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NASA spacecraft detects aurora, mysterious dust cloud around Mars

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University of Colorado image Artistís conception of MAVENís Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph (IUVS) observing the ìChristmas Lights Aurora” on Mars. MAVEN observations show that aurora on Mars is similar to Earthís “Northern Lights” but has a different origin. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained…

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Space station crew returns to Earth, lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted March 13, 2015 by

Three crew members returned to Earth March 11 after a 167-day mission on the International Space Station that included hundreds of scientific experiments and several spacewalks to prepare the orbiting laboratory for future arrivals by U.S. commercial crew spacecraft.

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NASA spacecraft in Earth’s orbit, preparing to study magnetic reconnection

Posted March 13, 2015 by

Following a successful launch at 10:44 p.m., EDT, March 12, NASA’s four Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft are positioned in Earth’s orbit to begin the first space mission dedicated to the study of a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection.

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New NASA mission to study ocean color, airborne particles, clouds

Posted March 13, 2015 by

NASA is beginning work on a new satellite mission that will extend critical climate measurements of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere and advance studies of the impact of environmental changes on ocean health, fisheries and the carbon cycle.

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NASA’s Hubble observations suggest underground ocean on Jupiter’s largest moon

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has the best evidence yet for an underground saltwater ocean on Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon. The subterranean ocean is thought to have more water than all the water on Earth's surface.

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NASA challenge invites students to help design journey to Mars systems

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College students have the opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation for NASA’s journey to Mars by designing systems for future space habitats and exploration systems through the agency’s Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.

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NASA announces small business industry awards

Posted March 11, 2015 by

University of Iowa Operator Performance Laboratory The touch screen of the Electronic Flight Bag allows pilots to easily use NASA’s Traffic Aware Strategic Aircrew Requests software. The winners of the 2014 Agency-Level NASA Small Business Industry Awards were announced March 10 at NASA Headquarters in Washington. D.C., during the spring 2015 NASA Industry Forum meeting,…

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NASA awards Mark IV, next generation Very Long Baseline Interferometry Systems contract

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NASA has awarded the Mark IV and the Next Generation Very Long Baseline Interferometry Systems contract to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. This is a cost-no-fee completion-type contract, with a base value of $2,555,624 for the first year and four 1-year options totaling $11,888,458. The total value of the contract is $14,444,082. Under…

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NASA spacecraft becomes first to orbit a dwarf planet

Posted March 6, 2015 by

NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA image Ceres is seen from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on March 1, just a few days before the mission achieved orbit around the previously unexplored dwarf planet. The image was taken at a distance of about 30,000 miles. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft…

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Astronaut, astrophysicist F. Curtin Michel Dies at 80

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Former Astronaut Curtis Michel, 80, a member of the astronaut class of 1965 and renowned astrophysicist, died Feb. 26, at his home in Houston. Michel (pronounced My-kull) was selected as an Apollo Program astronaut in June 1965, a member of the same scientist-astronaut class as Owen Garriott, Edward Gibson, Duane Graveline, Joseph Kerwin and Harrison…

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