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Mars One selects Lockheed Martin to study first private unmanned mission to Mars

Posted December 11, 2013 by

Mars One has selected Lockheed Martin to develop a mission concept study for its Mars lander spacecraft. The lander will be based on the successful 2007 NASA Phoenix spacecraft and will be a technology demonstrator. Slated for a 2018 launch, the mission will provide proof of concept for some of the technologies that are important…

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NASA Mars spacecraft reveals more dynamic red planet

Posted December 11, 2013 by

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed to scientists slender dark markings — possibly due to salty water – that advance seasonally down slopes surprisingly close to the Martian equator. “The equatorial surface region of Mars has been regarded as dry, free of liquid or frozen water, but we may need to rethink that,” said Alfred…

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First Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 Global XpressÆ satellite sends initial on-orbit signals

Posted December 9, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. The first Boeing Inmarsat-5 satellite has launched and sent signals from orbit, the initial step to establishing Global Xpress, the worlds first globally available high-speed mobile broadband service for government and commercial users. This launch is noteworthy for two reasons: It is the first in the Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 series of four high-power…

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Moon Express unveils breakthrough ‘MX-1’ commercial lunar lander

Posted December 9, 2013 by

Moon Express, Inc., a privately funded lunar resources company, unveiled its "MX-1" lunar lander spacecraft Dec. 5 as a breakthrough robotic space vehicle capable of a multitude of applications.

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Heat shield for NASA’s Orion spacecraft arrives at Kennedy Space Center

Posted December 6, 2013 by

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is just about ready to turn up the heat. The spacecraft’s heat shield arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida Dec. 4 aboard the agency’s Super Guppy aircraft. The heat shield, the largest of its kind ever built, was to be unloaded Dec. 5 and is scheduled for installation on…

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NASA’s latest space technology small satellite phones home

Posted December 6, 2013 by

PhoneSat 2.4, NASA’s next generation smartphone cubesat has phoned home. The tiny spacecraft that uses an off-the-shelf smartphone for a brain has completed checkout and sent back data confirming all systems are “go” for the spry spacefarer. PhoneSat 2.4, a cube approximately four inches square, weighs only about 2.2 pounds, and was developed at NASA’s…

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Satellite cooling system breakthrough developed by Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Posted December 6, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph Weighing just over 11 ounces, and less than four inches long in greatest dimension, the microcryocooler is expected to have an operating life of 10 years or more. Scientists and engineers at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center have developed the lightest satellite cryocooler, (cooling system) ever built. The breakthrough is seen…

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft obtains best views of Saturn Hexagon

Posted December 6, 2013 by

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn’s north pole. This is the first movie of its kind, using color filters, and the first to show a complete view of the top of Saturn down to about 70 degrees latitude. Spanning about…

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Supernova blast provides clues to determining age of binary star system

Posted December 4, 2013 by

NASA image Illustration of Circinus X-1, an X-ray binary star system. Data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed faint remnants of a supernova explosion and helped researchers determine Circinus X-1 – an X-ray binary – is the youngest of this class of astronomical objects found to date. As the name suggests, X-ray binaries are…

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NASA iPad app shows Earth changing before your eyes

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NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls NASA Administrator Charles Bolden explores “Images of Change,” a NASA application that allows users to view “before and after” images of the impact of human activities, a changing climate and natural disasters on Earth, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The application is available free for iOS…

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