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NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX achieves milestone in safety review

Posted November 15, 2013 by

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) met in late October to review the safety of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket being developed to launch humans into low-Earth orbit later this decade.

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Orbital mates Cygnus to Antares rocket for upcoming ISS mission

Posted December 11, 2013 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation’s (NYSE: ORB) operations team mated the Cygnus spacecraft to the Antares rocket that will launch it to the International Space Station Dec. 18.

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NASA’s Commercial Crew Partners aim to capitalize, expand on 2013 successes in 2014

Posted January 15, 2014 by

Several companies, working closely with NASA, ended 2013 with an impressive string of achievements to build on in 2014 as the American aerospace industry continues to develop and demonstrate commercial human spaceflight capabilities with the potential to support both commercial and government customers. The year will be pivotal for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program as the…

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National Space Club honors Kepler’s planet hunters

Posted February 7, 2014 by

NASA’s Kepler space telescope mission will be honored with the National Space Club’s preeminent award, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, in March. The National Space Club is recognizing Kepler for revolutionizing astrophysics and exoplanet science by expanding the census of planets beyond our solar system and fundamentally altering our understanding of our place in…

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NASA Selects United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket to launch solar orbiter mission

Posted March 24, 2014 by

NASA’s Launch Services Program announced today that it selected United Launch Alliance’s proven Atlas V vehicle to launch its next-generation sun explorer called Solar Orbiter. This award resulted from a competitive procurement under NASA Launch Services contracts that considered multiple launch providers. “We are honored that NASA has selected ULA to provide the launch service…

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NASA names six new members to advisory council

Posted April 18, 2014 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has announced the appointment of six new members to the NASA Advisory Council. The group advises NASA’s senior leadership on challenges and solutions facing the agency as it unfolds a new era of exploration. The six new members are Wanda Austin, Wayne Hale, Scott Hubbard, Miles OBrien, Thomas Young, and Kathryn…

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NASA’s Hubble shows Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is smaller than ever measured

Posted May 16, 2014 by

Jupiter’s trademark Great Red Spot – a swirling anti-cyclonic storm larger than Earth – has shrunk to its smallest size ever measured. According to Amy Simon of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recent NASA Hubble Space Telescope observations confirm the Great Red Spot†† now is approximately 10,250 miles across. Astronomers have followed…

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New NASA space observatory to study carbon conundrums

Posted June 13, 2014 by

NASA’s first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere is in final preparations for a July 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission will provide a more complete, global picture of the human and natural sources of carbon dioxide, as well as their “sinks,” the natural…

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NASA announces early career faculty space tech research grants

Posted July 16, 2014 by

NASA has selected seven university-led proposals for the study of innovative, early stage technologies that address high priority needs for America’s space program. The selected proposals for unique, disruptive, or transformational space technologies will address challenges in robotic mobility when traversing extreme terrain, in developing lightweight and multifunctional materials and structures, and in lowering the…

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NASA to investigate climate impacts of Arctic sea ice loss

Posted August 15, 2014 by

NASA photograph NASA’s C-130 aircraft will carry scientists over the Arctic starting this month from northern Greenland and Fairbanks, Alaska. A new NASA field campaign will begin flights over the Arctic this summer to study the effect of sea ice retreat on Arctic climate. The Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment will conduct research…

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