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NASA’s Swift produces best ultraviolet maps of nearest galaxies

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Courtesy Photo New surveys conducted by NASA’s Swift provide the most detailed overviews ever captured in ultraviolet light of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the two closest major galaxies to our own. Swift team member Stefan Immler, who proposed the imaging project, narrates this quick tour. All visible light imagery provided by Axel Mellinger,…

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News Briefs May 31, 2013

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Hill AFB wins bigger F-22 Raptor assignment The Air Force is throwing more fighter-jet maintenance at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. That could help insulate the base from future national defense budget cuts, and Rep. Rob Bishop said it means 200 more defense jobs for Utah. The Air Force is announcing it will consolidate maintenance…

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NASA’S WISE mission finds lost asteroid family members

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Data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer have led to a new and improved family tree for asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter. Astronomers used millions of infrared snapshots from the asteroid-hunting portion of the WISE all-sky survey, called NEOWISE, to identify 28 new asteroid families. The snapshots also helped place thousands…

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Radiation measured by NASA’s Curiosity on voyage to Mars has implications for future human missions

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Measurements taken by NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission as it delivered the Curiosity rover to Mars in 2012 are providing NASA the information it needs to design systems to protect human explorers from radiation exposure on deep-space expeditions in the future. MSL’s Radiation Assessment Detector is the first instrument to measure the radiation environment during…

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General Dynamics developing first North American combat vehicle with fully integrated active protection system

Posted May 31, 2013 by

General Dynamics Land Systems is leading an effort to develop the first North American combat vehicle with a fully integrated Active Protection System. The company recently concluded a successful Critical Design Review of its APS project. The next major step is to validate a fully integrated APS on a Light Armored Vehicle III demonstrator, scheduled…

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NASA, Northrop Grumman continue partnership for science

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NASA photograph by Tony Landis Their bulbous noses almost touching, NASA’s two Global Hawks line up nose-to-nose on the ramp at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Developed by Northrop Grumman, the two autonomously operated unmanned aircraft are flown on long-duration environmental science missions. NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and…

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NASA’s Swift reveals new phenomenon in a neutron star

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Astronomers using NASA’s Swift X-ray Telescope have observed a spinning neutron star suddenly slowing down, yielding clues they can use to understand these extremely dense objects. A neutron star is the crushed core of a massive star that ran out of fuel, collapsed under its own weight, and exploded as a supernova. A neutron star…

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NAVAIR pilots learn to take a breath

Posted May 31, 2013 by

Navy photograph Marine Corps Maj. Kevin Ryan undergoes oxygen deprivation training while operating Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Divisionís Manned Flight Simulator at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. It can strike without warning, robbing a pilot of the ability to think clearly or react as he or she flies through the air at supersonic speeds….

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Boeing celebrates delivery of 50th 747-8

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Boeing celebrated the 50th delivery of a 747-8 May 29. Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the launch customer of the passenger version, took delivery of the milestone aircraft almost one year after the first revenue flight of the 747-8 Intercontinental. It is the airline’s seventh 747-8 and its 82nd 747. “Lufthansa is very proud to have the…

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News Briefs May 29, 2013

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NATO service member killed in Afghanistan An insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed a NATO service member, the coalition said. The U.S.-led military coalition says the service member died April 26 as a result of insurgent fire. It did not provide any other details. The death brings the number of international force members killed…

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