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NASA Mars rover targets unusual rock en route to first destination

Posted September 21, 2012 by

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has driven up to a football-size rock that will be the first for the rover’s arm to examine. Curiosity is about 8 feet (2.5 meters) from the rock. It lies about halfway from Curiosity’s landing site, Bradbury Landing, to a location called Glenelg. In coming days, the team plans to touch…

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Astronomers uncover a surprising trend in galaxy evolution

Posted October 19, 2012 by

A comprehensive study of hundreds of galaxies observed by the Keck telescopes in Hawaii and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has revealed an unexpected pattern of change that extends back 8 billion years, or more than half the age of the universe. “Astronomers thought disk galaxies in the nearby universe had settled into their present form…

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NASA’s great observatories find candidate for most distant galaxy

Posted November 16, 2012 by

By combining the power of NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes and one of nature’s own natural “zoom lenses” in space, astronomers have set a new record for finding the most distant galaxy seen in the universe. The farthest galaxy appears as a diminutive blob that is only a tiny fraction of the size of…

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NASA announces robust multi-year Mars program

Posted December 5, 2012 by

New rover to close out decade of new missions   Building on the success of Curiosity’s Red Planet landing, NASA has announced plans for a robust multi-year Mars program, including a new robotic science rover set to launch in 2020. This announcement affirms the agency’s commitment to a bold exploration program that meets our nation’s…

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Boeing completes preliminary design review for Space Launch System core stage

Posted December 28, 2012 by

Boeing and NASA on Dec. 20 completed the Preliminary Design Review for the Space Launch System core stage and avionics, validating the design of the rocket that will send humans beyond low Earth orbit to places like the moon, an asteroid and ultimately Mars.

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World’s most powerful engine blazes path for Space Launch System advanced propulsion

Posted January 25, 2013 by

To help develop the nation¹s future heavy lift rocket, NASA resurrected the world’s most powerful rocket engine ever flown – the mighty F-1 that powered the Saturn V rocket – and test fired it’s gas generator today at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. NASA engineers ran the gas generator at the Marshall…

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NASA seeks big ideas for small in-space propulsion systems

Posted February 20, 2013 by

NASA’s Space Technology Program is calling for proposals to develop miniaturized electrospray propulsion technologies that could revolutionize small satellite propulsion systems. Electrospray thrusters use electricity to energize material and then disperse a resulting liquid or aerosol through an emitter to create thrust. The development of low-mass, lightweight micro thruster technologies has the potential to radically…

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Northrop Grumman, ATK complete primary mirror backplane support wing assemblies for Webb telescope

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman photograph Technicians complete the primary mirror backplane support structure wing assemblies for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope at ATK’s Space Components facility in Magna, Utah. REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman and teammate ATK have completed the fabrication of the primary mirror backplane support structure wing assemblies for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope….

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SpaceShipTwo passes airborne rocket motor cold flow test

Posted April 17, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

Courtesy Photo SpaceShipTwo in flight during a previous glide test above Mojave Air & Space Port. The Scaled Composites/Virgin Galactic test program at Mojave is accelerating. April 12 there was a 10.8-minute cold flow test in which the hybrid rocket motor was tested after SS2 was released from its mother ship, the WhiteKnightTwo. Since March…

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Fourth Boeing GPS IIF satellite joins constellation on orbit

Posted May 17, 2013 by

With the May 125 launch of the fourth GPS IIF satellite, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force continue modernizing the Global Positioning System that millions of people worldwide rely on as a navigation and timing resource.

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