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NASA, Ahoora Foundation unite to ignite students’ passion for science, space, technology

Posted January 23, 2013 by

Candy, soda and other everyday items will be the tools of the trade for teenage rocket makers competing in the What If? Live Student Design Challenge, which kicked off Jan. 22 by NASA and the Ahoora Foundation of Plano, Texas. Registration is open through Feb. 28 for the worldwide contest, in which 14- to 18-year-old…

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NASA’s Chandra suggests rare explosion created our galaxyís youngest black hole

Posted February 13, 2013 by

New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest a highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy. The remnant appears to be the product of a rare explosion in which matter is ejected at high speeds along the poles of a rotating star. The remnant, called…

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NASA rover finds conditions once suited for ancient life on Mars

Posted March 13, 2013 by

An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon – some of the key chemical ingredients for life – in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale…

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Boeing Phantom Phoenix small satellites reduce manufacturing, mission costs

Posted April 10, 2013 by

Boeing is developing a family of small satellite prototypes, called Phantom Phoenix, that can quickly and affordably be manufactured and configured for specific missions.

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NASA announces summer learning opportunities for U.S. students

Posted May 13, 2013 by

NASA has unveiled plans for its 2013 Summer of Innovation project, which challenges middle school students across the United States to share in the excitement of scientific discovery and space exploration through unique, NASA-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities. Summer of Innovation leverages the expertise and reach of NASA’s 10 field centers, national academic…

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Hubble uncovers evidence of farthest planet forming from its star

Posted June 14, 2013 by

using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found compelling evidence of a planet forming 7.5 billion miles away from its star, a finding that may challenge current theories about planet formation. Of the almost 900 planets outside our solar system that have been confirmed to date, this is the first to be found at such a…

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NASA picks small spacecraft propulsion systems for development

Posted July 15, 2013 by

NASA has selected three proposals for the development of lightweight micro-thruster propulsion technologies that are small in size but have big potential. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate selected the miniaturized electrospray propulsion technologies to perform stabilization, station keeping and pointing for small spacecraft. NASA hopes these technology demonstrations may lead to similar position control systems…

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Boeing all-electric satellite passes critical design review

Posted August 7, 2013 by

Boeing artist’s rendering The first Boeing electric-powered satellite, the 702 Small Platform (702SP), has passed its Critical Design Review, allowing the new program to move two satellites into assembly, integration and testing. Commercial satellite service providers Asia Broadcast Satellite, Bermuda – whose satellite is shown here – and SatÈlites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. (Satmex), Mexico…

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Lockheed awarded Atlas launch services contract for Mexicoís Morelos-3 communications satellite

Posted September 9, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, has been selected by the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes, a government agency of Mexico, to provide commercial launch services using the Atlas V launch vehicle for Mexicoís Morelos-3 communications satellite (also known as MEXSAT-2). The launch is scheduled to occur as…

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NASA, space station partners announce future crew members

Posted September 30, 2013 by

NASA and its international partners have appointed future crew members for the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake are scheduled to launch in December 2015 and return to Earth in spring 2016. They will join the Expedition 45 crew members in orbit and will remain aboard as…

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