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NASA to share universe with Tumblr users

Posted August 10, 2015 by

NASA is launching an official Tumblr profile that will give Tumblr users a regular dose of space in a blog-like format through text, photos, videos and more. Tumblr is a social media platform that allows users to connect and follow other content creators in a collaborative micro-blog format. People are able to discover, share and…

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NASA opens new CubeSat opportunities for low-cost space exploration

Posted August 10, 2015 by

Space enthusiasts have an opportunity to contribute to NASAís exploration goals through the next round of the agencyís CubeSat Launch Initiative. Applicants must submit their proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m., EST, Nov. 24. The CubeSat Launch Initiative provides access to space for CubeSats developed by NASA centers, accredited educational institutions and non-profit organizations, giving CubeSat…

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NASA names new manager of ISS program

Posted August 7, 2015 by

NASAís springboard for discovery, innovation and deep space exploration has a new chief. The agency has named Kirk Shireman as the new manager of its International Space Station Program, based at NASAís Johnson Space Center in Houston, where Shireman has served as deputy center director since 2013. “Kirk brings considerable space station experience to this…

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NASA, space station partners announce crew members for 2017 missions

Posted August 7, 2015 by

NASA and its International Space Station partners have announced the crew members for missions to the orbiting laboratory in 2017. The selection includes first-time space flyers NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Jack Fischer.

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Millennium Space Systems begins production on first commercial ALTAIR™ spacecraft

Posted August 5, 2015 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–Millennium Space Systems recently announced the first commercial ALTAIR™ spacecraft is now in production. ALTAIR I further validates DARPA’s original SeeMe vision of game-changing affordability and responsiveness, coupled with high performance mission capability – ALTAIR™ leverages Millennium’s SeeMe design, taking the next steps to make it a reality. ALTAIR™ I’s flexible 27U form factor…

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Veteran NASA astronaut, spacewalker retires from NASA

Posted July 31, 2015 by

Veteran astronaut Mike Foreman has retired from NASA to join a Houston-based consulting firm. A retired captain in the U.S. Navy, Foreman’s last day with the agency is July 31. “Mike is a great American who has served our nation for 35 years,” said Chris Cassidy, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center…

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NASA selects proposals to study neutron stars, black holes, more

Posted July 31, 2015 by

NASA/JPL-Caltech photograph The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), launched in 2012, is an Explorer mission that allows astronomers to study the universe in high energy X-rays. NASA has selected five proposals submitted to its Explorers Program to conduct focused scientific investigations and develop instruments that fill the scientific gaps between the agency’s larger missions.  …

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NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Posted July 31, 2015 by

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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NASA awards contract to support agency’s human spaceflight programs

Posted July 29, 2015 by

NASA has selected Wyle Laboratories Inc., of El Segundo, Calif., to provide biomedical, medical and health services in support of all human spaceflight programs at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The work supports ongoing research aboard the International Space Station and helps enable the journey to Mars. The Human Health and Performance contract…

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Posted July 27, 2015 by

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…

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