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February 2010 Top Stories


The Obama Space Vision for NASA: Massive Paradigm Shifts Ahead »» The Obama Space Vision for NASA: Massive Paradigm Shifts Ahead

[Monday, February 1, 2010] In announcing its $19.0 billion FY 2011 NASA budget today, the Obama Administration has made it very clear that it intends to attempt a paradigm shift in the way that America explores and utilizes space.

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Participatory Exploration at NASA »» Participatory Exploration at NASA

[Monday, February 1, 2010] While NASA has certainly been at the forefront of using new media - social media etc. - to connect with the public it still has a long way to go to catch up with how people actually learn and communicate in the real world.

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Challenger Center Supports President Obama's Requested Increase in NASA's Budget for Education »» Challenger Center Supports President Obama's Requested Increase in NASA's Budget for Education

[Monday, February 1, 2010] Under the President's budget request released today, NASA's investment in education will increase from a projected annual level of approximately $126 million to $146 million per year over the next five years.

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Space Industry CEOs Host Teleconference to Discuss President Obama's 2011 Budget Request for Expanded Role of Commercial Space »» Space Industry CEOs Host Teleconference to Discuss President Obama's 2011 Budget Request for Expanded Role of Commercial Space

[Monday, February 1, 2010] The Next Step in Space Coalition and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation today will hold a joint teleconference for members of the media.

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NASA Selects Commercial Firms to Begin Development of Crew Transportation Concepts and Technology Demonstrations for Human Spaceflight »» NASA Selects Commercial Firms to Begin Development of Crew Transportation Concepts and Technology Demonstrations for Human Spaceflight

[Monday, February 1, 2010] NASA has awarded $50 million through funded agreements to further the commercial sector's capability to support transport of crew to and from low Earth orbit. This step is the first taken by NASA consistent with the president's direction to foster commerc

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NASA Announces Tuesday News Teleconferences With Directorate Leaders »» NASA Announces Tuesday News Teleconferences With Directorate Leaders

[Monday, February 1, 2010] On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the associate administrators of the mission directorates will hold teleconferences to discuss the budget's impact on their specific areas.

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GAO: NASA Assessments of Selected Large-Scale Projects »» GAO: NASA Assessments of Selected Large-Scale Projects

[Monday, February 1, 2010] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to invest billions in the coming years in science and exploration space fl ight initiatives.

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NASA Announces News Telecon To Discuss Hubble Images Of Pluto »» NASA Announces News Telecon To Discuss Hubble Images Of Pluto

[Monday, February 1, 2010] NASA will hold a news media telecon at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 4, to discuss the latest Hubble images of the distant dwarf planet Pluto.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes New NASA Human Spaceflight Plan, Congratulates Commercial Crew Development Winners »» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes New NASA Human Spaceflight Plan, Congratulates Commercial Crew Development Winners

[Monday, February 1, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation welcomes the decision today by President Barack Obama to place U.S. human spaceflight on a new trajectory with major investments in technology, science, exploration, and commercial spaceflight.

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James Webb Space Telescope Sunshield Design Achieves Significant Landmark »» James Webb Space Telescope Sunshield Design Achieves Significant Landmark

[Tuesday, February 2, 2010] The James Webb Space Telescope's five-layer, tennis court-sized sunshield has passed its critical design review, certifying that its design is complete and meets mission requirements.

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Suspected Asteroid Collision Leaves Trailing Debris »» Suspected Asteroid Collision Leaves Trailing Debris

[Tuesday, February 2, 2010] NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a mysterious X-shaped debris pattern and trailing streamers of dust that suggest a head-on collision between two asteroids.

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New research rejects 80-year theory of 'primordial soup' as the origin of life »» New research rejects 80-year theory of 'primordial soup' as the origin of life

[Tuesday, February 2, 2010] Today the 'soup' theory has been over turned in a pioneering paper in BioEssays which claims it was the Earth's chemical energy, from hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, which kick-started early life.

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New Technique for Detecting Earth-like Planets »» New Technique for Detecting Earth-like Planets

[Wednesday, February 3, 2010] Astronomers have discovered a new ground-based technique to study the atmospheres of planets outside our Solar System, accelerating our search for Earth-like planets with life-related molecules.

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NASA Extends Cassini's Tour of Saturn »» NASA Extends Cassini's Tour of Saturn

[Wednesday, February 3, 2010] NASA will extend the international Cassini-Huygens mission to explore Saturn and its planets to 2017. The agency's fiscal year 2011 budget provides a $60 million per year extension for continued study of the ringed planet.

