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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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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.

NASA Sets Media Events for OCO-2 Launch from California

June 16, 2014

The launch of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission (OCO-2) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is scheduled for Tuesday, July 1. Liftoff from Space Launch Complex 2 aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is targeted for 5:56 a.m. EDT (2:56 a.m. PDT) at the opening of a 30-second launch window.

Rocket Week Launches June 21 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility

June 16, 2014

Students and educators from across the United States will become "rocket scientists" during two workshops at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia this month.

Space Station Astronauts Speak Live to Students in Virginia

June 13, 2014

NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman, currently orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station, will speak with students and educators at Colvin Run Elementary School in Vienna, Virginia, at 11:55 a.m. EDT Tuesday, June 1.

NASA TV to Air Space Station Russian Spacewalk

June 12, 2014

NASA Television will air live coverage of a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk by two Russian International Space Station crew members beginning at 9:15 a.m. EDT Thursday, June 19.

Media Invited to View Orion Flight Test Prelaunch Progress with NASA Administrator

June 12, 2014

With just six months until its first trip to space, NASA’s Orion spacecraft is taking shape at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

New NASA Space Observatory to Study Carbon Conundrums

June 12, 2014

NASA’s first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere is in final preparations for a July 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

NASA Sets Media Teleconference on Status of Landing Technology Hawaiian Test Flight

June 11, 2014

NASA did not conduct the flight test of the agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range in Kauai, Hawaii, during its designated launch period. The project's reserved range time at the range will expire Saturday without NASA being able to fly the test because of continuing unfavorable weather conditions. more»

NASA Selects Five Projects for 2015 X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge

June 11, 2014

NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected five universities to design systems, concepts and technologies to enhance capabilities for deep space missions for the 2015 Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.

NASA Announces Two Upcoming Undersea Missions

June 10, 2014

NASA is returning to the bottom of the ocean. Twice this summer, aquanauts participating in the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) will conduct activities on the ocean floor that will inform future International Space Station and exploration activities.

Actor Seth Green Shows How NASA is With You in the Air and on the Road

June 10, 2014

NASA technology makes deep space travel happen, but it also improves long distance travel here on Earth.

NASA Senior Officials to Attend Robot Competition Events June 14

June 10, 2014

NASA Chief Technologist David Miller and Dorothy Rasco, NASA's deputy associate administrator for Space Technology, will be on hand Saturday, June 14, at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) for this year's Sample Return Robot Challenge awards ceremony. The event will take place at 10 a.m. more»

NASA Astronaut, NIH Officials Discuss Medical Research Being Done on Space Station

June 10, 2014

NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins met Stephen I. Katz, director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases on Tuesday at National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland, where they discussed the importance of research taking place aboard the International Space Station, including NIH-funded investigations.

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Stacks Up for First Flight

June 10, 2014

With just six months until its first trip to space, NASA’s Orion spacecraft continues taking shape at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA Names Schmidt Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies

June 9, 2014

NASA has named Gavin A. Schmidt to head the agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, a leading Earth climate research laboratory.

NASA Announces Briefing on New Mission to Track Global Carbon Dioxide

June 9, 2014

NASA will hold a media briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 12, at the NASA Headquarters James E. Webb Auditorium in Washington to discuss the upcoming Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission.

NASA Beams "Hello, World!" Video from Space via Laser

June 6, 2014

NASA successfully beamed a high-definition video 260 miles from the International Space Station to Earth Thursday using a new laser communications instrument.

Astronaut Brings Experiences from Space Station to Event at National Institutes of Health

June 6, 2014

NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, recently returned from living and working aboard the International Space Station, will give an open-media, presentation Tuesday, June 10, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

NASA Selects Minority University Teams for 2014 Microgravity Research Flights

June 6, 2014

NASA has selected 13 undergraduate teams from minority-serving institutions across the United States to test their science experiments in microgravity conditions. The teams will travel on a Reduced Gravity Education Flight (RGEF) with NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) the week of July 7.

NASA's Orion Spacecraft is Ready to Feel the Heat

June 5, 2014

NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers have installed the largest heat shield ever constructed on the crew module of the agency's Orion spacecraft. The work marks a major milestone on the path toward the spacecraft's first launch in December.

2014 NASA Advanced Technology Phase I Concepts Selected For Study

June 5, 2014

NASA has selected 12 proposals for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, which aims to turn science fiction into fact through pioneering technology development.

Space Station Cargo Ship Departure to Air on NASA TV

June 5, 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo vehicle from the International Space Station (ISS) beginning at 9 a.m. EDT Monday, June 9.

NASA Statement on National Research Council Report on Human Spaceflight

June 4, 2014

The following is a statement from NASA regarding the National Research Council report, “Pathways to Exploration – Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration.”

NASA Invites Universities to Submit Innovative Early-Stage Technology Proposals

June 4, 2014

NASA is seeking proposals from universities to advance the agency's plans for exploration to deep space and Mars. The Early Stage Innovations NASA Research Announcement calls for innovative space technology proposals that could benefit the space program, other government agencies and the greater aerospace community.

Hubble Team Unveils Most Colorful View of Universe Captured by Space Telescope

June 3, 2014

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a comprehensive picture of the evolving universe – among the most colorful deep space images ever captured by the 24-year-old telescope.

NASA Begins Testing of New Spectrograph on Agency's Airborne Observatory

June 3, 2014

The EXES spectrograph is a high-resolution mid-infrared spectrograph that can separate wavelengths of light to a precision of one part in 100,000.

NASA's 'Flying Saucer' Readies for First Test Flight

June 2, 2014

NASA's flying saucer-shaped test vehicle is ready to take to the skies from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, for its first engineering shakeout flight.

NASA and Industry Complete First Phase to Certify New Crew Transportation Systems

May 30, 2014

NASA's Commercial Crew Program and industry have completed the first step in the certification process that will enable American-made commercial spacecraft safely to ferry astronauts from U.S. soil to and from the International Space Station by 2017. more»

NASA Sets Media Coverage for Saucer-Shaped Test Vehicle Flight in Hawaii

May 29, 2014

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project will fly a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space next week from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. Several events are planned for reporters who would like to cover this unique space technology engineering test flight.

NASA Awards Simulation and Software Technology Contract for Engineering

May 28, 2014

NASA has selected L-3 National Security Solutions (NSS) Inc. of Reston, Virginia, to provide simulation and software technology support to the Engineering Software, Robotics and Simulation Division (SRSD) at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

New Crew Launches to Space Station to Continue Scientific Research

May 28, 2014

Three crew members representing the United States, Russia and Germany are on their six-hour journey to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:57 p.m. EDT Wednesday (1:57 a.m. Thursday in Baikonur).

NASA Invites Public to Select Favorite Moon Image for Lunar Orbiter Anniversary Collection

May 23, 2014

To celebrate LRO's fifth anniversary, NASA invites the public to select a favorite image of the moon for the cover a special collection.

NASA Releases Earth Day "Global Selfie" Mosaic of Our Home Planet

May 22, 2014

For Earth Day this year, NASA invited people around the world to step outside to take a "selfie" and share it with the world on social media. NASA released Thursday a new view of our home planet created entirely from those photos.

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.

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