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February 2011 Top Stories


Scientists climb Mt. Everest to explain how hearts adapt and recover from low oxygen »» Scientists climb Mt. Everest to explain how hearts adapt and recover from low oxygen

[Tuesday, February 1, 2011] New research in the FASEB Journal suggests that there are extensive but reversible changes in the heart when it is exposed to low oxygen levels similar to those caused by many diseases

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EIAST and Bigelow Aerospace sign agreement to create next-generation commercial human spaceflight programme »» EIAST and Bigelow Aerospace sign agreement to create next-generation commercial human spaceflight programme

[Tuesday, February 1, 2011] EIAST and Bigelow Aerospace LLC, an organisation dedicated to providing affordable options for spaceflight to national space agencies and corporate clients, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

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Photo: The Agean Sea At Night As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: The Agean Sea At Night As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, February 1, 2011] This night time view captured by one of the Expedition 24 crew members aboard the International Space Station some 220 miles above Earth is looking southward from central Romania over the Aegean Sea toward Greece.

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Photo: Oahu As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Oahu As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, February 1, 2011] A member of the Expedition 23 crew onboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station took this picture of Hawaii's third largest island with an electronic still camera on April 23, 2010.

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SpaceX Continues Rapid Growth with New Office in Chantilly, Virginia »» SpaceX Continues Rapid Growth with New Office in Chantilly, Virginia

[Tuesday, February 1, 2011] Today SpaceX announced it is opening a new office in Chantilly, VA to serve customers looking for reliable, affordable launch solutions. The community is home to some of the world's leading Internet and high-tech companies.

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Tracking the origins of speedy space particles »» Tracking the origins of speedy space particles

[Tuesday, February 1, 2011] NASA's THEMIS spacecraft combined with computer models have helped track the origin of the energetic particles in Earth's magnetic atmosphere that appear during a kind of space weather called a substorm.

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NASA OIG: Status of Services Transferred From NASA Centers and Headquarters to the NASA Shared Services Center »» NASA OIG: Status of Services Transferred From NASA Centers and Headquarters to the NASA Shared Services Center

[Tuesday, February 1, 2011] Our audit objective was to examine the consolidation and transfer of selected services from NASA to the NSSC.

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Photo: Orbital View As Tropical Cyclone Yasi Heads Toward Queensland, Australia »» Photo: Orbital View As Tropical Cyclone Yasi Heads Toward Queensland, Australia

[Tuesday, February 1, 2011] Tropical Storm Anthony made landfall in Queensland, Australia this past weekend, and now the residents are watching a larger, more powerful cyclone headed their way.

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Photo: Monster Winter Storm Affecting 30 States »» Photo: Monster Winter Storm Affecting 30 States

[Tuesday, February 1, 2011] Tropical Storm Anthony made landfall in Queensland, Australia this past weekend, and now the residents are watching a larger, more powerful cyclone headed their way.

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NEOWISE Completes Scan for Asteroids & Comets »» NEOWISE Completes Scan for Asteroids & Comets

[Tuesday, February 1, 2011] The mission's discoveries of previously unknown objects include 20 comets, more than 33,000 asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, and 134 near-Earth objects (NEOs).

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NASA Solicitation: Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences - 2011 »» NASA Solicitation: Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences - 2011

[Wednesday, February 2, 2011] NNH11ZDA001N, entitled "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences - 2011 (ROSES-2011)," will be available on or about February 18, 2011.

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NASA Solicitation: NASA Student Career Exploration Program »» NASA Solicitation: NASA Student Career Exploration Program

[Wednesday, February 2, 2011] The CEP addresses the critical shortage in STEM fields that the Nation is facing by providing hands-on internships with NASA scientists and engineers for talented students from area high schools and colleges/universities.

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Kepler mission Quarter 2 science data now posted »» Kepler mission Quarter 2 science data now posted

[Wednesday, February 2, 2011] A large number of Kepler light curves became public Feb 1-2 2011. All tar files of public data have been recreated to include all public data.

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Students Excited by Stellar Discovery »» Students Excited by Stellar Discovery

[Wednesday, February 2, 2011] In the constellation of Ophiuchus there lurks a stellar corpse spinning 30 times per second -- an exotic star known as a radio pulsar. This object was unknown until it was discovered last week by three high school students.

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Cluster Encounters a Natural Particle Accelerator »» Cluster Encounters a Natural Particle Accelerator

[Wednesday, February 2, 2011] ESA's Cluster satellites have flown through a natural particle accelerator just above Earth's atmosphere. The data they collected are unlocking how most of the dramatic displays of the northern and southern lights are generated.

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Rare Meteorites Reveal Mars Collision Caused Water Flow »» Rare Meteorites Reveal Mars Collision Caused Water Flow

[Wednesday, February 2, 2011] Rare fragments of Martian meteorites have been investigated at the University of Leicester revealing one of the ways water flowed near the surface of Mars.

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Six Small Planets Orbiting a Sun-like Star Amaze Astronomers »» Six Small Planets Orbiting a Sun-like Star Amaze Astronomers

[Wednesday, February 2, 2011] A remarkable planetary system discovered by NASA's Kepler mission has six planets around a Sun-like star, including five small planets in tightly packed orbits.

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NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Discovers Extraordinary New Planetary System »» NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Discovers Extraordinary New Planetary System

[Wednesday, February 2, 2011] Scientists using NASA's Kepler, a space telescope, recently discovered six planets made of a mix of rock and gases orbiting a single sun-like star, known as Kepler-11, which is located approximately 2,000 light years from Earth.

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View From Orbit: Aqua Sees Cyclone Yasi Make Landfall in Queensland, Australia »» View From Orbit: Aqua Sees Cyclone Yasi Make Landfall in Queensland, Australia

[Wednesday, February 2, 2011] NASA's Aqua satellite captured visible and infrared imagery of powerful Cyclone Yasi as it was making landfall in Queensland.

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Photo: Brasilia, Brazil At Night As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Brasilia, Brazil At Night As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, February 2, 2011] Brasilia, Brazil at night time is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member on the International Space Station.

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NASA Finds Earth-size Planet Candidates in the Habitable Zone »» NASA Finds Earth-size Planet Candidates in the Habitable Zone

[Wednesday, February 2, 2011] Is our Milky Way galaxy home to other planets the size of Earth? Are Earth-sized planets common or rare? NASA scientists seeking answers to those questions recently revealed their discovery.

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NASA Flight Opportunities Workshop at Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference »» NASA Flight Opportunities Workshop at Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference

[Wednesday, February 2, 2011] NASA Flight Opportunities Workshop at Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference

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What Do Kepler's Worlds Look Like - From The Surface? »» What Do Kepler's Worlds Look Like - From The Surface?

[Wednesday, February 2, 2011] What might the sky look like on one of these worlds that Kepler has discovered? Planetary scientist and space artist Dan Durda has a bunch of ideas.

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NASA Deputy Administrator Meets With Commercial Space Innovators »» NASA Deputy Administrator Meets With Commercial Space Innovators

[Wednesday, February 2, 2011] NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will travel to Las Vegas and Boulder, Colo., this week to meet with leaders of two commercial space companies, Bigelow Aerospace and Sierra Nevada Corp., and tour their facilities.

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International Space Station Enters the New Year with a New Era of Utilization »» International Space Station Enters the New Year with a New Era of Utilization

[Thursday, February 3, 2011] The orbiting laboratory shifts focus in 2011 from finalizing construction efforts to full-scale use of the facility for scientific investigation and technological advances.

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Using the ISS: Once Again NASA Has Been Left in the Dust »» Using the ISS: Once Again NASA Has Been Left in the Dust

[Thursday, February 3, 2011] It would seem that structural information for biological molecules can now be obtained from vanishingly small biological samples - so called "nanocrystals" using a hard X-ray laser - on Earth - no space station required.

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NASA Hosts Special Event With Expedition 23, 24 And 25 Crew Members »» NASA Hosts Special Event With Expedition 23, 24 And 25 Crew Members

[Thursday, February 3, 2011] After living aboard the International Space Station for six months, NASA astronauts and Russian cosmonauts will reunite to relive their spaceflight experiences for the public, friends and co-workers at 6:30 p.m. CST Feb. 10 at Space Center Houston.

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Robonaut 2 to Appear on Fox's Super Bowl XLV Pregame »» Robonaut 2 to Appear on Fox's Super Bowl XLV Pregame

[Thursday, February 3, 2011] Robonaut 2, the muscular humanoid robot created by General Motors and NASA, will make a guest appearance with Fox Sports analyst Howie Long during the Fox Network pre-game show before Super Bowl XLV on Sunday.

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Northern Mars Landscape Actively Changing »» Northern Mars Landscape Actively Changing

[Thursday, February 3, 2011] Sand dunes in a vast area of northern Mars long thought to be frozen in time are changing with both sudden and gradual motions, according to research using images from a NASA orbiter.

