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Boosters For Orion’s launch vehicle arrive at Cape Canaveral

Posted March 7, 2014 by

The Orion spacecraft has moved another step closer toward its first test flight as the core and starboard boosters for the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket contracted by Lockheed Martin for that flight have arrived to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

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NASA Hubble team finds monster ‘El Gordo’ galaxy cluster bigger than thought

Posted April 4, 2014 by

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has weighed the largest known galaxy cluster in the distant universe, catalogued as ACT-CL J0102-4915, and found it definitely lives up to its nickname - El Gordo (Spanish for "the fat one").

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NASA invests in hundreds of U.S. small businesses to enable future missions

Posted May 2, 2014 by

Recognizing the critical role of American small businesses and research institutions play as innovation engines for new space technologies that will enable future space exploration, NASA has selected 383 research and technology proposals for negotiations that may lead to contracts worth a combined $47.6 million.

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2014 NASA advanced technology Phase I concepts selected for study

Posted June 6, 2014 by

NASA has selected 12 proposals for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, which aims to turn science fiction into fact through pioneering technology development. The selected proposals cover a wide range of imaginative concepts, including: a submarine to explore the methane lakes of Titan; using neutrinos to perform measurements…

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NASA’s undergraduate student instrument program launches

Posted July 7, 2014 by

College and university students from across the country are taking science to greater heights thanks to a new NASA program. The Undergraduate Student Instrument Program is an educational flight opportunity sponsored by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics by providing a hands-on Earth or space science flight project experience. The…

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NASA awards modification for geophysics, geodynamics, space geodesy support contract

Posted August 1, 2014 by

NASA has awarded a modification to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc. of Greenbelt, Md. to continuing working the the Geophysics, Geodynamics and Space Geodesy Support Services contract. The maximum ordering value of the GGSG contract will increase to $76.8 million. The previous amount was $49.5 million. The increase in the maximum ordering value of the contract…

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Boeing receives first order for 502 Phoenix small satellite

Posted September 11, 2014 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has received its first commercial order for the 502 Phoenix small satellite from HySpecIQ of Washington, D.C. The satellites will carry the commercial remote sensing industry’s first high-resolution hyperspectral payload, capable of providing spectral imaging fidelity that far exceeds what is currently available. Boeing will deliver a complete satellite system…

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NASA Mars spacecraft ready for Sept. 21 orbit insertion

Posted September 19, 2014 by

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.

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NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

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Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

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NASA announces early stage innovations space tech research grants

Posted November 21, 2014 by timchisham

NASA image by Eric Stern Advanced thermal protection materials modeling using the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method simulates the flow through porous TPS materials. Research into these sorts of advanced technologies enable the journey to Mars and enable future exploration. NASA has selected 11 university-led proposals for the study of innovative, early stage technologies…

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