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NASA airborne campaigns tackle climate questions from Africa to Arctic

Posted November 26, 2014 by

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.

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NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft begins first stages of Pluto encounter

Posted January 16, 2015 by

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft recently began its long-awaited, historic encounter with Pluto. The spacecraft is entering the first of several approach phases that culminate July 14 with the first close-up flyby of the dwarf planet, 4.67 billion miles from Earth.

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NASA’s Hubble observations suggest underground ocean on Jupiter’s largest moon

Posted March 13, 2015 by

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has the best evidence yet for an underground saltwater ocean on Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon. The subterranean ocean is thought to have more water than all the water on Earth's surface.

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Russian resupply ship experiencing difficulties; ISS, crew are fine

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The six crew members of the International Space Station are safe and continuing regular operations with sufficient supplies as Russian flight controllers plan for another attempt to communicate with a cargo resupply spacecraft bound for the station. The next attempt to link with the spacecraft comes at 8:50 p.m. EDT Tuesday. The ISS Progress 59…

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NASA commercial crew partner SpaceX achieves pad abort milestone approval

Posted June 8, 2015 by

NASA photograph SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean under three main parachutes following a successful test on May 6, 2015 of the spacecraft’s ability to save astronauts in the unlikely event of a life-threatening situation on the launch pad. NASA has approved a $30 million milestone payment to SpaceX under the…

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NASA selects proposals to study neutron stars, black holes, more

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NASA/JPL-Caltech photograph The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), launched in 2012, is an Explorer mission that allows astronomers to study the universe in high energy X-rays. NASA has selected five proposals submitted to its Explorers Program to conduct focused scientific investigations and develop instruments that fill the scientific gaps between the agency’s larger missions.  …

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NASA awards atmospheric sciences support contract

Posted March 27, 2012 by

NASA has awarded a contract to Science Systems and Applications, Inc., of Lanham, Md., to provide atmospheric-sciences support services. This is a cost-plus fixed-fee indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum ordering value of $103 million. The period of performance, including the phase-in period, is from April 1, 2012, through April 30, 2017. This is a…

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Cassini spacecraft sees new objects blazing trails in Saturn ring

Posted April 24, 2012 by

Scientists working with images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have discovered strange, half-mile-sized objects punching through one of Saturn’s rings and leaving glittering trails behind them. The results will be presented tomorrow at the European…

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NASA $1.5 million robot competition rolls onto WPI campus June 14-17

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Autonomous robots created by 11 teams of engineers from across the country will compete for a NASA prize purse of $1.5 million on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, Mass., June 14 -17. The challenge: design and develop the next generation of robots to explore the landscapes of other worlds. The NASA-WPI Sample…

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Northrop Grumman Foundation inspires next generation of explorers through Space Camp sponsorship

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The Northrop Grumman Foundation has announced the national sponsorship of middle school students and teachers from across the country to attend Space Camp this summer, from July 29 to Aug. 3, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. This is the fourth year that the foundation has funded Space Camp sponsorships. “At…

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