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Lockheed Martin achieves key software milestone for Iridium NEXT communications satellite

Posted September 25, 2012 by

A “switchboard in the sky” for the Iridium NEXT constellation of global communication satellites is one step closer to becoming reality as Lockheed Martincompleted a major software design milestone. Lockheed Martin’s Application Software for the Iridium NEXT constellation held the Critical Design Review, which showed that the design is at a high level of maturity…

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NASA selects contract for aerospace modeling, simulation

Posted September 25, 2012 by

NASA has selected Science Applications International Corp. of McLean, Va., to receive a contract to support the aerospace systems modeling and simulation facilities at the agency’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. This is a cost-plus-award-fee, definite core, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity hybrid contract to be awarded in early to mid October. The contract consists of a one-year…

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NASA selects space launch system advanced development proposals

Posted September 25, 2012 by tomlear

NASA has selected 26 proposals from academia and industry for advanced development activities for the nation’s next heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). Proposals selected under this NASA Research Announcement (NRA) seek innovative and affordable solutions to evolve the launch vehicle from its initial configuration to its full lift capacity capable of sending…

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NASA’s Chandra shows milky way is surrounded by halo of hot gas

Posted September 25, 2012 by

Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to find evidence our Milky Way Galaxy is embedded in an enormous halo of hot gas that extends for hundreds of thousands of light years.

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Lockheed Martin marks defense meteorological satellite program 50th anniversary

Posted September 21, 2012 by

Fifty years ago, a small weather satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. It was the first in a series that would later become known as the U.S. Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, spanning 41 successful launches over a half-century, with two satellites still remaining to be sent into space. All were…

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NASA selects teachers to fly student experiments in reduced gravity aircraft

Posted September 21, 2012 by

Teachers from six NASA Explorer Schools have been selected to receive the 2012 School Recognition Award for their contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The teachers selected are from Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Glendale, Calif.; Franke Park Elementary School, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Mountview Road School, Morris Plains, N.J.; Corpus Christi Catholic School, Chambersburg,…

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NASA Dawn spacecraft sees hydrated minerals on giant asteroid

Posted September 21, 2012 by

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has revealed the giant asteroid Vesta has its own version of ring around the collar. Two new papers, based on observations from the low-altitude mapping orbit of the Dawn mission, show volatile, or easily evaporated, materials have colored Vesta’s surface in a broad swath around its equator. The volatiles were released from…

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NASA Mars rover targets unusual rock en route to first destination

Posted September 21, 2012 by

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has driven up to a football-size rock that will be the first for the rover’s arm to examine. Curiosity is about 8 feet (2.5 meters) from the rock. It lies about halfway from Curiosity’s landing site, Bradbury Landing, to a location called Glenelg. In coming days, the team plans to touch…

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Ball Aerospace ships first James Webb Space Telescope mirrors to NASA

Posted September 19, 2012 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. began the process of shipping the finished NASA James Webb Space Telescope mirrors to Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Sept. 14, 2012. Ball Aerospace, under contract to Northrop Grumman, is responsible for the Webb’s optical technology and lightweight mirror system. Two of the 18 beryllium primary mirror segments that…

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NASA telescopes spy ultra-distant galaxy amidst cosmic ‘dark ages’

Posted September 19, 2012 by

With the combined power of NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, as well as a cosmic magnification effect, astronomers have spotted what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen. ight from the young galaxy captured by the orbiting observatories first shone when our 13.7-billion-year-old universe was just 500 million years old. The far-off galaxy…

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