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Ninth Boeing GPS IIF reaches orbit, sends first signals

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Boeing Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellites are steadily replenishing the orbiting constellation, continuing to improve reliability and accuracy for users around the world. The ninth GPS IIF reached orbit about three hours, 20 minutes after launching today aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., and…

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NASA asteroid hunter spacecraft data available to public

Posted March 27, 2015 by

Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft now are available online to the public.

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NASA’s Hubble, Chandra find clues that may help identify dark matter

Posted March 27, 2015 by

Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark matter does not slow down when colliding with itself, meaning it interacts with itself less than previously thought.

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SOFIA finds missing link between supernovae, planet formation

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Using NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, an international scientific team discovered that supernovae are capable of producing a substantial amount of the material from which planets like Earth can form.

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NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover finishes marathon

Posted March 25, 2015 by

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win.

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NASA announces teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

Posted March 25, 2015 by

NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the world who competed in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 11-12, 2014, at the U.S. Space & Rocket…

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F. E. Warren conducts Minuteman III missile test launch from Vandenberg

Posted March 23, 2015 by

A team Airmen from Air Force Global Strike Command, launched an unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle March 23, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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NASA awards contract for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-2 spacecraft

Posted March 23, 2015 by

NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract to Orbital ATK (formerly Orbital Sciences Corporation) of Dulles, Va., for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-2 spacecraft. The JPSS-2 spacecraft will provide operational continuity of satellite-based observations to enable the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide critical weather…

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NASA spacecraft detects aurora, mysterious dust cloud around Mars

Posted March 18, 2015 by

University of Colorado image Artistís conception of MAVENís Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph (IUVS) observing the ìChristmas Lights Aurora” on Mars. MAVEN observations show that aurora on Mars is similar to Earthís “Northern Lights” but has a different origin. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained…

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Space station crew returns to Earth, lands safely in Kazakhstan

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Three crew members returned to Earth March 11 after a 167-day mission on the International Space Station that included hundreds of scientific experiments and several spacewalks to prepare the orbiting laboratory for future arrivals by U.S. commercial crew spacecraft.

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