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NASA’s Kepler reborn, makes first exoplanet find of new mission

Posted December 19, 2014 by

Image courtesy of NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle The artistic concept shows NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2. Using publicly available data, astronomers have confirmed K2’s first exoplanet discovery proving Kepler can still find planets. NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using…

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NASA, planetary scientists find meteoritic evidence of Mars water reservoir

Posted December 19, 2014 by

This illustration depicts Martian water reservoirs. Recent research provides evidence for the existence of a third reservoir that is intermediate in isotopic composition between the Red Planet√≠s mantle and its current atmosphere. These results support the hypothesis that a buried cryosphere accounts for a large part of the initial water budget of Mars. NASA and…

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Lockheed Martin-built MUOS-3 satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle fairing

Posted December 19, 2014 by

The third Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing Dec. 18. It is scheduled to launch Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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NASA’s Orion arrives back at Kennedy

Posted December 19, 2014 by

NASA photograph NASA’s Orion spacecraft returned to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida Dec. 18, 2014. The spacecraft flew to an altitude of 3,600 miles in space during a Dec. 5 flight test designed to stress many of the riskiest events Orion will see when it sends astronauts on future missions to an asteroid…

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NASA launches new Micro-g NExT for undergraduates

Posted December 17, 2014 by

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in a new microgravity activity called Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams. The deadline for proposals is Jan. 28, 2015. Micro-g NExT challenges students to work in teams to design and build prototypes of spacewalking tools to be used by astronauts for spacewalk training in the…

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Storm fails to quench liftoff of secret reconnaissance satellite

Posted December 17, 2014 by Peter W. Merlin

The fiery launch of an Atlas V (541), among the most powerful of the venerable Atlas family, briefly dispelled the gloom over California√≠s Central Coast on the evening of Dec. 12. A team of personnel from United Launch Alliance and the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base completed the countdown sequence at 7:19…

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Lockheed Martin wins Alaska spaceport bid

Posted December 15, 2014 by Mark Thiessen

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The state-owned space agency Dec. 12 named Lockheed Martin the winner of a bidding process to reconfigure a launch pad to accommodate larger rockets than what the Kodiak Launch Complex can currently handle. Lockheed Martin beat out three other bidders to reconfigure launch pad one at the Kodiak site, officials with the…

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Orion spacecraft heading home after successful at-sea recovery by U.S. Navy, NASA

Posted December 10, 2014 by

Engineers are getting their first look at the Lockheed Martin-built Orion spacecraft following its successful flight test and recovery Dec. 5. With the spacecraft recovered from the Pacific and brought to port in San Diego, technical teams are examining flight data recorders and samples of the heat shield to learn as much as possible about…

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Northrop Grumman to supply navigation system for SBIRS GEO-5 satellite

Posted December 10, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has been selected by prime contractor Lockheed Martin to provide its space inertial reference system for the U.S. Air Force Space-Based Infrared System's fifth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite.

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Boeing CST-100 spacecraft moves another step closer to flight

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Boeing and NASA recently completed the Ground Segment Critical Design Review and set the baseline design for the company’s Commercial Crew Transportation System, moving a step closer to the planned early 2017 voyage to the International Space Station. Completion of the Certification Baseline Review allows construction on system hardware, including the spacecraft and United Launch…

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