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Fourth AEHF protected communications satellite begins integration months ahead of schedule

Posted April 9, 2014 by

The fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite produced by Lockheed Martin is taking shape after early deliveries of its payload and propulsion core. AEHF-4, expected to launch in 2017, will enable the constellation to reach full operational capability.

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Hubble’s 22nd anniversary image shows turbulent star-making region

Posted April 17, 2012 by

Several million young stars are vying for attention in a new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of a raucous stellar breeding ground in 30 Doradus, a star-forming complex located in the heart of the Tarantula...

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Northrop Grumman completes flight hardware for tower supporting space telescope mirrors, science instruments

Posted May 8, 2012 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has completed the flight composite components for the structure that connects the Optical Telescope Element to the spacecraft on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. For the design and development of Webb’s sunshield, telescope and spacecraft….

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NASA funded research shows existence of reduced carbon on Mars

Posted May 29, 2012 by

NASA-funded research on Mars meteorites that landed on Earth shows strong evidence that very large molecules containing carbon, which is a key ingredient for the building blocks of life, can originate on the Red Planet.

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SpaceShipTwo flexes wings, prepares for powered flight tests

Posted June 14, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

After a few months spent in awaiting a flight permit and evidently tweaking the design, Scaled Composites seems to be preparing the next steps in its flight test program for SpaceShipTwo. The craft is being built for The Spaceship Co., a joint venture of Scaled and the world’s first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic. It will…

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ULA upgraded Delta IV successfully launches second payload in nine days

Posted July 2, 2012 by

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 9:15 a.m…

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NASA astronaut spins discs from space for Third Rock Radio

Posted July 23, 2012 by

NASA astronaut Joe Acaba will host a two-hour special radio broadcast on the Internet radio station Third Rock Radio while aboard the International Space Station, 240 miles above Earth. “The Joe Show: New Rock from Space” will debut at 4 p.m., EDT, Aug. 3. Acaba, a fan of classic rock, will discuss his experiences aboard…

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Shuttle Endeavour arrives in California next month

Posted August 9, 2012 by Associated Press

The space shuttle Endeavour will make its final journey next month – a piggyback ride to Southern California, where it will be prepared for a road trip to a new home in Los Angeles. Officials announced Aug. 8 that the shuttle will be flown into Los Angeles International Airport Sept. 20 atop a Boeing 747…

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NASA’s Kepler discovers multiple planets orbiting a pair of stars

Posted August 29, 2012 by

NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered multiple transiting planets orbiting two suns for the first time. The system, known as a circumbinary planetary system, is 4,900 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. Coming less than a year after the announcement of the first circumbinary planet, Kepler-16b, this discovery proves that more than one planet can…

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Ball Aerospace ships first James Webb Space Telescope mirrors to NASA

Posted September 19, 2012 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. began the process of shipping the finished NASA James Webb Space Telescope mirrors to Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Sept. 14, 2012. Ball Aerospace, under contract to Northrop Grumman, is responsible for the Webb’s optical technology and lightweight mirror system. Two of the 18 beryllium primary mirror segments that…

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