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NASA Partners Punctuate Summer with Spacecraft Development Advances

July 22, 2014

Spacecraft and rocket development is on pace this summer for NASA's aerospace industry partners for the agency's Commercial Crew Program as they progress through systems testing, review boards and quarterly sessions under their Space Act Agreements with the agency.

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory Celebrates 15th Anniversary

July 22, 2014

Fifteen years ago, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Since its deployment on July 23, 1999, Chandra has helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe through its unrivaled X-ray vision.

NASA Updates Apollo Anniversary, Next Giant Leap Events

July 18, 2014

NASA has updated events that are marking the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing and the steps being taken for America's next giant leap to send astronauts to Mars.

NASA Awards Construction Contract at Kennedy Space Center

July 17, 2014

NASA has awarded a two-year contract to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Orlando to build a new multi-story headquarters building at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA Kicks Off Field Campaign to Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle

July 17, 2014

NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States, an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food chain.

NASA Begins Engine Test Project for Space Launch System Rocket

July 17, 2014

Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. They installed on Thursday an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the agency's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

Space Station Cargo Ship Activities to Air on NASA TV

July 16, 2014

NASA Television will broadcast live the departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, July 21, and the launch and docking of its replacement Wednesday, July 23.

International Undersea Crew Available for Live Satellite Interviews

July 16, 2014

How does living and working underwater for nine days help us explore space? Four astronauts who will be living 62 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean will be available to answer that question and more during satellite interviews from inside an underwater habitat from 8 to 8:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 23.

NASA Announces Early Career Faculty Space Tech Research Grants

July 15, 2014

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.

NASA Turns Over Next-Generation Air Traffic Management Tool to Federal Aviation Administration

July 15, 2014

A new NASA-developed computer software tool designed to aid air traffic controllers was presented to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during a ceremony Monday at the agency's headquarters in Washington.

NASA Seeks Proposals for Europa Mission Science Instruments

July 15, 2014

NASA has issued an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for proposals about science instruments that could be carried aboard a future mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa.

NASA Awards Mission Operations Support Contract

July 14, 2014

NASA has awarded a nine-year contract to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT), Inc., Greenbelt, Maryland, to provide mission and flight crew operations support for the International Space Station and future human space exploration.

NASA to Hold Briefing on Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle Field Campaign

July 14, 2014

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 17, to discuss new fieldwork using coordinated ship and aircraft observations aimed at advancing the technology needed to measure microscopic plankton in the ocean from space.

NASA Honors Historic First Moon Landing, Eyes First Mars Mission

July 14, 2014

NASA marks the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing this month while it takes the steps needed for America's next giant leap to send astronauts to Mars.

NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station aboard Orbital Sciences Resupply Mission

July 13, 2014

A multitude of NASA research investigations, crew provisions, hardware and science experiments from across the country is headed to the International Space Station aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft. The cargo craft launched aboard Orbital's Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 12:52 p.m. EDT Sunday.

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NASA Extends Mechanical Systems Engineering Services Contract

July 11, 2014

NASA has awarded the Mechanical Systems Engineering Services II/A (MSES II/A) Bridge contract extension for engineering services to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT), Inc., Greenbelt, Maryland.

NASA TV Coverage Reset for Sunday Orbital-2 Mission to Space Station

July 11, 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the upcoming Orbital Sciences' mission to resupply the International Space Station. Orbital's Cygnus cargo spacecraft is schedule to launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Launch Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Sunday, July 13 at 12:52 p.m. EDT.

NASA Spacecraft Observes Further Evidence of Dry Ice Gullies on Mars

July 10, 2014

Repeated high-resolution observations made by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) indicate the gullies on Mars’ surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liquid water.

Hubble Spots Spiral Bridge of Young Stars Linking Two Ancient Galaxies

July 10, 2014

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has photographed an unusual structure 100,000 light years long, which resembles a corkscrew-shaped string of pearls and winds around the cores of two colliding galaxies.

