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NASA’s Spitzer finds galaxy with split personality

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While some galaxies are rotund and others are slender disks like our spiral Milky Way, new observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope show that the Sombrero galaxy is both. The galaxy, which is a round, elliptical with a thin disk embedded inside, is one of the first known to exhibit characteristics of the two different…

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NASA’s Chandra sees remarkable outburst from old black hole

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An extraordinary outburst produced by a black hole in a nearby galaxy has provided direct evidence for a population of old, volatile stellar black holes. The discovery, made by astronomers using NASA’s Chandra...

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Robotic refueling mission results to be presented at workshop

Posted May 23, 2012 by

NASA and the Canadian Space Agency will present results to date from the satellite-servicing Robotic Refueling Mission during the Second International Workshop, On-Orbit Satellite Servicing, hosted by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., May 30-31. In March 2012 RRM demonstrated remotely controlled robots and specialized tools are able to perform precise satellite-servicing tasks…

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NASA Mars rover team aims for landing closer to prime science site

Posted June 11, 2012 by

NASA has narrowed the target for its most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, which will land on the Red Planet in August. The car-sized rover will arrive closer to its ultimate destination for science operations, but also closer to the foot of a mountain slope that poses a landing hazard. “We’re trimming the distance we’ll have…

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NASA’s Cassini finds probable subsurface ocean on Saturn moon

Posted June 28, 2012 by

Data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have revealed Saturn’s moon Titan likely harbors a layer of liquid water under its ice shell. Researchers saw a large amount of squeezing and stretching as the moon orbited Saturn. They deduced that if Titan were composed entirely of stiff rock, the gravitational attraction of Saturn would cause bulges, or…

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NASA completes another successful Orion parachute test

Posted July 18, 2012 by

NASA completed another successful test July 18 of the Orion crew vehicle's parachutes high above the Arizona desert in preparation for the spacecraft's orbital flight test in 2014.

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Boeing to further develop commercial crew space transportation system under NASA CCiCap award

Posted August 6, 2012 by

Boeing has received notification that NASA will invest $460 million for further development of the Boeing Commercial Crew Transportation System in the third round of the Commercial Crew Program: Commercial Crew Integrated Capability. Boeing will complete development milestones to further mature the integrated system – including the CST-100 spacecraft, launch services and ground systems –…

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Boeing-built Intelsat 21 satellite sends initial signals from space

Posted August 20, 2012 by staff

Intelsat 21, the second Boeing 702 Medium Power satellite, has begun sending signals from its preliminary transfer orbit in space....

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NASA selects additional companies for construction contracts at Stennis

Posted September 14, 2012 by

NASA has selected four more companies for indefinite-delivery, indefinite- quantity multiple-award construction contracts at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. These are in addition to six companies selected in August. The fixed price contracts consist of a performance period of five years, with a total value not to exceed $700 million….

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ATK awarded $50 million contract for NASA’s Advanced Concept Booster Development for SLS

Posted October 12, 2012 by

ATK announced Oct. 9 that NASA has awarded the company a $50 million contract to complete engineering development and risk reduction tests as part of the Advanced Concept Booster Development for the Space Launch System.

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