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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 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.

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 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 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 Announces Awards to Expand Informal STEM Education Network

August 20, 2014

NASA Announces Awards to Expand Informal STEM Education Network

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.

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.

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 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 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'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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

NASA Selects Instruments to Track Climate Impact on Vegetation

July 30, 2014

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

Astronaut Mike Massimino Departs NASA for University Position

July 29, 2014

After almost two decades with NASA, including two space shuttle missions, astronaut Mike Massimino left the space agency Monday for a full-time position with Columbia University in New York.

Reporters Invited to NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission Media Day at Wallops

July 28, 2014

Media are invited to learn about NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) airborne mission from scientists and pilots and see the remotely-piloted aircraft used in the study from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 11, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

NASA’s Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

July 28, 2014

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover.

Cassini Spacecraft Reveals 101 Geysers and more on Icy Saturn Moon

July 28, 2014

Scientists using mission data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus. Their analysis suggests it is possible for liquid water to reach from the moon’s underground sea all the way to its surface.

NASA Selects Environmental Test and Integration Services II Contract

July 28, 2014

NASA has awarded the Environmental Test and Integration Services II (ETIS II) contract to Sierra Lobo, Inc of Fremont, Ohio. The contract will support the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Satellite Study Reveals Parched U.S. West Using Up Underground Water

July 24, 2014

A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought.

Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets

July 24, 2014

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun -- and have come up nearly dry.

NASA Selects Contract for Mission Support Services at Ames

July 24, 2014

NASA has selected Wyle Laboratories, Inc., Houston, to support NASA's flight programs and mission projects, providing support for multiple sustained project management, research and technology development capabilities that encompass all phases of mission and project lifecycles at the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.

NASA TV Coverage Set For European Cargo Ship Launch to Space Station

July 23, 2014

NASA Television will broadcast live the launch and docking of the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.

NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites

July 23, 2014

NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet.

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