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February 2012 Top Stories


NRC Report Identifies 16 Highest Priorities to Guide NASA's Technology Development Efforts for Next Five Years »» NRC Report Identifies 16 Highest Priorities to Guide NASA's Technology Development Efforts for Next Five Years

[Wednesday, February 1, 2012] During the next five years, NASA technology development efforts should focus on 16 high-priority technologies and their associated top technical challenges, says a new report from the National Research Council.

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A Pocket of Star Formation Within NGC 3324 »» A Pocket of Star Formation Within NGC 3324

[Wednesday, February 1, 2012] NGC 3324 is located in the southern constellation of Carina (The Keel, part of Jason's ship the Argo) roughly 7500 light-years from Earth. It is on the northern outskirts of the chaotic environment of the Carina Nebula,

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SpaceX Test Fires Advanced New Engine (with Video) »» SpaceX Test Fires Advanced New Engine (with Video)

[Wednesday, February 1, 2012] Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully test fired SuperDraco, a powerful new engine that will play a critical role in the company's efforts to change the future of human spaceflight.

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Space researchers develop ultrasound technology that detects, treats kidney stones »» Space researchers develop ultrasound technology that detects, treats kidney stones

[Wednesday, February 1, 2012] Just the mention of kidney stones can cause a person to cringe. They are often painful and sometimes difficult to remove. 10% of the population will suffer from them. In space, the risk of developing kidney stones is exacerbated.

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High school students discover millisecond pulsar, help search for gravitational waves »» High school students discover millisecond pulsar, help search for gravitational waves

[Wednesday, February 1, 2012] High School students have discovered a new star that spins as fast as a Formula 1 race car's engine. This discovery may someday help astronomers detect ripples in spacetime known as gravitational waves.

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New Horizons Aims to Put Its Stamp on History »» New Horizons Aims to Put Its Stamp on History

[Wednesday, February 1, 2012] New Horizons' flight to explore the Pluto system in July 2015 will be a historic accomplishment for the U.S. space program, for planetary science, and indeed for all humankind.

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Grail Returns First Video from Far Side Of The Moon »» Grail Returns First Video from Far Side Of The Moon

[Wednesday, February 1, 2012] A camera aboard one of NASA's twin Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) lunar spacecraft has returned its first unique view of the far side of the moon.

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Eight more Galileo navsats agreed »» Eight more Galileo navsats agreed

[Thursday, February 2, 2012] ESA today signed a contract to build a further eight Galileo satellites, alongside other agreements to modify Europe's Ariane 5 launcher to carry four navigation satellites at a time.

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NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Sierra Nevada Delivers Flight Test Vehicle Structure »» NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Sierra Nevada Delivers Flight Test Vehicle Structure

[Thursday, February 2, 2012] One of NASA's industry partners, Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC), recently delivered the primary structure of its first Dream Chaser flight test vehicle to the company's facility in Louisville, Colo.

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NASA Extends MESSENGER Mission »» NASA Extends MESSENGER Mission

[Thursday, February 2, 2012] NASA has announced that it will extend the MESSENGER mission for an additional year of orbital operations at Mercury beyond the planned end of the primary mission on March 17, 2012.

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Photo: Space Station Hardware Glows During a Night Pass Over Earth »» Photo: Space Station Hardware Glows During a Night Pass Over Earth

[Thursday, February 2, 2012] With hardware from the Earth-orbiting International Space Station appearing in the near foreground, a night time European panorama reveals city lights from Belgium and the Netherlands.

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Image: Cratered terrain in Vesta's equatorial region »» Image: Cratered terrain in Vesta's equatorial region

[Thursday, February 2, 2012] This Dawn image shows heavily cratered terrain in Vesta's equatorial region. The craters have a wide range of sizes and have many different forms, which include fresh, degraded and some that are barely visible because they are so degraded.

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Image: Saturn and Dione »» Image: Saturn and Dione

[Thursday, February 2, 2012] Saturn and Dione appear askew in this Cassini spacecraft view, with the north poles rotated to the right, as if they were threaded along on the thin diagonal line of the planet's rings.

