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Orion avionics system ready for first test flight

Posted April 7, 2014 by

After powering on and sending commands to more than 20 different critical systems installed on the spacecraft's crew module, NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers have verified the avionics for Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) are ready to support a successful flight and re-entry of the spacecraft.

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NASA Hubble team finds monster ‘El Gordo’ galaxy cluster bigger than thought

Posted April 4, 2014 by

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has weighed the largest known galaxy cluster in the distant universe, catalogued as ACT-CL J0102-4915, and found it definitely lives up to its nickname - El Gordo (Spanish for "the fat one").

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NASA challenge invites students to design exploration systems

Posted April 4, 2014 by

College and university students have an opportunity to help design systems for future space habitats and exploration systems through NASA’s Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge. Applications for the fifth annual challenge will be accepted through April 30. The project will challenge students to design and implement new prototype systems that may advance exploration capabilities….

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NASA satellite to continue gathering data up to planned lunar impact

Posted April 4, 2014 by

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude to continue making science observations prior to its planned impact on the moon’s surface on or before April 21. Ground controllers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., are maneuvering the spacecraft to fly approximately 1 to 2 miles…

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NASA selects new suborbital technology payloads, total tops 130

Posted April 4, 2014 by

NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected 13 space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, and a commercial parabolic aircraft. These flights provide cutting-edge technologies with a valuable platform to conduct tests, before they enter use in the harsh environment of space. This latest selection represents the eighth cycle of NASA’s Announcement of…

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NASA awards launch services contract for CYGNSS mission

Posted March 31, 2014 by

NASA has selected Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., to launch the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System mission. CYGNSS will launch in October 2016 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a Pegasus XL rocket from Orbital’s “Stargazer” L-1011 aircraft. This is a firm-fixed price launch-service task order contract worth approximately $55 million….

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Orbital beings production of 81 satellites

Posted March 28, 2014 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the worldís leading space technology companies, announced March 27 that it has started production of 81 satellites for the Iridium NEXT program as part of a contract between Orbital and Iridiumís prime contractor, French-Italian aerospace company Thales Alenia Space. Orbital will complete the assembly, integration, test and launch support phases…

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NASA marks major program milestone for spaceport of future

Posted March 28, 2014 by

NASA achieved a major milestone this month in its effort to transform the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida into a multi-user spaceport by successfully completing the initial design and technology development phase for the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program. The major program milestone on March 20, called the Preliminary Design Review, provided an…

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NASA’s Hubble space telescope spots Mars-bound comet sprout multiple jets

Posted March 28, 2014 by

NASA released an image March 27 of a comet that, on Oct. 19, will pass within 84,000 miles of Mars – less than half the distance between Earth and our moon. The image on the left, captured March 11 by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, shows comet C/2013 A1, also called Siding Spring, at a distance…

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NASA announces 2014 Tribal College, University Awards

Posted March 26, 2014 by

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project has awarded approximately $2 million in new cooperative agreements to three tribal colleges and universities. These new agreements provide opportunities for TCU students, faculty and staff to engage in NASA-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities. The awards, made through the NASA Tribal College and University Experiential Learning…

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