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Craters Young and Old in Sirenium Fossae on Mars »» Craters Young and Old in Sirenium Fossae on Mars

[Wednesday, February 3, 2010] The Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera has imaged craters both young and old in this view of the Southern Highlands of Mars.

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The Stars Behind the Curtain »» The Stars Behind the Curtain

[Wednesday, February 3, 2010] ESO is releasing a magnificent VLT image of the giant stellar nursery surrounding NGC 3603, in which stars are continuously being born.

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NASA Unveils Commercial Human Spaceflight Development Agreements and Announces $50 Million in Seed Funding for Commercial Crew »» NASA Unveils Commercial Human Spaceflight Development Agreements and Announces $50 Million in Seed Funding for Commercial Crew

[Wednesday, February 3, 2010] At a National Press Club event to "introduce new commercial space pioneers, John Holdren and Charles Bolden praised the seven winning companies of NASA's Commercial Crew Development and Commercial Orbital Transportation Services competitions.

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NASA Internal memo: Message from the NASA Administrator: Feb. 3, 2010 »» NASA Internal memo: Message from the NASA Administrator: Feb. 3, 2010

[Wednesday, February 3, 2010] On Monday, Feb. 1, the Obama Administration launched a bold and ambitious new space initiative that invests in American ingenuity to propel us on a new journey of innovation and discovery.

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Pluto's White, Dark-Orange, and Charcoal Black Terrain Captured by Hubble »» Pluto's White, Dark-Orange, and Charcoal Black Terrain Captured by Hubble

[Thursday, February 4, 2010] NASA has released the most detailed and dramatic images ever taken of the distant dwarf planet Pluto.

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Live long and prosper, Xanthoria elegans »» Live long and prosper, Xanthoria elegans

[Thursday, February 4, 2010] Space is a hostile environment for living things, but small organisms on the Expose-E experiment unit outside Europe's Columbus ISS laboratory module have resisted the solar UV radiation, cosmic rays, vacuum and varying temperatures for 18 months.

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James Cameron Endorses Commercial Spaceflight, New NASA Plan »» James Cameron Endorses Commercial Spaceflight, New NASA Plan

[Thursday, February 4, 2010] James Cameron, the writer and director of "Avatar" and "Titanic" has published an op-ed in The Washington Post endorsing commercial human spaceflight and President Obama's new plan for NASA.

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NASA Invites Public To Tweet Their Way Into Space Next Week »» NASA Invites Public To Tweet Their Way Into Space Next Week

[Thursday, February 4, 2010] The Twitterverse and universe will converge during space shuttle Endeavour's upcoming mission to the International Space Station.

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SpaceX Completes Dragon Spacecraft Cargo Loading Milestone »» SpaceX Completes Dragon Spacecraft Cargo Loading Milestone

[Thursday, February 4, 2010] SpaceX recently conducted a three-day long demonstration of cargo loading and unloading procedures for its Dragon spacecraft, which NASA has contracted to provide delivery services to the International Space Station (ISS) starting in 2010.

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Technoarcheology and Earth Sciences, the Recovery of Nimbus II High Resolution Infrared Radiometer Data »» Technoarcheology and Earth Sciences, the Recovery of Nimbus II High Resolution Infrared Radiometer Data

[Thursday, February 4, 2010] During this search, we found, through a Cadillac (yes the car) user group, a gentleman from Alaska who had worked on these drives during the 1960's.

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Techno-Archaeology Rescues Climate Data from Early Satellites »» Techno-Archaeology Rescues Climate Data from Early Satellites

[Friday, February 5, 2010] Starting with the methods developed for the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project at NASA Ames Research Park, a team at NSIDC worked with Dennis Wingo at LOIRP to search NASA archives for the original Nimbus tapes containing raw images and calibrations.

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NASA Idea Brainstorming Tool »» NASA Idea Brainstorming Tool

[Saturday, February 6, 2010] NASA is seeking input on the creation of the NASA Open Government Plan.

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Endeavour Launch Rescheduled »» Endeavour Launch Rescheduled

[Sunday, February 7, 2010] Managers officially have scheduled space shuttle Endeavour's next launch attempt for Monday, Feb. 8 at 4:14 a.m. EST.

