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NASA-sponsored ‘disk detective’ lets public search for new planetary nurseries

Posted January 31, 2014 by

NASA is inviting the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data from the agency’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission through a new website, DiskDetective.org. Disk Detective is NASA’s largest crowdsourcing project whose primary goal is to produce publishable scientific results. It exemplifies a new commitment to crowdsourcing and open data by…

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NASA selects physical science research proposals for space station

Posted January 29, 2014 by

NASA’s Physical Science Research Program will fund seven proposals to conduct physics research using the agency’s new microgravity laboratory, which is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in 2016. NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory will provide an opportunity to study ultra-cold quantum gases in the microgravity environment of the space station – a frontier…

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Lockheed Martin powers on second GPS III satellite in production

Posted January 29, 2014 by

The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Forces next generation Global Positioning System recently turned on power to the bus and network communications equipment payload of the programs second satellite designated GPS III Space Vehicle 2 (SV-02). The successful powering on of GPS III SV-02, on Dec. 19, 2013, at Lockheed Martins Denver-area GPS…

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NASA’s Hubble helps solve mystery of ultra-compact, burned-out galaxies

Posted January 29, 2014 by

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Europe’s Herschel Space Observatory have pieced together the evolutionary sequence of compact elliptical galaxies that erupted and burned out early in the history of the universe. Enabled by Hubble’s infrared imaging capabilities, astronomers have assembled for the first time a representative spectroscopic sampling of ultra-compact, burned-out elliptical galaxies…

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NASA, JAXA prepare rain, snow satellite for launch

Posted January 27, 2014 by

The world enters a new era of global weather observing and climate science in February with the launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, a new international science satellite built by NASA. GPM, a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, is scheduled to launch Feb. 27 from Tanegashima Space Center…

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Ball Aerospace completes integration of WorldView-3 spacecraft

Posted January 27, 2014 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed integration of WorldView-3, the next generation commercial remote-sensing satellite being built for DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions. WorldView-3, the fourth remote-sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe by Ball, is scheduled to launch from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in summer 2014. With the imagery…

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NASA instruments on European comet spacecraft begin activation countdown

Posted January 27, 2014 by

Three NASA science instruments are being prepared for check-out operations aboard the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus in November. Rosetta was reactivated Jan. 20 after a record 957 days in hibernation. U.S. mission managers are scheduled to…

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Herschel Telescope detects water on dwarf planet

Posted January 24, 2014 by

Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.

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Boeing TDRS-L relay satellite sends first signals from space

Posted January 24, 2014 by

Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-L after a successful launch Jan. 23, bolstering the tracking and communications network used by NASA and its customers.

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Northrop Grumman team successfully completes spacecraft review for Webb Telescope

Posted January 24, 2014 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. Northrop Grumman successfully passed the last significant mission design milestone for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the spacecraft Critical Design Review, five months ahead of schedule, following the replan. The spacecraft provides the power and communications for the whole observatory and is responsible for pointing the telescope and image stabilization. Northrop Grumman…

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