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First flight instrument delivered for James Webb Space Telescope

Posted June 14, 2012 by

The first of four instruments to fly aboard NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has been delivered to NASA. The Mid-Infrared Instrument will allow scientists to study cold and distant objects in greater detail than ever before. MIRI arrived at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., May 29. It has been undergoing inspection before…

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NASA’s NuSTAR mission lifts off

Posted June 13, 2012 by

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array launched into the morning skies over the central Pacific Ocean at noon, EDT, June 13 Wednesday, beginning its mission to unveil secrets of buried black holes and other exotic objects. “We all eagerly await the launch of this novel X-ray observatory,” said Paul Hertz, NASA’s Astrophysics Division Director. “With its…

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Educators selected for NASA Explorer Schools summer workshops

Posted June 13, 2012 by

NASA has selected 50 elementary, middle and high school educators from across the nation to work side by side with agency scientists and engineers to learn research techniques and identify connections to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The educators were chosen for these workshops because they demonstrated exemplary classroom practices and innovative use of…

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NASA Langley celebrates five-year partnership with Sierra Nevada

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Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center are marking five years of collaboration with Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems in Louisville, Colo., as partners in the design and development of the Dream Chaser® Space System. NASA Langley and SNC joined forces to update Langley’s HL-20 lifting body vehicle design into the Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle,…

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Small planets don’t need stars with heavy metal content to form

Posted June 13, 2012 by

The formation of small worlds like Earth previously was thought to occur mostly around stars rich in heavy elements such as iron and silicon. However, new ground-based observations, combined with data collected by NASA’s Kepler space telescope, shows small planets form around stars with a wide range of heavy element content and suggests they may…

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Black hole growth found to be out of sync

Posted June 12, 2012 by

New evidence from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory challenges prevailing ideas about how black holes grow in the centers of galaxies. Astronomers long have thought that a supermassive black hole and...

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NASA’s Fermi detects highest-energy light from a solar flare

Posted June 12, 2012 by

During a powerful solar blast on March 7, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected the highest-energy light ever associated with an eruption on the sun. The discovery heralds Fermi's new role...

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NASA Mars rover team aims for landing closer to prime science site

Posted June 11, 2012 by

NASA has narrowed the target for its most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, which will land on the Red Planet in August. The car-sized rover will arrive closer to its ultimate destination for science operations, but also closer to the foot of a mountain slope that poses a landing hazard. “We’re trimming the distance we’ll have…

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XCOR announces general sales agent for space tourism flights

Posted June 11, 2012 by

MOJAVE, Calif. – With the Tom Sachs space-themed art exhibit, “Space Program: Mars” as a backdrop, XCOR Aerospace named Space Expedition Corporation as the new General Sales Agent for the XCOR owned Lynx Suborbital vehicle flying from the Mojave Air and Spaceport, Calif. SXC was previously announced as the first wet lease customer for a…

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NASA surpasses test facility record with J-2X powerpack test

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NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., broke its own record June 8 when it conducted a test on the new J-2X powerpack.

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