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New commercial rocket descent data may help NASA with future Mars landings

Posted October 20, 2014 by

NASA successfully captured thermal images of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on its descent after it launched in September from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The data from these thermal images may provide critical engineering information for future missions to the surface of Mars. “Because the technologies required to land large payloads on Mars…

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New crew arrives at space station to continue scientific research

Posted November 24, 2014 by

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station. The Soyuz TMA-15M vehicle docked to the International Space Station at 9:48 p.m., EST, above the Pacific Ocean, approaching the coast of Ecuador. Terry Virts of NASA, Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)…

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NIRCam’s optical system excels in integrated tests For James Webb Telescope

Posted January 7, 2015 by

The Near Infrared Camera instrument Lockheed Martin helped develop for NASA’s next deep space telescope surpassed expectations during tests in late 2014.

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NASA research suggests Mars once had more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean

Posted March 6, 2015 by

A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to NASA scientists who, using ground-based observatories, measured water signatures in the Red Planet’s atmosphere.

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NASA, CSA robotic operations advance satellite servicing

Posted March 20, 2012 by

NASA’s Robotic Refueling Mission experiment aboard the International Space Station has demonstrated remotely controlled robots and specialized tools can perform precise satellite-servicing tasks in space. The project marks a milestone in the use of the space station as a technology test bed. “We and our partners are making important technological breakthroughs,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden…

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NASA awards aircraft maintenance, operations support contract

Posted April 19, 2012 by

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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Next Soyuz space station crew prepares for launch

Posted May 9, 2012 by

The next residents of the International Space Station are making final preparations for a May 14 launch and NASA Television will provide live coverage of launch and docking. This week, NASA Flight Engineer Joseph Acaba and his two Russian crewmates, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, are completing their training, undergoing Soyuz…

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NASA begins development of Space Launch Flight software

Posted May 31, 2012 by

NASA engineers working on the new Space Launch System can now begin developing the advanced, heavy-lift launch vehicle’s flight software using newly delivered software test bed computers from Boeing.

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NASA releases workshop data, findings on Asteroid 2011 AG5

Posted June 18, 2012 by

Researchers anticipate that asteroid 2011 AG5, discovered in January 2011, will fly safely past and not impact Earth in 2040. Current findings and analysis data were reported at a May 29 workshop at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., attended by scientists and engineers from around the world. Discussions focused on observations of…

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NASA signs agreement with Craig Technologies for Kennedy’s unique equipment

Posted July 5, 2012 by

NASA has signed a new partnership with Craig Technologies of Melbourne, Fla., to maintain an inventory of unique processing and manufacturing equipment for future mission support at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Under a five-year, non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement, NASA will loan 1,600 pieces of equipment to Craig Technologies. The equipment supported Space…

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