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NASA’s WISE findings poke hole in black hole ‘doughnut’ theory

Posted May 23, 2014 by

A survey of more than 170,000 supermassive black holes, using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, has astronomers reexamining a decades-old theory about the varying appearances of these interstellar objects.

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Three Northrop Grumman-built spacecraft mark on orbit anniversaries in 2014

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Two scientific spacecraft and a military communications payload produced by Northrop Grumman are observing major on orbit anniversaries this year as they continue to perform for many additional years beyond their design lives.

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NASA partners with Rolls-Royce on braze joint technology testing

Posted May 21, 2014 by

The Innovative Technology Partnerships Office or ITPO at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has announced the signing of a Reimbursable Space Act Agreement between Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis, Ind., to collaborate on the development of braze joint performance prediction methods for critical structures subjected to complex loading conditions. Through this partnership Rolls-Royce will establish…

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Construction to begin on NASA Mars lander scheduled to launch in 2016

Posted May 21, 2014 by

NASA and its international partners now have the go-ahead to begin construction on a new Mars lander after it completed a successful Mission Critical Design Review May 16. NASA’s Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission will pierce beneath the Martian surface to study its interior. The mission will investigate how…

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Orion in final assembly at Kennedy Space Center

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin and NASA engineers have started the process of installing the largest heat shield ever built onto the Orion spacecraft’s crew module. The heat shield installation marks one of the final steps in the spacecraft’s assembly leading up to its first test flight, Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), later this year. EFT-1 will provide engineers…

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Ball Aerospace completes final phase of DARPA MOIRE telescope program

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed thermal vacuum environmental tests on critical components for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Membrane Optic Imager Real-Time Exploitation telescope. Two sections of the primary mirror composite back structure and the structure deployment hinges successfully underwent environmental tests to simulate the temperature range and vacuum of a space…

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From wind tunnel tests to software reviews, NASA’s CCP continue to advance

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Working in wind tunnels, software laboratories and work stations across America, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partners continue to make strides in advancing the designs of the American spacecraft and rockets that will carry humans safely and reliably into low-Earth orbit from U.S. soil by 2017. Blue Origin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation and Space Exploration Technologies are accomplishing milestones established through Space Act…

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Sierra Nevada Corporation completes critical wind tunnel tests for Dream Chaser spacecraft

Posted May 19, 2014 by

Sierra Nevada Corporation has successfully completed the latest milestone in its NASA Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement. NASA awarded SNC full value of $20 million for the passage of CCiCap Milestone 8, Wind Tunnel Testing. To date, SNC has received over 80 percent of the total award value under the CCiCap agreement and is…

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft returns critical NASA science from space station

Posted May 19, 2014 by

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:05 p.m., EDT, May 18 in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning more than 3,500 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station. A boat will carry the Dragon spacecraft to a port near Los Angeles, where it will…

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ULA successfully launches second GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force in less than three months

Posted May 19, 2014 by

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully launched the sixth Global Positioning System IIF-6 satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 8:03 p.m., EDT, May 16 from Space Launch Complex-37. This is ULA’s fifth launch in 2014, and the 82nd successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006. “ULA is honored to…

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