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Space Florida and Bigelow Sign Memorandum of Understanding »» Space Florida and Bigelow Sign Memorandum of Understanding

[Thursday, February 3, 2011] Yesterday, Space Florida and Bigelow Aerospace, signed a MOU agreeing to work together to pursue and identify foreign and domestic companies that could benefit from utilization of Bigelow's expandable, orbital space complexes.

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Futron Rates Isle of Man Space Industry As 'Punching Above Its Weight' In Competitive Report on the 'SpaceIsle' »» Futron Rates Isle of Man Space Industry As 'Punching Above Its Weight' In Competitive Report on the 'SpaceIsle'

[Thursday, February 3, 2011] US market research firm, the Futron Corporation of Bethesda, Maryland, today published a benchmarking assessment study on the Isle of Man space industry with surprising results.

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First Stars in the Universe Weren't Lonely »» First Stars in the Universe Weren't Lonely

[Thursday, February 3, 2011] The first stars to form in the universe were not as lonely as previously thought.

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International Partners Discuss Space Station Operations »» International Partners Discuss Space Station Operations

[Friday, February 4, 2011] The International Space Station partner agencies met Thursday, Feb. 3, by videoconference to discuss coordinating the increased use of the space station as a research laboratory.

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NASA Names Winning Experiments In Kids Micro-G Challenge »» NASA Names Winning Experiments In Kids Micro-G Challenge

[Friday, February 4, 2011] Astronauts aboard the International Space Station this spring will conduct six experiments designed by middle school students from across the country.

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NASA To Hold Briefing On The Shuttle Commander For April Flight »» NASA To Hold Briefing On The Shuttle Commander For April Flight

[Friday, February 4, 2011] NASA will hold a news conference to discuss command of the STS-134 space shuttle mission at 2 p.m. CST Friday, Feb. 4, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Europe's ATV space ferry ready for launch »» Europe's ATV space ferry ready for launch

[Friday, February 4, 2011] ESA's latest Automated Transfer Vehicle is ready for launch to the International Space Station on Tuesday, 15 February at 22:08 GMT from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

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Mars500 'arrives' in orbit around Mars »» Mars500 'arrives' in orbit around Mars

[Friday, February 4, 2011] The first full-duration simulation of a manned voyage to Mars has reached a major milestone: the 'spacecraft' yesterday 'arrived' at Mars after 244 days of virtual interplanetary flight.

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Photo: A Massive Star and Its Cradle »» Photo: A Massive Star and Its Cradle

[Friday, February 4, 2011] This star-forming region, captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, is dominated by the bright, young star IRAS 13481-6124 (upper left), which is about twenty times the mass of our sun and five times its radius, and is surrounded by its pre-natal cocoon

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Cirrus-Like Clouds Seen In Titan's Atmosphere »» Cirrus-Like Clouds Seen In Titan's Atmosphere

[Friday, February 4, 2011] The blurring effects of Titan's aerosols are obvious in this image, where the orange moon peeks from behind two of Saturn's rings.

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NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly Resumes Training For STS-134 Mission »» NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly Resumes Training For STS-134 Mission

[Friday, February 4, 2011] NASA astronaut Mark Kelly will resume training as commander of the STS-134 space shuttle mission on Monday, Feb. 7.

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Outpouring of Support for Challenger Learning Centers »» Outpouring of Support for Challenger Learning Centers

[Friday, February 4, 2011] On the 25th anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle accident, there was an outpouring of support for Challenger Learning Centers as they carry on the educational mission of the Challenger crew.

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NASA Releasing First Views Of The Entire Sun On Super Sun-Day »» NASA Releasing First Views Of The Entire Sun On Super Sun-Day

[Friday, February 4, 2011] NASA will score big on super SUN-day at 11 a.m. EST, Sunday, Feb. 6, with the release online of the first complete view of the sun's entire surface and atmosphere.

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Envisat Image: 'Stormageddon' »» Envisat Image: 'Stormageddon'

[Friday, February 4, 2011] This Envisat image captures one of serial snowstorms that hit the United States during January 2011.

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Photo: Envisat captures volcanic eruptions in Japan today »» Photo: Envisat captures volcanic eruptions in Japan today

[Friday, February 4, 2011] Acquired today by ESA's Envisat satellite, this image shows smoke pouring from Mount Shinmoedake, a volcano in the Kirishima mountain range on Japan's southern island of Kyushu.

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Mars Express puts craters on a pedestal »» Mars Express puts craters on a pedestal

[Friday, February 4, 2011] Acquired today by ESA's Envisat satellite, this image shows smoke pouring from Mount Shinmoedake, a volcano in the Kirishima mountain range on Japan's southern island of Kyushu.

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European Commissioner: Space is a must to tackle climate change »» European Commissioner: Space is a must to tackle climate change

[Friday, February 4, 2011] At a hearing at the European Parliament, Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for DG Climate Action, stated that observations from space are absolutely essential on the road to monitoring, combating and adapting to climate change.

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Photos: Europe's ATV Johannes Kepler Integrated onto Ariane 5 »» Photos: Europe's ATV Johannes Kepler Integrated onto Ariane 5

[Saturday, February 5, 2011] The second Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) to be orbited by Arianespace has been installed on its Ariane 5 launch vehicle, keeping preparations on track for a February 15 mission to service the International Space Station.

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NASA Deputy Administrator Visits Nevada Innovation Sites »» NASA Deputy Administrator Visits Nevada Innovation Sites

[Saturday, February 5, 2011] NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver visited Las Vegas today to meet with Nevada entrepreneurs and discuss innovations in space exploration and technology development critical to America's future in space.

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Photo: Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle Docked at ISS and Grappled by Candarm2 »» Photo: Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle Docked at ISS and Grappled by Candarm2

[Saturday, February 5, 2011] The Japanese Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV2), docked to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony node and in the grapple of the Candarm2.

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Photo: Soyuz Docked to the ISS »» Photo: Soyuz Docked to the ISS

[Saturday, February 5, 2011] A Russian Soyuz spacecraft, docked to the International Space Station, is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member aboard the station.

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New Images Show Cloud From Sun Ripples Like Clouds on Earth »» New Images Show Cloud From Sun Ripples Like Clouds on Earth

[Saturday, February 5, 2011] Physicists, led by a researcher at the University of Warwick, studying new images of clouds of material exploding from the Sun have spotted instabilities forming in that exploding cloud that are similar to those seen in clouds in Earth's atmosphere.

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NASA Deputy Administrator Visits Colorado Innovation Sites »» NASA Deputy Administrator Visits Colorado Innovation Sites

[Saturday, February 5, 2011] NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver visited Boulder, Colo. today to meet with entrepreneurs and discuss innovations in space exploration and technology development critical to America's future in space.

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Astrobotic Technology Inc. Announces Falcon 9 contract For Lunar Mission »» Astrobotic Technology Inc. Announces Falcon 9 contract For Lunar Mission

[Sunday, February 6, 2011] Astrobotic Technology Inc. today announced it has signed a contract with SpaceX to launch Astrobotic's robotic payload to the Moon on a Falcon 9.

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Ice Cores Yield Rich History of Climate Change »» Ice Cores Yield Rich History of Climate Change

[Monday, February 7, 2011] Antarctica, a research team investigating the last 100,000 years of Earth's climate history has reached an important milestone completing the main ice core to a depth of 3,331 meters (10,928 feet) at West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide (WAIS).

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First Ever STEREO Images of the Entire Sun »» First Ever STEREO Images of the Entire Sun

[Monday, February 7, 2011] On Feb. 6th, NASA's twin STEREO probes moved into position on opposite sides of the sun, and they are now beaming back uninterrupted images of the entire star.

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Vandenberg AFB Launches Minotaur I With Secret Payload »» Vandenberg AFB Launches Minotaur I With Secret Payload

[Monday, February 7, 2011] A Minotaur I rocket was launched from Space Launch Complex-8 here at 4:26 a.m. (PST) Feb. 6. The rocket carried a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.

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Photo: Space Station Solar Array Points Down at Earth »» Photo: Space Station Solar Array Points Down at Earth

[Monday, February 7, 2011] Backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space, International Space Station solar array panels are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member aboard the station.

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White House Blog: Charles Bolden's Story: »» White House Blog: Charles Bolden's Story: "From the Segregated South to Low Earth Orbit"

[Monday, February 7, 2011] It's a long way from the segregated south to low Earth orbit. But I am fortunate to have made the journey and to have had many opportunities to serve my nation in a 34-year career with the U.S. Marine Corps and in many roles at NASA.

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Israel signs Cooperation Agreement With ESA »» Israel signs Cooperation Agreement With ESA

[Monday, February 7, 2011] Israel signed a Cooperation Agreement with ESA on 30 January 2011. The objective of this agreement is to allow Israel and ESA to create the framework for more-intensive cooperation in ESA projects in the future.

