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NASA selects Explorer investigations for formulation

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NASA’s Astrophysics Explorer Program has selected two missions for launch in 2017: a planet-hunting satellite and an International Space Station instrument to observe X-rays from stars. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer were among four concept studies submitted in September 2012. NASA determined these two offer the best scientific value…

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NASA commercial partner Sierra Nevada completes safety review

Posted May 10, 2013 by

Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems of Louisville, Colo., has completed its first major, comprehensive safety review of its Dream Chaser Space System. This is the company’s latest paid-for-performance milestone with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working with commercial space partners to develop capabilities to launch U.S. astronauts from American soil in the next few…

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NASA’s Chandra turns up black hole bonanza in galaxy next door

Posted June 12, 2013 by

Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have discovered an unprecedented bonanza of black holes in the Andromeda Galaxy, one of the nearest galaxies to the Milky Way.

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NASA, space station partners announce future crew members

Posted July 10, 2013 by

NASA and its international partners have appointed three International Space Station crew members to round out future expeditions to the orbiting laboratory. NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Japanese Exploration Aerospace Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui and Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko are scheduled to launch in June 2015. They will join three Expedition 44 crew…

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NASA begins launch preparations for next Mars mission

Posted August 5, 2013 by

NASA photograph NASAís Mars Atmosphere and Volatiles Evolution spacecraft is seen inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility Aug. 3. 2013, at the agencyís Kennedy Space Center in Florida. MAVEN will be prepared inside the facility for its scheduled November launch to Mars. NASA’s next spacecraft going to Mars arrived Friday, Aug. 2, at the agency’s…

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Orbital’s Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft successfully mated with Antares rocket

Posted September 9, 2013 by

  Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, successfully mated its Cygnus™ cargo logistics spacecraft to its Antares™ rocket Sept. 6 in preparation for its Sept. 17 launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. This upcoming demonstration flight is the final milestone in…

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft finds ingredient of household plastic in space

Posted September 30, 2013 by

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, a chemical used to make food-storage containers, car bumpers and other consumer products, on Saturn’s moon Titan. This is the first definitive detection of the plastic ingredient on any moon or planet, other than Earth. A small amount of propylene was identified in Titan’s lower atmosphere by Cassini’s Composite…

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NASA seeks American small business proposals for high tech R&D

Posted November 15, 2013 by

To enable future space exploration while helping to seed viable commercial products and services here in America, NASA is seeking proposals for the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The SBIR and STTR Programs provide small businesses and nonprofit research institutions with opportunities to address specific technology gaps in NASA…

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Mars One selects Lockheed Martin to study first private unmanned mission to Mars

Posted December 11, 2013 by

Mars One has selected Lockheed Martin to develop a mission concept study for its Mars lander spacecraft. The lander will be based on the successful 2007 NASA Phoenix spacecraft and will be a technology demonstrator. Slated for a 2018 launch, the mission will provide proof of concept for some of the technologies that are important…

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Boeing Space Surveillance System reduces risk of satellite loss by 66 percent

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Boeing Space-Based Space Surveillance system has helped the U.S. Air Force cut the danger of satellites being lost by two-thirds in the past year by detecting potential threats more quickly and enabling operators to take earlier action if needed. “Averaging 12,000 deep-space observations per day, SBSS provides a major advantage…

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