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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

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NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.

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NASA soil moisture mapper arrives at launch site

Posted October 17, 2014 by

NASA photograph NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft is delivered by truck to the Astrotech payload processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 15, 2014.   A NASA spacecraft designed to track Earth’s water in one of its most important, but least recognized forms – soil moisture – now is at Vandenberg…

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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s next Mars lander

Posted November 17, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin has started the assembly, test and launch operations phase for NASA’s InSight Mars lander spacecraft.

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NASA selects commercial space partners for collaborative partnerships

Posted December 24, 2014 by

NASA announced Dec. 23 the selection of four U.S. companies to collaborate with NASA through unfunded partnerships to develop new space capabilities available to the government and other customers. The partnerships build on the success of NASA’s commercial spaceflight initiatives to leverage NASA experience and expertise into new capabilities. The Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities…

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NASA, ESA telescopes give shape to furious black hole winds

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NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and ESA’s (European Space Agency) XMM-Newton telescope are showing that fierce winds from a supermassive black hole blow outward in all directions – a phenomenon that had been suspected, but difficult to prove until now. This discovery has given astronomers their first opportunity to measure the strength of these…

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NASA extends Lockheed Martin contract to prepare ISS critical cargo

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Lockheed Martin will plan, process and pack a steady supply of cargo for the International Space Station—ranging from science hardware to food and the crew’s personal items—under an extension of NASA’s Cargo Mission Contract. Currently, Lockheed Martin maintains more than three million items destined for the station. The team exports and ships about 25,000 pounds…

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NASA, Canadian agency renew agreement to reduce aviation icing risks

Posted May 22, 2015 by

On hand to sign the renewal agreement May 21 at the NRC offices in Ottawa, Ontario, were Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington, and Ian Potter, the NRC’s vice-president of engineering. “The combined efforts of our two agencies will help solve some of the most difficult and challenging weather-related…

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft stays course to Pluto

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Images courtesy of NASA/JHU-APL/SwRI These images show the difference between two sets of 48 combined 10-second exposures with New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) camera, taken at 8:40 UTC and 10:25 UTC on June 26, 2015, from a range of 21.5 million kilometers (approximately 13 million miles) to Pluto. The known small moons, Nix,…

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Lockheed Martin makes tiny satellite cooling system

Posted August 26, 2015 by

Lockheed Martin scientists are packing three times the power density into a key satellite cooling system whose previous design is already the lightest in its class. This project continues the company’s effort to reduce component size, enabling compact, higher-power spacecraft payloads and smaller sensor platforms back on Earth. Highly sophisticated electronics like satellite sensors and…

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First spacecraft flight recorder for Webb telescope delivered to Northrop Grumman

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The solid-state electronics unit that will capture the James Webb Space Telescope’s science and engineering data has been completed and delivered to Northrop Grumman by its teammate SEAKR Engineering, Inc., Centennial, Colo. “Without science data, there would be no mission, so this is a very important milestone for the Webb program,”…

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