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National Security Space Strategy Unclassified Summary »» National Security Space Strategy Unclassified Summary

[Monday, February 7, 2011] Our strategy is derived from the principles and goals found in the National Space Policy and builds on the strategic approach laid out in the National Security Strategy. Specifically, our national security space objectives are to: ...

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CryoSat ice data now open to all »» CryoSat ice data now open to all

[Monday, February 7, 2011] Scientists can now tap into a flow of new data that will help to determine exactly how Earth's ice is changing. This information from CryoSat is set to make a step change in our understanding of the complex relationship between ice and climate.

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NASA And Worcester Polytechnic Institute Are Challenge Partners »» NASA And Worcester Polytechnic Institute Are Challenge Partners

[Monday, February 7, 2011] NASA has signed an agreement with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) of Worcester, Mass., to manage the Sample Return Robot Challenge, one of the agency's new Centennial Challenges prize competitions.

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NPOESS Lessons Evaluation Executive Summary »» NPOESS Lessons Evaluation Executive Summary

[Tuesday, February 8, 2011] The Aerospace Corporation was chartered by Acting PEO for Environmental Satellites immediately following White House NPOESS Divergence decision announced 1 Feb 2010.

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McMurdo Station in Antarctica receives first data from EUMETSAT's Metop-A satellite »» McMurdo Station in Antarctica receives first data from EUMETSAT's Metop-A satellite

[Tuesday, February 8, 2011] EUMETSAT and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) successfully completed the first acquisition of data from EUMETSAT's Metop-A satellite at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, on 19 January 2011.

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Unexpected Exoskeleton Remnants Found in Paleozoic Fossils »» Unexpected Exoskeleton Remnants Found in Paleozoic Fossils

[Tuesday, February 8, 2011] Surprising new research shows that, contrary to conventional belief, remains of chitin-protein complex--structural materials containing protein and polysaccharide--are present in abundance in fossils of arthropods from the Paleozoic era.

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NASA Ames to Host Planet-Finding Tweetup »» NASA Ames to Host Planet-Finding Tweetup

[Tuesday, February 8, 2011] NASA will host about 100 registered people to go "behind-the scenes" and learn about planetary discoveries announced last week by the Kepler mission and science flights conducted by SOFIA aircraft.

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Math and Science Educators to 'Learn, Energize and Connect' at Texas Instruments T3 2011 International Conference »» Math and Science Educators to 'Learn, Energize and Connect' at Texas Instruments T3 2011 International Conference

[Tuesday, February 8, 2011] The T3 - Teachers Teaching with Technology(TM) - International Conference hosted by Texas Instruments (TI), includes more than 500 sessions that cover mathematics, science and teaching methods using technology.

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Photos: Working Inside the Space Station »» Photos: Working Inside the Space Station

[Tuesday, February 8, 2011] Scott Kelly, Paolo Nespoli, and Cady Coleman perform a variety of routine maintenance tasks inside the International Space Station.

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Letter From Sen. Harry Reid to President Obama Regarding the U.S. Space Program »» Letter From Sen. Harry Reid to President Obama Regarding the U.S. Space Program

[Tuesday, February 8, 2011] I am writing to express my strong support for the US. space program and encourage you to ensure its economic vitality in the coming years.

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ATK and Astrium Unveil the Liberty(TM) Launch Vehicle Initiative for NASA's CCDev-2 Competition »» ATK and Astrium Unveil the Liberty(TM) Launch Vehicle Initiative for NASA's CCDev-2 Competition

[Tuesday, February 8, 2011] This new launch vehicle combines two of the world's most reliable propulsion systems, with a collective heritage of nearly 150 successful flights.

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NASA Participates in United Nations Outreach Seminar on the International Space Station »» NASA Participates in United Nations Outreach Seminar on the International Space Station

[Tuesday, February 8, 2011] NASA participated today in a seminar to create awareness among United Nations member states on potential uses of the International Space Station.

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Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences 2011 (ROSES-2011) Release Planned for Feb 18, 2011 »» Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences 2011 (ROSES-2011) Release Planned for Feb 18, 2011

[Tuesday, February 8, 2011] This ROSES NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences.

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Reps Posey, Adams and Bishop Join Colleagues in Calling on House Leaders to Reprioritize NASA for Human Space Flight Missions, Drop Climate Change »» Reps Posey, Adams and Bishop Join Colleagues in Calling on House Leaders to Reprioritize NASA for Human Space Flight Missions, Drop Climate Change

[Tuesday, February 8, 2011] Our space program attracts and inspires the world's greatest minds and gives our young people inspiration to excel in math and science. Human spaceflight, however, is not simply a matter of national prestige.

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NASA Announces Candidates For CubeSat Space Missions »» NASA Announces Candidates For CubeSat Space Missions

[Tuesday, February 8, 2011] NASA has selected 20 small satellites to fly as auxiliary cargo aboard rockets planned to launch in 2011 and 2012. The proposed CubeSats come from a high school, universities across the country, NASA field centers and DoD organizations.

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NRL Researchers View the Sun in 3-D »» NRL Researchers View the Sun in 3-D

[Wednesday, February 9, 2011] Beginning on February 6, 2011, the two STEREO spacecraft are 180 degrees apart providing Naval Research Laboratory scientists with a 360-degree view of the Sun.

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Photo: Durrat Al Bahrain, Bahrain As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Durrat Al Bahrain, Bahrain As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, February 9, 2011] Durrat Al Bahrain, Bahrain, is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member on the International Space Station.

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Azorean Station to Track Launch of ATV Johannes Kepler »» Azorean Station to Track Launch of ATV Johannes Kepler

[Wednesday, February 9, 2011] When ATV Johannes Kepler is lofted into space on 15 February, an ESA tracking station on Portugal's Santa Maria island will watch closely, gathering crucial data as Ariane 5 streaks overhead.

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ESA's Sharp Eyes on Coastal Waters »» ESA's Sharp Eyes on Coastal Waters

[Wednesday, February 9, 2011] Our growing reliance on coastal waters for food, trade and tourism means that these delicate ecosystems need to be more closely monitored to guarantee their future sustainability.

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NASA Hosting Events for Stardust-NExT Encounter With Comet Tempel 1 »» NASA Hosting Events for Stardust-NExT Encounter With Comet Tempel 1

[Wednesday, February 9, 2011] NASA will host several live media activities for the Stardust-NExT mission's close encounter with comet Tempel 1. The closest approach is expected at approximately 8:37 p.m. PST (11:37 p.m. EST) on Feb. 14.

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NASA GSFC Solicitation: Voyager Magentic Field Data Reduction and Analysis »» NASA GSFC Solicitation: Voyager Magentic Field Data Reduction and Analysis

[Wednesday, February 9, 2011] NASA/GSFC has a requirement for support in maintaining the active scientific productivity of the Voyager Magnetic Field Investigation for the magnetic field experiment during the Voyager Interstellar Mission (VIM) phase.

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Giant Ring of Black Holes »» Giant Ring of Black Holes

[Wednesday, February 9, 2011] Just in time for Valentine's Day comes a new image of a ring -- not of jewels -- but of black holes. This composite image of Arp 147, a pair of interacting galaxies located about 430 million light years from Earth

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The Conrad Foundation announces finalists for the 2011 Spirit of Innovation »» The Conrad Foundation announces finalists for the 2011 Spirit of Innovation

[Wednesday, February 9, 2011] Officials with The Conrad Foundation today announced 27 high school teams will compete in the finals for the 2011 Spirit of Innovation Awards.

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Europa Helps Astronomers Peer Inside Jupiter's Missing Belt »» Europa Helps Astronomers Peer Inside Jupiter's Missing Belt

[Thursday, February 10, 2011] The ongoing turmoil inside Jupiter's missing -- and slowly re-emerging -- South Equatorial Belt can now be seen in unprecedented detail thanks to the Keck II telescope's adaptive optics system and the cooperation of the icy Jovian moon Europa.

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Tool makes search for Martian life easier »» Tool makes search for Martian life easier

[Thursday, February 10, 2011] Finding life on Mars could get easier with a creative adaption to a common analytical tool that can be installed directly on the robotic arm of a space rover.

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Potential Biosignatures in Super-Earth Atmospheres »» Potential Biosignatures in Super-Earth Atmospheres

[Thursday, February 10, 2011] Atmospheric temperature and mixing ratio profiles of terrestrial planets vary with the spectral energy flux distribution for different types of M-dwarf stars and the planetary gravity.

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Canadian Space Agency Dextre Gets to Work »» Canadian Space Agency Dextre Gets to Work

[Thursday, February 10, 2011] Dextre, the Canadian Space Agency's robotic "handyman", is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member aboard the International Space Station on Feb. 3, 2011.

