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Watching Earth breathe

Posted July 3, 2014 by Peter W. Merlin

A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., July 2, carrying a state-of-the-art NASA climate observation satellite.

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Ocean on Saturn moon could be as salty as Dead Sea

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Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/SSI/Univ. of Arizona/G. Mitri/University of Nantes Researchers found that Titan’s ice shell, which overlies a very salty ocean, varies in thickness around the moon, suggesting the crust is in the process of becoming rigid. Scientists analyzing data from NASAís Cassini mission have firm evidence the ocean inside Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, might…

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ATK provides propulsion, structure for test of new technologies to land larger payloads on Mars

Posted July 3, 2014 by

ATK photograph The Core Structure Assembly for the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, manufactured by ATK Space Components in San Diego, Calif. ATK supported NASA June 28 as it moved one step closer to landing advanced payloads on Mars following the successful test of a next generation braking system. A world-leading producer of rocket motors, ATK provided…

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Masten’s Xombie flight tests astrobotic’s autonomous landing system

Posted June 30, 2014 by

Astrobotic Technology's newly developed autonomous landing system was put to the test recently when it controlled Masten Space Systems' XA-0.1B Xombie suborbital technology demonstration rocket during a NASA-sponsored launch and landing at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif.

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WorldView-3 remote sensing spacecraft arrives at Vandenberg for mid-August launch

Posted June 30, 2014 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has delivered the next-generation commercial remote sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe, to the launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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NASA announces education research program award recipients

Posted June 27, 2014 by

NASA is awarding $11.25 million to 15 colleges and universities across the United States to conduct basic research and technology development in areas including climate change, nanotechnology, astrophysics, aviation and other areas relevant to the agency’s missions. The awards, each valued at $750,000, are made through NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). One…

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6th Boeing GPS IIF Completes On-Orbit Checkout

Posted June 25, 2014 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. ñ With on-orbit checkout and validation of the sixth Global Positioning System IIF satellite, Boeing has reached the halfway mark in delivering the current series of satellites to the U.S. Air Force, which operates the GPS constellation. These satellites, the fourth generation of Boeing-built GPS space vehicles, are improving system accuracy, signal…

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ATK awarded contract to provide UltraFlex solar arrays for upcoming Mars InSight mission

Posted June 25, 2014 by

NASA/JPL-Caltech image This artist’s concept depicts the InSight Mars lander at work studying the interior of Mars, powered by ATK’s UltraFlex arrays. ATK has received a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to provide the UltraFlex solar arrays for NASA’s InSight Lander mission, which will place a lander on Mars in 2016 to study the…

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NASA launches Earth science challenges with OpenNEX cloud data

Posted June 25, 2014 by

NASA is launching two challenges to give the public an opportunity to create innovative ways to use data from the agency’s Earth science satellites. The challenges will use the Open NASA Earth Exchange. OpenNEX is a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to…

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract for SBIRS missile defense satellites

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The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.86 billion fixed-price contract to complete the production of the fifth and sixth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellites, known as GEO-5 and GEO-6, for the Space Based Infrared System.

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