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Supernova blast provides clues to determining age of binary star system

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NASA image Illustration of Circinus X-1, an X-ray binary star system. Data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed faint remnants of a supernova explosion and helped researchers determine Circinus X-1 – an X-ray binary – is the youngest of this class of astronomical objects found to date. As the name suggests, X-ray binaries are…

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NASA iPad app shows Earth changing before your eyes

Posted December 4, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls NASA Administrator Charles Bolden explores “Images of Change,” a NASA application that allows users to view “before and after” images of the impact of human activities, a changing climate and natural disasters on Earth, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The application is available free for iOS…

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Hubble traces subtle signals of water on hazy worlds

Posted December 4, 2013 by

Using the powerful eye of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, two teams of scientists have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets. The presence of atmospheric water was reported previously on a few exoplanets orbiting stars beyond our solar system, but this is the first study to conclusively measure and compare…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner Blue Origin test-fires new rocket engine

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NASA photograph by Lauren Harnett Blue Origin test fires a powerful new hydrogen- and oxygen-fueled American rocket engine at the company’s West Texas facility in Van Horn. During the test, the BE-3 engine fired at full power for more than two minutes to simulate a launch, then paused for about four minutes, mimicking a coast…

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NASA selects contractors for facility construction at Ames

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NASA has selected four California companies to perform facility construction and modifications at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The companies are Cyber Professional Solutions of Chula Vista, SM Construction Inc. of Clovis, Menco Pacific of Escondido, and Tri-Technic Inc. of Sonora will share a multiple award contract valued at $30 million….

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Ball Aerospace completes primary structure for JPSS-1

Posted December 4, 2013 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has achieved a pivotal milestone for assuring continuity of the nation’s future weather and storm forecasting by completing the primary bus structure of the first satellite in the Joint Polar Satellite System. JPSS-1 is the follow-on in a series of next generation satellites and is scheduled for launch in early…

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NASA taps student teams to simulate human exploration of other worlds

Posted December 2, 2013 by

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

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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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