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NASA, space station partners announce future crew members

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NASA and its international partners have appointed three International Space Station crew members to round out future expeditions to the orbiting laboratory. NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Japanese Exploration Aerospace Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui and Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko are scheduled to launch in June 2015. They will join three Expedition 44 crew…

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Science team outlines goals for NASA’s 2020 Mars Rover

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The rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 should look for signs of past life, collect samples for possible future return to Earth, and demonstrate technology for future human exploration of the Red Planet, according to a report provided to the agency. The 154-page document was prepared by the Mars 2020 Science Definition Team,…

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NASA satellite provides first view of solar system’s tail

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Like a comet, the solar system has a tail. NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer has for the first time mapped out the structure of this tail, which is shaped like a four-leaf clover. Scientists describe the tail, called the heliotail, based on the first three years of IBEX imagery in a paper published in the July…

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NASA seeks information on commercial robotic lunar lander capabilities

Posted July 8, 2013 by

NASA July 2 issued a Request for Information that will help agency officials better understand current plans in the U.S. commercial space industry for a robotic lunar landing capability. The RFI will assist NASA in assessing U.S. industry’s interest in partnerships to develop a robotic lander that could enable commercial and agency missions. The RFI…

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NASA Tests Game Changing Composite Cryogenic Fuel Tank

Posted July 8, 2013 by PR Newswire

NASA recently completed a major space technology development milestone by successfully testing a pressurized, large cryogenic propellant tank made of composite materials. The composite tank will enable the next generation of rockets and spacecraft needed for space exploration. Cryogenic propellants are gasses chilled to subfreezing temperatures and condensed to form highly combustible liquids, providing high-energy…

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Long-running NASA/CNES ocean satellite takes final bow

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The curtain has come down on a superstar of the satellite oceanography world that played the “Great Blue Way” of the world’s ocean for 11 1/2 years. The successful joint NASA and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales Jason-1 ocean altimetry satellite was decommissioned this week following the loss of its last remaining transmitter. Launched Dec. 7,…

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NASA selects electrical systems engineering services contract

Posted July 8, 2013 by

NASA has awarded a contract to ASRC Federal Space & Defense of Greenbelt, Md., for the Electrical Systems Engineering Services II for the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center. This is a cost plus award fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a maximum ordering value of $475 million. This contract has a 30-day phase-in period with…

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Lockheed Martin delivers third SBIRS HEO satellite payload to U.S. Air Force

Posted July 2, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin has delivered the third of four highly elliptical earth orbit satellite payloads contracted by the U.S. Air Force as part of the Space Based Infrared System. The SBIRS program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, combatant commanders,…

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NASA tests game changing composite cryogenic fuel tank

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NASA recently completed a major space technology development milestone by successfully testing a pressurized, large cryogenic propellant tank made of composite materials. The composite tank will enable the next generation of rockets and spacecraft needed for space exploration. Cryogenic propellants are gasses chilled to subfreezing temperatures and condensed to form highly combustible liquids, providing high-energy…

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NASA Commercial Crew partner SpaceX completes two human-critical reviews

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Space Exploration Technologies Corp. of Hawthorne, Calif., recently completed two milestones for NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative, which is intended to make commercial human spaceflight services available for government and commercial customers. These were the fifth and sixth milestones for SpaceX, a partner in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The company is…

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