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NASA soil moisture mapper arrives at launch site

Posted October 17, 2014 by

NASA photograph NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft is delivered by truck to the Astrotech payload processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 15, 2014.   A NASA spacecraft designed to track Earth’s water in one of its most important, but least recognized forms – soil moisture – now is at Vandenberg…

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

Posted November 17, 2014 by

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

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NASA selects commercial space partners for collaborative partnerships

Posted December 24, 2014 by

NASA announced Dec. 23 the selection of four U.S. companies to collaborate with NASA through unfunded partnerships to develop new space capabilities available to the government and other customers. The partnerships build on the success of NASA’s commercial spaceflight initiatives to leverage NASA experience and expertise into new capabilities. The Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities…

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NASA, ESA telescopes give shape to furious black hole winds

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NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and ESA’s (European Space Agency) XMM-Newton telescope are showing that fierce winds from a supermassive black hole blow outward in all directions – a phenomenon that had been suspected, but difficult to prove until now. This discovery has given astronomers their first opportunity to measure the strength of these…

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NASA, Library of Congress select first astrobiology chair

Posted April 17, 2012 by

NASA and the Library of Congress have announced the selection of David H. Grinspoon to be the first Baruch S. Blumberg NASA-Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. The chair, selected through an international competition, is named for the late Nobel Laureate and founding director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, Baruch “Barry” Blumberg. Applications are solicited…

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NASA’s Aqua satellite, built by Northrop Grumman, celebrates 10th year on-orbit

Posted May 7, 2012 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Built by Northrop Grumman, NASA’s Aqua satellite recently marked its 10th year on-orbit, delivering unprecedented data about the Earth’s climate, water cycle and much more. Aqua launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., May 4, 2002. One of the primary satellites in NASA’s Earth Observing System, Aqua is designed to help…

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U.S. Space & Rocket Center to celebrate 30th anniversary of Space Camp

Posted May 29, 2012 by

Space Camp® was training the next generation of explorers long before workforce development became a national topic. June 15, 2012, marks the 30th anniversary of this internationally recognized program that today counts four astronauts, one cosmonaut and nearly 600,000 other alumni, many in careers on the frontiers of technology. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center…

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First flight instrument delivered for James Webb Space Telescope

Posted June 14, 2012 by

The first of four instruments to fly aboard NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has been delivered to NASA. The Mid-Infrared Instrument will allow scientists to study cold and distant objects in greater detail than ever before. MIRI arrived at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., May 29. It has been undergoing inspection before…

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NASA’s Orion arrives at Kennedy, work underway for first launch

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More than 450 guests at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida welcomed the arrival of the agency’s first space-bound Orion spacecraft July 2, marking a major milestone in the construction of the vehicle that will carry astronauts farther into space than ever before. “Orion’s arrival at Kennedy is an important step in meeting the president’s…

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NASA partner United Launch Alliance completes two Atlas V reviews

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NASA partner United Launch Alliance has completed a review of its Atlas V rocket to assess its compliance with NASA human spaceflight safety and performance requirements. ULA has partnered to launch Boeing’s CST-100, Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser and Blue Origin’s Space Vehicle on missions to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. NASA provided…

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