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Sierra Nevada Corporation announces new space plans for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Posted January 24, 2014 by

In the latest example of NASA Kennedy Space Center’s transformation into a multi-user spaceport, Sierra Nevada Corporation of Louisville, Colo., announced Jan. 23 steps it will take to prepare for a November 2016 orbital flight of its Dream Chaser spacecraft from Florida’s Space Coast. The announcement included the purchase of an Atlas V rocket from…

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Orbital signs launch agreement with Skybox Imaging

Posted February 21, 2014 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the worlds leading space technology companies, announced Feb. 20 that it has signed a commercial launch contract with Skybox Imaging to carry six high-resolution imaging and video-capable spacecraft into low-Earth orbit in late 2015 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Skybox spacecraft will be launched aboard the Minotaur-C space…

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NASA announces 2014 Tribal College, University Awards

Posted March 26, 2014 by

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project has awarded approximately $2 million in new cooperative agreements to three tribal colleges and universities. These new agreements provide opportunities for TCU students, faculty and staff to engage in NASA-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities. The awards, made through the NASA Tribal College and University Experiential Learning…

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NASA’s Spitzer, WISE telescopes find close, cold neighbor of sun

Posted April 25, 2014 by

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest "brown dwarf" known - a dim, star-like body that, surprisingly, is as frosty as Earth's North Pole.

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NASA releases Earth Day ‘Global Selfie’ mosaic of our home planet

Posted May 23, 2014 by

NASA photograph NASA’s “Global Selfie” Earth mosaic contains more than 36,000 individual photographs from the more than 50,000 images posted around the world on Earth Day, April 22, 2014. For Earth Day this year, NASA invited people around the world to step outside to take a “selfie” and share it with the world on social…

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NASA launches Earth science challenges with OpenNEX cloud data

Posted June 25, 2014 by

NASA is launching two challenges to give the public an opportunity to create innovative ways to use data from the agency’s Earth science satellites. The challenges will use the Open NASA Earth Exchange. OpenNEX is a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to…

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NASA, SpaceX announce NASA social for Falcon 9 launch attempt

Posted April 3, 2012 by

NASA and Space Exploration Technologies will invite 50 of their social media followers to a two-day NASA Social April 29-30 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The event is expected to culminate in the launch of SpaceX’s second Commercial Orbital Transportation Services demonstration flight. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is targeted to lift off at…

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NASA Dawn spacecraft reveals secrets of giant asteroid Vesta

Posted April 25, 2012 by

Findings from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveal new details about the giant asteroid Vesta, including its varied surface composition, sharp temperature changes and clues to its internal structure. The findings were presented today at the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna, Austria and will help scientists better understand the early solar system and processes that dominated…

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NASA survey counts potentially hazardous asteroids

Posted May 18, 2012 by

Observations from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer have led to the best assessment yet of our solar system’s population of potentially hazardous asteroids. The results reveal new information about their total numbers, origins and the possible dangers they may pose. Potentially hazardous asteroids, or PHAs, are a subset of the larger group of near-Earth asteroids….

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NASA’s Spitzer finds first objects burned furiously

Posted June 7, 2012 by

The faint, lumpy glow from the very first objects in the universe may have been detected with the best precision yet using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The objects could be wildly massive stars or voracious black holes. They are too far away to be seen individually, but Spitzer has captured new, convincing evidence of what…

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