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NASA's Glory Climate Satellite Ready for Launch February 23 »» NASA's Glory Climate Satellite Ready for Launch February 23

[Thursday, February 10, 2011] The launch of NASA's Glory spacecraft is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 23. Data from the Glory mission will allow scientists to better understand how the sun and tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols affect Earth's climate.

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New View of Family Life in the North America Nebula »» New View of Family Life in the North America Nebula

[Thursday, February 10, 2011] Stars at all stages of development, from dusty little tots to young adults, are on display in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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NASA Announces Plan To Win The Future With Fiscal Year 2012 Budget »» NASA Announces Plan To Win The Future With Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

[Thursday, February 10, 2011] NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will brief reporters about the agency's fiscal year 2012 budget at 2 p.m. EST on Monday, February 14.

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NASA OIG Testimony: Major Challenges Facing NASA in 2011 »» NASA OIG Testimony: Major Challenges Facing NASA in 2011

[Friday, February 11, 2011] At the present time, NASA finds itself in a state of significant uncertainty, particularly with respect to its human space program.

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NASA Announces Winners Of 2010 George M. Low Award For Quality »» NASA Announces Winners Of 2010 George M. Low Award For Quality

[Friday, February 11, 2011] NASA presented its premier honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award, to four companies that share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety and customer service.

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Glory Climate Satellite Ready For California Launch On Feb. 23 »» Glory Climate Satellite Ready For California Launch On Feb. 23

[Friday, February 11, 2011] NASA's Glory mission is scheduled to launch Wednesday, Feb. 23, from Space Launch Complex 576-E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Liftoff is targeted for 5:09 a.m. EST (2:09 a.m. PST) in the middle of a 48-second launch window.

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Lockheed Martin Ships Out First Orion Spacecraft »» Lockheed Martin Ships Out First Orion Spacecraft

[Friday, February 11, 2011] The Lockheed Martin Orion team shipped out the first Orion crew module spacecraft structure today from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La.

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NASA's NPP satellite undergoing flight environmental testing »» NASA's NPP satellite undergoing flight environmental testing

[Saturday, February 12, 2011] The NASA NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) climate/weather satellite is undergoing flight environmental testing at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp's production and test facility in Boulder, Colo.

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NASA-inspired Technology Now Offered at Harborview Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy to Advance Rehabilitation Treatment »» NASA-inspired Technology Now Offered at Harborview Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy to Advance Rehabilitation Treatment

[Saturday, February 12, 2011] Originally developed by NASA so astronauts could work out in space, the AlterG treadmill is now primarily used for physical therapy and rehabilitation.

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House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Oversight Plan for the 112th Congress »» House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Oversight Plan for the 112th Congress

[Saturday, February 12, 2011] The Committee will continue to provide oversight of NASA's human spaceflight program as it undergoes a period of uncertainty and transition following various Administration proposals.

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House Appropriations Committee Introduces CR Containing Largest Spending Cuts in History »» House Appropriations Committee Introduces CR Containing Largest Spending Cuts in History

[Saturday, February 12, 2011] NASA Budget reduction compared to FY 2010 enacted: $303.0 million. Compared to FY 2011 Request: $578.7 million.

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SB 1447 Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority; tax revenues generated by commercial spaceflight »» SB 1447 Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority; tax revenues generated by commercial spaceflight

[Saturday, February 12, 2011] A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Article 10 of Chapter 3 of Title 58.1 a section numbered 58.1-423, relating to tax revenues generated by commercial spaceflight; Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority.

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Photo: Escondida Copper Mine in the Atacama Desert As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Escondida Copper Mine in the Atacama Desert As Seen From Orbit

[Saturday, February 12, 2011] One of the world's leading copper mines, Escondida, in the Atacama Desert of Chile, is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 22 crew member on the International Space Station.

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Photo: Central Andes Mountains, Salar de Arizaro As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Central Andes Mountains, Salar de Arizaro As Seen From Orbit

[Saturday, February 12, 2011] Central Andes Mountains, Salar de Arizaro, Argentina are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 23 crew member on the International Space Station.

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Photo: French-Italian Border At Night As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: French-Italian Border At Night As Seen From Orbit

[Saturday, February 12, 2011] City lights at night along the France-Italy border, Europe are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 23 crew member on the International Space Station (ISS).

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Photos: Canada's Dextre Robotic Arm Working in Space »» Photos: Canada's Dextre Robotic Arm Working in Space

[Saturday, February 12, 2011] While attached on the end of the Canadarm2, Dextre, the Canadian Space Agency's robotic "handyman", is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member aboard the International Space Station.

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Two-Timing Spacecraft Has Date with Another Comet »» Two-Timing Spacecraft Has Date with Another Comet

[Sunday, February 13, 2011] NASA's Stardust spacecraft, equipped with the University of Chicago's Dust Flux Monitor Instrument (DFMI), is hurtling at more than 24,000 miles an hour toward a Valentine's Day encounter with Comet Tempel 1.

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Moon Trees: A Race Against Time to Find Apollo 14's Lost Voyagers »» Moon Trees: A Race Against Time to Find Apollo 14's Lost Voyagers

[Sunday, February 13, 2011] In communities all across the US, travelers that went to the moon and back with the Apollo 14 mission are living out their quiet lives. The voyagers in question are not astronauts. They're "moon trees."

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Nautilus-X - NASA's Multi-mission Space Exploration Vehicle Concept »» Nautilus-X - NASA's Multi-mission Space Exploration Vehicle Concept

[Sunday, February 13, 2011] Just when you thought NASA wasn't thinking of going places ...

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Science Takes Off: Author Explores Connection Between Aviation and Polar Research »» Science Takes Off: Author Explores Connection Between Aviation and Polar Research

[Sunday, February 13, 2011] "It's so big!" somebody ahead of me said. Feeling like an astronaut in my red parka and white boots, I followed the others out of the U.S. C-17 military plane and onto the snow of Pegasus Ice Runway. We were here. But what a "here" it was.

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NASA FY 2012 Budget Summary »» NASA FY 2012 Budget Summary

[Monday, February 14, 2011] Provides $18.7 billion, the same amount the agency received in 2010. Funding focuses on areas that will improve the Nation's space capabilities, strengthen our competitive edge, and prepare the next generation of leaders in the field.

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NASA: Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Announced »» NASA: Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Announced

[Monday, February 14, 2011] NASA announced Monday an $18.7 billion budget request for fiscal year 2012 that supports a reinvigorated path of innovation, technological development and scientific discovery.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes Strong Support for Commercial Crew in New NASA Budget »» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes Strong Support for Commercial Crew in New NASA Budget

[Monday, February 14, 2011] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation today welcomed the strong support for commercial spaceflight in the new NASA FY2012 proposed budget.

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Message from the Administrator: NASA Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Request -- February 14, 2011 »» Message from the Administrator: NASA Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Request -- February 14, 2011

[Monday, February 14, 2011] Today, we are releasing NASA's fiscal year 2012 budget request. As NASA employees, you will be instrumental in implementing this budget and carrying out our important mission.

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Photo: Rio Negro floodplain in Patagonia, Argentina As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Rio Negro floodplain in Patagonia, Argentina As Seen From Orbit

[Monday, February 14, 2011] The Rio Negro floodplain in Patagonia, Argentina is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 22 crew member on the International Space Station.

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Delayed ISS National Lab CAN Released by NASA »» Delayed ISS National Lab CAN Released by NASA

[Tuesday, February 15, 2011] The CAN was released today - one month late. The release date slipped one month but the award date has slipped 2 months.

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Photos: Galveston - Day and Night - As Seen From Orbit »» Photos: Galveston - Day and Night - As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, February 15, 2011] This image of Galveston, Texas and environs, including island, peninsular (Bolivar) and many mainland locations of Galveston County, was photographed from the International Space Station by one of the members of the Expedition 22 crew.

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NASA Mars Rover Spirit Remains Silent at Troy - Status for sol 2512-2519 »» NASA Mars Rover Spirit Remains Silent at Troy - Status for sol 2512-2519

[Tuesday, February 15, 2011] No communication has been received from Spirit since Sol 2210 (March 22, 2010). However, the solar conjunction communication moratorium has now begun and will extend until approximately Feb. 7, 2011.

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NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Staying Busy While Mars is Behind the Sun: Status for sol 2490-2496 »» NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Staying Busy While Mars is Behind the Sun: Status for sol 2490-2496

[Tuesday, February 15, 2011] The last communication with the rover was on Sol 2496 (Jan. 31, 2011). The next communication is not expected until around Feb. 7, 2011.

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Satellites locate seized Italian oil tanker »» Satellites locate seized Italian oil tanker

[Tuesday, February 15, 2011] The Cosmo-SkyMed satellites, operated by the Italian space agency, have acquired the first images of the Italian oil tanker Savina Caylyn since it was hijacked earlier this week by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean.

