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NASA launches satellite to study how sun’s atmosphere is energized

Posted June 28, 2013 by

NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph spacecraft launched at 7:27 p.m., PDT, June 27 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The mission to study the solar atmosphere was placed in orbit by an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL rocket. “We are thrilled to add IRIS to the suite of NASA missions studying the sun,” said John…

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Arrests bring drop in Seattle VA travel claims

Posted July 29, 2013 by Gene Johnson

A funny thing happened after federal authorities arrested several military veterans last year and accused them of lying about how far they drove to get to medical appointments at the Veterans Administration hospital in Seattle. A bunch of others who didn’t get busted stopped filing for so much money in mileage reimbursements, and the VA…

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NASA spacecraft reactivated to hunt for asteroids

Posted August 23, 2013 by

A NASA spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service for three more years starting in September, assisting the agency in its effort to identify the population of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as well as those suitable for asteroid exploration…

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Sunshield for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope ready for manufacturing

Posted September 20, 2013 by

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is dominated visually by the tennis-court sized sunshield, which separates the observatory into a warm sun-facing side and a cold anti-sun side.

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NASA advanced booster shows options on increasing performance, reducing cost

Posted October 28, 2013 by

ATK has achieved a significant milestone in its NASA Research Announcement Advanced Booster risk-reduction program for the Space Launch System by successfully completing filament winding of a pathfinder Advanced Booster composite case. Ultimately, this Advanced Booster NRA effort will enable NASA and ATK to optimize a case design that will be stronger, yet more affordable…

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Ball Aerospace completes primary structure for JPSS-1

Posted December 4, 2013 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has achieved a pivotal milestone for assuring continuity of the nation’s future weather and storm forecasting by completing the primary bus structure of the first satellite in the Joint Polar Satellite System. JPSS-1 is the follow-on in a series of next generation satellites and is scheduled for launch in early…

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NASA awards launch services contract for InSight mission

Posted December 20, 2013 by

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colo., to launch the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to Mars. InSight will launch in March 2016 aboard an Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The total cost for NASA to…

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NASA, JAXA prepare rain, snow satellite for launch

Posted January 27, 2014 by

The world enters a new era of global weather observing and climate science in February with the launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, a new international science satellite built by NASA. GPM, a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, is scheduled to launch Feb. 27 from Tanegashima Space Center…

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NASA’s WISE survey finds thousands of new stars, but no ‘Planet X’

Posted March 7, 2014 by

After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed “Planet X.” Researchers previously had theorized about the existence of this large, but unseen celestial body, suspected to lie somewhere beyond the orbit of…

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NASA satellite to continue gathering data up to planned lunar impact

Posted April 4, 2014 by

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude to continue making science observations prior to its planned impact on the moon’s surface on or before April 21. Ground controllers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., are maneuvering the spacecraft to fly approximately 1 to 2 miles…

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