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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

Posted April 18, 2014 by

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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NASA announces global award winners of the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge

Posted May 16, 2014 by

NASA mission priorities were explored by five winners of the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge, a worldwide “hackathon” to spark innovation with direct application to future space missions and improve life on Earth. NASA judges have selected five challenge winners, and the global social media community selected a People’s Choice fan favorite. The competition took…

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Northrop Grumman to supply navigation system for South Korea’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2 satellites

Posted June 11, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute to provide space inertial reference systems for the GEO-KOMPSAT-2 space satellite program.

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NASA Armstrong recalls first moon landing, preps for ‘next giant leap’

Posted July 16, 2014 by

After making the 240,000-mile journey to the moon cruising through open space, the last 300 feet down to landing represented the most difficult and dangerous part of the Apollo missions.

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Stardust team reports discovery of first potential interstellar space particles

Posted August 15, 2014 by

Seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles that date to the beginnings of the solar system are among the samples collected by scientists who have been studying the payload from NASA's Stardust spacecraft since its return to Earth in 2006. If confirmed, these particles would be the first samples of contemporary interstellar dust.

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Lockheed Martin-built CLIO satellite successfully launched

Posted September 19, 2014 by

The U.S. government’s CLIO satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin, was successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Lift-off occurred at 6:10 p.m., MDT, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle. Initial contact with the satellite was confirmed at 9:08 p.m., MDT. The CLIO system is based on innovative…

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