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NASA begins to build satellite mission to improve hurricane forecasting

Posted August 19, 2015 by

SwRI photograph Engineers begin construction of the first of eight microsatellites for NASAís Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Communication antennas, attitude control, GPS receiver, and other instrumentation will be installed on the satellite frame in the coming weeks. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina formed in the…

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NASA awards grants to expand STEM education at minority serving institutions

Posted August 19, 2015 by

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project has selected†five universities for cooperative agreement awards totaling $6 million to provide educator training and expand course offerings in science, technology, engineering and math. Four universities were selected to receive MUREP Community College Curriculum Improvement grants, which provide up to $250,000 per year for a maximum of three…

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Three-time spaceflight astronaut Steven Swanson retires from NASA

Posted August 14, 2015 by

With nearly 200 days of spaceflight experience, astronaut Steven Swanson has retired from NASA to share his experience and expertise in an academic setting. Swanson will join Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, as a distinguished educator in residence. His last day with NASA is August 30.

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NASA awards grants for technologies that could transform space exploration

Posted August 14, 2015 by

NASA has selected eight university-led proposals to study innovative, early stage technologies that will address high-priority needs of America’s space program. The selected proposals for unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies will investigate challenges in the areas of solar cell operations at high temperatures, atmospheric entry model development, synthetic biology applications for space exploration and…

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NASA selects proposals to build better batteries for space exploration

Posted August 12, 2015 by

NASA photograph Fly wheels, such as the NASA G2 flywheel module above, are one way to store rotational energy for use by spacecraft or machines on Earth. NASA’s looking for new energy storage systems to enable our future exploration missions. NASA’s Game Changing Development program has selected two proposals for Phase II awards targeted toward…

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NASA selects contractor to prepare launch structure for agency’s journey to Mars

Posted August 12, 2015 by

NASA has selected J. P. Donovan Construction, Inc., of Rockledge, Fla., to begin work at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the ground structures that will launch NASA’s next generation rocket and spacecraft on the journey to Mars and other deep space destinations. The Ground Systems Development and Operations Mobile Launcher Ground Support…

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Oxymoronic black hole provides clues to growth

Posted August 12, 2015 by

Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the 6.5-meter Clay Telescope in Chile have identified the smallest supermassive black hole ever detected in the center of a galaxy. This oxymoronic object could provide clues to how larger black holes formed along with their host galaxies 13 billion years or more in the past.

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NASA to share universe with Tumblr users

Posted August 10, 2015 by

NASA is launching an official Tumblr profile that will give Tumblr users a regular dose of space in a blog-like format through text, photos, videos and more. Tumblr is a social media platform that allows users to connect and follow other content creators in a collaborative micro-blog format. People are able to discover, share and…

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NASA opens new CubeSat opportunities for low-cost space exploration

Posted August 10, 2015 by

Space enthusiasts have an opportunity to contribute to NASAís exploration goals through the next round of the agencyís CubeSat Launch Initiative. Applicants must submit their proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m., EST, Nov. 24. The CubeSat Launch Initiative provides access to space for CubeSats developed by NASA centers, accredited educational institutions and non-profit organizations, giving CubeSat…

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NASA names new manager of ISS program

Posted August 7, 2015 by

NASAís springboard for discovery, innovation and deep space exploration has a new chief. The agency has named Kirk Shireman as the new manager of its International Space Station Program, based at NASAís Johnson Space Center in Houston, where Shireman has served as deputy center director since 2013. “Kirk brings considerable space station experience to this…

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