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NASA Probes Studying Earth’s Radiation Belts to Celebrate Two Year Anniversary

August 29, 2014

NASA's twin Van Allen Probes will celebrate on Saturday two years of studying the sun’s influence on our planet and near-Earth space. The probes, shortly after launch in August 2012, discovered a third radiation belt around Earth when only two had previously been detected.

NASA Opens Media Accreditation for Orion Move in Preparation for First Flight

August 29, 2014

Media accreditation now is open to attend an event marking the move of NASA's Orion spacecraft at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft will be transferred from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility during the second week of September.

Mississippi and Louisiana Students Get Out-of-This-World Start to the School Year

August 29, 2014

Students from Mississippi and Louisiana will gather at the INFINITY Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi, for a long-distance call with NASA astronauts currently orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station.

Sparks Fly as NASA Pushes the Limits of 3-D Printing Technology

August 28, 2014

NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

NASA's Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup

August 28, 2014

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets.

NASA Completes Key Review of World’s Most Powerful Rocket in Support of Journey to Mars

August 27, 2014

NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars -- and approved the program's progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle.

NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

August 27, 2014

Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed “Sparky,” is a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate.

NASA Holds Teleconference Today to Discuss Progress on World’s Largest Rocket

August 27, 2014

NASA officials will hold a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EDT today to discuss the agency’s progress on the Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy-lift rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars.

NASA Completes Successful Battery of Tests on Composite Cryotank

August 26, 2014

NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying lightweight, composite tanks on rockets.

Space Station Astronauts to Speak with California Elementary School Students

August 25, 2014

Expedition 40 Commander Steve Swanson and Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman of NASA, currently orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station, will speak with students and educators at Elliott Ranch Elementary School in Elk Grove, California, Wednesday, Aug. 27.

NASA Awards Contract Option on Test and Operations Support Contract

August 25, 2014

NASA Awards Contract Option on Test and Operations Support Contract

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Crosses Neptune Orbit En Route to Historic Pluto Encounter

August 25, 2014

NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015.

NASA Picks Top Earth Data Challenge Ideas, Opens Call for Climate Apps

August 22, 2014

NASA has selected four ideas from the public for innovative uses of climate projections and Earth-observing satellite data.

NASA Awards Program Analysis and Control Bridge III Contract

August 21, 2014

NASA has awarded the Program Analysis and Control (PAAC) III Bridge contract for support services to ASRC Research & Technology Solutions of Beltsville, Maryland.

NASA TV to Air Events That Highlight Pluto-Bound Spacecraft

August 21, 2014

Media and the public are invited to attend two events Monday, Aug. 25 from 1-3 p.m. EDT to learn more about the agency’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and its historic connection to the Voyager spacecraft’s visit to Neptune in 1989.

NASA Selects 26 Space Biology Research Proposals

August 21, 2014

NASA's Space Biology Program will fund 26 proposals to investigate how microbes, cells, plants and animals respond to changes in gravity. The research will be conducted aboard the International Space Station.

NASA and Commercial Partners Review Summer of Advancements

August 21, 2014

NASA's spaceflight experts in the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) met throughout July with aerospace partners to review increasingly advanced designs, elements and systems of the spacecraft and launch vehicles under development as part of the space agency's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) and Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) initiatives.

Ozone-Depleting Compound Persists, NASA Research Shows

August 20, 2014

NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide.

Media Day at Wallops for NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission

August 20, 2014

As the Atlantic Ocean's hurricane season hits its peak, media are invited to visit NASA's latest airborne hurricane research mission using remotely piloted aircraft on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

NASA Announces Awards to Expand Informal STEM Education Network

August 20, 2014

NASA Announces Awards to Expand Informal STEM Education Network

NASA to Air Panel Discussion about Ancient Earth and Habitable Planets

August 19, 2014

NASA Television will live broadcast a discussion Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. EDT, with leading science experts describing what is known about our ancient Earth and how that information can guide the search for habitable planets orbiting other stars.

NASA's RXTE Satellite Decodes the Rhythm of an Unusual Black Hole

August 18, 2014

Astronomers have uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare type of black hole 12 million light-years away by sifting through archival data from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite.

NASA Awards Modification to Engineering and Science Services Contract

August 18, 2014

NASA has signed a contract modification with Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tennessee, for a one-year option with a potential value of $120 million to extend the Engineering and Science Services and Skills Augmentation contract at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

NASA Selects Texas State University to Provide Educator Professional Development

August 18, 2014

NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project has awarded approximately $15 million in a new, five-year cooperative agreement to Texas State University at San Marcos to provide educator professional development using NASA-related science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content.

NASA Opens Media Accreditation for Next SpaceX Station Resupply Mission

August 15, 2014

Media accreditation now is open for the launch of NASA’s next cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station by SpaceX. The Dragon spacecraft tentatively is scheduled to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida no earlier than 2:38 a.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 19.

NASA’s Chandra Observatory Searches for Trigger of Nearby Supernova

August 14, 2014

New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory offer a glimpse into the environment of a star before it exploded earlier this year, and insight into what triggered one of the closest supernovas witnessed in decades.

NASA to Investigate Climate Impacts of Arctic Sea Ice Loss

August 14, 2014

A new NASA field campaign will begin flights over the Arctic this summer to study the effect of sea ice retreat on Arctic climate. The Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE) will conduct research flights Aug. 28 through Oct. 1, covering the peak of summer sea ice melt.

Stardust Team Reports Discovery of First Potential Interstellar Space Particles

August 14, 2014

Seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles that date to the beginnings of the solar system are among the samples collected by scientists who have been studying the payload from NASA's Stardust spacecraft since its return to Earth in 2006. If confirmed, these particles would be the first samples of contemporary interstellar dust.

