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NASA’s Webb telescope flight backplane section completed

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The center section of the backplane structure that will fly on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has been completed, marking an important milestone in the telescope’s hardware development. The backplane will support the telescope’s beryllium mirrors, instruments, thermal control systems and…

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NASA’s Spitzer finds galaxy with split personality

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While some galaxies are rotund and others are slender disks like our spiral Milky Way, new observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope show that the Sombrero galaxy is both. The galaxy, which is a round, elliptical with a thin disk embedded inside, is one of the first known to exhibit characteristics of the two different…

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Cassini spacecraft sees new objects blazing trails in Saturn ring

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Scientists working with images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have discovered strange, half-mile-sized objects punching through one of Saturn’s rings and leaving glittering trails behind them. The results will be presented tomorrow at the European…

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Moon Express delivers lunar mission design report to NASA

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Moon Express, a Google Lunar X PRIZE contender, announced today that it has successfully delivered a mission design package to NASA...

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Boeing, NASA sign agreement on mission support for CST-100

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Boeing has signed an agreement with NASA’s Mission Operations Directorate at Johnson Space Center, Texas, to collaborate on mission planning, training and flight operations for the company’s Commercial Space Transportation-100 spacecraft. Under the new arrangement, which Boeing negotiated under its current Phase 2 NASA Space Act Agreement for Commercial Crew Development, Boeing will begin discussions…

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NASA mission wants amateur astronomers to target asteroids

Posted April 19, 2012 by

A new NASA outreach project will enlist the help of amateur astronomers to discover near-Earth objects and study their characteristics. NEOs are asteroids with orbits that occasionally bring them close to the Earth. Starting April 18, a new citizen science project called “Target Asteroids!” will support NASA’s Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security – Regolith…

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SpaceX plans its own launch site in Texas

Posted April 19, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

SpaceX announced last November that it was considering sites in Alaska, California, Florida, Texas and Virginia to build its own launch site. April 10, the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation announced it will prepare an environmental impact statement for a SpaceX commercial launch complex…

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NASA awards Loral contract for laser comm payload flight

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NASA’s Space Technology Program has awarded Space System/Loral of Palo Alto, Calif., a $3 million contract to initiate the process of hosting a space laser communications relay demonstration terminal payload aboard a Loral commercial satellite, which launches in 2016. The agreement marks the first time NASA has contracted to fly a payload on an American-manufactured…

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NASA awards aircraft maintenance, operations support contract

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NASA has selected DynCorp International LLC of Fort Worth, Texas, to provide aircraft maintenance and operational support services under a contract potentially worth $176.9 million. DynCorp will perform the work at Ellington Field at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston; NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.; NASA facilities in El Paso, Texas, and Edwards…

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Discovery flies for last time, ends chapter in aerospace history

Posted April 18, 2012 by by A1C Alexander W. Riedel

After almost 27 years and 39 flights in Earth’s orbit, the space shuttle Discovery arrived at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., April 17 on its...

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