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NASA receives widespread concepts for future Mars missions

Posted May 24, 2012 by

NASA’s call to scientists and engineers to help plan a new strategy to explore Mars has resulted in almost double the amount of expected submissions with unique and bold ideas. About 400 concepts or abstracts were submitted to the Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration Workshop in Houston, which was organized to gather input for…

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NASA’s NuSTAR mission lifts off

Posted June 13, 2012 by

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array launched into the morning skies over the central Pacific Ocean at noon, EDT, June 13 Wednesday, beginning its mission to unveil secrets of buried black holes and other exotic objects. “We all eagerly await the launch of this novel X-ray observatory,” said Paul Hertz, NASA’s Astrophysics Division Director. “With its…

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ATK signs teaming agreement for Liberty Transportation Service

Posted June 29, 2012 by

ATK and Astrium North America have signed a teaming agreement with NanoRacks, LLC, for NanoRacks to market opportunities for both astronaut explorers and the experiments they plan to carry into space on board the Liberty Transportation Service. “NanoRacks is a world leader in understanding the emerging commercial market for low Earth orbit utilization,” said Kent…

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NASA’s Mars Science Lab landing soon

Posted July 19, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

For the most part, there was upbeat news about the Aug. 5 landing of the Mars Science Lab [Curiosity] discussed at a NASA July 16...

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MSL and Curiosity: Bringing Mars down to Earth at TNOTS

Posted August 7, 2012 by

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory and its Curiosity rover were brought into sharp focus Aug. 2, during three presentations by NASA Mars program scientist Dr. Kelly Fast at the AERO Institute during a...

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NASA’s 2013 Lunabotics competition open for registration

Posted August 27, 2012 by

NASA is accepting applications from teams of U.S. and international undergraduate and graduate students for the fourth annual Lunabotics Mining Competition. The event will be held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida May 20-24, 2013. Participants in the competition will design and build a remote controlled or autonomous robot. During the competition, the teams’…

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NASA selects engineering product information contractor

Posted September 18, 2012 by

NASA has selected S&K Global Solutions LLC of Polson, Mont., to consolidate contractor support into an integrated infrastructure approach for the Engineering Directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The three-year, cost-plus fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price contract begins Oct. 18, 2012, and includes a single two-year option. Work worth as much as $49.9 million may…

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Community college scholars selected to design rovers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Posted October 17, 2012 by

Forty community college students from across the United States have been selected to travel to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to participate in the 2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars project. The three-day event Oct. 23-25 will feature a rover-building experience. The students, representing 18 states, will form fictional companies pursuing Mars…

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Student teams to build, fly rockets with onboard payloads for NASA rocketry challenge

Posted November 14, 2012 by

Organizers of the NASA Student Launch Projects have announced the 57 student teams whose inventive creations will soar skyward in April during the space agency’s 2012-13 rocketry challenge. Representing schools in 26 states around the country, participating teams each will design and build a large, high-powered rocket, complete with a working science or engineering payload…

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Coalition for Space Exploration introduces new leadership for 2013

Posted December 5, 2012 by

The Coalition for Space Exploration Dec. 5 announced veteran aerospace communicators George Torres of ATK and Mary Engola of Ball Aerospace will lead the coalition in 2013. Torres will serve as the new chair and Engola will continue her role as the deputy chair. Each will serve a one-year term, effective January through December 2013….

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