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SpaceX Dragon to carry 23 student experiments to space station

Posted October 5, 2012 by

Twenty-three microgravity experiments designed by participants of NASA’s Student Spaceflight Experiment Program will become part of space history Oct. 7. They will be launched to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Dragon, the first commercially developed and built American spacecraft to fly a resupply cargo resupply mission to the station. Twelve of the SSEP…

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NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collabotation
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NASA’s Fermi measures cosmic ‘fog’ produced by ancient starlight

Posted November 2, 2012 by

NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collabotation This plot shows the locations of 150 blazars (green dots) used in the EBL study. The background map shows the entire sky and was constructed from four years of gamma rays with energies above 10 billion electron volts detected by Fermi. The plane of our Milky Way galaxy runs along the middle…

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EchoStar, Arianespace sing new satellite launch services contract

Posted November 26, 2012 by

EchoStar Corp. and Arianespace, SA, have reached an agreement to launch multiple new satellites over a multi-year period from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana. The new contract will provide EchoStar with launch capacity and flexibility for its industry-leading satellite program. “In July, EchoStar’s wholly owned subsidiary, Hughes completed the successful launch of EchoStar XVII with…

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NASA Astrobiology Institute shows how wide binary stars form

Posted December 12, 2012 by

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

Posted March 4, 2013 by

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

Posted April 29, 2013 by

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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