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NASA completes first internal review of concepts for asteroid redirect mission

Posted July 31, 2013 by

NASA has completed the first step toward a mission to find and capture a near-Earth asteroid, redirect it to a stable lunar orbit and send humans to study it. In preparation for fiscal year 2014, a mission formulation review on Tuesday brought together NASA leaders from across the country to examine internal studies proposing multiple…

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NASA’s Chandra Observatory catches giant black hole rejecting material

Posted August 31, 2013 by

Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have taken a major step in explaining why material around the giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy is extraordinarily faint in X-rays. This discovery holds important implications for understanding black holes.

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Twelve NASA Explorer Schools receive honor awards, grants

Posted September 25, 2013 by

NASA has recognized 12 NASA Explorer Schools from 11 U.S. states for their contributions to science, technology, engineering or mathematics education in the 2012-2013 school year. All 12 schools will receive a NASA certificate of recognition that includes an American flag that was flown in space. Six of the 12 also submitted successful proposals to…

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Lockheed Martin team tests Orionís protective panels

Posted November 8, 2013 by

Testing at the Lockheed Martin Sunnyvale facility in California using a series of precisely-timed, explosive charges and mechanisms, proved the Orion spacecraft can successfully jettison its protective fairing panels. The Orion spacecraft has three fairings that protect the service module radiators and solar arrays from heat, wind and acoustics during ascent. This test was the…

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Heat shield for NASA’s Orion spacecraft arrives at Kennedy Space Center

Posted December 6, 2013 by

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is just about ready to turn up the heat. The spacecraft’s heat shield arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida Dec. 4 aboard the agency’s Super Guppy aircraft. The heat shield, the largest of its kind ever built, was to be unloaded Dec. 5 and is scheduled for installation on…

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NASA’s Swift catches x-ray action at Milky Way’s center

Posted January 8, 2014 by

Recent observations by NASA’s Swift spacecraft have provided scientists a unique glimpse into the activity at the center of our galaxy and led to the discovery of a rare celestial entity that may help them test predictions of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. This week, at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society…

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Remembering those who sacrificed their lives for space exploration

Posted February 5, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Robert Markowitz The flags of the State of Texas and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and a wreath stand in tribute to the memorial tree planted in Fullerton’s honor at the Johnson Space Center’s memorial grove during JSC’s Day of Remembrance observance Jan. 30. Jan. 31, 2014, NASA commemorated the men…

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First Boeing Built Inmarsat-5 satellite successfully completes on-orbit testing

Posted March 14, 2014 by

Boeing’s first of four satellites for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network, has passed all of its on-orbit testing and has now been handed over to Inmarsat. “This is an important milestone for Global Xpress,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat. “The testing of the Boeing built platform and payload has been completed and shown to meet…

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NASA looks to go beyond batteries for space exploration

Posted April 9, 2014 by

NASA is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable, energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology that has long powered America’s space program. The core technologies solicited in the Wednesday call for proposals will advance energy storage solutions for the space program and other government agencies, such as the Department of Energy’s…

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Air Force official testifies on dangers of ‘space junk’

Posted May 12, 2014 by Karen Parrish

One congresswoman summed up the issue succinctly during a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing May 9: space junk is a growing problem. Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, the commander of the 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Force Component Command for Space, testified at the hearing,…

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