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Headlines: February 11, 2013

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Business EADS unit could face FBI probe over Saudi deal The FBI is investigating allegations of corruption involving a British unit of aerospace group EADS over a contract in Saudi Arabia for the U.K.’s Ministry of Defence, the Financial Times said Feb. 11.   Veterans ‘I would have destroyed Dresden again’: Bomber Harris was unrepentant…

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NASA satellite date find freshwater loses in Middle East

Posted February 13, 2013 by

A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade. Scientists at the University of California at Irvine (UC Irvine); NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; and the National Center for Atmospheric Research…

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Remains of Monitor sailors to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery

Posted February 13, 2013 by Lt. Lauryn Dempsey

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Feb. 12 that remains recovered from the USS Monitor will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery. A ceremony will be held March 8 to honor the two unknown sailors.

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Boeing, Icelandair finalize order for 16 737 MAX airplanes

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Boeing and Icelandair announced a firm order Feb. 13 for 16 737 MAX airplanes, valued at more than $1.6 billion at list prices.

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North Korea brandishing nukes to get U.S. to talk peace

Posted February 13, 2013 by Jean H. Lee

The way North Korea sees it, only bigger weapons and more threatening provocations will force Washington to come to the table to discuss what Pyongyang says it really wants: peace. It’s no coincidence that North Korea’s third underground nuclear test – and by all indications so far its most powerful yet – took place Feb….

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Leland Melvin updated on Dryden’s education outreach

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NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's education team presented an overview of the center's education programs to NASA's Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin Feb. 8

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Boeing awarded U.S. Air Force contract to continue GPS modernization

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing will continue modernizing the Global Positioning System satellite constellation for up to five more years, extending the company’s role in the vital military and civilian navigation network. The U.S. Air Force, which operates the GPS network, recently awarded Boeing a $51 million, one-year contract with four one-year options. The contract…

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U.N. agency moves to kill aircraft battery exemption

Posted February 13, 2013 by Joan Lowy

A U.N. agency that sets global aviation safety standards is moving to prevent aircraft batteries like the one that caught fire on a Boeing 787 last month from being shipped as cargo on passenger planes, people familiar with the effort said. Over the past few days, the members of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s dangerous…

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Revitalize Mojave money on the way as plan is unveiled

Posted February 13, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

An enthusiastic group of stake holders welcomed the Community Revitalization Vision Plan presented Jan. 31 at the Mojave Veterans Building. The Kern County Planning and Community Development consultants showed what Mojave might look like in the future. The vision is based on wishes expressed in last years’ workshops, to which all community members were invited….

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NASA’s Orion lands safely on two of three parachutes in test

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NASA engineers have demonstrated the agency’s Orion spacecraft can land safely if one of its three main parachutes fails to inflate during deployment. The test was conducted Tuesday in Yuma, Ariz., with the parachutes attached to a test article. Engineers rigged the parachutes so only two would inflate, leaving the third to flag behind, when…

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