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Near Infrared Camera Integrated into space telescope

Posted April 9, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin and the University of Arizona have delivered the primary imaging instrument of the James Webb Space Telescope to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The new Near Infrared Camera, or NIRCam, has been successfully integrated within the heart of the telescope, known as the Integrated Science Instrument Module. The integration completes the suite of…

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Chandra Observatory delivers new insight into formation of star clusters

Posted May 7, 2014 by

Using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and infrared telescopes, astronomers have made an important advance in the understanding of how clusters of stars come into being. The data show early notions of how star clusters are formed cannot be correct. The simplest idea is stars form into clusters when a giant cloud of gas…

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NASA instruments begin science on European spacecraft set to land on comet

Posted June 11, 2014 by

Three NASA science instruments aboard the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus, are beginning observations and  sending science data back to Earth. Launched in March 2004, Rosetta was reactivated January 2014 after a record 957 days in hibernation….

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NASA spacecraft sees further evidence of dry ice gullies on Mars

Posted July 11, 2014 by

Repeated high-resolution observations made by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter indicate the gullies on Mars' surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liquid water.

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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 Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

Posted September 15, 2014 by

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.

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NASA, Library of Congress select first astrobiology chair

Posted April 17, 2012 by

NASA and the Library of Congress have announced the selection of David H. Grinspoon to be the first Baruch S. Blumberg NASA-Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. The chair, selected through an international competition, is named for the late Nobel Laureate and founding director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, Baruch “Barry” Blumberg. Applications are solicited…

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NASA’s Aqua satellite, built by Northrop Grumman, celebrates 10th year on-orbit

Posted May 7, 2012 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Built by Northrop Grumman, NASA’s Aqua satellite recently marked its 10th year on-orbit, delivering unprecedented data about the Earth’s climate, water cycle and much more. Aqua launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., May 4, 2002. One of the primary satellites in NASA’s Earth Observing System, Aqua is designed to help…

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U.S. Space & Rocket Center to celebrate 30th anniversary of Space Camp

Posted May 29, 2012 by

Space Camp® was training the next generation of explorers long before workforce development became a national topic. June 15, 2012, marks the 30th anniversary of this internationally recognized program that today counts four astronauts, one cosmonaut and nearly 600,000 other alumni, many in careers on the frontiers of technology. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center…

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First flight instrument delivered for James Webb Space Telescope

Posted June 14, 2012 by

The first of four instruments to fly aboard NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has been delivered to NASA. The Mid-Infrared Instrument will allow scientists to study cold and distant objects in greater detail than ever before. MIRI arrived at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., May 29. It has been undergoing inspection before…

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