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NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft 911 moves to final home

Posted September 17, 2014 by

Some 2 ½ years after its retirement, the second of two modified Boeing 747 jetliners that ferried NASA’s space shuttles across the nation for more than three decades has made its final journey – a ¾-mile ground tow from the NASA Armstrong aircraft operations facility to the nearby Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in Palmdale, Calif.

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NASA’s Hubble Telescope finds potential Kuiper Belt targets for New Horizons Pluto mission

Posted October 17, 2014 by

Peering out to the dim, outer reaches of our solar system, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) the agency’s New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015.

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NASA opens registration for 2015 Exploration Rover Challenge

Posted November 17, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the world who competed in the first NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 11-12 at the U.S….

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NASA commercial crew partners complete 23 milestones in 2014

Posted December 24, 2014 by

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and the agency’s industry partners completed 23 agreement and contract milestones in 2014 and participated in thousands of hours of technical review sessions. The sessions focused on creating a new generation of safe, reliable and cost-effective crew space transportation systems to low-Earth orbit destinations. “To say we’ve been busy would truly…

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New NASA Earth Science Missions expand view of our home planet

Posted February 27, 2015 by

Four new NASA Earth-observing missions are collecting data from space with a fifth newly in orbit ñ after the busiest year of NASA Earth science launches in more than a decade. On Feb. 27, 2014, NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory into space from Japan. Data from…

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NASA joins forces to put satellite eyes on threat to U.S. freshwater

Posted April 8, 2015 by

USGS/NASA Earth Observatory Toxic algal blooms like this one in Lake Erie in 2011 can cause human and animal health risks, fish kills, and degrade drinking water supplies. NASA has joined forces with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Geological Survey to transform satellite data designed to probe ocean…

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

Posted May 22, 2015 by

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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NASA selects astronauts for first U.S. commercial space flights

Posted July 10, 2015 by

NASA has selected four astronauts to train and prepare for commercial spaceflights that will return American launches to U.S. soil and further open up low-Earth orbit transportation to the private sector. The selections are the latest major milestone in the Obama Administration’s plan to partner with U.S. industry to transport astronauts to space, create good-paying…

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NASA concludes series of engine tests for next-gen rocket

Posted August 28, 2015 by

NASA has completed the first developmental test series on the RS-25 engines that will power the agency's new Space Launch System rocket on missions deeper into space than ever before.

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Hubble’s 22nd anniversary image shows turbulent star-making region

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Several million young stars are vying for attention in a new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of a raucous stellar breeding ground in 30 Doradus, a star-forming complex located in the heart of the Tarantula...

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