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August 2011 Top Stories


Space Transportation Technology Roadmap »» Space Transportation Technology Roadmap

[Monday, August 1, 2011] This Space Transportation Technology Roadmap proposes a path that enables the U.S. to maintain indigenous full spectrum space access.

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Does the Impact Rate For Asteroids Vary Periodically with Time? »» Does the Impact Rate For Asteroids Vary Periodically with Time?

[Monday, August 1, 2011] Is Earth more likely or less likely to be hit by an asteroid or comet now as compared to 20 million years ago? Studies have claimed to have found periodic variations, with the probability of giant impacts increasing and decreasing in a regular pattern.

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NASA Releases Feature Rich Dawn Spacecraft Images »» NASA Releases Feature Rich Dawn Spacecraft Images

[Monday, August 1, 2011] NASA today released the first full-frame image by the Dawn spacecraft of the asteroid Vesta located in the main asteroid belt. Dawn is the first ever spacecraft to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt.

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Draft Letter to NASA in Support of Solid Rocket Motors Circulating on Capitol Hill »» Draft Letter to NASA in Support of Solid Rocket Motors Circulating on Capitol Hill

[Tuesday, August 2, 2011] "As you know, the final design of the SLS is long overdue. This is perplexing since the parameters for the final design are clearly articulated in the Authorization and Appropriations Acts."

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NASA Solicitation:  Request for Information Regarding the Orbital Parameters of Upcoming Cubesats »» NASA Solicitation: Request for Information Regarding the Orbital Parameters of Upcoming Cubesats

[Tuesday, August 2, 2011] As part of CubeSat Launch Initiative, NASA will seek for CubeSat payloads that address an aspect of science, exploration, technology development, education, or operations encompassed by NASA's strategic goals and outcomes.

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Juno to Show Jupiter's Magnetic Field in High-Def »» Juno to Show Jupiter's Magnetic Field in High-Def

[Tuesday, August 2, 2011] When it comes to magnetic fields, Jupiter is the ultimate muscle car. It's endowed with the biggest, brawniest field of any planet in the solar system, powered by a monster engine under the hood.

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Joint Statement of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and Valador Inc. »» Joint Statement of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and Valador Inc.

[Tuesday, August 2, 2011] The Parties regret any misunderstanding or misinterpretation resulting either from the investigation of the rumor or from statements concerning the possible motives for that investigation.

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NASA Launches New Open Government Blog »» NASA Launches New Open Government Blog

[Tuesday, August 2, 2011] NASA has launched the new open.nasa.gov blog to highlight the agency's Open Government success stories. The site is part of the White House's Open Government Initiative.

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Made in Space Test 3D Printers in Zero Gravity »» Made in Space Test 3D Printers in Zero Gravity

[Tuesday, August 2, 2011] MADE IN SPACE, a start-up dedicated to providing solutions for manufacturing in space, announced the successful completion of testing 3D printers in zero-gravity.

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Media Invited To Experience NASA Field Tests For Future Missions »» Media Invited To Experience NASA Field Tests For Future Missions

[Wednesday, August 3, 2011] NASA is once again taking human space exploration to the Arizona desert in tests to simulate conditions on other worlds. News media representatives are invited to two opportunities to learn more about the upcoming Desert RATS field tests.

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Image: Close-up View of Craters in South Equatorial Region on Vesta As Seen From Orbit »» Image: Close-up View of Craters in South Equatorial Region on Vesta As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, August 3, 2011] In this image, obtained by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft, various craters are visible in the southern equatorial region of the giant asteroid Vesta.

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Image: Close-up View of 'Snowman' Craters on Vesta As Seen From Orbit »» Image: Close-up View of 'Snowman' Craters on Vesta As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, August 3, 2011] In this image, obtained by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft, a set of three craters, informally nicknamed "Snowman" by the camera's team members, is located in the northern hemisphere of Vesta.

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NASA's Invisible Advisory Council »» NASA's Invisible Advisory Council

[Wednesday, August 3, 2011] This week the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) and its various committees are meeting. This body is federally chartered to formally advise NASA - yet the public knows little - if anything about what this committee does.

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Herschel Telescope Detects Oxygen Molecules In Space »» Herschel Telescope Detects Oxygen Molecules In Space

[Wednesday, August 3, 2011] The Herschel Space Observatory's large telescope and state-of-the-art infrared detectors have provided the first confirmed finding of oxygen molecules in space. The molecules were discovered in the Orion star-forming complex.

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Photo: Space Shuttle Floats Above The Sky »» Photo: Space Shuttle Floats Above The Sky

[Wednesday, August 3, 2011] Space shuttle Discovery is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member as the shuttle approaches the International Space Station during STS-133 rendezvous and docking operations.

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Image: Ar Rub al Khali Sand Sea on the Arabian Peninsula As Seen From Orbit »» Image: Ar Rub al Khali Sand Sea on the Arabian Peninsula As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, August 3, 2011] Ar Rub al Khali Sand Sea, Arabian Peninsula is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 27 crew member on the International Space Station.

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SpaceRef Launches New Magazine Space Quarterly and the SpaceRef Forum »» SpaceRef Launches New Magazine Space Quarterly and the SpaceRef Forum

[Wednesday, August 3, 2011] SpaceRef, a provider of new media services since 1999, announced today that it was launching its first magazine, Space Quarterly, in both digital and print format.

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NASA Announces News Briefing on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Science Finding »» NASA Announces News Briefing on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Science Finding

[Wednesday, August 3, 2011] The new finding is based on observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been orbiting the Red Planet since 2006.

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VISTA Finds 96 Star Clusters Hidden Behind Dust »» VISTA Finds 96 Star Clusters Hidden Behind Dust

[Wednesday, August 3, 2011] Using data from the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory, an international team of astronomers has discovered 96 new open star clusters hidden by the dust in the Milky Way.

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First observational test of the 'multiverse' »» First observational test of the 'multiverse'

[Wednesday, August 3, 2011] The theory that our universe is contained inside a bubble, and that multiple alternative universes exist inside their own bubbles - making up the 'multiverse' - is, for the first time, being tested by physicists.

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Boeing Media Telecom on Commercial Crew Rocket Selection »» Boeing Media Telecom on Commercial Crew Rocket Selection

[Thursday, August 4, 2011] Boeing will announce the selection of its rocket for the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 on Thursday, August 4 at noon Eastern Time (11 a.m. Central Time, 9 a.m. Pacific Time).

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NASA OIG: NASA Infrastructure and Facilities: Assessment of Data Used to Manage Real Property Assets »» NASA OIG: NASA Infrastructure and Facilities: Assessment of Data Used to Manage Real Property Assets

[Thursday, August 4, 2011] NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin today released a report examining the accuracy of the primary database NASA uses to evaluate its extensive real property assets.

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Boeing Selects Atlas V Rocket for Initial Commercial Crew Launches »» Boeing Selects Atlas V Rocket for Initial Commercial Crew Launches

[Thursday, August 4, 2011] The Boeing Company today announced it has selected the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket to launch the Boeing Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft from Florida's Space Coast.

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NOAA SEC Space Weather Bulletin #11- 1: Geomagnetic Storm Expected »» NOAA SEC Space Weather Bulletin #11- 1: Geomagnetic Storm Expected

[Thursday, August 4, 2011] NOAA Region 1261 produced the third of a sequence of CMEs and Solar Radio Blackout Events early today. The net effect of that activity is convergent CMEs expected to disturb the geomagnetic field in the early hours of August 5.

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Photos: NASA Opportunity Rover Update: Past 20-Mile Mark As it Nears Large Crater »» Photos: NASA Opportunity Rover Update: Past 20-Mile Mark As it Nears Large Crater

[Thursday, August 4, 2011] Opportunity is only about 1.1 kilometers (0.68 miles) from "Spirit Point," the first landfall on the rim of Endeavour crater.

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Photo: Russian EVA With Glowing Earth In The Background »» Photo: Russian EVA With Glowing Earth In The Background

[Thursday, August 4, 2011] Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Dmitry Kondratyev (out of frame), both Expedition 26 flight engineers, wearing Russian Orlan spacesuits, participate in a session of extravehicular activity (EVA).

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NASA Spacecraft Data Suggest Water Flowing on Mars »» NASA Spacecraft Data Suggest Water Flowing on Mars

[Thursday, August 4, 2011] Observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed possible flowing water during the warmest months on Mars. NASA's Mars Exploration Program keeps bringing us closer to determining whether the Red Planet could harbor life in some form.