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NASA to Study Seeds in Space to Better Understand Plant Growth »» NASA to Study Seeds in Space to Better Understand Plant Growth

[Sunday, February 7, 2010] NASA scientists hope to better understand exactly how and why plants grow differently in space in an experiment named, Tropi. Future astronauts may be able to grow plants as part of life support systems on long-duration space missions.

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Life retreated to Antarctica during mass extinction »» Life retreated to Antarctica during mass extinction

[Sunday, February 7, 2010] Life on Earth hit a particularly rough patch about 250 million years ago, when about 90 percent of marine species went extinct along with about 70 percent of land organisms, including the only large-scale extinction of insects.

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Space Station Primed for New Era of Scientific Discoveries »» Space Station Primed for New Era of Scientific Discoveries

[Sunday, February 7, 2010] NASA and its international partners are looking forward to unprecedented scientific opportunities aboard the International Space Station, or ISS

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Weather satellite sets new service record »» Weather satellite sets new service record

[Sunday, February 7, 2010] Europe's series of Meteosat satellites has been improving the accuracy of weather forecasts for over 30 years. Meteosat-6 has recently broken the record for the operational life of one of these robust missions.

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NASA STS-130 Report #01  4 a.m. CST Monday, Feb. 8, 2010 »» NASA STS-130 Report #01 4 a.m. CST Monday, Feb. 8, 2010

[Monday, February 8, 2010] After a one day delay due to clouds, space shuttle Endeavour launched at 3:14 a.m. CST Monday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with a new module and an attached cupola for the International Space Station.

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Launch of NASA's Shuttle Endeavour Sparks Early Monday Sunrise »» Launch of NASA's Shuttle Endeavour Sparks Early Monday Sunrise

[Monday, February 8, 2010] Space shuttle Endeavour lit up the predawn sky on Monday with a 4:14 a.m. EST launch from NASA KSC. The shuttle's last scheduled night launch began a 13-day flight to the International Space Station and the final year of shuttle operations.

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The Last Shuttle To Leave Earth at Night »» The Last Shuttle To Leave Earth at Night

[Monday, February 8, 2010] An hour after the orange glow of Endeavour's liftoff lit the Kennedy Space Center press site on Feb. 8, NASA officials beamed at the bit of bright news illuminating an otherwise tough couple of weeks.

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Negative Ions a Positive Sign for Liquid Water in Enceladus »» Negative Ions a Positive Sign for Liquid Water in Enceladus

[Monday, February 8, 2010] In dives through the water ice plume of Enceladus, the Cassini plasma spectrometer has found unexpected populations of charged molecules and dust that strengthen arguments for the presence of liquid water and the ingredients for life inside the moon.

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The New Space Race »» The New Space Race

[Tuesday, February 9, 2010] Although it is not currently popular in this country to think about national interests and the competition of nations in space, others do not labor under this restriction.

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A New 3D Map of Interstellar Gas Within 300 Parsecs of the Sun »» A New 3D Map of Interstellar Gas Within 300 Parsecs of the Sun

[Tuesday, February 9, 2010] This week, Astronomy & Astrophysics publishes new 3D maps of the interstellar gas situated in an area 300 parsecs (about 1,000 light-years) around the Sun.

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NASA JSC Solicitation: Procurement of Crew Transportation and Rescue Services From Roscosmos »» NASA JSC Solicitation: Procurement of Crew Transportation and Rescue Services From Roscosmos

[Tuesday, February 9, 2010] NASA/JSC has a requirement for crew transportation services including launch, return, and rescue of US or US-designated astronauts and associated services which include the following requirements for primary and ancillary services:

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Endeavour Arrives at International Space Station »» Endeavour Arrives at International Space Station

[Wednesday, February 10, 2010] Space shuttle Endeavour docked with the International Space Station at 12:06 a.m. EST Wednesday, delivering the Tranquility module and its new room with a view, the cupola.

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Orion in a New Light »» Orion in a New Light

[Wednesday, February 10, 2010] The Orion Nebula reveals many of its hidden secrets in a dramatic image taken by ESO's new VISTA survey telescope.

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Millimeter-scale, energy-harvesting sensor system developed »» Millimeter-scale, energy-harvesting sensor system developed

[Wednesday, February 10, 2010] A 9-cubic millimeter solar-powered sensor system developed at the University of Michigan is the smallest that can harvest energy from its surroundings to operate nearly perpetually.

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NASA Announces Winners of George M. Low Award for Quality and Performance »» NASA Announces Winners of George M. Low Award for Quality and Performance

[Wednesday, February 10, 2010] NASA presented its highest honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award, to two companies that share a commitment to teamwork, safety, customer service, technical and managerial excellence.

