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NASA welcomes new chief scientist

Posted July 29, 2013 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named planetary geologist Ellen Stofan the agency’s chief scientist, effective Aug. 25. Stofan will be Bolden’s principal advisor on the agency’s science programs and science-related strategic planning and investments. Prior to her appointment, Stofan was vice president of Proxemy Research in Laytonsville, Md., and honorary professor in the department of…

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Arrests bring drop in Seattle VA travel claims

Posted July 29, 2013 by Gene Johnson

A funny thing happened after federal authorities arrested several military veterans last year and accused them of lying about how far they drove to get to medical appointments at the Veterans Administration hospital in Seattle. A bunch of others who didn’t get busted stopped filing for so much money in mileage reimbursements, and the VA…

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Lockheed Martin delivers upgraded Orion in 10 months

Posted July 26, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin achieved an unprecedented milestone by delivering a U.S. Customs and Border Protection P-3 Orion aircraft in 10 months – and 78 days early – on July 18. This is the eighth of 14 aircraft in the program to receive Mid-Life Upgrade modifications and phased depot maintenance. It will soon join the CBP P-3…

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NASA sees enthusiastic response to asteroid call for ideas

Posted July 26, 2013 by

NASA has received more than 400 responses to its request for information on the agency’s asteroid initiative, Deputy Administrator Lori Garver announced July 26. “Under our plan, we’re increasing the identification, tracking and exploration of asteroids, and the response to this initiative has been gratifying,” said Garver, speaking at the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace 2013…

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NASA selects eight physical science research proposals

Posted July 26, 2013 by

NASA’s Physical Science Research Program will fund eight proposals to help investigate how complex fluids and macromolecules behave in microgravity. The investigations will be conducted aboard the International Space Station. These studies will result in new basic knowledge that provides a foundation on which other NASA researchers and engineers can build approaches to problems confronting…

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NASA mission discovers particle accelerator in heart of Van Allen Radiation Belts

Posted July 26, 2013 by

Using data from a NASA satellite, scientists have discovered a massive particle accelerator in the heart of one of the harshest regions of near-Earth space, a region of super-energetic, charged particles surrounding the globe and known as the Van Allen radiation belts. New results from NASA’s Van Allen Probes show the acceleration energy is in…

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NASA astronauts demonstrate operations in Boeing CST-100 spacecraft

Posted July 26, 2013 by

Two NASA astronauts for the first time evaluated communications, ergonomics and crew-interface aspects of the Boeing Crew Space Transportation-100 capsule.

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NASA’s WISE finds mysterious centaurs may be Comets

Posted July 26, 2013 by

The true identity of centaurs, the small celestial bodies orbiting the sun between Jupiter and Neptune, is one of the enduring mysteries of astrophysics. Are they asteroids or comets? A new study of observations from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer finds most centaurs are comets. Until now, astronomers were not certain whether centaurs are asteroids…

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NASA IRIS observatory – designed, built By Lockheed Martin – sees first light

Posted July 26, 2013 by

The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph observatory, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for NASA, has produced its first images and spectra of a little understood region of the sun through which the energy that supports the Sun’s hot corona is transported.

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NASA creates spacewalk mishap investigation board

Posted July 24, 2013 by

NASA has appointed a board to investigate the July 16 early termination of a spacewalk outside the International Space Station, develop a set of lessons learned from the incident and suggest ways to prevent a similar problem in the future. The board will begin its work Aug. 2, in close coordination with a NASA engineering…

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