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NASA spacecraft reveal new Zebra Stripesí structure in Earths inner radiation belt

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Scientists have discovered a new, persistent structure in Earths inner radiation belt using data from the twin NASA Van Allen Probes spacecraft. Most surprisingly, this structure is produced by the slow rotation of Earth, previously considered incapable of affecting the motion of radiation belt particles, which have velocities approaching the speed of light. Data from…

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NASA’s GRAIL MoonKam returns first student-selected lunar images

Posted March 23, 2012 by

One of two NASA spacecraft orbiting the moon has beamed back the first student-requested pictures of the lunar surface from its onboard camera. Fourth grade students from the Emily Dickinson Elementary School in Bozeman, Mont., received the honor of making the first image selections by winning a nationwide competition to rename the two spacecraft. The…

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SpaceX plans its own launch site in Texas

Posted April 19, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

SpaceX announced last November that it was considering sites in Alaska, California, Florida, Texas and Virginia to build its own launch site. April 10, the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation announced it will prepare an environmental impact statement for a SpaceX commercial launch complex…

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NASA Dawn spacecraft reveals secrets of large asteroid

Posted May 10, 2012 by

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has provided researchers with the first orbital analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta, yielding new insights into its creation and relation to the terrestrial planets and Earth’s moon. Vesta now has been revealed as a special fossil of the early solar system with a more varied, diverse surface than originally thought. Scientists…

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NASA’s Hubble shows Milky Way is destined for head-on collision

Posted June 1, 2012 by

NASA astronomers announced May 31 they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the...

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NASA selects low cost, high science Earth venture space system

Posted June 19, 2012 by

NASA has selected an ocean wind study proposal led by the University of Michigan from among 19 submitted to the agency’s Announcement of Opportunity for small spaceflight investigations of the Earth system. The proposed mission will make accurate measurements of ocean surface winds throughout the life cycle of tropical storms and hurricanes, which could help…

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Goodrich’s ORS-1 satellite completes first year in space

Posted July 9, 2012 by

Goodrich Corporation announced July 9 that the ORS-1 satellite has celebrated its first anniversary in space. ORS-1, the first Operationally Responsive Space satellite specifically designed to support combatant command operations, was launched from Wallops Island Flight Facility aboard a Minotaur I launch vehicle June 29, 2011, at 11:09 p.m., EDT. Designed, manufactured, integrated and tested…

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NASA awards Astrotech Space Operations $2 million contract for TDRS-L satellite processing

Posted July 25, 2012 by

Astrotech Corporation, and its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary, leading providers of commercial space services, announced July25 that NASA has awarded Astrotech a $2 million task order to provide facilities and pre-launch processing services for the scheduled 2013 launch of Tracking and Data Relay Satellite. Last year, NASA awarded ASO a task order to provide pre-launch…

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NASA Mars rover team hears from President Obama

Posted August 14, 2012 by staff

President Barack Obama told the flight control team for NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, “You made us all proud,” Aug. 13. Obama telephoned the mission control room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., to congratulate JPL Director Charles Elachi and the Mars Science Laboratory team operating the rover, which landed on Mars a week ago….

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NASA launches radiation belt storm probes mission

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NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes, the first twin-spacecraft mission designed to explore our planet’s radiation belts, launched into the predawn skies at 4:05a.m., EDT, Aug. 30 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. “Scientists will learn in unprecedented detail how the radiation belts are populated with charged particles, what causes them to change and how…

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