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December 2010 Top Stories


Cassini Finds Warm Cracks on Enceladus »» Cassini Finds Warm Cracks on Enceladus

[Wednesday, December 1, 2010] New images and data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft give scientists a unique Saturn-lit view of active fissures through the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus. They reveal a more complicated web of warm fractures than previously thought.

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NASA Offers Space Shuttle Tiles To Schools And Universities »» NASA Offers Space Shuttle Tiles To Schools And Universities

[Wednesday, December 1, 2010] Beginning Wednesday, NASA is offering 7,000 shuttle heat shield tiles to schools and universities that want to share technology and a piece of space history with their students.

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Venus Holds Warning for Earth »» Venus Holds Warning for Earth

[Wednesday, December 1, 2010] A mysterious high-altitude layer of sulphur dioxide discovered by ESA's Venus Express has been explained.

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NASA Sets Coverage For Cots 1 Launch Targeted For Dec. 7 »» NASA Sets Coverage For Cots 1 Launch Targeted For Dec. 7

[Wednesday, December 1, 2010] The first SpaceX Falcon 9 demonstration launch for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program is targeted for liftoff on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Liftoff will occur from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Mars Rover Construction Webcam Tops Million Viewers »» Mars Rover Construction Webcam Tops Million Viewers

[Wednesday, December 1, 2010] More than one million people have watched assembly and testing of NASA's next Mars rover via a live webcam since it went online in October.

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Super-Earth Has an Atmosphere, But Is It Sreamy or Gassy? »» Super-Earth Has an Atmosphere, But Is It Sreamy or Gassy?

[Wednesday, December 1, 2010] A team led by Jacob Bean (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) has made the first measurements of GJ 1214b's atmosphere. However, the measurements raise as many questions about the planet's atmospheric composition as they answer.

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The Universe Does Think Small »» The Universe Does Think Small

[Wednesday, December 1, 2010] The biggest galaxies in the universe are elliptical galaxies. The largest of these hold over one trillion stars according to astronomical census takers, compared to 400 billion in our Milky Way.

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NASA-German SOFIA Observatory Completes First Science Flight »» NASA-German SOFIA Observatory Completes First Science Flight

[Wednesday, December 1, 2010] NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, completed the first of three science flights on Wednesday morning to demonstrate the aircraft's potential to make discoveries about the infrared universe.

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Pits, Flows, Other Scenes in New Set of Mars Images »» Pits, Flows, Other Scenes in New Set of Mars Images

[Thursday, December 2, 2010] Newly released images from 340 recent observations of Mars by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show details of a wide assortment of Martian environments.

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Announcement of Earlier Kepler Data Release--from June 2011 to 1 February 2011 »» Announcement of Earlier Kepler Data Release--from June 2011 to 1 February 2011

[Thursday, December 2, 2010] The Kepler project wishes to inform the community that it is moving the next data release date (originally planned for June 2011) forward to 1 February 2011. This data set (Quarter 2) is the first consisting of a complete 3 months of observations.

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NASA Seeks Nonprofit To Manage Space Station National Lab Research »» NASA Seeks Nonprofit To Manage Space Station National Lab Research

[Thursday, December 2, 2010] As the International Space Station transitions from its assembly phase to full utilization as a unique scientific outpost, NASA is investing in the station's future use by ensuring a wide pool of organizations outside the agency have access to the orbitin

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Astrobiologists: Deadly arsenic breathes life into organisms »» Astrobiologists: Deadly arsenic breathes life into organisms

[Thursday, December 2, 2010] Evidence that the toxic element arsenic can replace the essential nutrient phosphorus in biomolecules of a naturally occurring bacterium expands the scope of the search for life beyond Earth, according to Arizona State University scientists.

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NASA-Funded Astrobiology Research Discovers Earth Life Built With Arsenic »» NASA-Funded Astrobiology Research Discovers Earth Life Built With Arsenic

[Thursday, December 2, 2010] NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth.

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SpaceX to Webcast Static Fire on Friday »» SpaceX to Webcast Static Fire on Friday

[Friday, December 3, 2010] On Friday, December 3rd, SpaceX will webcast its static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket engines at www.spacex.com.

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NASA Schedules News Conference About Next Space Shuttle Launch »» NASA Schedules News Conference About Next Space Shuttle Launch

[Friday, December 3, 2010] NASA managers will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. CST today at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston to discuss the next space shuttle mission, STS-133, and the progress of repairs since Discovery's original launch delay Nov. 5.

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NASA Schedules News Conference Today About Next Space Shuttle Launch »» NASA Schedules News Conference Today About Next Space Shuttle Launch

[Friday, December 3, 2010] NASA managers will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. CST today at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston to discuss the next space shuttle mission, STS-133, and the progress of repairs since Discovery's original launch delay Nov. 5.

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NASA Targets Shuttle Discovery's Launch For No Earlier Than Feb. 3 »» NASA Targets Shuttle Discovery's Launch For No Earlier Than Feb. 3

[Friday, December 3, 2010] NASA managers have targeted space shuttle Discovery's launch for no earlier than Feb. 3 at 1:34 a.m. EST. Shuttle managers determined more tests and analysis are needed before proceeding with the launch of the STS-133 mission to the International Space St

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NASA Internal memo: Message to Headquarters Employees Regarding WikiLeaks and Government Requirements on Handling Classified Information »» NASA Internal memo: Message to Headquarters Employees Regarding WikiLeaks and Government Requirements on Handling Classified Information

[Friday, December 3, 2010] NASA Internal memo: Message to Headquarters Employees Regarding WikiLeaks and Government Requirements on Handling Classified Information

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Photos of X-37B After Landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base »» Photos of X-37B After Landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base

[Friday, December 3, 2010] The X-37B sits on the Vandenberg Air Force base runway during post-landing operations Dec. 3. Personnel in SCAPE (Self-contained atmospheric protective ensemble) suits conduct initial checks on the vehicle and ensuring the area is safe.

