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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveals forces controlling Saturn moon jets

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The intensity of jets of water ice and organic particles that shoot out from Saturn’s moon Enceladus depends on the moon’s proximity to the ringed planet, according to data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The finding adds to evidence that a liquid water reservoir or ocean lurks under the icy surface of the moon. This…

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NASA’s Marshall Center honors hundreds of team members for contributions

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NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., July 30 honored more than 200 individual scientists, engineers and professional and administrative support personnel, plus 73 teams comprised of hundreds more, all of whom made significant, sustained contributions in 2012-13 to NASA’s mission and the work of the center. Marshall Center Director Patrick Scheuermann welcomed award…

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NASA’s Chandra sees eclipsing planet in s-rays for first time

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For the first time since exoplanets, or planets around stars other than the sun, were discovered almost 20 years ago, X-ray observations have detected an exoplanet passing in front of its parent star.

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Judge: VA can treat vets harmed by experiments

Posted July 29, 2013 by Paul Elias

A federal judge in Oakland, Calif., has ruled that Cold War military veterans who say they were harmed by government-backed chemical and biological experiments aren’t entitled to medical treatment outside the Department of Veterans Affairs medical system. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled July 24 that the veterans failed to prove that the VA system…

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NASA, Korean Space Agency discuss space cooperation

Posted July 29, 2013 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and the president of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Seung Jo Kim, met in Washington, D.C., June 29 to discuss collaboration in aeronautics research and space exploration, including KARI’s robotic lunar mission and NASA’s asteroid initiative. This was the first meeting between Bolden and Kim. “Our two agencies share a mutual…

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NASA welcomes new chief scientist

Posted July 29, 2013 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named planetary geologist Ellen Stofan the agency’s chief scientist, effective Aug. 25. Stofan will be Bolden’s principal advisor on the agency’s science programs and science-related strategic planning and investments. Prior to her appointment, Stofan was vice president of Proxemy Research in Laytonsville, Md., and honorary professor in the department of…

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Arrests bring drop in Seattle VA travel claims

Posted July 29, 2013 by Gene Johnson

A funny thing happened after federal authorities arrested several military veterans last year and accused them of lying about how far they drove to get to medical appointments at the Veterans Administration hospital in Seattle. A bunch of others who didn’t get busted stopped filing for so much money in mileage reimbursements, and the VA…

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Lockheed Martin delivers upgraded Orion in 10 months

Posted July 26, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin achieved an unprecedented milestone by delivering a U.S. Customs and Border Protection P-3 Orion aircraft in 10 months – and 78 days early – on July 18. This is the eighth of 14 aircraft in the program to receive Mid-Life Upgrade modifications and phased depot maintenance. It will soon join the CBP P-3…

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NASA sees enthusiastic response to asteroid call for ideas

Posted July 26, 2013 by

NASA has received more than 400 responses to its request for information on the agency’s asteroid initiative, Deputy Administrator Lori Garver announced July 26. “Under our plan, we’re increasing the identification, tracking and exploration of asteroids, and the response to this initiative has been gratifying,” said Garver, speaking at the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace 2013…

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NASA selects eight physical science research proposals

Posted July 26, 2013 by

NASA’s Physical Science Research Program will fund eight proposals to help investigate how complex fluids and macromolecules behave in microgravity. The investigations will be conducted aboard the International Space Station. These studies will result in new basic knowledge that provides a foundation on which other NASA researchers and engineers can build approaches to problems confronting…

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