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NASA awards mission operations support contract extension

Posted August 1, 2014 by

NASA has awarded a contract extension to Lockheed Martin of Gaithersburg, Md., for the Facilities Development and Operations Contract at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This $340.6 million three-year extension includes a two-year base period and a one-year option. The extension base period runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2016. If exercised,…

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Space station Expedition 40 crew returns to Earth, lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted September 11, 2014 by

NASA television image A trio of International Space Station crew members returned to Earth and landed in Kazakhstan at 10:23 p.m., EDT, Sept. 10 after spending 167 days aboard the orbital laboratory. Seen left to right, Oleg Artemyev and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and NASA’s Steve Swanson were examined by…

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Satellite data shows U.S. methane ‘hot spot’ bigger than expected

Posted October 10, 2014 by tomlear

One small “hot spot” in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States – more than triple the standard ground-based estimate - according to a new study of satellite data by scientists at NASA and the University of Michigan.

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Mars spacecraft reveal comet flyby effects on Martian atmosphere

Posted November 10, 2014 by

Two NASA and one European spacecraft that obtained the first up-close observations of a comet flyby of Mars on Oct. 19, have gathered new information about the basic properties of the comet’s nucleus and directly detected the effects on the Martian atmosphere.

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First Boeing 702 medium power satellite sends initial signals from space

Posted March 27, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from Intelsat 22, the first of a series of 702MP (medium power) satellites it is delivering for Intelsat. The signals indicate that Intelsat 22 is healthy and ready to begin orbit raising…

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NASA’s Spitzer finds galaxy with split personality

Posted April 24, 2012 by

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

Posted May 1, 2012 by

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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