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NASA transfers operational control of environmental sattelite

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The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, a partnership between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was transitioned to NOAA operational organization control Feb. 22. The transition marks the next step of the mission that supports NASA’s Earth science research and NOAA’s weather forecasting missions. Suomi NPP continues the observations of Earth from space…

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XCOR Aerospace announces significant propulsion milestone on Lynx suborbital vehicle

Posted March 27, 2013 by

XCOR Aerospace March 26 announced a first in aviation and space history, the firing of a full piston pump-powered rocket engine.

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SpaceShipTwo first powered flight goes as planned

Posted May 1, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

http://www.aerotechnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/spaceshiptwo1.jpg Close up of SS2 during successful rocket-powered flight. It took eight and a half years and only lasted for 16 seconds, but all involved know the wait was worth it. SpaceShipTwo being developed for Virgin Galactic had its first powered flight on April 29. The unique hybrid nitrous oxide liquid oxidizer and hydroxyl terminated…

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NASA’s Swift produces best ultraviolet maps of nearest galaxies

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Courtesy Photo New surveys conducted by NASA’s Swift provide the most detailed overviews ever captured in ultraviolet light of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the two closest major galaxies to our own. Swift team member Stefan Immler, who proposed the imaging project, narrates this quick tour. All visible light imagery provided by Axel Mellinger,…

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NASA Commercial Crew partner SpaceX completes two human-critical reviews

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Space Exploration Technologies Corp. of Hawthorne, Calif., recently completed two milestones for NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative, which is intended to make commercial human spaceflight services available for government and commercial customers. These were the fifth and sixth milestones for SpaceX, a partner in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The company is…

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NASA’s Marshall Center honors hundreds of team members for contributions

Posted July 31, 2013 by

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., July 30 honored more than 200 individual scientists, engineers and professional and administrative support personnel, plus 73 teams comprised of hundreds more, all of whom made significant, sustained contributions in 2012-13 to NASA’s mission and the work of the center. Marshall Center Director Patrick Scheuermann welcomed award…

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Lockheed Martin celebrates 10 years of mission success for Spitzer Space Telescope

Posted August 26, 2013 by

Ten years ago, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope ñ built, integrated and tested at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, Calif. ñ roared into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying the observatory into an Earth-trailing orbit around the sun. The Spitzer Space Telescope is a space-borne, cryogenically-cooled infrared observatory that studies objects ranging…

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NASA awards follow-on custodial services contract for Kennedy

Posted September 23, 2013 by

NASA has awarded a contract to Brevard Achievement Center of Rockledge, Fla., to provide custodial services to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The firm-fixed price contract begins Oct. 1. It has a maximum value of $30.4 million with a potential performance period of five years. Brevard Achievement Center will provide custodial services, including…

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NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg invites quilters to contribute a star block

Posted November 1, 2013 by

International Space Station Expedition 37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA, a lifelong lover of sewing, is inviting fellow crafters to join her in stitching together a global community space quilt. Nyberg, who is in the final weeks of her mission aboard the orbiting laboratory, recently shared a star-themed quilt block she was able to…

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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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