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NASA takes giant leaps on journey to Mars among other accomplishments

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In 2014, NASA took significant steps on the agency’s journey to Mars – testing cutting-edge technologies and making scientific discoveries while studying our changing Earth and the infinite universe as the agency made progress on the next generation of air travel. “We continued to make great progress on our journey to Mars this year, awarding…

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NASA commercial crew partners complete 23 milestones in 2014

Posted December 24, 2014 by

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and the agency’s industry partners completed 23 agreement and contract milestones in 2014 and participated in thousands of hours of technical review sessions. The sessions focused on creating a new generation of safe, reliable and cost-effective crew space transportation systems to low-Earth orbit destinations. “To say we’ve been busy would truly…

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NASA selects commercial space partners for collaborative partnerships

Posted December 24, 2014 by

NASA announced Dec. 23 the selection of four U.S. companies to collaborate with NASA through unfunded partnerships to develop new space capabilities available to the government and other customers. The partnerships build on the success of NASA’s commercial spaceflight initiatives to leverage NASA experience and expertise into new capabilities. The Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities…

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SpaceX completes first milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation System

Posted December 22, 2014 by

NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract with the agency. During the Certification Baseline Review, SpaceX described its current design baseline including how the company plans to manufacture its Crew Dragon spacecraft…

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XCOR announces further progress on the XCOR Lynx spacecraft

Posted December 22, 2014 by

The XCOR Lynx® suborbital spacecraft continues to make rapid progress towards final assembly.

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NASA’s Kepler reborn, makes first exoplanet find of new mission

Posted December 19, 2014 by

Image courtesy of NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle The artistic concept shows NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2. Using publicly available data, astronomers have confirmed K2’s first exoplanet discovery proving Kepler can still find planets. NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using…

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NASA, planetary scientists find meteoritic evidence of Mars water reservoir

Posted December 19, 2014 by

This illustration depicts Martian water reservoirs. Recent research provides evidence for the existence of a third reservoir that is intermediate in isotopic composition between the Red Planetís mantle and its current atmosphere. These results support the hypothesis that a buried cryosphere accounts for a large part of the initial water budget of Mars. NASA and…

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Lockheed Martin-built MUOS-3 satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle fairing

Posted December 19, 2014 by

The third Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing Dec. 18. It is scheduled to launch Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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NASA’s Orion arrives back at Kennedy

Posted December 19, 2014 by

NASA photograph NASA’s Orion spacecraft returned to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida Dec. 18, 2014. The spacecraft flew to an altitude of 3,600 miles in space during a Dec. 5 flight test designed to stress many of the riskiest events Orion will see when it sends astronauts on future missions to an asteroid…

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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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