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NASA partners punctuate summer with spacecraft development advances

Posted July 23, 2014 by

Spacecraft and rocket development is on pace this summer for NASA’s aerospace industry partners for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program as they progress through systems testing, review boards and quarterly sessions under their† Space Act Agreements with the agency. NASA engineers and specialists continue their review of the progress as the agency and partners move…

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NASA seeks proposals for commercial Mars data relay satellites

Posted July 23, 2014 by

NASA has issued a Request for Information to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet. We are looking to broaden participation in the exploration of Mars to include new models for government and commercial partnerships, said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA’s…

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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory celebrates 15th anniversary

Posted July 23, 2014 by

Chandra, one of NASA's current "Great Observatories," along with the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, is specially designed to detect X-ray emission from hot and energetic regions of the universe.

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NASA begins engine test project for space launch system rocket

Posted July 18, 2014 by

NASA photograph RS-25 rocket engine No. 0525 is positioned onto the A-1 Test Stand at NASAís Stennis Space Center in Mississippi preparation for a series of developmental tests. Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar…

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SSL selected to study asteroid retrieval for NASA

Posted July 18, 2014 by

Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, announced July 18 that it was one of the companies selected by NASA to study system concepts and key technologies for NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission, which is expected to be a key part of the agency’s path to sending humans to Mars. SSL will conduct two studies;…

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NASA turns over next-gen air traffic management tool to FAA

Posted July 16, 2014 by

A new NASA-developed computer software tool designed to aid air traffic controllers was presented to the Federal Aviation Administration during a ceremony July 14 at the agency's headquarters in Washington.

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NASA seeks proposals for Europa mission science instruments

Posted July 16, 2014 by

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech, and SETI Institute Compiled from NASAís Galileo spacecraft data, this colorized surface image of Europa shows the blue-white terrains which indicate relatively pure water ice. Scientists are very interested in these features because they may offer a way to investigate the habitability of the moonís interior ocean. NASA has issued an…

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NASA announces early career faculty space tech research grants

Posted July 16, 2014 by

NASA has selected seven university-led proposals for the study of innovative, early stage technologies that address high priority needs for America’s space program. The selected proposals for unique, disruptive, or transformational space technologies will address challenges in robotic mobility when traversing extreme terrain, in developing lightweight and multifunctional materials and structures, and in lowering the…

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NASA Armstrong recalls first moon landing, preps for ‘next giant leap’

Posted July 16, 2014 by

After making the 240,000-mile journey to the moon cruising through open space, the last 300 feet down to landing represented the most difficult and dangerous part of the Apollo missions.

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NASA cargo launches to space station aboard Orbital Sciences resupply mission

Posted July 14, 2014 by

A multitude of NASA research investigations, crew provisions, hardware and science experiments from across the country is headed to the International Space Station aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft.

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