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Stardust Spacecraft Completes Comet Flyby »» Stardust Spacecraft Completes Comet Flyby

[Tuesday, February 15, 2011] Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., watched as data downlinked from the Stardust spacecraft indicated it completed its closest approach with comet Tempel 1.

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Photo: Ariane V On Launch Pad Ready To Put Kepler ATV Into Orbit »» Photo: Ariane V On Launch Pad Ready To Put Kepler ATV Into Orbit

[Tuesday, February 15, 2011] ESA's latest Automated Transfer Vehicle is being readied for launch to the International Space Station on Feb. 15 at 22:13:27 GMT from the Spaceport.

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Comet Hunter's First Images on the Ground »» Comet Hunter's First Images on the Ground

[Tuesday, February 15, 2011] Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., have begun receiving the first of 72 anticipated images of comet Tempel 1 taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft.

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NASA Reschedules Stardust-NExT Comet Flyby News Conference »» NASA Reschedules Stardust-NExT Comet Flyby News Conference

[Tuesday, February 15, 2011] NASA has rescheduled a news conference covering images and early data from last night's Stardust-NExT comet flyby for today at 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST).

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Stardust-NExT Pictures of Comet Tempel 1 Flyby Released by NASA »» Stardust-NExT Pictures of Comet Tempel 1 Flyby Released by NASA

[Tuesday, February 15, 2011] Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., have begun receiving the first of 72 anticipated images of comet Tempel 1 taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft.

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Photos: Sun Emits X-Class Flare »» Photos: Sun Emits X-Class Flare

[Tuesday, February 15, 2011] Looks like the new solar cycle is beginning to ramp up. The sun emitted its first X-class flare in more than four years on February 14 at 8:56 p.m. EST.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Applauds Boost to Innovative Technology Programs in New NASA Budget »» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Applauds Boost to Innovative Technology Programs in New NASA Budget

[Wednesday, February 16, 2011] CSF today welcomed the strong support for space technology investments in the new NASA FY2012 proposed budget, including Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research, Centennial Challenges, and NASA's commercial parabolic flight program.

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Another Video NASA Will Not Link To »» Another Video NASA Will Not Link To

[Wednesday, February 16, 2011] Alas, NASA was unable to find a way to link to that video then and I doubt that they will find a way to link to this one now. I would very much like to be proven wrong - but I am not holding my breath.

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NASA Releases Images Of A Human-Made Crater On A Comet »» NASA Releases Images Of A Human-Made Crater On A Comet

[Wednesday, February 16, 2011] NASA's Stardust spacecraft returned new images of a comet showing a scar resulting from the 2005 Deep Impact mission. The images also showed the comet has a fragile and weak nucleus.

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SatComms Provides Inmarsat Communications to Antarctic Heritage Expedition »» SatComms Provides Inmarsat Communications to Antarctic Heritage Expedition

[Wednesday, February 16, 2011] Just as Australian explorer and pioneer Douglas Mawson was at the forefront of Antarctic exploration, his legacy is being kept alive by the Mawson's Huts Foundation.

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Applied Knowledge: NASA Aids the Chilean Rescue Effort »» Applied Knowledge: NASA Aids the Chilean Rescue Effort

[Wednesday, February 16, 2011] A team from NASA that included physicians, a psychologist, and engineers contributed to that success, providing knowledge gained from spaceflight programs to the government and experts dealing with this down-to-earth emergency.

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Photo: Reflected Glory in Messier 78 »» Photo: Reflected Glory in Messier 78

[Wednesday, February 16, 2011] The nebula Messier 78 takes center stage in this image taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, while the stars powering the bright display take a backseat.

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Photo: Capital of Jilin Province in Northern China As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Capital of Jilin Province in Northern China As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, February 16, 2011] Photo by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, Expedition 26 flight engineer: Capital of Jilin [ 吉林市 ] province in northern China.

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50 Years Ago Today: The First Spacecraft Launched Into Orbit From Virginia »» 50 Years Ago Today: The First Spacecraft Launched Into Orbit From Virginia

[Wednesday, February 16, 2011] Explorer 9 was the first spacecraft placed in orbit by an all-solid rocket and the first spacecraft successfully launched from Wallops Island. It was launched on 16 February 1961.

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New launch attempt of ATV-2 set for this evening »» New launch attempt of ATV-2 set for this evening

[Wednesday, February 16, 2011] Following a measurement anomaly in the liquid oxygen propellant tank of the cryogenic main stage for Flight 200's Ariane 5 launcher, yesterday's countdown was stopped. The new launch time has been set for this evening at 22:50:55 CET.

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Lockheed Martin-Built GPS Satellite Exceeds 10 Years on-Orbit »» Lockheed Martin-Built GPS Satellite Exceeds 10 Years on-Orbit

[Wednesday, February 16, 2011] The seventh Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-7/SVN-54) satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin, has reached 10 years of successful on-orbit operations.

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Countdown Begins for Intelsat New Dawn Launch »» Countdown Begins for Intelsat New Dawn Launch

[Wednesday, February 16, 2011] The Intelsat New Dawn satellite is scheduled to be launched on 29 March 2011 from Arianespace's launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. Intelsat New Dawn is the first ever African private sector communications satellite.

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GAO: High-Risk Series - An Update February 2011 (NASA Excerpt) »» GAO: High-Risk Series - An Update February 2011 (NASA Excerpt)

[Wednesday, February 16, 2011] NASA is implementing a corrective action plan to improve the effectiveness of its project management. Successful implementation of the plan will gain even more importance in an increasingly constrained fiscal environment.

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NASA Teleconference About Nonprofit Management Of Space Station »» NASA Teleconference About Nonprofit Management Of Space Station

[Wednesday, February 16, 2011] NASA released a final version of a cooperative agreement notice (CAN) for an independent, nonprofit research management organization to stimulate, develop and manage U.S. use of the International Space Station National Laboratory.

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Photo: Crescent Moon As Seen From Earth Orbit »» Photo: Crescent Moon As Seen From Earth Orbit

[Wednesday, February 16, 2011] Photo by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, Expedition 26 flight engineer: "The Moon said hello just before we started our robotics manoeuvres..."

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Photo: Emi Koussi Volcano in Chad As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Emi Koussi Volcano in Chad As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, February 16, 2011] Emi Koussi volcano in Chad is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member on the International Space Station.

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Ariane flight V200 lifts off and carries ATV Johannes Kepler to orbit »» Ariane flight V200 lifts off and carries ATV Johannes Kepler to orbit

[Thursday, February 17, 2011] ESA's second Automated Transfer Vehicle, Johannes Kepler, has been launched into its targeted low orbit by an Ariane 5.

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Herschel Measures Dark Matter Required for Star-Forming Galaxies »» Herschel Measures Dark Matter Required for Star-Forming Galaxies

[Thursday, February 17, 2011] The Herschel Space Observatory has revealed how much dark matter it takes to form a new galaxy bursting with stars. Herschel is a European Space Agency cornerstone mission supported with important NASA contributions.

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Astronomers identify thick disc of older stars in nearby Andromeda galaxy »» Astronomers identify thick disc of older stars in nearby Andromeda galaxy

[Thursday, February 17, 2011] An international team of astronomers has identified for the first time a thick stellar disc in the Andromeda galaxy, the nearest large spiral galaxy to our own Milky Way.

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Higher Altitude Improves International Space Station's Fuel Economy »» Higher Altitude Improves International Space Station's Fuel Economy

[Thursday, February 17, 2011] For most of the last decade, as astronauts and cosmonauts orbited the Earth aboard the International Space Station they were circling the globe at an altitude of approximately 220 statute miles, or about 350 kilometers.

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Video: Mars500: Walking on 'Mars' »» Video: Mars500: Walking on 'Mars'

[Thursday, February 17, 2011] Three crewmembers of the virtual flight to Mars have 'landed' on their destination planet and two of them today took their first steps on the simulated martian terrain.

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Gardening on The International Space Station with HydroTropi »» Gardening on The International Space Station with HydroTropi

[Thursday, February 17, 2011] Plants are fundamental to life on Earth, converting light and carbon dioxide into food and oxygen. Plant growth may be an important part of human survival in exploring space, as well.

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Tissue Engineering and the International Space Station »» Tissue Engineering and the International Space Station

[Thursday, February 17, 2011] This week, comments from guest blogger, medical doctor, engineer, and astronaut, Dr. David Wolf, as he reflects on tissue engineering in space.

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Videos: Large Solar Flare and CME As Seen by the Solar Dynamics Observatory »» Videos: Large Solar Flare and CME As Seen by the Solar Dynamics Observatory

[Thursday, February 17, 2011] This clip of the large X2 flare (Feb. 15, 2011) seen by Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in extreme ultraviolet light has been enlarged and superimposed on SOHO's C2 coronagraph for the same period. This was the largest flare in over four years.

