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NASA Dryden awards facilities maintenance contract to Helix Management Services

Posted October 23, 2013 by

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., has awarded a contract to Helix Management Services, of Lanham, Md., to provide facility operations and maintenance services at the center’s campuses at Edwards Air Force Base and Palmdale, Calif. The firm fixed-price contract could be worth as much as $29.4 million over the five-year life of the…

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NASA missions study ‘watershed’ cosmic explosion in unparalleled detail

Posted November 22, 2013 by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uN1AjMui5k&feature=player_embedded On April 27, a blast of light from a dying star in a distant galaxy became the focus of astronomers around the world. The explosion, known as a gamma-ray burst and designated GRB 130427A, tops the charts as one of the brightest ever seen. A trio of NASA satellites, working in concert with ground-based…

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Lockheed Martin team completes first solar ultraviolet imager for GOES-R satellite series

Posted December 18, 2013 by

A Lockheed Martin team has completed the Solar Ultraviolet Imager instrument that will make crucial solar measurements when it flies on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellit) satellite missions, known as the GOES-R series. The team is on track for instrument delivery in January 2014 for integration with the first…

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Northrop Grumman team successfully completes spacecraft review for Webb Telescope

Posted January 24, 2014 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. Northrop Grumman successfully passed the last significant mission design milestone for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the spacecraft Critical Design Review, five months ahead of schedule, following the replan. The spacecraft provides the power and communications for the whole observatory and is responsible for pointing the telescope and image stabilization. Northrop Grumman…

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NASA’s Kepler mission announces a planet bonanza, 715 new worlds

Posted February 26, 2014 by

NASA’s Kepler mission announced Feb. 26 the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system. Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number…

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NASA’s Hubble space telescope spots Mars-bound comet sprout multiple jets

Posted March 28, 2014 by

NASA released an image March 27 of a comet that, on Oct. 19, will pass within 84,000 miles of Mars – less than half the distance between Earth and our moon. The image on the left, captured March 11 by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, shows comet C/2013 A1, also called Siding Spring, at a distance…

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High school students create winning design for NASA’s first flight of Orion

Posted April 25, 2014 by

After a year-long competition among high school teams across the country, evaluators from NASA, Lockheed Martin and the National Institute of Aerospace have selected Team ARES, from the Governor’s School for Science and Technology in Hampton, Va., as the winner of the high school portion of the Exploration Design Challenge.

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NASA invites public to select favorite Moon image for lunar orbiter anniversary collection

Posted May 23, 2014 by

NASAís Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will celebrate five years in orbit June 18. To celebrate the anniversary and LRO’s many scientific contributions, NASA invites the public to select a favorite orbiter image of the moon for the cover a special image collection. “‘The Moon as Art’ collection gives the public the opportunity to see the moon…

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6th Boeing GPS IIF Completes On-Orbit Checkout

Posted June 25, 2014 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. ñ With on-orbit checkout and validation of the sixth Global Positioning System IIF satellite, Boeing has reached the halfway mark in delivering the current series of satellites to the U.S. Air Force, which operates the GPS constellation. These satellites, the fourth generation of Boeing-built GPS space vehicles, are improving system accuracy, signal…

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NASA’s Hubble finds supernova star system linked to potential ‘Zombie Star’

Posted August 6, 2014 by

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has spotted a star system that could have left behind a “zombie star” after an unusually weak supernova explosion.

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