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NASA team studies middle-aged sun by tracking motion of Mercury

Posted January 26, 2018 by

The orbits of planets in our solar system are expanding, because the Sun’s gravitational grip gradually weakens as our star ages and loses mass. Now, a team of NASA and MIT scientists has indirectly measured this mass loss and other solar parameters by looking at changes in Mercury’s orbit.

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Under Control: U.S. Air Force’s SBIRS GEO Flight-4 missile warning satellite responding to commands

Posted January 22, 2018 by

The U.S. Air Force's 460th Space Wing is now "talking" with the fourth Space Based Infrared System  Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite after its successful launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Jan. 19, 2018.

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Orion spacecraft recovery rehearsal underway

Posted January 22, 2018 by

NASA’s new deep space exploration systems will send crew 40,000 miles beyond the Moon, and return them safely home.

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Delta IV NROL-47 launched from Vandenberg

Posted January 15, 2018 by

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload was launched successfully from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 2:11 p.m., PST, Jan. 12.

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SpaceX says rocket performance OK in secret satellite launch

Posted January 12, 2018 by Marcia Dunn

SpaceX defended its rocket performance during the weekend launch of a secret U.S. satellite, responding Jan. 9 to media reports that the satellite codenamed Zuma was lost. Company President Gwynne Shotwell said the Falcon 9 rocket “did everything correctly” Jan. 7 and suggestions otherwise are “categorically false.” Northrop Grumman — which provided the satellite for…

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U.S. Air Force’s SBIRS GEO Flight-4 missile warning satellite encapsulated for launch

Posted January 12, 2018 by

Current SBIRS’ constellation continues to deliver outstanding infrared surveillance performance CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Air Force’s fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) was encapsulated on Jan. 9. The SBIRS GEO Flight-4 satellite is now ready for its…

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Life-saving NASA communications system turns 20

Posted January 10, 2018 by

NASA photograph The South Pole TDRS Relay ground terminal was installed at the National Science Foundation’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in December 1997 to help connect NSF researchers and their scientific data to the rest of the world. This image shows the original SPTR system, which became operational on Jan. 9, 1998. NASA’s Tracking and…

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NASA mourns passing of astronaut John Young

Posted January 9, 2018 by tomlear

Astronaut John Young began his impressive career at NASA in 1962, when he was selected from among hundreds of young pilots to join NASA's second astronaut class, known as the "New Nine."

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NASA releases logo for upcoming 60th anniversary

Posted January 3, 2018 by

. In 2018, NASA will mark the 60th anniversary of its establishment as a U.S. government agency. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed NASA’s founding legislation, the 1958 National Aeronautics and Space Act, on July 29, 1958. NASA considers its birthday to be Oct. 1, the day the agency opened for business. NASA has released an…

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SpaceX launch sparks UFO sightings

Posted December 29, 2017 by Peter W. Merlin

An early evening liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Dec. 22 produced a spectacular aerial display that stopped traffic throughout much of Southern California and prompted many UFO sighting reports to emergency services officials and news agencies.

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