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NASA selects nine space radiobiology research proposals

Posted October 6, 2014 by

NASA's Human Research Program will fund nine proposals for ground-based research that will help enable extended and safer human exploration of space by quantifying and, ultimately, reducing the risks posed by space radiation.

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Global Hawks mark five years of NASA science flights

Posted November 5, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Tom Miller NASA Global Hawk 872 is shown during an instrument checkout flight in late 2013 for the ATTREX mission conducted early this year. NASA’s pair of remotely operated Global Hawk Earth science aircraft marked a milestone Oct. 23, the fifth anniversary of the first NASA flight by a Global Hawk aircraft….

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Boeing CST-100 spacecraft moves another step closer to flight

Posted December 10, 2014 by

Boeing and NASA recently completed the Ground Segment Critical Design Review and set the baseline design for the company’s Commercial Crew Transportation System, moving a step closer to the planned early 2017 voyage to the International Space Station. Completion of the Certification Baseline Review allows construction on system hardware, including the spacecraft and United Launch…

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft captures best-ever view of dwarf planet

Posted January 28, 2015 by

Zoomed out – PIA19173 Ceres appears sharper than ever at 43 pixels across, a higher resolution than images of Ceres taken by the NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in 2003 and 2004. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 147,000 miles from Ceres Jan….

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NASA announces teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

Posted March 25, 2015 by

NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the world who competed in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 11-12, 2014, at the U.S. Space & Rocket…

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NASA’s GRAIL MoonKam returns first student-selected lunar images

Posted March 23, 2012 by

One of two NASA spacecraft orbiting the moon has beamed back the first student-requested pictures of the lunar surface from its onboard camera. Fourth grade students from the Emily Dickinson Elementary School in Bozeman, Mont., received the honor of making the first image selections by winning a nationwide competition to rename the two spacecraft. The…

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SpaceX plans its own launch site in Texas

Posted April 19, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

SpaceX announced last November that it was considering sites in Alaska, California, Florida, Texas and Virginia to build its own launch site. April 10, the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation announced it will prepare an environmental impact statement for a SpaceX commercial launch complex…

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NASA Dawn spacecraft reveals secrets of large asteroid

Posted May 10, 2012 by

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has provided researchers with the first orbital analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta, yielding new insights into its creation and relation to the terrestrial planets and Earth’s moon. Vesta now has been revealed as a special fossil of the early solar system with a more varied, diverse surface than originally thought. Scientists…

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NASA’s Hubble shows Milky Way is destined for head-on collision

Posted June 1, 2012 by

NASA astronomers announced May 31 they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the...

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NASA selects low cost, high science Earth venture space system

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NASA has selected an ocean wind study proposal led by the University of Michigan from among 19 submitted to the agency’s Announcement of Opportunity for small spaceflight investigations of the Earth system. The proposed mission will make accurate measurements of ocean surface winds throughout the life cycle of tropical storms and hurricanes, which could help…

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