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SOFIA finds missing link between supernovae, planet formation

Posted March 27, 2015 by

Using NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, an international scientific team discovered that supernovae are capable of producing a substantial amount of the material from which planets like Earth can form.

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NASA announces Journey to Mars Challenge

Posted May 8, 2015 by

What do you need to bring, and how do you minimize the need for delivery of future supplies in order to establish a sustained human presence on a planet 140 million miles away from Earth? NASA is embarking on an ambitious journey to Mars and May 5 announced a challenge inviting the public to write…

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NASA’s Cassini mission receives Smithsonian’s highest honor

Posted March 23, 2012 by

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has bestowed its highest group honor, the Trophy for Current Achievement, on NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn. The annual award recognizes outstanding achievements in the fields of aerospace science and technology. The trophy was presented March 21 during an evening ceremony at the museum in Washington. Established in…

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Boeing, NASA sign agreement on mission support for CST-100

Posted April 22, 2012 by

Boeing has signed an agreement with NASA’s Mission Operations Directorate at Johnson Space Center, Texas, to collaborate on mission planning, training and flight operations for the company’s Commercial Space Transportation-100 spacecraft. Under the new arrangement, which Boeing negotiated under its current Phase 2 NASA Space Act Agreement for Commercial Crew Development, Boeing will begin discussions…

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NASA modifies launch service contract to add Falcon 9 rocket

Posted May 14, 2012 by

NASA has announced a modification of its NASA Launch Services II contract with Space Exploration Technologies of Hawthorne, Calif., to add an additional configuration of the Falcon 9 rocket to its fleet. The SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 launch service will be available to the agency’s Launch Services Program to use for future missions in accordance…

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Dragon capsule returns to earth after first commercial flight to ISS

Posted June 1, 2012 by

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:42 a.m., EDT, a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico, marking a successful end to the first mission by a commercial company to resupply the International Space Station. “Congratulations to the teams at SpaceX and NASA who worked hard to make this first…

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NASA set to host future female explorers

Posted June 20, 2012 by

Eighty-four female high school students from 29 states will plan a simulated mission to Mars and experience life as an engineer or scientist when NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston hosts two events focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics in June and July. Included is Aisha Rigert from the Joshua Blossom Preparatory Academy in…

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SpaceX Dragon utilizes Cooper Interconnect non-explosive actuators

Posted July 9, 2012 by

Cooper Interconnect, a leading manufacturer of interconnect solutions, announced July 9 that Space Exploration Technologies utilized Cooper Interconnect non-explosive…

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ATK Technologies on display as NASA’s Mars rover makes successful landing

Posted August 6, 2012 by

ATK technologies and capabilities played mission-critical roles throughout the entire journey of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” rover, which successfully landed Aug. 5 inside Mars’ Gale Crater. As it starts its two-year mission, Curiosity will gather data to help assess whether Mars ever had an environment capable of supporting microbial life. ATK contributed technical and…

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NASA completes pilot program for one-on-one virtual mentoring of middle school girls

Posted August 20, 2012 by

NASA’s new virtual mentoring program is helping girls get excited about careers in science and technology by working one-on-one with agency professionals. Twenty-one girls in grades 5-8, representing 12 states from New York to Hawaii, have completed a pilot mentoring program called NASA Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Science. NASA GIRLS is the first…

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