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Sierra Nevada Corporation announces new space plans for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Posted January 24, 2014 by

In the latest example of NASA Kennedy Space Center’s transformation into a multi-user spaceport, Sierra Nevada Corporation of Louisville, Colo., announced Jan. 23 steps it will take to prepare for a November 2016 orbital flight of its Dream Chaser spacecraft from Florida’s Space Coast. The announcement included the purchase of an Atlas V rocket from…

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Orbital signs launch agreement with Skybox Imaging

Posted February 21, 2014 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the worlds leading space technology companies, announced Feb. 20 that it has signed a commercial launch contract with Skybox Imaging to carry six high-resolution imaging and video-capable spacecraft into low-Earth orbit in late 2015 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Skybox spacecraft will be launched aboard the Minotaur-C space…

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NASA announces 2014 Tribal College, University Awards

Posted March 26, 2014 by

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project has awarded approximately $2 million in new cooperative agreements to three tribal colleges and universities. These new agreements provide opportunities for TCU students, faculty and staff to engage in NASA-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities. The awards, made through the NASA Tribal College and University Experiential Learning…

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NASA’s Spitzer, WISE telescopes find close, cold neighbor of sun

Posted April 25, 2014 by

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest "brown dwarf" known - a dim, star-like body that, surprisingly, is as frosty as Earth's North Pole.

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NASA releases Earth Day ‘Global Selfie’ mosaic of our home planet

Posted May 23, 2014 by

NASA photograph NASA’s “Global Selfie” Earth mosaic contains more than 36,000 individual photographs from the more than 50,000 images posted around the world on Earth Day, April 22, 2014. For Earth Day this year, NASA invited people around the world to step outside to take a “selfie” and share it with the world on social…

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NASA launches Earth science challenges with OpenNEX cloud data

Posted June 25, 2014 by

NASA is launching two challenges to give the public an opportunity to create innovative ways to use data from the agency’s Earth science satellites. The challenges will use the Open NASA Earth Exchange. OpenNEX is a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to…

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NASA’s Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan vists Armstrong Flight Research Center

Posted July 30, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Surrounded by small remotely piloted aircraft, Albion Bowers explains to Ellen Stofan how technologies are tested on small platforms prior to full scale tests. NASA’s chief scientist Ellen Stofan visited NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards, California, July 23, touring various research projects and facilities and talking with center…

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Image courtesy of NASA, Z. Levay, G. Bacon (STScI)
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NASA telescopes uncover early construction of giant galaxy

Posted August 28, 2014 by

Image courtesy of NASA, Z. Levay, G. Bacon (STScI) Artist impression of a firestorm of star birth deep inside core of young, growing elliptical galaxy. Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed Sparky, is a dense galactic core blazing with the…

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NASA mission points to origin of ocean of storms on Earth’s moon

Posted October 6, 2014 by

NASA/GSFC/JPL/Colorado School of Mines/MIT image Earth’s moon as observed in visible light (left), topography (center, where red is high and blue is low), and the GRAIL gravity gradients (right). The Procellarum region is a broad region of low topography covered in dark mare basalt. The gravity gradients reveal a giant rectangular pattern of structures surrounding…

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Can private space survive two explosions in four days?

Posted November 3, 2014 by Seth Borenstein

Fiery failures are no stranger to the space game. It’s what happens when you push the boundaries of what technology can do, where people can go. And it happened again to Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. In the past decade, the space industry has tried to go from risky and government-run to routine private enterprise – so…

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