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NIRCam’s optical system excels in integrated tests For James Webb Telescope

Posted January 7, 2015 by

The Near Infrared Camera instrument Lockheed Martin helped develop for NASA’s next deep space telescope surpassed expectations during tests in late 2014.

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NASA’s Kepler marks 1,000th exoplanet discovery

Posted January 7, 2015 by

How many stars like our sun host planets like our Earth? NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope continuously monitored more than 150,000 stars beyond our solar system, and to date has offered scientists an assortment of more than 4,000 candidate planets for further study – the 1,000th of which was recently verified. Using Kepler data, scientists reached…

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NASA’s Chandra detects record-breaking outburst from Milky Way’s black hole

Posted January 5, 2015 by

NASA/CXC/Stanford/I. Zhuravleva et al. Chandra observations of the Perseus and Virgo galaxy clusters suggest turbulence may be preventing hot gas there from cooling, addressing a long-standing question of galaxy clusters do not form large numbers of stars. Astronomers have observed the largest X-ray flare ever detected from the supermassive black hole at the center of…

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Student scientists persevere, ready to launch experiments to space station

Posted January 5, 2015 by

Students will look to the skies this week when SpaceX’s fifth commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station lifts off at 6:18 a.m., EST, Jan. 6, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will carry scientific research conceived and designed by students who are learning first-hand what it takes to…

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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 takes giant leaps on journey to Mars among other accomplishments

Posted December 29, 2014 by

In 2014, NASA took significant steps on the agency’s journey to Mars – testing cutting-edge technologies and making scientific discoveries while studying our changing Earth and the infinite universe as the agency made progress on the next generation of air travel. “We continued to make great progress on our journey to Mars this year, awarding…

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NASA commercial crew partners complete 23 milestones in 2014

Posted December 24, 2014 by

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and the agency’s industry partners completed 23 agreement and contract milestones in 2014 and participated in thousands of hours of technical review sessions. The sessions focused on creating a new generation of safe, reliable and cost-effective crew space transportation systems to low-Earth orbit destinations. “To say we’ve been busy would truly…

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NASA selects commercial space partners for collaborative partnerships

Posted December 24, 2014 by

NASA announced Dec. 23 the selection of four U.S. companies to collaborate with NASA through unfunded partnerships to develop new space capabilities available to the government and other customers. The partnerships build on the success of NASA’s commercial spaceflight initiatives to leverage NASA experience and expertise into new capabilities. The Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities…

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SpaceX completes first milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation System

Posted December 22, 2014 by

NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract with the agency. During the Certification Baseline Review, SpaceX described its current design baseline including how the company plans to manufacture its Crew Dragon spacecraft…

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XCOR announces further progress on the XCOR Lynx spacecraft

Posted December 22, 2014 by

The XCOR Lynx® suborbital spacecraft continues to make rapid progress towards final assembly.

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