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Hubble watches stars’ clockwork motion in nearby galaxy

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Using the sharp-eyed NASA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have for the first time precisely measured the rotation rate of a galaxy based on the clock-like movement of its stars. According to their analysis, the central part of the neighboring galaxy, called the Large Magellanic Cloud, completes a rotation every 250 million years. It takes our…

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NASA seeks suborbital flight services proposals for technology demonstrations

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NASA photograph by Tom Tschida Masten Space Systems’ Xombie technology demonstration test bed ascends into the Mojave Desert sky from the Mojave Air and Space Port during a March 2013 flight. NASA is seeking proposals from U.S. commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle providers to integrate and fly technology payloads for the space agency. NASA uses…

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NASA satellites show drought may take toll on Congo rainforest

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A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

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NASA’s WISE findings poke hole in black hole ‘doughnut’ theory

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A survey of more than 170,000 supermassive black holes, using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, has astronomers reexamining a decades-old theory about the varying appearances of these interstellar objects.

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract for SBIRS missile defense satellites

Posted June 25, 2014 by

The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.86 billion fixed-price contract to complete the production of the fifth and sixth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellites, known as GEO-5 and GEO-6, for the Space Based Infrared System.

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NASA selects contract for mission support services at Ames

Posted July 25, 2014 by

NASA has selected Wyle Laboratories, Inc., Houston, to support NASA’s flight programs and mission projects, providing support for multiple sustained project management, research and technology development capabilities that encompass all phases of mission and project lifecycles at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The cost-plus-fixed-fee hybrid contract has a potential value of…

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NASA awards research facilities, engineering support services contract

Posted August 25, 2014 by

NASA has awarded a contract for research facilities and engineering support services to InuTeq, LLC of Greenbelt, Maryland, in support of the Mission Information and Test Systems Directorate at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. This cost-plus-award-fee contract covers a one-year base period beginning Nov. 1, 2014 and four one-year options, and is valued…

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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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Orion spacecraft complete: Spacecraft ready for integration with Delta IV

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NASA and Lockheed Martin have completed final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft.

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NASA seeks proposals for Edison small satellite demonstrations

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NASA is seeking proposals for flight demonstrations of small satellite technologies with the goal of increasing the technical capabilities and range of uses for this emerging category of spacecraft. Small satellites typically weigh less than 400 pounds and are generally launched as secondary payloads on rockets carrying larger spacecraft. The small satellite category includes softball-sized…

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