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NASA’s ‘flying saucer’ readies for first test flight

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NASA’s flying saucer-shaped test vehicle is ready to take to the skies from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, for its first engineering shakeout flight. The first launch opportunity for the test vehicle is June 3, when the launch window opens at 8:30 a.m., HST. The test will be carried live…

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NASA Airborne Research focuses on Andean volcanoes

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Volcanoes in Central and South America were the primary focus of a four-week Earth science study in late April and early May 2014 using a NASA-developed airborne synthetic aperture imaging radar.

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NASA, industry complete first phase to certify new crew transportation systems

Posted May 30, 2014 by

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and industry have completed the first step in the certification process that will enable American-made commercial spacecraft safely to ferry astronauts from U.S. soil to and from the International Space Station by 2017. The completion of the Certification Products Contracts marks critical progress in the development of next-generation American space transportation…

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NASA Mars weather camera helps find new crater on Red Planet

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Researchers have discovered on the Red Planet the largest fresh meteor-impact crater ever firmly documented with before-and-after images.

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NASA invites public to select favorite Moon image for lunar orbiter anniversary collection

Posted May 23, 2014 by

NASAís Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will celebrate five years in orbit June 18. To celebrate the anniversary and LRO’s many scientific contributions, NASA invites the public to select a favorite orbiter image of the moon for the cover a special image collection. “‘The Moon as Art’ collection gives the public the opportunity to see the moon…

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Lockheed Martin launch Worldview-3 satellite

Posted May 23, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services will launch the WorldView-3 commercial remote sensing spacecraft, placing it into orbit Aug. 13 for DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions. WorldView-3 will be launched aboard an Atlas V. The launch is scheduled for 11:29 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Space Launch Complex-3E…

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NASA releases Earth Day ‘Global Selfie’ mosaic of our home planet

Posted May 23, 2014 by

NASA photograph NASA’s “Global Selfie” Earth mosaic contains more than 36,000 individual photographs from the more than 50,000 images posted around the world on Earth Day, April 22, 2014. For Earth Day this year, NASA invited people around the world to step outside to take a “selfie” and share it with the world on social…

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NASA’s WISE findings poke hole in black hole ‘doughnut’ theory

Posted May 23, 2014 by

A survey of more than 170,000 supermassive black holes, using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, has astronomers reexamining a decades-old theory about the varying appearances of these interstellar objects.

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Three Northrop Grumman-built spacecraft mark on orbit anniversaries in 2014

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Two scientific spacecraft and a military communications payload produced by Northrop Grumman are observing major on orbit anniversaries this year as they continue to perform for many additional years beyond their design lives.

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NASA partners with Rolls-Royce on braze joint technology testing

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The Innovative Technology Partnerships Office or ITPO at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has announced the signing of a Reimbursable Space Act Agreement between Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis, Ind., to collaborate on the development of braze joint performance prediction methods for critical structures subjected to complex loading conditions. Through this partnership Rolls-Royce will establish…

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