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Northrop Grumman awarded advanced technology microwave sounder JPSS

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Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $121 million contract by NASA to build and deliver the third Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System. ATMS provides critical atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles to support weather forecasting. The instrument has 22 channels spanning the frequency band from 23.8 GHz to 183.3 GHz. Under…

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NASA DC-8 continues west Antarctic ice study

Posted November 17, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Jim Yungel The Thurston Island calving front off of western Antarctica as seen from the window of NASA’s DC-8 flying observatory Nov. 5, 2014. NASA’s DC-8 flying laboratory has two weeks of support remaining in the agency’s sixth Operation IceBridge mission to study parts of the West Antarctica ice sheet and ice…

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NASA opens registration for 2015 Exploration Rover Challenge

Posted November 17, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the world who competed in the first NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 11-12 at the U.S….

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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s next Mars lander

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Lockheed Martin has started the assembly, test and launch operations phase for NASA’s InSight Mars lander spacecraft.

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NASA tests revolutionary shape changing aircraft flap for first time

Posted November 17, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich For taxi testing, the ACTE flap was extended to 20 degrees deflection. Flight results will validate whether the seamless design with its advanced lightweight materials can reduce wing structural weight, improve fuel economy and efficiency, and reduce environmental impacts. NASA’s green aviation project is one step closer to developing technology…

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NASA receives fourth consecutive clean audit opinion

Posted November 17, 2014 by

NASA has received an unmodified, or clean, audit opinion on its fiscal year 2014 financial statements, marking the fourth consecutive year of clean opinions. The agency has released its fiscal year 2014 Agency Financial Report, which provides details on its financial results and performance highlights. The auditor’s unmodified opinion on our financial statements in fiscal…

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Loads lab prepping for some red-hot projects

Posted November 17, 2014 by Jay Levin

Projects at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Flight Loads Laboratory will be hot in the future. Or at least that’s the idea as the laboratory staff prepares for possible work on three separate heat shield projects for the agency.

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft arrives at launch pad

Posted November 12, 2014 by

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft now is at its launch pad after completing its penultimate journey in the early hours of Nov. 12.

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Space station crew returns to Earth, lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted November 10, 2014 by

NASA photograph European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst (left), Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev (center) and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman pose for a portrait in the Harmony node of the International Space Station. The three crew members of Expedition 41 returned to Earth at 10:58 p.m., EDT, Nov. 9. Three International Space Station crew members returned…

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NASA signs lease with Planetary Ventures LLC

Posted November 10, 2014 by

In an effort to reduce costs and shed surplus property, NASA Nov. 10 signed a lease with Planetary Ventures, LLC to manage Moffett Federal Airfield, an agency facility located in Moffett Field, Calif., and rehabilitate its historic Hangar One. NASA estimates the lease will save the agency approximately $6.3 million annually in maintenance and operation…

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