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Space

Parachutes for NASA’s Orion spacecraft hit no snags in most difficult test

Posted June 25, 2014 by

NASA completed the most complex and flight-like test of the parachute system for the agency's Orion spacecraft June 25.

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Tech

NASA completes testing on 3-D printer

Posted June 25, 2014 by

A 3-D printer that astronauts call their version of a "Star Trek" replicator has just completed a series of tests at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., verifying it is ready to be launched to the International Space Station later this year.

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Veterans

Former Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for fierce battle in Afghanistan

Posted June 25, 2014 by Lisa Ferdinando

Facing almost certain death during an enemy assault in Afghanistan, a gravely injured Ryan Pitts, then a sergeant, fiercely fought on, keeping an observation post and fallen soldiers around him from ending up in enemy hands.

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Headlines June 23, 2014

Posted June 23, 2014 by

News: U.S and Iraq talking over legal immunity for troops – The U.S. and Iraqi governments are revisiting the controversial issue of legal immunity for American troops, the key sticking point that prompted a complete withdraw of troops in 2011.   U.S. advisers to Iraq will earn combat pay – Special operators being sent to Iraq will receive…

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Defense

MPS Increment IV reaches full deployment

Posted June 23, 2014 by Justin Oakes

Battle Management program executive officer Steven Wert recently declared full deployment of the Mission Planning System Increment IV, Joint Mission Planning System, ushering in a new generation of capabilities for mission planners.

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Business

Raytheon kill vehicle destroys complex, long-range ballistic missile target in space

Posted June 23, 2014 by

— During a Missile Defense Agency test of Boeing’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, Raytheon’s Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle destroyed a complex, long-range ballistic missile target in space. It was the ninth intercept for the GMD program, which is designed to protect the U.S. against long-range ballistic missile attack by destroying incoming threats outside of the Earth’s atmosphere….

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Northrop Grumman directs target engagement in successful missile defense intercept test

Posted June 23, 2014 by

— Northrop Grumman’s advanced battle management and launch control capabilities successfully performed in the June 22 intercept test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system. Northrop Grumman is a strategic partner of Boeing for the GMD program that provides the nation’s only defense against long-range ballistic missiles. “Our systems serve a pivotal role in effectively delivering…

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Defense

AF builds partnership with Baltic states

Posted June 23, 2014 by SrA. Jonathan Stefanko

U.S. Airmen from the 435th Contingency Response Group arrived at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, June 16, to participate in the Air Force-specific portion of Saber Strike 2014.

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover marks first Martian year with mission successes

Posted June 23, 2014 by

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover will complete a Martian year - 687 Earth days - on June 24, having accomplished the mission's main goal of determining whether Mars once offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life.

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College students study Earth from NASA’s DC-8 flying lab

Posted June 23, 2014 by

Thirty-two undergraduate students from a like number of colleges and universities are participating in an eight-week NASA Airborne Science Program field experience designed to immerse them in the agency's Earth Science research.

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