NASA Television Coverage Set for Russian Spacewalk

August 13, 2014

Two Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station will venture outside the orbiting outpost Monday, Aug. 18, for a six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk -- the 181st in support of space station assembly and maintenance. NASA TV coverage will begin at 9:30 a.m.

NASA Selects Proposals to Increase STEM Education at Community and Technical Colleges

August 13, 2014

NASA's Office of Education will award more than $17.3 million through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at community colleges and technical schools across the U.S. Each award has a two-year performance period and a maximum value of $500,000.

Departure of U.S. Cargo Ship to Air on NASA Television

August 12, 2014

After delivering almost three tons of supplies and scientific experiments to the crew of the International Space Station, Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus cargo spacecraft, the SS Janice Voss, is scheduled to leave the station Friday, Aug. 15. NASA Television will provide live coverage of departure activities beginning at 6:15 a.m. EDT.

NASA's NuSTAR Sees Rare Blurring of Black Hole Light

August 12, 2014

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has captured an extreme and rare event in the regions immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole. A compact source of X-rays that sits near the black hole, called the corona, has moved closer to the black hole over a period of just days.

NASA Selects U.S. Small Business Technology Transfer Projects for Further Development

August 8, 2014

NASA has selected 23 proposals from small business and research institution teams to continue the development of innovative technologies that will support future agency mission needs and may also prove viable as commercial products and services.

Television Coverage Set for Final European Space Station Cargo Ship Docking

August 7, 2014

The fifth and final docking of a European Space Agency cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station will air live on NASA Television Tuesday, Aug. 12, beginning at 8 a.m. EDT.

NASA Selects Proposals for Advanced Energy Storage Systems

August 7, 2014

NASA has selected four proposals for advanced energy storage technologies that may be used to power the agency's future space missions.

NASA, Navy Prepare for Orion Spacecraft to Make a Splash

August 6, 2014

A team of technicians, engineers, sailors and divers just wrapped up a successful week of testing and preparing for various scenarios that could play out when NASA's new Orion spacecraft splashes into the Pacific Ocean following its first space flight test in December.

NASA’s Hubble Finds Supernova Star System Linked to Potential “Zombie Star”

August 6, 2014

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has spotted a star system that could have left behind a “zombie star” after an unusually weak supernova explosion.

The Future is Now: Innovative Advanced Concepts Selected for Continued Study

August 6, 2014

Looking ahead to an exciting future, NASA is continuing to invest in concepts that may one day revolutionize how we live and work in space with the selection of five technology proposals for continued study under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program.

NASA Holds Briefing on Early Test Results for New Planetary Landing Technology

August 5, 2014

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project successfully flew a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space last month from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. Media are invited to the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California at 9 a.m. more»

NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSat Space Missions

August 5, 2014

NASA is opening the next round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative, part of the White House Maker Initiative, in an effort to engage the growing community of space enthusiasts that can contribute to NASA's space exploration goals.

NASA Awards Modification for Geophysics, Geodynamics and Space Geodesy Support Contract

August 1, 2014

NASA has awarded a modification to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc. (SGT) of Greenbelt, Maryland to continuing working the the Geophysics, Geodynamics and Space Geodesy (GGSG) Support Services contract.

NASA Awards Flight Dynamics Support Services II Contract

August 1, 2014

NASA has awarded the Flight Dynamics Support Services (FDSS) II contract to Omitron, Inc. of Beltsville, Maryland.

NASA Awards Mission Operations Support Contract Extension

August 1, 2014

NASA has awarded a contract extension to Lockheed Martin Corporation of Gaithersburg, Maryland, for the Facilities Development and Operations Contract (FDOC) at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NASA's Fermi Space Telescope Reveals New Source of Gamma Rays

July 31, 2014

Observations by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope of several stellar eruptions, called novae, firmly establish these relatively common outbursts almost always produce gamma rays, the most energetic form of light.

NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload to Explore the Red Planet as Never Before

July 31, 2014

The NASA Mars Rover 2020 will carry instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet.

NASA Hosts 3 p.m. EDT Teleconference with Mars 2020 Principal Investigators

July 31, 2014

NASA will host a teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT today with the principal investigators of the selected instruments that will fly aboard the agency’s Mars 2020 rover.

Reporters Invited to See Orion, Speak with NASA Managers at Navy Days-Los Angeles

July 31, 2014

A test version of NASA's new Orion spacecraft will be at the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 6, following testing with the U.S. Navy. Media are invited from 6 to 9 a.m. PDT to see the craft and learn about NASA's deep space exploration plans, which include sending astronauts to an asteroid and Mars.

Hubble Shows Farthest Lensing Galaxy Yields Clues to Early Universe

July 31, 2014

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have unexpectedly discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass.

NASA, Small Business Administrators and U.S. Sen. Cardin to Announce Results of 2013 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard

July 30, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will join Small Business Administrator (SBA) Maria Contreras-Sweet and U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Friday, Aug. 1 at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to announce the results of the 2013 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard.

NASA Holds Space Tech Mission Directorate Update Media Call Aug. 5

July 30, 2014

NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 5, to discuss the activities of the agency's Space Technology Mission Directorate and how technology drives exploration.

NASA to Announce Mars 2020 Rover Instruments

July 30, 2014

NASA will announce on Thursday, July 31, the instruments that will be carried aboard the agency’s Mars 2020 mission, a roving laboratory based on the highly successful Curiosity rover. The announcement will air live at noon EDT on NASA Television and on the agency’s website.

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