Leading Space Experts to Discuss the Search for Life Beyond Earth

July 10, 2014

NASA Television will air a panel discussion of leading science and engineering experts on Monday, July 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT, who will describe the scientific and technological roadmap that will lead to the discovery of potentially habitable worlds among the stars.

NASA Announces Winners of Challenge to Design Hurricane-Tracking Uncrewed Aerial Systems

July 9, 2014

NASA has selected three winning designs solicited to address the technological limitations of the uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) currently used to track and collect data on hurricanes.

Next Space Station Crew to Participate in NASA TV Briefing, Media Interviews

July 9, 2014

The next crew to launch to the International Space Station (ISS), including NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore, will participate in a NASA Television news conference and media interviews Wednesday, July 16, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NASA TV Coverage Set for Saturday Orbital-2 Mission to Space Station

July 9, 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the upcoming Orbital Sciences' mission to resupply the International Space Station. Orbital's Cygnus cargo spacecraft is schedule to launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Launch Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Saturday, July 12 at 1:14 p.m. EDT.

Testing Completed on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Backplane

July 8, 2014

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has reached another development milestone with the completion of static load testing of its primary mirror backplane support structure (PMBSS) moving the telescope one step closer to its 2018 launch.

NASA's Undergraduate Student Instrument Program Launches

July 7, 2014

College and university students from across the country are taking science to greater heights thanks to a new NASA program.

NASA Invites Media to Facility Renaming Ceremony in Honor of Neil Armstrong

July 7, 2014

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is renaming one of its iconic facilities in honor of legendary astronaut and the first person to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

NASA Television Coverage Set for Orbital-2 Mission to Space Station

July 3, 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the upcoming Orbital Sciences Corp.'s mission to resupply the International Space Station. Orbital's Cygnus cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Launch Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Friday, July 11 at 1:40 p.m. EDT.

Major Air Pollution Studies to Converge Over Denver

July 3, 2014

Two NASA aircraft are participating in field campaigns beginning this month in Colorado that will probe the factors leading to unhealthy air quality conditions and improve the ability to diagnose air quality conditions from space.

Ocean on Saturn Moon Could be as Salty as the Dead Sea

July 2, 2014

Scientists analyzing data from NASA’s Cassini mission have firm evidence the ocean inside Saturn's largest moon, Titan, might be as salty as the Earth's Dead Sea.

NASA Launches New Carbon-Sensing Mission to Monitor Earth’s Breathing

July 2, 2014

NASA successfully launched its first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide at 2:56 a.m. PDT (5:56 a.m. EDT) Wednesday.

Launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Rescheduled for July 2

July 1, 2014

The launch of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is scheduled for Wednesday, July 2 at 5:56 a.m. EDT (2:56 a.m. PDT) from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

NASA Exercises Option on Engineering Support Contract

June 30, 2014

NASA has exercised the third option of its Technology, Engineering, and Aerospace Mission Support (TEAMS) 2 contract with Analytical Mechanics Associates Inc. (AMA) of Hampton, Virginia.

NASA’s Commercial Crew Partners Focus on Testing, Analysis to Advance Designs

June 30, 2014

NASA’s aerospace industry partners are taking their designs and operational plans for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) through a series of comprehensive tests, evaluations and review boards this summer as they move through important milestones – all with an eye on launching people into orbit from American soil by 2017.

NASA Announces Education Research Program Award Recipients

June 26, 2014

NASA is awarding $11.25 million to 15 colleges and universities across the United States to conduct basic research and technology development in areas including climate change, nanotechnology, astrophysics, aviation and other areas relevant to the agency's missions.

NASA Administrator and Media to See DSS Solar Array Progress in Goleta, Calif.

June 25, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will get a firsthand look at work being done on high power Roll Out Solar Arrays (ROSA) during a visit to Deployable Space Systems' (DSS) facility in Goleta, California on Tuesday, July 1.