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'Big Splat' May Explain Moon's Mountainous Far Side »» 'Big Splat' May Explain Moon's Mountainous Far Side

[Thursday, August 4, 2011] The mountainous region on the far side of the moon, known as the lunar farside highlands, may be the solid remains of a collision with a smaller companion moon, according to a new study by planetary scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Winter work order: South Pole research associates head into the cold in support of science »» Winter work order: South Pole research associates head into the cold in support of science

[Thursday, August 4, 2011] Most of the big science at the South Pole Station -- the South Pole Telescope, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory , and the various other telescopes -- goes on year-round.

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NASA'S Juno Spacecraft Launches To Jupiter »» NASA'S Juno Spacecraft Launches To Jupiter

[Friday, August 5, 2011] NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 12:25 p.m. EDT Friday to begin a five-year journey to Jupiter.

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Hundreds of Girl Scouts Reach for the Stars in National Rocket Competition »» Hundreds of Girl Scouts Reach for the Stars in National Rocket Competition

[Friday, August 5, 2011] Michelle Jorgensen from Colorado, was the first Girl Scout to win nationally in the Reach for the Stars ~ Rocket Competition. She competed in 2009 with Troop #337 at the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado under Competition host Tracey Tomme.

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Image: Atlantic Seaboard Conurbation As Seen From Orbit »» Image: Atlantic Seaboard Conurbation As Seen From Orbit

[Friday, August 5, 2011] A night time view of the Atlantic Seaboard Conurbation, United States of America, is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 27 crew member on the International Space Station.

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NASA Holds Media Telecon To Announce NIAC Selections »» NASA Holds Media Telecon To Announce NIAC Selections

[Friday, August 5, 2011] NASA will hold a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 8, to announce the proposals selected for study under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, or NIAC, program.

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Mars' Northern Polar Regions in Transition »» Mars' Northern Polar Regions in Transition

[Friday, August 5, 2011] A newly released image from ESA's Mars Express shows the north pole of Mars during the red planet's summer solstice. All the carbon dioxide ice has gone, leaving just a bright cap of water ice

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Image: Betsiboka Estuary in Northwest Madagascar As Seen From Orbit »» Image: Betsiboka Estuary in Northwest Madagascar As Seen From Orbit

[Friday, August 5, 2011] A newly released image from ESA's Mars Express shows the north pole of Mars during the red planet's summer solstice. All the carbon dioxide ice has gone, leaving just a bright cap of water ice

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Photo: Cosmonauts Conduct Spacewalk »» Photo: Cosmonauts Conduct Spacewalk

[Friday, August 5, 2011] Cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Alexander Samokutyaev (out of frame), attired in Russian Orlan spacesuits, conducted a spacewalk on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, on the Russian segment of the International Space Station.

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NASA Selects Companies to Study Storing Cryogenic Propellants in Space »» NASA Selects Companies to Study Storing Cryogenic Propellants in Space

[Friday, August 5, 2011] NASA has selected four companies to develop concepts for storing and transferring cryogenic propellants in space. These capabilities are important for the agency's future deep space human exploration missions.

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NASA Announces Next Opportunity For Cubesat Space Missions »» NASA Announces Next Opportunity For Cubesat Space Missions

[Friday, August 5, 2011] NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2012 and 2014. These miniature spacecraft, known as CubeSats, could be auxiliary payload on previously planned missions.

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Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity 5 August 2011 »» Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity 5 August 2011

[Friday, August 5, 2011] Geophysical Activity Forecast: The geomagnetic field is expected to reach minor to major storm levels with a chance for severe storm periods on 06 August. Heightened activity is expected due to continued effects from the CMEs of 02, 03, and 04 August.

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Image: The Shoemaker Impact Structure As Seen From Orbit »» Image: The Shoemaker Impact Structure As Seen From Orbit

[Saturday, August 6, 2011] The Shoemaker Impact Structure, located in Western Australia in a drainage basin south of the Waldburg Range, presents an other-worldly appearance in this detailed photograph recorded from onboard the International Space Station on July 6.

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Photo: Soyuz and Progress Spacecraft Docked at The International Space Station »» Photo: Soyuz and Progress Spacecraft Docked at The International Space Station

[Saturday, August 6, 2011] Soyuz and Progress spacecraft docked to the International Space Station are featured in this image photographed during a session of extravehicular activity (EVA). Earth's horizon and the blackness of space provide the backdrop for the scene.

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NASA Internal Memo: Agencywide Re-launch of the NASA@Work Collaborative Program »» NASA Internal Memo: Agencywide Re-launch of the NASA@Work Collaborative Program

[Saturday, August 6, 2011] Based on the overwhelming success of and participation with the NASA@Work pilot program, NASA is pleased to announce the official agencywide re-launch of the NASA@Work collaborative program.

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NASA Announcement of Cubesat Launch Initiative »» NASA Announcement of Cubesat Launch Initiative

[Saturday, August 6, 2011] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD) anticipates making launch opportunities for a limited number of CubeSats available on launches currently planned for 2012, 2013, and 2014.

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Photo: Nile River Delta and Sinai Peninsula As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Nile River Delta and Sinai Peninsula As Seen From Orbit

[Sunday, August 7, 2011] One of the crew members aboard the International Space Station recorded this oblique view showing the Nile River Delta and the Sinai Peninsula, with a 28 millimeter lens.

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Photo: Materials on International Space Station Experiment »» Photo: Materials on International Space Station Experiment

[Sunday, August 7, 2011] This close-up image, recorded during a July 12 spacewalk, shows the Materials on International Space Station Experiment - 8 (MISSE-8).

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Galaxy Evolution Linked to Red-Burning Galaxies »» Galaxy Evolution Linked to Red-Burning Galaxies

[Monday, August 8, 2011] A research team of astronomers from the University of Tokyo and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) has identified the location of red star-forming galaxies around a galaxy cluster situated four billion light-years distant from Earth.

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Photo: Massachusetts Coastline As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Massachusetts Coastline As Seen From Orbit

[Monday, August 8, 2011] The Massachusetts coastline is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 28 crew member on the International Space Station.

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Photo: An EVA Outside the Russian Segment of the ISS »» Photo: An EVA Outside the Russian Segment of the ISS

[Monday, August 8, 2011] Russian cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Alexander Samokutyaev (out of frame), both Expedition 28 flight engineers, attired in Russian Orlan spacesuits, participate in a EVA on the Russian segment of the International Space Station.

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NASA Image of the Day: Birds of a Feather »» NASA Image of the Day: Birds of a Feather

[Monday, August 8, 2011] On August 2, 2011 NASA's modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft briefly flew in formation over the Edwards Air Force Base Test Range taking advantage of the opportunity that both planes were scheduled to be in the air on the same day.

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NASA Selects Visionary Advanced Technology Concepts For Study »» NASA Selects Visionary Advanced Technology Concepts For Study

[Monday, August 8, 2011] NASA has selected 30 proposals for funding under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program. Each proposal will receive approximately $100,000 for one year to advance the innovative space technology concept.

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NASA Visual Guide to Solar Flares »» NASA Visual Guide to Solar Flares

[Tuesday, August 9, 2011] Flares happen when the powerful magnetic fields in and around the sun reconnect. They're usually associated with active regions, often seen as sun spots, where the magnetic fields are strongest. This video acts as guide to solar flares.

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Meteorites Can Carry DNA Building Blocks »» Meteorites Can Carry DNA Building Blocks

[Tuesday, August 9, 2011] NASA-funded researchers have found more evidence meteorites can carry DNA components created in space. (With video)

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Photo: Opportunity's View of the Rim of Endeavour »» Photo: Opportunity's View of the Rim of Endeavour

[Tuesday, August 9, 2011] NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its panoramic camera to capture this view of Endeavour Crater's rim after a drive during the rover's 2,676th Martian day, or sol, of working on Mars (Aug. 4, 2011).

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Robotic Arm to Assist Future Astronauts in Sampling Asteroids, the Moon, and Mars from Pressurized Vehicles »» Robotic Arm to Assist Future Astronauts in Sampling Asteroids, the Moon, and Mars from Pressurized Vehicles

[Tuesday, August 9, 2011] A team of researchers from the Mars Institute and MDA Information Systems, Inc, has completed a series of field tests aimed at determining how future astronauts piloting a pressurized vehicle will be able to use a robotic arm to collect geologic samples.

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A Spiral Galaxy in Leo »» A Spiral Galaxy in Leo

[Wednesday, August 10, 2011] This new picture from the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope shows NGC 3521, a spiral galaxy located about 35 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo (The Lion).

