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NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel releases annual report

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The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, has released its 2013 annual report examining NASA’s safety performance over the past year and highlighting issues and concerns to agency and government officials. The report released Jan. 15 is based on the panel’s 2013 fact-finding and quarterly public meetings; “insight”…

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Boeing Space Surveillance System reduces risk of satellite loss by 66 percent

Posted January 15, 2014 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Boeing Space-Based Space Surveillance system has helped the U.S. Air Force cut the danger of satellites being lost by two-thirds in the past year by detecting potential threats more quickly and enabling operators to take earlier action if needed. “Averaging 12,000 deep-space observations per day, SBSS provides a major advantage…

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NASA invites public to send names on an asteroid mission, beyond

Posted January 15, 2014 by

NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016. The “Messages to Bennu!” microchip will travel to the asteroid aboard the agency’s Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. The robotic mission will spend more…

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NASA’s Commercial Crew Partners aim to capitalize, expand on 2013 successes in 2014

Posted January 15, 2014 by

Several companies, working closely with NASA, ended 2013 with an impressive string of achievements to build on in 2014 as the American aerospace industry continues to develop and demonstrate commercial human spaceflight capabilities with the potential to support both commercial and government customers. The year will be pivotal for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program as the…

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New NASA science arrives at space station aboard Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft

Posted January 13, 2014 by

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station Jan. 13 used a robotic arm to capture and attach the Cygnus supply spacecraft, which carried dozens of new science experiments from across the country and the world to the orbiting laboratory. The arrival capped the first successful contracted cargo delivery by Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., for…

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Fifth Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite completes assembly, enters system test

Posted January 13, 2014 by

The fifth Lockheed Martin Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for the U.S. Navy is entering its first system test faster than the previous build, now that integration is complete.

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Orbital successfully launches Antares rocket carrying Cygnus spacecraft

Posted January 10, 2014 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation announced Jan. 9 it successfully launched its Antares™ medium-class rocket carrying the first of eight Cygnus™ cargo logistics spacecraft missions to the International Space Station as part of its $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

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NASA’s Swift catches x-ray action at Milky Way’s center

Posted January 8, 2014 by

Recent observations by NASA’s Swift spacecraft have provided scientists a unique glimpse into the activity at the center of our galaxy and led to the discovery of a rare celestial entity that may help them test predictions of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. This week, at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society…

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Recently reactivated NASA spacecraft spots its first new asteroid

Posted January 8, 2014 by

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen asteroid – its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation last year. NEOWISE originally was called the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which had made the most comprehensive survey to date of asteroids and comets. The spacecraft was shut down in 2011…

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NASA observatory selects educator teams for 2014 science flights

Posted January 8, 2014 by

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, will become a flying classroom for teachers during research flights in the next few months. Twelve two-person teams have been selected for SOFIA’s Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program, representing educators from 10 states. Each will be paired with a professional astronomer to observe first-hand how airborne infrared astronomy…

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