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NASA’s newest wind watcher arrives at launch site

Posted May 16, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Dimitri Gerondidakis Components of NASA’s International Space Station-RapidScat instrument rest side by side in Kennedy Space Center’s Space Station Processing Facility after arrival. ISS-RapidScat will measure Earth’s ocean surface wind speed and direction from the station, data that will be used for weather and marine forecasting. A new NASA Earth-observing mission that…

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NASA’s Hubble shows Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is smaller than ever measured

Posted May 16, 2014 by

Jupiter’s trademark Great Red Spot – a swirling anti-cyclonic storm larger than Earth – has shrunk to its smallest size ever measured. According to Amy Simon of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recent NASA Hubble Space Telescope observations confirm the Great Red Spot†† now is approximately 10,250 miles across. Astronomers have followed…

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NASA announces global award winners of the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge

Posted May 16, 2014 by

NASA mission priorities were explored by five winners of the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge, a worldwide “hackathon” to spark innovation with direct application to future space missions and improve life on Earth. NASA judges have selected five challenge winners, and the global social media community selected a People’s Choice fan favorite. The competition took…

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft with NASA cargo set for return to Earth

Posted May 14, 2014 by

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station beginning at 9 a.m., EDT, May 18. After leaving the space station, the capsule will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean carrying more than 3,500 pounds of NASA science samples and cargo. Dragon is set to be…

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NASA highlights 2014 National Small Business Week

Posted May 12, 2014 by

NASA this week joins with President Obama, the Small Business Administration, and other federal agencies in recognizing all that our nationís small businesses have accomplished. NASA has a strong relationship with the small business community which is vital in assisting the agency in reaching its mission goals. National Small Business Week kicks off May 12….

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Air Force official testifies on dangers of ‘space junk’

Posted May 12, 2014 by Karen Parrish

One congresswoman summed up the issue succinctly during a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing May 9: space junk is a growing problem. Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, the commander of the 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Force Component Command for Space, testified at the hearing,…

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NASA-UCI study indicates loss of West Antarctic glaciers appears unstoppable

Posted May 12, 2014 by

A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.

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Propulsion module for Lockheed Martin-built SBIRS GEO-4 satellite completed

Posted May 7, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin has completed the propulsion module for the fourth Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-4) space vehicle and is now proceeding with satellite assembly, integration and test.

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Chandra Observatory delivers new insight into formation of star clusters

Posted May 7, 2014 by

Using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and infrared telescopes, astronomers have made an important advance in the understanding of how clusters of stars come into being. The data show early notions of how star clusters are formed cannot be correct. The simplest idea is stars form into clusters when a giant cloud of gas…

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Renowned NASA research pilot William H. Dana dies

Posted May 7, 2014 by

One of the nation’s most respected aerospace pioneers has passed away. Distinguished research pilot and aeronautical engineer William Harvey Dana died on May 6, 2014 after a lengthy illness.

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