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Layers Piled in a Mars Crater Record a History of Changes »» Layers Piled in a Mars Crater Record a History of Changes

[Thursday, February 11, 2010] Near the center of a Martian crater about the size of Connecticut, hundreds of exposed rock layers form a mound as tall as the Rockies and reveal a record of major environmental changes on Mars billions of years ago.

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NASA Successfully Launches a New Eye on the Sun »» NASA Successfully Launches a New Eye on the Sun

[Thursday, February 11, 2010] NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, lifted off Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 41 on a first-of-a-kind mission to reveal the sun's inner workings in unprecedented detail.

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Saturn's aurorae offer stunning double show »» Saturn's aurorae offer stunning double show

[Thursday, February 11, 2010] An enormous and grand ringed planet, Saturn is certainly one of the most intriguing bodies orbiting the Sun. Hubble has now taken a fresh look at the fluttering aurorae that light up both of Saturn's poles.

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Orbiting Space Shuttle Astronauts Answer Questions from Students Nationwide »» Orbiting Space Shuttle Astronauts Answer Questions from Students Nationwide

[Thursday, February 11, 2010] Students in elementary and middle schools nationwide will have their questions about space answered live on Feb. 14 by space shuttle astronauts orbiting 220 miles above Earth.

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SpaceX Announces Final Arrival of Falcon 9 Flight Hardware at Cape Canaveral in Preparation for Inaugural Launch »» SpaceX Announces Final Arrival of Falcon 9 Flight Hardware at Cape Canaveral in Preparation for Inaugural Launch

[Thursday, February 11, 2010] Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announces that all flight hardware for the debut launch of the Falcon 9 vehicle has arrived at the SpaceX launch site, Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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NASA and Space - The Future vs. the Past »» NASA and Space - The Future vs. the Past

[Thursday, February 11, 2010] In covering the uproar over the just-released NASA budget and its implications, the major media headlines have been trumpeting: "Lunar Program Cancelled".

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»» "A Healthy Future" Commercial Space Forum Speech by J. Randolph Babbitt

[Thursday, February 11, 2010] In 20 years, we've had 200 licensed commercial launches. No fatalities, no extensive property damage, no injuries to the uninvolved public.

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The Many Colors of Star Birth »» The Many Colors of Star Birth

[Thursday, February 11, 2010] A dramatic new image from the Gemini North telescope illustrates the dynamic and sometimes violent process of star birth. It also demonstrates the capabilities of new filters available to researchers using the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph (GMOS).

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Shuttle Crew Completes First STS-130 Spacewalk »» Shuttle Crew Completes First STS-130 Spacewalk

[Friday, February 12, 2010] STS-130 crew members installed a 2,600-cubic-foot addition to the International Space Station early Friday, combining the talents of robotic arm operators and spacewalkers to connect the Italian-built Tranquility module.

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Letter From House of Representatives to NASA Administrator Bolden regarding Constellation contract Cancellation »» Letter From House of Representatives to NASA Administrator Bolden regarding Constellation contract Cancellation

[Friday, February 12, 2010] We are writing to express strong concern about NASA Headquarters actions and comments regarding the Constellation programs, the programs which together form the human spaceflight programs authorized by Congress in 2005 and in 2008.

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Remarks by NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver at the 13th Annual FAA AST Space Transportation Conference »» Remarks by NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver at the 13th Annual FAA AST Space Transportation Conference

[Saturday, February 13, 2010] We plan to transform our relationship with the private sector as part of our Nation's new strategy with the ultimate goal of expanding human presence across the Solar System.

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Shuttle Discovery's Processing Milestones Updated for STS-131 »» Shuttle Discovery's Processing Milestones Updated for STS-131

[Saturday, February 13, 2010] Due to cold temperatures that are expected to continue throughout the weekend, NASA managers now are targeting the start of shuttle Discovery's move from its processing hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building for no earlier than 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 15.

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NASA's STS-130 Tweetup Will Offer Participants An Out Of This World Experience »» NASA's STS-130 Tweetup Will Offer Participants An Out Of This World Experience

[Saturday, February 13, 2010] For the first time, NASA Twitter followers can personally go inside the heart of a space shuttle mission at the agency's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston.

