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NASA Mars exploration rover team to be honored

Posted September 7, 2012 by

The mission team for NASA’s long-lived Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity will be awarded the Haley Space Flight Award. The team will receive the award Sept. 12 during the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space 2012 Conference and Exposition in Pasadena, Calif. The award is presented for outstanding contributions by an astronaut or…

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New California law to help commercial space flights by Mojave tenants

Posted September 6, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

At the Sept. 4 meeting of the East Kern Airport District, CEO Stuart Witt noted passage of AB 2243. The board approved applying for state matching funds for the new FAA Airport Improvement Program grant, and it also approved a change in the airport security contractor. The California legislature unanimously approved bill 2243, Space Flight…

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NASA Mars rover Curiosity beings arm-work phase

Posted September 6, 2012 by

After driving more than a football field’s length since landing, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is spending several days preparing for full use of the tools on its arm. Curiosity extended its robotic arm Wednesday in the first of 6-10 consecutive days of planned activities to test the 7-foot (2.1-meter) arm and the tools it manipulates….

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Northrop Grumman aids navigation of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover

Posted September 6, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman supplied the navigation and pointing aid for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which recently began a historic two-year exploration of Mars.

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NASA selects science teams for astrobiology institute

Posted September 5, 2012 by

NASA has awarded five-year grants totaling almost $40 million to five research teams to study the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. The newly selected teams are from the University of Washington; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of Wisconsin, Madison; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and University of Southern California. Average funding…

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NASA is expanding offer for space shuttle tiles, food

Posted September 5, 2012 by

NASA is expanding its offer to museums and schools of space shuttle heat shield tiles and food packaged for spaceflight. Beginning Sept. 4, museums across the United States will be eligible to receive these pieces of space history, in addition to the schools and universities that have received them since the end of the Space…

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NASA announces asteroid naming contest for students

Posted September 5, 2012 by

Students worldwide have an opportunity to name an asteroid from which an upcoming NASA mission will return the first samples to Earth. Scheduled to launch in 2016, the mission is called the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx). Samples returned from the primitive surface of the near-Earth asteroid currently called (101955) 1999 RQ36 could hold clues…

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Boeing 702MP selected for first Intelsat EpicNG satellite

Posted September 5, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Boeing 702MP has been selected by Intelsat S.A. for the Intelsat 29e satellite, the first of the recently announced Intelsat EpicNG next-generation high-performance system. “Boeing is proud to have been selected to build the Intelsat 29e satellite, which is designed to raise the industry bar for performance and reliability and…

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Dawn spacecraft prepares for trek toward dwarf planet

Posted September 4, 2012 by

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is on track to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant destinations to help scientists answer questions about the formation of our solar system. The spacecraft is scheduled to leave the giant asteroid Vesta Sept. 5 to start its 2 1/2-year journey to the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn began…

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NASA launches radiation belt storm probes mission

Posted September 4, 2012 by

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes, the first twin-spacecraft mission designed to explore our planet’s radiation belts, launched into the predawn skies at 4:05a.m., EDT, Aug. 30 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. “Scientists will learn in unprecedented detail how the radiation belts are populated with charged particles, what causes them to change and how…

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