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NASA simulator successfully recreates space dust

Posted May 7, 2014 by

Image courtesy of NASA/Ames/Farid Salama Scanning Electron Microscope image of a large (approximately 1.5 micrometer diameter) aggregate of nanograins produced in the Cosmic Simulation Chamber at NASA’s Ames Research Center, using a 95 percent Ar – 5 percent C2H2 gas mixture. The nanograins and aggregates are deposited onto ultra-high vacuum aluminum foil. A team of…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft ready to feel heat

Posted June 6, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Daniel Casper Engineers completed installing the heat shield on NASA’s Orion spacecraft ahead of its first trip to space in December. The flight test will send an uncrewed Orion 3,600 miles into space before returning it to Earth for the splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. The heat shield will help protect the…

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Northrop Grumman, ATK complete testing of backplane for Webb telescope

Posted July 9, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman photograph The backplane of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was mounted to a structure for static load testing to verify it can withstand the rigors of launch and hold the weight needed to support the telescope in space. The backplane is the backbone of the observatory, the primary load carrying structure for launch,…

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ULA successfully launches two rockets in just four days

Posted August 5, 2014 by

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the seventh Global Positioning System (GPS IIF-7) satellite for the U.S. Air Force launched at 11:23 p.m., EDT, Aug. 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This is the second successful ULA launch in just four days. “Congratulations to the U.S. Air Force and all of…

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NASA awards cross-track infrared sounder instrument for the JPSS-2

Posted September 15, 2014 by

NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Exelis, Inc., Geospatial Systems, of Fort Wayne, Ind., for the Cross-track Infrared Sounder Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 mission. This is a cost-plus-award-fee modification in the amount of $221 million. This action extends the period of performance of the contract from November…

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NASA mission finds widespread evidence of young lunar volcanism

Posted October 13, 2014 by

NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University image NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided researchers strong evidence the moon’s volcanic activity slowed gradually instead of stopping abruptly a billion years ago. Scores of distinctive rock deposits observed by LRO are estimated to be less than 100 million years old. This time period corresponds to Earth’s Cretaceous period, the heyday…

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Loads lab prepping for some red-hot projects

Posted November 17, 2014 by Jay Levin

Projects at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Flight Loads Laboratory will be hot in the future. Or at least that’s the idea as the laboratory staff prepares for possible work on three separate heat shield projects for the agency.

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NASA’s Kepler reborn, makes first exoplanet find of new mission

Posted December 19, 2014 by

Image courtesy of NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle The artistic concept shows NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2. Using publicly available data, astronomers have confirmed K2’s first exoplanet discovery proving Kepler can still find planets. NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using…

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To Infinity and Beyond: Buzz Lightyear’s journey to the Smithsonian

Posted March 29, 2012 by

The Disney space ranger Buzz Lightyear action figure that flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-128 space shuttle mission in 2009 will soon be enshrined at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Dragon to launch to ISS May 7

Posted April 25, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

The April 30 launch date of the Dragon cargo carrier to the International Space Station has slipped, according to an announcement from SpaceX and will now launch May 7. “After reviewing our recent progress, it was...

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