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Newt Gingrich and Bob Walker Endorse Obama's New NASA Plan, Urge Bipartisan Support »» Newt Gingrich and Bob Walker Endorse Obama's New NASA Plan, Urge Bipartisan Support

[Saturday, February 13, 2010] Gingrich and Walker state, "Bipartisan cooperation has been difficult to achieve in Congress, but here is a chance. By looking forward, NASA has given us a way to move forward. It deserves broad support for daring to challenge the status quo."

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Second Spacewalk Today; Mission Extended »» Second Spacewalk Today; Mission Extended

[Saturday, February 13, 2010] The crew of space shuttle Endeavour awoke at 4:15 p.m. EST to the song "Too Much Stuff" by Delbert McClinton, played for Mission Specialist Stephen Robinson, who will be working as the intravehicular officer for today's spacewalk.

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NASA STS-130 Report #15 5 a.m. CST Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 »» NASA STS-130 Report #15 5 a.m. CST Monday, Feb. 15, 2010

[Monday, February 15, 2010] The ISS's new viewport is facing the Earth now, ready to provide a panoramic view of the planet below and approaching cargo ships. Relocation of the cupola from Tranquility's forward port to its new location was completed at 12:31 a.m. CST.

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Mars Rover Spirit Finishes Pre-Winter Drives »» Mars Rover Spirit Finishes Pre-Winter Drives

[Monday, February 15, 2010] NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit is now parked for the winter. The rover team is commanding Spirit this week to make additional preparations for the Mars southern hemisphere winter season.

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Space Shuttle Astronauts Move Cupola To Final Location »» Space Shuttle Astronauts Move Cupola To Final Location

[Monday, February 15, 2010] The International Space Station's new viewport is facing the Earth now, ready to provide a panoramic view of the planet below and approaching cargo ships

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Concrete Phase of Runway Begins at Spaceport America »» Concrete Phase of Runway Begins at Spaceport America

[Monday, February 15, 2010] The first batch of concrete was poured Thursday, February 11, marking the start of the final concrete finish phase of the runway construction at Spaceport America, the world's first purposebuilt commercial spaceport.

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Voyager Celebrates 20-Year-Old Valentine to Solar System »» Voyager Celebrates 20-Year-Old Valentine to Solar System

[Monday, February 15, 2010] Twenty years ago NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft had sailed beyond the outermost planet in our solar system and turned its camera inward to snap a series of final images that would be its parting valentine to the string of planets it called home.

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CryoSat to observe Earth's ice cover »» CryoSat to observe Earth's ice cover

[Monday, February 15, 2010] The European Space Agency is about to launch the most sophisticated satellite ever to investigate the Earth's ice fields and map ice thickness over water and land: lift-off scheduled for 25 February.

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Some Thoughts on the NASA Vision »» Some Thoughts on the NASA Vision

[Monday, February 15, 2010] I mean no disrespect but I am tired of listening to Dr. Spudis, Dr. Griffin and all of the other, whiney, Baby Boomer, Cold Warrior, Manifest Destiny driven individuals who are still trying to live out their 1950's childhood dreams at taxpayer expense.

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Phobos flyby season starts again »» Phobos flyby season starts again

[Tuesday, February 16, 2010] Today Mars Express began a series of flybys of Phobos, the largest moon of Mars. The campaign will reach its crescendo on 3 March, when the spacecraft will set a new record for the closest pass to Phobos, skimming the surface at just 50 km.

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NASA STS-130 Report #17  5 a.m. CST Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 »» NASA STS-130 Report #17 5 a.m. CST Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010

[Tuesday, February 16, 2010] With a port swap of the International Space Station's new cupola and Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 completed today, astronauts continued outfitting the new Tranquility module and its observation deck, and prepared for a third spacewalk.

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NASA Sets Out of this World News Conference with Shuttle Endeavour and Space Station Crews »» NASA Sets Out of this World News Conference with Shuttle Endeavour and Space Station Crews

[Tuesday, February 16, 2010] The 11 crew members aboard space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station will hold a news conference at 8:39 p.m. CST on Thursday, Feb. 18.

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Dark matter detective arrives at ESTEC »» Dark matter detective arrives at ESTEC

[Tuesday, February 16, 2010] One of the most exciting scientific instruments ever built, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), arrived at ESA's Test Centre in the Netherlands for testing before being launched on the Space Shuttle to the ISS this July.

