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NASA’s Orion spacecraft ready to feel heat

Posted June 6, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Daniel Casper Engineers completed installing the heat shield on NASA’s Orion spacecraft ahead of its first trip to space in December. The flight test will send an uncrewed Orion 3,600 miles into space before returning it to Earth for the splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. The heat shield will help protect the…

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Northrop Grumman, ATK complete testing of backplane for Webb telescope

Posted July 9, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman photograph The backplane of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was mounted to a structure for static load testing to verify it can withstand the rigors of launch and hold the weight needed to support the telescope in space. The backplane is the backbone of the observatory, the primary load carrying structure for launch,…

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NASA selects Texas State University to provide educator professional development

Posted August 18, 2014 by

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project has awarded approximately $15 million in a new, five-year cooperative agreement to Texas State University at San Marcos to provide educator professional development using NASA-related science, technology, engineering and math content. The selection is in response to an Education Opportunities in NASA STEM ñ Educator Professional Development solicitation…

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NASA cargo launches to space station aboard SpaceX resupply mission

Posted September 22, 2014 by

NASA Television A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon cargo spacecraft on top launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Stationís Space Launch Complex-40 in Florida at 1:52 a.m., EDT, Sept. 21, 2014. The Dragon is carrying more than 5,000 pounds of supplies, science experiments, and technology demonstrations includes critical materials to support 255 science…

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NASA partners with leading technology innovators to enable future exploration

Posted October 20, 2014 by

Recognizing that technology drives exploration, NASA has selected four teams of agency technologists for participation in the Early Career Initiative pilot program. The program encourages creativity and innovation among early career NASA technologists by engaging them in hands-on technology development opportunities needed for future missions. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate created the ECI to enable…

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XCOR Aerospace announces latest milestone in ULA program

Posted November 24, 2014 by

XCOR Aerospace photograph by Mike Massee The XCOR-ULA XR-5H25 LOX-Hydrogen Rocket Engine, fed by XCOR’s proprietary rocket propellant piston pump technology. MOJAVE, Calif. XCOR Aerospace announced Nov. 20 it has completed the latest test series for the liquid hydrogen engine it is developing for United Launch Alliance. This is an important milestone in the long-running…

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Hubble goes high-definition to revisit iconic ‘Pillars of Creation’

Posted January 7, 2015 by timchisham

NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)/J. Hester, P. Scowen (Arizona State U.) Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a bigger and sharper photograph of the iconic Eagle Nebula’s “Pillars of Creation” (right); the original 1995 Hubble image is shown at left. Although NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken many breathtaking images of the universe, one…

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Astronaut, astrophysicist F. Curtin Michel Dies at 80

Posted March 6, 2015 by

Former Astronaut Curtis Michel, 80, a member of the astronaut class of 1965 and renowned astrophysicist, died Feb. 26, at his home in Houston. Michel (pronounced My-kull) was selected as an Apollo Program astronaut in June 1965, a member of the same scientist-astronaut class as Owen Garriott, Edward Gibson, Duane Graveline, Joseph Kerwin and Harrison…

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ULA unveils America’s new rocket

Posted April 17, 2015 by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emmeil-0u5k&feature=player_embedded United Launch Alliance unveiled its Next Generation Launch System April 13 at the 31st Space Symposium. The new rocket, Vulcan, will transform the future of space by making launch services more affordable and accessible. The NGLS brings together decades of experience on ULA’s reliable Atlas and Delta vehicles, combining the best features of each…

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Lockheed Martin completes assembly of Near Infrared Camera for space telescope

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Lockheed Martin, under a contract from the University of Arizona, has completed assembly of the Near Infrared Camera Instrument Modules. NIRCam is the prime near-infrared imaging instrument for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. The work was done at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., where environmental testing is about…

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