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Mars Rover Curiosity set to land Aug. 5

Posted June 14, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

There's both good news and not-so-good news about the mission of the rover Curiosity, now speeding to its Aug. 5 contact date within the Gail crater, near the Mars equator. The good news is that the probable...

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NASA Space Tech program selects technologies for development, demonstration on suborbital flights

Posted July 2, 2012 by

NASA’S Space Technology Program has selected 14 technologies for development and demonstration on commercial reusable suborbital launch vehicles. The selected proposals offer innovative cutting-edge ideas and approaches for technology in areas including active thermal management, advanced avionics, pinpoint landing and advanced in-space propulsion. They also address many of the high-priority technology needs identified in the…

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Lockheed Martin marks Landsat 40th anniversary

Posted July 23, 2012 by

An unprecedented enterprise began 40 years ago today when the Earth Resources Technology Satellite - later renamed Landsat - was launched.

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NASA selects small spacecraft technology demonstration missions

Posted August 9, 2012 by

NASA has chosen three teams to advance the state of the art for small spacecraft in the areas of communications, formation flying and docking systems. The cutting-edge space technology flights are expected to take place in 2014 and 2015. All selected missions will employ nanosatellites conforming to the CubeSat standard. CubeSats are composed of four-inch,…

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NASA ‘Mohawk Guy’ to host show on Third Rock Radio

Posted August 29, 2012 by timchisham

NASA’s “Mohawk Guy” Bobak Ferdowsi, a flight director for the Mars Science Laboratory mission that lowered the Curiosity rover to the Martian surface in early August, will host a two-hour online broadcast on Internet radio station Third Rock Radio at 4 p.m. EDT, Aug. 30. The show, entitled “Getting Curious with the Mohawk Guy,” will…

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NASA Dawn spacecraft sees hydrated minerals on giant asteroid

Posted September 21, 2012 by

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has revealed the giant asteroid Vesta has its own version of ring around the collar. Two new papers, based on observations from the low-altitude mapping orbit of the Dawn mission, show volatile, or easily evaporated, materials have colored Vesta’s surface in a broad swath around its equator. The volatiles were released from…

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NASA seeks student experiments for 2013 high-altitude scientific balloon flight

Posted October 19, 2012 by

NASA is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate university students to fly experiments to the edge of space on a scientific balloon next year. The balloon competition is a joint project between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium in Baton Rouge. NASA is targeting fall 2013 for the next flight opportunity for the High Altitude…

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NASA’s Kepler completes prime mission,begins extended mission

Posted November 16, 2012 by

NASA is marking two milestones in the search for planets like Earth; the successful completion of the Kepler Space Telescope’s 3 1/2- year prime mission and the beginning of an extended mission that could last as long as four years. Scientists have used Kepler data to identify more than 2,300 planet candidates and confirm more…

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Air Force receives space award

Posted December 5, 2012 by Carla Rose-Pryor

Space and Missile Systems Center Commander Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski accepted the donation of the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy from Dr. Bradford Parkinson on behalf of SMC and the GPS Directorate at a special ceremony held at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 30. Parkinson and the “GPS Originators” were awarded the…

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NASA’s Space Launch System core stage passes major milestone, ready to start construction

Posted December 28, 2012 by

The team designing America’s new flagship rocket has completed successfully a major technical review of the vehicle’s core stage. NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will take the agency’s Orion spacecraft and other payloads beyond low-Earth orbit, providing a new capability for human exploration. The core stage preliminary design review (PDR) was held Thursday at NASA’s…

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