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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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

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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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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Aerospace fans get the right stuff.

Posted  April 30, 2014

The Flight Test Historical Foundation hosted an SR-71 and U-2 50-Year Cold War Commemoration at Blackbird Airpark at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., where aerospace enthusiasts ignored the wind to collect autographs of men they have read about in history books.

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Gary Sinise delivers check for OATH

Posted  April 30, 2014

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Actor/musician Gary Sinise donates $60,000 to Lancaster High School OATH (Operation All The Way Home), a nonprofit student-led organization that raised more than $182,000 in less than one year to build wounded warrior Army Spec. Jerral Hancock a new home. History teacher Jamie Goodreau invited Hancock to speak to her…

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Bots battle at world championship for third year straight

Posted  April 30, 2014

The effort to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math subjects in engaging and exciting ways has led many local schools to form competitive VEX Robotics teams.

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Seeing sound: Teachers learn science of sound

Posted  April 30, 2014

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Leader Richard Chapleau outlines the goals of the “Seeing Sound” teachers workshop ñ building a waveform monitor and a flyable model glider from common everyday materials. Sound is something most of us with good hearing take for granted. Rarely do we consider the physics involved.† Sound comes from many sources…

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Earth Day Global “selfies” from NASA Armstrong

Posted  April 30, 2014

Courtesy Photo SOFIA crew chief Jeff Doughty and L-3 Communications lead Pat Bantalan sent their selfie from the flight deck of NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory. Thousands of social media users from scores of nations joined NASA in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day April 22 by participating in NASA’s “#GlobalSelfie” event. Employees of NASA’s Armstrong…

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Students clear land to help wounded warrior

Posted  April 30, 2014

Armed with rakes, hoes and whole lot of spirit, Lancaster High School students worked hard to clear and clean land in preparation of an expected May 6 groundbreaking ceremony to build a specially adapted “Smart Home” for Antelope Valley Army Veteran Jerral Hancock and his family.

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City of Torrance hosts largest Armed Forces Day Parade

Posted  April 30, 2014

May 16-18, the City of Torrance will pay tribute to the nation’s Armed Forces with its 55th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade – the City’s longest standing tradition. Each year, the city honors a different military branch; this year highlights the United States Navy. Grand Marshal, Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge, Commander, Navy Region…

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Hill’s F-16s take first flights alongside F-35s

Posted  April 30, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Christina Judd Hill’s F-16 flies with the F-35 Lightning II, in a training mission at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., today. Hill sent 235 active and reserve personnel to train alongside the Air Forceís newest fighter jet. F-16 pilots from Hill Air Force Base’s 419th and 388th Fighter Wings took…

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Headlines April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 2014

News: Russia plans new military exercise near border with Ukraine – Russian military officials said they plan to engage in a new series of military exercises near the Ukraine border in response to ongoing NATO training exercises in Poland.   Business: Zumwalt class costs have risen $2 billion in last five years – The cost of the…

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News Briefs April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 2014

Germany puts military exports to Russia on hold The German government says it isn’t authorizing any exports of military goods to Russia at present “because of the current political situation,” leaving nearly 70 export applications on hold. The Economy Ministry replied to questions from the opposition Greens that “in critical cases” the government will also…

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