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NASA releases Glory Taurus XL launch failure report summary

Posted February 22, 2013 by

NASA has released a summary report on findings from a panel that investigated the unsuccessful 2011 launch of the agency’s Glory spacecraft. The satellite, designed to improve our understanding of Earth’s climate, was lost March 4, 2011, when it failed to reach orbit after launch aboard an Orbital Sciences Corp. Taurus XL rocket from Vandenberg…

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NASA seeks university participants for summer rocket workshop

Posted February 20, 2013 by

University faculty and students interested in learning how to build scientific experiments for spaceflight are invited to join RockOn 2013 from June 15-20 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. RockOn 2013 is an annual workshop held in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Registration is open through May. “Now in its…

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NASA’s Kepler mission discovers tiny planet system

Posted February 20, 2013 by

NASA’s Kepler mission scientists have discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to our sun. The planets are located in a system called Kepler-37, about 210 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. The smallest planet, Kepler-37b, is slightly larger than our moon, measuring…

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NASA seeks big ideas for small in-space propulsion systems

Posted February 20, 2013 by

NASA’s Space Technology Program is calling for proposals to develop miniaturized electrospray propulsion technologies that could revolutionize small satellite propulsion systems. Electrospray thrusters use electricity to energize material and then disperse a resulting liquid or aerosol through an emitter to create thrust. The development of low-mass, lightweight micro thruster technologies has the potential to radically…

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NASA awards program integration contract for Orion

Posted February 13, 2013 by

NASA has selected ARES Technical Services Corp. of Burlingame, Calif., for its program integration contract for Orion. The cost-plus-fixed-fee services contract has a potential value of $49 million, including options. The contract begins April 1 with a base performance period of two-and-a-half years followed by two one-year options and includes indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity task orders. ARES…

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NASA’s Orion lands safely on two of three parachutes in test

Posted February 13, 2013 by

NASA engineers have demonstrated the agency’s Orion spacecraft can land safely if one of its three main parachutes fails to inflate during deployment. The test was conducted Tuesday in Yuma, Ariz., with the parachutes attached to a test article. Engineers rigged the parachutes so only two would inflate, leaving the third to flag behind, when…

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NASA’s Chandra suggests rare explosion created our galaxyís youngest black hole

Posted February 13, 2013 by

New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest a highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy. The remnant appears to be the product of a rare explosion in which matter is ejected at high speeds along the poles of a rotating star. The remnant, called…

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Leland Melvin updated on Dryden’s education outreach

Posted February 13, 2013 by

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's education team presented an overview of the center's education programs to NASA's Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin Feb. 8

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NASA satellite date find freshwater loses in Middle East

Posted February 13, 2013 by

A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade. Scientists at the University of California at Irvine (UC Irvine); NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; and the National Center for Atmospheric Research…

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NASA launches new Earth observation satellite to continue 40-year legacy

Posted February 11, 2013 by

NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission roared into space at 10:02 p.m., PST, Feb. 11 aboard an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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