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NASA’s Hubble finds Pluto’s moons tumbling in absolute chaos

Posted June 3, 2015 by

Image courtesy of NASA/ESA/M. Showalter (SETI)/G. Bacon (STScI) This set of computer modeling illustrations of Pluto’s moon Nix shows how the orientation of the moon changes unpredictably as it orbits the “double planet” Pluto-Charon. If you lived on one of Pluto’s moons, you might have a hard time determining when, or from which direction, the…

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U.S. Navy accepts third Lockheed Martin-built MUOS communications satellite

Posted June 3, 2015 by

Lockheed Martin photograph MUOS-4, the next satellite scheduled to join the MUOS network later this year, is in final assembly and test at Lockheed Martinís satellite manufacturing facility in Sunnyvale, Calif. Following successful completion of on-orbit testing, the U.S. Navy accepted the third Lockheed Martin-built Mobile User Objective System satellite. Launched Jan. 20, MUOS-3 is…

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Four NASA heroes inducted into U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

Posted June 1, 2015 by

NASA’s Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate John Grunsfeld and former astronauts Steve Lindsey, Kent Rominger, and M. Rhea Seddon were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame May 30 bringing the total number of Hall of Fame space explorers to 91.

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NASA tests aircraft wing coatings that slough bug guts

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NASA photograph by Paul Bagby NASA materials scientist Mia Siochi and systems engineer Mike Alexander, from the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., and Boeing technician Felix Boyett count insect residue on the right wing of Boeingís ecoDemonstrator 757 aircraft following a flight test in Shreveport, La. Bug guts create drag, and drag increases…

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Commercial Crew milestones met; partners on track for 2017 missions

Posted May 27, 2015 by

NASA has taken another step toward returning America’s ability to launch crew missions to the International Space Station from the United States in 2017. The Commercial Crew Program ordered its first crew rotation mission from The Boeing Company. SpaceX, which successfully performed a pad abort test of its flight vehicle earlier this month, is expected…

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Boeing awarded first-ever commercial human spaceflight mission

Posted May 27, 2015 by

NASA issued a task order as part of Boeing’s $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract recently to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station. The award marks the first time in human spaceflight history NASA has contracted with a commercial company for a human spaceflight mission. This occasion will go…

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NASA’s Europa mission begins with selection of science instruments

Posted May 27, 2015 by

NASA has selected nine science instruments for a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life.

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NASA begins testing Mars lander in preparation for next mission to Red Planet

Posted May 27, 2015 by

Testing is underway on NASA’s next mission on the journey to Mars, a stationary lander scheduled to launch in March 2016.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

Posted May 22, 2015 by

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Air Force launches hush-hush mini-shuttle into space

Posted May 22, 2015 by Marcia Dunn

A mysterious space plane rocketed into orbit May 20, carrying no crew but a full load of technology experiments. The Air Force launched its unmanned mini-shuttle late morning, May 20. An Atlas V rocket lifted it up and out over the Atlantic. This is the fourth flight for the military research program, which is shrouded…

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