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Chandra, XMM-Newton provide direct measurement of distant black hole’s spin

Posted March 7, 2014 by

Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton to show a supermassive black hole six billion light years from Earth is spinning extremely rapidly. This first direct measurement of the spin of such a distant black hole is an important advance for understanding how black holes grow over time. Black…

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New catalog brings NASA software down to Earth

Posted April 7, 2014 by

NASA is making available to the public, at no cost, more than 1,000 codes with its release April 10 of a new online software catalog. Organized into fifteen broad categories, the new catalog offers a wide variety of applications for use by industry, academia, other government agencies, and the general public. “Software is an increasingly…

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Renowned NASA research pilot William H. Dana dies

Posted May 7, 2014 by

One of the nation’s most respected aerospace pioneers has passed away. Distinguished research pilot and aeronautical engineer William Harvey Dana died on May 6, 2014 after a lengthy illness.

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NASA announces two upcoming undersea missions

Posted June 11, 2014 by

NASA is returning to the bottom of the ocean. Twice this summer, aquanauts participating in the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations will conduct activities on the ocean floor that will inform future International Space Station and exploration activities. These studies provide information that correlates directly to life aboard the space station, where crew members must…

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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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Seventh Boeing GPS IIF delivered to orbit, is operational

Posted August 5, 2014 by

A Boeing Global Positioning System IIF satellite, launched late Aug. 1, has sent the signals to controllers that confirm it is currently operating properly within the constellation that millions of people rely on for timing and navigation information.

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NASA planning group takes key steps for future Mars exploration

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NASA’s Mars Program Planning Group, established to assist the agency in developing a new strategy for the exploration of the Red Planet, has begun analyzing options for future robotic missions and enlisting the assistance of scientists and engineers worldwide. NASA is reformulating the Mars Exploration Program to be responsive to high-priority science goals and the…

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Dancing droplets rock out on space station

Posted May 4, 2012 by

  Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASA has taught more than half a million internet viewers how microgravity affects scientific principles by using everyday objects on the International Space Station. In the latest video, Pettit takes his demonstrations to the next level by using sound to oscillate water placed on a speaker and…

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NASA offers guidelines to protect historic sites on the moon

Posted May 24, 2012 by

NASA and the X Prize Foundation of Playa Vista, Calif., announced May 24 the Google Lunar X Prize is recognizing guidelines established by NASA to protect lunar historic sites and preserve ongoing and...

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Educators selected for NASA Explorer Schools summer workshops

Posted June 13, 2012 by

NASA has selected 50 elementary, middle and high school educators from across the nation to work side by side with agency scientists and engineers to learn research techniques and identify connections to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The educators were chosen for these workshops because they demonstrated exemplary classroom practices and innovative use of…

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