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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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Last piggyback ride

Posted April 13, 2012 by

NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft number 905 arrived at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., April 10 for its final shuttle-related mission. The aircraft will ferry the space shuttles to their final resting places by fall. Currently, NASA technicians are preparing Discovery for the ferry flight early next week to the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles airport…

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Black hole caught red-handed in stellar homicide

Posted May 2, 2012 by

Astronomers have gathered the most direct evidence yet of a supermassive black hole shredding a star that wandered too close. NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer, a space-based observatory, and the Pan-STARRS1 telescope on the summit of Haleakala in Hawaii, were among the first to help identify the stellar remains. Supermassive black holes, weighing millions to billions…

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Landsat contest offers view of local landscape change from space

Posted May 24, 2012 by

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the United States’ Landsat Earth-observing program, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey are holding a contest that will offer winners customized satellite views of changing local landscapes. All U.S. citizens are eligible to enter the “My American Landscape: A Space Chronicle of Change” contest. Winners will be announced July…

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Small planets don’t need stars with heavy metal content to form

Posted June 13, 2012 by

The formation of small worlds like Earth previously was thought to occur mostly around stars rich in heavy elements such as iron and silicon. However, new ground-based observations, combined with data collected by NASA’s Kepler space telescope, shows small planets form around stars with a wide range of heavy element content and suggests they may…

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Hubble, Swift detect first-ever changes in an exoplanet atmosphere

Posted June 28, 2012 by

An international team of astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made an unparalleled observation, detecting significant changes in the atmosphere of a planet located beyond our...

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Dryden employee receives Silver Snoopy

Posted July 19, 2012 by NASA photograph by Tony Landis

During a recent visit to the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., NASA astronaut Rick Sturckow presented a Silver Snoopy Award to Alan Brown, news chief and public affairs specialist...

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