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NASA’s Kepler mission discovers bigger, older cousin to Earth

Posted July 24, 2015 by

NASA/JPL-CalTech/R. Hurt photograph This size and scale of the Kepler-452 system compared alongside the Kepler-186 system and the solar system. Kepler-186 is a miniature solar system that would fit entirely inside the orbit of Mercury. NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This discovery and…

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Launch, docking returns ISS crew to full strength

Posted July 24, 2015 by

Three crew members representing the United States, Russia and Japan have arrived at the International Space Station to continue important research that advances NASA's journey to Mars while making discoveries that can benefit all of humanity.

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NASA’s New Horizons team finds haze, flowing ice on Pluto

Posted July 24, 2015 by

Flowing ice and a surprising extended haze are among the newest discoveries from NASA’s New Horizons mission, which reveal distant Pluto to be an icy world of wonders.

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NASA satellite camera provides ‘EPIC’ view of Earth

Posted July 22, 2015 by

A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles away.

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NASA’s New Horizons discovers frozen plains in heart of Pluto’s ‘heart’

Posted July 20, 2015 by

In the latest data from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, a new close-up image of Pluto reveals a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes.

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Boeing demonstrates digital GPS navigation signals

Posted July 20, 2015 by

Boeing successfully demonstrated a digital version of the Global Positioning System III navigation signals, a breakthrough that could contribute to significantly modernizing this vital service. This advancement overcomes the limitations of current GPS analog payloads in combining multiple signals and accommodating future requirements. It also has fewer components, weighs and costs less, is simpler to…

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Teachers learn about NASA’s telescopes, Hubble, SOFIA

Posted July 15, 2015 by

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center's education office held a teachers' workshop in recognition of the 25th Hubble Space Telescope anniversary April 23, which included comparison to the German telescope mounted in the agency's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) 747 aircraft.

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NASA’s New Horizons ‘phones home’ safe after Pluto flyby

Posted July 15, 2015 by

The call everyone was waiting for is in. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft phoned home just before 9 p.m., EDT, July 14 to tell the mission team and the world it had accomplished the historic first-ever flyby of Pluto.

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NASA selects astronauts for first U.S. commercial space flights

Posted July 10, 2015 by

NASA has selected four astronauts to train and prepare for commercial spaceflights that will return American launches to U.S. soil and further open up low-Earth orbit transportation to the private sector. The selections are the latest major milestone in the Obama Administration’s plan to partner with U.S. industry to transport astronauts to space, create good-paying…

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft stays course to Pluto

Posted July 2, 2015 by

Images courtesy of NASA/JHU-APL/SwRI These images show the difference between two sets of 48 combined 10-second exposures with New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) camera, taken at 8:40 UTC and 10:25 UTC on June 26, 2015, from a range of 21.5 million kilometers (approximately 13 million miles) to Pluto. The known small moons, Nix,…

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