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First planets found around sun-like stars in a cluster

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NASA-funded astronomers have, for the first time, spotted planets orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars. The findings offer the best evidence yet planets can sprout up in dense stellar environments. Although the newfound planets are not habitable, their skies would be starrier than what we see from Earth. The starry-skied planets are…

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NASA, United Launch Alliance complete space act agreement

Posted October 15, 2012 by

NASA partner United Launch Alliance has completed the fifth and final milestone for its Commercial Crew Development Round 2 agreement with the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The Hazard, System Safety and Probabilistic Risk Assessment detailed how ULA’s Atlas V rocket launch system hardware would ensure crew safety during launch and ascent. “The ULA team did…

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Soldiers using sunlight to improve combat capability

Posted November 14, 2012 by David Vergun

Soldiers are enlisting the sun’s power in Afghanistan. Ten solar generators are now providing special forces soldiers in distant outposts the energy they need to accomplish their mission. And, these generators are allowing them precious more time to train Afghan forces and win the friendship of local Afghans. The key benefit of solar is savings…

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NASA accepting proposals for reduced gravity education flights

Posted December 3, 2012 by

NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is accepting applications from teams of kindergarten, elementary and secondary school teachers to conduct scientific experiments aboard the agency’s reduced gravity aircraft next year. The MicroGravity eXperience (Micro GX) flight program will take place July 12-20, 2013, at Johnson. Educators selected to fly also will participate in an online…

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Boeing delivers two nanosatellites to U.S. Air Force

Posted December 19, 2012 by

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Boeing has delivered two Space Environmental NanoSat Experiment satellites to the U.S. Air Force that will help assess the value of small satellites in military space operations. Weighing less than 9 pounds each and measuring 30 x 10 x 10 centimeters in size, the nanosats are scheduled to launch on the…

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Ball Aerospace completes performance testing for James Webb Space Telescope aft optics subsystem

Posted January 18, 2013 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies photograph Ball Aerospace has completed all performance testing for the James Webb aft-optics subsystem. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed all performance testing for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope aft-optics subsystem (AOS) under contract to the Northrop Grumman Corporation. Since May of 2012, the AOS has undergone a series of…

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NASA launches new Earth observation satellite to continue 40-year legacy

Posted February 11, 2013 by

NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission roared into space at 10:02 p.m., PST, Feb. 11 aboard an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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Nation’s newest missile warning satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle payload fairing for March launch

Posted March 13, 2013 by

The second Lockheed Martin built Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-2) spacecraft was encapsulated into its payload fairing March 4 in preparation for a March 19 liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. SBIRS GEO-2, the most technologically advanced infrared surveillance satellite, will enhance the nationĂ­s missile…

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NASA selects Explorer investigations for formulation

Posted April 8, 2013 by

NASA’s Astrophysics Explorer Program has selected two missions for launch in 2017: a planet-hunting satellite and an International Space Station instrument to observe X-rays from stars. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer were among four concept studies submitted in September 2012. NASA determined these two offer the best scientific value…

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NASA commercial partner Sierra Nevada completes safety review

Posted May 10, 2013 by

Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems of Louisville, Colo., has completed its first major, comprehensive safety review of its Dream Chaser Space System. This is the company’s latest paid-for-performance milestone with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working with commercial space partners to develop capabilities to launch U.S. astronauts from American soil in the next few…

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