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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract for SBIRS missile defense satellites

Posted June 25, 2014 by

The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.86 billion fixed-price contract to complete the production of the fifth and sixth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellites, known as GEO-5 and GEO-6, for the Space Based Infrared System.

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Parachutes for NASA’s Orion spacecraft hit no snags in most difficult test

Posted June 25, 2014 by

NASA completed the most complex and flight-like test of the parachute system for the agency's Orion spacecraft June 25.

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AEHF-3 protected communications payload, built by Northrop Grumman, completes on orbit testing ahead of schedule

Posted June 25, 2014 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif.†- The protected communications payload built by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force’s third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite has completed on orbit testing ahead of schedule without any discrepancies, matching the high performance levels of others the company has provided. Launched Sept. 18, 2013, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V…

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover marks first Martian year with mission successes

Posted June 23, 2014 by

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover will complete a Martian year - 687 Earth days - on June 24, having accomplished the mission's main goal of determining whether Mars once offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life.

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NASA, partners announce top achievements in space station research

Posted June 20, 2014 by

NASA, the American Astronautical Society and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space” have announced 14 awards for the top research and technology achievements of 2013 made possible by the International Space Station. The third annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Chicago this week brought together the best investigators in…

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Swiftly moving gas streamer eclipses supermassive black hole

Posted June 20, 2014 by

An international team of astronomers, using data from several NASA and European Space Agency space observatories, has discovered unexpected behavior from the supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy NGC 5548, located 244.6 million light-years from Earth.

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NASA invites public comment on Mars 2020 draft environmental impact statement

Posted June 20, 2014 by

NASA is requesting the public and interested organizations to review and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the agency’s proposed Mars 2020 mission. The comment period runs through July 21. During the comment period, NASA will host an online public meeting from 1-3 p.m., EDT, June 26, at https://ac.arc.nasa.gov/mars2020. The meeting site will…

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NASA announces latest progress, upcoming milestones in hunt for asteroids

Posted June 20, 2014 by

NASA is on the hunt for an asteroid to capture with a robotic spacecraft, redirect to a stable orbit around the moon, and send astronauts to study in the 2020s - all on the agency's human Path to Mars.

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NASA announces award recipients for space station research flight opportunity

Posted June 18, 2014 by

NASA has awarded $500,000 and payload flight opportunities for research and technology development onboard the International Space Station to academic institutions across the U.S. The awards are through NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The academic research to be conducted by space station astronauts is in areas important to the agency’s missions. These include…

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NASA astronauts David Leestma, Andrew Thomas retire

Posted June 18, 2014 by

NASA photographs NASA astronauts David Leestma and Andrew Thomas are retiring from the astronaut corps after a combined 66 years in federal service. NASA has bid farewell to two veteran astronauts who have retired after a combined 66 years of federal service. David Leestma has retired after more than 44 years of government service. A…

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