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Sally Ride dies at 61

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Sally Ride, the NASA flight engineer who became the first American woman in space when the shuttle Challenger roared into orbit in 1983...

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NASA history now available on iTunes U

Posted July 23, 2012 by

Marking the 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA has added an extensive collection of historical video, audio, photographs and documents to iTunes U. iTunes U is a platform for making educational resources available to a wide audience through the iTunes Store. NASA’s History Program Office iTunes U site currently contains about 300…

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NASA scientists, engineers receive presidential early career awards

Posted July 23, 2012 by

President Obama has named six NASA individuals as recipients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The NASA recipients and 90 other federal researchers will receive their awards in a ceremony later this month in Washington. The PECASE awards represent the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and…

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NASA telescope captures sharpest images of sun’s corona

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A telescope launched July 11 aboard a NASA sounding rocket has captured the highest-resolution images ever taken of the sun’s million-degree atmosphere called the corona. The clarity of the images can help scientists better understand the behavior of the solar atmosphere and its impacts on Earth’s space environment. “These revolutionary images of the sun demonstrate…

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ViaSat wins award for UHF satellite network system in Australia

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The Australian Department of Defence has selected ViaSat Inc. to supply the UHF Satellite Communication Mission System for its recently launched UHF capacity on Intelsat IS-22. The system is designed to provide voice and data military satcom covering a region from the west coast of Africa to the east coast of Australia. The value of…

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Lockheed Martin marks Landsat 40th anniversary

Posted July 23, 2012 by

An unprecedented enterprise began 40 years ago today when the Earth Resources Technology Satellite - later renamed Landsat - was launched.

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NASA successfully tests hypersonic inflatable heat shield

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A large inflatable heat shield developed by NASA’s Space Technology Program has successfully survived a trip through Earth’s atmosphere while travelling at hypersonic speeds up to 7,600 mph. The Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) was launched by sounding rocket at 7:01 a.m. Monday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. The purpose of…

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NASA astronaut spins discs from space for Third Rock Radio

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NASA astronaut Joe Acaba will host a two-hour special radio broadcast on the Internet radio station Third Rock Radio while aboard the International Space Station, 240 miles above Earth. “The Joe Show: New Rock from Space” will debut at 4 p.m., EDT, Aug. 3. Acaba, a fan of classic rock, will discuss his experiences aboard…

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NASA partner United Launch Alliance completes two Atlas V reviews

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NASA partner United Launch Alliance has completed a review of its Atlas V rocket to assess its compliance with NASA human spaceflight safety and performance requirements. ULA has partnered to launch Boeing’s CST-100, Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser and Blue Origin’s Space Vehicle on missions to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. NASA provided…

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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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