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747 shuttle carrier makes big move to Space Center Houston

To safely move 318,000 pounds of aircraft parts nearly eight miles it will take more than a determined education foundation; in fact Space Center Houston is teaming with 30 public, private and government agencies to "bring the legacy home" - many of whom offered their services at little or no charge.

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NASA satellites show drought may take toll on Congo rainforest

A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

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It is easy being green Green Hornet team strikes, wins environmental excellence award

Navy photograph The Green Hornet flies over Naval Air Station Patuxent River April 22, 2010. On Earth Day 2010, the Super Hornet became the first Navy aircraft to demonstrate alternative fuel capability using a 50/50 blend of camelina biofuel and the Navyís primary jet fuel, jet propellant (JP)-5. For the seventh consecutive year, the F/A-18…

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Optionally piloted Black Hawk demonstrator helo takes successful first flight

In cooperation with the U.S. Army, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has successfully demonstrated optionally piloted flight of a Black Hawk helicopter, a significant step toward providing autonomous cargo delivery functionality to the U.S. Army. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The Optionally Piloted Black Hawk Demonstrator, known as Sikorsky’s Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter…

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Fifth generation Army tank cartridge reports loudly for duty

Army photograph A new tank cartridge was recently tested at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Pictured here are: (from left) Kent Evans, TRADOC Capability Manager – Armored Brigade Combat Team; Kevin Mulligan, Armament Research, Development and Engineering Command; Maj. Juan Santiago, assistant product manager; Lt. Col. Brian Gruchacz Product Manager; Greg Malejko, ARDEC; Steve Peralta, is…


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Space

NASA’s Spitzer sees Milky Wayís blooming countryside

Posted  June 5, 2013

New views from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope show blooming stars in our Milky Way galaxy’s more barren territories, far from its crowded core. The images are part of the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (Glimpse 360) project, which is mapping the celestial topography of our galaxy. The map and a full, 360-degree view of…

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NATO defense ministers set post-2014 Afghanistan mission

Posted  June 5, 2013

NATO defense ministerial meetings June 4 and 5helped to cement the allianceís commitment to a ìtrain, advise and assistî mission that will begin after the International Security Assistance Force disbands at the end of 2014, NATOís senior civilian leader said June 5. The end of 2014 will mark the end of our combat mission, but…

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DOD announces research equipment awards

Posted  June 5, 2013

The Department of Defense June 3 announced awards to 140 university researchers at 77 academic institutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation and equipment. The awards total $38.7 million and are being made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. The Defense University Research Instrumentation Program supports the purchase of state of the art…

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DRS Technologies to provide U.S. Air Force with new Minuteman III transporter erector vehicle

Posted  June 5, 2013

DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, has received a $25 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for the design, development and delivery of two Transporter Erector Replacement Vehicles to support the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Minuteman III fleet. If all options are exercised by the Air Force, the total program value for up to 26…

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VA hires more than 1,600 mental health professionals to meet goal

Posted  June 5, 2013

Expands access to care, outreach efforts, directs nationwide community mental health summits The Department of Veterans Affairs announced June 3 that it has met the goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obamaís Aug. 31, 2012, Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military…

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NASA partners with LEGO Group for design, build contest

Posted  June 5, 2013

NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers by offering a new design competition. The competition will spur students of all ages to use the toy bricks in building models of future airplanes and spacecraft. The “NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build” competition opens Wednesday with an entry deadline…

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Rocket launch postponed from Wallops Flight Facility In Virginia

Posted  June 5, 2013

The launch tonight [June 5] of a Black Brant XII suborbital rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Va., has been postponed. The mission was postponed due to insufficient time to cool the instruments on the payload down to the required temperatures before launch. The launch is now scheduled between 11 and 11:59 p.m., June 5.†…

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Air Force appoints first female chief scientist

Posted  June 5, 2013

The Air Force appointed the service’s first female chief scientist to lead the way in the technology and science fields. Dr. Mica Endsley assumed her new duties and responsibilities as the 34th chief scientist June 3 in support of Air Force senior leaders and Airmen across the service. “Having served on the Air Force Scientific…

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World

Patriots, F-16s may remain in Jordan after Eager Lion exercise

Posted  June 5, 2013

The United States could leave Patriot anti-missile batteries and F-16 fighter jets in Jordan following the end of Exercise Eager Lion, a Pentagon spokesman said June 5. Jordan has requested the batteries, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has not yet reviewed it, Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters. Hagel is returning from NATO meetings in…

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After three decades, maintainers keep B-1 on top

Posted  June 5, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Brett Clashman Senior Airman Jonathon Hartman, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, marshals in a B-1B Lancer during Green Flag-West 11-10 Sept. 20, 2011, at Nellis AFB, Nev. With a career that spans across three decades and a war fighting reputation that rivals nearly every…

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