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NASA to launch ocean wind monitor to space station

Posted January 30, 2013 by

In a clever reuse of hardware originally built to test parts of NASA’s QuikScat satellite, the agency will launch the ISS-RapidScat instrument to the International Space Station in 2014 to measure ocean-surface wind speed and direction. The ISS-RapidScat instrument will help improve weather forecasts, including hurricane monitoring, and understanding of how ocean-atmosphere interactions influence Earth’s…

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U.S. investigators ask Boeing for battery history

Posted January 30, 2013 by Elaine Kurtenbach and Joan Lowy

U.S. investigators said Jan. 30 they asked Boeing to provide a full operating history of lithium-ion batteries used in its grounded 787 Dreamliners after Japan’s All Nippon Airways revealed it had repeatedly replaced the batteries even before overheating problems surfaced. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the agency made the request after recently…

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NASA launches second international space apps challenge

Posted January 30, 2013 by

NASA and government agencies worldwide will host the second International Space Apps Challenge April 20-21, with events across all seven continents and in space. Participants are encouraged to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth. The two-day event will…

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Headlines: January 28, 2013

Posted January 28, 2013 by

Business Boeing 787 safety regulations eased by Japan in aim to fast track Dreamliner’s rollout Japan’s government stepped in to give Boeing’s now-grounded 787 Dreamliner and its made-in-Japan technology a boost in 2008 by easing safety regulations, fast-tracking the rollout of the groundbreaking jet for Japan’s biggest airlines, according to records and participants in the…

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NASA telescope observes how sun stores, releases energy

Posted January 28, 2013 by

A NASA suborbital telescope has given scientists the first clear evidence of energy transfer from the sun’s magnetic field to the solar atmosphere or corona. This process, known as solar braiding, has been theorized by researchers, but remained unobserved until now. Researchers were able to witness this phenomenon in the highest resolution images ever taken…

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DOD, VA improve online access to benefits information

Posted January 28, 2013 by

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have released improvements to the functionality of eBenefits, a joint, self-service Web portal that provides registered users with secure online information and access to a variety of benefits resources for service members and veterans. “The increasing capabilities of eBenefits give veterans and service members greater flexibility in securing the…

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NASA solicits ideas for International Space Station research

Posted January 28, 2013 by

NASA wants to know how you can improve the International Space Station as a technology test bed. NASA’s International Space Station National Laboratory and Technology Demonstration offices are asking for proposals on how the space station may be used to develop advanced or improved exploration technologies. NASA also is seeking proposals about how new approaches,…

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Arlington Cemetery debuts upgraded welcome center

Posted January 28, 2013 by Jim Dresbach

Arlington National Cemetery's endeavor to inform of its past and to educate visitors continued to move forward Jan. 20, with the official opening of a revamped welcome center.

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Sound rocket flight provides important clues to coronal heating, points the way to future solar missions

Posted January 28, 2013 by

A NASA sounding rocket flight in 2012 captured five minutes of the highest-resolution images ever taken of the Sun’s million-degree outer atmosphere, the corona. The new images have provided tantalizing hints of another mechanism that likely contributes to the heating of the solar corona. In a paper published today in the journal Nature, researchers from…

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Free Lynx flights to space offered by Axe men’s products

Posted January 25, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

Flights aboard the XCOR Lynx II, which SXC has contracted to wet lease from Mojave based XCOR Aerospace, will be part of a major marketing campaign put on by Axe’s parent, Unilever.

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