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NASA announces 2012 space technology research fellowship grants

Posted May 17, 2012 by

NASA has selected the 2012 class of Space Technology Research Fellows. Forty-eight students will receive graduate student fellowships from NASA’s Space Technology Program to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at their respective institutions. Through the Space Technology Research Fellowships Program, NASA is providing the nation with a pipeline of highly…

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Sierra Nevada completes Dream Chaser preliminary design review

Posted June 6, 2012 by

Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems has successfully completed a preliminary design review of the design, architecture and performance of its Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle. This marks a new milestone in the company’s effort to develop transportation for astronauts to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. SNC is one of several companies working…

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Houston workshop marks key step in planning future Mars mission

Posted June 26, 2012 by

A recent workshop conducted for NASA by the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, marked a key step in the agency’s effort to forge a new Mars strategy in the coming decades. A report that summarizes the wide range of cutting-edge science, technology and mission concepts discussed is available online. Held in Houston June 12-14…

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ATK completes software TIM for Liberty under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

Posted June 29, 2012 by

ATK completed its Liberty software technical interface meeting, which was held to support further development of the Liberty space transportation system under the company’s Space Act Agreement with NASA for the Commercial Crew Development Program. The software TIM was conducted to evaluate Liberty’s software development plan with the NASA Liberty team. The plan governs the…

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Masten achieves Xaero height record

Posted July 19, 2012 by

July 3, Masten Space Systems performed a record-setting flight of their vertical takeoff, vertical landing Xaero suborbital rocket at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

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NASA lands car-size rover beside Martian mountain

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NASA’s most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Aug. 5 to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation. The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing…

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NASA study provides new findings on protecting astronauts’ bones through diet, exercise

Posted August 24, 2012 by

Eating the right diet and exercising hard in space helps protect International Space Station astronauts’ bones, a finding that may help solve one of the key problems facing future explorers heading beyond low Earth orbit. A new study, published this month in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, evaluated the mineral density of specific…

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International Space Station astronauts land safely in Kazakhstan

Posted September 17, 2012 by

Three members of the Expedition 32 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth Sept. 16, wrapping up a mission lasting more than four months. Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA, and Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin of the Russian Federal Space Agency, undocked their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft…

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NASA commercial crew partner Blue Origin completes rocket engine thrust chamber test

Posted October 16, 2012 by

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partner Blue Origin has successfully fired the thrust chamber assembly for its new 100,000 pound thrust BE-3 liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen rocket engine. As part of Blue’s Reusable Booster System, the engines are designed eventually to launch the biconic-shaped Space Vehicle the company is developing. The test was part of Blue…

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NASA television to air Soyuz landing Nov. 18

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NASA Television will provide live coverage as three of the crew members on the International Space Station come back to Earth Nov. 18. Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams of NASA, Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko will undock their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from the station,…

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