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NASA's Next Shuttle Launch Now Targeted for April 5 »» NASA's Next Shuttle Launch Now Targeted for April 5

[Tuesday, February 16, 2010] NASA is targeting Monday, April 5, for the launch of the next space shuttle from the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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NASA's WISE Mission Releases Medley of First Images »» NASA's WISE Mission Releases Medley of First Images

[Wednesday, February 17, 2010] A diverse cast of cosmic characters is showcased in the first survey images NASA released Wednesday from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

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Missing Primitive Stars Outside Milky Way Uncovered »» Missing Primitive Stars Outside Milky Way Uncovered

[Thursday, February 18, 2010] After years of successful concealment, the most primitive stars outside our Milky Way galaxy have finally been unmasked.

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NASA Explores Commercial Opportunities for Space Science »» NASA Explores Commercial Opportunities for Space Science

[Thursday, February 18, 2010] NASA scientists, multi-disciplinary researchers, government officials and future space flight service providers are discussing new ways to access and utilize space science at the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference.

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The Southwest Research Institute Announces New Next-Generation Suborbital Program »» The Southwest Research Institute Announces New Next-Generation Suborbital Program

[Thursday, February 18, 2010] The Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) announced today a new initiative to build and fly experiments with SwRI payload specialists on next-generation suborbital vehicles.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announces New Research and Education Affiliates Program, Initial Participating Universities »» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announces New Research and Education Affiliates Program, Initial Participating Universities

[Thursday, February 18, 2010] At the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference today, Commercial Spaceflight Federation chairman Mark Sirangelo announced the creation of a new affiliates program for universities and other research and educational institutions.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes Historic NASA Commitment of $75 Million for Commercial Suborbital Flights, Payloads »» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes Historic NASA Commitment of $75 Million for Commercial Suborbital Flights, Payloads

[Thursday, February 18, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation enthusiastically welcomes NASA's announcement today that NASA will fund dozens of science and education payloads to fly on commercial suborbital vehicles.

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Stardust-NExT Spacecraft Fires Engines to Delay Arrival at Comet »» Stardust-NExT Spacecraft Fires Engines to Delay Arrival at Comet

[Thursday, February 18, 2010] NASA's Stardust-NExT (New Exploration of Tempel) spacecraft fired its engines for 22 minutes 53 seconds on Feb. 17 to purposely delay its arrival at comet Tempel 1 by 8 hours 21 minutes.

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NASA's Chandra Reveals Origin of Key Cosmic Explosions »» NASA's Chandra Reveals Origin of Key Cosmic Explosions

[Thursday, February 18, 2010] New findings from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have provided a major advance in understanding a type of supernova critical for studying the dark energy that astronomers think pervades the universe.

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Video: Moon and Everest Rocks Installed on The International Space Station »» Video: Moon and Everest Rocks Installed on The International Space Station

[Friday, February 19, 2010] A ribbon-cutting ceremony with Endeavour commander George Zamka and station commander Jeff Williams to celebrate the arrival of Tranquility and its seven-windowed cupola on the International Space Station.

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NASA STS-130 Report #27  1:30 a.m. CST Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 »» NASA STS-130 Report #27 1:30 a.m. CST Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010

[Sunday, February 21, 2010] The crew of space shuttle Endeavour completed checkouts of its re-entry and landing systems Saturday and prepared for a scheduled Sunday evening landing.

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NASA and the future of space exploration: what do YOU think? »» NASA and the future of space exploration: what do YOU think?

[Sunday, February 21, 2010] Veteran space journalist and NASA Advisory Council member Miles O'Brien will testify on Capitol Hill. What do you think? We appreciate your participation in this short survey.

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Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference a hit, 2011 follow up conference planned »» Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference a hit, 2011 follow up conference planned

[Sunday, February 21, 2010] The Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) has brought the research and education communities together with suborbital vehicle providers and government funding agencies for the first time.

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NASA JSC Advanced Planning Office Blog: Pass the Baton or Short Track Speed Skater Push »» NASA JSC Advanced Planning Office Blog: Pass the Baton or Short Track Speed Skater Push

[Sunday, February 21, 2010] As I watched the Winter Olympics this week I was struck with how it was a great metaphor for NASA and commercial space. I know it sounds like a stretch but let me explain.

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Photos of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Vertical at Cape Canaveral »» Photos of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Vertical at Cape Canaveral

[Sunday, February 21, 2010] Following its mate to the transporter erector, Falcon 9 was rolled from the integration hangar to the launch pad where final checks of the pad hydraulic and pneumatic systems were completed.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Lands »» Space Shuttle Endeavour Lands

[Sunday, February 21, 2010] Space shuttle Endeavour landed at Kennedy Space Center. A post-landing news conference with managers at Kennedy is expected no earlier than midnight ET on NASA TV.