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Google Lunar X PRIZE Announces Official Final Roster of Competing Teams »» Google Lunar X PRIZE Announces Official Final Roster of Competing Teams

[Thursday, February 17, 2011] The X PRIZE Foundation today announced the official final roster of 29 registered teams from 17 countries from four continents competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE. The announcement includes seven new teams. (With video)

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18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race Set for April 1-2 »» 18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race Set for April 1-2

[Thursday, February 17, 2011] Forty years after the first lunar rover rolled across the moon's surface, 84 teams of enterprising future engineers will demonstrate the same ingenuity and can-do spirit at the 18th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, set for April 1-2 in Huntsville, Ala.

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Hubble Telescope Shows New Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 2841 »» Hubble Telescope Shows New Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 2841

[Thursday, February 17, 2011] NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveals a majestic disk of stars and dust lanes in this view of the spiral galaxy NGC 2841.

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Direct Images of Disks Unravel Mystery of Planet Formation »» Direct Images of Disks Unravel Mystery of Planet Formation

[Thursday, February 17, 2011] The fruits of the Strategic Explorations of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru project (SEEDS), led by Motohide Tamura of National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have produced impressive results.

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NSRC-2011 Suborbital Meeting Online Registration Ends Friday Feb 18 »» NSRC-2011 Suborbital Meeting Online Registration Ends Friday Feb 18

[Thursday, February 17, 2011] 2011's Next-Generation Suborbital Conference (NSRC-2011), will be held in Orlando, Florida 28 February through 2 March. That's less than two weeks away!

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Hearing Charter: An Overview of the Administration's Federal Research and Development Budget for Fiscal Year 2012  (NASA Excerpt) »» Hearing Charter: An Overview of the Administration's Federal Research and Development Budget for Fiscal Year 2012 (NASA Excerpt)

[Friday, February 18, 2011] ... OMB Blue Book and NASA's own budget request disagree on out-year funding levels; NASA's assumes four years of flat funding at $18.7 billion; OMB's out-year projections indicate budgets that are below the FY12 request.

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NASA Seeks K-12 Educators To Defy Gravity, Conduct Research »» NASA Seeks K-12 Educators To Defy Gravity, Conduct Research

[Friday, February 18, 2011] For the first time, NASA is offering teachers from across the country an opportunity usually reserved for researchers -- the chance to design a science experiment and then test it aboard a microgravity research plane.

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National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) Names New Class of Postdoctoral fellows »» National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) Names New Class of Postdoctoral fellows

[Friday, February 18, 2011] Four young scientists are now conducting research to help protect astronaut health. The researchers are recipients of postdoctoral fellowships awarded by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI).

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Catching Space Weather in the Act »» Catching Space Weather in the Act

[Friday, February 18, 2011] Close to the globe, Earth's magnetic field wraps around the planet like a gigantic spherical web, curving in to touch Earth at the poles. But this isn't true as you get further from the planet

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Photo: Enceladus As Seen From Saturn Orbit »» Photo: Enceladus As Seen From Saturn Orbit

[Friday, February 18, 2011] This image was taken by the NASA Cassini spacecraft on January 31, 2011 and received on Earth February 01, 2011.

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Summary: House Hearing On R&D Budgets For FY 2012 »» Summary: House Hearing On R&D Budgets For FY 2012

[Friday, February 18, 2011] The FY12 budget request for NASA is $18.7 billion, the same amount requested in FY10. Congress fully funded the agency's request in the FY10 appropriations bill, a level which has continued to this day. For the four-year runout (FY13 - FY16).

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NASA And Partners Name Upcoming Space Station Crew Members »» NASA And Partners Name Upcoming Space Station Crew Members

[Friday, February 18, 2011] NASA and its International Space Station partners named crew members for missions aboard the complex that begin in 2013.

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NASA Sees Heavy Rains in Tropical Storm Bingiza, Possibly Headed for Second Landfall »» NASA Sees Heavy Rains in Tropical Storm Bingiza, Possibly Headed for Second Landfall

[Friday, February 18, 2011] NASA satellite data indicates that Bingiza is still maintaining tropical storm intensity and carrying heavy rainfall over the Mozambique Channel as it prepares for its second landfall in Madagascar.

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Photo: Winter in Alaska As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Winter in Alaska As Seen From Orbit

[Friday, February 18, 2011] From an altitude of 705 kilometers (438 miles), the biting cold and snowy hassle of winter melts away and is replaced by minimalist beauty.

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Photo from MESSENGER: A Solar System Family Portrait, from the Inside Out »» Photo from MESSENGER: A Solar System Family Portrait, from the Inside Out

[Friday, February 18, 2011] Comprised of 34 WAC image positions with NAC insets, the majority of this mosaic was obtained on 3 November 2010.

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NASA OIG: Review of NASA's Acquisition of Commercial Launch Services »» NASA OIG: Review of NASA's Acquisition of Commercial Launch Services

[Friday, February 18, 2011] "We also found that NASA's published strategy for acquiring medium-class launch vehicles after 2010 may not be the most cost-effective or advantageous to the Government because it did not include as a possible option use of Minotaur."

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NASA Sets Launch Date for Space Shuttle Discovery Mission »» NASA Sets Launch Date for Space Shuttle Discovery Mission

[Friday, February 18, 2011] Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to begin an 11-day mission to the International Space Station with a launch at 4:50 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 24, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The STS-133 mission is Discovery's final scheduled flight.

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NASA MSFC Solicitation: Further Expansion of the SERVIR System to East Africa »» NASA MSFC Solicitation: Further Expansion of the SERVIR System to East Africa

[Saturday, February 19, 2011] NASA/MSFC has a requirement to advance SERVIR-Africa beyond the installation of the initial infrastructure and early development of the integrated platform and science applications.

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Space weather disrupts communications, threatens other technologies »» Space weather disrupts communications, threatens other technologies

[Saturday, February 19, 2011] A powerful solar flare has ushered in the largest space weather storm in atleast four years and has already disrupted some ground communications on Earth.

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Photo: Desert in Somalia As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Desert in Somalia As Seen From Orbit

[Saturday, February 19, 2011] Photo by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, Expedition 26 flight engineer: Desert in Somalia photographed on 30 January 2011.

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Photos: Saturn's Moon Helene »» Photos: Saturn's Moon Helene

[Saturday, February 19, 2011] These images were taken by the NASA Cassini spacecraft on January 31, 2011 and received on Earth February 01, 2011. The camera was pointing toward Helene.

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NASA Mars Rover Opportunity: Good Health Report After Hiatus (Photos) »» NASA Mars Rover Opportunity: Good Health Report After Hiatus (Photos)

[Saturday, February 19, 2011] Opportunity emerged from the solar conjunction in good order. Solar conjunction is the period when communications between Earth and Mars are disrupted because the Sun is directly in between the two planets.

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Advanced NASA Instrument on Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Gets Close-up on Mars Rocks »» Advanced NASA Instrument on Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Gets Close-up on Mars Rocks

[Saturday, February 19, 2011] NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, will carry a next generation, onboard "chemical element reader" to measure the chemical ingredients in Martian rocks and soil.

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Amazing Photo: ATV Kepler Launch As Seen From Orbit Aboard the ISS »» Amazing Photo: ATV Kepler Launch As Seen From Orbit Aboard the ISS

[Saturday, February 19, 2011] Following a spectacular launch on 16 February, Europe's space freighter is now in its planned orbit. Mission controllers are preparing to match its trajectory with that of the International Space Station, where it will dock seven days from now.

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Cassini Photos: The Big Dent in Mimas »» Cassini Photos: The Big Dent in Mimas

[Sunday, February 20, 2011] This image was taken by the NASA Cassini spacecraft on January 31, 2011 and received on Earth February 01, 2011.

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Photo: Brazil's Tiete River As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Brazil's Tiete River As Seen From Orbit

[Sunday, February 20, 2011] Photo by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, Expedition 26 flight engineer: The Artist and his model. Scene over Tiete River, northwest of Sao Paolo, Brazil, captured on 30 January 2011.

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Photos: Testing Emergency Gear and Procedures on the Space Station (Plus ISS Manuals) »» Photos: Testing Emergency Gear and Procedures on the Space Station (Plus ISS Manuals)

[Sunday, February 20, 2011] Dmitry Kondratyev, Oleg Skripochka, Alexander Kaleri, and Paolo Nespoli participate in emergency scenario drills aboard the International Space Station (plus related emergency procedure manuals).

