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Renowned NASA research pilot William H. Dana dies

Posted May 7, 2014 by

One of the nation’s most respected aerospace pioneers has passed away. Distinguished research pilot and aeronautical engineer William Harvey Dana died on May 6, 2014 after a lengthy illness.

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NASA simulator successfully recreates space dust

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Image courtesy of NASA/Ames/Farid Salama Scanning Electron Microscope image of a large (approximately 1.5 micrometer diameter) aggregate of nanograins produced in the Cosmic Simulation Chamber at NASA’s Ames Research Center, using a 95 percent Ar – 5 percent C2H2 gas mixture. The nanograins and aggregates are deposited onto ultra-high vacuum aluminum foil. A team of…

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New space research platform ready for flight test

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The United States Rocket Academy announced the delivery of the first Lynx Cub Payload Carrier, a new research platform which promises to dramatically reduce the cost of access to space for small scientific and education payloads. The Lynx Cub Carrier will fly on the XCOR Lynx spacecraft, which is now under construction at the Mojave…

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

Posted May 2, 2014 by

Recognizing the critical role of American small businesses and research institutions play as innovation engines for new space technologies that will enable future space exploration, NASA has selected 383 research and technology proposals for negotiations that may lead to contracts worth a combined $47.6 million.

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GOES-R weather satellite modules delivered to Lockheed Martin

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The two large modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite spacecraft were delivered to a cleanroom at Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems facility near Denver. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series is NOAA’s next-generation geostationary weather satellites. With the delivery of the system module and the propulsion module, the weather satellite will now undergo the…

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Hubble astronomers use supernovae to gauge power of cosmic lenses

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Distant exploding stars observed by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope are providing astronomers with a powerful tool to determine the strength of naturally-occurring “cosmic lenses” that are used to magnify objects in the remote universe. Two teams of astronomers, working independently, observed three such exploding stars, called supernovae. Their light was amplified by the immense gravity…

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NASA’s carbon-counting spacecraft arrives at launch site

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A NASA spacecraft designed to make precise measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere is at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final preparations for launch.

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Lockheed Martin marks significant milestone in research, development for unmanned technologies

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Three systems acquired by Lockheed Martin have progressed from their research and development phase to operational readiness. The Indago vertical take-off and landing quad-rotor, accompanied by its handheld ground control station will offer a robust, mobile surveillance application. Additionally, a new Commercial Avionics Suite delivers the same performance and reliability that customers have enjoyed with…

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NASA selects partners for U.S. commercial lander capabilities

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NASA announced April 30 the selection of three U.S. companies to negotiate no-funds exchanged partnership agreements with the agency to advance lander capabilities that will enable delivery of payloads to the surface of the moon, as well as new science and exploration missions of interest to NASA and scientific and academic communities. The selected companies…

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Astronomical forensics uncover planetary disks in NASA’s Hubble archive

Posted April 25, 2014 by

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have applied a new image processing technique to obtain near-infrared scattered light photos of five disks observed around young stars in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes database. These disks are telltale evidence for newly formed planets.

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