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NASA’s Curiosity rover provides clues to changes In Martian atmosphere

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NASA’s car-sized rover, Curiosity, has taken significant steps toward understanding how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere. Learning what happened to the Martian atmosphere will help scientists assess whether the planet ever was habitable. The present atmosphere of Mars is 100 times thinner than Earth’s. A set of instruments aboard the rover…

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NASA seeks options for SLS cargo payloads fairings, adapters

Posted November 2, 2012 by

NASA is exploring options for larger payload fairings to enhance the cargo carrying capabilities of its Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket, now in development, to carry cargo, crewed spacecraft and science payloads. In a Request for Information published Nov. 1, the agency is seeking information about payload adapters and fairings already available within commercial industry….

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SpaceX transitions to third commercial crew phase with NASA

Posted November 2, 2012 by

Space Exploration Technologies has completed its first three performance milestones for NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative, which is intended to lead to the availability of commercial human spaceflight services for government and commercial customers. During the company’s first milestone, a technical baseline review, NASA and SpaceX reviewed the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket…

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NASA selects contract for safety, environmental, medical services

Posted November 2, 2012 by

NASA has selected Earth Resources Technology, Inc., of Laurel, Md., to receive a contract for safety, environmental, and medical support services at the agency’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The contract has a maximum value of $55 million. This is a firm-fixed-price, time-and-materials indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity hybrid contract that begins Nov. 16. The contract…

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Spot the space station over your backyard with new NASA service

Posted November 2, 2012 by

On the 12th anniversary of crews continuously living and working aboard the International Space Station, NASA announced Nov. 2 a new service to help people see the orbiting laboratory when it passes overhead. “Spot the Station” will send an email or text message to those who sign up for the service a few hours before…

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NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collabotation
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NASA’s Fermi measures cosmic ‘fog’ produced by ancient starlight

Posted November 2, 2012 by

NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collabotation This plot shows the locations of 150 blazars (green dots) used in the EBL study. The background map shows the entire sky and was constructed from four years of gamma rays with energies above 10 billion electron volts detected by Fermi. The plane of our Milky Way galaxy runs along the middle…

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Interorbital marks major milestone with rocket engine firing

Posted October 31, 2012 by

Courtesy photograph GPRE 7.5KNTA Main Rocket Engine Test (October 28, 2012). Luminous desert sand vortices reflect the extreme brilliance of the rocket plume. On a calm clear High Desert October evening, Interorbital Systems’ NEPTUNE rocket series’ main engine roared to life in its first hot-firing test in Mojave, Calif. The engine, the IOS GPRE 7.5KNTA…

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NASA Television airs Atlantis’ final move

Posted October 31, 2012 by

NASA Television will provide live coverage of events surrounding space shuttle Atlantis’ move to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida for permanent public display. At 2 p.m., EDT, Nov. 1, NASA TV’s media channel will air a news briefing about the transformation of Kennedy Space Center to a multiuser spaceport. The briefing participants…

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NASA rover’s first soil studies help fingerprint Martian minerals

Posted October 31, 2012 by

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has completed initial experiments showing the mineralogy of Martian soil is similar to weathered basaltic soils of volcanic origin in Hawaii. The minerals were identified in the first sample of Martian soil ingested recently by the rover. Curiosity used its Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument (CheMin) to obtain the results, which are…

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NASA hosts DC social media event with station astronaut Joe Acaba

Posted October 29, 2012 by

NASA invites its social media followers to a special event with astronaut Joe Acaba from 9 -11:30 a.m., EST, Dec. 4. he event will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW in Washington. Acaba launched to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft May…

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