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Bales sentenced to life in prison, no chance of parole

Posted August 26, 2013 by Gene Johnson

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. ñ A military jury Aug. 23 sentenced a U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year to life in prison without a chance of parole. The decision came in the case of SSgt. Robert Bales, 40, who pleaded guilty in June in a deal to avoid the death penalty. Bales…

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Astronaut Gregory H. Johnson leaves NASA

Posted August 26, 2013 by timchisham

NASA astronaut Gregory H. Johnson has left the agency, after a 15-year career that included more than 31 days in space, for a position with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space. A veteran of two space shuttle flights, Johnson served in 2008 as the pilot of STS-123, a mission vital to the…

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Lockheed Martin celebrates 10 years of mission success for Spitzer Space Telescope

Posted August 26, 2013 by

Ten years ago, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope ñ built, integrated and tested at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, Calif. ñ roared into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying the observatory into an Earth-trailing orbit around the sun. The Spitzer Space Telescope is a space-borne, cryogenically-cooled infrared observatory that studies objects ranging…

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News Briefs: August 21, 2013

Posted August 21, 2013 by

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,126 As of Aug. 20, at least 2,126 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,763 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of…

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Little Rock AFB expands C-130J Super Hercules fleet

Posted August 21, 2013 by

The first of five C-130J Super Hercules airlifters designated for delivery to Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., in 2013 was ferried to the base Aug. 20 from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga. This aircraft is the first new C-130J for Little Rock AFB since 2009. Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, director of the…

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Space, missile defense symposium promotes defensive future

Posted August 21, 2013 by Jason B. Cutshaw

Army photograph by Dottie White Lt. Gen. David L. Mann, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, gives his opening remarks to kick off the 16th annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium at the Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala., Aug. 13, 2013. The symposium took place Aug. 12-15. The Rocket…

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F-35B accomplishes first night vertical landing aboard USS Wasp

Posted August 21, 2013 by

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AW72dBp5DBM Aug. 14, U.S. Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Russell Clift performed the first F-35B night-time vertical landing aboard the USS WASP. During the Ship Suitability Sea Trials, also known as Developmental Test Phase Two (DT-II), the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant will demonstrate critical capabilities of the aircraft that will be employed by…

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NASA’s Fermi celebrates five years in space, enters extended mission

Posted August 21, 2013 by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0ELBnoVCsM&feature=player_embedded During its five-year primary mission, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has given astronomers an increasingly detailed portrait of the universe’s most extraordinary phenomena, from giant black holes in the hearts of distant galaxies to thunderstorms on Earth. But its job is not done yet. On Aug. 11, Fermi entered an extended phase of its…

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Judge sentences Manning to 35 years confinement

Posted August 21, 2013 by

Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning was sentenced at Fort Meade, Md., Aug. 21 to 35 years of confinement, reduction to the lowest enlisted rank, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all pay and allowances for his July 30 conviction on a variety of charges related to publication of government information on the WikiLeaks website. Army…

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Chinese ships depart for rare drills with U.S. Navy

Posted August 21, 2013 by Christopher Bodeen

Three Chinese ships are sailing east to join rare naval drills with the United States as Beijing ramps up its military diplomacy amid regional territorial disputes and other tensions. The ships left the port of Qingdao Aug. 20 to participate in search-and-rescue drills with the U.S. Navy in the waters off Hawaii. Afterward, the ships…

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