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Launch Date set for NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X Satellites »» Launch Date set for NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X Satellites

[Wednesday, August 10, 2011] SSTL has today announced that it will launch the NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites on behalf of the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) by a Dnepr launch vehicle from Yasny, Russia 17th August 2011.

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NASA, Sweden Partner on Small Spacecraft Technology Development »» NASA, Sweden Partner on Small Spacecraft Technology Development

[Wednesday, August 10, 2011] NASA and the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) are collaborating to develop powerful low-cost satellites for advanced space missions.

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NASA selects Virgin Galactic for Suborbital Flights »» NASA selects Virgin Galactic for Suborbital Flights

[Wednesday, August 10, 2011] Virgin Galactic has been selected by NASA to provide flight opportunities for engineers, technologists and scientific researchers to fly technology payloads into space.

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NASA OIG: NASA's Payments for Academic Training and Degrees »» NASA OIG: NASA's Payments for Academic Training and Degrees

[Wednesday, August 10, 2011] NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin today released an audit that found abuse in a NASA program that reimburses Agency employees for academic courses leading to undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degrees.

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Juno Mission Will Open Jupiter Up To The Public »» Juno Mission Will Open Jupiter Up To The Public

[Wednesday, August 10, 2011] NASA's Juno spacecraft, which left Earth Aug. 5 to began its five-year, 1.7 billion-mile journey to Jupiter, will offer the public the opportunity to participate in the mission's science endeavors, said a researcher from the Planetary Science Institute.

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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity Arrives at Endeavour Crater »» NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity Arrives at Endeavour Crater

[Wednesday, August 10, 2011] After a journey of almost three years, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the Red Planet's Endeavour crater to study rocks never seen before.

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Critical Milestone Reached for 2012 Landsat Mission »» Critical Milestone Reached for 2012 Landsat Mission

[Wednesday, August 10, 2011] The Operational Land Imager, built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., has been approved by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for shipment to Orbital Sciences Corporation for integration onto the Landsat Data Continuity Mission spacecraft.

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Image: Delmarva Peninsula As Seen From Orbit »» Image: Delmarva Peninsula As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, August 10, 2011] While flying above the Atlantic Ocean, one of the members of the joint Atlantis-International Space Station crews took this photo of the Delmarva Peninsula from the orbiting complex on July 16, 2011.

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Image: The Flag at the Heart of »» Image: The Flag at the Heart of "Capture the Flag - in Space"

[Wednesday, August 10, 2011] Inside the International Space Station's Node 2 or Harmony, the STS-135 crew presented the Expedition 28 crew this special U.S. flag and mounted it on the hatch leading to Atlantis.

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First hackerSPACE Workshop »» First hackerSPACE Workshop

[Thursday, August 11, 2011] Kris Kimmel of Kentucky Space is organizing the first hackerSPACE Workshop, which provides an opportunity for makers learn about building spacecraft from space professionals and engineers.

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Photo: Space Shuttle Orbiters »» Photo: Space Shuttle Orbiters "Discovery" and "Endeavour"

[Thursday, August 11, 2011] Space Shuttle Orbiters "Discovery" and "Endeavour" at Kennedy Space Center this morning adjacent to the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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Photo: Aras River and Turkey-Armenia-Iran border region As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Aras River and Turkey-Armenia-Iran border region As Seen From Orbit

[Thursday, August 11, 2011] The Aras River and Turkey-Armenia-Iran border region are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 28 crew member on the International Space Station.

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Photo: One Last Visit To The Cupola »» Photo: One Last Visit To The Cupola

[Thursday, August 11, 2011] Backlit by Earth's "day time" light, NASA astronaut Sandy Magnus, STS-135 mission specialist, gets one last visit to the Cupola onboard the International Space Station. on July 18, 2011.

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Has Graphene Been Detected in Space? »» Has Graphene Been Detected in Space?

[Thursday, August 11, 2011] A team of astronomers, using the Spitzer Space Telescope, have reported the first extragalactic detection of the C70 fullerene molecule, and the possible detection of planar C24 ("a piece of graphene") in space.

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Hubble Offers a Dazzling View of the Necklace Nebula »» Hubble Offers a Dazzling View of the Necklace Nebula

[Thursday, August 11, 2011] A giant cosmic necklace glows brightly in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image. The object, aptly named the Necklace Nebula, is a recently discovered planetary nebula, the glowing remains of an ordinary, Sun-like star.

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Darkest Known Exoplanet Discovered »» Darkest Known Exoplanet Discovered

[Thursday, August 11, 2011] Astronomers have discovered the darkest known exoplanet - a distant, Jupiter-sized gas giant known as TrES-2b.

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Dawn Spacecraft Starts Taking Detailed Observations of Vesta »» Dawn Spacecraft Starts Taking Detailed Observations of Vesta

[Thursday, August 11, 2011] The Dawn spacecraft has completed a graceful spiral into the first of four planned science orbits during the spacecraft's yearlong visit to Vesta. The spacecraft started taking detailed observations on Aug. 11 at 9:13 a.m. PDT (12:13 a.m. EDT).

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Supernovae Parents Found »» Supernovae Parents Found

[Thursday, August 11, 2011] Type Ia supernovae are violent stellar explosions. Observing these objects to billions of light-years away has led to the discovery that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate, the foundation for the notion of dark energy.

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Image: Dumbbell Nebula Pumps Out Infrared Light »» Image: Dumbbell Nebula Pumps Out Infrared Light

[Thursday, August 11, 2011] The Dumbbell Nebula, also known as Messier 27, pumps out infrared light in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Aerojet's Upper Stage Engine Technology Hydrogen Turbopump Achieves 100 Percent Operational Speed »» Aerojet's Upper Stage Engine Technology Hydrogen Turbopump Achieves 100 Percent Operational Speed

[Friday, August 12, 2011] Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announces the successful testing of the state-of-the-art Upper Stage Engine Technology (USET) Hydrogen Turbopump Assembly (TPA) at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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NASA Creates Human Exploration And Operations Directorate »» NASA Creates Human Exploration And Operations Directorate

[Friday, August 12, 2011] NASA has announced the creation of the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate. The new organization will focus on International Space Station operations and human exploration beyond low Earth orbit.

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GRAIL Launch Less Than One Month Away »» GRAIL Launch Less Than One Month Away

[Friday, August 12, 2011] GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B - completed their final inspections and were weighed one final time at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Fla., on Tuesday.

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TEDxNASA@Siliconvalley On Aug. 17 Will Be Streamed Online »» TEDxNASA@Siliconvalley On Aug. 17 Will Be Streamed Online

[Friday, August 12, 2011] The TEDxNASA@SiliconValley event, which will feature presentations on "extreme green ideas," will be streamed live online on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. PDT.

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NASA Unveils New Batch Of Space Shuttle Program Artifacts »» NASA Unveils New Batch Of Space Shuttle Program Artifacts

[Friday, August 12, 2011] The final space shuttle landing July 21 opened new prospects for eligible education institutions, museums and other organizations to receive a piece of spaceflight history.

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NASA Selects XCOR to Participate in $10 Million Suborbital Flight Contract »» NASA Selects XCOR to Participate in $10 Million Suborbital Flight Contract

[Friday, August 12, 2011] NASA has selected XCOR Aerospace to provide suborbital flight and payload integration services for research and scientific missions in a program that will offer up to $10 million dollars in contracts to match payload customers with flight vehicle services

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NASA Image of the Day: A Textbook Example of Colliding Galaxies »» NASA Image of the Day: A Textbook Example of Colliding Galaxies

[Friday, August 12, 2011] VV 340, also known as Arp 302, provides a textbook example of colliding galaxies seen in the early stages of their interaction. The edge-on galaxy near the top of the image is VV 340 North and the face-on galaxy at the bottom is VV 340 South.

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Photo: KEDR satellite »» Photo: KEDR satellite

[Sunday, August 14, 2011] Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, Expedition 28 flight engineer, poses for a photo with the KEDR satellite in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station.

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Photo: International Space Station and The Moon »» Photo: International Space Station and The Moon

[Sunday, August 14, 2011] Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, Expedition 28 flight engineer, poses for a photo with the KEDR satellite in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station.

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Image: The Necklace Nebula »» Image: The Necklace Nebula

[Sunday, August 14, 2011] The object, aptly named the Necklace Nebula, is a recently discovered planetary nebula, the glowing remains of an ordinary, Sun-like star. The nebula consists of a bright ring, measuring 12 trillion miles wide.

