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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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Lockheed Martin delivers GOES-R weather satellite core structure for propulsion system integration

Posted January 7, 2013 by

ATK photograph The rigid external structure of the first GOES-R, which will enclose the satelliteís propulsion system and support the payloads, was designed by Lockheed Martin and manufactured by ATK Aerospace Groupís Space and Components Division, in San Diego. Lockheed Martin delivered the core structure for the first in a series of the National Oceanic…

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NASA’s Kepler mission discovers 461 new planet candidates

Posted January 7, 2013 by

NASA’s Kepler mission announced Jan. 7 the discovery of 461 new planet candidates. Four of the potential new planets are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun’s “habitable zone,” the region in the planetary system where liquid water might exist on the surface of a planet. Based on observations conducted…

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Researchers identify water rich meteorite linked to Mars crust

Posted January 4, 2013 by

NASA-funded researchers analyzing a small meteorite that may be the first discovered from the Martian surface or crust have found it contains 10 times more water than other Martian meteorites from unknown origins.

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Texas spaceport backers look to state for help

Posted January 4, 2013 by Christopher Sherman

Texas space aficionados hope rockets will someday be launched into orbit from a beachside site near the U.S.-Mexico border, but a tight state budget and a previously frustrated attempt to land such a spaceport could complicate efforts. Backers of a proposal to build a launch site at Boca Chica Beach, about 25 miles east of…

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Soyuz capsule carrying 3-man crew docks with International Space Station

Posted December 28, 2012 by

A Soyuz capsule packed with three astronauts successfully docked Dec. 21 with the International Space Station, taking the size of the full crew at the orbiting laboratory to six. American Tom Marshburn, Russian Roman Romanenko and Canadian Chris Hadfield traveled two days in the capsule before linking up with the space station’s Russian Rassvet research…

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NASA’s Space Launch System core stage passes major milestone, ready to start construction

Posted December 28, 2012 by

The team designing America’s new flagship rocket has completed successfully a major technical review of the vehicle’s core stage. NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will take the agency’s Orion spacecraft and other payloads beyond low-Earth orbit, providing a new capability for human exploration. The core stage preliminary design review (PDR) was held Thursday at NASA’s…

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