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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, 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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NASA, ATK complete SLS booster milestone

Posted April 4, 2012 by

NASA and ATK successfully completed the first test for NASA’s Space Launch System booster program March 28 at ATK’s Promontory, Utah, test facility. This demonstration was a key avionics and controls test designated Flight Control Test 1 and included a fully integrated flight heritage thrust vector control system with the new SLS booster avionics subsystem….

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NASA’s Cassini finds Saturn’s moon Phoebe has planet-like qualities

Posted April 30, 2012 by

Data from NASA’s Cassini mission reveal Saturn’s moon Phoebe has more planet-like qualities than previously thought. Scientists had their first close-up look at Phoebe when Cassini began exploring the Saturn system in 2004. Using data from multiple spacecraft instruments and a computer model of the moon’s chemistry, geophysics and geology, scientists found Phoebe was a…

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SpaceX launches NASA demonstration mission to space station

Posted May 22, 2012 by

The second demonstration mission for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program is under way as SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft lifted off May 21 from Cape Canaveral...

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NASA announces 2012 Summer Of Innovation Mini-grants opportunity

Posted June 11, 2012 by

NASA is accepting proposals until June 29 for the mini-grants component of the agency’s 2012 Summer of Innovation project. Proposals may be submitted through the National Space Grant Foundation for NASA-themed content in a variety of programs geared toward middle school students. The foundation is administering the grant program for NASA. Mini-grants are designed to…

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Boeing validates performance of CST vehicle’s attitude control engine

Posted June 27, 2012 by

Boeing recently demonstrated the dual-role propulsion features and performance of the Orbital Maneuvering Attitude Control engine on the service module for the company’s Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft. The tests were conducted at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility, N.M., as part of the second phase of NASA’s Commercial Crew Development program. “Boeing’s unique service-module propulsion system…

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NASA selects launch services contract for three missions

Posted July 17, 2012 by

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Englewood, Colo., to launch the Soil Moisture Active Passive, Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 and Joint Polar Satellite System-1 spacecraft. The spacecraft will launch in October 2014, July 2014 and November 2016, respectively, aboard Delta II rockets from Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The total…

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