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Photo: Greece and Turkey As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Greece and Turkey As Seen From Orbit

[Sunday, August 14, 2011] @Astro_Ron #Greece + #Turkey #FromSpace from the Black Sea to the Nile to Lybia A wonderful view of our @FragileOasis

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Photo: New York City As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: New York City As Seen From Orbit

[Sunday, August 14, 2011] @Astro_Ron Looks like it was a great day in the #BigApple #FromSpace Taken today (7/31/11) @ 3:44pm EST RU in this px?

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Photo: Small 'Odyssey' Crater on Rim of Huge 'Endeavour' Crater »» Photo: Small 'Odyssey' Crater on Rim of Huge 'Endeavour' Crater

[Sunday, August 14, 2011] NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity arrived at the rim of Endeavour crater on Aug. 9, 2011, after a trek of more than 13 miles (21 km) lasting nearly three years since departing the rover's previous major destination, Victoria crater, in Aug 2008.

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Making a Spectacle of Star Formation in Orion »» Making a Spectacle of Star Formation in Orion

[Monday, August 15, 2011] Looking like a pair of eyeglasses only a rock star would wear, this nebula brings into focus a murky region of star formation. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope exposes the depths of this dusty nebula with its infrared vision.

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Photo: Turks, Caicos,  Little and  Big Ambergris Cay As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Turks, Caicos, Little and Big Ambergris Cay As Seen From Orbit

[Monday, August 15, 2011] @Astro_Ron Turks + Caicos #FromSpace w/ Little + Big Ambergris Cay

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Has Graphene Been Detected in Space? »» Has Graphene Been Detected in Space?

[Monday, August 15, 2011] A team of astronomers, using the Spitzer Space Telescope, have reported the first extragalactic detection of the C70 fullerene molecule, and the possible detection of planar C24 ("a piece of graphene") in space.

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NASA, NIA Announce Student Engineering Competition »» NASA, NIA Announce Student Engineering Competition

[Monday, August 15, 2011] NASA is challenging university students to solve space exploration challenges. The RASC-AL contest, sponsored by NASA and NIA, seeks engineering ideas that could potentially provide solutions to issues faced by current NASA projects.

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Image: Two Large Young Craters on Vesta As Seen From Orbit »» Image: Two Large Young Craters on Vesta As Seen From Orbit

[Monday, August 15, 2011] NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on August 6, 2011. This image was taken through the framing camera's clear filter aboard the spacecraft.

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Falcon 9/Dragon:  Preparing to Berth With the International Space Station »» Falcon 9/Dragon: Preparing to Berth With the International Space Station

[Monday, August 15, 2011] NASA has agreed in principle to allow SpaceX to combine all of the tests and demonstration activities that we originally proposed as two separate missions (COTS Demo 2 and COTS Demo 3) into a single mission.

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NASA Dawn Journal - August 11, 2011 »» NASA Dawn Journal - August 11, 2011

[Tuesday, August 16, 2011] Dawn is now beginning intensive observations of the alien world it orbits. The approach phase, which began on May 3, is complete. Today Dawn is in its survey orbit around Vesta.

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Photo: Canada's Lake Nipigon As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Canada's Lake Nipigon As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, August 16, 2011] @Astro_Ron #FromSpace: #Canada's Lake Nipigon drains into Lake Superior, 1 of 5 North American Great Lakes-Taken 7/31

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Photo: A Crescent Moonrise and Sunset As Seen In Orbit »» Photo: A Crescent Moonrise and Sunset As Seen In Orbit

[Tuesday, August 16, 2011] @Astro_Ron This is what the Moon looked like 16 times today #FromSpace We had simultaneous sunsets + moonsets

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Photo: Glistening Space Station Flies Over Earthly Nightfall »» Photo: Glistening Space Station Flies Over Earthly Nightfall

[Tuesday, August 16, 2011] This image of the International Space Station and the docked space shuttle Endeavour, flying at an altitude of approximately 220 miles, was taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking on May 23, 2011 (USA

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Image: Frosted Gullies in the Northern Summer on Mars »» Image: Frosted Gullies in the Northern Summer on Mars

[Tuesday, August 16, 2011] This HiRISE image shows shows gullies on a crater wall in the North polar region. Although it is late summer, you can see frost within the gully alcoves.

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A Station with a View: The Importance of Earth View to Crew Mental Health »» A Station with a View: The Importance of Earth View to Crew Mental Health

[Tuesday, August 16, 2011] Our exploration future is focused on the goal of sending humans beyond Earth orbit. This is an incredible aim and the International Space Station has an important role to play in the achievement

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NASA Research Confirms it's a Small World, After All »» NASA Research Confirms it's a Small World, After All

[Tuesday, August 16, 2011] Using a cadre of space measurement tools and a new data calculation technique, the team detected no statistically significant expansion of the solid Earth.

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NASA'S Exploration Associate Administrator Doug Cooke To Retire »» NASA'S Exploration Associate Administrator Doug Cooke To Retire

[Tuesday, August 16, 2011] Doug Cooke, who worked for nearly 38 years in NASA's space shuttle, International Space Station and exploration systems programs, will retire from the agency effective Oct. 3.

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NASA Hosts News Briefing About Tracking Space Weather Events »» NASA Hosts News Briefing About Tracking Space Weather Events

[Tuesday, August 16, 2011] NASA will host a news briefing at 2 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Aug. 18, to discuss new details about the structure of solar storms and the impact they have on Earth.

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New Research Shows Evidence of Early Oxygen on Our Planet »» New Research Shows Evidence of Early Oxygen on Our Planet

[Tuesday, August 16, 2011] Very early in Earth's history, O2 was a rare -- if not completely absent -- player in the turbulent mix of primordial gases

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NASA: Comet Elenin Poses No Threat to Earth »» NASA: Comet Elenin Poses No Threat to Earth

[Wednesday, August 17, 2011] Often, comets are portrayed as harbingers of gloom and doom in movies and on television, but most pose no threat to Earth. Comet Elenin, the latest comet to visit our inner solar system, is no exception.

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Futron Corporation Releases Fourth Annual Space Competitiveness Index »» Futron Corporation Releases Fourth Annual Space Competitiveness Index

[Wednesday, August 17, 2011] The 2011 results show that even as countries collaborate in space, competition has intensified. Dominant actors are losing ground to a rising middle tier of space players, and the competitive gaps separating all nations are narrowing.

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Photo: Madagascar, Nosy, Kalakajoro, Berafia, Antanimora and Valiha As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Madagascar, Nosy, Kalakajoro, Berafia, Antanimora and Valiha As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, August 17, 2011] @Astro_Ron The Beautiful coast of #Madagascar #FromSpace w/ islands Nosy, Kalakajoro, Berafia, Antanimora + Valiha taken 7/25

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Photo: Shooting Star As Seen From Above The Sky - In Orbit »» Photo: Shooting Star As Seen From Above The Sky - In Orbit

[Wednesday, August 17, 2011] @Astro_Ron What a "Shooting Star" looks like #FromSpace Taken yesterday during Perseids Meteor Shower Thanks @JakeGaran 4 camera settings

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Photo: Astronauts Planking in Space »» Photo: Astronauts Planking in Space

[Wednesday, August 17, 2011] Four members of the joint STS-135/Expedition 28 crews are able to spend part of their last shared time onboard the International Space Station performing floating exercises that can't be done in Earth's gravity.

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Photo: Crete As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Crete As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, August 17, 2011] Island of Crete, Greece is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 28 crew member on the International Space Station.

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Image: Titan's Arrow-Shaped Storm »» Image: Titan's Arrow-Shaped Storm

[Wednesday, August 17, 2011] A huge arrow-shaped storm blows across the equatorial region of Titan in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, chronicling the seasonal weather changes on Saturn's largest moon.

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Lockheed Martin Emphasizes the Value of Technology, Engineering Careers to 200 Students at NASA IT Summit 2011 »» Lockheed Martin Emphasizes the Value of Technology, Engineering Careers to 200 Students at NASA IT Summit 2011

[Wednesday, August 17, 2011] Lockheed Martin showcased the importance and value of careers in the technology and engineering fields to San Francisco Bay area students today at the NASA IT Summit 2011 Education Blast Off.

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Image: VV 340 - Colliding Galaxies »» Image: VV 340 - Colliding Galaxies

[Wednesday, August 17, 2011] VV 340 (Arp 302) provides a textbook example of colliding galaxies seen in the early stages of their interaction. The edge-on galaxy near the top of the image is VV 340 North and the face-on galaxy at the bottom of the image is VV 340 South.

