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NASA rocket mission carrying university student experiments

Posted August 20, 2012 by staff

University students will put their academic skills to the test when atmospheric and technology experiments they developed fly on a NASA suborbital sounding rocket. The launch will take place between 6:30 and 10 a.m., Aug. 23, from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Va. Four university experiments will be flown as part of…

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NASA picks revolutionary space tech proposals for development

Posted August 20, 2012 by staff

NASA’s Space Technology Program has selected five technologies that could revolutionize America’s space capabilities. In March, NASA issued a call for proposal focused on sudden and unexpected innovations that hold a potential for providing a “game-changing” impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the agency’s space capabilities. NASA has selected the following proposals for funding:…

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NASA completes pilot program for one-on-one virtual mentoring of middle school girls

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NASA’s new virtual mentoring program is helping girls get excited about careers in science and technology by working one-on-one with agency professionals. Twenty-one girls in grades 5-8, representing 12 states from New York to Hawaii, have completed a pilot mentoring program called NASA Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Science. NASA GIRLS is the first…

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Fabrication of Northrop Grumman-built spacecraft for Webb Telescope moves forward

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The spacecraft that will carry NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to its orbit nearly a million miles from Earth has completed a Critical Design Review for the structure that supports Webb’s data link to NASA’s ground station. Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.,…

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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spectrometer detects helium In Moon’s atmosphere

Posted August 20, 2012 by staff

Scientists using the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project spectrometer aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have made the first spectroscopic observations of the noble gas helium in the tenuous atmosphere surrounding the Moon. These remote-sensing observations complement in situ measurements taken in 1972 by the Lunar Atmosphere Composition Experiment (LACE) deployed by Apollo 17. Although designed to…

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Curiosity Mars Rover getting checked out

Posted August 18, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

In about a week, Curiosity will be commanded to drive about a yard forward and then backwards, and dramatic full color images are arriving....

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SpaceShipTwo glide flight envelope cleared

Posted August 18, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

In the last month and a half, SpaceShipTwo has had six consecutive successful glide tests. Starting June 26, there have been about weekly droop tests from its mother ship, WhiteKnightTwo. The flight durations have ranged from about 8 to 11 minutes. The Scaled Composites flight log report, usually just the bare facts, states that after…

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Ultrafast pulsed lasers … more than just a light show

Posted August 15, 2012 by staff

A Navy ship at sea is surrounded by water, with nothing but its carrier group in site, and searches the skies for activity overhead. Isolated radars on each ship in the group scan independently of each other with limited effectiveness...

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Digital processors limited by power; What’s the UPSIDE?

Posted August 15, 2012 by staff

The digital processors used for sensor data analysis are limited by power requirements, potentially limiting the speed and type of data analysis that can be done. But a new, ultra-low power processing method may enable faster, mission critical analysis of ISR data...

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NASA awards contract for Kennedy safety, mission support services

Posted August 15, 2012 by staff

NASA has selected A-P-T Research Inc. of Huntsville, Ala., to provide mission assurance, engineering and risk assessment services at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The maximum potential value for the four-year cost-plus-award-fee Safety and Mission Support Services II (S-MASS II) contract is $36 million. A-P-T Research Inc. will perform the mission assurance, engineering…

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