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SwRI researchers continue Starfighters suborbital space flight training aboard F-104 aircraft »» SwRI researchers continue Starfighters suborbital space flight training aboard F-104 aircraft

[Friday, December 3, 2010] As part of their suborbital spaceflight training, Southwest Research Institute researchers and suborbital payload specialists Dr. Alan Stern and Dr. Dan Durda have continued their spaceflight training with a new series of jet fighter flights in F-104 airc

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NASA Launches Innovative Approach to Solve Old Challenges »» NASA Launches Innovative Approach to Solve Old Challenges

[Saturday, December 4, 2010] The goal of NASA@Work is to leverage the breadth and depth of NASA technical expertise by offering solutions to challenges that exist in currently funded NASA projects.

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X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle lands at Vandenberg AFB (with video) »» X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle lands at Vandenberg AFB (with video)

[Saturday, December 4, 2010] The X-37B, named Orbital Test Vehicle 1 (OTV-1), conducted on-orbit experiments for more than 220 days during its maiden voyage. It fired its orbital maneuver engine in low-earth orbit to perform an autonomous reentry before landing.

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President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts [Former NASA Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan Excerpt] »» President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts [Former NASA Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan Excerpt]

[Saturday, December 4, 2010] Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: Kathryn D. Sullivan, PhD, Assistant Secretary of Commerce (Observation and Prediction), Department of Commerce.

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2011 NASA Academy »» 2011 NASA Academy

[Saturday, December 4, 2010] The NASA Academies offer a ten-week summer experience for college students with emphasis on immersive and integrated multi-disciplinary exposure and training.

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SpaceX Schedule for COTS Demo 1 Launch Day Activities »» SpaceX Schedule for COTS Demo 1 Launch Day Activities

[Sunday, December 5, 2010] Today SpaceX released the following information on launch day activities for the first SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon demonstration launch for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.

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FAA Waiver of Acceptable Mission Risk Restriction for Reentry and a Reentry Vehicle (SpaceX Dragon) »» FAA Waiver of Acceptable Mission Risk Restriction for Reentry and a Reentry Vehicle (SpaceX Dragon)

[Sunday, December 5, 2010] This notice of waiver concerns two petitions for waiver submitted to the FAA by Space Exploration Technologies Corp.: A petition to waive the requirement that a waiver petition be submitted at least sixty days before the proposed effective date ...

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NASA Ejects NanoSail-D Nanosatellite From Microsatellite in Space »» NASA Ejects NanoSail-D Nanosatellite From Microsatellite in Space

[Monday, December 6, 2010] On Dec. 6 at 1:31 a.m. EST, NASA for the first time successfully ejected a nanosatellite from a free-flying microsatellite.

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NASA Draft Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) for the ISS National Lab Management Entity »» NASA Draft Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) for the ISS National Lab Management Entity

[Monday, December 6, 2010] NASA is soliciting proposals for competitive evaluation and award of a Cooperative Agreement to a non-profit entity to develop the capability to implement research and development projects utilizing the International Space Station National Laboratory.

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Buy This Satellite »» Buy This Satellite

[Monday, December 6, 2010] We believe that Internet access is a tool that allows people to help themselves - a tool so vital that it should be considered a universal human right. Imagine your digital life disconnected.

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Continued Closed Openness At NASA: Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) »» Continued Closed Openness At NASA: Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK)

[Monday, December 6, 2010] Here's the premise: RHoK - a series of long workshops are held in multiple locations around the world wherein people come together to share their skills and create things) that can be of use to others locally and globally. Wonderful idea.

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Coalition for Space Exploration Appoints New Leadership for 2011 »» Coalition for Space Exploration Appoints New Leadership for 2011

[Tuesday, December 7, 2010] The Coalition for Space Exploration today announced veteran aerospace communicators Glenn Mahone of Aerojet and Lon Rains of Northrop Grumman will lead the Coalition's Public Affairs Team in 2011.

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Open Recruitment for Members of NASA SMD's Advisory Subcommittees »» Open Recruitment for Members of NASA SMD's Advisory Subcommittees

[Tuesday, December 7, 2010] NASA's Science Mission Directorate solicits nominations of individuals who would serve on one of the following advisory subcommittees of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC):

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NASA And High Tech Partners Host Random Hacks Of Kindness »» NASA And High Tech Partners Host Random Hacks Of Kindness

[Tuesday, December 7, 2010] NASA joined with Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and the World Bank Dec. 3-4 to bring together computer experts looking for new approaches to disaster relief challenges.

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The new - suborbital - frontier »» The new - suborbital - frontier

[Tuesday, December 7, 2010] ESA is looking for new ways to conduct interesting research in space, on Earth - and in between. A number of commercial suborbital vehicles are being considered in Europe, and ESA is looking at the possibilities they might offer for microgravity research.

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SpaceX Update on COTS Demo 1 Launch Activities »» SpaceX Update on COTS Demo 1 Launch Activities

[Tuesday, December 7, 2010] A decision on whether or not to attempt launch on Wednesday will be provided this evening [Tuesday].

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Demonstration Flight Of Falcon 9 Rocket Set For Wednesday »» Demonstration Flight Of Falcon 9 Rocket Set For Wednesday

[Tuesday, December 7, 2010] The first demonstration flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program has been scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 8

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Venus Climate Orbiter 'AKATSUKI' Venus Observation Orbit Injection (VOI-1) Result »» Venus Climate Orbiter 'AKATSUKI' Venus Observation Orbit Injection (VOI-1) Result

[Wednesday, December 8, 2010] We have found that the orbiter was not injected into the planned orbit as a result of orbit estimation.

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TODAY: SpaceX to Make First Launch Attempt for COTS Demo 1 »» TODAY: SpaceX to Make First Launch Attempt for COTS Demo 1

[Wednesday, December 8, 2010] Today SpaceX released the following information on today's launch day activities for the first SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon demonstration launch for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.

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SpaceX Launches Falcon 9 and Dragon Into Orbit »» SpaceX Launches Falcon 9 and Dragon Into Orbit

[Wednesday, December 8, 2010] SpaceX made its first SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon demonstration launch for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program this morning. Launch occurred at 10:43 am EST. The Dragon spacecraft is in orbit and will return to Earth later today.