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First-ever live 3D video stream from space »» First-ever live 3D video stream from space

[Thursday, August 18, 2011] Half a century after humankind entered outer space, an ESA-developed camera produced live-streaming 3D images for the first time in the history of space travel - showing the International Space Station like never before.

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Photo: Saturn's Moon Helene »» Photo: Saturn's Moon Helene

[Thursday, August 18, 2011] Saturn's small, irregularly shaped moon Helene is strikingly illuminated in this close view captured by Cassini during the spacecraft's June 18, 2011, flyby.

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Photo: Turks, Caicos Islands, Inagua, and Cuba As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Turks, Caicos Islands, Inagua, and Cuba As Seen From Orbit

[Thursday, August 18, 2011] @Astro_Ron We really do have a beautiful @FragileOasis Turks + Caicos Islands + Inagua + Cuba (under the clouds) #FromSpace

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Images: Japan tsunami caused icebergs to break off in Antarctica »» Images: Japan tsunami caused icebergs to break off in Antarctica

[Thursday, August 18, 2011] The effects of the March 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated areas of Japan can be seen as far away as Antarctica. Satellite images show new icebergs were created after the tsunami hit the Sulzberger Ice Shelf.

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Image: Southern Namibia and Northern South Africa As Seen From Orbit »» Image: Southern Namibia and Northern South Africa As Seen From Orbit

[Thursday, August 18, 2011] This Envisat image shows southern Namibia and northern South Africa on Africa's lower-west coast. We can clearly see the sand dunes of the Namib Desert - considered to be the oldest desert in the world.

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NASA's GRAIL Moon Twins are Joined to Their Booster »» NASA's GRAIL Moon Twins are Joined to Their Booster

[Thursday, August 18, 2011] NASA's lunar-bound GRAIL twins were mated to their Titan II launch vehicle at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 17 at 8:19 a.m. EDT (5:19 a.m. PDT) yesterday.

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NASA Data And New Techniques Yield Detailed Views Of Solar Storms »» NASA Data And New Techniques Yield Detailed Views Of Solar Storms

[Thursday, August 18, 2011] NASA spacecraft observations and new data processing techniques are giving scientists better insight into the evolution and development of solar storms that can damage satellites, disrupt communications and cause power grid failures on Earth.

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Revealed: Ice Sheet on the Move in Antarctica »» Revealed: Ice Sheet on the Move in Antarctica

[Thursday, August 18, 2011] A huge network of glaciers, carrying ice thousands of kilometres across Antarctica, has been discovered as a result of space agencies' efforts to focus their satellites on Earth's icy regions during the International Polar Year.

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The Moon Is Younger Than Previously Thought »» The Moon Is Younger Than Previously Thought

[Thursday, August 18, 2011] Analysis of a piece of lunar rock brought back to Earth by the Apollo 16 mission in 1972 has shown that the Moon may be much younger than previously believed.

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Image: Martian Crater With A Cave at the Center »» Image: Martian Crater With A Cave at the Center

[Friday, August 19, 2011] Earlier this year, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter CTX camera team saw a crater containing a dark spot on the dusty slopes of the Pavonis Mons volcano. We took a closer look at this feature with HiRISE and found this unusual geologic feature.

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NASA Federal Advisory Committees - Nominations and Self- Nominations »» NASA Federal Advisory Committees - Nominations and Self- Nominations

[Friday, August 19, 2011] NASA announces an invitation for the public to nominate individuals and also submit self-nominations for consideration as potential members of NASA's Federal advisory committees.

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Help Publish the Space Art Book »» Help Publish the Space Art Book "The Beauty of Space"

[Friday, August 19, 2011] Though Space Art has been around for just over a hundred years, there has never been a book that tells the story of the history of Space Art, how it came to be, how it has grown to be perhaps the most influential genre of art ever.

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RADARSAT-2 Data Contributes to a New Understanding of Antarctic Terrain »» RADARSAT-2 Data Contributes to a New Understanding of Antarctic Terrain

[Friday, August 19, 2011] Imagery acquired from the Canadian satellite RADARSAT-2 has enabled the landmark discoveries announced today by University of California (UCI) researchers.

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Animation: NASA Research Leads To First Complete Map Of Antarctic Ice Flow »» Animation: NASA Research Leads To First Complete Map Of Antarctic Ice Flow

[Friday, August 19, 2011] The map, which shows glaciers flowing thousands of miles from the continent's deep interior to its coast, will be critical for tracking future sea-level increases from climate change.

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Interstellar Crashes Could Throw Out Habitable Planets »» Interstellar Crashes Could Throw Out Habitable Planets

[Friday, August 19, 2011] Our solar system, where planets have a range of sizes and move in near-circular paths, may be rather unusual, according to a German-British team led by Professor Pavel Kroupa of the University of Bonn.

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Space Station Commercial Cargo Carrier Arriving At NASA Wallops »» Space Station Commercial Cargo Carrier Arriving At NASA Wallops

[Friday, August 19, 2011] NASA's partnership with industry to develop transportation to the International Space Station reaches another milestone on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

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Letter From Senators to President Obama Regarding Space Launch System Progress »» Letter From Senators to President Obama Regarding Space Launch System Progress

[Friday, August 19, 2011] We write today to request that the Administration immediately provide the Section 309 report to Congress, and that the Office of Management and Budget immediately release its hold and approve the program.

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Image: Cassini Radar Views of Crater Menrva on Titan »» Image: Cassini Radar Views of Crater Menrva on Titan

[Friday, August 19, 2011] This image, created by combining two different types of radar images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, reveals more details of Titan's crater Menrva (at left) and its surroundings than a single image could provide.

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Images: Eyeing The Home Planet From Orbit »» Images: Eyeing The Home Planet From Orbit

[Friday, August 19, 2011] Proposal instructions, forms and supporting documents are available on an Announcement of Opportunity page. Deadline for submission of letters of intent is 9 September 2011 and for proposals 4 November 2011.

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Sen. Hutchison Calls on NASA to Announce SLS Design Immediately - Don't Allow Layoffs to Occur Next Week »» Sen. Hutchison Calls on NASA to Announce SLS Design Immediately - Don't Allow Layoffs to Occur Next Week

[Friday, August 19, 2011] Today NASA is scheduled to formally receive the independent cost assessment for the Space Launch System (SLS) that was requested by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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WISE image: Dark Murky Clouds in the Bright Milky Way »» WISE image: Dark Murky Clouds in the Bright Milky Way

[Saturday, August 20, 2011] In this infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, we can see that some clouds are so cool and thick that even infrared can't penetrate them.

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Hubble to Target 'Hot Jupiters' »» Hubble to Target 'Hot Jupiters'

[Sunday, August 21, 2011] An international team of astronomers led by a former UA graduate student has set out on the largest program to date exploring the alien atmospheres of "Hot Jupiters" - massive planets in solar systems far away from our own.

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Image: Titan's North Polar Hood »» Image: Titan's North Polar Hood

[Sunday, August 21, 2011] The Cassini spacecraft examines Titan's north polar hood, the part of the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon appearing dark at the top of this image.

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Giant Space Blob Glows from Within »» Giant Space Blob Glows from Within

[Sunday, August 21, 2011] Observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope have shed light on the power source of a rare vast cloud of glowing gas in the early Universe. The observations show that this giant "Lyman-alpha blob" must be powered by galaxies embedded within it.

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The sunspot »» The sunspot "source-ery"

[Sunday, August 21, 2011] Sunspots, which are cooler, darker areas of intense magnetic activity, are most often the source of solar storms.

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A Pulsar and Its Mysterious Tail »» A Pulsar and Its Mysterious Tail

[Sunday, August 21, 2011] A spinning neutron star is tied to a mysterious tail. Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory found that this pulsar, known as PSR J0357+3205 (or PSR J0357 for short), apparently has a long, bright X-ray tail streaming away from it.

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Images: Opportunity Arrives At  Endeavour Crater »» Images: Opportunity Arrives At Endeavour Crater

[Monday, August 22, 2011] NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its panoramic camera to capture this raw image looking across Endeavour crater during the rover's 2,686th Martian day, or sol, of work on Mars (Aug. 14, 2011).

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Why Can't Everyone Get A Chance To Name Things on Mars? »» Why Can't Everyone Get A Chance To Name Things on Mars?

[Monday, August 22, 2011] Why can't everyone have a shot at naming things - including the taxpayers who paid for the missions? Why should naming things on other worlds be the "purview" of an elite group like the IAU - one that answers only to itself?

