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Watching Earth breathe

Posted July 3, 2014 by Peter W. Merlin

A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., July 2, carrying a state-of-the-art NASA climate observation satellite.

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NASA’s Fermi telescope reveals new source of gamma rays

Posted August 1, 2014 by

Observations by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope of several stellar eruptions, called novae, firmly establish these relatively common outbursts almost always produce gamma rays, the most energetic form of light.

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Hubble finds supernova companion star after two decades of searching

Posted September 11, 2014 by

Image courtesy of NASA/Maria-Jose ViÒas This is an artist’s impression of supernova 1993J, which exploded in the galaxy M81. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have identified the blue helium-burning companion star, seen at the center of the expanding nebula of debris from the supernova. Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered a companion…

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Send your name on NASA’s journey to Mars, starting with Orion’s first flight

Posted October 10, 2014 by

If only your name could collect frequent flyer miles. NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency’s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4 on its first flight, designated Exploration Flight Test-1. After…

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NASA signs lease with Planetary Ventures LLC

Posted November 10, 2014 by

In an effort to reduce costs and shed surplus property, NASA Nov. 10 signed a lease with Planetary Ventures, LLC to manage Moffett Federal Airfield, an agency facility located in Moffett Field, Calif., and rehabilitate its historic Hangar One. NASA estimates the lease will save the agency approximately $6.3 million annually in maintenance and operation…

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Lockheed Martin-built MUOS-3 satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle fairing

Posted December 19, 2014 by

The third Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing Dec. 18. It is scheduled to launch Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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NASA, space station partners announce future mission crew members

Posted February 9, 2015 by

Photographs courtesy of NASA/ESA/JAXA (Top left to bottom right) Expedition 48: Jeff Williams, NASA, Alexey Ovchinin, Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Oleg Skripochka, Roscosmos. Expedition 48/49: Kate Rubins, NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin, Roscosmos, and Takuya Onishi, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Expedition 49/50: Shane Kimbrough, NASA, Andrey Borisenko, Roscosmos, and Sergey Ryzhikov, Roscosmos. Expedition 50:…

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Orion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facility

Posted March 30, 2015 by Deidre Ortiz

Arnold Engineering Development Complex engineers at the National Full Scale Aerodynamics Complex assisted in recent testing of sub-scale parachutes for the next mission of the Orion spacecraft, Exploration Mission-1.

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Orion test lab mockup for next flight finished

Posted May 15, 2015 by Lockheed Martin photograph

The construction of an Orion crew module and crew module adapter full-scale mockup has been completed at the Lockheed Martin Littleton, Colo., facility. This mockup was transferred to the Orion Test Lab May 13, 2015 where engineers will configure it with the exact harnessing, electrical power, sensors, avionics and flight software needed to support Exploration…

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All systems go for NASA’s mission to Jupiter moon Europa

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Beyond Earth, Jupiter’s moon Europa is considered one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for signs of present-day life, and a new NASA mission to explore this potential is moving forward from concept review to development. NASA’s mission concept — to conduct a detailed survey of Europa and investigate its…

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