NASA Administrator to Tour Aerojet Rocketdyne in California

June 25, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Scott Seymour, Chief Executive Officer of GenCorp, will provide an update about the work being done at the Aerojet Rocketdyne facility in Rancho Cordova, California, to support NASA’s vision for the future during a media availability at 11 a.m. PDT Monday, June 30.

Parachutes for NASA's Orion Spacecraft Hit No Snags in Most Difficult Test

June 25, 2014

NASA completed the most complex and flight-like test of the parachute system for the agency's Orion spacecraft on Wednesday.

NASA Launches Earth Science Challenges with OpenNEX Cloud Data

June 24, 2014

NASA is launching two challenges to give the public an opportunity to create innovative ways to use data from the agency’s Earth science satellites.

NASA Sets New Dates, Media Coverage for Saucer-Shaped Test Vehicle Flight

June 24, 2014

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project plans to fly its rocket-powered, saucer-shaped landing technology test vehicle into near-space from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii later this week.

NASA Kicks off New Space Station Exhibit with Live Space Chat with San Diego Students

June 23, 2014

Local students and educators will gather at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego at 10:25 a.m. PDT (1:25 p.m. EDT) Wednesday, June 25, to speak with NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman, currently orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station.

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover Marks First Martian Year with Mission Successes

June 23, 2014

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover will complete a Martian year -- 687 Earth days -- on June 24, having accomplished the mission's main goal of determining whether Mars once offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life.

NASA Announces Latest Progress, Upcoming Milestones in Hunt for Asteroids

June 19, 2014

NASA is on the hunt for an asteroid to capture with a robotic spacecraft, redirect to a stable orbit around the moon, and send astronauts to study in the 2020s -- all on the agency's human Path to Mars. more»

NASA Invites Public Comment on Mars 2020 Draft Environmental Impact Statement

June 19, 2014

NASA is requesting the public and interested organizations to review and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the agency’s proposed Mars 2020 mission. The comment period runs through July 21.

NASA, Partners Announce Top Achievements in Space Station Research

June 19, 2014

NASA, the American Astronautical Society and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) have announced 14 awards for the top research and technology achievements of 2013 made possible by the International Space Station.

Swiftly Moving Gas Streamer Eclipses Supermassive Black Hole

June 19, 2014

An international team of astronomers, using data from several NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) space observatories, has discovered unexpected behavior from the supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy NGC 5548, located 244.6 million light-years from Earth. This behavior may provide new insights into how supermassive black holes interact with their host galaxies.

NASA's Hubble Finds Dwarf Galaxies Formed More Than Their Fair Share of Universe's Stars

June 19, 2014

They may be little, but they pack a big star-forming punch. New observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show small galaxies, also known as dwarf galaxies, are responsible for forming a large proportion of the universe's stars.

NASA Announces Award Recipients for Space Station Research Flight Opportunity

June 18, 2014

NASA has awarded $500,000 and payload flight opportunities for research and technology development onboard the International Space Station to academic institutions across the U.S. The awards are through NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

NASA Astronauts David Leestma and Andrew Thomas Retire

June 18, 2014

NASA has bid farewell to two veteran astronauts who have retired after a combined 66 years of federal service.

NASA Aeronautics Makes Strides to Bring Back Supersonic Passenger Travel

June 17, 2014

The return of supersonic passenger travel may be coming closer to reality thanks to NASA’s efforts to define a new standard for low sonic booms.

NASA Update to Highlight Progress, Upcoming Milestones for Asteroid Redirect Mission, Observation, Grand Challenge

June 16, 2014

On Thursday, June 19, NASA will host a televised update on recent progress and upcoming milestones in the agency’s efforts to identify, capture and relocate an asteroid, and send astronauts to take samples of it in the 2020s. The 1-2:30 p.m. more»

NASA Hubble to Begin Search Beyond Pluto for a New Horizons Mission Target

June 16, 2014

After careful consideration and analysis, the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee has recommended using Hubble to search for an object the Pluto-bound NASA New Horizons mission could visit after its flyby of Pluto in July 2015.

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