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Kepler Mission Manager Update 6 December 2010 »» Kepler Mission Manager Update 6 December 2010

[Wednesday, December 8, 2010] The Kepler project team successfully completed another science data download Nov. 22-23, 2010. This download of science data from the Kepler spacecraft marked the completion of Quarter 7, Month 2 data collection.

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NASA Research Park to Host World's Largest, Greenest Airship »» NASA Research Park to Host World's Largest, Greenest Airship

[Wednesday, December 8, 2010] NASA has entered into a lease with E Green Technologies, Inc. (EGT) Kellyton, Ala., to bring the world's largest airship to NASA Research Park at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

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NASA's Spitzer Reveals First Carbon-Rich Planet »» NASA's Spitzer Reveals First Carbon-Rich Planet

[Wednesday, December 8, 2010] Astronomers have discovered that a huge, searing-hot planet orbiting another star is loaded with an unusual amount of carbon. The planet, a gas giant named WASP-12b, is the first carbon-rich world ever observed.

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Success!  SpaceX's Dragon Spacecraft Re-enters Successfully »» Success! SpaceX's Dragon Spacecraft Re-enters Successfully

[Wednesday, December 8, 2010] Today, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to re-enter a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit.

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NASA Selects Small Business Research And Tech Projects »» NASA Selects Small Business Research And Tech Projects

[Thursday, December 9, 2010] NASA is negotiating contracts with 350 small businesses that had the best proposals to address critical research and technology needs for agency programs and projects.

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Intergalactic Weather Map »» Intergalactic Weather Map

[Thursday, December 9, 2010] This composite image shows an intergalactic "weather map" around the elliptical galaxy NGC 5813, the dominant central galaxy in a galaxy group located about 105 million light years away from Earth.

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New pictures show fourth planet in giant version of our solar system »» New pictures show fourth planet in giant version of our solar system

[Thursday, December 9, 2010] Astronomers have discovered a fourth giant planet, joining three others that, in 2008, were the subject of the first-ever pictures of a planetary system orbiting another star other than our sun.

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Full Year CR: House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 3082 (NASA Excerpt) »» Full Year CR: House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 3082 (NASA Excerpt)

[Thursday, December 9, 2010] SEC. 2206. Notwithstanding section 1101, the level for the following accounts of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration shall be as follows: ...

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SpaceX Reveal's Dragon's »» SpaceX Reveal's Dragon's "Secret" Payload (Photos)

[Thursday, December 9, 2010] Before the successful launch, voyage, and recovery of SpaceX's Dragon Spacecraft, the first time in history a commercial company has recovered a spacecraft from orbit, reporters were buzzing with news of a "secret" payload, stowed on board.

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Army nanosatellite on first flight »» Army nanosatellite on first flight

[Thursday, December 9, 2010] The first U.S. Army nanosatellite lifted off of Launch Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral, Fla., today at 10:43 a.m. Eastern.

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Student-Made Ping-Pong Gadgets at NASA Invention Challenge »» Student-Made Ping-Pong Gadgets at NASA Invention Challenge

[Thursday, December 9, 2010] Middle- and high-school teams have built unique devices to compete in the "Ping-Pong Ball Climb Contest," the 13th annual Invention Challenge hosted by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 10.

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Odyssey Orbiter Nears Martian Longevity Record »» Odyssey Orbiter Nears Martian Longevity Record

[Thursday, December 9, 2010] By the middle of next week, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter will have worked longer at Mars than any other spacecraft in history.

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The End of Planet Formation, As Told By Trace Elements from The Mantles of Earth, Moon, and Mars »» The End of Planet Formation, As Told By Trace Elements from The Mantles of Earth, Moon, and Mars

[Thursday, December 9, 2010] New research reveals that the abundance of metal-loving, elements like gold and platinum found in the mantles of Earth, the Moon and Mars were delivered by massive impactors during the final phase of planet formation over 4.5 billion years ago.

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Release of NASA Draft Cooperative Agreement Notice - ISS National Laboratory Management Entity »» Release of NASA Draft Cooperative Agreement Notice - ISS National Laboratory Management Entity

[Friday, December 10, 2010] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Operations Mission Directorate is releasing a draft version of the future Cooperative Agreement Notice for the ISS National Laboratory Management Entity.

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'Greener' climate prediction shows plants slow warming »» 'Greener' climate prediction shows plants slow warming

[Friday, December 10, 2010] A new NASA computer modeling effort has found that additional growth of plants and trees in a world with doubled atmospheric carbon dioxide levels would create a new negative feedback - a cooling effect - in the Earth's climate system.

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The Three Ages of Mars »» The Three Ages of Mars

[Friday, December 10, 2010] There is no place on Earth that is a perfect copycat of Mars as it is now, or as it was at any specific point in the past. But scientists suggest Earth has little versions of Mars as it might have been over decades.

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Astronaut Alan Poindexter Leaves NASA »» Astronaut Alan Poindexter Leaves NASA

[Friday, December 10, 2010] Veteran NASA astronaut Alan Poindexter has left the agency to return to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Poindexter, a U.S. Navy captain, earned a Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the school in 1995.

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Summary of the ISS National Laboratory CAN (not so) »» Summary of the ISS National Laboratory CAN (not so) "Public Day"

[Friday, December 10, 2010] NASA held a "public day" for the recently-released (CAN) for the ISS National Lab Management Entity at NASA Headquarters today. Didn't now about it? You're not alone.

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NanoSail-D Mission Status Update for Dec. 10 »» NanoSail-D Mission Status Update for Dec. 10

[Saturday, December 11, 2010] The FASTSAT team is continuing to trouble shoot the inability to make contact with NanoSail-D. The FASTSAT microsatellite and all remaining five onboard experiments continue to operate as planned.

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How NASA Plans to Drag Its Feet in Implementing the ISS National Laboratory »» How NASA Plans to Drag Its Feet in Implementing the ISS National Laboratory

[Saturday, December 11, 2010] Clearly NASA is nowhere near being able to carry out the provisions stated in Public Law 111-26 in terms of the required date - nor does it intend to, if Mark Uhran's statements are to be accepted as being indicative of NASA's intent.

