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NASA instruments on European comet spacecraft begin activation countdown

Posted January 27, 2014 by

Three NASA science instruments are being prepared for check-out operations aboard the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus in November. Rosetta was reactivated Jan. 20 after a record 957 days in hibernation. U.S. mission managers are scheduled to…

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AF lays to rest an ‘American hero’

Posted January 27, 2014 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Friends, family members, political leaders, former prisoners of war and service members paid their respects as an Air Force Ace was interred at Arlington National Cemetery Jan. 23.

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Headlines – January 24, 2014

Posted January 24, 2014 by

News: General Dempsey’s ‘failures in leadership’ cited in Benghazi disaster – Congress generally has given the Pentagon a pass on failing to come to the aid of Americans in Benghazi — that is until now. Six Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, led by Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, have issued a blistering…

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Herschel Telescope detects water on dwarf planet

Posted January 24, 2014 by

Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.

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Boeing TDRS-L relay satellite sends first signals from space

Posted January 24, 2014 by

Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-L after a successful launch Jan. 23, bolstering the tracking and communications network used by NASA and its customers.

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Defense

First Luke F-35 pilot training at Eglin

Posted January 24, 2014 by SSgt. Timothy Boyer and A1C Pedro Mota

Flying is a concept that captures the imagination of some people at a very young age; hence the success of characters like Peter Pan, Superman and even a flying house in the 2009 movie "Up."

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Northrop Grumman-built BAMS-D UAV surpasses 10,000 combat flying hours

Posted January 24, 2014 by

The Northrop Grumman built unmanned demonstrator aircraft used for maritime surveillance missions by the U.S. Navy surpassed 10,000 combat flying hours supporting intelligence-gathering missions in the Middle East.

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Sierra Nevada Corporation announces new space plans for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Posted January 24, 2014 by

In the latest example of NASA Kennedy Space Center’s transformation into a multi-user spaceport, Sierra Nevada Corporation of Louisville, Colo., announced Jan. 23 steps it will take to prepare for a November 2016 orbital flight of its Dream Chaser spacecraft from Florida’s Space Coast. The announcement included the purchase of an Atlas V rocket from…

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Pentagon to review strategic nuclear deterrence mission

Posted January 24, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a review of U.S. strategic nuclear deterrence forces and their ability to carry out their mission, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said Jan. 23. At a Pentagon press briefing, Kirby said the secretary still has confidence in the strategic deterrence force, but seeks to upgrade the entire…

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PACOM keys capabilities to 21st-century Asia-Pacific

Posted January 24, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

America’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region is on track, and U.S. Pacific Command is staying on top of the growing sophistication of today’s weapon systems in what Pacom commander Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III calls “the most militarized region in the world.” Locklear briefed the press at the Pentagon Jan. 23 on Pacom’s progress…

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