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NASA’s Voyager 1 explores final frontier of our ‘solar bubble’

Posted June 28, 2013 by

Data from Voyager 1, now more than 11 billion miles from the sun, suggest the spacecraft is closer to becoming the first human-made object to reach interstellar space. Research using Voyager 1 data and published in the journal Science June 27 provides new detail on the last region the spacecraft will cross before it leaves…

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NASA selects student teams for microgravity research flights

Posted June 26, 2013 by

NASA has selected 14 undergraduate student teams from minority serving institutions across the United States to test science experiments under microgravity conditions. The teams will fly Nov. 1-8, as part of a collaborative effort between the agency’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) and the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Project. The teams design and…

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Innovative partnerships expand NASAís summer education reach

Posted June 26, 2013 by

NASA has selected more than 170 educational organizations nationwide to receive Summer of Innovation mini-awards of as much as $2,500 each. The awards are designed to expand NASA’s education network and help the agency keep middle school students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities throughout the summer break and beyond. The awardees…

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European Space Propulsion secures first flight contract to deliver FORMOSAT- 7 thrusters

Posted June 24, 2013 by

European Space Propulsion , , announced June 21 that it has signed a contract with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited for the delivery of 19 MR-103 thrusters for the FORMOSAT-7 program. European Space Propulsion is an Aerojet Rocketdyne company. This first award for ESP includes delivery of thrusters for six spacecraft and an option for hardware…

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NASA announces winners of 2012 George M. Low Award for quality

Posted June 21, 2013 by

Two companies that share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service have been selected to receive NASA’s premier honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award. NASA recognizes URS Federal Technical Services Inc. of Germantown, Md., in the large business award category and ATA Engineering Inc. of San…

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NASA, Italian space agency sign agreement on exploration of Mercury

Posted June 21, 2013 by

At a meeting in Rome June 20, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Italian Space Agency President Enrico Saggese signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation on the European Space Agency- (ESA) led BepiColombo mission to Mercury, strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation between NASA and ASI in planetary exploration. Bolden and Saggese also discussed NASA’s plans for…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completes first in a series of full-motion tests on America’s next rocket engine

Posted June 21, 2013 by

The leading rocket engine manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne announced June 21 that it successfully completed the first in a series of full motion hot-fire tests on the J-2X engine at John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. NASA has selected the J-2X as the upper-stage propulsion for the evolved 143-ton (130-metric ton) Space Launch System (SLS),…

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NASA’s Space Launch System program kicks off preliminary design review

Posted June 21, 2013 by

NASA is beginning a preliminary design review for its Space Launch System. This major program assessment will allow development of the agency’s new heavy-lift rocket to move from concept to initial design. The preliminary design review process includes meticulous, detailed analyses of the entire launch vehicle. Representatives from NASA, its contractor partners and experts from…

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NASA announces asteroid grand challenge

Posted June 19, 2013 by

NASA announced June 18 a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them. The challenge, which was announced at an asteroid initiative industry and partner day at NASA Headquarters in Washington, is a large-scale effort that will use multi-disciplinary collaborations and a variety of partnerships…

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Cassini probe to take photo of Earth from deep space

Posted June 19, 2013 by

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, now exploring Saturn, will take a picture of our home planet from a distance of hundreds of millions of miles July 19. NASA is inviting the public to help acknowledge the historic interplanetary portrait as it is being taken. Earth will appear as a small, pale blue dot between the rings of…

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