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NASA probes studying Earth’s radiation belts celebrate two year anniversary

Posted September 2, 2014 by

APL/NASA photograph This image was created using data from the Relativistic Electron-Proton Telescopes on NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes. It shows the emergence of a new third transient radiation belt. The new belt is seen as the middle orange and red arc of the three seen on each side of the Earth. Twin Van Allen…

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NASA partners with X-37B program for use of former space shuttle hangars

Posted October 8, 2014 by

NASA photograph File image from June 20, 2001 shows Orbiter Processing Facility 1 and 2 (left) and Vehicle Assembly Building (right) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B Program for use of the center’s Orbiter Processing Facility Bays…

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One of largest infrared telescopes to help track orbital debris

Posted November 7, 2014 by

UKIRT photograph Lockheed Martin teamed up with NASA and the universities of Arizona and Hawaiíi to use one of the Worldís largest infrared telescopes to study near-earth space debris and asteroids. The United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT), pictured here, is the largest IR telescope in the Northern Hemisphere and is located atop Maunakea, Hawaii. Lockheed…

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Orion spacecraft heading home after successful at-sea recovery by U.S. Navy, NASA

Posted December 10, 2014 by

Engineers are getting their first look at the Lockheed Martin-built Orion spacecraft following its successful flight test and recovery Dec. 5. With the spacecraft recovered from the Pacific and brought to port in San Diego, technical teams are examining flight data recorders and samples of the heat shield to learn as much as possible about…

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NASA’s Cassini mission receives Smithsonian’s highest honor

Posted March 23, 2012 by

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has bestowed its highest group honor, the Trophy for Current Achievement, on NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn. The annual award recognizes outstanding achievements in the fields of aerospace science and technology. The trophy was presented March 21 during an evening ceremony at the museum in Washington. Established in…

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Boeing, NASA sign agreement on mission support for CST-100

Posted April 22, 2012 by

Boeing has signed an agreement with NASA’s Mission Operations Directorate at Johnson Space Center, Texas, to collaborate on mission planning, training and flight operations for the company’s Commercial Space Transportation-100 spacecraft. Under the new arrangement, which Boeing negotiated under its current Phase 2 NASA Space Act Agreement for Commercial Crew Development, Boeing will begin discussions…

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NASA modifies launch service contract to add Falcon 9 rocket

Posted May 14, 2012 by

NASA has announced a modification of its NASA Launch Services II contract with Space Exploration Technologies of Hawthorne, Calif., to add an additional configuration of the Falcon 9 rocket to its fleet. The SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 launch service will be available to the agency’s Launch Services Program to use for future missions in accordance…

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Dragon capsule returns to earth after first commercial flight to ISS

Posted June 1, 2012 by

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:42 a.m., EDT, a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico, marking a successful end to the first mission by a commercial company to resupply the International Space Station. “Congratulations to the teams at SpaceX and NASA who worked hard to make this first…

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NASA set to host future female explorers

Posted June 20, 2012 by

Eighty-four female high school students from 29 states will plan a simulated mission to Mars and experience life as an engineer or scientist when NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston hosts two events focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics in June and July. Included is Aisha Rigert from the Joshua Blossom Preparatory Academy in…

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NASA selects launch services contract for three missions

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NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Englewood, Colo., to launch the Soil Moisture Active Passive, Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 and Joint Polar Satellite System-1 spacecraft. The spacecraft will launch in October 2014, July 2014 and November 2016, respectively, aboard Delta II rockets from Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The total…

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