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NASA selects proposals for ultra-lightweight materials for journey to Mars, beyond

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NASA has selected three proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight materials for future aerospace vehicles and structures. The proposals will mature advanced technologies that will enable NASA to reduce the mass of spacecraft by 40 percent for deep space exploration. “Lightweight and multifunctional materials and structures are one of NASA’s top focus areas capable of…

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NASA extends Lockheed Martin contract to prepare cargo for ISS

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Lockheed Martin will plan, process and pack a steady supply of cargo for the International Space Stationóranging from science hardware to food and the crew’s personal itemsóunder an extension of NASA’s Cargo Mission Contract. Currently, Lockheed Martin maintains more than three million items destined for the station. The team exports and ships about 25,000 pounds…

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NASA joins forces to put satellite eyes on threat to U.S. freshwater

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USGS/NASA Earth Observatory Toxic algal blooms like this one in Lake Erie in 2011 can cause human and animal health risks, fish kills, and degrade drinking water supplies. NASA has joined forces with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Geological Survey to transform satellite data designed to probe ocean…

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NASA extends Lockheed Martin contract to prepare ISS critical cargo

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Lockheed Martin will plan, process and pack a steady supply of cargo for the International Space Station—ranging from science hardware to food and the crew’s personal items—under an extension of NASA’s Cargo Mission Contract. Currently, Lockheed Martin maintains more than three million items destined for the station. The team exports and ships about 25,000 pounds…

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NASA extends campaign for public to name features on Pluto

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The public has until April 24 to help name new features on Pluto and its orbiting satellites as they are discovered by NASA’s New Horizons mission.

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission passes critical milestone

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Image courtesy of NASA Goddard Artist concept of OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth. NASA’s groundbreaking science mission to retrieve a sample from an ancient space rock has moved closer to fruition. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has passed a critical milestone…

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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

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Lockheed Martin photograph In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid. In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling a NASA spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid for scientific study. Working toward a September 2016…

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Ball Aerospace GEMS instrument passes critical design review

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The Ball Aerospace air quality sensor being built for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute under South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research in the Ministry of Environment has passed a major milestone toward its launch. The Critical Design Review was successfully completed for the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer in February. GEMS is a scanning ultraviolet-visible…

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Year in space starts for one American, one Russian

Posted March 30, 2015 by

Three crew members representing the United States and Russia are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:42 p.m., EDT, March 27. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend about a year living and working aboard the…

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Orion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facility

Posted March 30, 2015 by Deidre Ortiz

Arnold Engineering Development Complex engineers at the National Full Scale Aerodynamics Complex assisted in recent testing of sub-scale parachutes for the next mission of the Orion spacecraft, Exploration Mission-1.

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