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NASA announces winners of challenge to design hurricane-tracking unmanned aerial systems

Posted July 9, 2014 by

NASA has selected three winning designs solicited to address the technological limitations of the unmanned aerial systems currently used to track and collect data on hurricanes.

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NASA awards flight dynamics support services contract

Posted August 5, 2014 by

NASA has awarded the Flight Dynamics Support Services II contract to Omitron, Inc. of Beltsville, Md. The small business set-aside, cost-plus-fixed fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a minimum ordering value of $3 million and a maximum ordering value of $180 million. There is a 45-day phase-in, scheduled to commence on Sept. 15. The ordering…

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NASA unveils world’s largest spacecraft welding tool for Space Launch System

Posted September 15, 2014 by

NASA photograph A 16mm fisheye lens was used to show a wide angle view of the Vertical Assembly Center at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept 12. The VAC is the largest spacecraft welding tool in the world. It is part of a family of state-of-the-art tools designed to…

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NASA’s Hubble maps temperature, water vapor on extreme exoplanet

Posted October 10, 2014 by

NASA/ESA photograph This is a temperature map of the “hot Jupiter” class exoplanet WASP 43b. The white-colored region on the daytime side is 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit. The nighttime side temperatures drop to under 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. A team of scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has made the most detailed global map yet of the…

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NASA’s Twitter account receives Shorty Award

Posted March 27, 2012 by

NASA’s activities in social media were recognized March 26 in New York when the agency’s official Twitter feed, @NASA, received a Shorty Award for the best government use of social media. The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media across sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and others. NASA’s nomination cited multiple…

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NASA Dawn spacecraft reveals secrets of giant asteroid Vesta

Posted April 25, 2012 by

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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Black hole caught red-handed in stellar homicide

Posted May 2, 2012 by

Astronomers have gathered the most direct evidence yet of a supermassive black hole shredding a star that wandered too close. NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer, a space-based observatory, and the Pan-STARRS1 telescope on the summit of Haleakala in Hawaii, were among the first to help identify the stellar remains. Supermassive black holes, weighing millions to billions…

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Landsat contest offers view of local landscape change from space

Posted May 24, 2012 by

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the United States’ Landsat Earth-observing program, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey are holding a contest that will offer winners customized satellite views of changing local landscapes. All U.S. citizens are eligible to enter the “My American Landscape: A Space Chronicle of Change” contest. Winners will be announced July…

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Small planets don’t need stars with heavy metal content to form

Posted June 13, 2012 by

The formation of small worlds like Earth previously was thought to occur mostly around stars rich in heavy elements such as iron and silicon. However, new ground-based observations, combined with data collected by NASA’s Kepler space telescope, shows small planets form around stars with a wide range of heavy element content and suggests they may…

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Hubble, Swift detect first-ever changes in an exoplanet atmosphere

Posted June 28, 2012 by

An international team of astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made an unparalleled observation, detecting significant changes in the atmosphere of a planet located beyond our...

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