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NASA Astrobiology Institute shows how wide binary stars form

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Using computer simulations, scientists from the NASA Astrobiology Institute team at the University of Hawaii are shedding light on a question that has challenged astronomers for years: What causes wide binary stars? Binary stars are pairs of stars that orbit each other. Wide binary stars are separated by as much as one light-year in their…

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NASA, space station partners announce future crew members

Posted January 14, 2013 by

NASA and its international partners have named several future International Space Station expedition crews. They include NASA astronauts Steve Swanson, Reid Wiseman, Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts. Swanson was born in Syracuse, N.Y., but considers Steamboat Springs, Colo., his hometown. Wiseman is from Baltimore and is a commander in the U.S. Navy. Wilmore, a captain…

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NASA selects education support contractor

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NASA has selected Paragon Tec Inc. of Cleveland to support educational programs at the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, NASA Headquarters in Washington, and other NASA centers, as necessary. The NASA Glenn Education Support Services contract will help advance high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The contract begins April 1 with an…

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NASA extends Hubble Space Telescope science operations contract

Posted March 25, 2013 by

NASA is extending its contract with the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope Science Operations activities at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., for 36 months. The option the agency chose to exercise has a total estimated value of $76 million and extends the period of…

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Herschel completes its ‘cool’ journey into space

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The Herschel observatory, a European space telescope for which NASA helped build instruments and process data, has stopped making observations after running out of liquid coolant as expected. The European Space Agency mission, launched almost four years ago, revealed the universe’s “coolest” secrets by observing the frigid side of planet, star and galaxy formation. “Herschel…

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NASA’S WISE mission finds lost asteroid family members

Posted May 31, 2013 by

Data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer have led to a new and improved family tree for asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter. Astronomers used millions of infrared snapshots from the asteroid-hunting portion of the WISE all-sky survey, called NEOWISE, to identify 28 new asteroid families. The snapshots also helped place thousands…

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NASA awards construction contract at Stennis

Posted July 2, 2013 by

NASA has selected Healtheon Inc. of New Orleans to provide a high pressure industrial water line under the Multiple Award Construction Contract at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. The firm-fixed price task order has a total value of $29.8 million and a performance period of 530 days. Work is scheduled…

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

Posted July 31, 2013 by

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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NASA releases new imagery of asteroid mission

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NASA released Thursday new photos and video animations depicting the agency's planned mission to find, capture, redirect and study a near-Earth asteroid.

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