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Space station crew lands with Olympic Torch; Finishes 166 days in space

Posted November 13, 2013 by

Expedition 37 crew members Karen Nyberg of NASA, Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency have returned to Earth from the International Space Station, landing at 9:49 p.m., EST, Nov. 10, after spending 166 days in space. Inside the Soyuz spacecraft carrying the astronauts was the…

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Lockheed Martin team tests Orionís protective panels

Posted November 8, 2013 by

Testing at the Lockheed Martin Sunnyvale facility in California using a series of precisely-timed, explosive charges and mechanisms, proved the Orion spacecraft can successfully jettison its protective fairing panels. The Orion spacecraft has three fairings that protect the service module radiators and solar arrays from heat, wind and acoustics during ascent. This test was the…

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NASA’s Orion sees flawless fairing separation in second test

Posted November 8, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph The three panel or fairings encapsulating a stand-in for Orionís service module successfully detach during a test Nov. 6, 2013 at Lockheed Martinís facility in Sunnyvale, Calif. The three massive panels protecting a test version of NASA’s Orion multipurpose crew vehicle successfully fell away from the spacecraft Wednesday in a test of…

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NASA, International researchers obtain crucial data from meteoroid impact

Posted November 6, 2013 by

A team of NASA and international scientists for the first time have gathered a detailed understanding of the effects on Earth from a small asteroid impact. The unprecedented data obtained as the result of the airburst of a meteoroid over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on Feb. 15, has revolutionized scientists’ understanding of this natural…

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NASA Kepler results usher in a new era of astronomy

Posted November 4, 2013 by

Scientists from around the world are gathered this week at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., for the second Kepler Science Conference, where they will discuss the latest findings resulting from the analysis of Kepler Space Telescope data. Included in these findings is the discovery of 833 new candidate planets, which will be…

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NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg invites quilters to contribute a star block

Posted November 1, 2013 by

International Space Station Expedition 37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA, a lifelong lover of sewing, is inviting fellow crafters to join her in stitching together a global community space quilt. Nyberg, who is in the final weeks of her mission aboard the orbiting laboratory, recently shared a star-themed quilt block she was able to…

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Dream Chaser landing gear failure spoils first free flight test

Posted October 31, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

The first glitch in a successful program to qualify the Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser as a Space Station crew taxi vehicle happened March 26. The Dream Chaser engineering test article was released from an Erickson Sky Crane helicopter at 12,500 feet. The unmanned prototype followed its automated flight programs perfectly, first diving at 50 degrees,…

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NASA seeking student science experiments for balloon flight

Posted October 31, 2013 by

NASA is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate university students to fly experiments to the edge of space aboard a high-altitude scientific balloon. This balloon flight competition is a joint project between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE) in Baton Rouge. NASA is targeting fall 2014 for the next flight opportunity for the LaSPACE-maintained…

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NASA prepares to launch first mission to explore Martian atmosphere

Posted October 28, 2013 by

NASA photograph Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, engineers and technicians perform a spin test of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft. The operation is designed to verify that MAVEN is properly balanced as it spins during the initial mission activities.  A NASA spacecraft that will examine…

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Lockheed Martin powers up Orion crew module

Posted October 28, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph Technicians power on the Orion crew module at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. For the first time, Lockheed Martin and NASA engineers powered on the Orion crew module at Kennedy Space Center last week. The test successfully demonstrated the crew module avionics were integrated properly and are in good health. During the…

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