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NASA to investigate climate impacts of Arctic sea ice loss

Posted August 15, 2014 by

NASA photograph NASA’s C-130 aircraft will carry scientists over the Arctic starting this month from northern Greenland and Fairbanks, Alaska. A new NASA field campaign will begin flights over the Arctic this summer to study the effect of sea ice retreat on Arctic climate. The Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment will conduct research…

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Stardust team reports discovery of first potential interstellar space particles

Posted August 15, 2014 by

Seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles that date to the beginnings of the solar system are among the samples collected by scientists who have been studying the payload from NASA's Stardust spacecraft since its return to Earth in 2006. If confirmed, these particles would be the first samples of contemporary interstellar dust.

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NASA’s NuSTAR sees rare blurring of black hole light

Posted August 13, 2014 by

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech The regions around supermassive black holes shine brightly in X-rays. Some of this radiation comes from a surrounding disk, and most comes from the corona, pictured here as the white light at the base of a jet. This is one possible configuration for a corona – its actual shape is unclear….

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Curiosity’s first two years revealing Mars’ history

Posted August 13, 2014 by Raphael Jaffe

The successful landing of the Mars Science Laboratory, known as Curiosity, Aug. 5, 2012, was a milestone of America’s preeminence in space exploration.

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Lockheed Martin, NASA, U.S. Navy test Orion spacecraft ocean recovery

Posted August 8, 2014 by

In a simulated ocean recovery of an Orion spacecraft test article, Lockheed Martin, NASA and the U.S. Navy practiced recovery techniques for retrieving the crew module after it splashes down at sea following its first test flight later this year.

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NASA selects proposals for advanced energy storage systems

Posted August 8, 2014 by

NASA has selected four proposals for advanced energy storage technologies that may be used to power the agency's future space missions.

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The future is now: Innovative advanced concepts selected for continued study

Posted August 6, 2014 by

Looking ahead to an exciting future, NASA is continuing to invest in concepts that may one day revolutionize how we live and work in space with the selection of five technology proposals for continued study under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, located at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, based…

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NASA’s Hubble finds supernova star system linked to potential ‘Zombie Star’

Posted August 6, 2014 by

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has spotted a star system that could have left behind a “zombie star” after an unusually weak supernova explosion.

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Seventh Boeing GPS IIF delivered to orbit, is operational

Posted August 5, 2014 by

A Boeing Global Positioning System IIF satellite, launched late Aug. 1, has sent the signals to controllers that confirm it is currently operating properly within the constellation that millions of people rely on for timing and navigation information.

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ULA successfully launches two rockets in just four days

Posted August 5, 2014 by

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the seventh Global Positioning System (GPS IIF-7) satellite for the U.S. Air Force launched at 11:23 p.m., EDT, Aug. 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This is the second successful ULA launch in just four days. “Congratulations to the U.S. Air Force and all of…

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