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NASA Television airs Atlantis’ final move

Posted October 31, 2012 by

NASA Television will provide live coverage of events surrounding space shuttle Atlantis’ move to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida for permanent public display. At 2 p.m., EDT, Nov. 1, NASA TV’s media channel will air a news briefing about the transformation of Kennedy Space Center to a multiuser spaceport. The briefing participants…

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NASA rover’s first soil studies help fingerprint Martian minerals

Posted October 31, 2012 by

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has completed initial experiments showing the mineralogy of Martian soil is similar to weathered basaltic soils of volcanic origin in Hawaii. The minerals were identified in the first sample of Martian soil ingested recently by the rover. Curiosity used its Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument (CheMin) to obtain the results, which are…

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NASA hosts DC social media event with station astronaut Joe Acaba

Posted October 29, 2012 by

NASA invites its social media followers to a special event with astronaut Joe Acaba from 9 -11:30 a.m., EST, Dec. 4. he event will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW in Washington. Acaba launched to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft May…

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Boeing on schedule to deliver next-gen tracking, data relay satellite

Posted October 29, 2012 by

Boeing photograph Boeing is on schedule to deliver the next-generation series of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites, which will increase NASA’s signal processing and transmission capabilities among the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station and dozens of unmanned scientific satellites in low Earth orbit. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing is on schedule to deliver…

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SpaceX Dragon returns from space station with NASA cargo

Posted October 29, 2012 by

A Space Exploration Technologies Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 2:22 p.m., CDT, Oct. 28 a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico. The splashdown successfully ended the first contracted cargo delivery flight contracted by NASA to resupply the International Space Station. “With a big splash in the Pacific Ocean today,…

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NASA spacecraft sees huge burp at Saturn after large storm

Posted October 26, 2012 by

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has tracked the aftermath of a rare massive storm on Saturn. Data reveal record-setting disturbances in the planet’s upper atmosphere long after the visible signs of the storm abated, in addition to an indication the storm was more forceful than scientists previously thought. Data from Cassini’s composite infrared spectrometer instrument revealed the…

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Air Force awards Lockheed Martin initial contract for next set of missile warning satellites

Posted October 26, 2012 by

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin an $82 million contract to begin initial work on the fifth and sixth geosynchronous satellites in the Space Based Infrared System missile warning constellation. Featuring a mix of GEO satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth orbit, and associated ground hardware and software, the SBIRS program delivers…

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NASA’s Spitzer sees light of lonesome stars

Posted October 26, 2012 by

A new study using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope suggests a cause for the mysterious glow of infrared light seen across the entire sky. It comes from isolated stars beyond the edges of galaxies. These stars are thought to have once belonged to the galaxies before violent galaxy mergers stripped them away into the…

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New crew headed to the International Space Station

Posted October 24, 2012 by

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls The Soyuz rocket with Expedition 33 crew members, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy, Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA, and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin of Roscosmos onboard the TMA-06M spacecraft launches to the International Space Station on Oct. 23, 2012, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch occurred at 5:51 a.m., CDT. Ford, Novitskiy…

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Orbital awarded Air Force contract for EAGLE spacecraft platform

Posted October 24, 2012 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation announced Oct. 24 that the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate has awarded the company a $32 million contract to develop an experimental maneuverable spacecraft platform that will be capable of hosting multiple payloads and operating in low- and geosynchronous orbit. The five-year contract began in the third quarter of…

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