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United Launch Alliance launches second successful mission for U.S. Air Force in just nine days

Posted May 29, 2013 by

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully launched the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 8:27 p.m., EDT, May 24y from Space Launch Complex-37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This mission launched just nine days after ULA successfully launched the GPS IIF-4 satellite last Wednesday, May 15….

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope reveals the Ring Nebula’s true shape

Posted May 24, 2013 by

The Ring Nebula’s distinctive shape makes it a popular illustration for astronomy books. But new observations by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope of the glowing gas shroud around an old, dying, sun-like star reveal a new twist. “The nebula is not like a bagel, but rather, it’s like a jelly doughnut, because it’s filled with material…

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Herschel Space Observatory finds mega merger of galaxies

Posted May 22, 2013 by

A massive and rare merging of two galaxies has been spotted in images taken by the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA participation. Follow-up studies by several telescopes on the ground and in space, including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, tell a tale of two faraway galaxies…

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Boeing ships sixth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite for launch

Posted May 20, 2013 by

  EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing is progressing with the expansion of the U.S Defense Department’s highest capacity communications satellite constellation, recently shipping its sixth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite, pictured here in the company’s El Segundo, Calif., facility, for a scheduled launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., later this year. Through a cooperative agreement with the…

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NASA seeks proposals for commercial operations at Kennedy’s Launch Pad 39A

Posted May 20, 2013 by

NASA released a synopsis May 17 announcing plans to issue an announcement for proposals for the commercial use of Launch Pad 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The announcement is expected next week. Use of the launch pad by industry is designed to encourage commercial space activities along Florida’s Space Coast and…

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Boeing selected to build ViaSat-2 satellite

Posted May 17, 2013 by

Boeing has a new satellite customer under a contract to design and deliver one Boeing 702HP high-power spacecraft to ViaSat Inc. in 2016.

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NASA’s asteroid sample return mission moves into development

Posted May 17, 2013 by

NASA’s first mission to sample an asteroid is moving ahead into development and testing in preparation for its launch in 2016. The Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) passed a confirmation review May 15 called Key Decision Point-C. NASA officials reviewed a series of detailed project assessments and authorized the spacecraft’s continuation into…

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Fourth Boeing GPS IIF satellite joins constellation on orbit

Posted May 17, 2013 by

With the May 125 launch of the fourth GPS IIF satellite, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force continue modernizing the Global Positioning System that millions of people worldwide rely on as a navigation and timing resource.

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Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser testing begins at NASA Dryden, Langley

Posted May 15, 2013 by

EDWARDS, Calif. — Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems Dream Chaser flight vehicle arrived at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., May 15 to begin tests of its flight and runway landing systems. The tests are part of pre-negotiated, paid-for-performance milestones with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which is facilitating U.S.-led companies’ development of spacecraft…

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NASA probe counts space rock impacts on Mars

Posted May 15, 2013 by

Scientists using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have estimated that the planet is bombarded by more than 200 small asteroids or bits of comets per year forming craters at least 12.8 feet (3.9 meters) across.

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