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NASA, CASIS make space station accessible for stem cell research

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NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space are enabling research aboard the International Space Station that could lead to new stem cell-based therapies for medical conditions faced on Earth and in space. Scientists will take advantage of the space station’s microgravity environment to study the properties of non-embryonic stem cells. NASA…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX tests Dragon parachute system

Posted January 22, 2014 by

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies gathered in Morro Bay, Calif., in late December to demonstrate how the company’s Dragon spacecraft’s parachute system would function in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent. The test was part of an optional milestone under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated…

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GSA, NASA select Planetary Ventures to begin lease negotiations

Posted February 12, 2014 by

The U.S. General Services Administration and NASA have selected Planetary Ventures LLC as the preferred lessee on a lease to rehabilitate historic Hangar One and to manage Moffett Federal Airfield, currently managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The lease will put Hangar One to new use and eliminate NASA’s management costs…

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Boeing on schedule to deliver world’s first all-electric satellites

Posted March 24, 2014 by

Boeing is on track to deliver the world's first all-electric propulsion satellites in late 2014 or early 2015 as it has met key production milestones on its initial 702SP (small platform) satellites.

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NASA completes LADEE mission with planned impact on Moon’s surface

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Ground controllers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m., PDT, April 17. LADEE lacked fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit or continue science operations and was intentionally sent…

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Ball Aerospace completes final phase of DARPA MOIRE telescope program

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed thermal vacuum environmental tests on critical components for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Membrane Optic Imager Real-Time Exploitation telescope. Two sections of the primary mirror composite back structure and the structure deployment hinges successfully underwent environmental tests to simulate the temperature range and vacuum of a space…

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Swiftly moving gas streamer eclipses supermassive black hole

Posted June 20, 2014 by

An international team of astronomers, using data from several NASA and European Space Agency space observatories, has discovered unexpected behavior from the supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy NGC 5548, located 244.6 million light-years from Earth.

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NASA seeks proposals for commercial Mars data relay satellites

Posted July 23, 2014 by

NASA has issued a Request for Information to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet. We are looking to broaden participation in the exploration of Mars to include new models for government and commercial partnerships, said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA’s…

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Ozone-depleting compound persists, NASA research shows

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NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide.

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NASA awards OMPS modification for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Mission

Posted September 9, 2014 by

NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp. of Boulder, Colo., for the Ozone Mapping and Profiling Suite for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 mission. The JPSS-2 mission is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide global environmental data in low Earth polar…

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