Vandenberg

Posted February 10, 2016 by Peter W. Merlin

A pillar of orange fire rose into star-spangled, velvet-black skies over Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in the predawn hours of Feb. 10, heralding the deployment of a new National Reconnaissance Office satellite.

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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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