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NASA instrument aboard European spacecraft returns first science results

Posted September 9, 2014 by

A NASA instrument aboard the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Rosetta orbiter has successfully made its first delivery of science data from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The instrument, named Alice, began mapping the comet’s surface last month, recording the first far-ultraviolet light spectra of the comet’s surface. From the data, the Alice team discovered the comet is unusually…

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NASA’s NuSTAR telescope discovers shockingly bright dead star

Posted October 8, 2014 by

NASA/JPL-Caltech image A rare and mighty pulsar (pink) can be seen at the center of the galaxy Messier 82 in this new multi-wavelength portrait. NASA’s NuSTAR mission discovered the “pulse” of the pulsar a type of dead star using is high-energy X-ray vision. Astronomers have found a pulsating, dead star beaming with the energy of…

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NASA rocket experiment finds universe brighter than we thought

Posted November 7, 2014 by

A NASA sounding rocket experiment has detected a surprising surplus of infrared light in the dark space between galaxies, a diffuse cosmic glow as bright as all known galaxies combined. The glow is thought to be from orphaned stars flung out of galaxies.

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Storm fails to quench liftoff of secret reconnaissance satellite

Posted December 17, 2014 by Peter W. Merlin

The fiery launch of an Atlas V (541), among the most powerful of the venerable Atlas family, briefly dispelled the gloom over Californiaís Central Coast on the evening of Dec. 12. A team of personnel from United Launch Alliance and the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base completed the countdown sequence at 7:19…

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NASA spacecraft returns new images of Pluto en route to historic encounter

Posted February 6, 2015 by

NASA/JHU APL/SwRI photograph The image of Pluto and its moon Charon, taken by NASAís New Horizons spacecraft, was magnified four times to make the objects more visible. Over the next several months, the apparent sizes of Pluto and Charon, as well as the separation between them, will continue to expand in the images. NASA’s New…

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NASA asteroid hunter spacecraft data available to public

Posted March 27, 2015 by

Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft now are available online to the public.

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Photonic laser thruster propels simulated spacecraft

Posted May 15, 2015 by

TUSTIN, Calif. — Y.K. Bae Corporation announces their proprietary Photonic Laser Thruster has successfully accelerated a 450 gram (~1 lb.) spacecraft simulator with pure laser light for the first time in history. The project was funded by a Phase II grant of NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, which funds the most promising ideas for the next generation…

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NASA names new director for Langley Research Center

Posted June 19, 2015 by

NASA has announced that Dr. David E. Bowles has been named director of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., succeeding Stephen G. Jurczyk who served in that capacity from April 2014. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden made the announcement in an agency-wide email to employees. Bowles has been serving as the acting center director since…

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NASA awards launch contract for GOES-R, GOES-S missions

Posted April 13, 2012 by

NASA has selected United Launch Services, LLC of Englewood, Colo., to launch the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites-R and S, or GOES-R and GOES-S. The spacecraft will launch in October 2015 and February 2017, respectively, aboard Atlas V 541 rockets from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The total cost of the…

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Space businesses looking for new direction

Posted April 30, 2012 by by Stephen Singer

Less than a year after NASA ended its shuttle program, players in America’s space business are casting around for new direction. United Technologies Corp. is the most recent company to announce it will sharply scale back its role in space exploration. It’s selling Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a manufacturer of rocket engines and liquid-propulsion systems…

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