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Opportunity Surpasses 16 Miles of Driving »» Opportunity Surpasses 16 Miles of Driving

[Saturday, December 11, 2010] Opportunity passed 26 km (16 mi) of odometry as she approaches Santa Maria crater on her way to Endeavour crater. Santa Maria is an approximately 80m (262 ft) diameter crater that Opportunity will investigate before proceeding toward Endeavour.

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Wind and water have shaped Schiaparelli on Mars »» Wind and water have shaped Schiaparelli on Mars

[Saturday, December 11, 2010] The small crater embedded in the northwestern rim of the Schiaparelli impact basin features prominently in this new image from ESA's Mars Express. All around is evidence for past water and the great martian winds that periodically blow.

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WISE Sees an Explosion of Infrared Light »» WISE Sees an Explosion of Infrared Light

[Saturday, December 11, 2010] A circular rainbow appears like a halo around an exploded star in this new view of the IC 443 nebula from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

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Railgun Reaches World Record of 33 megajoules - Off-World Applications? (with Video) »» Railgun Reaches World Record of 33 megajoules - Off-World Applications? (with Video)

[Sunday, December 12, 2010] Railguns have also been proposed as a means whereby small satellites could be launched into Earth orbit. They have also been suggested as a means whereby fuel and resources could be launched off of the lunar surface.

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NASA Names Waleed Abdalati As Agency's New Chief Scientist »» NASA Names Waleed Abdalati As Agency's New Chief Scientist

[Monday, December 13, 2010] NASA has named Waleed Abdalati the agency's chief scientist, effective Jan. 3. Abdalati will serve as the principal adviser to the NASA administrator on agency science programs, strategic planning and the evaluation of related investments.

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NASA Partners With Colorado In Technology Acceleration Initiative »» NASA Partners With Colorado In Technology Acceleration Initiative

[Monday, December 13, 2010] NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr., participated Monday in a Space Act Agreement signing ceremony in Denver to promote the commercialization of technology developed for the space program.

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Demise of large satellite may have led to the formation of Saturn's rings and inner moons »» Demise of large satellite may have led to the formation of Saturn's rings and inner moons

[Monday, December 13, 2010] Simulations performed at Southwest Research Institute may explain how Saturn's majestic rings and icy inner moons formed following the collision of a Titan-sized satellite with the planet

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How Iapetus got its ridge »» How Iapetus got its ridge

[Monday, December 13, 2010] For centuries, people wondered how the leopard got its spots. The consensus is pretty solid that evolution played a major role.

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NASA's Voyager 1 Sees Solar Wind Decline En Route To Interstellar Space »» NASA's Voyager 1 Sees Solar Wind Decline En Route To Interstellar Space

[Monday, December 13, 2010] The 33-year odyssey of NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached a distant point at the edge of our solar system where there is no outward motion of solar wind.

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PSI Research Points to Better Understanding of Carbon in Comets »» PSI Research Points to Better Understanding of Carbon in Comets

[Tuesday, December 14, 2010] Using a comet as a far-flung laboratory, a Planetary Science Institute researcher has shown that the ionization lifetime of carbon is much shorter than what is currently used in calculations by comet scientists.

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NASA Partners with Germany in Lunar Science Research »» NASA Partners with Germany in Lunar Science Research

[Tuesday, December 14, 2010] NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have signed a joint agreement for collaboration in lunar science.

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Discovery to Roll Back After Tanking Test »» Discovery to Roll Back After Tanking Test

[Tuesday, December 14, 2010] Technicians at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A in Florida are moving ahead with plans for a tanking test for space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank, which now will be no earlier than Friday, Dec. 17, weather permitting.

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Message from the Administrator: NASA Strategic Plan »» Message from the Administrator: NASA Strategic Plan

[Tuesday, December 14, 2010] Every year, the President submits his budget request for the federal government to Congress. This year, along with the President's budget request for NASA, we will be submitting our new NASA Strategic Plan, which guides the work we will perform.

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Ralph Steckler Space Grant Space Colonization Research and Technology Development Opportunity Phase II »» Ralph Steckler Space Grant Space Colonization Research and Technology Development Opportunity Phase II

[Tuesday, December 14, 2010] The NASA Office of Education invites proposals for the NASA Ralph Steckler/Space Grant Space Colonization Research and Technology Development Opportunity.

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Satellites Pinpoint Drivers of Urban Heat Islands in the Northeast »» Satellites Pinpoint Drivers of Urban Heat Islands in the Northeast

[Tuesday, December 14, 2010] The size, background ecology, and development patterns of major northeastern cities combine to make them unusually warm, according to NASA scientists.

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Qatar-led International Team Finds Its First Alien World »» Qatar-led International Team Finds Its First Alien World

[Tuesday, December 14, 2010] In an exciting example of international collaboration, a Qatar astronomer teamed with scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and other institutions to discover a new alien world. This "hot Jupiter," now named Qatar-1b.

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Hubble Spots a Celestial Bauble »» Hubble Spots a Celestial Bauble

[Tuesday, December 14, 2010] Hubble has spotted a festive bauble of gas in our neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud.

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Geologist's discoveries resolve debate about oxygen in Earth's mantle »» Geologist's discoveries resolve debate about oxygen in Earth's mantle

[Tuesday, December 14, 2010] While there continues to be considerable debate among geologists about the availability of oxygen in the Earth's mantle, recent discoveries by a University of Rhode Island scientist are bringing resolution to the question.

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Boeing Submits Proposal for 2nd Round of NASA Commercial Crew Development Program »» Boeing Submits Proposal for 2nd Round of NASA Commercial Crew Development Program

[Tuesday, December 14, 2010] Boeing today submitted its proposal for the second round of NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program.

