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NASA telescopes find clear skies, water vapor on exoplanet

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Astronomers using data from three of NASA’s space telescopes – Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler – have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest planet from which molecules of any kind have been detected. “This discovery…

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NASA’S Chandra Observatory identifies impact of cosmic chaos on star birth

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Photograph courtesy of NASA/CXC/Stanford/I. Zhuravleva et al Chandra observations of the Perseus and Virgo galaxy clusters suggest turbulence may be preventing hot gas there from cooling, addressing a long-standing question of galaxy clusters do not form large numbers of stars.   The same phenomenon that causes a bumpy airplane ride, turbulence, may be the solution…

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Boeing completes first milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation Systems

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NASA has approved the completion of Boeing’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from the United States under a groundbreaking Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract. The Certification Baseline Review is the first of many more milestones, including flight tests from Florida’s Space Coast that will establish the…

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U.S. Navy poised to Launch Lockheed Martin-built MUOS-3 satellite

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The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the third Mobile User Objective System satellite, MUOS-3, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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ICAP Ocean Tomo auctions NASA software patent portfolios March 29

Posted March 27, 2012 by

The Innovative Partnership Program Office of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will hold a March 29 auction with ICAP Ocean Tomo LLC of Chicago to sell three NASA-developed technology lots totaling 12 patents. The patent portfolios include technologies applicable to the software-development industry, robotics, artificial intelligence, industrial process control and wireless sensor…

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NASA’s Webb telescope flight backplane section completed

Posted April 24, 2012 by

The center section of the backplane structure that will fly on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has been completed, marking an important milestone in the telescope’s hardware development. The backplane will support the telescope’s beryllium mirrors, instruments, thermal control systems and…

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Lockheed Martin’s new standalone launching system significantly reduces weapons integration costs

Posted May 15, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph During a recent test in Australia, Lockheed Martin’s Extensible Launching System successfully demonstrated its ability to launch missiles or munitions…

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Giant black hole kicked out of home galaxy

Posted June 4, 2012 by

Astronomers have found strong evidence that a massive black hole is being ejected from its host galaxy at a speed of several million miles per hour. New observations from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory...

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NASA selects headquarters information technology support services contract

Posted June 25, 2012 by

NASA has selected the Headquarters Information Technology Support Services contract. Digital Management, Inc. of Bethesda, Md. will provide support for the NASA Headquarters’ Office of Headquarters Operations, Information Technology and Communications Division in Washington, D.C. This is a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract, with the ability to issue indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity task orders on a cost-plus-incentive fee or cost-plus-fixed…

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Eutelsat, Arianespace pursue their longstanding collaboration with the signature of a new launch contract

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Consolidating a relationship now entering into its 30th year, Eutelsat Communications and Arianespace announced July 10 the conclusion of a new launch services contract for a future Eutelsat satellite. The assignment of the launch to a satellite will be made at a later stage. The contract for an Ariane 5 launch from the Guiana Space…

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