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NASA taps student teams to simulate human exploration of other worlds

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NASA is debuting a new engineering design challenge to engage students worldwide in the next phase of human space exploration. The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge is a more complex follow-on to the successful NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. The competition is open to high school and college students and challenges them to create a vehicle…

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NASA delivers precipitation satellite to Japan for 2014 launch

Posted November 25, 2013 by

JAXA photograph A U.S. Air Force C-5 transport aircraft carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory landed at Kitakyushu Airport in Japan at approximately 10:30 p.m., EST, Nov. 23. An international satellite that will set a new standard for global precipitation measurements from space has completed a 7,300-mile journey from the United States to Japan,…

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NASA spacecraft begins collecting lunar atmosphere data

Posted November 22, 2013 by

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer is ready to begin collecting science data about the moon. On Nov. 20, the spacecraft successfully entered its planned orbit around the moon’s equator — a unique position allowing the small probe to make frequent passes from lunar day to lunar night. This will provide a full scope…

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NASA, Planetary Resources sign agreement to crowd source asteroid detection

Posted November 22, 2013 by

NASA and Planetary Resources Inc., of Bellevue, Wash., are partnering to develop crowd-sourced software solutions to enhance detection of near-Earth objects using agency-funded data. The agreement is NASA’s first partnership associated with the agency’s Asteroid Grand Challenge. Under a non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement, Planetary Resources will facilitate the use of NASA-funded sky survey data and…

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NASA missions study ‘watershed’ cosmic explosion in unparalleled detail

Posted November 22, 2013 by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uN1AjMui5k&feature=player_embedded On April 27, a blast of light from a dying star in a distant galaxy became the focus of astronomers around the world. The explosion, known as a gamma-ray burst and designated GRB 130427A, tops the charts as one of the brightest ever seen. A trio of NASA satellites, working in concert with ground-based…

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Increased space, cyber threats top concerns for AF Space Command

Posted November 22, 2013 by SSgt. Carlin Leslie

Gen. William L. Shelton, Commander of Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., addresses Air Force Association Members during the Pacific Air and Space Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 21, 2013. Shelton discussed the importance of space and cyberspace operations and the foundational capability they provide to our nation and joint military…

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XCOR Aerospace, ULA achieve major milestone in liquid hydrogen engine program

Posted November 20, 2013 by

XCOR Aerospace and United Launch Alliance announced a significant milestone Nov. 19, the first successful hot fire of the subscale 2500 lbf thrust XR-5H25 engine in the XCOR® and ULA liquid hydrogen engine development program.

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ULA Atlas V Rocket successfully launches MAVEN mission on journey to Red Planet

Posted November 20, 2013 by

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 1:28 p.m., EST, Nov. 18. This was ULA’s 10th launch of the year and marks the 41st Atlas V mission and the 76th launch for ULA….

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Lockheed Martin-built MAVEN launches to Mars

Posted November 20, 2013 by

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, was successfully launched today at 1:28 p.m, EST, Nov. 18 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-401 rocket. The spacecraft has departed Earth and is now on its way to Mars, where it will study the planet’s…

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NASA tests space launch system autopilot technology on F/A-18 jet

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NASA has completed the first tests with an F/A-18 research jet to evaluate the autonomous flight control system for the agency’s Space Launch System rocket. The system, called the Adaptive Augmenting Controller, will allow SLS to respond to vehicle and environmental variations such as winds or vehicle flexibility after it blasts off the launch pad…

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