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NASA selects partners for U.S. commercial lander capabilities

Posted May 2, 2014 by

NASA announced April 30 the selection of three U.S. companies to negotiate no-funds exchanged partnership agreements with the agency to advance lander capabilities that will enable delivery of payloads to the surface of the moon, as well as new science and exploration missions of interest to NASA and scientific and academic communities. The selected companies…

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Astronomical forensics uncover planetary disks in NASA’s Hubble archive

Posted April 25, 2014 by

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have applied a new image processing technique to obtain near-infrared scattered light photos of five disks observed around young stars in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes database. These disks are telltale evidence for newly formed planets.

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High school students create winning design for NASA’s first flight of Orion

Posted April 25, 2014 by

After a year-long competition among high school teams across the country, evaluators from NASA, Lockheed Martin and the National Institute of Aerospace have selected Team ARES, from the Governor’s School for Science and Technology in Hampton, Va., as the winner of the high school portion of the Exploration Design Challenge.

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NASA’s Spitzer, WISE telescopes find close, cold neighbor of sun

Posted April 25, 2014 by

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest "brown dwarf" known - a dim, star-like body that, surprisingly, is as frosty as Earth's North Pole.

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NASA Hubble instruments highlight new National Air and Space Museum exhibit

Posted April 23, 2014 by

Two instruments that played critical roles in discoveries made by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope now are on display in an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. “Repairing Hubble” recognizes the 24th anniversary of Hubble’s launch into space aboard space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. The exhibit features Hubble’s Corrective…

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NASA satellites show drought may take toll on Congo rainforest

Posted April 23, 2014 by

A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

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Second series of CASIS-sponsored research payloads launch to ISS

Posted April 21, 2014 by tomlear

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space is proud to announce several sponsored research payloads have launched to the International Space Station onboard the Space Exploration Technology Corporation’s Dragon cargo capsule. This marks the second series of investigations headed to the station that are sponsored by CASIS, the nonprofit responsible for managing research…

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NASA selects commercial crew program manager

Posted April 21, 2014 by

NASA has selected Kathy Lueders as program manager for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. Lueders, who has served as acting program manager since October 2013, will help keep the nation’s space program on course to launch astronauts from American soil by 2017 aboard spacecraft built by American companies. “This is a particularly critical time for…

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NASA innovative advanced concept program seeks phase II proposals

Posted April 21, 2014 by

NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program is seeking proposals for technologies that could be used on future exploration missions.

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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

Posted April 18, 2014 by

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s…

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