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Boeing to build third all-electric propulsion satellite for ABS

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Boeing YSE: BA] is on contract to build ABS-8, the third all-electric propulsion 702SP (small platform) satellite for ABS, a commercial satellite provider based in Bermuda and Hong Kong. This satellite will expand broadcast and enterprise services to Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Russia, South Asia and Southeast Asia. “The procurement of ABS-8 shows…

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NASA awards $100,000 to winning team of Robot Challenge

Posted June 15, 2015 by

NASA has awarded $100,000 in prize money to the Mountaineers, a team from West Virginia University, Morgantown, for successfully completing Level 2 of the Sample Return Robot Challenge, part of the agency's Centennial Challenges prize program.

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NASA prepares for first interplanetary CubeSats on agency’s next mission to Mars

Posted June 12, 2015 by

When NASA launches its next mission on the journey to Mars -- a stationary lander in 2016 -- the flight will include two CubeSats.

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Expedition 43 crew departs space station, lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted June 12, 2015 by

Three crew members of the International Space Station returned to Earth June 11 after a 199-day mission that included several spacewalks, technology demonstrations, and hundreds of scientific experiments spanning multiple disciplines, including human and plant biology. Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts of NASA, Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and…

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NASA’s Hubble Telescope detects ‘sunscreen’ layer on distant planet

Posted June 12, 2015 by

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has detected a stratosphere, one of the primary layers of Earth’s atmosphere, on a massive and blazing-hot exoplanet known as WASP-33b. The presence of a stratosphere can provide clues about the composition of a planet and how it formed. This atmospheric layer includes molecules that absorb ultraviolet and visible light, acting…

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NASA’s LDSD project completes second experimental test flight

Posted June 10, 2015 by

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator hangs from a launch tower at U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The saucer-shaped vehicle will test two devices for landing heavy payloads on Mars: an inflatable donut-shaped device and a supersonic parachute. The launch tower helps link the vehicle to a balloon;…

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NASA releases detailed global climate change projections

Posted June 10, 2015 by

NASA photograph The new NASA global data set combines historical measurements with data from climate simulations using the best available computer models to provide forecasts of how global temperature (shown here) and precipitation might change up to 2100 under different greenhouse gas emissions scenarios. NASA has released data showing how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide…

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NASA selects eight projects for 2016 X-Hab academic innovation challenge

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NASA is working with eight U.S. universities on new technology projects for deep space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars, as part of the 2016 X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge.

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NASA spacecraft detects impact glass on surface of Mars

Posted June 8, 2015 by

Photograph courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/JHUAPL/Univ. of Arizona Researchers have found deposits of impact glass (in green) preserved in Martian craters, including Alga Crater, shown here. The detection is based on data from the instrument Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has detected deposits of glass within…

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NASA commercial crew partner SpaceX achieves pad abort milestone approval

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NASA photograph SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean under three main parachutes following a successful test on May 6, 2015 of the spacecraft’s ability to save astronauts in the unlikely event of a life-threatening situation on the launch pad. NASA has approved a $30 million milestone payment to SpaceX under the…

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