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NASA rover finds conditions once suited for ancient life on Mars

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An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon – some of the key chemical ingredients for life – in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale…

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Nation’s newest missile warning satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle payload fairing for March launch

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The second Lockheed Martin built Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-2) spacecraft was encapsulated into its payload fairing March 4 in preparation for a March 19 liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. SBIRS GEO-2, the most technologically advanced infrared surveillance satellite, will enhance the nationís missile…

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SpaceX Dragon cargo mission overcomes thrusters’ glitch

Posted March 13, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

The March 1 launch of Cargo Resupply Service mission 2 [CRS2] to the International Space Station was flawless.  Space X’s Falcon 9 brought the Dragon capsule into orbit. But at 9 minutes into the flight, the Dragon capsule’s Draco thruster system did not activate as planned. The capsule is equipped with 18 of SpaceX’s Draco…

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NASA’s Michoud assembly facility manufactures liquid natural gas tanks for Lockheed Martin

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NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, the agency’s only large-scale advanced manufacturing facility, soon will be building liquefied natural gas tanks with commercial applications on Earth. In a March 12 ceremony that included Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md., announced it is drawing on the unique experience and equipment at Michoud…

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NASA mission helps craft 3-D image of buried Mars flood channels

Posted March 11, 2013 by

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided images allowing scientists for the first time to create a 3-D reconstruction of ancient water channels below the Martian surface.

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Amplified greenhouse effects shifts northís growing season

Posted March 11, 2013 by

NASA image courtesy of Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio Of the 10 million square miles (26 million square kilometers) of northern vegetated lands, 34 to 41 percent showed increases in plant growth (green and blue), 3 to 5 percent showed decreases in plant growth (orange and red), and 51 to 62 percent showed…

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NASA launches exploration design challenge

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NASA unveiled an Exploration Design Challenge March 11 to give students from kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight. The innovative educational opportunity was announced in a special event at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The challenge asks students in the U.S. and abroad…

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NASA launches Exploration Design Challenge

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NASA unveiled an Exploration Design Challenge March 11 to give students from kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight. The innovative educational opportunity was announced in a special event at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The challenge asks students in the U.S. and abroad…

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract for next set of infrared surveillance satellites

Posted March 6, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $284.4 million fixed-price contract to procure long lead parts for the fifth and sixth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellites in the Space Based Infrared System missile warning constellation. Featuring a mix of GEO satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth (HEO) orbit, and associated ground hardware and…

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MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite completes on-orbit testing

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite, built by Boeing partner Orbital Sciences Corporation, has completed on-orbit testing and has been accepted by the customer, the first step to establishing a space-based communications network that will markedly improve Mexico’s satellite communications capabilities. The Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Secretary of Communications and Transportation) of…

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