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NASA Curiosity rover collects first Martian bedrock sample

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NASA’s Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars. The fresh…

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NASA’s refueling demonstration proves viability of satellite-servicing technologies

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NASA has demonstrated robotic fluid transfer in space, an objective that will help inform the development of robotic technology to refuel satellites. The first-of-its-kind demonstration was performed during the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) aboard the International Space Station. “This achievement is a major step forward in servicing satellites,” said Frank Cepollina, associate director of the…

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NASA TELESCOPES DISCOVER STROBE-LIKE FLASHES IN A SUSPECTED BINARY PROTOSTAR

Posted February 8, 2013 by

[Left] This is a false-color, infrared-light Spitzer image of LRLL 54361 inside the star-forming region IC 348 located 950 light-years away. The Spitzer Space Telescope discovered an unusual variable object that has the typical signature of a protostar. The object emits a burst of light every 25.34 days. [Center] This Hubble Space Telescope monochromatic-color image…

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NASA awards space station mission operations, integration services contract

Posted February 8, 2013 by

NASA has selected Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. of Huntsville, Ala., for its International Space Station mission operations and integration contract. The cost-plus-award-fee services contract is valued at about $120.1 million and has a potential performance period of five years. The contract begins March 1 with an 18-month base period, followed by three one-year options and…

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Lockheed Martin completes major GPS III flight software milestone

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The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Forceís next generation Global Position System III satellites has completed a key flight software milestone validating the softwareís ability to provide reliable and effective command and control for the GPS III satellites planned for launch into orbit. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites,…

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Northrop Grumman completes all flight optics for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope with delivery of the aft-optical system

Posted February 1, 2013 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman accepted delivery of the aft-optical system from teammate Ball Aerospace, marking the completion of all flight optics for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for the design and development of the Webb Telescope’s optics, sunshield and…

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NASA, ATK complete second in series of key avionics, controls testing for NASA’s SLS booster

Posted February 1, 2013 by

NASA and ATK completed the second in a series of development tests for NASA’s Space Launch System booster program Jan. 30 at ATK’s Promontory, Utah, test facility. This key avionics and controls test was designated Flight Control Test 2 (FCT-2) and included a “hot fire” of the fully integrated heritage thrust vector control, the new…

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Herschel finds star possibly making planets past its prime

Posted February 1, 2013 by

A star thought to have passed the age at which it can form planets may in fact be creating new worlds. The disk of material surrounding the surprising star called TW Hydrae may be massive enough to make even more planets than we have in our own solar system. The findings were made using the…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne powers ULA Atlas V upper stage

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CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and RD AMROSS launched into the New Year Jan. 31 by successfully propelling NASA’s first, third-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-K) into orbit. The mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The Atlas V is powered…

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