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NASA seeks proposals for commercial Mars data relay satellites

Posted July 23, 2014 by

NASA has issued a Request for Information to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet. We are looking to broaden participation in the exploration of Mars to include new models for government and commercial partnerships, said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA’s…

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Ozone-depleting compound persists, NASA research shows

Posted August 20, 2014 by

NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide.

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ATK offers solid solution to U.S. Air Force’s RD-180 replacement request

Posted September 24, 2014 by

ATK has provided the U.S. Air Force an American-made commercial solid rocket solution as a replacement for the RD-180 Russian-made, first-stage engine of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V launch vehicle. “ATK’s solid rocket propulsion solution provides a cost-effective, reliable solution based on advanced technology,” said Blake Larson, president of ATK’s Aerospace Group. “I am confident…

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Close encounters: Comet Siding Spring seen next to Mars

Posted October 24, 2014 by

A composite NASA Hubble Space Telescope Image captures the positions of comet Siding Spring and Mars in a never-before-seen close passage of a comet by the Red Planet, which happened at 2:28 p.m., EDT, Oct. 19.

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New crew arrives at space station to continue scientific research

Posted November 26, 2014 by

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station.

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RS-25 engine testing blazes forward for NASA’s Space Launch System

Posted January 12, 2015 by

The New Year is off to a hot start for NASA's Space Launch System.

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NASA challenge invites students to help design journey to Mars systems

Posted March 13, 2015 by

College students have the opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation for NASA’s journey to Mars by designing systems for future space habitats and exploration systems through the agency’s Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.

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NASA awards grants for research, technology development

Posted April 29, 2015 by

NASA has awarded 26 grants totaling $9.9 million to help bolster the capacity and competitiveness of 28 states and territories (jurisdictions) in the area of technology research and development. Through its Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program, NASA awards Research Infrastructure Development grants every three to five years to jurisdictions that have not, in…

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Astronaut Nicole Stott retires from NASA

Posted June 5, 2015 by

After 27 years with the space agency, Astronaut Nicole Stott is retiring from NASA. Stott, who flew two spaceflight missions, including a long-duration mission on the International Space Station, plans to pursue a career as a full-time artist and advocate for science, technology, engineering, math and art education. NASA’s Flight Operations team wishes Nicole the…

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NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Posted July 31, 2015 by

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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