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Orbital Antares rocket cold flow test expected soon

Posted November 30, 2012 by Raphael Jaffe

Orbital Sciences’ Antares space launch vehicle is being developed to carry cargo payloads to and from the International Space Station under a NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services contract. Its first stage is powered by two Aerojet AJ26-62 LOX/kerosene engines, and the second stage is an ATK Castor 30B. It will be test fired from the…

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NASA’s Grail lunar impact site named for astronaut Sally Ride

Posted December 19, 2012 by

NASA has named the site where twin agency spacecraft impacted the moon Dec. 17 in honor of the late astronaut, Sally K. Ride, who was America’s first woman in space and a member of the probes’ mission team. Last Friday, Ebb and Flow, the two spacecraft comprising NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission,…

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U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin deliver nation’s next infrared surveillance satellite

Posted January 16, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin have delivered the second Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-2) Space Based Infrared System spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it will be prepared for a March liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Featuring a mix of satellites in geosynchronous orbit, hosted payloads in…

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NASA’s refueling demonstration proves viability of satellite-servicing technologies

Posted February 11, 2013 by

NASA has demonstrated robotic fluid transfer in space, an objective that will help inform the development of robotic technology to refuel satellites. The first-of-its-kind demonstration was performed during the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) aboard the International Space Station. “This achievement is a major step forward in servicing satellites,” said Frank Cepollina, associate director of the…

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Amplified greenhouse effects shifts northís growing season

Posted March 11, 2013 by

NASA image courtesy of Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio Of the 10 million square miles (26 million square kilometers) of northern vegetated lands, 34 to 41 percent showed increases in plant growth (green and blue), 3 to 5 percent showed decreases in plant growth (orange and red), and 51 to 62 percent showed…

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Hubble breaks record in search for farthest supernova

Posted April 5, 2013 by

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found the farthest supernova so far of the type used to measure cosmic distances. Supernova UDS10Wil, nicknamed SN Wilson after American President Woodrow Wilson, exploded more than 10 billion years ago.

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NASA to mark 40th anniversary of Skylab, life 0ff Earth

Posted May 8, 2013 by

NASA will commemorate the 40th anniversary of America’s first space station Monday, May 13, with a televised roundtable discussion featuring Skylab astronauts, a current astronaut and agency managers planning future space missions. The discussion, open to NASA employees and the public, will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT in the James Webb Auditorium of NASA Headquarters…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft proves sound under pressure

Posted June 7, 2013 by

After a month of being poked, prodded and pressurized in ways that mimicked the stresses of spaceflight, NASA’s Orion crew module successfully passed its static loads tests on Wednesday. When Orion launches on Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is targeted for September 2014, it will travel farther from Earth than any spacecraft built for humans…

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NASA seeks information on commercial robotic lunar lander capabilities

Posted July 8, 2013 by

NASA July 2 issued a Request for Information that will help agency officials better understand current plans in the U.S. commercial space industry for a robotic lunar landing capability. The RFI will assist NASA in assessing U.S. industry’s interest in partnerships to develop a robotic lander that could enable commercial and agency missions. The RFI…

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NASA Curiosity Rover approaches first anniversary on Mars

Posted August 2, 2013 by

NASA’s Curiosity rover will mark one year on Mars next week and has already achieved its main science goal of revealing ancient Mars could have supported life. The mobile laboratory also is guiding designs for future planetary missions. “Successes of our Curiosity – that dramatic touchdown a year ago and the science findings since then…

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