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Scaled, Sierra Nevada pick up SpaceShipTwo test pace

Posted July 5, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

June 26, Scaled performed its 17th glide test of SpaceShipTwo. On the same day, Sierra Nevada Corp. performed a full duration firing test of RocketMotorTwo. And on June 29, Scaled did the glide flight 18 test. The three tests achieved all objectives. The test log for glide tests 17 and 18 shows the objectives were…

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NASA scientists, engineers receive presidential early career awards

Posted July 23, 2012 by

President Obama has named six NASA individuals as recipients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The NASA recipients and 90 other federal researchers will receive their awards in a ceremony later this month in Washington. The PECASE awards represent the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and…

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NASA Curiosity Mars rover installing smarts for driving

Posted August 13, 2012 by

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity spent its first weekend on Mars transitioning to software better suited for tasks ahead, such as driving and using its strong robotic arm. The rover’s “brain transplant,” occurred during a series of steps Aug. 10 through Aug. 13, installed a new version of software on both of the rover’s redundant main…

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NASA launches radiation belt storm probes mission

Posted August 31, 2012 by

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes, the first twin-spacecraft mission designed to explore our planet’s radiation belts, launched into the predawn skies at 4:05a.m., EDT, Aug. 30 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. “Scientists will learn in unprecedented detail how the radiation belts are populated with charged particles, what causes them to change and how…

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NASA’s Chandra shows milky way is surrounded by halo of hot gas

Posted September 25, 2012 by

Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to find evidence our Milky Way Galaxy is embedded in an enormous halo of hot gas that extends for hundreds of thousands of light years.

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ATK to develop MegaFlex((tm)) solar array structure

Posted October 24, 2012 by

ATK’s MegaFlex(tm) solar array was recently selected by NASA’s Space Technology Program under a Game Changing Technology competition for development of the promising lightweight and compact solar array structure. ATK received a $6.4 million contract for the MegaFlex(tm) development. MegaFlex(tm), under development by ATK’s Space Components Division in Goleta, Calif., is designed specifically to meet…

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NASA announces leadership changes at Glenn, Johnson

Posted November 16, 2012 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced leadership changes Nov. 16 for the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and Johnson Space Center in Houston. James Free will succeed Ramon (Ray) Lugo as Glenn’s center director when Lugo retires in January. Free has served as Glenn’s deputy director since January 2011. Ellen Ochoa will succeed Michael Coats…

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Voyager 1 probe encounters new region in deep space

Posted December 5, 2012 by

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the far reaches of our solar system that scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before reaching interstellar space. Scientists refer to this new region as a magnetic highway for charged particles because our sun’s magnetic field lines are connected to…

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Researchers identify water rich meteorite linked to Mars crust

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NASA-funded researchers analyzing a small meteorite that may be the first discovered from the Martian surface or crust have found it contains 10 times more water than other Martian meteorites from unknown origins.

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NASA joins ESA’s ‘Dark Universe’ mission

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NASA has joined the European Space Agency’s Euclid mission, a space telescope designed to investigate the cosmological mysteries of dark matter and dark energy. Euclid will launch in 2020 and spend six years mapping the locations and measuring the shapes of as many as 2 billion galaxies spread over more than one-third of the sky….

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