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NASA’s Swift produces best ultraviolet maps of nearest galaxies

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Courtesy Photo New surveys conducted by NASA’s Swift provide the most detailed overviews ever captured in ultraviolet light of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the two closest major galaxies to our own. Swift team member Stefan Immler, who proposed the imaging project, narrates this quick tour. All visible light imagery provided by Axel Mellinger,…

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NASA’S WISE mission finds lost asteroid family members

Posted May 31, 2013 by

Data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer have led to a new and improved family tree for asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter. Astronomers used millions of infrared snapshots from the asteroid-hunting portion of the WISE all-sky survey, called NEOWISE, to identify 28 new asteroid families. The snapshots also helped place thousands…

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Radiation measured by NASA’s Curiosity on voyage to Mars has implications for future human missions

Posted May 31, 2013 by

Measurements taken by NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission as it delivered the Curiosity rover to Mars in 2012 are providing NASA the information it needs to design systems to protect human explorers from radiation exposure on deep-space expeditions in the future. MSL’s Radiation Assessment Detector is the first instrument to measure the radiation environment during…

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Landast 8 satellite begins watch

Posted May 31, 2013 by

NASA transferred operational control May 30 of the Landsat 8 satellite to the U.S. Geological Survey in a ceremony in Sioux Falls, S.D. The event marks the beginning of the satellite’s mission to extend an unparalleled four-decade record of monitoring Earth’s landscape from space. Landsat 8 is the latest in the Landsat series of remote-sensing satellites,…

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NASA’s Swift reveals new phenomenon in a neutron star

Posted May 31, 2013 by

Astronomers using NASA’s Swift X-ray Telescope have observed a spinning neutron star suddenly slowing down, yielding clues they can use to understand these extremely dense objects. A neutron star is the crushed core of a massive star that ran out of fuel, collapsed under its own weight, and exploded as a supernova. A neutron star…

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National Technical Systems tests NASA lunar satellite

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National Technical Systems, Inc., a leading provider of testing and engineering services, announced May 29 it completed a series of qualification tests on NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, a satellite that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the moon’s surface and environmental influences on lunar…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engines boost latest communication satellite into orbit

Posted May 29, 2013 by

CANOGA PARK, Calif. - Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engines provided the power to successfully place the fifth in a series of Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) communication satellites into orbit May 24 for the U.S. military. The mission was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV medium rocket with…

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ATK Technologies support launch of ULA’s Delta IV rocket carrying WGS-5

Posted May 29, 2013 by

ATK propulsion and composite technologies supported the May 24 successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This rocket carried the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) into orbit for the U.S. Air Force. WGS-5 is the fifth satellite delivered by prime contractor…

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Northrop Grumman-built Modular Space Vehicle nears completion of manufacturing phase

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – A Northrop Grumman-led team recently completed the third gate review of its first Modular Space Vehicle bus assembly, integration and test, marking completion of functional testing. The team will conduct comprehensive “day in the life” testing next for the Operationally Responsive Space-2 (ORS-2) bus, leading to hardware acceptance by the Air…

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Boeing-built WGS satellite enhances tactical communications for war fighters

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Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite it is delivering to the U.S. Air Force to give war fighters greater access to fast, secure communications that help them complete their missions more safely and effectively. After reaching final orbit, WGS-5 will complete several maneuvers and tests before beginning…

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