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NASA’s Hubble maps temperature, water vapor on extreme exoplanet

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NASA/ESA photograph This is a temperature map of the “hot Jupiter” class exoplanet WASP 43b. The white-colored region on the daytime side is 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit. The nighttime side temperatures drop to under 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. A team of scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has made the most detailed global map yet of the…

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NASA prepares its science fleet for Oct. 19 Mars comet encounter

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  NASA’s extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19. Comet C/2013 A1, also known as comet Siding Spring, will pass within about 87,000 miles (139,500 kilometers) of the Red Planet – less than half the…

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Send your name on NASA’s journey to Mars, starting with Orion’s first flight

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If only your name could collect frequent flyer miles. NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency’s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4 on its first flight, designated Exploration Flight Test-1. After…

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Satellite data shows U.S. methane ‘hot spot’ bigger than expected

Posted October 10, 2014 by tomlear

One small “hot spot” in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States – more than triple the standard ground-based estimate - according to a new study of satellite data by scientists at NASA and the University of Michigan.

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NASA’s NuSTAR telescope discovers shockingly bright dead star

Posted October 8, 2014 by

NASA/JPL-Caltech image A rare and mighty pulsar (pink) can be seen at the center of the galaxy Messier 82 in this new multi-wavelength portrait. NASA’s NuSTAR mission discovered the “pulse” of the pulsar a type of dead star using is high-energy X-ray vision. Astronomers have found a pulsating, dead star beaming with the energy of…

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Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman deliver payload for fourth SBIRS satellite

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Prime contractor Lockheed Martin and payload provider Northrop Grumman have delivered the payload for the fourth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System. The payload, delivered Sept. 30, will now be integrated with the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite bus in final assembly, integration…

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NASA partners with X-37B program for use of former space shuttle hangars

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NASA photograph File image from June 20, 2001 shows Orbiter Processing Facility 1 and 2 (left) and Vehicle Assembly Building (right) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B Program for use of the center’s Orbiter Processing Facility Bays…

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NASA selects three proposals to support behavioral health, performance

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NASA's Human Research Program will fund three proposals to help investigate questions about behavioral health and performance on future deep space exploration missions.

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NASA selects nine space radiobiology research proposals

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NASA's Human Research Program will fund nine proposals for ground-based research that will help enable extended and safer human exploration of space by quantifying and, ultimately, reducing the risks posed by space radiation.

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NASA mission points to origin of ocean of storms on Earth’s moon

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NASA/GSFC/JPL/Colorado School of Mines/MIT image Earth’s moon as observed in visible light (left), topography (center, where red is high and blue is low), and the GRAIL gravity gradients (right). The Procellarum region is a broad region of low topography covered in dark mare basalt. The gravity gradients reveal a giant rectangular pattern of structures surrounding…

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