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Photo: Finger Lakes As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Finger Lakes As Seen From Orbit

[Monday, August 22, 2011] @Astro_Ron: #FromSpace do you think the NY Finger Lakes look like eye lashes on a giant eye? #Ontario #Toronto #Oneida St Larry River

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Photo: The Horn of Africa As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: The Horn of Africa As Seen From Orbit

[Monday, August 22, 2011] @Astro_Ron: A closer look today #FromSpace Want 2 help? http://ow.ly/5LLoi Nominate projects making a difference on the Horn of Africa

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Photo: Colombia's Pico de Cristobol Colon As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Colombia's Pico de Cristobol Colon As Seen From Orbit

[Monday, August 22, 2011] @Astro_Ron: #FromSpace on 7/9/11 snow capped Pico de Cristobol Colon rises out of the haze near Colombia's Caribbean coast

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National Aerospace Week Launched »» National Aerospace Week Launched

[Monday, August 22, 2011] This year's National Aerospace Week, an event established by Congress, will focus on informing the debate over choices our government will make in the coming months.

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NASA Television To Air Space Station Cargo Ship Arrival »» NASA Television To Air Space Station Cargo Ship Arrival

[Monday, August 22, 2011] NASA Television will provide live coverage as a Russian Progress cargo spacecraft arrives at the International Space Station at 9:38 a.m. CDT on Friday, Aug. 26.

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Space Adventures and Armadillo Aerospace Release RFI Solicitation for Suborbital Space Suit Development »» Space Adventures and Armadillo Aerospace Release RFI Solicitation for Suborbital Space Suit Development

[Monday, August 22, 2011] Space Adventures together with Armadillo Aerospace plan to release a Request for Proposal (RFP) solicitation for a space suit product within the next few months.

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Tor/Forge Books and NASA Jointly Announce Publishing Collaboration »» Tor/Forge Books and NASA Jointly Announce Publishing Collaboration

[Monday, August 22, 2011] Tor/Forge and NASA hope that pairing scientists and engineers with the imprints' award-winning roster of writers will raise awareness and inspire the study of STEM, in line with the President's Technology Agenda.

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Public Invitation for Potential Members to Serve on NASA Federal Advisory Committees »» Public Invitation for Potential Members to Serve on NASA Federal Advisory Committees

[Monday, August 22, 2011] NASA's Federal advisory committees have member vacancies from time to time throughout the year, and NASA will consider nominations and self-nominations to fill such intermittent vacancies.

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Communications, Navigation And In-Space Propulsion Technologies Selected For NASA Flight Demonstration »» Communications, Navigation And In-Space Propulsion Technologies Selected For NASA Flight Demonstration

[Monday, August 22, 2011] NASA has selected three proposals as Technology Demonstration Missions to transform space communications, deep space navigation and in-space propulsion capabilities.

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Simulating Scorching Sunlight for BepiColombo Mission to Mercury »» Simulating Scorching Sunlight for BepiColombo Mission to Mercury

[Monday, August 22, 2011] ESA is recreating the intense sunlight and sustained heat encountered around Mercury, the innermost planet of the Solar System, inside the largest vacuum chamber in Europe.

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Ensuring Scientific Integrity at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration »» Ensuring Scientific Integrity at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

[Monday, August 22, 2011] The intent of the present document is thus to highlight how NASA's existing policies support scientific and engineering integrity as well as to note the actions NASA plans to take to strengthen its policies in this area.

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Astronaut: Moon, Mars & Beyond, The NASA MMO Online Game »» Astronaut: Moon, Mars & Beyond, The NASA MMO Online Game

[Tuesday, August 23, 2011] Play as an aspiring astronaut in Astronaut: Moon, Mars and Beyond, the official NASA MMO game. Set in the year 2035, you will embark on an adventure into space, Mars, the asteroid belt, and the outer planets.

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Report to NASA: Independent Cost Assessment of the Space Launch System - Executive Summary »» Report to NASA: Independent Cost Assessment of the Space Launch System - Executive Summary

[Tuesday, August 23, 2011] In general, the estimates prepared by SLS, MPCV, and 21CGS are consistent with Analysis of Alternative (AoA) level estimates and are reasonable point estimates for budget planning in the near-term 3-5 year budget horizon.

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Office of Commercial Space Transportation: Publish Current & Future Launch, Site, & Reentry Licenses and Permits & Their Orders Online »» Office of Commercial Space Transportation: Publish Current & Future Launch, Site, & Reentry Licenses and Permits & Their Orders Online

[Tuesday, August 23, 2011] The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is changing the way the Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) makes its permits, licenses, and all accompanying orders (authorizations) available to the public.

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AIA Issue Paper: A Comprehensive Strategy for Human Exploration »» AIA Issue Paper: A Comprehensive Strategy for Human Exploration

[Tuesday, August 23, 2011] AIA supports the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 (Sec. 204), which mandates an Independent Study on Human Exploration of Space conducted by the National Academies to recommend a path forward for the decade 2014 - 2023.

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Image: The Bahamas As Seen From Orbit »» Image: The Bahamas As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, August 23, 2011] @Astro_Ron: The beautiful waters of The Bahamas #FromSpace Taken May 13th @ 10:53pm GMT

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Photo:  A Lake in the Tibetan Plateau As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: A Lake in the Tibetan Plateau As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, August 23, 2011] @Astro_Ron: #FromSpace A lake in the Tibetan Plateau

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Galaxies are Running Out of Gas »» Galaxies are Running Out of Gas

[Tuesday, August 23, 2011] A CSIRO study has shown why the lights are going out in the Universe. The Universe forms fewer stars than it used to, and a CSIRO study has now shown why - the galaxies are running out of gas.

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Astronomers find ice and possibly methane on Snow White, a distant dwarf planet »» Astronomers find ice and possibly methane on Snow White, a distant dwarf planet

[Tuesday, August 23, 2011] Astronomers at Caltech have discovered that the dwarf planet 2007 OR10 - nicknamed Snow White - is an icy world, with about half its surface covered in water ice that once flowed from ancient, slush-spewing volcanoes.

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Hurricane Irene As Seen By the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission »» Hurricane Irene As Seen By the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission

[Tuesday, August 23, 2011] The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite passed directly over Irene as the storm moved westward toward the Dominican Republic from Puerto Rico. The images were taken at 15:57 UTC (11:57 AM EDT) on August 22, 2011.

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Blue Origin Test Flight On Wednesday »» Blue Origin Test Flight On Wednesday

[Tuesday, August 23, 2011] TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT DUE TO ROCKET LAUNCH ACTIVITY WITHIN A 17 NM RADIUS OF 312706N/1044546W

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First Earthrise Photo Taken 45 Years Ago Today »» First Earthrise Photo Taken 45 Years Ago Today

[Tuesday, August 23, 2011] 45 Years ago today, on 23 August 1966, Lunar Orbiter 1 snapped the first photo of Earth as seen from lunar orbit.

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James Webb Space Telescope and Space Launch System: Dueling Giant Money Sponges »» James Webb Space Telescope and Space Launch System: Dueling Giant Money Sponges

[Wednesday, August 24, 2011] The House of Repsentatives wants to cancel James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) outright. We haven't heard anything specific from the Senate - yet. Every time NASA mentions a cost for JWST it is higher than the previous cost.

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Moon Express Gets Thumbs-Up from NASA for Developing New Lunar Landing Technology »» Moon Express Gets Thumbs-Up from NASA for Developing New Lunar Landing Technology

[Wednesday, August 24, 2011] Moon Express, a Google Lunar X PRIZE contender, announced today that it has successfully demonstrated a critical component of its lunar landing technology to NASA under its Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data (ILDD) Program contract.

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Communication With Progress 44 Lost After Launch »» Communication With Progress 44 Lost After Launch

[Wednesday, August 24, 2011] Mission Control Moscow reported that communication with the Progress 44 cargo craft was lost 5 minutes, 20 seconds after its launch at 9 a.m. EDT today.

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Photo: Hurricane Irene As Seen From The International Space Station »» Photo: Hurricane Irene As Seen From The International Space Station

[Wednesday, August 24, 2011] This panoramic view of recently-formed Hurricane Irene was acquired by the crew of the International Space Station early Monday afternoon from a point over the coastal waters of Venezuela.

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NASA'S Swift Satellite Spots Black Hole Devouring A Star »» NASA'S Swift Satellite Spots Black Hole Devouring A Star

[Wednesday, August 24, 2011] Two studies appearing in the Aug. 25 issue of the journal Nature provide new insights into a cosmic accident that has been streaming X-rays toward Earth since late March.

