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NASA’s Van Allen probes reveal a new radiation belt around Earth

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NASA’s Van Allen Probes mission has discovered a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth, revealing the existence of unexpected structures and processes within these hazardous regions of space. Previous observations of Earth’s Van Allen belts have long documented two distinct regions of trapped radiation surrounding our planet. Particle detection instruments aboard the twin Van…

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ViaSat Ka-band mobile satellite antenna system receives FAA, international certification

Posted February 27, 2013 by

The VR-12 Ka-band satellite antenna system from ViaSat Inc. has passed industry standard DO-160G testing that meets FAA and international regulations covering electrical and electronic equipment installed on commercial aircraft. This standard applies to virtually every aircraft, ranging from general aviation and business jets, helicopters, and commercial jets, to civilian aircraft modified for government use….

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NASA student Mars project wins education award

Posted February 27, 2013 by

A NASA project that allows students to use a camera on a spacecraft orbiting Mars for research has received a new education prize from the journal Science. NASA’s Mars Student Imaging Project, a component of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate education and outreach activities, enables students from fifth grade through college to take an image of…

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Inspiration Mars to pursue human mission to the Red Planet in 2018

Posted February 27, 2013 by

A unique window of opportunity for humankind will open in January 2018, and the Inspiration Mars Foundation intends to seize it, announcing plans Feb. 27 to pursue a challenging manned mission to Mars and back. This historic 501-day journey around the Red Planet is made possible by a rare planetary alignment that occurs five years…

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NASA’s NuSTAR helps solve riddle of black hole spin

Posted February 27, 2013 by

Two X-ray space observatories, NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton, have teamed up to measure definitively, for the first time, the spin rate of a black hole with a mass 2 million times that of our sun. The supermassive black hole lies at the dust and gas-filled heart of…

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National video contest asks the public to share “Why Space Matters to the Future”

Posted February 27, 2013 by

Space exploration has challenged, inspired, and improved us for more than half a century. Today, the Coalition for Space Exploration, in partnership with the recently-formed NASA Visitor Centers Consortium announced an expansion of the Coalition’s “Why Space Matters to the Future” video contest that encourages U.S. residents to visualize what life will be like in…

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NASA selects science instrument, hardware for European mission to Jupiter

Posted February 27, 2013 by

NASA has selected key contributions to a 2022 European Space Agency mission that will study Jupiter and three of its largest moons in unprecedented detail. The moons are thought to harbor vast water oceans beneath their icy surfaces. NASA’s contribution will consist of one U.S.-led science instrument and hardware for two European instruments to fly…

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Investing in technology to enable the future

Posted February 27, 2013 by

NASA creates Space Technology Mission Directorate As part of the Obama Administration’s recognition of the critical role that space technology and innovation will play in enabling both future space missions and bettering life here on Earth, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has announced the creation of the Space Technology Mission Directorate. The directorate will be a…

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Aerojet’s AJ26 engines ignite successful Antares(TM) stage test hot fire

Posted February 25, 2013 by

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced that its dual AJ26 main engine system successfully powered today’s Antares(TM) Stage 1 Hot Fire test conducted by Orbital Sciences Corporation at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the eastern shore of Virginia. The 29-second test enabled engineers to validate flight configuration checkout of the…

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NASA selects launch services for ICESat-2 mission

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NASA’s Launch Services Program at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has selected United Launch Services, LLC of Englewood, Colo., to provide Delta II launch services for the Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2 mission, currently scheduled for July 2016. A firm fixed-price launch service task order has been awarded under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity…

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