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Photo: Sea Ice Surrounds Shikotan As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Sea Ice Surrounds Shikotan As Seen From Orbit

[Sunday, February 20, 2011] Ostrov Shikotan (or Shikotan-to) is a volcanic island at the southern end of the Kuril chain. At about 43 degrees North--more than halfway to the Equator--Shikotan lies along the extreme southern edge of winter sea ice in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Raytheon Celebrates Engineers and STEM Education During National Engineers Week »» Raytheon Celebrates Engineers and STEM Education During National Engineers Week

[Sunday, February 20, 2011] Raytheon Company is celebrating the 60th anniversary of National Engineers Week Feb. 20-26 -- a week that highlights the achievements of our nation's outstanding engineers and the 10th anniversary of the program "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day."

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Super-sharp radio 'eye' remeasuring the universe »» Super-sharp radio 'eye' remeasuring the universe

[Sunday, February 20, 2011] Using the super-sharp radio "vision" of astronomy's most precise telescope, scientists have extended a directly-measured "yardstick" three times farther into the cosmos than ever before.

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Earth's core rotating faster than rest of the planet but slower than previously believed »» Earth's core rotating faster than rest of the planet but slower than previously believed

[Sunday, February 20, 2011] New research gives the first accurate estimate of how much faster the Earth's core is rotating compared to the rest of the planet.

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Square Kilometer Array: Africa to Shed Light on the Dark Ages »» Square Kilometer Array: Africa to Shed Light on the Dark Ages

[Sunday, February 20, 2011] Africa's bid to build and host the Square Kilometre Array telescope is gaining momentum with significant scientific breakthroughs.

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South Africa's Witwatersrand Basin - The World's Oldest Water? »» South Africa's Witwatersrand Basin - The World's Oldest Water?

[Sunday, February 20, 2011] New evidence bolsters the notion that deep saline groundwaters in South Africa's Witwatersrand Basin may have remained isolated for many thousands, perhaps even millions, of years.

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Student opportunity for the International Astronautical Congress 2011: African Astronaissance »» Student opportunity for the International Astronautical Congress 2011: African Astronaissance

[Monday, February 21, 2011] ESA's Education Office offers European students the opportunity to attend the International Astronautical Congress. This year's IAC will be held on 3 to 7 October 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. The theme of the 62nd IAC is "African Astronaissance".

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NASA Notice of intent to grant a partially exclusive license: Bigelow Aerospace »» NASA Notice of intent to grant a partially exclusive license: Bigelow Aerospace

[Tuesday, February 22, 2011] NASA hereby gives notice of its intent to grant a partially exclusive license in the United States to entitled ``Apparatus For Integrating A Rigid Structure Into A Flexible Wall Of An Inflatable Structure'' to Bigelow Aerospace.

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Future of Space Tourism, Research Opportunities Will Be Focus of Conference »» Future of Space Tourism, Research Opportunities Will Be Focus of Conference

[Tuesday, February 22, 2011] The CEO and president of Richard Branson's space company, Virgin Galactic, will discuss the promise of space tourism at the University of Central Florida on Monday, Feb. 28 -- shortly after shuttle Discovery is scheduled to fly.

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Ball Aerospace Cloud Cameras Fly Aboard NASA's Glory Mission »» Ball Aerospace Cloud Cameras Fly Aboard NASA's Glory Mission

[Tuesday, February 22, 2011] Two cloud cameras built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. will fly aboard NASA's Glory climate-monitoring mission scheduled to launch Wednesday, Feb. 23, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Discovery Poised to Liftoff »» Discovery Poised to Liftoff

[Tuesday, February 22, 2011] NASA is poised to launch space shuttle Discovery on her last mission this Thursday at 4:50 p.m. EST. It seems with all recent attempts to get Discovery launched, NASA is working one minor leak issue. However the issue should not cause any delay.

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Challenger Center and Quest For Stars Chase Discovery At The Edge of Space »» Challenger Center and Quest For Stars Chase Discovery At The Edge of Space

[Tuesday, February 22, 2011] If all goes according to plan a balloon with a student-oriented payload will photograph Space Shuttle Discovery as it climbs into space from an altitude of 100,000 feet.

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NASA Glenn Research Center has Links to Upcoming Shuttle Mission »» NASA Glenn Research Center has Links to Upcoming Shuttle Mission

[Tuesday, February 22, 2011] NASA's Glenn Research Center will have several experiments and hardware aboard space shuttle Discovery as it heads to the International Space Station on its final mission.

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NASA Langley to Keep an Eye on Space Shuttle Discovery »» NASA Langley to Keep an Eye on Space Shuttle Discovery

[Tuesday, February 22, 2011] Researchers at NASA's Langley Research Center will be back on the job watching over the space shuttle Discovery during its last mission, scheduled Feb. 24 to March 7.

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Photo: Agricultural Fields Near Perdizes, Minas Gerais, Brazil As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Agricultural Fields Near Perdizes, Minas Gerais, Brazil As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, February 23, 2011] Agricultural fields near Perdizes, Minas Gerais, Brazil are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member on the International Space Station.

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Photos: EVA Conducted Outside of Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station »» Photos: EVA Conducted Outside of Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station

[Wednesday, February 23, 2011] Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, Expedition 26 flight engineer, wearing a Russian Orlan-MK spacesuit, participates in an EVA focused on the installation of two scientific experiments outside the Zvezda Service Module.

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Photo: Enceladus Sprays Ice Into Space »» Photo: Enceladus Sprays Ice Into Space

[Wednesday, February 23, 2011] This image was taken by the NASA Cassini spacecraft on January 31, 2011 and received on Earth February 01, 2011. The camera was pointing toward Enceladus at approximately 77,973 kilometers away.

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20-Million Milestone for 100-Year Citizen Science Project »» 20-Million Milestone for 100-Year Citizen Science Project

[Wednesday, February 23, 2011] A citizen science project running for over 100 years reached a key milestone this month when an amateur astronomer contributed the 20 millionth observation of a variable star on February 19, 2011.

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Raven Industries' Aerostar Flies a New Revolutionary Design for a Stratospheric High Altitude Balloon Mission for NASA »» Raven Industries' Aerostar Flies a New Revolutionary Design for a Stratospheric High Altitude Balloon Mission for NASA

[Wednesday, February 23, 2011] A 14 Million Cubic Foot (MCF) Super Pressure Balloon recently completed its 23-day science mission over Antarctica. The balloon was launched January 9 from the Ross Ice Shelf.

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A decade-plus of tracking lunar larceny »» A decade-plus of tracking lunar larceny

[Wednesday, February 23, 2011] For the past decade, former NASA investigator Joseph Gutheinz Jr. has been tracking this lunar larceny - with a good bit of success.

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How Kleopatra Got Its Moons »» How Kleopatra Got Its Moons

[Wednesday, February 23, 2011] The asteroid Kleopatra, like its namesake, the last pharaoh and queen of Egypt, gave birth to twins -- two moons probably spawned by the asteroid sometime in the past 100 million years.

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NASA GRC Issues Three Mars Ascent Vehicle Program Phase I Awards »» NASA GRC Issues Three Mars Ascent Vehicle Program Phase I Awards

[Wednesday, February 23, 2011] NASA Glenn Research Center has issued three Mars Ascent Vehicle Program Phase I Awards to Lockheed Martin, ATK, and Northrop Grumman.

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NASA KSC Solicitation: Expendable Launch Vehicle Intergated Support 2 - ELVIS 2 »» NASA KSC Solicitation: Expendable Launch Vehicle Intergated Support 2 - ELVIS 2

[Wednesday, February 23, 2011] NASA/KSC plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support 2 (ELVIS 2). Previous releases regarding ELVIS 2 were issued under sources sought NNK10ELVIS2R and Draft RFP NNK11362916R.

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NASA Postpones Launch of Glory Mission at Least 24 Hours »» NASA Postpones Launch of Glory Mission at Least 24 Hours

[Wednesday, February 23, 2011] During the final 15 minutes before Wednesday's scheduled launch of 5:09 a.m. EST, the vehicle interface control console, a ground interface with Orbital Sciences' Taurus XL rocket, gave an unexpected reading.

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SpaceX Named One of 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World by MIT's Technology Review »» SpaceX Named One of 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World by MIT's Technology Review

[Wednesday, February 23, 2011] Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (known as SpaceX) has been named one of the 50 most innovative companies in the world by MIT's Technology Review.

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NASA's Chandra Finds Superfluid in Neutron Star's Core »» NASA's Chandra Finds Superfluid in Neutron Star's Core

[Wednesday, February 23, 2011] NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has discovered the first direct evidence for a superfluid, a bizarre, friction-free state of matter, at the core of a neutron star.

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Quasar's Belch Solves Longstanding Mystery »» Quasar's Belch Solves Longstanding Mystery

[Wednesday, February 23, 2011] When two galaxies merge to form a giant, the central supermassive black hole in the new galaxy develops an insatiable appetite. However, this ferocious appetite is unsustainable.

