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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’s Webb Telescope’s last backbone component completed

Posted June 17, 2013 by

Assembly of the backbone of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the primary mirror backplane support structure, is a step closer to completion with the recent addition of the backplane support frame, a fixture that will be used to connect all the pieces of the telescope together. The backplane support frame will bring together Webb’s center…

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NASA’s Hubble shows link between stars’ ages and their orbits

Posted July 19, 2013 by

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have determined the orbital motion of two distinct populations of stars in an ancient globular star cluster, offering proof they formed at different times and providing a rare look back into the Milky Way galaxy’s early days. Researchers led by Harvey Richer of the University of British Columbia in…

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope finds source of Magellanic Stream

Posted August 9, 2013 by

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have solved a 40-year mystery on the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching nearly halfway around our Milky Way galaxy. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way, are at the head of the gaseous stream. Since the stream’s…

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Space station crew lands, wrapping up 166 days in space

Posted September 11, 2013 by

Expedition 36 crew members Chris Cassidy of NASA and Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency have returned to Earth from the International Space Station, landing safely in Kazakhstan at 10:58 p.m., EDT, Sept. 10. Cassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin, who launched to the station March 29, spent 166 days in space….

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Dryden Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Progress

Posted October 4, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

An extensive review of Dryden Flight Research Centerís activities in Unmanned Aircraft Systems was presented Sept. 26 to national media. It included tours of UAS operated by Dryden, and observing an active UAS control room. Research in safe operation of UAS in the National Airspace was outlined. The FAA has been charged by Congress to…

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NASA’s Chandra helps confirm evidence of jet in Milky Way’s black hole

Posted November 20, 2013 by

Astronomers have long sought strong evidence that Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, is producing a jet of high-energy particles. Finally they have found it, in new results from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Science Foundation’s Very Large Array radio telescope. Previous studies, using…

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NASA, CASIS make space station accessible for stem cell research

Posted December 16, 2013 by

NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space are enabling research aboard the International Space Station that could lead to new stem cell-based therapies for medical conditions faced on Earth and in space. Scientists will take advantage of the space station’s microgravity environment to study the properties of non-embryonic stem cells. NASA…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX tests Dragon parachute system

Posted January 22, 2014 by

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies gathered in Morro Bay, Calif., in late December to demonstrate how the company’s Dragon spacecraft’s parachute system would function in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent. The test was part of an optional milestone under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated…

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GSA, NASA select Planetary Ventures to begin lease negotiations

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The U.S. General Services Administration and NASA have selected Planetary Ventures LLC as the preferred lessee on a lease to rehabilitate historic Hangar One and to manage Moffett Federal Airfield, currently managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The lease will put Hangar One to new use and eliminate NASA’s management costs…

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