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Orbital’s second Cygnus resupply mission to International Space Station postponed

Posted June 11, 2014 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that it has updated its Antares launch schedule for the Orb-2 mission to a date no earlier than July 1, 2014. Orb-2 is the second of eight cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station under the company’s Commercial Resupply Services contract…

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NASA names Schmidt director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies

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NASA has named Gavin A. Schmidt to head the agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, a leading Earth climate research laboratory. Currently deputy director of the institute, Schmidt steps into the position left vacant after the retirement of long-time director James E. Hansen and becomes only the third person to hold the…

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NASA instruments begin science on European spacecraft set to land on comet

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Three NASA science instruments aboard the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus, are beginning observations and  sending science data back to Earth. Launched in March 2004, Rosetta was reactivated January 2014 after a record 957 days in hibernation….

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NASA selects five projects for 2015 X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge

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NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected five universities to design systems, concepts and technologies to enhance capabilities for deep space missions for the 2015 Exploration Habitat Academic Innovation Challenge. The selections are the first milestone in a yearlong design and development effort for these five projects. Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, the…

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NASA announces two upcoming undersea missions

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NASA is returning to the bottom of the ocean. Twice this summer, aquanauts participating in the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations will conduct activities on the ocean floor that will inform future International Space Station and exploration activities. These studies provide information that correlates directly to life aboard the space station, where crew members must…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft ready to feel heat

Posted June 6, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Daniel Casper Engineers completed installing the heat shield on NASA’s Orion spacecraft ahead of its first trip to space in December. The flight test will send an uncrewed Orion 3,600 miles into space before returning it to Earth for the splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. The heat shield will help protect the…

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NASA selects minority student teams for 2014 microgravity research flights

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NASA has selected 13 undergraduate teams from minority-serving institutions across the United States to test their science experiments in microgravity conditions. The teams will travel on a Reduced Gravity Education Flight with NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project the week of July 7. Each team designs, flies and evaluates a reduced-gravity experiment that aims…

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2014 NASA advanced technology Phase I concepts selected for study

Posted June 6, 2014 by

NASA has selected 12 proposals for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, which aims to turn science fiction into fact through pioneering technology development. The selected proposals cover a wide range of imaginative concepts, including: a submarine to explore the methane lakes of Titan; using neutrinos to perform measurements…

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Loads tests validate design of hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator

Posted June 4, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Technicians prepare the “donut” test article for the Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator structural loads testing in NASA Armstrong’s Flight Loads Laboratory. A new donut-shaped inflatable device designed to more effectively slow down a spacecraft upon atmospheric re-entry to Earth or other planets could not only be more economical than current…

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NASA, Virgin Galactic announce payloads for SpaceShipTwo flight

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Photograph courtesy of Mars Scientific/Clay Center Observatory Telescopic image of Virgin Galacticís SpaceShipTwo during a supersonic test flight in 2013. NASA has selected 12 technology experiments to fly on the first commercial research flight on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. Through NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program within the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, officials have been working with…

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