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NASA’s Chandra sees remarkable outburst from old black hole

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An extraordinary outburst produced by a black hole in a nearby galaxy has provided direct evidence for a population of old, volatile stellar black holes. The discovery, made by astronomers using NASA’s Chandra...

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Space businesses looking for new direction

Posted April 30, 2012 by by Stephen Singer

Less than a year after NASA ended its shuttle program, players in America’s space business are casting around for new direction. United Technologies Corp. is the most recent company to announce it will sharply scale back its role in space exploration. It’s selling Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a manufacturer of rocket engines and liquid-propulsion systems…

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NASA seeks game changing solar array systems proposals

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NASA’s Space Technology Program is seeking proposals to develop solar array systems to enable space electric propulsion systems of the future. “NASA’s Game Changing Development Program focuses on maturing advanced space technologies that may lead to entirely new approaches for the agency’s future space missions,” said Michael Gazarik, director of NASA’s Space Technology Program at…

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NASA’s Cassini finds Saturn’s moon Phoebe has planet-like qualities

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Data from NASA’s Cassini mission reveal Saturn’s moon Phoebe has more planet-like qualities than previously thought. Scientists had their first close-up look at Phoebe when Cassini began exploring the Saturn system in 2004. Using data from multiple spacecraft instruments and a computer model of the moon’s chemistry, geophysics and geology, scientists found Phoebe was a…

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Aerojet completes testing of next-generation exploration thruster

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Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced April 26 that it successfully completed development testing of its MR-104H 100 lbf-class monopropellant hydrazine thruster. Working with Boeing Exploration Launch Systems and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Aerojet successfully completed environmental and hot-fire performance testing of the MR-104H in Redmond, Wash. The MR-104 product line matured under NASA’s Constellation…

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NASA’s WISE catches aging star erupting with dust

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Images from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer reveal an old star in the throes of a fiery outburst and spraying the cosmos with dust. The findings offer a rare, real-time look at the process by which stars like our sun seed the universe with building blocks for other stars, planets and even life. The star,…

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NASA Dawn spacecraft reveals secrets of giant asteroid Vesta

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Findings from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveal new details about the giant asteroid Vesta, including its varied surface composition, sharp temperature changes and clues to its internal structure. The findings were presented today at the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna, Austria and will help scientists better understand the early solar system and processes that dominated…

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Dragon to launch to ISS May 7

Posted April 25, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

The April 30 launch date of the Dragon cargo carrier to the International Space Station has slipped, according to an announcement from SpaceX and will now launch May 7. “After reviewing our recent progress, it was...

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NASA Dawn spacecraft reveals secrets of giant asteroid Vesta

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Findings from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveal new details about the giant asteroid Vesta, including its varied surface composition, sharp temperature changes and clues to its internal structure. The findings were presented today at the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna, Austria and will help scientists better understand the early solar system and processes that dominated…

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Orbital Sciences’ Antares passes fit check

Posted April 25, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

Orbital Sciences Corp. is working hard and fast to get its Antares booster rocket and Cygnus cargo supply capsule flight tested this year. They have a milestone coming up under their Commercial Orbital Transportation Services agreement with NASA. But CEO David Thomson told financial analysts…

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