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NASA Teams with Web Tech Company Slooh to Bring Universe to Everyone and Help Protect Earth Too

May 22, 2014

As part of the agency's Asteroid Grand Challenge, NASA is partnering with private internet technology company Slooh to engage citizen scientists in the effort to track and characterize near-Earth asteroids (NEOs) that are potentially hazardous to human populations.

NASA's WISE Findings Poke Hole in Black Hole 'Doughnut' Theory

May 22, 2014

A survey of more than 170,000 supermassive black holes, using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), has astronomers reexamining a decades-old theory about the varying appearances of these interstellar objects.

NASA Mars Weather Camera Helps Find New Crater on Red Planet

May 22, 2014

Researchers have discovered on the Red Planet the largest fresh meteor-impact crater ever firmly documented with before-and-after images.

NASA Signs Agreement with Citizen Scientists Attempting to Communicate with Old Spacecraft

May 21, 2014

NASA has given a green light to a group of citizen scientists attempting to breathe new scientific life into a more than 35-year old agency spacecraft.

NASA Television Coverage Set for Next Space Station Crew Launch

May 20, 2014

NASA Television will broadcast prelaunch activities for the next three crew members flying to the International Space Station, followed by extensive live coverage of their launch and docking to the orbital laboratory Wednesday, May 28.

Hidden Greenland Canyons Mean More Sea Level Rise

May 19, 2014

Scientists at NASA and the University of California, Irvine (UCI), have found that canyons under Greenland's ocean-feeding glaciers are deeper and longer than previously thought, increasing the amount of Greenland's estimated contribution to future sea level rise.

From Wind Tunnel Tests to Software Reviews, NASA's Commercial Crew Partners Continue to Advance

May 19, 2014

Working in wind tunnels, software laboratories and work stations across America, NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partners continue to make strides in advancing the designs of the American spacecraft and rockets that will carry humans safely and reliably into low-Earth orbit from U.S. soil by 2017.

NASA Announces Space Station Research and Development Conference

May 19, 2014

The American Astronautical Society, in cooperation with NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), will host the third annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference June 17 - 19 in Chicago.

Construction to Begin on NASA Mars Lander Scheduled to Launch in 2016

May 19, 2014

NASA and its international partners now have the go-ahead to begin construction on a new Mars lander after it completed a successful Mission Critical Design Review on Friday.

NASA Awards Safety and Fire Operations Contract

May 19, 2014

NASA has selected NLT Management Services LLC of Ewing, New Jersey, to provide institutional safety and fire protection services to support the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston and White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico.

SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Returns Critical NASA Science from Space Station

May 18, 2014

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:05 p.m. EDT Sunday, in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning more than 3,500 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station.

NASA Awards Radiation Budget Instrument Contract

May 16, 2014

NASA has awarded ITT Space Systems LLC, a subsidiary of Exelis, Inc., of Fort Wayne, Indiana, a contract to provide the Radiation Budget Instrument (RBI), a scanning radiometer capable of measuring Earth’s reflected sunlight and emitted thermal radiation.

NASA Announces Global Award Winners of the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge

May 16, 2014

NASA mission priorities were explored by five winners of the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge, a worldwide "hackathon" to spark innovation with direct application to future space missions and improve life on Earth.

NASA's Newest Wind Watcher Arrives at Launch Site

May 15, 2014

A new NASA Earth-observing mission that will measure ocean winds from the International Space Station has arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin final preparations for launch.

NASA Ranked High in J.D. Power’s Inaugural Social Media Study of Government

May 15, 2014

NASA ranked high in the J.D. Power 2014 Social Media Benchmark Study: Government, released Thursday.

NASA June 2 Kauai Media Day for First Supersonic Saucer-Shaped Vehicle Test

May 15, 2014

Reporters are invited to a media day Monday, June 2 at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii, to learn about NASA's upcoming flight test of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) experiment.

SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft with NASA Cargo Set for Return to Earth

May 14, 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station beginning at 9 a.m. EDT on Sunday, May 18.

