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NASA selects minority student teams for 2014 microgravity research flights

Posted June 6, 2014 by

NASA has selected 13 undergraduate teams from minority-serving institutions across the United States to test their science experiments in microgravity conditions. The teams will travel on a Reduced Gravity Education Flight with NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project the week of July 7. Each team designs, flies and evaluates a reduced-gravity experiment that aims…

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NASA announces winners of challenge to design hurricane-tracking unmanned aerial systems

Posted July 9, 2014 by

NASA has selected three winning designs solicited to address the technological limitations of the unmanned aerial systems currently used to track and collect data on hurricanes.

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NASA awards flight dynamics support services contract

Posted August 5, 2014 by

NASA has awarded the Flight Dynamics Support Services II contract to Omitron, Inc. of Beltsville, Md. The small business set-aside, cost-plus-fixed fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a minimum ordering value of $3 million and a maximum ordering value of $180 million. There is a 45-day phase-in, scheduled to commence on Sept. 15. The ordering…

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NASA unveils world’s largest spacecraft welding tool for Space Launch System

Posted September 15, 2014 by

NASA photograph A 16mm fisheye lens was used to show a wide angle view of the Vertical Assembly Center at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept 12. The VAC is the largest spacecraft welding tool in the world. It is part of a family of state-of-the-art tools designed to…

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NASA’s Hubble maps temperature, water vapor on extreme exoplanet

Posted October 10, 2014 by

NASA/ESA photograph This is a temperature map of the “hot Jupiter” class exoplanet WASP 43b. The white-colored region on the daytime side is 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit. The nighttime side temperatures drop to under 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. A team of scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has made the most detailed global map yet of the…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft arrives at launch pad

Posted November 12, 2014 by

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft now is at its launch pad after completing its penultimate journey in the early hours of Nov. 12.

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NASA, planetary scientists find meteoritic evidence of Mars water reservoir

Posted December 19, 2014 by

This illustration depicts Martian water reservoirs. Recent research provides evidence for the existence of a third reservoir that is intermediate in isotopic composition between the Red Planetís mantle and its current atmosphere. These results support the hypothesis that a buried cryosphere accounts for a large part of the initial water budget of Mars. NASA and…

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Critical NASA science returns to Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

Posted February 11, 2015 by

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean about 7:44 p.m., EST, Feb. 10 259 miles southwest of Long Beach, Calif., with nearly 3,700 pounds of NASA cargo, science and first-of-its-kind technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station.

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Ball Aerospace GEMS instrument passes critical design review

Posted April 1, 2015 by

The Ball Aerospace air quality sensor being built for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute under South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research in the Ministry of Environment has passed a major milestone toward its launch. The Critical Design Review was successfully completed for the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer in February. GEMS is a scanning ultraviolet-visible…

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NASA seeks additional information for ARM spacecraft

Posted May 18, 2015 by

NASA has issued a Request for Information seeking ideas from American companies for a spacecraft design that could be used for both the agency’s Asteroid Redirect Mission and a robotic satellite servicing mission in low-Earth orbit. In the early-2020s NASA plans to launch the Asteroid Redirect Mission, which will use a robotic spacecraft to capture…

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