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NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft 911 moves to final home

Posted September 17, 2014 by

Some 2 ½ years after its retirement, the second of two modified Boeing 747 jetliners that ferried NASA’s space shuttles across the nation for more than three decades has made its final journey – a ¾-mile ground tow from the NASA Armstrong aircraft operations facility to the nearby Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in Palmdale, Calif.

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NASA’s Hubble Telescope finds potential Kuiper Belt targets for New Horizons Pluto mission

Posted October 17, 2014 by

Peering out to the dim, outer reaches of our solar system, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) the agency’s New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015.

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NASA opens registration for 2015 Exploration Rover Challenge

Posted November 17, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the world who competed in the first NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 11-12 at the U.S….

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NASA, ATK complete SLS booster milestone

Posted April 4, 2012 by

NASA and ATK successfully completed the first test for NASA’s Space Launch System booster program March 28 at ATK’s Promontory, Utah, test facility. This demonstration was a key avionics and controls test designated Flight Control Test 1 and included a fully integrated flight heritage thrust vector control system with the new SLS booster avionics subsystem….

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NASA’s Cassini finds Saturn’s moon Phoebe has planet-like qualities

Posted April 30, 2012 by

Data from NASA’s Cassini mission reveal Saturn’s moon Phoebe has more planet-like qualities than previously thought. Scientists had their first close-up look at Phoebe when Cassini began exploring the Saturn system in 2004. Using data from multiple spacecraft instruments and a computer model of the moon’s chemistry, geophysics and geology, scientists found Phoebe was a…

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SpaceX launches NASA demonstration mission to space station

Posted May 22, 2012 by

The second demonstration mission for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program is under way as SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft lifted off May 21 from Cape Canaveral...

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NASA announces 2012 Summer Of Innovation Mini-grants opportunity

Posted June 11, 2012 by

NASA is accepting proposals until June 29 for the mini-grants component of the agency’s 2012 Summer of Innovation project. Proposals may be submitted through the National Space Grant Foundation for NASA-themed content in a variety of programs geared toward middle school students. The foundation is administering the grant program for NASA. Mini-grants are designed to…

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Boeing validates performance of CST vehicle’s attitude control engine

Posted June 27, 2012 by

Boeing recently demonstrated the dual-role propulsion features and performance of the Orbital Maneuvering Attitude Control engine on the service module for the company’s Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft. The tests were conducted at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility, N.M., as part of the second phase of NASA’s Commercial Crew Development program. “Boeing’s unique service-module propulsion system…

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ULA upgraded Delta IV successfully launches second payload in nine days

Posted July 2, 2012 by

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 9:15 a.m…

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NASA astronaut spins discs from space for Third Rock Radio

Posted July 23, 2012 by

NASA astronaut Joe Acaba will host a two-hour special radio broadcast on the Internet radio station Third Rock Radio while aboard the International Space Station, 240 miles above Earth. “The Joe Show: New Rock from Space” will debut at 4 p.m., EDT, Aug. 3. Acaba, a fan of classic rock, will discuss his experiences aboard…

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