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NASA’s Van Allen probes reveal a new radiation belt around Earth

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NASA’s Van Allen Probes mission has discovered a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth, revealing the existence of unexpected structures and processes within these hazardous regions of space. Previous observations of Earth’s Van Allen belts have long documented two distinct regions of trapped radiation surrounding our planet. Particle detection instruments aboard the twin Van…

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Planck mission brings universe into sharp focus

Posted March 25, 2013 by

The Planck space mission has released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information about its age, contents and origins. Planck is a European Space Agency mission. NASA contributed mission-enabling technology for both of Planck’s science instruments, and U.S., European and Canadian scientists work together…

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NASA, partners solicit creative materials manufacturing solutions

Posted April 29, 2013 by

NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. State Department and Nike have issued a challenge to identify 10 game-changing innovations that could enable fabric systems to enhance global economic growth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources. The challenge is open through July 15 and seeks creative innovations in the materials from…

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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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Lockheed Martin-built MUOS satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle payload fairing

Posted June 28, 2013 by

The second Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing yesterday. It is scheduled to launch July 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle.

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NASA, Korean Space Agency discuss space cooperation

Posted July 29, 2013 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and the president of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Seung Jo Kim, met in Washington, D.C., June 29 to discuss collaboration in aeronautics research and space exploration, including KARI’s robotic lunar mission and NASA’s asteroid initiative. This was the first meeting between Bolden and Kim. “Our two agencies share a mutual…

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NASA selects top 96 asteroid initiative ideas

Posted September 6, 2013 by

NASA has chosen 96 ideas it regards as most promising from more than 400 submitted in response to its June request for information about protecting Earth from asteroids and finding an asteroid humans can explore. The ideas provide the agency with fresh insight into how best to identify, capture and relocate a near-Earth asteroid for…

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Lockheed Martin submits proposal for U.S. Air Force’s satellite hosted payload initiative

Posted September 25, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin submitted its competitive proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions initiative aimed at leveraging commercial satellites for some government missions. According to the August 1 government solicitation, HoPS will provide the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. and other U.S. government organizations with “a…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX achieves milestone in safety review

Posted November 15, 2013 by

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) met in late October to review the safety of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket being developed to launch humans into low-Earth orbit later this decade.

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Orbital mates Cygnus to Antares rocket for upcoming ISS mission

Posted December 11, 2013 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation’s (NYSE: ORB) operations team mated the Cygnus spacecraft to the Antares rocket that will launch it to the International Space Station Dec. 18.

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