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Satellite cooling system breakthrough developed by Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Posted December 6, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph Weighing just over 11 ounces, and less than four inches long in greatest dimension, the microcryocooler is expected to have an operating life of 10 years or more. Scientists and engineers at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center have developed the lightest satellite cryocooler, (cooling system) ever built. The breakthrough is seen…

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NASA observatory selects educator teams for 2014 science flights

Posted January 8, 2014 by

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, will become a flying classroom for teachers during research flights in the next few months. Twelve two-person teams have been selected for SOFIA’s Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program, representing educators from 10 states. Each will be paired with a professional astronomer to observe first-hand how airborne infrared astronomy…

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NASA selects space launch system adapter hardware manufacturer

Posted February 3, 2014 by

NASA has selected Teledyne Brown Engineering of Huntsville, Ala., to design and build a key component of the new Space Launch System rocket the agency is developing to send humans farther than ever into deep space. The component is the Launch Vehicle/Stage Adapter, which will be used to connect the rocket’s 27.5-foot diameter core and…

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NASA selects 10 proposals for unprecedented twin astronaut study

Posted March 10, 2014 by

Only one set of twins has ever been into space, and now those twins are providing an unprecedented opportunity for scientists to understand better the effects of microgravity on the human body. NASA’s Human Research Program will fund 10 short-term, first-of-its-kind investigations into the molecular, physiological and psychological effects of spaceflight in a continuous effort…

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Near Infrared Camera Integrated into space telescope

Posted April 9, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin and the University of Arizona have delivered the primary imaging instrument of the James Webb Space Telescope to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The new Near Infrared Camera, or NIRCam, has been successfully integrated within the heart of the telescope, known as the Integrated Science Instrument Module. The integration completes the suite of…

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Chandra Observatory delivers new insight into formation of star clusters

Posted May 7, 2014 by

Using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and infrared telescopes, astronomers have made an important advance in the understanding of how clusters of stars come into being. The data show early notions of how star clusters are formed cannot be correct. The simplest idea is stars form into clusters when a giant cloud of gas…

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NASA instruments begin science on European spacecraft set to land on comet

Posted June 11, 2014 by

Three NASA science instruments aboard the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus, are beginning observations and  sending science data back to Earth. Launched in March 2004, Rosetta was reactivated January 2014 after a record 957 days in hibernation….

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NASA spacecraft sees further evidence of dry ice gullies on Mars

Posted July 11, 2014 by

Repeated high-resolution observations made by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter indicate the gullies on Mars' surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liquid water.

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The future is now: Innovative advanced concepts selected for continued study

Posted August 6, 2014 by

Looking ahead to an exciting future, NASA is continuing to invest in concepts that may one day revolutionize how we live and work in space with the selection of five technology proposals for continued study under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, located at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, based…

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

Posted September 15, 2014 by

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.

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