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NASA, FAA advance national goals in commercial human space transportation with landmark agreement

Posted June 18, 2012 by

The Federal Aviation Administration and NASA have signed a historic agreement to coordinate standards for commercial space travel of government and non-government astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station. The two agencies will collaborate to expand efforts that provide a stable framework for the U.S. space industry, avoid conflicting requirements and…

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Moon Express delivers lunar mission design report to NASA

Posted April 23, 2012 by

Moon Express, a Google Lunar X PRIZE contender, announced today that it has successfully delivered a mission design package to NASA...

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NASA’s Spitzer sees the light of alien ‘super Earth’

Posted May 8, 2012 by

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has detected light emanating from a “super-Earth” planet beyond our solar system for the first time. While the planet is not habitable, the detection is a historic step toward the eventual search for signs of life on other planets. “Spitzer has amazed us yet again,” said Bill Danchi, Spitzer program scientist…

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NASA twin spacecraft create most accurate gravity map of Moon

Posted December 5, 2012 by

Twin NASA probes orbiting the moon have generated the highest resolution gravity field map of any celestial body. The new map, created by the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, is allowing scientists to learn about the moon’s internal structure and composition in unprecedented detail. Data from the two washing machine-sized spacecraft also will…

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NASA confirms launch date for five rocket mission from Virginia

Posted March 27, 2012 by

NASA managers have given a “go” for a countdown leading to the launch of five suborbital sounding rockets early in the morning March 27 on a science mission that will briefly create a milky white cloud that may be visible along a large portion of the U.S. east coast. The launch window for the mission…

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Orbital Sciences’ Antares passes fit check

Posted April 25, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

Orbital Sciences Corp. is working hard and fast to get its Antares booster rocket and Cygnus cargo supply capsule flight tested this year. They have a milestone coming up under their Commercial Orbital Transportation Services agreement with NASA. But CEO David Thomson told financial analysts…

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NASA lends Galaxy Evolution Explorer to Caltech

Posted May 16, 2012 by

NASA is lending the Galaxy Evolution Explorer to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, where the spacecraft will continue its exploration of the cosmos. In a first-of-a-kind move for NASA, a Space Act Agreement was signed May 14 so the university soon can resume spacecraft operations and data management for the mission using private…

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First SBIRS satellite exceeding performance expectations after one year in orbit

Posted June 5, 2012 by

The first Lockheed Martin-built Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous satellite, launched May 7, 2011, is exceeding...

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NASA extends contract for mission, crew operations support

Posted June 25, 2012 by

NASA has awarded a contract extension to United Space Alliance of Houston to provide mission and flight crew operations support for the International Space Station and future human space exploration. The $17.4 million extension of the Integrated Mission Operations Contract covers ground-based human spaceflight operations capability development and execution. This contract includes support for mission…

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NASA astronaut Mark Polansky leaves agency

Posted July 13, 2012 by

NASA astronaut Mark Polansky has left the agency. His last day with NASA was June 30. Polansky is a veteran of three space shuttle missions. He flew as a pilot on the STS-98 mission in 2001 and served as commander for STS-116 in 2006 and STS-127 in 2009. Polansky ends his NASA career with more…

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