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Orbital Submits Proposal for NASA's Commercial Crew Development Program »» Orbital Submits Proposal for NASA's Commercial Crew Development Program

[Tuesday, December 14, 2010] Orbital Sciences Corporation today announced that it has submitted a proposal to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in response to the Commercial Crew Development-2 contract solicitation.

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Cassini Spots Potential Ice Volcano on Titan »» Cassini Spots Potential Ice Volcano on Titan

[Tuesday, December 14, 2010] NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found possible ice volcanoes on Saturn's moon Titan that are similar in shape to those on Earth that spew molten rock.

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NASA: It's Our Space Station - Not Yours »» NASA: It's Our Space Station - Not Yours

[Wednesday, December 15, 2010] It is quite clear that while NASA is going through the motions of trying to expand the user base for its portion of the ISS, that it is still falling back on bad habits.

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Soyuz TMA-20 Launches Expedition 26 to the International Space Station »» Soyuz TMA-20 Launches Expedition 26 to the International Space Station

[Wednesday, December 15, 2010] A Russian Soyuz rocket lifted off at 2:09 p.m. EST with the Expedition 26 crew onboard headed to the International Space Station. The crew includes Russian Dmitry Kondratyev, American Catherine Coleman and from the European Space Agency Paolo Nespoli.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Elects Eric C. Anderson as Next Chairman »» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Elects Eric C. Anderson as Next Chairman

[Wednesday, December 15, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation, representing 37 companies employing thousands of Americans nationwide, has selected its next Chairman of the Board, Eric C. Anderson who holds the position of chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd.

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ESA and Canada renew partnership in space science and technology »» ESA and Canada renew partnership in space science and technology

[Wednesday, December 15, 2010] Today, Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA, and Steve MacLean, President of the Canadian Space Agency, signed a new Cooperation Agreement between ESA and Canada that will extend their partnership for a further 10 years, until 2020.

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Aerospace Industries Association: Solid 2010 Results for Aerospace »» Aerospace Industries Association: Solid 2010 Results for Aerospace

[Wednesday, December 15, 2010] With another solid financial performance in 2010, the aerospace industry has again demonstrated its vital importance to the U.S. economy.

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NASA Discovers Asteroid Delivered Assortment of Meteorites »» NASA Discovers Asteroid Delivered Assortment of Meteorites

[Thursday, December 16, 2010] An international team of scientists studying remnants of an asteroid that crashed into the Nubian Desert in October 2008 discovered it contained at least 10 different types of meteorites.

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NASA's Mars Odyssey Orbiter Passes Longevity Record »» NASA's Mars Odyssey Orbiter Passes Longevity Record

[Thursday, December 16, 2010] NASA's Mars Odyssey, which launched in 2001, will break the record Wednesday for longest-serving spacecraft at the Red Planet.

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Satellites give an eagle eye on thunderstorms »» Satellites give an eagle eye on thunderstorms

[Thursday, December 16, 2010] It's one of the more frustrating parts of summer. You check the weather forecast, see nothing dramatic, and go hiking or biking. Then, four hours later, a thunderstorm appears out of nowhere and ruins your afternoon.

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NASA Television Will Air Space Shuttle Discovery Tanking Test »» NASA Television Will Air Space Shuttle Discovery Tanking Test

[Thursday, December 16, 2010] NASA will conduct a tanking test at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, Dec. 17, to evaluate repairs made to space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank

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Ralph Hall Will Chair House Science and Technology Committee »» Ralph Hall Will Chair House Science and Technology Committee

[Thursday, December 16, 2010] The House Science and Technology Committee will be chaired by Ralph Hall (R-TX). Hall has represented a northeast Texas district since 1980.

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Citizen Scientists Join Search for Earth-like Planets »» Citizen Scientists Join Search for Earth-like Planets

[Thursday, December 16, 2010] Web users around the globe will be able to help professional astronomers in their search for Earth-like planets thanks to a new online citizen science project called Planet Hunters that launches December 16.

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Aerojet Set to Expand in Huntsville »» Aerojet Set to Expand in Huntsville

[Thursday, December 16, 2010] Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced today that over the next few months it will expand its presence in the Huntsville community by hiring 25 local engineers.

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SpaceX Dragon Mission Summary »» SpaceX Dragon Mission Summary

[Thursday, December 16, 2010] On December 8, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to re-enter a spacecraft from Earth orbit.

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NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Provides Travel Tips For Mars Rover Opportunity »» NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Provides Travel Tips For Mars Rover Opportunity

[Thursday, December 16, 2010] NASA's Mars Opportunity rover is getting important tips from an orbiting spacecraft as it explores areas that might hold clues about past Martian environments.

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First Measurement of Magnetic Field in Earth's Core »» First Measurement of Magnetic Field in Earth's Core

[Thursday, December 16, 2010] A University of California, Berkeley, geophysicist has made the first-ever measurement of the strength of the magnetic field inside Earth's core, 1,800 miles underground.

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Why Does NASA Not Provide New Space Station Researchers With The References They Need? »» Why Does NASA Not Provide New Space Station Researchers With The References They Need?

[Friday, December 17, 2010] At one point Mark Uhran bragged that he had "written 5 papers" on discoveries that had been made on the ISS, but he said that he was not going to tell anyone where to find them - thus challenging the attendees to go dig these papers up themselves.

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China Launches Beidou-2 L2 the 7th Satellite in Compass Navigation Satellite System »» China Launches Beidou-2 L2 the 7th Satellite in Compass Navigation Satellite System

[Friday, December 17, 2010] This afternoon at 3:20 p.m. EST China launched the Beidou-2 L2 satellite he 7th satellite in their Compass Navigation Satellite System. The satellite was launched from the XiChang Satellite Launch Center near Liangshan in Sichuan province. (With video)

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NASA Announces Lineup For Total Eclipse Of The Moon »» NASA Announces Lineup For Total Eclipse Of The Moon

[Saturday, December 18, 2010] NASA has planned various ways to help the public enjoy the total lunar eclipse on the night of Dec. 20 to 21.

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Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility to Close »» Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility to Close

[Saturday, December 18, 2010] The Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility, a unique collaboration between ESA and ESO, will close on 31 December 2010 after 26 years.

