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NASA study shows Antarctica’s Larsen B ice shelf nearing its final act

Posted May 15, 2015 by

A new NASA study finds the last remaining section of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is quickly weakening and likely to disintegrate completely before the end of the decade.

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Photonic laser thruster propels simulated spacecraft

Posted May 15, 2015 by

TUSTIN, Calif. — Y.K. Bae Corporation announces their proprietary Photonic Laser Thruster has successfully accelerated a 450 gram (~1 lb.) spacecraft simulator with pure laser light for the first time in history. The project was funded by a Phase II grant of NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, which funds the most promising ideas for the next generation…

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NASA selects advanced space technology concepts for further study

Posted May 8, 2015 by

NASA has selected 15 proposals for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, a program that aims to turn science fiction into science fact through the development of pioneering technologies.

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NASA announces Journey to Mars Challenge

Posted May 8, 2015 by

What do you need to bring, and how do you minimize the need for delivery of future supplies in order to establish a sustained human presence on a planet 140 million miles away from Earth? NASA is embarking on an ambitious journey to Mars and May 5 announced a challenge inviting the public to write…

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UAE unveils mission plan for first Arab space probe to Mars

Posted May 6, 2015 by

http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7520951-uae-mission-to-mars/ The blueprints and science goals for the first Arab mission to Mars have been revealed for the first time. The Emirates Mars Mission probe, named “Hope”, will create mankind’s first integrated model of the Red Planet’s atmosphere. The unmanned probe will leave Earth in 2020 on a mission designed to complement the science work…

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NASA test materials to fly on Air Force space plane

Posted May 6, 2015 by

Building on more than a decade of data from International Space Station research, NASA is expanding its materials science research by flying an experiment on the U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane. By flying the Materials Exposure and Technology Innovation in Space investigation on the X-37B, materials scientists have the opportunity to expose almost 100…

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NASA announces new director of Ames Research Center

Posted May 4, 2015 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced May 4 the selection of Dr. Eugene L. Tu as the next director of the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, effective immediately. Tu most recently served as the director of Exploration Technology at Ames, where he led four technology research and development divisions, including two of NASA’s…

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NASA completes MESSENGER mission with expected impact on Mercury’s surface

Posted May 1, 2015 by

A NASA planetary exploration mission came to a planned, but nonetheless dramatic, end April 30 when it slammed into Mercury’s surface at about 8,750 mph and created a new crater on the planet’s surface. Mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., have confirmed NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry,…

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Air Force focuses on assured access to space

Posted May 1, 2015 by SSgt. Torri Ingalsbe

Ending America’s reliance on the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine was the primary topic of conversation during a hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, April 29.

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NASA invests in hundreds of U.S. small businesses to enable future missions

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NASA has selected research and technology proposals from 254 small businesses and 39 research institutions in the United States for grants to develop new technologies that will further NASA’s journey to Mars. The proposals are solicited, vetted and managed through NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Proposals that lead to…

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