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NASA tests aircraft wing coatings that slough bug guts

Posted June 1, 2015 by

NASA photograph by Paul Bagby NASA materials scientist Mia Siochi and systems engineer Mike Alexander, from the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., and Boeing technician Felix Boyett count insect residue on the right wing of Boeingís ecoDemonstrator 757 aircraft following a flight test in Shreveport, La. Bug guts create drag, and drag increases…

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Commercial Crew milestones met; partners on track for 2017 missions

Posted May 27, 2015 by

NASA has taken another step toward returning America’s ability to launch crew missions to the International Space Station from the United States in 2017. The Commercial Crew Program ordered its first crew rotation mission from The Boeing Company. SpaceX, which successfully performed a pad abort test of its flight vehicle earlier this month, is expected…

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Boeing awarded first-ever commercial human spaceflight mission

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NASA issued a task order as part of Boeing’s $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract recently to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station. The award marks the first time in human spaceflight history NASA has contracted with a commercial company for a human spaceflight mission. This occasion will go…

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NASA’s Europa mission begins with selection of science instruments

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NASA has selected nine science instruments for a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life.

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NASA begins testing Mars lander in preparation for next mission to Red Planet

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Testing is underway on NASA’s next mission on the journey to Mars, a stationary lander scheduled to launch in March 2016.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

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A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Air Force launches hush-hush mini-shuttle into space

Posted May 22, 2015 by Marcia Dunn

A mysterious space plane rocketed into orbit May 20, carrying no crew but a full load of technology experiments. The Air Force launched its unmanned mini-shuttle late morning, May 20. An Atlas V rocket lifted it up and out over the Atlantic. This is the fourth flight for the military research program, which is shrouded…

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

Posted May 22, 2015 by

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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NASA, Canadian agency renew agreement to reduce aviation icing risks

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On hand to sign the renewal agreement May 21 at the NRC offices in Ottawa, Ontario, were Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington, and Ian Potter, the NRC’s vice-president of engineering. “The combined efforts of our two agencies will help solve some of the most difficult and challenging weather-related…

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Space and Missile Systems Center successfully launches the AFSPC-5 mission

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The Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the AFSPC-5 mission aboard the Space and Missile Systems Center procured United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., May 20, at 11:05 a.m., EST.

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