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NASA's LRO Creating Unprecedented Topographic Map of Moon »» NASA's LRO Creating Unprecedented Topographic Map of Moon

[Saturday, December 18, 2010] NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is allowing researchers to create the most precise and complete map to date of the moon's complex, heavily cratered landscape.

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NASA Moves Forward In Commercial Rocket Engine Testing: Aerojet AJ26 Engine Tested »» NASA Moves Forward In Commercial Rocket Engine Testing: Aerojet AJ26 Engine Tested

[Saturday, December 18, 2010] Orbital's Taurus II uses a pair AJ26 rocket engines built by Aerojet to provide first stage propulsion. Friday's test on the Stennis' E-1 test stand involved a team of Orbital, Aerojet, and Stennis engineers, with Stennis employees serving as test conduct

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Herschel Looks Back in Time To See Today's Stars Bursting Into Life »» Herschel Looks Back in Time To See Today's Stars Bursting Into Life

[Saturday, December 18, 2010] A UK-led international team of astronomers have presented the first conclusive evidence for a dramatic surge in star birth in a newly discovered population of massive galaxies in the early Universe.

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550 million years ago rise in oxygen drove evolution of animal life »» 550 million years ago rise in oxygen drove evolution of animal life

[Saturday, December 18, 2010] Researchers have uncovered a clue that may help to explain why the earliest evidence of complex multicellular animal life appears around 550 million years ago, when atmospheric oxygen levels rose sharply from 3% to their modern day level of 21%.

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New Adaptive-Optics Technology to Survey Early Universe »» New Adaptive-Optics Technology to Survey Early Universe

[Saturday, December 18, 2010] Adaptive optics allows one to observe the sky without suffering perturbations from atmospheric turbulence. Now, a French-British team has demonstrated a major improvement of this technology.

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Dream Chaser Model Drops in at NASA Dryden »» Dream Chaser Model Drops in at NASA Dryden

[Saturday, December 18, 2010] NASA Dryden supported helicopter air-drop flight tests of a 5-foot-long, 15-percent scale model of the Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft design under a Space Act Agreement between the two organizations.

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Climate scientists highlight ESA Climate Change Initiative »» Climate scientists highlight ESA Climate Change Initiative

[Sunday, December 19, 2010] As world negotiators gather at the climate summit in Cancun, Mexico, to tackle climate change, scientists are demonstrating how long-term satellite data provide unique information to help policymakers understand and manage climate change.

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Importance of satellite data highlighted at climate summit »» Importance of satellite data highlighted at climate summit

[Sunday, December 19, 2010] Although finding a successor to the Kyoto Protocol is a major item on the agenda at the 2010 UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, delegates are also working hard to establish an international climate monitoring system.

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Earth images help you dream on Lufthansa flights »» Earth images help you dream on Lufthansa flights

[Sunday, December 19, 2010] Passengers can now select between informative and relaxing ESA channels on Lufthansa flights. ESA's new relaxation channel features Our Colourful Planet, a collage of spectacular Earth images set to meditative music.

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Satellites unravel complex relationship between northern forests and climate »» Satellites unravel complex relationship between northern forests and climate

[Sunday, December 19, 2010] ESA's Earth-observing satellites are helping to understand the intricate role that Eurasia's boreal forest - the planet's largest land ecosystem - plays in the chemical make-up of the atmosphere and the global climate system.

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Scientific expedition completes first double Antarctic crossing in vehicles »» Scientific expedition completes first double Antarctic crossing in vehicles

[Sunday, December 19, 2010] A team of explorers and scientists have today completed the first there-and-back crossing of Antarctica in wheeled vehicles.

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Scientists decipher 3 billion-year-old genomic fossils »» Scientists decipher 3 billion-year-old genomic fossils

[Sunday, December 19, 2010] About 580 million years ago, life on Earth began a rapid period of change called the Cambrian Explosion, a period defined by the birth of new life forms over many millions of years that ultimately helped bring about the modern diversity of animals.

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NASA Completes Space Station, Fosters Commercial Spaceflight And Makes Amazing Discoveries During Ambitious Year Of Exploration »» NASA Completes Space Station, Fosters Commercial Spaceflight And Makes Amazing Discoveries During Ambitious Year Of Exploration

[Monday, December 20, 2010] NASA in 2010 set a new course for human spaceflight, helped rewrite science textbooks, redefined our understanding of Earth's nearest celestial neighbor, put the finishing touches on one of the world's greatest engineering marvels.

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Despite NASA Claims, The Primary Purpose (Today) of the Space Station is Operations - Not Science »» Despite NASA Claims, The Primary Purpose (Today) of the Space Station is Operations - Not Science

[Monday, December 20, 2010] The six-person ISS crew takes one day off a week. If you assume 6 work days for 6 crew at 8 hours a day you get 288 work hours from the crew every week. 30 hours represents 10.4% of the overall crew work time devoted to "science".

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NASA Selects Companies for Further Lunar Demonstrations Data »» NASA Selects Companies for Further Lunar Demonstrations Data

[Monday, December 20, 2010] NASA has issued delivery orders to three companies as part of its Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data project. Each order is worth $500,000 and will help develop vehicle capabilities and demonstrate end-to-end robotic lunar landing missions.

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NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Rolls Off Launch Pad Tuesday »» NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Rolls Off Launch Pad Tuesday

[Monday, December 20, 2010] Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to roll back from Launch Pad 39A to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for additional work related to its final scheduled mission.

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Slooh to Broadcast Live Feed of Total Lunar Eclipse through Sky in Google Earth »» Slooh to Broadcast Live Feed of Total Lunar Eclipse through Sky in Google Earth

[Monday, December 20, 2010] In an on going mission to provide a live view of the universe, Slooh, the online Space Camera, will deliver a live feed of tonight's total lunar eclipse through Sky in Google Earth.

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How Often Do Giant Black Holes Become Hyperactive? »» How Often Do Giant Black Holes Become Hyperactive?

[Tuesday, December 21, 2010] A new study from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory tells scientists how often the biggest black holes have been active over the last few billion years.

