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NASA partners with X-37B program for use of former space shuttle hangars

Posted October 8, 2014 by

NASA photograph File image from June 20, 2001 shows Orbiter Processing Facility 1 and 2 (left) and Vehicle Assembly Building (right) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B Program for use of the center’s Orbiter Processing Facility Bays…

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NASA’s Cassini mission receives Smithsonian’s highest honor

Posted March 23, 2012 by

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has bestowed its highest group honor, the Trophy for Current Achievement, on NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn. The annual award recognizes outstanding achievements in the fields of aerospace science and technology. The trophy was presented March 21 during an evening ceremony at the museum in Washington. Established in…

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Boeing, NASA sign agreement on mission support for CST-100

Posted April 22, 2012 by

Boeing has signed an agreement with NASA’s Mission Operations Directorate at Johnson Space Center, Texas, to collaborate on mission planning, training and flight operations for the company’s Commercial Space Transportation-100 spacecraft. Under the new arrangement, which Boeing negotiated under its current Phase 2 NASA Space Act Agreement for Commercial Crew Development, Boeing will begin discussions…

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NASA’s Cassini finds Saturn’s moon Phoebe has planet-like qualities

Posted April 30, 2012 by

Data from NASA’s Cassini mission reveal Saturn’s moon Phoebe has more planet-like qualities than previously thought. Scientists had their first close-up look at Phoebe when Cassini began exploring the Saturn system in 2004. Using data from multiple spacecraft instruments and a computer model of the moon’s chemistry, geophysics and geology, scientists found Phoebe was a…

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SpaceX launches NASA demonstration mission to space station

Posted May 22, 2012 by

The second demonstration mission for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program is under way as SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft lifted off May 21 from Cape Canaveral...

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NASA announces 2012 Summer Of Innovation Mini-grants opportunity

Posted June 11, 2012 by

NASA is accepting proposals until June 29 for the mini-grants component of the agency’s 2012 Summer of Innovation project. Proposals may be submitted through the National Space Grant Foundation for NASA-themed content in a variety of programs geared toward middle school students. The foundation is administering the grant program for NASA. Mini-grants are designed to…

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Boeing validates performance of CST vehicle’s attitude control engine

Posted June 27, 2012 by

Boeing recently demonstrated the dual-role propulsion features and performance of the Orbital Maneuvering Attitude Control engine on the service module for the company’s Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft. The tests were conducted at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility, N.M., as part of the second phase of NASA’s Commercial Crew Development program. “Boeing’s unique service-module propulsion system…

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NASA selects launch services contract for three missions

Posted July 17, 2012 by

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Englewood, Colo., to launch the Soil Moisture Active Passive, Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 and Joint Polar Satellite System-1 spacecraft. The spacecraft will launch in October 2014, July 2014 and November 2016, respectively, aboard Delta II rockets from Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The total…

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ATK Technologies on display as NASA’s Mars rover makes successful landing

Posted August 6, 2012 by

ATK technologies and capabilities played mission-critical roles throughout the entire journey of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” rover, which successfully landed Aug. 5 inside Mars’ Gale Crater. As it starts its two-year mission, Curiosity will gather data to help assess whether Mars ever had an environment capable of supporting microbial life. ATK contributed technical and…

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NASA completes pilot program for one-on-one virtual mentoring of middle school girls

Posted August 20, 2012 by

NASA’s new virtual mentoring program is helping girls get excited about careers in science and technology by working one-on-one with agency professionals. Twenty-one girls in grades 5-8, representing 12 states from New York to Hawaii, have completed a pilot mentoring program called NASA Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Science. NASA GIRLS is the first…

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