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Boeing delivers first Space Launch System hardware to NASA

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Boeing has delivered NASA three flight computer software test beds, the first critical element for flight software development in support of NASA’s Space Launch System. Flight software controls the launch vehicle during preflight tanking operations and in flight. The test beds were delivered on April 25, ahead of schedule, to the Software Development Facility at…

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NASA’s Hubble shows Milky Way is destined for head-on collision

Posted June 1, 2012 by

NASA astronomers announced May 31 they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the...

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FAA launch permit gives Virgin Galactic’s space vehicles green light for powered flight

Posted May 31, 2012 by

Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, announced May 30 that its vehicle developer, Scaled Composites, has been granted an experimental launch permit from the Federal Aviation Administration for its suborbital spacecraft, SpaceshipTwo, and the carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo. “This important milestone enables our team to progress to the rocket-powered phase of test flight, bringing us…

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NASA begins development of Space Launch Flight software

Posted May 31, 2012 by

NASA engineers working on the new Space Launch System can now begin developing the advanced, heavy-lift launch vehicle’s flight software using newly delivered software test bed computers from Boeing.

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Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser hits captive-carry milestone

Posted May 31, 2012 by

Future free flight tests of Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems division's Dream Chaser space-access vehicle at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., have moved a step closer, following the firm's completion of a captive-carry flight test of its full-scale...

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NASA lunar spacecraft complete prime mission ahead of schedule

Posted May 30, 2012 by

A NASA mission to study the moon from crust to core has completed its prime mission earlier than expected. The mission team of NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission, with twin probes named Ebb and Flow, is now preparing for extended science operations starting Aug. 30…

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NASA preparing to launch newest X-ray eyes

Posted May 30, 2012 by

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is being prepared for the final journey to its launch pad on Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean. The mission will study everything from massive black holes to our own sun. It is scheduled to launch no earlier than June 13.

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NASA announces 2012 aeronautics scholarship recipients

Posted May 30, 2012 by

NASA has selected 25 students to receive the agency’s Aeronautics Scholarship for the 2012-2013 school year. This scholarship program, which is in its fifth year, is designed to aid undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in fields of study related to aeronautics and aviation. Recipients were selected from hundreds of applications to the program. “These scholars…

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Astronauts enter world’s first private supply ship

Posted May 29, 2012 by by Marcia Dunn

Space station astronauts floated into the Dragon May 26, a day after its heralded arrival as the world’s first commercial supply ship. NASA astronaut Donald Pettit, the first one into the docked capsule, said it reminded him of the cargo capability of his pickup truck back home in Houston. “The smell inside smells like a…

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NASA funded research shows existence of reduced carbon on Mars

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NASA-funded research on Mars meteorites that landed on Earth shows strong evidence that very large molecules containing carbon, which is a key ingredient for the building blocks of life, can originate on the Red Planet.

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