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NASA challenge invites students to design exploration systems

Posted April 4, 2014 by

College and university students have an opportunity to help design systems for future space habitats and exploration systems through NASA’s Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge. Applications for the fifth annual challenge will be accepted through April 30. The project will challenge students to design and implement new prototype systems that may advance exploration capabilities….

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GOES-R weather satellite modules delivered to Lockheed Martin

Posted May 2, 2014 by

The two large modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite spacecraft were delivered to a cleanroom at Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems facility near Denver. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series is NOAA’s next-generation geostationary weather satellites. With the delivery of the system module and the propulsion module, the weather satellite will now undergo the…

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Loads tests validate design of hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator

Posted June 4, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Technicians prepare the “donut” test article for the Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator structural loads testing in NASA Armstrong’s Flight Loads Laboratory. A new donut-shaped inflatable device designed to more effectively slow down a spacecraft upon atmospheric re-entry to Earth or other planets could not only be more economical than current…

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Watching Earth breathe

Posted July 3, 2014 by Peter W. Merlin

A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., July 2, carrying a state-of-the-art NASA climate observation satellite.

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NASA’s Fermi telescope reveals new source of gamma rays

Posted August 1, 2014 by

Observations by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope of several stellar eruptions, called novae, firmly establish these relatively common outbursts almost always produce gamma rays, the most energetic form of light.

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Hubble finds supernova companion star after two decades of searching

Posted September 11, 2014 by

Image courtesy of NASA/Maria-Jose ViÒas This is an artist’s impression of supernova 1993J, which exploded in the galaxy M81. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have identified the blue helium-burning companion star, seen at the center of the expanding nebula of debris from the supernova. Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered a companion…

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Send your name on NASA’s journey to Mars, starting with Orion’s first flight

Posted October 10, 2014 by

If only your name could collect frequent flyer miles. NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency’s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4 on its first flight, designated Exploration Flight Test-1. After…

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NASA signs lease with Planetary Ventures LLC

Posted November 10, 2014 by

In an effort to reduce costs and shed surplus property, NASA Nov. 10 signed a lease with Planetary Ventures, LLC to manage Moffett Federal Airfield, an agency facility located in Moffett Field, Calif., and rehabilitate its historic Hangar One. NASA estimates the lease will save the agency approximately $6.3 million annually in maintenance and operation…

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Lockheed Martin-built MUOS-3 satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle fairing

Posted December 19, 2014 by

The third Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing Dec. 18. It is scheduled to launch Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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NASA, space station partners announce future mission crew members

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Photographs courtesy of NASA/ESA/JAXA (Top left to bottom right) Expedition 48: Jeff Williams, NASA, Alexey Ovchinin, Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Oleg Skripochka, Roscosmos. Expedition 48/49: Kate Rubins, NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin, Roscosmos, and Takuya Onishi, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Expedition 49/50: Shane Kimbrough, NASA, Andrey Borisenko, Roscosmos, and Sergey Ryzhikov, Roscosmos. Expedition 50:…

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