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NASA’s carbon-counting spacecraft arrives at launch site

Posted May 2, 2014 by

A NASA spacecraft designed to make precise measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere is at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final preparations for launch.

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NASA’s ‘flying saucer’ readies for first test flight

Posted June 2, 2014 by

NASA’s flying saucer-shaped test vehicle is ready to take to the skies from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, for its first engineering shakeout flight. The first launch opportunity for the test vehicle is June 3, when the launch window opens at 8:30 a.m., HST. The test will be carried live…

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ATK provides propulsion, structure for test of new technologies to land larger payloads on Mars

Posted July 3, 2014 by

ATK photograph The Core Structure Assembly for the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, manufactured by ATK Space Components in San Diego, Calif. ATK supported NASA June 28 as it moved one step closer to landing advanced payloads on Mars following the successful test of a next generation braking system. A world-leading producer of rocket motors, ATK provided…

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Hubble shows farthest lensing galaxy yields clues to early universe

Posted August 1, 2014 by

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have unexpectedly discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass. Seen here as it looked 9.6 billion years ago, this monster elliptical galaxy breaks the previous record-holder by 200 million years.

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NASA instrument aboard European spacecraft returns first science results

Posted September 9, 2014 by

A NASA instrument aboard the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Rosetta orbiter has successfully made its first delivery of science data from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The instrument, named Alice, began mapping the comet’s surface last month, recording the first far-ultraviolet light spectra of the comet’s surface. From the data, the Alice team discovered the comet is unusually…

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NASA’s NuSTAR telescope discovers shockingly bright dead star

Posted October 8, 2014 by

NASA/JPL-Caltech image A rare and mighty pulsar (pink) can be seen at the center of the galaxy Messier 82 in this new multi-wavelength portrait. NASA’s NuSTAR mission discovered the “pulse” of the pulsar a type of dead star using is high-energy X-ray vision. Astronomers have found a pulsating, dead star beaming with the energy of…

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NASA rocket experiment finds universe brighter than we thought

Posted November 7, 2014 by

A NASA sounding rocket experiment has detected a surprising surplus of infrared light in the dark space between galaxies, a diffuse cosmic glow as bright as all known galaxies combined. The glow is thought to be from orphaned stars flung out of galaxies.

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Storm fails to quench liftoff of secret reconnaissance satellite

Posted December 17, 2014 by Peter W. Merlin

The fiery launch of an Atlas V (541), among the most powerful of the venerable Atlas family, briefly dispelled the gloom over Californiaís Central Coast on the evening of Dec. 12. A team of personnel from United Launch Alliance and the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base completed the countdown sequence at 7:19…

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NASA spacecraft returns new images of Pluto en route to historic encounter

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NASA/JHU APL/SwRI photograph The image of Pluto and its moon Charon, taken by NASAís New Horizons spacecraft, was magnified four times to make the objects more visible. Over the next several months, the apparent sizes of Pluto and Charon, as well as the separation between them, will continue to expand in the images. NASA’s New…

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NASA asteroid hunter spacecraft data available to public

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Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft now are available online to the public.

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