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NASA selects engineering product information contractor

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NASA has selected S&K Global Solutions LLC of Polson, Mont., to consolidate contractor support into an integrated infrastructure approach for the Engineering Directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The three-year, cost-plus fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price contract begins Oct. 18, 2012, and includes a single two-year option. Work worth as much as $49.9 million may…

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Annual space, missile pioneers inducted

Posted September 18, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Katherine Pallozzi

In celebration of the Air Force Space Command's 30th anniversary, Gen. William L. Shelton inducted the command's 2012 Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Sept. 17 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

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International Space Station astronauts land safely in Kazakhstan

Posted September 17, 2012 by

Three members of the Expedition 32 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth Sept. 16, wrapping up a mission lasting more than four months. Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA, and Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin of the Russian Federal Space Agency, undocked their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft…

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First planets found around sun-like stars in a cluster

Posted September 17, 2012 by

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 Mars rover Opportunity reveals geological mystery

Posted September 17, 2012 by

NASA’s long-lived rover Opportunity has returned an image of the Martian surface that is puzzling researchers. Spherical objects concentrated at an outcrop Opportunity reached last week differ in several ways from iron-rich spherules nicknamed “blueberries” the rover found at its landing site in early 2004 and at many other locations to date. Opportunity is investigating…

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ULA Atlas V rocket successfully launches fourth NRO payload in five months

Posted September 17, 2012 by

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 2:39 p.m., PDT, Sept. 13. Designated NROL-36, the mission is in support of national defense. “Today’s successful launch of the NROL-36 mission occurred on the same day…

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NASA selects additional companies for construction contracts at Stennis

Posted September 14, 2012 by

NASA has selected four more companies for indefinite-delivery, indefinite- quantity multiple-award construction contracts at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. These are in addition to six companies selected in August. The fixed price contracts consist of a performance period of five years, with a total value not to exceed $700 million….

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NASA requests proposals for initial contracts to certify commercial crew transportation systems

Posted September 14, 2012 by

NASA Sept. 12 released a request for proposals for the first of two contract phases to certify commercially developed space systems in support of crewed missions to the International Space Station. Through these certification products contracts, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program will ensure commercial missions are held to the agency’s safety requirements and standards for human…

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Mars rover Curiosity arm tests nearly complete

Posted September 14, 2012 by

NASA’s Mars Curiosity team is almost finished robotic arm tests in preparation for the rover to touch and examine its first Martian rock. Tests with the 7-foot (2.1-meter) arm have allowed the mission team to gain confidence in the arm’s precise maneuvering in Martian temperature and gravity conditions. During these activities, Curiosity has remained at…

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Ball Aerospace names VP, general manager for National Defense

Posted September 12, 2012 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has selected Tim Harris to lead its national defense strategic business unit. As vice president and general manager for national defense, Harris will oversee programs and direct all new defense-related business pursuits. Harris has more than 30 years of design, manufacturing, project and systems engineering and program management experience. Since…

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