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NASA Curiosity Rover approaches first anniversary on Mars

Posted August 2, 2013 by

NASA’s Curiosity rover will mark one year on Mars next week and has already achieved its main science goal of revealing ancient Mars could have supported life. The mobile laboratory also is guiding designs for future planetary missions. “Successes of our Curiosity – that dramatic touchdown a year ago and the science findings since then…

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Recent activities in commercial spaceflight

Posted September 4, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

Commercial space flight firms have been active in the past weeks. Lease of NASAís pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, Fla., is now a two firm competition; Orbital Sciences has a firm launch date for bringing cargo up to the International Space Station; SpaceX continues its plans for a Texas launch site; Virgin Galactic announced more…

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NASA’s Hubble, Chandra find evidence for densest nearby galaxy

Posted September 25, 2013 by

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory and telescopes on the ground may have found the most crowded galaxy in our part of the universe.

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NASA selects research teams for new virtual institute

Posted November 13, 2013 by

NASA has selected nine research teams from seven states for a new institute that will bring researchers together in a collaborative virtual setting to focus on questions concerning space science and human space exploration. The teams participating in the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute will address scientific questions about the moon, near-Earth asteroids, the…

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First Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 Global XpressÆ satellite sends initial on-orbit signals

Posted December 9, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. The first Boeing Inmarsat-5 satellite has launched and sent signals from orbit, the initial step to establishing Global Xpress, the worlds first globally available high-speed mobile broadband service for government and commercial users. This launch is noteworthy for two reasons: It is the first in the Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 series of four high-power…

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Fifth Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite completes assembly, enters system test

Posted January 13, 2014 by

The fifth Lockheed Martin Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for the U.S. Navy is entering its first system test faster than the previous build, now that integration is complete.

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Masten’s Xombie tests JPL’s G-FOLD precision landing software

Posted February 5, 2014 by

With engineers and officials from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory watching, Masten Space Systems’ XA-0.1B “Xombie” took to the sky again in the fall of 2013. The flight on Sept. 20 was the conclusion of a test campaign to assess the performance of JPL’s Guidance for Fuel Optimal Large Diverts (G-FOLD) algorithm under mission conditions.

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Astro Aerospace delivers antennas for Next-Generation GPS III satellites 3 through 6

Posted March 14, 2014 by

Continuing its support for the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System, Northrop Grumman's Astro Aerospace has delivered 32 self-deploying, monopole JIB antennas for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth GPS III satellites.

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft powers through first integrated system testing

Posted April 14, 2014 by

NASA's Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft's readiness for its first flight test - Exploration Flight Test-1 - later this year. EFT-1 will send the spacecraft more than 3,600 miles from Earth and return it safely.

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft with NASA cargo set for return to Earth

Posted May 14, 2014 by

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station beginning at 9 a.m., EDT, May 18. After leaving the space station, the capsule will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean carrying more than 3,500 pounds of NASA science samples and cargo. Dragon is set to be…

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