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Upgrading the Famous Alvin Research Submersible »» Upgrading the Famous Alvin Research Submersible

[Tuesday, December 21, 2010] For more than four decades, scientists have foregone a few creature comforts for a first-hand look at the ocean's depths.

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Photo: Total Lunar Eclipse as Seen From Earth's Surface »» Photo: Total Lunar Eclipse as Seen From Earth's Surface

[Tuesday, December 21, 2010] A total lunar eclipse is seen as the full moon is shadowed by the Earth on the arrival of the winter solstice, Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Arlington, VA. The eclipse lasted about three hours and twenty-eight minutes.

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Shuttle Discovery's Roll Off Launch Pad Moves to Late Tuesday »» Shuttle Discovery's Roll Off Launch Pad Moves to Late Tuesday

[Tuesday, December 21, 2010] Space shuttle Discovery's roll from Launch Pad 39A to the VAB at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, Dec. 21, now is targeted to start at 10 p.m. EST. Discovery is expected to be securely back in the VAB by 5 a.m. Wednesday.

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Dramatic Views of Saturn's Moon Rhea »» Dramatic Views of Saturn's Moon Rhea

[Tuesday, December 21, 2010] Newly released for the holidays, images of Saturn's second largest moon Rhea obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft show dramatic views of fractures cutting through craters on the moon's surface, revealing a history of tectonic rumbling.

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ESA unveils latest map of world's land cover »» ESA unveils latest map of world's land cover

[Tuesday, December 21, 2010] ESA's 2009 global land cover map has been released and is now available to the public online from the 'GlobCover' website. GlobCover 2009 proves the sharpest possible global land cover map can be created within a year

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NASA Seeks Proposals For Technology Flight Demonstrations And Information About Suborbital Flight Services »» NASA Seeks Proposals For Technology Flight Demonstrations And Information About Suborbital Flight Services

[Wednesday, December 22, 2010] NASA is seeking proposals from researchers interested in testing new technologies during suborbital flights. The agency also is requesting information from commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle providers and commercial payload integrators.

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America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 is Sent to the President's Desk »» America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 is Sent to the President's Desk

[Wednesday, December 22, 2010] Science funding is the engine of a knowledge-based economy. If we remove it, our economy will crash and burn," said Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN), author of the legislation.

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NSF/NASA Scientific Balloon Launches From Antarctica »» NSF/NASA Scientific Balloon Launches From Antarctica

[Wednesday, December 22, 2010] NASA and the National Science Foundation launched a scientific balloon on Monday, December 20 to study the effects of cosmic rays on Earth. It was the first of five scientific balloons scheduled to launch from Antarctica in December.

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IYA2009 Secretariat to Close at End of Year »» IYA2009 Secretariat to Close at End of Year

[Wednesday, December 22, 2010] The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) Secretariat will finish its activities on 31 December 2010, following three and a half years of service.

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Galileo's navigation control hub opens in Fucino »» Galileo's navigation control hub opens in Fucino

[Wednesday, December 22, 2010] Galileo's terrestrial nerve centre formally entered service today. With the first Galileo satellites due to be launched next August, Fucino in central Italy will oversee the running of all navigation services provided by Europe's global satellite system.

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Construction of Antarctica's IceCube Neutrino Observatory Completed (with Video) »» Construction of Antarctica's IceCube Neutrino Observatory Completed (with Video)

[Wednesday, December 22, 2010] Culminating a decade of planning, innovation and testing, construction of the world's largest neutrino observatory, installed in the ice of the Antarctic plateau at the geographic South Pole, was successfully completed December 18, 2010.

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NASA Spinoff Reveals Benefits of Space Technology in Our Daily Lives »» NASA Spinoff Reveals Benefits of Space Technology in Our Daily Lives

[Wednesday, December 22, 2010] The 2010 edition of NASA's annual Spinoff publication is now available online, highlighting new innovations and notable examples of NASA technology improving everyday life on our home planet.

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Kepler Goes Into Safe Mode »» Kepler Goes Into Safe Mode

[Thursday, December 23, 2010] On Dec. 22, 2010, Kepler experienced a safe mode event. A safe mode is a self-protective measure that the spacecraft takes when something unexpected occurs.

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NASA Internal Memo: Maintaining Capability to Conduct the STS-135 Mission »» NASA Internal Memo: Maintaining Capability to Conduct the STS-135 Mission

[Thursday, December 23, 2010] I ask that you continue planning and preparations efforts to execute this mission in late June 2011 as currently planned. This includes maintaining the requisite workforce to safely conduct this mission and extending contracts if necessary.

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NASA Solicitations: Opportunities for Payloads Requiring a Near-Zero or Reduced Gravity Environment »» NASA Solicitations: Opportunities for Payloads Requiring a Near-Zero or Reduced Gravity Environment

[Thursday, December 23, 2010] Payloads selected under this announcement will fly on aircraft that provide parabolic flight trajectories and on suborbital reusable launch vehicles capable of flying to altitudes above 100 km.

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NASA Hosts Planet-Finding Tweetup in California's Silicon Valley »» NASA Hosts Planet-Finding Tweetup in California's Silicon Valley

[Thursday, December 23, 2010] NASA will give 100 of its Twitter followers an insider look at its planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft and the agency's Ames Research Center on Feb. 11 in Moffett Field in California.

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Movies: A Martian Sunset and a Solar Transit by Phobos »» Movies: A Martian Sunset and a Solar Transit by Phobos

[Friday, December 24, 2010] A new Mars movie clip gives us a rover's-eye view of a bluish Martian sunset, while another clip shows the silhouette of the moon Phobos passing in front of the sun.

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Summer storm: Winds ground flights but don't stop work at South Pole »» Summer storm: Winds ground flights but don't stop work at South Pole

[Friday, December 24, 2010] We were sitting in the South Pole Station cargo office on Saturday morning, Nov. 6, when Logistics manager Paddy Douglas announced that there was a storm coming.

