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XCOR announces general sales agent for space tourism flights

Posted June 11, 2012 by

MOJAVE, Calif. – With the Tom Sachs space-themed art exhibit, “Space Program: Mars” as a backdrop, XCOR Aerospace named Space Expedition Corporation as the new General Sales Agent for the XCOR owned Lynx Suborbital vehicle flying from the Mojave Air and Spaceport, Calif. SXC was previously announced as the first wet lease customer for a…

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NASA awards five universities funding for learning opportunities

Posted June 28, 2012 by

NASA has awarded five one-year U.S. National Laboratory education cooperative agreements to provide hands-on science and engineering opportunities for college and university students. Experiments proposed in two of the projects will be flown on the International Space Station in the near future. Students at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss., will study the…

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Innovative partnerships expand NASA’s summer education reach

Posted July 18, 2012 by

NASA’s Office of Education has selected more than 200 organizations across the country to receive Summer of Innovation mini-grants. Each award has a maximum value of $2,500. This investment is designed to expand NASA’s education network and help the agency keep middle school students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities throughout the summer…

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Aerojet Propulsion helps land Mars Science Laboratory

Posted August 6, 2012 by

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced Aug. 3 that its monopropellant hydrazine thrusters helped guide NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory to a successful landing on the red planet at 10:32 p.m., PDT, Aug. 5.

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NASA rocket mission carrying university student experiments

Posted August 20, 2012 by staff

University students will put their academic skills to the test when atmospheric and technology experiments they developed fly on a NASA suborbital sounding rocket. The launch will take place between 6:30 and 10 a.m., Aug. 23, from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Va. Four university experiments will be flown as part of…

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NASA requests proposals for initial contracts to certify commercial crew transportation systems

Posted September 14, 2012 by

NASA Sept. 12 released a request for proposals for the first of two contract phases to certify commercially developed space systems in support of crewed missions to the International Space Station. Through these certification products contracts, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program will ensure commercial missions are held to the agency’s safety requirements and standards for human…

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SpaceX’s Dragon carrying NASA cargo supplies space station

Posted October 12, 2012 by

The Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft was berthed to the International Space Station at 8:03 a.m., CDT, Oct 9, a key milestone in a new era of commercial spaceflight. The delivery flight is the first contracted resupply mission by the company under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. “I want to congratulate SpaceX and…

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NASA, ESA use experimental interplanetary internet to test robot from ISS

Posted November 9, 2012 by

NASA and the European Space Agency successfully have used an experimental version of interplanetary Internet to control an educational rover from the International Space Station. The experiment used NASA’s Disruption Tolerant Networking protocol to transmit messages and demonstrate technology that one day may enable Internet-like communications with space vehicles and support habitats or infrastructure on…

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Mercury probe confirms ice at poles

Posted November 30, 2012 by Raphael Jaffe

Instruments aboard NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft studying the planet Mercury have provided compelling support for the long-held hypothesis the planet harbors abundant water ice within its permanently shadowed polar craters. There is also evidence of a dark insulating material above some of the ice, which is believed to be…

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NASA’s next-generation communications satellite arrives at Kennedy

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NASA’s newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, known as TDRS-K, arrived Dec. 18 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for a Jan. 29 launch. TDRS-K arrived aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 from the Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems assembly facility in El Segundo, Calif. For almost 30 years, the TDRS…

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