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Critical NASA science returns to Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

Posted February 11, 2015 by

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean about 7:44 p.m., EST, Feb. 10 259 miles southwest of Long Beach, Calif., with nearly 3,700 pounds of NASA cargo, science and first-of-its-kind technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station.

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Ball Aerospace GEMS instrument passes critical design review

Posted April 1, 2015 by

The Ball Aerospace air quality sensor being built for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute under South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research in the Ministry of Environment has passed a major milestone toward its launch. The Critical Design Review was successfully completed for the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer in February. GEMS is a scanning ultraviolet-visible…

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NASA seeks additional information for ARM spacecraft

Posted May 18, 2015 by

NASA has issued a Request for Information seeking ideas from American companies for a spacecraft design that could be used for both the agency’s Asteroid Redirect Mission and a robotic satellite servicing mission in low-Earth orbit. In the early-2020s NASA plans to launch the Asteroid Redirect Mission, which will use a robotic spacecraft to capture…

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NASA selects six wild ideas in aviation for further study

Posted June 22, 2015 by

NASA has selected six proposals to study transformative ideas that might expand what’s possible in aviation, shifting the boundary between fantastic and futuristic. During a day-long meeting in April, 17 teams pitched their ideas to NASA managers. The ideas ranged from environmentally-friendly electric propulsion that uses an aircraft’s structure as a battery, to computer programs…

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SSL-built satellite for Intelsat begins post-launch maneuvers according to plan

Posted August 21, 2015 by

Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that a satellite designed and built for Intelsat S.A., the leading provider of satellite services, was launched Aug. 20 and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.

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Last piggyback ride

Posted April 13, 2012 by

NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft number 905 arrived at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., April 10 for its final shuttle-related mission. The aircraft will ferry the space shuttles to their final resting places by fall. Currently, NASA technicians are preparing Discovery for the ferry flight early next week to the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles airport…

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Black hole caught red-handed in stellar homicide

Posted May 2, 2012 by

Astronomers have gathered the most direct evidence yet of a supermassive black hole shredding a star that wandered too close. NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer, a space-based observatory, and the Pan-STARRS1 telescope on the summit of Haleakala in Hawaii, were among the first to help identify the stellar remains. Supermassive black holes, weighing millions to billions…

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Landsat contest offers view of local landscape change from space

Posted May 24, 2012 by

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the United States’ Landsat Earth-observing program, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey are holding a contest that will offer winners customized satellite views of changing local landscapes. All U.S. citizens are eligible to enter the “My American Landscape: A Space Chronicle of Change” contest. Winners will be announced July…

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Small planets don’t need stars with heavy metal content to form

Posted June 13, 2012 by

The formation of small worlds like Earth previously was thought to occur mostly around stars rich in heavy elements such as iron and silicon. However, new ground-based observations, combined with data collected by NASA’s Kepler space telescope, shows small planets form around stars with a wide range of heavy element content and suggests they may…

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Hubble, Swift detect first-ever changes in an exoplanet atmosphere

Posted June 28, 2012 by

An international team of astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made an unparalleled observation, detecting significant changes in the atmosphere of a planet located beyond our...

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