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Orion crew, service modules stacked

Posted June 11, 2014 by

Following the completion of the heat shield installation, Lockheed Martin has stacked the Orion crew module atop of the service module. The stacking took place inside the Final Assembly and System Test cell inside the Operations and Checkout facility at Kennedy Space Center. As part of the process to prepare for the crew and service…

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NASA cargo launches to space station aboard Orbital Sciences resupply mission

Posted July 14, 2014 by

A multitude of NASA research investigations, crew provisions, hardware and science experiments from across the country is headed to the International Space Station aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft.

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Curiosity’s first two years revealing Mars’ history

Posted August 13, 2014 by Raphael Jaffe

The successful landing of the Mars Science Laboratory, known as Curiosity, Aug. 5, 2012, was a milestone of America’s preeminence in space exploration.

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Hubble helps find smallest known galaxy containing supermassive black hole

Posted September 19, 2014 by

Image courtesy of NASA, ESA, STScI-RCC14-41a Artist’s View of M60-UCD1 Black Hole.   Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place – a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known. The black hole is five times the mass…

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NASA spacecraft provides new information about sun’s atmosphere

Posted October 17, 2014 by

NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph has provided scientists with five new findings into how the sun’s atmosphere, or corona, is heated far hotter than its surface, what causes the sun’s constant outflow of particles called the solar wind, and what mechanisms accelerate particles that power solar flares.

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Northrop Grumman awarded advanced technology microwave sounder JPSS

Posted November 21, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $121 million contract by NASA to build and deliver the third Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System. ATMS provides critical atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles to support weather forecasting. The instrument has 22 channels spanning the frequency band from 23.8 GHz to 183.3 GHz. Under…

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Navy prepares for Jan. 20 communications satellite launch

Posted December 31, 2014 by Steven A. Davis

Navy military and civilian engineers are preparing the latest military communications satellite for a planned Jan. 20 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The satellite is part of MUOS, or Mobile User Objective System, which operates like a smartphone network from space, vastly improving secure satellite communications for mobile U.S. forces. Unlike its…

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NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

Posted February 27, 2015 by

NASA photograph by Brian Tietz Tensegrity research is able to simulate multiple forms of locomotion. In this image, a prototype tensegrity robot reproduces forward crawling motion. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early-career faculty members who are beginning independent research careers. The grants will sponsor…

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Aerojet delivers 50th flight-ready solid rocket booster to ULA

Posted April 18, 2012 by

Aerojet has delivered the 50th Solid Rocket Booster to United Launch Alliance in support of the Atlas V launch vehicle. Aerojet is a GenCorp company. The 50th-delivered SRB, along with two additional boosters, is scheduled to help launch a future mission in 2013. Aerojet won the Atlas V SRB contract…

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NASA announces 2012 aeronautics scholarship recipients

Posted May 30, 2012 by

NASA has selected 25 students to receive the agency’s Aeronautics Scholarship for the 2012-2013 school year. This scholarship program, which is in its fifth year, is designed to aid undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in fields of study related to aeronautics and aviation. Recipients were selected from hundreds of applications to the program. “These scholars…

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