NASA Astronaut Rick Mastracchio Available for Interviews after Space Station Mission

May 14, 2014

NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio of Waterbury, Connecticut, who returned from the International Space Station Tuesday (May 13 U.S. time), will be available for live satellite interviews from 7 to 8 a.m. EDT Tuesday, May 20.

International Space Station Science, New Crew Mission highlighted in Back-to-Back NASA TV Programs

May 14, 2014

Scientific research to prepare astronauts to venture farther into the solar system than ever before and provide real benefits to life on Earth happens every day aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Starting at 3:30 p.m. more»

Space Station Crew Returns to Earth, Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

May 13, 2014

Three crew members from the International Space Station (ISS) returned to Earth Tuesday after 188 days in space, during which they orbited Earth more than 3,000 times and traveled almost 79.8 million miles.

NASA-UCI Study Indicates Loss of West Antarctic Glaciers Appears Unstoppable

May 12, 2014

A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.

NASA Highlights 2014 National Small Business Week

May 12, 2014

NASA this week joins with President Obama, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and other federal agencies in recognizing all that our nation’s small businesses have accomplished. NASA has a strong relationship with the small business community which is vital in assisting the agency in reaching its mission goals. National Small Business Week kicks off Monday.

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference on West Antarctic Ice Sheet Findings

May 9, 2014

NASA will host a media teleconference at 12:30 p.m. EDT Monday, May 12, to discuss new research results on the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its potential contribution to future sea level rise.

NASA Administrator and Media to See MMS Mission Progress

May 9, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will get a firsthand look at work being done on the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft during a visit to the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Monday, May 12.

NASA Simulator Successfully Recreates Space Dust

May 7, 2014

A team of scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., has successfully reproduced, right here on Earth, the processes that occur in the atmosphere of a red giant star and lead to the formation of planet-forming interstellar dust.

NASA's Chandra Observatory Delivers New Insight into Formation of Star Clusters

May 7, 2014

Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and infrared telescopes, astronomers have made an important advance in the understanding of how clusters of stars come into being.

NASA Administrator to Discuss Third National Climate Assessment in California

May 6, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will visit the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., Thursday, May 8, to discuss findings in the Third National Climate Assessment, released Tuesday by the White House.

NASA Television to Air Expedition 39 Crew's Return from Space Station

May 6, 2014

Three crew members currently aboard the International Space Station are scheduled to end more than six months on the orbiting laboratory Tuesday, May 13 (U.S. time), and NASA Television will provide complete coverage of their return to Earth, from farewells to landing.

NASA, NSBRI Select 26 Proposals to Support Crew Health on Deep Space Missions

May 6, 2014

NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) will fund 26 proposals to help investigate questions about astronaut health and performance on future deep space exploration missions. This research may help protect astronauts as they venture farther into the solar system than ever before to explore an asteroid and, eventually, Mars.

NASA Hosts Multiple Student Rocketry Challenge Events in May

May 6, 2014

More than 20 American college and university teams will gather on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats Saturday, May 17 to launch rockets they designed.

International Space Station Crew to Connect Live with Idaho Students

May 2, 2014

NASA astronauts and Expedition 39 Flight Engineers Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson, currently orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station, will speak with students and educators at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, Tuesday, May 6, at 11:55 a.m. EDT. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

NASA-CNES Move Forward with Global Water and Ocean Surface Mission

May 2, 2014

NASA and the French space agency Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) have agreed to jointly build, launch, and operate a spacecraft to conduct the first-ever global survey of Earth's surface water and to map ocean surface height with unprecedented detail.

NASA Extends Media Accreditation for Next Orbital Sciences Cargo Resupply Mission to International Space Station

May 2, 2014

Media accreditation has been extended for the launch of the second NASA contracted cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station from Virginia.

NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman Available for Interviews before Space Station Mission

May 2, 2014

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman of Baltimore, Md., who is making final preparations for a May launch to the International Space Station, will be available for live satellite interviews from 6 to 7 a.m. EDT Friday, May 9.

Hubble Astronomers Use Supernovae to Gauge Power of Cosmic Lenses

May 1, 2014

Distant exploding stars observed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are providing astronomers with a powerful tool to determine the strength of naturally-occurring "cosmic lenses" that are used to magnify objects in the remote universe.

