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NASA, space station partners announce future crew members

Posted January 14, 2013 by

NASA and its international partners have named several future International Space Station expedition crews. They include NASA astronauts Steve Swanson, Reid Wiseman, Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts. Swanson was born in Syracuse, N.Y., but considers Steamboat Springs, Colo., his hometown. Wiseman is from Baltimore and is a commander in the U.S. Navy. Wilmore, a captain…

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NASA prepares for launch of next Earth observation satellite

Posted January 11, 2013 by

NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission is scheduled to launch Feb. 11 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey mission, LDCM will add to the longest continuous data record of Earth’s surface as viewed from space. LDCM is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series, which began in 1972….

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NASA’S Galex reveals the largest yet-known spiral galaxy

Posted January 11, 2013 by

The spectacular barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 has ranked among the biggest stellar systems for decades. Now a team of astronomers from the United States, Chile and Brazil has crowned it the largest-known spiral.

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NASA’s NuSTAR catches black holes in galaxy web

Posted January 10, 2013 by

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, set its X-ray eyes on a spiral galaxy and caught the brilliant glow of two black holes lurking inside.

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NASA’s Hubble reveals rogue planetary orbit for Fomalhaut b

Posted January 10, 2013 by

Newly released NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of a vast debris disk encircling the nearby star Fomalhaut and a mysterious planet circling it may provide forensic evidence of a titanic planetary disruption in the system. Astronomers are surprised to find the debris belt is wider than previously known, spanning a section of space from 14…

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SOFIA spots recent starburst in the Milky Way galaxyís center

Posted January 10, 2013 by

NASA photograph SOFIA/FORCAST mid-infrared image of the Milky Way galaxyís nucleus showing the Circumnuclear Ring of gas and dust clouds orbiting a central supermassive black hole. The bright Y-shaped feature is believed to be material falling from the ring toward the black hole that is located where the arms of the ìYî intersect. Researchers using…

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NASA, ESA telescopes find evidence for asteroid belt around Vega

Posted January 10, 2013 by

Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a large asteroid belt around the star Vega, the second brightest star in northern night skies. The scientists used data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory, in which NASA plays an important role. The discovery of an asteroid belt-like band of…

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Lockheed Martin team passes pre-environmental review for solar ultraviolet imager for GOES-R satellite series

Posted January 10, 2013 by

The Lockheed Martin team, awarded a contract by NASA in 2007 to design and build the Solar Ultraviolet Imager for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series, has met the requirements of a Pre-Environmental Review. The review was held in November at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., by a…

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NASA telescopes see weather patterns in brown dwarf

Posted January 10, 2013 by

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have probed the stormy atmosphere of a brown dwarf, creating the most detailed “weather map” yet for this class of cool, star-like orbs. The forecast shows wind-driven, planet-sized clouds enshrouding these strange worlds. Brown dwarfs form out of condensing gas, as stars do, but lack the mass…

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Lockheed Martin completes spacecraft, science instrument integration for IRIS mission

Posted January 7, 2013 by

The spacecraft and science instrument integration for the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph ñ NASAís next Small Explorer Mission ñ has been completed, and final testing is underway. IRIS was designed and built at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., with support from the companyís Civil Space line of business…

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