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NASA astronaut Stephen K. Robinson leaves agency

Posted July 3, 2012 by

NASA astronaut Stephen Robinson has left the space agency. Robinson ends his 36-year NASA career as a veteran of three spacewalks with more than 48 days of spaceflight experience. Robinson will become a professor at the University of California at Davis in the fall of 2012. His last day at NASA was June 30. Robinson…

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NASA announces event for social media followers at RBSP launch

Posted July 3, 2012 by

NASA invites its social media followers to a two-day NASA Social Aug. 22-23, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the launch of NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission. NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks. This event is expected…

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NASA Space Tech program selects technologies for development, demonstration on suborbital flights

Posted July 2, 2012 by

NASA’S Space Technology Program has selected 14 technologies for development and demonstration on commercial reusable suborbital launch vehicles. The selected proposals offer innovative cutting-edge ideas and approaches for technology in areas including active thermal management, advanced avionics, pinpoint landing and advanced in-space propulsion. They also address many of the high-priority technology needs identified in the…

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Trio from ISS land safely in Kazakhstan

Posted July 2, 2012 by

Three members of the Expedition 31 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth Sunday, July 1, wrapping up a mission that lasted six-and-a-half months. Russian Commander Oleg Kononenko…

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ULA upgraded Delta IV successfully launches second payload in nine days

Posted July 2, 2012 by

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 9:15 a.m…

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NASA’s Orion arrives at Kennedy, work underway for first launch

Posted July 2, 2012 by

More than 450 guests at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida welcomed the arrival of the agency’s first space-bound Orion spacecraft July 2, marking a major milestone in the construction of the vehicle that will carry astronauts farther into space than ever before. “Orion’s arrival at Kennedy is an important step in meeting the president’s…

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ATK signs teaming agreement for Liberty Transportation Service

Posted June 29, 2012 by

ATK and Astrium North America have signed a teaming agreement with NanoRacks, LLC, for NanoRacks to market opportunities for both astronaut explorers and the experiments they plan to carry into space on board the Liberty Transportation Service. “NanoRacks is a world leader in understanding the emerging commercial market for low Earth orbit utilization,” said Kent…

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Liberty second stage one step closer to production

Posted June 29, 2012 by

Astrium, the number one company in Europe for space technologies and systems, has successfully completed a set of tests on tank structures proving that key design and manufacturing processes used for Ariane launchers are ready for production of the Liberty commercial launch vehicle second stage with ATK. The tests covering load-carrying cryogenic tanks demonstrate that…

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ATK completes software TIM for Liberty under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

Posted June 29, 2012 by

ATK completed its Liberty software technical interface meeting, which was held to support further development of the Liberty space transportation system under the company’s Space Act Agreement with NASA for the Commercial Crew Development Program. The software TIM was conducted to evaluate Liberty’s software development plan with the NASA Liberty team. The plan governs the…

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Hubble, Swift detect first-ever changes in an exoplanet atmosphere

Posted June 28, 2012 by

An international team of astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made an unparalleled observation, detecting significant changes in the atmosphere of a planet located beyond our...

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