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NASA astronauts David Leestma, Andrew Thomas retire

Posted June 18, 2014 by

NASA photographs NASA astronauts David Leestma and Andrew Thomas are retiring from the astronaut corps after a combined 66 years in federal service. NASA has bid farewell to two veteran astronauts who have retired after a combined 66 years of federal service. David Leestma has retired after more than 44 years of government service. A…

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NASA Hubble to begin search beyond Pluto for a New Horizons Mission target

Posted June 16, 2014 by

After careful consideration and analysis, the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee has recommended using Hubble to search for an object the Pluto-bound NASA New Horizons mission could visit after its flyby of Pluto in July 2015. The planned search will involve targeting a small area of sky in search of a Kuiper Belt object…

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New NASA space observatory to study carbon conundrums

Posted June 13, 2014 by

NASA’s first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere is in final preparations for a July 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission will provide a more complete, global picture of the human and natural sources of carbon dioxide, as well as their “sinks,” the natural…

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Northrop Grumman to supply navigation system for South Korea’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2 satellites

Posted June 11, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute to provide space inertial reference systems for the GEO-KOMPSAT-2 space satellite program.

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Boeing completes second 702HP satellite for Mexican government

Posted June 11, 2014 by

The Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation and Boeing are a step closer to enhancing Mexico’s mobile communications capabilities for government applications with the completion of the second Mexsat 702HP (high power) geomobile satellite.

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Orion crew, service modules stacked

Posted June 11, 2014 by

Following the completion of the heat shield installation, Lockheed Martin has stacked the Orion crew module atop of the service module. The stacking took place inside the Final Assembly and System Test cell inside the Operations and Checkout facility at Kennedy Space Center. As part of the process to prepare for the crew and service…

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Orbital’s second Cygnus resupply mission to International Space Station postponed

Posted June 11, 2014 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that it has updated its Antares launch schedule for the Orb-2 mission to a date no earlier than July 1, 2014. Orb-2 is the second of eight cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station under the company’s Commercial Resupply Services contract…

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NASA names Schmidt director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Posted June 11, 2014 by

NASA has named Gavin A. Schmidt to head the agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, a leading Earth climate research laboratory. Currently deputy director of the institute, Schmidt steps into the position left vacant after the retirement of long-time director James E. Hansen and becomes only the third person to hold the…

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NASA instruments begin science on European spacecraft set to land on comet

Posted June 11, 2014 by

Three NASA science instruments aboard the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus, are beginning observations and  sending science data back to Earth. Launched in March 2004, Rosetta was reactivated January 2014 after a record 957 days in hibernation….

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NASA selects five projects for 2015 X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge

Posted June 11, 2014 by

NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected five universities to design systems, concepts and technologies to enhance capabilities for deep space missions for the 2015 Exploration Habitat Academic Innovation Challenge. The selections are the first milestone in a yearlong design and development effort for these five projects. Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, the…

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