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NASA’s newest Mars mission spacecraft enters orbit around red planet

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NASA image This animation depicts NASAís Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft orbiting Mars. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 10:24 p.m., EDT, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to…

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Propellant tank installed

Posted April 17, 2012 by

This photo taken March 3 shows the large hydrazine propellant tank prior to integration with the core structure of the MAVEN spacecraft at a Lockheed Martin clean room near Denver, Colo. The tank will hold 450 gallons of hydrazine propellant and is 6 feet 2 inches tall. The tank was built by ATK Aerospace…

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FAA issues OK for SpaceShipTwo flights from Mojave

Posted May 10, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

Virgin Galactic photograph by Hank Greenberg SpaceShipTwo mated to its carrier launch aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo. May 4, the FAA Office of commercial Space Flight issued a finding of ‘no significant effects’ to the environment connected with up to 30 total launches and reentries per…

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Boeing delivers first Space Launch System hardware to NASA

Posted June 1, 2012 by

Boeing has delivered NASA three flight computer software test beds, the first critical element for flight software development in support of NASA’s Space Launch System. Flight software controls the launch vehicle during preflight tanking operations and in flight. The test beds were delivered on April 25, ahead of schedule, to the Software Development Facility at…

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NASA spacecraft reveals ice content in Moon crater

Posted June 20, 2012 by

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft has returned data that indicate ice may make up as much as 22 percent of the surface material in a crater located on the moon's south pole. The team of NASA and...

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Goldman to retire as director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Posted July 9, 2012 by

Arthur E. “Gene” Goldman, director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is retiring from the agency to accept a management position at Aerojet in Huntsville, effective Aug. 3. Robin Henderson, Marshall’s associate director, will serve as acting center director following his departure. His departure ends a 22-year career with NASA that began…

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Boeing ships third GPS IIF satellite to Cape Canaveral for launch

Posted July 25, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing shipped the third of 12 Global Positioning System IIF satellites for the U.S. Air Force from the company’s Satellite Development Center in El Segundo, Calif., to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a Boeing-built C-17 Globemaster III airlifter July 9. SVN-65 is scheduled to be launched in the fourth…

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NASA announces next opportunity for CubeSat space missions

Posted August 14, 2012 by staff

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2013 and 2016. These miniature spacecraft, known as CubeSats, could be auxiliary payloads on previously planned missions. CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. These cube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have a volume of about…

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Dawn spacecraft prepares for trek toward dwarf planet

Posted September 4, 2012 by

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is on track to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant destinations to help scientists answer questions about the formation of our solar system. The spacecraft is scheduled to leave the giant asteroid Vesta Sept. 5 to start its 2 1/2-year journey to the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn began…

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Lockheed Martin delivers propulsion core for the first GPS III satellite

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The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System III satellites has delivered the first spacecraft’s propulsion core module to the company’s Denver-area GPS Processing Facility. The milestone represents the program’s first major hardware delivery for GPS III Space Vehicle 1 and highlights the satellite’s initial Assembly, Integration and Test…

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