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NASA FY2011 Budget Summary Materials Posted To NASA.Gov »» NASA FY2011 Budget Summary Materials Posted To NASA.Gov

[Monday, February 22, 2010] NASA published its Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Estimates on Monday, providing more information about the president's plan for the agency's future.

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NASA's New TDRS Spacecraft Pass System Level Reviews »» NASA's New TDRS Spacecraft Pass System Level Reviews

[Monday, February 22, 2010] NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) K-L program completed its Critical Design Review (CDR) and Production Readiness Review (PRR) in El Segundo, Calif. on Feb. 19.

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Over 250 People Attend Next-Gen Suborbital Researchers Conference, 2011 Meeting Planned for Florida »» Over 250 People Attend Next-Gen Suborbital Researchers Conference, 2011 Meeting Planned for Florida

[Monday, February 22, 2010] The research and education community voted with its feet last week with over 250 people turning out at the first-ever Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in Boulder, Colorado.

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Boeing to Launch GOES-P Weather Satellite on March 2nd »» Boeing to Launch GOES-P Weather Satellite on March 2nd

[Monday, February 22, 2010] Boeing announced that the commercial launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-P, (GOES-P) is scheduled for March 2 aboard a Delta IV rocket.

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Mars Rover Spirit Update: Spirit Hunkers Down for Winter »» Mars Rover Spirit Update: Spirit Hunkers Down for Winter

[Monday, February 22, 2010] Spirit is parked for the winter in the embedded area called "Troy" on the west side of Home Plate. Efforts continue to prepare the rover for winter.

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Enhanced 3D Model of Mars Crater Edge Shows Ups and Downs »» Enhanced 3D Model of Mars Crater Edge Shows Ups and Downs

[Monday, February 22, 2010] A dramatic 3D Mars view based on terrain modeling from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter data shows "highs and lows" of Mojave Crater.

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First images from ESA’s water mission »» First images from ESA’s water mission

[Tuesday, February 23, 2010] In less than four months since launch, the first calibrated images are being delivered by ESA's SMOS mission.

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Restructured NASA Advisory Council Meets to Formulate Agency Guidance »» Restructured NASA Advisory Council Meets to Formulate Agency Guidance

[Tuesday, February 23, 2010] The newly restructured NASA Advisory Council recently concluded its second meeting, held Feb. 18-19, at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

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New NASA Web Page Sheds Light on Science of a Warming World »» New NASA Web Page Sheds Light on Science of a Warming World

[Tuesday, February 23, 2010] Will 2010 be the warmest year on record? How do the recent U.S. "Snowmageddon" winter storms and record low temperatures in Europe fit into the bigger picture of long-term global warming?

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Governor Bill Richardson Endorses Commercial Spaceflight, Obama's New NASA Plan »» Governor Bill Richardson Endorses Commercial Spaceflight, Obama's New NASA Plan

[Tuesday, February 23, 2010] Hailing President Obama's new plan for NASA, Governor Bill Richardson published an op-ed today praising the President's plan as "creating thousands of new high-tech jobs and helping America retain its leadership role in science and technology."

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NASA Unveils New Space-Weather Science Tool »» NASA Unveils New Space-Weather Science Tool

[Tuesday, February 23, 2010] The iSWA is a robust, integrated system provides information about space weather conditions past, present, and future and, unlike many other programs currently in use, has an interface that the user can customize to suit a unique set of data requirements.

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Cassini Finds Plethora of Plumes, Hotspots at Enceladus »» Cassini Finds Plethora of Plumes, Hotspots at Enceladus

[Tuesday, February 23, 2010] Newly released images from last November's swoop over Enceladus by Cassini reveal a forest of new jets spraying from prominent fractures crossing the south polar region and yield the most detailed temperature map to date of one fracture.

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NASA Lunar Electric Rover Simulator iPhone App »» NASA Lunar Electric Rover Simulator iPhone App

[Tuesday, February 23, 2010] You don't need a driver's license, but you still need to buckle up as the LER Simulator gives you a glimpse of what it might be like to support the activities of a functioning Lunar Outpost.

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Challenger Center Statement in Advance of Today's Senate Hearing on NASA Budget »» Challenger Center Statement in Advance of Today's Senate Hearing on NASA Budget

[Wednesday, February 24, 2010] After a few years in which education had a less important role, NASA's leadership has put education back into a level one priority.

