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NASA spacecraft will visit asteroid with new name

Posted May 1, 2013 by

An asteroid that will be explored by a NASA spacecraft has a new name, thanks to a third-grade student in North Carolina. NASA’s Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will visit the asteroid now called Bennu, named after an important ancient Egyptian avian deity. OSIRIS-Rex is scheduled to launch in 2016, rendezvous with Bennu in…

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Boeing completes two test milestones for NASA Commercial Crew Program

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By successfully completing two significant tests of the integrated Commercial Crew Transportation System, Boeing and United Launch Alliance have moved the United States closer to regaining its capability to return humans to space. The team recently completed the first wind tunnel test for connected scale models of the Crew Space Transportation-100 (CST-100) capsule, launch vehicle…

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NASA selects electrical systems engineering services contract

Posted July 8, 2013 by

NASA has awarded a contract to ASRC Federal Space & Defense of Greenbelt, Md., for the Electrical Systems Engineering Services II for the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center. This is a cost plus award fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a maximum ordering value of $475 million. This contract has a 30-day phase-in period with…

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NASA selects snow, ice distributed active archive center contract

Posted July 31, 2013 by

NASA has selected the University of Colorado Boulder for the management and operations of the Earth Observing System Data and Information System Snow and Ice Distributed Active Archive Center. This cost, no-fee completion contract is worth about $42 million. The base performance period is from Aug. 1 through May 31, 2014, with four one-year extension…

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NASA-funded scientists detect water on moon’s Surface that hints at water below

Posted August 31, 2013 by

NASA-funded lunar research has yielded evidence of water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon from an unknown source deep beneath the surface. Using data from NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists remotely detected magmatic water, or water that originates from deep within…

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NASA selects early stage innovation proposals from 10 universities

Posted September 25, 2013 by

NASA has selected 10 university-led proposals for study of innovative, early stage space technologies that address high priority technical needs America’s space program must master to enable future missions. The one-year grants from NASA’s Space Technology Research Grants Program are worth about $250,000 each, with an additional year of research possible. Selected proposals address technology…

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NASA’s Orion sees flawless fairing separation in second test

Posted November 8, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph The three panel or fairings encapsulating a stand-in for OrionĂ­s service module successfully detach during a test Nov. 6, 2013 at Lockheed MartinĂ­s facility in Sunnyvale, Calif. The three massive panels protecting a test version of NASA’s Orion multipurpose crew vehicle successfully fell away from the spacecraft Wednesday in a test of…

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NASA’s latest space technology small satellite phones home

Posted December 6, 2013 by

PhoneSat 2.4, NASA’s next generation smartphone cubesat has phoned home. The tiny spacecraft that uses an off-the-shelf smartphone for a brain has completed checkout and sent back data confirming all systems are “go” for the spry spacefarer. PhoneSat 2.4, a cube approximately four inches square, weighs only about 2.2 pounds, and was developed at NASA’s…

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Recently reactivated NASA spacecraft spots its first new asteroid

Posted January 8, 2014 by

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen asteroid – its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation last year. NEOWISE originally was called the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which had made the most comprehensive survey to date of asteroids and comets. The spacecraft was shut down in 2011…

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NASA’s next generation space telescope is coming together

Posted February 3, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin photograph The Near-Infrared Camera for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is seen in a cleanroom at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., where it was designed and built. An infrared camera designed with University of Arizona and Lockheed Martin know-how, which will form the heart of NASA’s James Webb…

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