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NASA selects snow, ice distributed active archive center contract

Posted July 31, 2013 by

NASA has selected the University of Colorado Boulder for the management and operations of the Earth Observing System Data and Information System Snow and Ice Distributed Active Archive Center. This cost, no-fee completion contract is worth about $42 million. The base performance period is from Aug. 1 through May 31, 2014, with four one-year extension…

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NASA-funded scientists detect water on moon’s Surface that hints at water below

Posted August 31, 2013 by

NASA-funded lunar research has yielded evidence of water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon from an unknown source deep beneath the surface. Using data from NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists remotely detected magmatic water, or water that originates from deep within…

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NASA selects early stage innovation proposals from 10 universities

Posted September 25, 2013 by

NASA has selected 10 university-led proposals for study of innovative, early stage space technologies that address high priority technical needs America’s space program must master to enable future missions. The one-year grants from NASA’s Space Technology Research Grants Program are worth about $250,000 each, with an additional year of research possible. Selected proposals address technology…

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NASA’s Orion sees flawless fairing separation in second test

Posted November 8, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph The three panel or fairings encapsulating a stand-in for OrionĂ­s service module successfully detach during a test Nov. 6, 2013 at Lockheed MartinĂ­s facility in Sunnyvale, Calif. The three massive panels protecting a test version of NASA’s Orion multipurpose crew vehicle successfully fell away from the spacecraft Wednesday in a test of…

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NASA’s latest space technology small satellite phones home

Posted December 6, 2013 by

PhoneSat 2.4, NASA’s next generation smartphone cubesat has phoned home. The tiny spacecraft that uses an off-the-shelf smartphone for a brain has completed checkout and sent back data confirming all systems are “go” for the spry spacefarer. PhoneSat 2.4, a cube approximately four inches square, weighs only about 2.2 pounds, and was developed at NASA’s…

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Recently reactivated NASA spacecraft spots its first new asteroid

Posted January 8, 2014 by

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen asteroid – its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation last year. NEOWISE originally was called the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which had made the most comprehensive survey to date of asteroids and comets. The spacecraft was shut down in 2011…

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NASA’s next generation space telescope is coming together

Posted February 3, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin photograph The Near-Infrared Camera for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is seen in a cleanroom at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., where it was designed and built. An infrared camera designed with University of Arizona and Lockheed Martin know-how, which will form the heart of NASA’s James Webb…

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Northrop Grumman begins integrating antennas for fourth Advanced EHF communications payload

Posted March 14, 2014 by

Two downlink antennas that are the fastest of their kind to operate in space are being integrated into the protected communications payload built by Northrop Grumman for the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite. The company delivered the Super High Frequency Array Unit (SAU), as the antennas are called, in early March to AEHF system…

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Fourth AEHF protected communications satellite begins integration months ahead of schedule

Posted April 9, 2014 by

The fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite produced by Lockheed Martin is taking shape after early deliveries of its payload and propulsion core. AEHF-4, expected to launch in 2017, will enable the constellation to reach full operational capability.

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NASA-UCI study indicates loss of West Antarctic glaciers appears unstoppable

Posted May 12, 2014 by

A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.

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