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Supernova blast provides clues to determining age of binary star system

Posted December 4, 2013 by

NASA image Illustration of Circinus X-1, an X-ray binary star system. Data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed faint remnants of a supernova explosion and helped researchers determine Circinus X-1 – an X-ray binary – is the youngest of this class of astronomical objects found to date. As the name suggests, X-ray binaries are…

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NASA, JAXA announce launch date for global precipitation satellite

Posted December 28, 2013 by

Environmental research and weather forecasting are about to get a significant technology boost as NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency prepare to launch a new satellite in February. NASA and JAXA selected 1:07 p.m. to 3:07 p.m., EST, Feb. 27 as the launch date and launch window for a Japanese H-IIA rocket carrying the…

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NASA-sponsored ‘disk detective’ lets public search for new planetary nurseries

Posted January 31, 2014 by

NASA is inviting the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data from the agency’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission through a new website, DiskDetective.org. Disk Detective is NASA’s largest crowdsourcing project whose primary goal is to produce publishable scientific results. It exemplifies a new commitment to crowdsourcing and open data by…

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Chandra, XMM-Newton provide direct measurement of distant black hole’s spin

Posted March 7, 2014 by

Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton to show a supermassive black hole six billion light years from Earth is spinning extremely rapidly. This first direct measurement of the spin of such a distant black hole is an important advance for understanding how black holes grow over time. Black…

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New catalog brings NASA software down to Earth

Posted April 7, 2014 by

NASA is making available to the public, at no cost, more than 1,000 codes with its release April 10 of a new online software catalog. Organized into fifteen broad categories, the new catalog offers a wide variety of applications for use by industry, academia, other government agencies, and the general public. “Software is an increasingly…

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Renowned NASA research pilot William H. Dana dies

Posted May 7, 2014 by

One of the nation’s most respected aerospace pioneers has passed away. Distinguished research pilot and aeronautical engineer William Harvey Dana died on May 6, 2014 after a lengthy illness.

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NASA announces two upcoming undersea missions

Posted June 11, 2014 by

NASA is returning to the bottom of the ocean. Twice this summer, aquanauts participating in the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations will conduct activities on the ocean floor that will inform future International Space Station and exploration activities. These studies provide information that correlates directly to life aboard the space station, where crew members must…

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Ball Aerospace takes delivery of CERES instrument for the JPSS-1 Polar-orbiting satellite

Posted July 11, 2014 by

The Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy Systems instrument for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System, the nation’s next generation polar-orbiting satellite, arrived at Ball June 17.  Integration of the JPSS-1 satellite will begin later this year. The CERES instrument is key to the continuity of long-standing weather and climate measurements currently provided by…

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NASA planning group takes key steps for future Mars exploration

Posted April 16, 2012 by

NASA’s Mars Program Planning Group, established to assist the agency in developing a new strategy for the exploration of the Red Planet, has begun analyzing options for future robotic missions and enlisting the assistance of scientists and engineers worldwide. NASA is reformulating the Mars Exploration Program to be responsive to high-priority science goals and the…

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Dancing droplets rock out on space station

Posted May 4, 2012 by

  Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASA has taught more than half a million internet viewers how microgravity affects scientific principles by using everyday objects on the International Space Station. In the latest video, Pettit takes his demonstrations to the next level by using sound to oscillate water placed on a speaker and…

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