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Mars Science Lab prepares to drill for samples

Posted January 25, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

After a successful first use of the Mars Dusting Tool, Curiosity is ready to start drilling into the surface of Mars. This has never been done before.

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NASA announces new screening of space program artifacts

Posted January 25, 2013 by

NASA again is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts. This is the 16th screening of artifacts since 2009. The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies and processes and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the General Services Administration worked together to ensure broad access…

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NASA’s TDRS Flight 6, Built by Northrop Grumman, marks 20 years on orbit

Posted January 25, 2013 by

The sixth Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), built for NASA by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), marked 20 years of successful on-orbit performance Jan. 13, surpassing its design life by a decade.

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World’s most powerful engine blazes path for Space Launch System advanced propulsion

Posted January 25, 2013 by

To help develop the nation¹s future heavy lift rocket, NASA resurrected the world’s most powerful rocket engine ever flown – the mighty F-1 that powered the Saturn V rocket – and test fired it’s gas generator today at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. NASA engineers ran the gas generator at the Marshall…

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Despite smaller budget, Air Force seeks to protect satellites

Posted January 23, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Despite tremendous budget uncertainty and a shrinking bottom line, the commander of the Air Force Space Command said that he will do his best to protect all of the Air Force’s satellite constellations. Speaking with reporters at a recent meeting of the Defense Writers Group, Air Force Gen. William L. Shelton called the range of…

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NASA selects experimental commercial suborbital flight payloads

Posted January 23, 2013 by

NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected 13 cutting-edge space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons and a commercial parabolic aircraft in 2013 and 2014. The flights will allow participants to demonstrate their technologies to the edge of space and back, before committing them to the harsh and unforgiving conditions of spaceflight….

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NASA, Ahoora Foundation unite to ignite students’ passion for science, space, technology

Posted January 23, 2013 by

Candy, soda and other everyday items will be the tools of the trade for teenage rocket makers competing in the What If? Live Student Design Challenge, which kicked off Jan. 22 by NASA and the Ahoora Foundation of Plano, Texas. Registration is open through Feb. 28 for the worldwide contest, in which 14- to 18-year-old…

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Martian crater once may have held groundwater-fed lake

Posted January 21, 2013 by

A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet's early evolution.

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NASA announces space station science challenge winners

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Students from two schools, one in Iowa and the other in New York, are the winners of the International Space Station (ISS) Science Challenge, NASA announced Jan. 21. Challenge winners from North Tama Elementary in Traer, Iowa, and Madison Elementary in Massena, N.Y., are being inspired to learn more about the space station’s cutting-edge research…

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Ball Aerospace completes performance testing for James Webb Space Telescope aft optics subsystem

Posted January 18, 2013 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies photograph Ball Aerospace has completed all performance testing for the James Webb aft-optics subsystem. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed all performance testing for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope aft-optics subsystem (AOS) under contract to the Northrop Grumman Corporation. Since May of 2012, the AOS has undergone a series of…

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