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NASA spacecraft begins collecting lunar atmosphere data

Posted November 22, 2013 by

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer is ready to begin collecting science data about the moon. On Nov. 20, the spacecraft successfully entered its planned orbit around the moon’s equator — a unique position allowing the small probe to make frequent passes from lunar day to lunar night. This will provide a full scope…

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Final mirrors for space telescope arrive at Goddard Space Flight Center

Posted December 18, 2013 by

The final three of 18 primary mirrors built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. for the James Webb Space Telescope have arrived at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. for integration prior to a scheduled launch in 2018. Once on orbit, the 18 hexagonal mirror segments will work together as one 21.3-foot (6.5-meter) primary mirror,…

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Herschel Telescope detects water on dwarf planet

Posted January 24, 2014 by

Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.

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NASA Commercial Crew Partners complete space system milestones

Posted February 28, 2014 by

NASA’s aerospace industry partners continue to meet milestones under agreements with the agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP), as they move forward in their development of spacecraft and rockets that will transport humans to destinations in low-Earth orbit. Blue Origin, Boeing Space Exploration, Sierra Nevada Corporation and SpaceX each are developing unique transportation systems, and each…

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Orbital beings production of 81 satellites

Posted March 28, 2014 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the worldís leading space technology companies, announced March 27 that it has started production of 81 satellites for the Iridium NEXT program as part of a contract between Orbital and Iridiumís prime contractor, French-Italian aerospace company Thales Alenia Space. Orbital will complete the assembly, integration, test and launch support phases…

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NASA selects partners for U.S. commercial lander capabilities

Posted May 2, 2014 by

NASA announced April 30 the selection of three U.S. companies to negotiate no-funds exchanged partnership agreements with the agency to advance lander capabilities that will enable delivery of payloads to the surface of the moon, as well as new science and exploration missions of interest to NASA and scientific and academic communities. The selected companies…

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NASA, industry complete first phase to certify new crew transportation systems

Posted May 30, 2014 by

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and industry have completed the first step in the certification process that will enable American-made commercial spacecraft safely to ferry astronauts from U.S. soil to and from the International Space Station by 2017. The completion of the Certification Products Contracts marks critical progress in the development of next-generation American space transportation…

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WorldView-3 remote sensing spacecraft arrives at Vandenberg for mid-August launch

Posted June 30, 2014 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has delivered the next-generation commercial remote sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe, to the launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong employee scholarship

Posted July 30, 2014 by

The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott.

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NASA, ATK complete SLS booster milestone

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NASA and ATK successfully completed the first test for NASA’s Space Launch System booster program March 28 at ATK’s Promontory, Utah, test facility. This demonstration was a key avionics and controls test designated Flight Control Test 1 and included a fully integrated flight heritage thrust vector control system with the new SLS booster avionics subsystem….

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