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NASA unveils world’s largest spacecraft welding tool for Space Launch System

Posted September 15, 2014 by

NASA photograph A 16mm fisheye lens was used to show a wide angle view of the Vertical Assembly Center at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept 12. The VAC is the largest spacecraft welding tool in the world. It is part of a family of state-of-the-art tools designed to…

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Boeing receives first order for 502 Phoenix small satellite

Posted September 11, 2014 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has received its first commercial order for the 502 Phoenix small satellite from HySpecIQ of Washington, D.C. The satellites will carry the commercial remote sensing industry’s first high-resolution hyperspectral payload, capable of providing spectral imaging fidelity that far exceeds what is currently available. Boeing will deliver a complete satellite system…

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Hubble finds supernova companion star after two decades of searching

Posted September 11, 2014 by

Image courtesy of NASA/Maria-Jose ViÒas This is an artist’s impression of supernova 1993J, which exploded in the galaxy M81. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have identified the blue helium-burning companion star, seen at the center of the expanding nebula of debris from the supernova. Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered a companion…

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Space station Expedition 40 crew returns to Earth, lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted September 11, 2014 by

NASA television image A trio of International Space Station crew members returned to Earth and landed in Kazakhstan at 10:23 p.m., EDT, Sept. 10 after spending 167 days aboard the orbital laboratory. Seen left to right, Oleg Artemyev and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and NASA’s Steve Swanson were examined by…

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NASA instrument aboard European spacecraft returns first science results

Posted September 9, 2014 by

A NASA instrument aboard the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Rosetta orbiter has successfully made its first delivery of science data from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The instrument, named Alice, began mapping the comet’s surface last month, recording the first far-ultraviolet light spectra of the comet’s surface. From the data, the Alice team discovered the comet is unusually…

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NASA awards OMPS modification for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Mission

Posted September 9, 2014 by

NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp. of Boulder, Colo., for the Ozone Mapping and Profiling Suite for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 mission. The JPSS-2 mission is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide global environmental data in low Earth polar…

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NASA probes studying Earth’s radiation belts celebrate two year anniversary

Posted September 2, 2014 by

APL/NASA photograph This image was created using data from the Relativistic Electron-Proton Telescopes on NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes. It shows the emergence of a new third transient radiation belt. The new belt is seen as the middle orange and red arc of the three seen on each side of the Earth. Twin Van Allen…

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NASA completes successful battery of tests on composite cryotank

Posted August 28, 2014 by

https://www.youtube.com/embed/qkGI6JeNY0E?enablejsapi=1&rel=0 NASA photograph by David Olive One of the largest composite cryotanks ever built recently completed a battery of tests at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The tank was lowered into a structural test stand where it was tested with cryogenic hydrogen and structural loads were applied to simulate stresses the tank…

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NASA completes key review of world’s most powerful rocket

Posted August 28, 2014 by

NASA officials Aug. 27 announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System - the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars

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NASA telescopes uncover early construction of giant galaxy

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Image courtesy of NASA, Z. Levay, G. Bacon (STScI) Artist impression of a firestorm of star birth deep inside core of young, growing elliptical galaxy. Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed Sparky, is a dense galactic core blazing with the…

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