NASA Invests in Hundreds of U.S. Small Businesses to Enable Future Missions

April 30, 2014

Recognizing the critical role of American small businesses and research institutions play as innovation engines for new space technologies that will enable future space exploration, NASA has selected 383 research and technology proposals for negotiations that may lead to contracts worth a combined $47.6 million.

NASA TV to Air U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony May 3

April 30, 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the 2014 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 3 p.m. EDT Saturday, May 3. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, a 2006 hall of famer, and Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, in 2008, will deliver remarks at the event.

NASA Selects Partners for U.S. Commercial Lander Capabilities

April 30, 2014

NASA announced Wednesday the selection of three U.S. companies to negotiate no-funds exchanged partnership agreements with the agency to advance lander capabilities that will enable delivery of payloads to the surface of the moon, as well as new science and exploration missions of interest to NASA and scientific and academic communities.

NASA's Carbon-Counting Spacecraft Arrives at Launch Site

April 30, 2014

A NASA spacecraft designed to make precise measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere is at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final preparations for launch.

Texas Music Students to Perform Live with Space Station Astronaut

April 29, 2014

Expedition 39 commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, currently aboard the International Space Station, will make space-to-Earth musical connections with students in Texas this week to share and explore the relationship between the arts and space exploration.

NASA Spinoff 2013 Shows How Much Space is in Our Lives

April 28, 2014

Water filtration bottles, comfortable car seats and remote medical monitoring devices all have one thing in common -- they all have benefited from NASA technology.

NASA Seeks to Evolve Space Station for New Commercial Opportunities

April 28, 2014

As part of NASA's continuing effort to open low-Earth orbit to commercial space opportunities, the agency is seeking feedback on ways it can help create greater access to and use of the International Space Station for research and commercial activities.

Indianapolis Students to Connect Live with International Space Station Crew

April 25, 2014

Students and educators from Butler University in Indianapolis will at gather at Children's Museum Indianapolis for a live conversation with astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station.

High School Students Create Winning Design for NASA's First Flight of Orion

April 25, 2014

After a year-long competition among high school teams across the country, evaluators from NASA, Lockheed Martin and the National Institute of Aerospace have selected Team ARES, from the Governor’s School for Science and Technology in Hampton, Va., as the winner of the high school portion of the Exploration Design Challenge (EDC).

NASA's Spitzer and WISE Telescopes Find Close, Cold Neighbor of Sun

April 25, 2014

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest "brown dwarf" known -- a dim, star-like body that, surprisingly, is as frosty as Earth's North Pole.

Astronomical Forensics Uncover Planetary Disks in NASA's Hubble Archive

April 24, 2014

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have applied a new image processing technique to obtain near-infrared scattered light photos of five disks observed around young stars in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes database. These disks are telltale evidence for newly formed planets.

NASA Exploration Forum to Showcase Human Path to Mars

April 23, 2014

NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other agency leadership will showcase NASA’s human exploration path to Mars at an Exploration Forum from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 29.

NASA Satellites Show Drought May Take Toll on Congo Rainforest

April 23, 2014

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.

NASA Astronauts to Call Colorado Students from Space

April 23, 2014

Cadets and students from the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy Magnet School in Colorado will gather at 11:50 a.m. EDT Thursday, April 24, to speak live with astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station.

NASA Hubble Instruments Highlight New National Air and Space Museum Exhibit

April 23, 2014

Two instruments that played critical roles in discoveries made by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope now are on display in an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

NASA Featured Prominently at USA Science and Engineering Festival April 25-27

April 22, 2014

Media are invited to join a host of NASA scientists, engineers and managers at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, April 25-27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, Washington.

NASA Selects Commercial Crew Program Manager

April 21, 2014

NASA has selected Kathy Lueders as program manager for the agency's Commercial Crew Program (CCP). Lueders, who has served as acting program manager since October 2013, will help keep the nation's space program on course to launch astronauts from American soil by 2017 aboard spacecraft built by American companies.

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