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Space Systems/Loral-built satellite for Echostar successfully launched, begins post-launch maneuvers

Posted November 21, 2012 by

Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, announced Nov. 21 that the EchoStar XVI satellite, designed and built for EchoStar Corporation, was launched Nov. 20 and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard a Proton Breeze M launch vehicle provided by…

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NASA awards contracts in next step toward safely launching American astronauts from U.S. soil

Posted December 12, 2012 by

NASA announced Dec. 10 the next step in its plan to launch American astronauts from U.S. soil, selecting three companies to conduct activities under contracts that will enable future certification of commercial spacecraft as safe to carry humans to the International Space Station. Advances made by these American companies during the first contract phase known…

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NASA’S Galex reveals the largest yet-known spiral galaxy

Posted January 11, 2013 by

The spectacular barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 has ranked among the biggest stellar systems for decades. Now a team of astronomers from the United States, Chile and Brazil has crowned it the largest-known spiral.

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NASA increases value of bioastronautics contract

Posted February 1, 2013 by

NASA has increased the value of a contract with Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group of Houston to provide continuing support to the Human Health and Performance Directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The modification increases the not-to-exceed indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity value of the contract by $49 million, from $914.5 million to $963.5 million….

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NASA’s Van Allen probes reveal a new radiation belt around Earth

Posted March 1, 2013 by

NASA’s Van Allen Probes mission has discovered a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth, revealing the existence of unexpected structures and processes within these hazardous regions of space. Previous observations of Earth’s Van Allen belts have long documented two distinct regions of trapped radiation surrounding our planet. Particle detection instruments aboard the twin Van…

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Planck mission brings universe into sharp focus

Posted March 25, 2013 by

The Planck space mission has released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information about its age, contents and origins. Planck is a European Space Agency mission. NASA contributed mission-enabling technology for both of Planck’s science instruments, and U.S., European and Canadian scientists work together…

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NASA, partners solicit creative materials manufacturing solutions

Posted April 29, 2013 by

NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. State Department and Nike have issued a challenge to identify 10 game-changing innovations that could enable fabric systems to enhance global economic growth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources. The challenge is open through July 15 and seeks creative innovations in the materials from…

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Landast 8 satellite begins watch

Posted May 31, 2013 by

NASA transferred operational control May 30 of the Landsat 8 satellite to the U.S. Geological Survey in a ceremony in Sioux Falls, S.D. The event marks the beginning of the satellite’s mission to extend an unparalleled four-decade record of monitoring Earth’s landscape from space. Landsat 8 is the latest in the Landsat series of remote-sensing satellites,…

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Lockheed Martin-built MUOS satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle payload fairing

Posted June 28, 2013 by

The second Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing yesterday. It is scheduled to launch July 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle.

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NASA, Korean Space Agency discuss space cooperation

Posted July 29, 2013 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and the president of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Seung Jo Kim, met in Washington, D.C., June 29 to discuss collaboration in aeronautics research and space exploration, including KARI’s robotic lunar mission and NASA’s asteroid initiative. This was the first meeting between Bolden and Kim. “Our two agencies share a mutual…

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