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NASA selects SpaceX to begin negotiations for use of historic launch pad

Posted December 16, 2013 by

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies Corporation of Hawthorne, Calif., to begin negotiations on a lease to use and operate historic Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Permitting use and operation of this valuable national asset by a private-sector, commercial space partner will ensure its continued viability and allow for…

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NASA receives Mars 2020 rover instrument proposals for evaluation

Posted January 22, 2014 by

NASA has received 58 proposals for science and exploration technology instruments to fly aboard the agency’s next Mars rover in 2020, twice the usual number submitted for instrument competitions in the recent past, and an indicator of the extraordinary interest in exploration of the Red Planet. The agency is beginning a thorough review to determine…

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NASA moves longest-serving Mars spacecraft for new observations

Posted February 14, 2014 by

NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft has tweaked its orbit to help scientists make the first systematic observations of how morning fogs, clouds and surface frost develop in different seasons on the Red Planet. The maneuver took place Feb. 11. Odyssey team engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and Lockheed Martin Space Systems of…

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Defense Meteorological Satellite Program 19 encapsulation

Posted March 24, 2014 by

The U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance team have successfully moved one step closer to the launching of the 19th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program block 5D weather satellite. On March 14, engineers completed spacecraft encapsulation within the launch fairing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The DMSP-19 encapsulation within the…

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NASA awards atmospheric sciences support contract

Posted March 27, 2012 by

NASA has awarded a contract to Science Systems and Applications, Inc., of Lanham, Md., to provide atmospheric-sciences support services. This is a cost-plus fixed-fee indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum ordering value of $103 million. The period of performance, including the phase-in period, is from April 1, 2012, through April 30, 2017. This is a…

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Cassini spacecraft sees new objects blazing trails in Saturn ring

Posted April 24, 2012 by

Scientists working with images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have discovered strange, half-mile-sized objects punching through one of Saturn’s rings and leaving glittering trails behind them. The results will be presented tomorrow at the European…

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NASA $1.5 million robot competition rolls onto WPI campus June 14-17

Posted May 14, 2012 by

Autonomous robots created by 11 teams of engineers from across the country will compete for a NASA prize purse of $1.5 million on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, Mass., June 14 -17. The challenge: design and develop the next generation of robots to explore the landscapes of other worlds. The NASA-WPI Sample…

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Northrop Grumman Foundation inspires next generation of explorers through Space Camp sponsorship

Posted June 1, 2012 by

The Northrop Grumman Foundation has announced the national sponsorship of middle school students and teachers from across the country to attend Space Camp this summer, from July 29 to Aug. 3, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. This is the fourth year that the foundation has funded Space Camp sponsorships. “At…

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NASA offers web, mobile links to follow space station, mission control

Posted June 21, 2012 by

NASA is using the Internet and smartphones to provide the public with a new inside look at what happens aboard the International Space Station and in the Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Log onto the agency’s Space Station Live! web page or download the companion ISSLive! mobile application to get…

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Lockheed Martin-built JCSAT-13 satellite begins service for Sky Perfect JSAT of Japan

Posted July 10, 2012 by

The JCSAT-13 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for SKY Perfect JSAT of Japan…

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