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NASA Managers: It's a »» NASA Managers: It's a "Go" for Launch

[Wednesday, February 23, 2011] At today's pre-launch news conference NASA's mission management team have given their unanimous approval for space shuttle Discovery's launch tomorrow at 4:50 p.m. EST.

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NASA Schedules Next Glory Mission Launch Attempt »» NASA Schedules Next Glory Mission Launch Attempt

[Wednesday, February 23, 2011] The launch of NASA's Glory spacecraft from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is currently planned for no earlier than Friday, Feb. 25 at 5:09 a.m. EST.

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Photos: Relocating HTV2 on the Space Station Using Candarm2 »» Photos: Relocating HTV2 on the Space Station Using Candarm2

[Thursday, February 24, 2011] In the grasp of the International Space Station's Canadarm2, the Japanese Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV2) is relocated from the Harmony node nadir port to Harmony's zenith port.

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Photos: Inside the Space Station Cupola Controlling Candarm2 as it Moves HTV2 »» Photos: Inside the Space Station Cupola Controlling Candarm2 as it Moves HTV2

[Thursday, February 24, 2011] Paolo Nespoli and Cady Coleman, both Expedition 26 flight engineers, operate the Canadarm2 controls inside the International Space Station's Cupola to relocate the Japanese Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV2).

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Aerojet Propulsion Maneuvers Second ATV Vehicle to ISS »» Aerojet Propulsion Maneuvers Second ATV Vehicle to ISS

[Thursday, February 24, 2011] For the ATV mission, Aerojet delivered four model R-4D-11 110 lbf bipropellant rocket engines that are used to accomplish the circularization maneuvers and approach to docking with the International Space Station (ISS).

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PlayStation(R)Home Users Can Watch NASA's Shuttle Launch Together »» PlayStation(R)Home Users Can Watch NASA's Shuttle Launch Together

[Thursday, February 24, 2011] NASA's final liftoff of space shuttle Discovery will be available in a unique "social viewing" environment available through Sony Computer Entertainment America's PlayStation(R)Home for PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system.

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Photo: Dust Plume From Africa Over the Mediterranean Sea As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Dust Plume From Africa Over the Mediterranean Sea As Seen From Orbit

[Thursday, February 24, 2011] A dust plume stretched across the Mediterranean Sea on February 23, 2011, from just west of the Nile Delta to just east of Kriti (Crete).

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Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake near Christchurch, NZ »» Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake near Christchurch, NZ

[Thursday, February 24, 2011] This map shows the earthquakes that occurred near Christchurch since September 3, 2010. On that day a magnitude 7.1 quake struck to the west of Christchurch. Black circles represent earthquakes from September 3, 2010, until February 21, 2011.

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Southwest Research Institute and XCOR Sign First Ever Commercial Reusable Suborbital Vehicle Scientific Flight Contract »» Southwest Research Institute and XCOR Sign First Ever Commercial Reusable Suborbital Vehicle Scientific Flight Contract

[Thursday, February 24, 2011] XCOR Aerospace announced today that the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), a commercial entity, has purchased six suborbital flights to carry SwRI experiments as pathfinder missions for other SwRI suborbital clients.

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Planet Formation in Action? »» Planet Formation in Action?

[Thursday, February 24, 2011] Using ESO's Very Large Telescope an international team of astronomers has been able to study the short-lived disc of material around a young star that is in the early stages of making a planetary system.

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That's Hot: Engineers to Test Boiling at Zero-Gravity »» That's Hot: Engineers to Test Boiling at Zero-Gravity

[Thursday, February 24, 2011] In space exploration, boiling may also be used for power generation and other applications, but because boiling works differently in a zero-gravity environment, it is difficult to design hardware that will not overheat or cause other problems.

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Europe's ATV supply ship docks safely with Space Station »» Europe's ATV supply ship docks safely with Space Station

[Thursday, February 24, 2011] Eight days after launch, ESA's latest Automated Transfer Vehicle, Johannes Kepler, completed a flawless rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station at 17:08 CET (16:08 GMT) to deliver essential supplies.

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LIVE TODAY: Educational Balloon Will Attempt Live Video and Photos of Shuttle Launch from 100,000 Feet »» LIVE TODAY: Educational Balloon Will Attempt Live Video and Photos of Shuttle Launch from 100,000 Feet

[Thursday, February 24, 2011] Live webcast stars TODAY at 3:00 pm EST: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/chasing-discovery and http://onorbit.com/suborbital

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NASA STS-133 Report #01  6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 »» NASA STS-133 Report #01 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011

[Friday, February 25, 2011] With a new International Space Station module in its cargo bay, Discovery launched on its last mission under a blue Florida sky Thursday.

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NASA's Shuttle Discovery Heads to Space Station on Its Final Mission »» NASA's Shuttle Discovery Heads to Space Station on Its Final Mission

[Friday, February 25, 2011] The final flight of space shuttle Discovery lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 4:53 p.m. EST Thursday to deliver a new module and critical supplies to the International Space Station.

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NASA STS-133 Report #02  Friday, February 25, 2011 - 6:30 a.m. CST »» NASA STS-133 Report #02 Friday, February 25, 2011 - 6:30 a.m. CST

[Friday, February 25, 2011] Space shuttle Discoverys six crew members are awake and ready to embark on their first full day in space for the mission. Today, the crew will focus on a routine inspection of the orbiter and preparations for docking to the International Space Station.

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Photos: ATV-2 docking With the Space Station Service Module »» Photos: ATV-2 docking With the Space Station Service Module

[Friday, February 25, 2011] ATV2 "Johannes Kepler" docked successfully at the Service Module aft port at 10:59am EST on 24 February 2011. ATV hooks were closed at 11:06am, Service Module hooks at 11:09am.

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SDO Image: Monster Solar Prominence »» SDO Image: Monster Solar Prominence

[Friday, February 25, 2011] When a rather large-sized (M 3.6 class) flare occurred near the edge of the Sun, it blew out a gorgeous, waving mass of erupting plasma that swirled and twisted over a 90-minute period (Feb. 24, 2011).

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First Photos: Shuttle Discovery's Trail Into Space As Seen from Over 70,000 Feet in a Balloon »» First Photos: Shuttle Discovery's Trail Into Space As Seen from Over 70,000 Feet in a Balloon

[Friday, February 25, 2011] These photos were taken from an an altitude of over 70,000 feet (still being determined exactly) at 5:20 pm EST on 24 February 2011. You can see the plume left by Space Shuttle Discovery as it headed into space.

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NASA STS-133 Report #03  5 p.m. CST Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 »» NASA STS-133 Report #03 5 p.m. CST Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

[Saturday, February 26, 2011] Discovery's astronauts performed an inspection of the orbiters thermal protection system. They also checked out spacesuits and rendezvous tools in preparation for Saturdays docking with the ISS, scheduled for 1:15 p.m. CST.

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NASA Announces STS-133 Wakeup Song Winners; Face In Space Totals »» NASA Announces STS-133 Wakeup Song Winners; Face In Space Totals

[Saturday, February 26, 2011] Following months of public voting, NASA announced the two winners of the "Top 40 Song Contest," which will awaken space shuttle crew members during their ongoing mission.

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Astrogenetix's MRSA Research Continues on Discovery's Last Mission »» Astrogenetix's MRSA Research Continues on Discovery's Last Mission

[Saturday, February 26, 2011] NASA astronauts onboard Space Shuttle Discovery's final mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will carry out the eleventh scientific payload for Astrogenetix, a commercial biotech company based out of Austin, Texas.

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NASA STS-133 Report #04  Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 - 6:30 a.m. CST »» NASA STS-133 Report #04 Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 - 6:30 a.m. CST

[Saturday, February 26, 2011] Space shuttle Discovery has been steadily catching up to the International Space Station overnight and will be making its final docking with the orbiting laboratory at 1:16 p.m.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 26 February 2011 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 26 February 2011

[Sunday, February 27, 2011] All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Saturday - ULF-5 Docking day.

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NASA STS-133 Report #06 Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 - 7:00 a.m. CST »» NASA STS-133 Report #06 Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 - 7:00 a.m. CST

[Sunday, February 27, 2011] With more than 2,000 pounds of supplies and hardware to deliver to the International Space Station, space shuttle Discovery's crew has a busy day of transfer work ahead of the

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NASA STS-133 Report #07 4 p.m. CST Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 »» NASA STS-133 Report #07 4 p.m. CST Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011

[Sunday, February 27, 2011] Moving equipment and supplies between Discovery and the International Space Station, robotics activities and preparation for Monday's 6.5-hour spacewalk kept shuttle astronauts busy much of Sunday.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 27 February 2011 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 27 February 2011

[Sunday, February 27, 2011] All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. . Sunday - FD4 (Flight Day 4) of STS-133/ULF-5. Crew sleep cycle shifting (see below). Ahead: Week 15 of Increment 26.

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