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NASA increases value of bioastronautics contract

Posted February 1, 2013 by

NASA has increased the value of a contract with Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group of Houston to provide continuing support to the Human Health and Performance Directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The modification increases the not-to-exceed indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity value of the contract by $49 million, from $914.5 million to $963.5 million….

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Boeing TDRS-K relay satellite sends first signals from space

Posted February 1, 2013 by

Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-K, demonstrating that the vehicle is functioning and ready to use its internal engine to boost it to its operational geosynchronous orbit. After reaching final orbit, it will undergo three months of tests and calibration before being put into operation by…

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NASA observes Day of Remembrance Feb. 1

Posted January 30, 2013 by

NASA will pay will tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency’s Day of Remembrance Feb. 1, the 10th anniversary of the Columbia accident. NASA’s Day of Remembrance honors members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the…

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NASA to launch ocean wind monitor to space station

Posted January 30, 2013 by

In a clever reuse of hardware originally built to test parts of NASA’s QuikScat satellite, the agency will launch the ISS-RapidScat instrument to the International Space Station in 2014 to measure ocean-surface wind speed and direction. The ISS-RapidScat instrument will help improve weather forecasts, including hurricane monitoring, and understanding of how ocean-atmosphere interactions influence Earth’s…

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NASA telescope observes how sun stores, releases energy

Posted January 28, 2013 by

A NASA suborbital telescope has given scientists the first clear evidence of energy transfer from the sun’s magnetic field to the solar atmosphere or corona. This process, known as solar braiding, has been theorized by researchers, but remained unobserved until now. Researchers were able to witness this phenomenon in the highest resolution images ever taken…

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Sound rocket flight provides important clues to coronal heating, points the way to future solar missions

Posted January 28, 2013 by

A NASA sounding rocket flight in 2012 captured five minutes of the highest-resolution images ever taken of the Sun’s million-degree outer atmosphere, the corona. The new images have provided tantalizing hints of another mechanism that likely contributes to the heating of the solar corona. In a paper published today in the journal Nature, researchers from…

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Free Lynx flights to space offered by Axe men’s products

Posted January 25, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

Flights aboard the XCOR Lynx II, which SXC has contracted to wet lease from Mojave based XCOR Aerospace, will be part of a major marketing campaign put on by Axe’s parent, Unilever.

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NASA telescope observes how sun stores, releases energy

Posted January 25, 2013 by

A NASA suborbital telescope has given scientists the first clear evidence of energy transfer from the sun's magnetic field to the solar atmosphere or corona. This process, known as solar braiding, has been theorized by researchers, but remained unobserved until now.

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Bigelow expanding International Space Station contract announced

Posted January 25, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems Program has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide a Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, which is scheduled to arrive at the space station in 2015 for a two-year technology demonstration.

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SpaceX schedules its next ISS resupply mission

Posted January 25, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

SpaceX has picked March 1 for the next launch of its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. The company requested the date from the Cape Canaveral, Fla., spaceport it uses for launching its Falcon rocket. This will be the third flight for a Falcon 9 rocket to ferry a Dragon cargo capsule. It will…

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