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Proba-2 fuel Tank Refilled from 'Solid Gas' »» Proba-2 fuel Tank Refilled from 'Solid Gas'

[Thursday, August 25, 2011] Sometimes all it takes is fresh air to get a new lease of life. ESA's Proba-2 microsatellite is a good example: an influx of nitrogen has replenished its fuel tank, in the process demonstrating a whole new space technology.

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First Light at McMurdo Station Heralds the Beginning of Winfly Season »» First Light at McMurdo Station Heralds the Beginning of Winfly Season

[Thursday, August 25, 2011] Today is a very special day here at McMurdo Station because the sun will be popping up over the horizon at long last. It's been a long, long time without our bright, warm friend to light up this place.

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Rohrabacher Reacts to Russian Soyuz Launch Failure; Calls for Emergency Funding of Commercial Crew Systems »» Rohrabacher Reacts to Russian Soyuz Launch Failure; Calls for Emergency Funding of Commercial Crew Systems

[Thursday, August 25, 2011] Today, Russia's Soyuz launch vehicle failed to boost the Progress M-12M cargo ship to deliver needed supplies to the International Space Station. This failure should be a cause of grave concern, and a moment of reexamination of America's space strategy.

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NASA OIG Review of NASA's Selection of Display Locations for the Space Shuttle Orbiters »» NASA OIG Review of NASA's Selection of Display Locations for the Space Shuttle Orbiters

[Thursday, August 25, 2011] NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin today released a report that examined NASA's process for choosing permanent display locations for the retired Space Shuttle Orbiters and whether NASA complied with federal law.

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Image: A Tale of Three Galaxies »» Image: A Tale of Three Galaxies

[Thursday, August 25, 2011] Arp 274, also known as NGC 5679, is a system of three galaxies that appear to be partially overlapping in the image, although they may be at somewhat different distances. The spiral shapes of two of these galaxies appear mostly intact.

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NASA Moon Mission In Final Preparations For September Launch »» NASA Moon Mission In Final Preparations For September Launch

[Thursday, August 25, 2011] NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), mission to study the moon is in final launch preparations for a scheduled Sept. 8 launch onboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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DARPA Video: Test Flight of HTV-2 »» DARPA Video: Test Flight of HTV-2

[Thursday, August 25, 2011] This video shows the August 2011 test flight of HTV-2.

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Cygnus Space Station Cargo Carrier Arrives At NASA Wallops »» Cygnus Space Station Cargo Carrier Arrives At NASA Wallops

[Thursday, August 25, 2011] NASA's work to help develop the next generation of commercial space transportation systems reached another significant achievement yesterday with the arrival at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia of the Cygnus Pressurized Cargo Module.

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Exotic Galaxy Reveals Tantalizing Tale »» Exotic Galaxy Reveals Tantalizing Tale

[Thursday, August 25, 2011] A galaxy with a combination of characteristics never seen before is giving astronomers a tantalizing peek at processes they believe played key roles in the growth of galaxies and clusters of galaxies early in the history of the Universe.

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Photos from Today's Space Station Flyover Of Hurricane Irene »» Photos from Today's Space Station Flyover Of Hurricane Irene

[Thursday, August 25, 2011] This afternoon, starting at approximately 3:45 pm ED,T the International Space Station flew over Hurricane Irene. The flyover lasted approximately 6 minutes.

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Photo: Tripoli, Libya As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Tripoli, Libya As Seen From Orbit

[Friday, August 26, 2011] @Astro_Ron: #Tripoli #Libya taken by NASA astronaut Ron Garan #FromSpace 8/24/11 on an historic day of transition. Taken @ 3:39pm GMT from the International Space Station

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Photo: Half Moon Setting Over Afghanistan As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Half Moon Setting Over Afghanistan As Seen From Orbit

[Friday, August 26, 2011] @Astro_Ron: The thin blue line of Earth's atmosphere and a low sun painting the clouds red as the half moon sets over Afghanistan on August 22, 2011 - one of sixteen moonsets we see each day from the International Space Station.

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Photo: Hurricane Irene As Seen From The International Space Station »» Photo: Hurricane Irene As Seen From The International Space Station

[Friday, August 26, 2011] @Astro_Ron: Ominous view #FromSpace of Hurricane #Irene east of the Bahamas @ 3:14pm EST today. Eastern United States coast calm b4 storm 8/25/11

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Berkeley Scientists Discover an 'Instant Cosmic Classic' Supernova »» Berkeley Scientists Discover an 'Instant Cosmic Classic' Supernova

[Friday, August 26, 2011] A supernova discovered yesterday is closer to Earth -- approximately 21 million light-years away -- than any other of its kind in a generation.

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First Glimpse into Birth of the Milky Way »» First Glimpse into Birth of the Milky Way

[Friday, August 26, 2011] Now astrophysicists from the University of Zurich present the world's first realistic simulation of the formation of our home galaxy together with astronomers from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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Photo: Sunset As Seen From Aboard The International Space Station Yesterday »» Photo: Sunset As Seen From Aboard The International Space Station Yesterday

[Friday, August 26, 2011] @Astro_Ron: 1 of our 16 sunsets #FromSpace yesterday That beautiful view never gets old #NASA #ISS

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Remarks for Adminstrator Bolden - National Academy of Sciences Aeronautics and Technology Rountable »» Remarks for Adminstrator Bolden - National Academy of Sciences Aeronautics and Technology Rountable

[Friday, August 26, 2011] Our space missions may sometimes be more high profile, but NASA's aeronautics work is possibly the place where our work is most seen and felt by the general public on a daily basis, even when they're not aware of it.

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First Observation of a Massive Black Hole Swallowing a Star by Kibo on the ISS and SWIFT »» First Observation of a Massive Black Hole Swallowing a Star by Kibo on the ISS and SWIFT

[Friday, August 26, 2011] The Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI) on Kibo, in coordination with the gamma-ray burst satellite Swift (USA), observed the instant that a massive black hole swallowed a star for the first time in the world.

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Website for author, speaker and educator Dr. June Scobee Rodgers debuts »» Website for author, speaker and educator Dr. June Scobee Rodgers debuts

[Friday, August 26, 2011] Dr. June Scobee Rodgers announced today a new informative and interactive website to support her ongoing advocacy efforts in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education junescobeerodgers.com.

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Nigerian-built Satellite Acquires First Image Just Days After Launch »» Nigerian-built Satellite Acquires First Image Just Days After Launch

[Friday, August 26, 2011] The Nigerian-built satellite, NigeriaSat-X, has acquired its first satellite image just three days after the successful launch on 17th August.

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Cassini Closes in on Saturn's Tumbling Moon Hyperion »» Cassini Closes in on Saturn's Tumbling Moon Hyperion

[Friday, August 26, 2011] NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured new views of Saturn's oddly shaped moon Hyperion during its encounter with this cratered body on Thursday, Aug. 25.

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NASA's TRMM Satellite Analyzes Hurricane Irene in Rainfall, Lightning, Eyewall »» NASA's TRMM Satellite Analyzes Hurricane Irene in Rainfall, Lightning, Eyewall

[Friday, August 26, 2011] Three times this week (week of August 21, 2011 , the radar on the TRMM satellite has observed the three-dimensional structure of the rainfall regions under the cloud-tops of Hurricane Irene.

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Photo: Algal Bloom In The Barents Sea As Seen From Space »» Photo: Algal Bloom In The Barents Sea As Seen From Space

[Friday, August 26, 2011] The phytoplankton bloom pictured in this Envisat image stretches across the Barents Sea off the coast of mainland Europe's most northern point, Cape Nordkinn.

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Video: Martian Pizza and Other Creative Cookery with Mars500 »» Video: Martian Pizza and Other Creative Cookery with Mars500

[Friday, August 26, 2011] ESA: Our brave marsonauts may face the most monotonous phase of their mission, but they're not bored because they are not boring! Have a look at their inventive cookery to celebrate their one full year in the isolation!

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Photo: Hurricane Irene Seen in a Planetary Context From Orbit »» Photo: Hurricane Irene Seen in a Planetary Context From Orbit

[Saturday, August 27, 2011] NASA / NOAA GOES-13 satellite image showing earth on August 26, 2011 at 14:45 UTC (10:45 a.m. EDT). Hurricane Irene can been seen on the U.S. East Coast. Irene Almost 1/3 the Size of East Coast

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Habitat Development Unit at NASA Desert Rats »» Habitat Development Unit at NASA Desert Rats

[Saturday, August 27, 2011] The HDU (Habitat Development Unit) at NASA Desert RATS base camp in August 2011 ready for operations. On top of the HDU is the X-Hab Challenge Inflatable Loft.

