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NASA’s Hubble telescope witnesses asteroid’s mysterious disintegration

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has recorded the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces. Fragile comets, comprised of ice and dust, have been seen falling apart as they near the sun, but nothing like this has ever before been observed in the asteroid belt. “This is a rock, and seeing…

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Orion avionics system ready for first test flight

Posted April 7, 2014 by

After powering on and sending commands to more than 20 different critical systems installed on the spacecraft's crew module, NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers have verified the avionics for Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) are ready to support a successful flight and re-entry of the spacecraft.

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Last piggyback ride

Posted April 13, 2012 by

NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft number 905 arrived at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., April 10 for its final shuttle-related mission. The aircraft will ferry the space shuttles to their final resting places by fall. Currently, NASA technicians are preparing Discovery for the ferry flight early next week to the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles airport…

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Black hole caught red-handed in stellar homicide

Posted May 2, 2012 by

Astronomers have gathered the most direct evidence yet of a supermassive black hole shredding a star that wandered too close. NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer, a space-based observatory, and the Pan-STARRS1 telescope on the summit of Haleakala in Hawaii, were among the first to help identify the stellar remains. Supermassive black holes, weighing millions to billions…

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Landsat contest offers view of local landscape change from space

Posted May 24, 2012 by

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the United States’ Landsat Earth-observing program, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey are holding a contest that will offer winners customized satellite views of changing local landscapes. All U.S. citizens are eligible to enter the “My American Landscape: A Space Chronicle of Change” contest. Winners will be announced July…

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Small planets don’t need stars with heavy metal content to form

Posted June 13, 2012 by

The formation of small worlds like Earth previously was thought to occur mostly around stars rich in heavy elements such as iron and silicon. However, new ground-based observations, combined with data collected by NASA’s Kepler space telescope, shows small planets form around stars with a wide range of heavy element content and suggests they may…

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Hubble, Swift detect first-ever changes in an exoplanet atmosphere

Posted June 28, 2012 by

An international team of astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made an unparalleled observation, detecting significant changes in the atmosphere of a planet located beyond our...

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Dryden employee receives Silver Snoopy

Posted July 19, 2012 by NASA photograph by Tony Landis

During a recent visit to the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., NASA astronaut Rick Sturckow presented a Silver Snoopy Award to Alan Brown, news chief and public affairs specialist...

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NASA’s Curiousity Rover caught in act of landing

Posted August 6, 2012 by

An image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the Curiosity rover still connected to its 51-foot-wide parachute as it descended...

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NASA administrator announces new commercial crew, cargo milestones

Posted August 24, 2012 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Aug. 23 announced new milestones in the nation’s commercial space initiatives from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The latest advances made by NASA’s commercial space partners pave the way for the first contracted flight of cargo to the International Space Station this fall and mark progress toward a launch…

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