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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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NASA launches new Micro-g NExT for undergraduates

Posted December 17, 2014 by

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in a new microgravity activity called Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams. The deadline for proposals is Jan. 28, 2015. Micro-g NExT challenges students to work in teams to design and build prototypes of spacewalking tools to be used by astronauts for spacewalk training in the…

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Moon Express continues lander flight tests under NASA Lunar CATALYST program

Posted February 9, 2015 by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAMPD65dvIY&feature=player_embedded Moon Express photograph Moon Express “MTV-1X” during a tethered flight test at NASA KSC in December 2014. The rocket system is fueled by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) so its exhaust is invisible super-heated steam. Moon Express, Inc. has announced that it will continue flight tests at Kennedy Space Center using the newest version of its…

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Ninth Boeing GPS IIF reaches orbit, sends first signals

Posted March 27, 2015 by

Boeing Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellites are steadily replenishing the orbiting constellation, continuing to improve reliability and accuracy for users around the world. The ninth GPS IIF reached orbit about three hours, 20 minutes after launching today aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., and…

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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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Expedition 31 trio blasts off for International Space Station

Posted May 15, 2012 by

NASA Flight Engineer Joseph Acaba, Russian Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin blasted off for the International Space Station at 10:01 p.m., CDT, May 14 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Acaba, Padalka and Revin are scheduled to dock their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft to the Poisk module of the station at 11:39…

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Space realities require new way of thinking, official says

Posted June 4, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

The U.S. has fine-tuned its methods to promote responsible use of space and strengthen international partnerships, Ambassador Gregory L. Schulte, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, said during the 2012 Women in Aerospace Conference in Washington, D.C., June 1. In his keynote address at the conference, Schulte outlined the plan to protect…

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NASA space launch system core stage moves from concept to design

Posted June 21, 2012 by

The nation’s space exploration program is taking a critical step forward with a successful major technical review of the core stage of the Space Launch System, the rocket that will take astronauts farther into space than ever before. The core stage is the heart of the heavy-lift launch vehicle. It will stand more than 200…

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NASA’s commercial crew partner completes Dream Chaser nose landing gear test

Posted July 11, 2012 by

NASA partner Sierra Nevada Corporation has completed a successful test of the nose landing gear for its full-scale Dream Chaser engineering flight test vehicle. The completed test and an upcoming flight test are part of SNC’s Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) agreement with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The gear test is an important milestone…

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