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NASA Spinoff: Inflatable Antennas Support Emergency Communication »» NASA Spinoff: Inflatable Antennas Support Emergency Communication

[Friday, December 24, 2010] This complete satellite communication system takes about 45 minutes to set up and 15 minutes to take down. When deflated, the flexible antenna rolls up like a sleeping bag and fits in a case with the antenna bag, blower, hoses, and plates

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Catalina Sky Survey Discovers Possible Extinct Comet »» Catalina Sky Survey Discovers Possible Extinct Comet

[Friday, December 24, 2010] An asteroid discovered more than 100 years ago my not be an asteroid at all, but an extinct comet that is coming back to life, according to new observations.

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Solar Eclipse to Occur January Fourth »» Solar Eclipse to Occur January Fourth

[Friday, December 24, 2010] Even at its maximum, the eclipse will be only partial, with some of the everyday Sun still visible. Because the everyday Sun is too bright to look at safely, special solar filters or projection methods should always be used to protect the eyes.

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New Molecule Can Lead to More Efficient Rocket Fuel »» New Molecule Can Lead to More Efficient Rocket Fuel

[Friday, December 24, 2010] Trinitramid - that's the name of the new molecule that may be a component in future rocket fuel. This fuel could be 20-30 percent more efficient in comparison with the best rocket fuels we have today.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 24 December 2010 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 24 December 2010

[Friday, December 24, 2010] All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. . Christmas Eve. Crew rest day.

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India's Launch of GSAT-5P Telecommunications Satellite Fails (With video) »» India's Launch of GSAT-5P Telecommunications Satellite Fails (With video)

[Saturday, December 25, 2010] ISRO, the Indian Space Research Organization, saw its GSLV Mark 1 rocket begin to disintegrate about a minute after launch today. It was carrying the GSAT-5P telecommunications satellite. (With video)

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A Russian Proton Rocket Successfully Launched the European KA-SAT Satellite Today »» A Russian Proton Rocket Successfully Launched the European KA-SAT Satellite Today

[Sunday, December 26, 2010] A Russian Proton rocket successfully launched the European KA-SAT satellite today. The KA-SAT is a communications satellite and will deliver consumer broadband service targeted at users across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. (With video)

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Perfect storm: Snow buries South Pole traverse before tractor train reaches 90 South »» Perfect storm: Snow buries South Pole traverse before tractor train reaches 90 South

[Monday, December 27, 2010] Today, one can get to the South Pole Station from the U.S. Antarctic Program's McMurdo Station in about three hours aboard an LC-130 airplane, with a nice box lunch to enjoy along the way.

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ILS Proton Successfully Launches the KA-SAT Satellite for Eutelsat »» ILS Proton Successfully Launches the KA-SAT Satellite for Eutelsat

[Monday, December 27, 2010] International Launch Services (ILS), a world leader in providing launch services to the commercial space industry, successfully carried the KA-SAT satellite to orbit for Eutelsat Communications of France on an ILS Proton.

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NASA Supplemental Information: Competitive Acquisition of Cooperative Agreement for ISS National Laboratory Management Entity »» NASA Supplemental Information: Competitive Acquisition of Cooperative Agreement for ISS National Laboratory Management Entity

[Monday, December 27, 2010] The information provided below supplements prior postings at the official procurement web site in specific areas of high interest to potential bidders.

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Photo: GOES-13 Satellite Captures Blizzard Leaving New England »» Photo: GOES-13 Satellite Captures Blizzard Leaving New England

[Tuesday, December 28, 2010] A powerful low pressure system brought blizzard conditions from northern New Jersey to Maine over Christmas weekend. The GOES-13 satellite captured an image of the low's center off the Massachusetts coast and saw the snowfall left behind.

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Galaxy 15 Status Update: Power, Communications, and Control Restored »» Galaxy 15 Status Update: Power, Communications, and Control Restored

[Tuesday, December 28, 2010] We have placed Galaxy 15 in safe mode, and at this time, we are pleased to report it no longer poses any threat of satellite interference to either neighboring satellites or customer services.

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Galileo pathfinder GIOVE-A achieves five years in orbit »» Galileo pathfinder GIOVE-A achieves five years in orbit

[Tuesday, December 28, 2010] ESA's GIOVE-A satellite - the first prototype of Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system - is still working well after five years in space.

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SOHO Spots 2,000th Comet »» SOHO Spots 2,000th Comet

[Wednesday, December 29, 2010] As people on Earth celebrate the holidays and prepare to ring in the New Year, an ESA/NASA spacecraft has quietly reached its own milestone: on December 26, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) discovered its 2000th comet.

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An Ariane 5 Successfully Launches the Hispasat 1E and KOREASAT 6 Satellites »» An Ariane 5 Successfully Launches the Hispasat 1E and KOREASAT 6 Satellites

[Wednesday, December 29, 2010] This afternoon at 4:27 p.m. EST (21:27 GMT) Arianespace successfully launched the Hispasat 1E and KOREASAT 6 telecommunication satellites aboard an Ariane 5 ECA rocket from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana. (With video)

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NASA Seeks Space Technology Graduate Fellowship Applicants »» NASA Seeks Space Technology Graduate Fellowship Applicants

[Thursday, December 30, 2010] NASA is seeking applications from graduate students for the agency's new Space Technology Research Fellowships. Applications are being accepted from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of graduate students.

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Arianespace 6 for 6 in 2010: Last mission of the year orbits Hispasat 1E and Koreasat 6 »» Arianespace 6 for 6 in 2010: Last mission of the year orbits Hispasat 1E and Koreasat 6

[Thursday, December 30, 2010] On Wednesday, December 29, Arianespace orbited two communications satellites: Hispasat 1E for the Spanish operator Hispasat, and Koreasat 6 for the KT Corporation.

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Commercial Crew Transportation System Certification Requirements for NASA Low Earth Orbit Missions »» Commercial Crew Transportation System Certification Requirements for NASA Low Earth Orbit Missions

[Thursday, December 30, 2010] NASA plans to purchase commercial crew space transportation services to LEO and the International Space Station (ISS) as part of NASA's exploration plans and policies.

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