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SOFIA spots recent starbursts in the Milky Way Galaxy’s center

Posted January 11, 2013 by

Researchers using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy have captured new images of a ring of gas and dust seven light-years in diameter surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

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Infrared image of California Powerhouse Fire from NASA ER-2

Posted June 7, 2013 by

NASA Ames/UC-Santa Cruz image courtesy of Jeffrey Myers The MASTER instrument on NASA’s ER-2 high-altitude science aircraft captured this infrared image of the Powerhouse wildfire in the Angeles Forest near Lake Hughes, Calif., during a nighttime flight May 31-June 1. The MASTER composite image shows the intensity of the fire’s heat in different colors, with…

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NASA selects two technologies for commercial suborbital tests

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NASA's Flight Opportunities Program has selected two new technologies to fly on commercial reusable suborbital vehicles.....

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NASA seeks suborbital flight services proposals for technology demonstrations

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NASA is seeking proposals from U.S. commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle providers to integrate and fly technology payloads for the space agency. NASA uses companies for suborbital flights to encourage and facilitate the growth of this important aerospace market while also providing a means to advance a wide range of new launch vehicle and space…

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‘Gliding’ to space: A novel means of launching space satellites

Posted January 18, 2013 by

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is developing a novel rocket-launching technique called the Towed Glider Air-Launch Concept that could significantly reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of sending satellites into orbit.

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NASA intern Dan Frecka: Living the dream at Dryden

Posted July 5, 2013 by

NASA photograph Ohio State computer science and engineering student Dan Frecka works on flight simulations in the Research Aircraft Integration Facility during his internship at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Southern California. A NASA internship is what a lot of engineering students dream of, and one from Ohio State University is living that dream…

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Solid rocket boosters arrive at Dryden for storage

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NASA photograph Mounted on special lowboy trailer dollies, one of the two space shuttle solid rocket boosters is hauled up the ramp from Rogers Dry Lake after arrival at NASA Dryden. Two space shuttle solid rocket booster casings arrived at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center Aug. 29 after a transcontinental trip from the Kennedy Space…

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NASA signs agreement with German, Canadian partners to test alternative fuels

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NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center and the National Research Council of Canada to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS II) flights are set to begin May…

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NASA Science Chief John Grunsfeld tours DAOF

Posted February 8, 2013 by

NASA photographs by Jim Ross John Grunsfeld (left) and a DSI telescope technician examine the framework supporting the 100-inch primary mirror in the telescope cavity of NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory. John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and a former space shuttle astronaut, was brought up to date on the status of a…

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NASA’S SOFIA investigates the southern sky from New Zealand

Posted July 19, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas The SOFIA flying observatory is operating from Christchurch, New Zealand. Scientists are observing celestial objects from the Southern Hemisphere including the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, young stars, star forming regions, supernova remnants in the southern Milky Way, and the Magellanic Clouds. NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory will be based…

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