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Celebrate with NASA as agency commemorates Hubble’s 25th anniversary

Posted April 17, 2015 by

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is turning 25 this year. The observatory has transformed our understanding of our solar system and beyond, and helped us find our place among the stars. NASA is celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary with a variety of events highlighting its groundbreaking achievements and scientific contributions with activities running April…

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Four NASA heroes inducted into U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

Posted June 1, 2015 by

NASA’s Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate John Grunsfeld and former astronauts Steve Lindsey, Kent Rominger, and M. Rhea Seddon were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame May 30 bringing the total number of Hall of Fame space explorers to 91.

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NASA’s Kepler mission discovers bigger, older cousin to Earth

Posted July 24, 2015 by

NASA/JPL-CalTech/R. Hurt photograph This size and scale of the Kepler-452 system compared alongside the Kepler-186 system and the solar system. Kepler-186 is a miniature solar system that would fit entirely inside the orbit of Mercury. NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This discovery and…

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NASA’s GRAIL MoonKam returns first student-selected lunar images

Posted March 23, 2012 by

One of two NASA spacecraft orbiting the moon has beamed back the first student-requested pictures of the lunar surface from its onboard camera. Fourth grade students from the Emily Dickinson Elementary School in Bozeman, Mont., received the honor of making the first image selections by winning a nationwide competition to rename the two spacecraft. The…

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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 Dawn spacecraft reveals secrets of large asteroid

Posted May 10, 2012 by

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has provided researchers with the first orbital analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta, yielding new insights into its creation and relation to the terrestrial planets and Earth’s moon. Vesta now has been revealed as a special fossil of the early solar system with a more varied, diverse surface than originally thought. Scientists…

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NASA’s Hubble shows Milky Way is destined for head-on collision

Posted June 1, 2012 by

NASA astronomers announced May 31 they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the...

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NASA selects low cost, high science Earth venture space system

Posted June 19, 2012 by

NASA has selected an ocean wind study proposal led by the University of Michigan from among 19 submitted to the agency’s Announcement of Opportunity for small spaceflight investigations of the Earth system. The proposed mission will make accurate measurements of ocean surface winds throughout the life cycle of tropical storms and hurricanes, which could help…

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Goodrich’s ORS-1 satellite completes first year in space

Posted July 9, 2012 by

Goodrich Corporation announced July 9 that the ORS-1 satellite has celebrated its first anniversary in space. ORS-1, the first Operationally Responsive Space satellite specifically designed to support combatant command operations, was launched from Wallops Island Flight Facility aboard a Minotaur I launch vehicle June 29, 2011, at 11:09 p.m., EDT. Designed, manufactured, integrated and tested…

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NASA awards Astrotech Space Operations $2 million contract for TDRS-L satellite processing

Posted July 25, 2012 by

Astrotech Corporation, and its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary, leading providers of commercial space services, announced July25 that NASA has awarded Astrotech a $2 million task order to provide facilities and pre-launch processing services for the scheduled 2013 launch of Tracking and Data Relay Satellite. Last year, NASA awarded ASO a task order to provide pre-launch…

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