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NASA DC-8 continues west Antarctic ice study

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NASA photograph by Jim Yungel The Thurston Island calving front off of western Antarctica as seen from the window of NASA’s DC-8 flying observatory Nov. 5, 2014. NASA’s DC-8 flying laboratory has two weeks of support remaining in the agency’s sixth Operation IceBridge mission to study parts of the West Antarctica ice sheet and ice…

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ULA announces new human launch services organization

Posted April 13, 2012 by

United Launch Alliance announced April 9 the formation of a new organization that will focus exclusively on NASA’s human spaceflight programs. ULA’s Human Launch Services organization will be dedicated to supporting NASA and its partners in the development of capabilities to deliver U.S. astronauts to Low Earth Orbit and human exploration beyond Earth orbit. “NASA…

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NASA seeks game changing solar array systems proposals

Posted April 30, 2012 by

NASA’s Space Technology Program is seeking proposals to develop solar array systems to enable space electric propulsion systems of the future. “NASA’s Game Changing Development Program focuses on maturing advanced space technologies that may lead to entirely new approaches for the agency’s future space missions,” said Michael Gazarik, director of NASA’s Space Technology Program at…

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NASA, NSBRI select 29 proposals to support crew health on missions

Posted May 22, 2012 by

NASA’s Human Research Program and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute of Houston will fund 29 proposals to help investigate questions about astronaut health and performance on future deep space exploration missions. The selected proposals are from 25 institutions in 11 states and will receive a total of about $26 million over a one- to…

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NASA surpasses test facility record with J-2X powerpack test

Posted June 11, 2012 by

NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., broke its own record June 8 when it conducted a test on the new J-2X powerpack.

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XCOR, Excalibur Almaz sign memo of understanding

Posted June 28, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

Excalibur Almaz Limited, a commercial aerospace company based on the Isle of Man, United Kingdom, has signed a memorandum of understanding with XCOR Aerospace for suborbital flight services. The agreement signed in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Third European Space Tourism Conference June 20, calls for XCOR to provide suborbital flight familiarization and training…

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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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NASA successfully tests hypersonic inflatable heat shield

Posted July 23, 2012 by

A large inflatable heat shield developed by NASA’s Space Technology Program has successfully survived a trip through Earth’s atmosphere while travelling at hypersonic speeds up to 7,600 mph. The Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) was launched by sounding rocket at 7:01 a.m. Monday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. The purpose of…

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New NASA mission ready to brave Earth’s radiation belts

Posted August 9, 2012 by

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission will send two spacecraft into the harsh environment of our planet’s radiation belts. Final preparations have begun for launch Aug. 23, from Florida’s Space Coast. The RBSP spacecraft are designed to fly and operate in the heart of the most hazardous regions of near-Earth space to collect crucial data….

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NASA completes maximum parachute test for Orion spacecraft

Posted August 29, 2012 by

NASA successfully completed another parachute test of its Orion spacecraft high above the skies of the U.S. Yuma Army Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona Aug. 28. The test examined the maximum pressure Orion’s parachutes might face when returning from exploration missions. Orion will be the most advanced spacecraft ever designed and carry astronauts farther into…

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