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NASA Extends crew flight contract with Russian space agency

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NASA has signed a $424 million modification to its contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency for full crew transportation services to the International Space Station in 2016 with return and rescue services extending through June 2017. NASA is facilitating development of a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability with the goal of achieving safe,…

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NASA’s GRAIL mission solves mystery of moon’s surface gravity

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NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the moon’s gravity uneven, a phenomenon that affects the operations of lunar-orbiting spacecraft. Because of GRAIL’s findings, spacecraft on missions to other celestial bodies can navigate with greater precision in the future. GRAIL’s twin spacecraft studied the internal…

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NASA tests game changing composite cryogenic fuel tank

Posted July 2, 2013 by

NASA recently completed a major space technology development milestone by successfully testing a pressurized, large cryogenic propellant tank made of composite materials. The composite tank will enable the next generation of rockets and spacecraft needed for space exploration. Cryogenic propellants are gasses chilled to subfreezing temperatures and condensed to form highly combustible liquids, providing high-energy…

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveals forces controlling Saturn moon jets

Posted July 31, 2013 by

The intensity of jets of water ice and organic particles that shoot out from Saturn’s moon Enceladus depends on the moon’s proximity to the ringed planet, according to data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The finding adds to evidence that a liquid water reservoir or ocean lurks under the icy surface of the moon. This…

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Astronaut Gregory H. Johnson leaves NASA

Posted August 26, 2013 by timchisham

NASA astronaut Gregory H. Johnson has left the agency, after a 15-year career that included more than 31 days in space, for a position with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space. A veteran of two space shuttle flights, Johnson served in 2008 as the pilot of STS-123, a mission vital to the…

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NASA announces advanced composite research partnership

Posted September 23, 2013 by

NASA has selected six companies from five U.S. states to participate in a government-and-industry partnership to advance composite materials research and certification. The companies are: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas GE Aviation of Cincinnati Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company of Palmdale, Calif. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems of Redondo Beach, Calif. Boeing Research &…

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NASA Kepler results usher in a new era of astronomy

Posted November 4, 2013 by

Scientists from around the world are gathered this week at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., for the second Kepler Science Conference, where they will discuss the latest findings resulting from the analysis of Kepler Space Telescope data. Included in these findings is the discovery of 833 new candidate planets, which will be…

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft obtains best views of Saturn Hexagon

Posted December 6, 2013 by

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn’s north pole. This is the first movie of its kind, using color filters, and the first to show a complete view of the top of Saturn down to about 70 degrees latitude. Spanning about…

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NASA’s Fermi makes first gamma-ray study of a gravitational lens

Posted January 6, 2014 by

An international team of astronomers, using NASA’s Fermi observatory, has made the first-ever gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, a kind of natural telescope formed when a rare cosmic alignment allows the gravity of a massive object to bend and amplify light from a more distant source. This accomplishment opens new avenues for research, including…

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Ball Aerospace completes risk reduction test for JPSS-1 satellite

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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed the SpaceWire Inter-operability Test for the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 satellite and has begun spacecraft bus integration.

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