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NASA, Virgin Galactic announce payloads for SpaceShipTwo flight

Posted June 4, 2014 by

Photograph courtesy of Mars Scientific/Clay Center Observatory Telescopic image of Virgin Galacticís SpaceShipTwo during a supersonic test flight in 2013. NASA has selected 12 technology experiments to fly on the first commercial research flight on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. Through NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program within the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, officials have been working with…

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Ocean on Saturn moon could be as salty as Dead Sea

Posted July 3, 2014 by

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/SSI/Univ. of Arizona/G. Mitri/University of Nantes Researchers found that Titan’s ice shell, which overlies a very salty ocean, varies in thickness around the moon, suggesting the crust is in the process of becoming rigid. Scientists analyzing data from NASAís Cassini mission have firm evidence the ocean inside Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, might…

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NASA awards mission operations support contract extension

Posted August 1, 2014 by

NASA has awarded a contract extension to Lockheed Martin of Gaithersburg, Md., for the Facilities Development and Operations Contract at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This $340.6 million three-year extension includes a two-year base period and a one-year option. The extension base period runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2016. If exercised,…

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Space station Expedition 40 crew returns to Earth, lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted September 11, 2014 by

NASA television image A trio of International Space Station crew members returned to Earth and landed in Kazakhstan at 10:23 p.m., EDT, Sept. 10 after spending 167 days aboard the orbital laboratory. Seen left to right, Oleg Artemyev and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and NASA’s Steve Swanson were examined by…

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Satellite data shows U.S. methane ‘hot spot’ bigger than expected

Posted October 10, 2014 by tomlear

One small “hot spot” in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States – more than triple the standard ground-based estimate - according to a new study of satellite data by scientists at NASA and the University of Michigan.

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Mars spacecraft reveal comet flyby effects on Martian atmosphere

Posted November 10, 2014 by

Two NASA and one European spacecraft that obtained the first up-close observations of a comet flyby of Mars on Oct. 19, have gathered new information about the basic properties of the comet’s nucleus and directly detected the effects on the Martian atmosphere.

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NASA launches new Micro-g NExT for undergraduates

Posted December 17, 2014 by

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in a new microgravity activity called Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams. The deadline for proposals is Jan. 28, 2015. Micro-g NExT challenges students to work in teams to design and build prototypes of spacewalking tools to be used by astronauts for spacewalk training in the…

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First Boeing 702 medium power satellite sends initial signals from space

Posted March 27, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from Intelsat 22, the first of a series of 702MP (medium power) satellites it is delivering for Intelsat. The signals indicate that Intelsat 22 is healthy and ready to begin orbit raising…

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NASA’s Spitzer finds galaxy with split personality

Posted April 24, 2012 by

While some galaxies are rotund and others are slender disks like our spiral Milky Way, new observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope show that the Sombrero galaxy is both. The galaxy, which is a round, elliptical with a thin disk embedded inside, is one of the first known to exhibit characteristics of the two different…

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Expedition 31 trio blasts off for International Space Station

Posted May 15, 2012 by

NASA Flight Engineer Joseph Acaba, Russian Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin blasted off for the International Space Station at 10:01 p.m., CDT, May 14 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Acaba, Padalka and Revin are scheduled to dock their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft to the Poisk module of the station at 11:39…

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