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Image: Hurricane Irene Over the Eastern United States this Afternoon »» Image: Hurricane Irene Over the Eastern United States this Afternoon

[Saturday, August 27, 2011] NASA satellite image of Hurrican Irene captured on August 27, 2011 at 18:50 UTC (2:50 p.m. EDT) over the eastern United States.

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Operation DEEP FREEZE 2011 - 2012 begins »» Operation DEEP FREEZE 2011 - 2012 begins

[Sunday, August 28, 2011] Operation Deep Freeze 2011-2012 late winter flights began August 20 when a C-17 Globemaster III began delivering passengers and cargo to the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station, Antarctica, in support of the United States Antarctic Program.

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Photos: NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Studies Rocks on Crater Rim »» Photos: NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Studies Rocks on Crater Rim

[Sunday, August 28, 2011] On Sol 2690 (Aug. 18, 2011), the rover began the approach to a large ejecta block, named "Tinsdale 2" with a 4-meter (13-foot) drive.

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40 Year Old Mariner 5 Solar Wind Problem Finds Answer »» 40 Year Old Mariner 5 Solar Wind Problem Finds Answer

[Sunday, August 28, 2011] Research led by astrophysicists at the University of Warwick has resolved a 40 year old problem with observations of turbulence in the solar wind first made by the probe Mariner Five.

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Letter From Sens. Nelson and Rubio to President Obama Regarding the Space Launch System »» Letter From Sens. Nelson and Rubio to President Obama Regarding the Space Launch System

[Monday, August 29, 2011] Recently, you received a letter from several senators urging the Administration to move forward with the Space Launch System and approve the program. We agree that it is time for the Administration to commit to the plan for the new heavy lift rocket.

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Filling the pantry for the first voyages to the Red Planet »» Filling the pantry for the first voyages to the Red Planet

[Monday, August 29, 2011] A green thumb and a little flair as a gourmet chef may be among the key skills for the first men and women who travel to the Red Planet later this century, according to a scientist who reported here today on preparations for the first manned missions to M

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NASA study refutes claims of drought-driven declines in plant productivity, global food security »» NASA study refutes claims of drought-driven declines in plant productivity, global food security

[Monday, August 29, 2011] A new, comprehensive study has been published in the current issue of Science refuting earlier alarmist claims that drought has induced a decline in global plant productivity during the past decade and posed a threat to global food security.

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Missing Fuel for Galactic Star Formation Identified »» Missing Fuel for Galactic Star Formation Identified

[Monday, August 29, 2011] The Milky Way will have the fuel to continue forming stars, thanks to massive clouds of ionized gas raining down from its halo and intergalactic space.

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Photo: Colombia's Pico de Cristobol Colon As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Colombia's Pico de Cristobol Colon As Seen From Orbit

[Monday, August 29, 2011] @Astro_Ron: #FromSpace on 7/9/11 snow capped Pico de Cristobol Colon rises out of the haze near Colombia's Caribbean coast

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Photo: A Smoking Mt. Etna As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: A Smoking Mt. Etna As Seen From Orbit

[Monday, August 29, 2011] @Astro_Ron: #FromSpace Sicily's Mt. Etna was smoking today (4:25 pm GMT 6/23/11

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The First Nuclear Power Plants for Settlements on the Moon and Mars »» The First Nuclear Power Plants for Settlements on the Moon and Mars

[Monday, August 29, 2011] Innovative fission technology for surface power applications is far different from the familiar terrestrial nuclear power stations, which sprawl over huge tracts of land and have large structures such as cooling towers.

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NASA Research Opportunities in Aeronautics 2011 »» NASA Research Opportunities in Aeronautics 2011

[Tuesday, August 30, 2011] This publication announces NASA ARMD plans to release the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 version of the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) entitled, "Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) NNH11ZEA001N.

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ZERO-G Promotes STEM Education Through Sponsorship of Singularity University Students Experiencing Weightlessness »» ZERO-G Promotes STEM Education Through Sponsorship of Singularity University Students Experiencing Weightlessness

[Tuesday, August 30, 2011] ZERO-G) announced today that the company sponsored a group of Singularity University graduate students on a flight to promote (STEM) fields of study, in an effort to encourage interest in pursuing STEM-related professional disciplines.

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Image: Biomass Burning in Southern Africa As Seen From Orbit »» Image: Biomass Burning in Southern Africa As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, August 30, 2011] Biomass burning in southern Africa is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 28 crew member on the International Space Station.

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Image: Titan: Dunes, Craters, and the Enigmatic Xanadu »» Image: Titan: Dunes, Craters, and the Enigmatic Xanadu

[Tuesday, August 30, 2011] The dune fields on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, nearly girdle the globe at latitudes from about 30 degrees north to 30 degrees south, with the notable exception of Xanadu.

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Image: Izmir Province in Turkey As Seen From Orbit »» Image: Izmir Province in Turkey As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, August 30, 2011] The metropolis of Izmir is located in the western Anatolia region of Turkey. It is the country's third largest city in terms of population and the second largest port city (after Istanbul).

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Photo: Phytoplanton Bloom in the Great Barrier Reef As Seen From Space »» Photo: Phytoplanton Bloom in the Great Barrier Reef As Seen From Space

[Tuesday, August 30, 2011] The Sea in many places is here cover'd with a kind of a brown scum, such as Sailors generally call spawn; upon our first seeing it, it alarm'd us, thinking we were among Shoals, but we found the same depth of Water were it was as in other places.

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SwRI Selected as Payload Integrator for Three NASA Suborbital Flight Opportunities Research Providers »» SwRI Selected as Payload Integrator for Three NASA Suborbital Flight Opportunities Research Providers

[Tuesday, August 30, 2011] Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been selected to provide payload flight integration services as part of three suborbital flight provider contracts recently announced by NASA to Virgin Galactic, XCOR and Masten Space Systems.

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Image: VLT Looks into The Eyes of the Virgin »» Image: VLT Looks into The Eyes of the Virgin

[Tuesday, August 30, 2011] This picture is the first to come out of ESO's Cosmic Gems programme, an initiative in which ESO has granted dedicated observing time for outreach purposes.

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8th annual Astrobiology Graduate Conference - AbGradCon - 2011 »» 8th annual Astrobiology Graduate Conference - AbGradCon - 2011

[Tuesday, August 30, 2011] AbGradCon is unique in that it is organized by and targeted toward graduate students and postdocs, no more than three years from receiving their PhD, from across the sub-disciplines of astrobiology.

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Space Agencies Meet To Discuss A Global Exploration Roadmap »» Space Agencies Meet To Discuss A Global Exploration Roadmap

[Tuesday, August 30, 2011] Senior managers representing 10 space agencies from around the world met in Kyoto, Japan today to advance the Global Exploration Roadmap for coordinated space exploration.

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NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun Statement About NRC Interim Report On NASA's Draft Space Technology Roadmaps »» NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun Statement About NRC Interim Report On NASA's Draft Space Technology Roadmaps

[Tuesday, August 30, 2011] NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun issued the following statement about the National Research Council's (NRC) Interim Report on NASA's Draft Space Technology Roadmaps...

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NASA Names Astrophysics Fellowship For Iconic Woman Astronomer »» NASA Names Astrophysics Fellowship For Iconic Woman Astronomer

[Tuesday, August 30, 2011] NASA has established an astrophysics technology fellowship named for the woman many credit as one of the key contributors in the creation of the Hubble Space Telescope.

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NASA Announces Media Teleconference About Opportunity Rover »» NASA Announces Media Teleconference About Opportunity Rover

[Tuesday, August 30, 2011] NASA will host a media teleconference on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 12:30 p.m. PDT to discuss progress of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. Opportunity reached the Martian Endeavour crater earlier this month after years of driving.

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Is There A Habitable Planet Circling HD 85512? »» Is There A Habitable Planet Circling HD 85512?

[Tuesday, August 30, 2011] We find that HD 85512 b could be potentially habitable if the planet exhibits more than 50% cloud coverage. HD 85512 b is, with Gl 581 d, the best candidate for exploring habitability to date, a planet on the edge of habitability.

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Jupiter-Bound Space Probe Captures Earth and Moon »» Jupiter-Bound Space Probe Captures Earth and Moon

[Wednesday, August 31, 2011] On its way to the biggest planet in the solar system -- Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft took time to capture its home planet and its natural satellite -- the moon.

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