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NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Posted April 18, 2014 by

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

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From wind tunnel tests to software reviews, NASA’s CCP continue to advance

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Working in wind tunnels, software laboratories and work stations across America, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partners continue to make strides in advancing the designs of the American spacecraft and rockets that will carry humans safely and reliably into low-Earth orbit from U.S. soil by 2017. Blue Origin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation and Space Exploration Technologies are accomplishing milestones established through Space Act…

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NASA invites public comment on Mars 2020 draft environmental impact statement

Posted June 20, 2014 by

NASA is requesting the public and interested organizations to review and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the agency’s proposed Mars 2020 mission. The comment period runs through July 21. During the comment period, NASA will host an online public meeting from 1-3 p.m., EDT, June 26, at https://ac.arc.nasa.gov/mars2020. The meeting site will…

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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory celebrates 15th anniversary

Posted July 23, 2014 by

Chandra, one of NASA's current "Great Observatories," along with the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, is specially designed to detect X-ray emission from hot and energetic regions of the universe.

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NASA’s RXTE satellite decodes rhythm of an unusual black hole

Posted August 20, 2014 by

https://www.youtube.com/embed/TSWZI2oUgnI?enablejsapi=1&rel=0 Astronomers have uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare type of black hole 12 million light-years away by sifting through archival data from NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer satellite. The signals have helped astronomers identify an unusual midsize black hole called M82 X-1, which is the brightest X-ray source in a galaxy known as Messier…

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SpaceX breaks ground on Texas rocket launch site

Posted September 24, 2014 by Christopher Sherman

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The commercial rocket launches that could begin as early as 2016 in the southernmost tip of Texas will be a critical step toward one day establishing a human presence on Mars, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Sept 22. With waves from the Gulf of Mexico crashing just over the dunes…

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NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly shares bullying prevention message ahead of one-year mission

Posted October 24, 2014 by

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is scheduled to fly on a one-year spaceflight mission in 2015, is lending his voice to help reduce childhood bullying. As part of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Kelly recorded a special message encouraging bystanders to take action. “Be more than just a bystander,” said Kelly in the message. “Take action…

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NASA opens Cube Quest Challenge for largest-ever prize of $5 million

Posted November 26, 2014 by

Registration now is open for NASA's Cube Quest Challenge, the agency’s first in-space competition that offers the agency’s largest-ever prize purse.

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NASA, Library of Congress select first astrobiology chair

Posted April 17, 2012 by

NASA and the Library of Congress have announced the selection of David H. Grinspoon to be the first Baruch S. Blumberg NASA-Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. The chair, selected through an international competition, is named for the late Nobel Laureate and founding director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, Baruch “Barry” Blumberg. Applications are solicited…

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NASA modifies launch service contract to add Falcon 9 rocket

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NASA has announced a modification of its NASA Launch Services II contract with Space Exploration Technologies of Hawthorne, Calif., to add an additional configuration of the Falcon 9 rocket to its fleet. The SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 launch service will be available to the agency’s Launch Services Program to use for future missions in accordance…

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