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

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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

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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 selects contracts for environmental remediation services

Posted June 28, 2012 by

NASA has selected three companies to provide architect and engineering professional environmental remediation services at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., the adjacent Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and other NASA locations. The combined maximum potential value for the three contracts is $91 million. Services will be performed during a five-year period beginning this year. The companies…

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NASA’s Spitzer find evidence for an explanet smaller than Earth

Posted July 18, 2012 by

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is a planet two-thirds the size of Earth. The exoplanet candidate, called UCF-1.01, is located a mere 33 light-years away, making it possibly the nearest world to our solar system that is smaller than our home planet. Exoplanets circle stars beyond our sun. Only…

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NASA announces next step in effort to launch Americans from U.S. soil

Posted August 6, 2012 by

NASA announced Aug. 3 new agreements with three American commercial companies to design and develop the next generation of U.S. human spaceflight capabilities, enabling a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next five years. Advances made by these companies under newly signed Space Act Agreements through the agency’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative…

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NASA, Maritime Administration announce new home for Liberty Star

Posted August 21, 2012 by

NASA and the Transportation Department's Maritime Administration signed a memorandum of understanding Aug. 21 to transfer NASA's solid rocket booster recovery ship, M/V Liberty Star, to the National Defense Reserve Fleet for use as a training vessel at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y....

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ULA Atlas V rocket successfully launches fourth NRO payload in five months

Posted September 17, 2012 by

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 2:39 p.m., PDT, Sept. 13. Designated NROL-36, the mission is in support of national defense. “Today’s successful launch of the NROL-36 mission occurred on the same day…

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Intelsat accepts second on-orbit Boeing 702MP satellite

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Intelsat S.A. has accepted its second Boeing 702MP (Medium Power) satellite, Intelsat 21, which was launched Aug. 18 and is enhancing Intelsat’s broadcast and communications services throughout four continents. Boeing introduced the 702MP spacecraft line in 2009 to meet customer requirements for satellites with 6 to 12 kilowatts of power. The…

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