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NASA’s Spitzer sees Milky Wayís blooming countryside

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New views from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope show blooming stars in our Milky Way galaxy’s more barren territories, far from its crowded core. The images are part of the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (Glimpse 360) project, which is mapping the celestial topography of our galaxy. The map and a full, 360-degree view of…

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NASA Tests Game Changing Composite Cryogenic Fuel Tank

Posted July 8, 2013 by PR Newswire

NASA recently completed a major space technology development milestone by successfully testing a pressurized, large cryogenic propellant tank made of composite materials. The composite tank will enable the next generation of rockets and spacecraft needed for space exploration. Cryogenic propellants are gasses chilled to subfreezing temperatures and condensed to form highly combustible liquids, providing high-energy…

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NASA awards contract for gaseous nitrogen supply

Posted August 2, 2013 by

NASA has awarded a contract to Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP of Houston to supply gaseous nitrogen to Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This will include the continued operations and maintenance of the Kennedy pipeline system. The firm fixed-price contract includes an economic price adjustment clause. The total…

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NASA evaluates four candidate sites for 2016 Mars mission

Posted September 4, 2013 by

NASA has narrowed to four the number of potential landing sites for the agency’s next mission to the surface of Mars, a 2016 lander to study the planet’s interior. The stationary Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander is scheduled to launch in March 2016 and land on Mars six months…

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NASA, Homeland Security test radar for locating disaster victims

Posted September 25, 2013 by

NASA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are collaborating on a first-of-its-kind portable radar device to detect the heartbeats and breathing patterns of victims trapped in large piles of rubble resulting from a disaster. The prototype technology, called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response can locate individuals buried as deep as 30 feet…

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Space station crew lands with Olympic Torch; Finishes 166 days in space

Posted November 13, 2013 by

Expedition 37 crew members Karen Nyberg of NASA, Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency have returned to Earth from the International Space Station, landing at 9:49 p.m., EST, Nov. 10, after spending 166 days in space. Inside the Soyuz spacecraft carrying the astronauts was the…

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Moon Express unveils breakthrough ‘MX-1’ commercial lunar lander

Posted December 9, 2013 by

Moon Express, Inc., a privately funded lunar resources company, unveiled its "MX-1" lunar lander spacecraft Dec. 5 as a breakthrough robotic space vehicle capable of a multitude of applications.

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Orbital successfully launches Antares rocket carrying Cygnus spacecraft

Posted January 10, 2014 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation announced Jan. 9 it successfully launched its Antares™ medium-class rocket carrying the first of eight Cygnus™ cargo logistics spacecraft missions to the International Space Station as part of its $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

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NASA evolves student rocketry challenge, enhances ties to space launch system

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Student teams from 26 colleges and universities in 16 states and Puerto Rico will design and launch innovative rockets and payloads as part of the 2013-2014 NASA Student Launch rocketry competition. The NASA Student Launch will be held May 15-17 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, Utah. There, the student teams will undergo…

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Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services announces industry-unique refund or reflight program

Posted March 14, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, introduced the industryís first ñ and only ñ 100 percent space launch vehicle refund or reflightprogram, to protect customers in the event of a total launch vehicle malfunction. The program also provides partial refunds for partial malfunctions, and applies to all future LMCLS…

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