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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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ATK motor supports resupply mission to space station

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ARLINGTON, Va., July 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ATK provided the second stage motor for the July 13 successful launch of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antaresô rocket on its second NASA Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff occurred at 12:52 p.m., EDT, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The ATK motor was a CASTOR…

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Arianespace launches O3b satellites on Soyuz mission

Posted July 11, 2014 by

July 10, at 3:55 pm local time in French Guiana, Arianespace successfully performed its second launch for O3b Networks, following the successful launch of the operator’s first four satellites last year. With this eighth Soyuz launch from the Guiana Space Center, all successful, Arianespace proves its long-term support for new operators and helps reduce the…

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NASA spacecraft sees further evidence of dry ice gullies on Mars

Posted July 11, 2014 by

Repeated high-resolution observations made by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter indicate the gullies on Mars' surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liquid water.

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Hubble spots spiral bridge of young stars linking two ancient galaxies

Posted July 11, 2014 by

NASA/ESA image NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope photographed a 100,000-light-year-long structure that looks like a string of pearls twisted into a corkscrew shape winds around the cores of the two massive galaxies. The ìpearlsî are superclusters of blazing, blue-white, newly born stars. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has photographed an unusual structure 100,000 light years long, which…

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Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite enters final testing

Posted July 11, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed environmental testing of the U.S. Navy's third Mobile User Objective System satellite. It recently cleared thermal vacuum trials, which validate performance in simulated space conditions, and the satellite is now in final check out.

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Ball Aerospace takes delivery of CERES instrument for the JPSS-1 Polar-orbiting satellite

Posted July 11, 2014 by

The Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy Systems instrument for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System, the nation’s next generation polar-orbiting satellite, arrived at Ball June 17.  Integration of the JPSS-1 satellite will begin later this year. The CERES instrument is key to the continuity of long-standing weather and climate measurements currently provided by…

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Northrop Grumman, ATK complete testing of backplane for Webb telescope

Posted July 9, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman photograph The backplane of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was mounted to a structure for static load testing to verify it can withstand the rigors of launch and hold the weight needed to support the telescope in space. The backplane is the backbone of the observatory, the primary load carrying structure for launch,…

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NASA announces winners of challenge to design hurricane-tracking unmanned aerial systems

Posted July 9, 2014 by

NASA has selected three winning designs solicited to address the technological limitations of the unmanned aerial systems currently used to track and collect data on hurricanes.

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NASA’s undergraduate student instrument program launches

Posted July 7, 2014 by

College and university students from across the country are taking science to greater heights thanks to a new NASA program. The Undergraduate Student Instrument Program is an educational flight opportunity sponsored by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics by providing a hands-on Earth or space science flight project experience. The…

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