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Verbal Testimony by Miles O'Brien: Senate Hearing on NASA's FY 2011 Budget »» Verbal Testimony by Miles O'Brien: Senate Hearing on NASA's FY 2011 Budget

[Wednesday, February 24, 2010] Mr. Chairman, Washington - we have a problem - there is an uproar across the land over NASA's course change - and it says a lot about how the public is no longer in the loop with the space agency.

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Details of Constellation Program Parachute Test Emerge »» Details of Constellation Program Parachute Test Emerge

[Thursday, February 25, 2010] NASA conducted a test to validate an approach that would be used to test the parachutes for the Orion spacecraft. Contrary to earlier stories and rumors, a mock up of an Orion spacecraft did not crash into the desert. Rather a large test sledge did.

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Committee Expresses Caution Over Proposed Changes to NASA's Human Space Flight Program »» Committee Expresses Caution Over Proposed Changes to NASA's Human Space Flight Program

[Thursday, February 25, 2010] Today, the House Committee on Science and Technology held a hearing to discuss the Administration's FY 2011 budget request for NASA with Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

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Former NASA Ames Employee Wants Energy to Bloom Throughout the World »» Former NASA Ames Employee Wants Energy to Bloom Throughout the World

[Thursday, February 25, 2010] K.R. Sridhar used to spend his time as a researcher at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., looking at the sky and dreaming of ways to sustain life on Mars.

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NASA's Space Shuttle Program Successfully Conducts Final Motor Test in Utah »» NASA's Space Shuttle Program Successfully Conducts Final Motor Test in Utah

[Thursday, February 25, 2010] NASA's Space Shuttle Program conducted the final test firing of a reusable solid rocket motor Feb. 25 in Promontory, Utah.

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The Approach Begins: New Horizons Is Half Way To Pluto »» The Approach Begins: New Horizons Is Half Way To Pluto

[Friday, February 26, 2010] Today New Horizons is 15.96 astronomical units (2.39 billion kilometers, or 1.48 billion miles) from the Sun - halfway between Earth's location on launch day in Jan 2006, and Pluto's place during New Horizons' encounter with the planet in July 2015.

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Wayne Hale's Blog: Human Rating A Spacecraft »» Wayne Hale's Blog: Human Rating A Spacecraft

[Friday, February 26, 2010] All items to fly aboard the shuttle and/or reside on the station have to go through a safety review process. One of NASAs early and painful lessons was the Apollo 1 fire.

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NASA and Italian Space Agency Find New Use for Module »» NASA and Italian Space Agency Find New Use for Module

[Friday, February 26, 2010] NASA and the Italian Space Agency announced a new use for an existing Multi Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) known as "Leonardo." It will be transformed into a Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) for the International Space Station.

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Burt Rutan Issues Clarification on Wall Street Journal Remarks »» Burt Rutan Issues Clarification on Wall Street Journal Remarks

[Friday, February 26, 2010] Burt Rutan has released a statement saying the Wall Street Journal "chose to cherry-pick and misquote my comments to Cong. Wolf."

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NASA Opens High Frontier to Education and Not-For-Profit Groups »» NASA Opens High Frontier to Education and Not-For-Profit Groups

[Friday, February 26, 2010] NASA is announcing a new initiative to launch small cube-shaped satellites for education and not-for-profit organizations. CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called picosatellites.

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NASA Pioneer Aaron Cohen Dies »» NASA Pioneer Aaron Cohen Dies

[Friday, February 26, 2010] Spaceflight pioneer Aaron Cohen, a former director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, died Thursday, Feb. 25, after a lengthy illness. He was 79.

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Mars Odyssey and Phoenix Mars Lander Missions Status Report »» Mars Odyssey and Phoenix Mars Lander Missions Status Report

[Friday, February 26, 2010] NASA's Mars Odyssey began a second campaign Monday to check on whether the Phoenix Mars Lander has revived itself after the northern Martian winter. The orbiter received no signal from the lander during the first 10 overflights of this campaign.

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NRC Report: Revitalizing NASA's Suborbital Program: Advancing Science, Driving Innovation, and Developing Workforce »» NRC Report: Revitalizing NASA's Suborbital Program: Advancing Science, Driving Innovation, and Developing Workforce

[Saturday, February 27, 2010] The Space Studies Board (SSB) was requested by NASA to conduct a review of the suborbital mission capabilities of NASA in the NASA Authorization Act of 2008 (Section 505).

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