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NASA satellite provides first view of solar system’s tail

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Like a comet, the solar system has a tail. NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer has for the first time mapped out the structure of this tail, which is shaped like a four-leaf clover. Scientists describe the tail, called the heliotail, based on the first three years of IBEX imagery in a paper published in the July…

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NASA’s Space Launch System completes preliminary design review

Posted August 2, 2013 by

NASA has achieved a major milestone in its effort to build the nation’s next heavy-lift launch vehicle by successfully completing the Space Launch System preliminary design review. Senior experts and engineers from across the agency concluded Wednesday the design, associated production and ground support plans for the SLS heavy-lift rocket are technically and programmatically capable…

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Lockheed Martin-built A2100 satellites: More than 400 cumulative years in orbit, and counting

Posted September 6, 2013 by

The Lockheed Martin A2100 communications satellite series has achieved a major milestone by achieving over 400 cumulative years of successful, in-orbit operations. “The versatile and configurable A2100 common platform offers both our commercial and government customers reduced cost and risk while ensuring mission success, high reliability and outstanding sustained performance,” said Linda Reiners, president of…

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The challenge is on

Posted September 25, 2013 by

Team registration open for NASA-DPI UAS airspace operations challenge NASA and Development Projects Inc. of Dayton, Ohio, have opened registration for the 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge. The $500,000 prize competition is scheduled for April 2014 in Indiana. Teams from across the nation will travel to Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center and…

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NASA hails success of commercial space program

Posted November 13, 2013 by

Private space station resupply underway, plans readied for astronauts NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Nov. 13 hailed the success of the agencyís public-private partnership with American companies to resupply the International Space Station and announced the next phase of contracting with U.S. companies to transport astronauts is set to begin next week. A little more than…

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NASA Mars spacecraft reveals more dynamic red planet

Posted December 11, 2013 by

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed to scientists slender dark markings — possibly due to salty water – that advance seasonally down slopes surprisingly close to the Martian equator. “The equatorial surface region of Mars has been regarded as dry, free of liquid or frozen water, but we may need to rethink that,” said Alfred…

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New NASA science arrives at space station aboard Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft

Posted January 13, 2014 by

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station Jan. 13 used a robotic arm to capture and attach the Cygnus supply spacecraft, which carried dozens of new science experiments from across the country and the world to the orbiting laboratory. The arrival capped the first successful contracted cargo delivery by Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., for…

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NASA announces fifth round of CubeSat space mission candidates

Posted February 7, 2014 by

NASA has selected 16 small satellites from nine states to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The proposed CubeSats come from universities across the country, a primary school, non-profit organizations and NASA field centers. CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. The cube-shaped satellites measure…

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Hubble celebrates 24th anniversary with infrared image of nearby star factory

Posted March 17, 2014 by

In celebration of the 24th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have captured infrared-light images of a churning region of star birth 6,400 light-years away.

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NASA astronauts will breathe easier with new oxygen recovery systems

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For NASA's long-duration human spaceflight missions, travelers will need to recycle as much breathable oxygen in their spacecraft environments, as possible. To turn that need into a reality, NASA is seeking proposals for lightweight, safe, efficient and reliable systems for regenerating oxygen on future human exploration missions.

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