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NASA finalizes contracts for NOAA’s JPSS-1 mission

Posted August 13, 2012 by

NASA has completed negotiations and finalized the contracts for the spacecraft and instruments that comprise the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 Satellite, NOAA’s second next generation operational polar-orbiting satellite, planned to launch in 2017. JPSS-1 will follow the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite to maintain continuity of weather and environmental observations. The final contract…

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NASA Curiosity rover begins eastbound trek on Martian surface

Posted September 4, 2012 by

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has set off from its landing vicinity on a trek to a science destination about a quarter-mile (400 meters) away, where it may begin using its drill. The rover drove eastward about 52 feet (16 meters) Aug. 28, its 22nd Martian day after landing. This third drive was longer than Curiosity’s…

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NASA selects contract for aerospace modeling, simulation

Posted September 25, 2012 by

NASA has selected Science Applications International Corp. of McLean, Va., to receive a contract to support the aerospace systems modeling and simulation facilities at the agency’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. This is a cost-plus-award-fee, definite core, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity hybrid contract to be awarded in early to mid October. The contract consists of a one-year…

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New crew headed to the International Space Station

Posted October 24, 2012 by

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls The Soyuz rocket with Expedition 33 crew members, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy, Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA, and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin of Roscosmos onboard the TMA-06M spacecraft launches to the International Space Station on Oct. 23, 2012, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch occurred at 5:51 a.m., CDT. Ford, Novitskiy…

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Expedition 33 crew returns to Earth

Posted November 19, 2012 by

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft is seen shortly after it landed with Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams of NASA and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko in a remote area of Kazakhstan, Nov. 19, 2012. Williams, Hoshide and Malenchenko returned from four months onboard the International Space Station….

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NASA offers high school girls a chance to jump-start their future

Posted December 7, 2012 by

NASA is offering high school junior girls from across the United States an opportunity to jump-start their future by participating in the Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars program for 2013. WISH participants will participate in online forums focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics, and complete online activities to qualify for a…

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NASA’s Kepler mission discovers 461 new planet candidates

Posted January 7, 2013 by

NASA’s Kepler mission announced Jan. 7 the discovery of 461 new planet candidates. Four of the potential new planets are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun’s “habitable zone,” the region in the planetary system where liquid water might exist on the surface of a planet. Based on observations conducted…

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Bigelow expanding International Space Station contract announced

Posted January 25, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems Program has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide a Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, which is scheduled to arrive at the space station in 2015 for a two-year technology demonstration.

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Aerojet’s AJ26 engines ignite successful Antares(TM) stage test hot fire

Posted February 25, 2013 by

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced that its dual AJ26 main engine system successfully powered today’s Antares(TM) Stage 1 Hot Fire test conducted by Orbital Sciences Corporation at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the eastern shore of Virginia. The 29-second test enabled engineers to validate flight configuration checkout of the…

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Famous supernova reveals clues about crucial cosmic distance markers

Posted March 20, 2013 by

A new study using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory points to the origin of a famous supernova. This supernova, discovered in 1604 by Johannes Kepler, belongs to an important class of objects that are used to measure the rate of expansion of the universe. Astronomers have used a very long Chandra observation of the…

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