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NASA awards cross-track infrared sounder instrument for the JPSS-2

Posted September 15, 2014 by

NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Exelis, Inc., Geospatial Systems, of Fort Wayne, Ind., for the Cross-track Infrared Sounder Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 mission. This is a cost-plus-award-fee modification in the amount of $221 million. This action extends the period of performance of the contract from November…

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NASA mission finds widespread evidence of young lunar volcanism

Posted October 13, 2014 by

NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University image NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided researchers strong evidence the moon’s volcanic activity slowed gradually instead of stopping abruptly a billion years ago. Scores of distinctive rock deposits observed by LRO are estimated to be less than 100 million years old. This time period corresponds to Earth’s Cretaceous period, the heyday…

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Loads lab prepping for some red-hot projects

Posted November 17, 2014 by Jay Levin

Projects at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Flight Loads Laboratory will be hot in the future. Or at least that’s the idea as the laboratory staff prepares for possible work on three separate heat shield projects for the agency.

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NASA’s Kepler reborn, makes first exoplanet find of new mission

Posted December 19, 2014 by

Image courtesy of NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle The artistic concept shows NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2. Using publicly available data, astronomers have confirmed K2’s first exoplanet discovery proving Kepler can still find planets. NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using…

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NASA study finds carbon emissions could dramatically increase risk of U.S. megadroughts

Posted February 13, 2015 by

Droughts in the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains during the last half of this century could be drier and longer than drought conditions seen in those regions in the last 1,000 years, according to a new NASA study.

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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

Posted April 1, 2015 by

Lockheed Martin photograph In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid. In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling a NASA spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid for scientific study. Working toward a September 2016…

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NASA challenges designers to construct habitat for deep space exploration

Posted May 18, 2015 by

NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, known as America Makes, are holding a new $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agencyís journey to Mars. The multi-phase 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge, part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges program, is designed to advance the additive…

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Veteran NASA spacecraft nears 60,000th lap around Mars

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NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft will reach a major milestone June 23, when it completes its 60,000th orbit since arriving at the Red Planet in 2001. Named after the bestselling novel “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Arthur C. Clarke, Odyssey began orbiting Mars almost 14 years ago, on Oct. 23, 2001. On Dec. 15, 2010, it…

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Lockheed Martin completes assembly of Near Infrared Camera for space telescope

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Lockheed Martin, under a contract from the University of Arizona, has completed assembly of the Near Infrared Camera Instrument Modules. NIRCam is the prime near-infrared imaging instrument for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. The work was done at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., where environmental testing is about…

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NASA announces 2012 Summer of Innovation project

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NASA’s third annual Summer of Innovation project is underway. The project is providing hands-on learning opportunities for middle school students and educators through NASA-unique science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational activities during the summer school break. SOI is a key component of the agency’s broader education program to increase student interest in STEM courses, particularly…

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