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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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NASA releases new imagery of asteroid mission

Posted August 23, 2013 by

NASA released Thursday new photos and video animations depicting the agency's planned mission to find, capture, redirect and study a near-Earth asteroid.

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NASA awards environmental engineering, occupational health services contract

Posted August 23, 2013 by

NASA has awarded a contract to HPM Corp. of Kennewick, Wash., to provide environmental engineering and occupational health services to the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The firm-fixed price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract begins Nov. 1. It has a maximum value of $29.5 million with a potential performance period of five…

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Astronomers use Hubble images for movies featuring space slinky

Posted August 23, 2013 by

Astronomers have assembled, from more than 13 years of observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a series of time-lapse movies showing a jet of superheated gas – 5,000 light-years long – as it is ejected from a supermassive black hole. The movies promise to give astronomers a better understanding of how black holes shape galaxy…

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NASA selects advanced research, technology contract

Posted August 23, 2013 by

NASA has selected Universities Space Research Association of Columbia, Md., to support research and technology efforts at the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. This cost-plus-fixed fee indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a maximum value of $65 million during a 4 1/2-year performance period beginning Oct. 1. USRA will support applied research in Glenn’s core competencies…

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NASA spacecraft reactivated to hunt for asteroids

Posted August 23, 2013 by

A NASA spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service for three more years starting in September, assisting the agency in its effort to identify the population of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as well as those suitable for asteroid exploration…

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NASA’s Fermi celebrates five years in space, enters extended mission

Posted August 21, 2013 by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0ELBnoVCsM&feature=player_embedded During its five-year primary mission, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has given astronomers an increasingly detailed portrait of the universe’s most extraordinary phenomena, from giant black holes in the hearts of distant galaxies to thunderstorms on Earth. But its job is not done yet. On Aug. 11, Fermi entered an extended phase of its…

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Boeing communications relay satellites complete space, Earthly testing

Posted August 21, 2013 by

Two Boeing Tracking and Data Relay Satellites have completed testing milestones – one in space and the other on Earth – marking more progress in enhancing the tracking and communications network used by NASA and its customers.

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NASA explores new uses for historic launch structures

Posted August 21, 2013 by

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is seeking concepts for the potential use or divestment of three historic launch platforms that are not needed for the agency’s current or planned future missions. A Request for Information released Aug. 16 will gauge the interest of commercial or government entities for using the three nearly identical mobile…

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NASA exercises Expendable Launch Vehicle contract option

Posted August 19, 2013 by

NASA has exercised the first option on a contract providing integrated services for the preparation and launch of the next generation of the agency’s scientific and exploration spacecraft. The two-year Option Period 1 on the Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support 2 contract, operated by a.i. solutions Inc. of Lanham, Md., begins Oct. 1 and is…

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