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NASA seeks proposals to develop capabilities for deep space exploration, journey to Mars

Posted October 29, 2014 by

NASA is soliciting proposals for concept studies or technology development projects that will be necessary to enable human pioneers to go to deep space destinations such as an asteroid and Mars. Through a Broad Area Announcemen NASA released Oct. 28, the agency seeks to use public-private partnerships to share funding to develop advanced propulsion, habitation…

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NASA to take images of Orion flight test splashdown

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A number of teams will have eyes, cameras and telescopes trained on the skies for the splashdown of the first flight of NASA's Orion capsule — with the help of Navy and NASA aircraft.

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NASA continues Orion parachute testing for future test flight

Posted April 18, 2012 by

NASA April 17 successfully conducted a drop test of the Orion crew vehicle’s entry, descent and landing parachutes high above the Arizona desert in preparation for the vehicle’s orbital flight test, Exploration Flight Test -1, in 2014. Orion will carry astronauts deeper into space than ever before, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during…

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NASA Mars spacecraft detects large changes in Martian sand dunes

Posted May 9, 2012 by

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed that movement in sand dune fields on the Red Planet occurs on a surprisingly large scale, about the same as in dune fields on Earth. This is unexpected...

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NASA lunar spacecraft complete prime mission ahead of schedule

Posted May 30, 2012 by

A NASA mission to study the moon from crust to core has completed its prime mission earlier than expected. The mission team of NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission, with twin probes named Ebb and Flow, is now preparing for extended science operations starting Aug. 30…

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NASA astronauts Kenneth Ham, Nicholas Patrick leave agency

Posted June 18, 2012 by

NASA astronauts Kenneth Ham and Nicholas Patrick have left the space agency. Their last day was May 31. Ham is a veteran of two spaceflights, where he served as the pilot of STS-124 in 2008 and commander of STS-132 in 2010. Patrick served as a mission specialist on STS-116 in 2006 and STS-130 in 2010….

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NASA astronaut Mark Polansky leaves agency

Posted July 13, 2012 by

NASA astronaut Mark Polansky has left the agency. His last day with NASA was June 30. Polansky is a veteran of three space shuttle missions. He flew as a pilot on the STS-98 mission in 2001 and served as commander for STS-116 in 2006 and STS-127 in 2009. Polansky ends his NASA career with more…

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Aeroshell to protect Mars Science Laboratory on descent

Posted July 26, 2012 by

After a journey of 245 days across 352 million miles, the moment of truth for the Mars Science Laboratory begins late in the evening of Aug. 5 when the spacecraft roars into the Martian atmosphere, traveling at...

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Digital processors limited by power; What’s the UPSIDE?

Posted August 15, 2012 by staff

The digital processors used for sensor data analysis are limited by power requirements, potentially limiting the speed and type of data analysis that can be done. But a new, ultra-low power processing method may enable faster, mission critical analysis of ISR data...

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NASA Mars rover Curiosity beings arm-work phase

Posted September 6, 2012 by

After driving more than a football field’s length since landing, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is spending several days preparing for full use of the tools on its arm. Curiosity extended its robotic arm Wednesday in the first of 6-10 consecutive days of planned activities to test the 7-foot (2.1-meter) arm and the tools it manipulates….

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