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Send your name on NASA’s journey to Mars, starting with Orion’s first flight

Posted October 10, 2014 by

If only your name could collect frequent flyer miles. NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency’s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4 on its first flight, designated Exploration Flight Test-1. After…

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Satellite data shows U.S. methane ‘hot spot’ bigger than expected

Posted October 10, 2014 by tomlear

One small “hot spot” in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States – more than triple the standard ground-based estimate - according to a new study of satellite data by scientists at NASA and the University of Michigan.

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NASA’s NuSTAR telescope discovers shockingly bright dead star

Posted October 8, 2014 by

NASA/JPL-Caltech image A rare and mighty pulsar (pink) can be seen at the center of the galaxy Messier 82 in this new multi-wavelength portrait. NASA’s NuSTAR mission discovered the “pulse” of the pulsar a type of dead star using is high-energy X-ray vision. Astronomers have found a pulsating, dead star beaming with the energy of…

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Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman deliver payload for fourth SBIRS satellite

Posted October 8, 2014 by

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Prime contractor Lockheed Martin and payload provider Northrop Grumman have delivered the payload for the fourth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System. The payload, delivered Sept. 30, will now be integrated with the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite bus in final assembly, integration…

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NASA partners with X-37B program for use of former space shuttle hangars

Posted October 8, 2014 by

NASA photograph File image from June 20, 2001 shows Orbiter Processing Facility 1 and 2 (left) and Vehicle Assembly Building (right) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B Program for use of the center’s Orbiter Processing Facility Bays…

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NASA selects three proposals to support behavioral health, performance

Posted October 8, 2014 by

NASA's Human Research Program will fund three proposals to help investigate questions about behavioral health and performance on future deep space exploration missions.

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NASA selects nine space radiobiology research proposals

Posted October 6, 2014 by

NASA's Human Research Program will fund nine proposals for ground-based research that will help enable extended and safer human exploration of space by quantifying and, ultimately, reducing the risks posed by space radiation.

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NASA mission points to origin of ocean of storms on Earth’s moon

Posted October 6, 2014 by

NASA/GSFC/JPL/Colorado School of Mines/MIT image Earth’s moon as observed in visible light (left), topography (center, where red is high and blue is low), and the GRAIL gravity gradients (right). The Procellarum region is a broad region of low topography covered in dark mare basalt. The gravity gradients reveal a giant rectangular pattern of structures surrounding…

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NASA selects nine space radiobiology research proposals

Posted October 3, 2014 by

NASA/SOHO image NASA’s space radiobiology research aims to mitigate the harmful effects of the space radiation environment on astronaut health outside of the relative protection of the Van Allen belts (pictured in blue). NASA’s Human Research Program will fund nine proposals for ground-based research that will help enable extended and safer human exploration of space…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft, rocket move closer to first flight

Posted October 1, 2014 by

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry it into space are at their penultimate stops in Florida on their path to a December flight test.

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