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Boeing CST-100 spacecraft model passes water-recovery tests

Posted July 22, 2013 by

Boeing recently demonstrated that astronauts in its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 capsule will be able to safely exit the spacecraft during an emergency water landing. Although the CST-100 is designed to land on the ground, Boeing engineers worked with NASA and Department of Defense search-and-recovery personnel to test several emergency water-extraction scenarios. ìCrew safety is…

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SNC’s Dream Chaser rolls through ground tests

Posted August 14, 2013 by Stephanie Covey and Rebecca Regan

Hours before the heat rose in the Mojave Desert of Southern California on Aug. 2 the Dream Chaser rolled out of a hangar at dawn as teams prepared to pull the flight vehicle through a series of 60 mph ground tow tests.

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Hubble uncovers largest known group of star clusters, clues to dark matter

Posted September 13, 2013 by

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered the largest known population of globular star clusters, an estimated 160,000, swarming like bees inside the crowded core of the giant grouping of galaxies known as Abell 1689.

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Virgin Galactic customer day at Mojave

Posted October 4, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

Photograph by Mark Greenberg A majority of Virgin Galactic’s future astronauts gather with Sir Richard Branson (center) for a group photo at Virgin Galactic FAITH hangar in Mojave, Calif., Sept. 25. Sir Richard Branson hosted his annual Yes, youre going to space pep rally for his world ñwide customers Sept. 25 at the Mojave Air…

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Ball Aerospace-built STPSat-3 Satellite Launches from Wallops Island

Posted November 20, 2013 by

The Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. STPSat-3 satellite built for the Department of Defense and part of the Operationally Responsive Space-3 (ORS-3) mission, successfully launched from Wallops Island, Va., on board a Minotaur I at 8:15 p.m., EST, Nov. 19. STPSat-3 joins its predecessor, the Ball-built STPSat-2, which launched in 2010 on the same date….

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory reveal giant plasma flows on sun

Posted December 16, 2013 by

Observations from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, have enabled scientists to confirm the existence of giant flows of gases and plasma moving heat from the sun’s interior to its surface. The findings end 45 years of speculation about the “giant convection cells” and advance understanding of the formation of sunspot activity that causes space…

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NASA set for big year in Earth science with five new missions

Posted January 22, 2014 by

For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet.

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NASA awards mission operations advanced technology, integration contract

Posted February 14, 2014 by

NASA has awarded its Advanced Technology and Integration contract to Tietronix Software Inc. of Webster, Texas for support at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This firm-fixed price contract begins April 1 with a five-year base period and includes indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity task orders. The value of the contract is $35 million. Tietronix will provide…

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SpaceX Launch to International Space Station Reset for March 30

Posted March 24, 2014 by

SpaceX has confirmed it will target its next cargo mission launch to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, for 10:50 p.m., EDT, March 30. NASA Television launch coverage begins at 9:45 p.m. for the company’s third contracted resupply mission to the orbital laboratory. A post-launch news conference will follow…

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NASA innovative advanced concept program seeks phase II proposals

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NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program is seeking proposals for technologies that could be used on future exploration missions.

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