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Orbital’s Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft successfully mated with Antares rocket

Posted September 9, 2013 by

  Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, successfully mated its Cygnus™ cargo logistics spacecraft to its Antares™ rocket Sept. 6 in preparation for its Sept. 17 launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. This upcoming demonstration flight is the final milestone in…

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NASA selects top 96 asteroid initiative ideas

Posted September 6, 2013 by

NASA has chosen 96 ideas it regards as most promising from more than 400 submitted in response to its June request for information about protecting Earth from asteroids and finding an asteroid humans can explore. The ideas provide the agency with fresh insight into how best to identify, capture and relocate a near-Earth asteroid for…

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Lockheed Martin-built A2100 satellites: More than 400 cumulative years in orbit, and counting

Posted September 6, 2013 by

The Lockheed Martin A2100 communications satellite series has achieved a major milestone by achieving over 400 cumulative years of successful, in-orbit operations. “The versatile and configurable A2100 common platform offers both our commercial and government customers reduced cost and risk while ensuring mission success, high reliability and outstanding sustained performance,” said Linda Reiners, president of…

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Recent activities in commercial spaceflight

Posted September 4, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

Commercial space flight firms have been active in the past weeks. Lease of NASAís pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, Fla., is now a two firm competition; Orbital Sciences has a firm launch date for bringing cargo up to the International Space Station; SpaceX continues its plans for a Texas launch site; Virgin Galactic announced more…

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NASA evaluates four candidate sites for 2016 Mars mission

Posted September 4, 2013 by

NASA has narrowed to four the number of potential landing sites for the agency’s next mission to the surface of Mars, a 2016 lander to study the planet’s interior. The stationary Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander is scheduled to launch in March 2016 and land on Mars six months…

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NASA’s Chandra Observatory catches giant black hole rejecting material

Posted August 31, 2013 by

Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have taken a major step in explaining why material around the giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy is extraordinarily faint in X-rays. This discovery holds important implications for understanding black holes.

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NASA-funded scientists detect water on moon’s Surface that hints at water below

Posted August 31, 2013 by

NASA-funded lunar research has yielded evidence of water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon from an unknown source deep beneath the surface. Using data from NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists remotely detected magmatic water, or water that originates from deep within…

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Defense satellite launched from Vandenberg may be final KH-11

Posted August 31, 2013 by Peter W. Merlin

On Aug. 28 the 4th Space Launch Squadron and United Launch Alliance successfully lofted a classified satellite payload into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office atop a Delta IV-Heavy, the largest rocket currently available in the U.S. inventory.

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Astronaut Gregory H. Johnson leaves NASA

Posted August 26, 2013 by timchisham

NASA astronaut Gregory H. Johnson has left the agency, after a 15-year career that included more than 31 days in space, for a position with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space. A veteran of two space shuttle flights, Johnson served in 2008 as the pilot of STS-123, a mission vital to the…

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Lockheed Martin celebrates 10 years of mission success for Spitzer Space Telescope

Posted August 26, 2013 by

Ten years ago, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope ñ built, integrated and tested at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, Calif. ñ roared into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying the observatory into an Earth-trailing orbit around the sun. The Spitzer Space Telescope is a space-borne, cryogenically-cooled infrared observatory that studies objects ranging…

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