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Image: A Huge Crack in Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier »» Image: A Huge Crack in Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier

[Thursday, February 2, 2012] In mid-October 2011, NASA scientists working in Antarctica discovered a massive crack across the Pine Island Glacier, a major ice stream that drains the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

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Image: Utah's Great Salt Lake As Seen From Space »» Image: Utah's Great Salt Lake As Seen From Space

[Thursday, February 2, 2012] The Great Salt Lake in Utah serves as a striking visual marker for the Expedition 30 crew members orbiting over the western states aboard the International Space Station.

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First Light' Taken by NASA's Newest CERES Instrument »» First Light' Taken by NASA's Newest CERES Instrument

[Thursday, February 2, 2012] The doors are open on NASA's Suomi NPP satellite and the newest version of the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) instrument is scanning Earth for the first time.

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New Super-Earth Detected WIthin The Habitable Zone of a Nearby Star »» New Super-Earth Detected WIthin The Habitable Zone of a Nearby Star

[Thursday, February 2, 2012] An international team of scientists has discovered a potentially habitable super-Earth orbiting a nearby star. With an orbital period of about 28 days and a minimum mass 4.5 times that of the Earth, the planet orbits within the star's "habitable zone".

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Scientists help define structure of exoplanets »» Scientists help define structure of exoplanets

[Thursday, February 2, 2012] Using models similar to those used in weapons research, scientists may soon know more about exoplanets, those objects beyond the realm of our solar system.

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First plants caused ice ages »» First plants caused ice ages

[Thursday, February 2, 2012] New research reveals how the arrival of the first plants 470 million years ago triggered a series of ice ages. Led by the Universities of Exeter and Oxford, the study is published today (1 February 2012) in Nature Geoscience.

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Sun delivered curveball of powerful radiation at Earth »» Sun delivered curveball of powerful radiation at Earth

[Thursday, February 2, 2012] A potent follow-up solar flare, just days after the Sun launched the biggest coronal mass ejection (CME) seen in nearly a decade, delivered a powerful radiation punch to Earth's magnetic field despite the fact that it was aimed away from our planet.

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NASA Internal Memo: Public release of 'We Explore Space' Concept Maps »» NASA Internal Memo: Public release of 'We Explore Space' Concept Maps

[Thursday, February 2, 2012] We are pleased to notify you that the human space exploration project you graciously offered your time and expertise to support has been completed and is being released to the public at this very moment!

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NASA Posts »» NASA Posts "We Explore Space" Concept Maps Online - Quietly

[Thursday, February 2, 2012] I am a fan of mind maps, so this is an interesting approach. The question that really begs an answer is who is the intended audience for this website? The media? Policy wonks? The public? How much this activity cost? Why is there no press release?

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NASA Seeks Proposals For Edison Small Satellite Demonstrations »» NASA Seeks Proposals For Edison Small Satellite Demonstrations

[Thursday, February 2, 2012] NASA is seeking proposals for flight demonstrations of small satellite technologies with the goal of increasing the technical capabilities and range of uses for this emerging category of spacecraft.

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Preserving the past: Antarctic Heritage Trust restores Scott's expedition hut at Cape Evans »» Preserving the past: Antarctic Heritage Trust restores Scott's expedition hut at Cape Evans

[Friday, February 3, 2012] Al Fastier vividly recalls sloshing through nearly a foot of water as the first tourist of the season to enter what's become known as the Cape Evans Hut, a century-old wooden building that sits on a sloping black volcanic beach on Ross Island.

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Google Earth Ocean Terrain Receives Major Update »» Google Earth Ocean Terrain Receives Major Update

[Friday, February 3, 2012] Google updated ocean data in its Google Earth application this week, reflecting new bathymetry data assembled by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, NOAA researchers and many other ocean mapping groups from around the world.

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Photo: Night Time Panorama of the East Coast As Seen From Space »» Photo: Night Time Panorama of the East Coast As Seen From Space

[Friday, February 3, 2012] This Jan. 29 panorama of much of the East Coast, photographed by one of the Expedition 30 crew members aboard the International Space Station, provides a look generally northeastward: Philadelphia-New York City-Boston corridor (bottom-center).

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Classic Portrait of a Barred Spiral Galaxy: Hubble Observes NGC 1073 »» Classic Portrait of a Barred Spiral Galaxy: Hubble Observes NGC 1073

[Friday, February 3, 2012] The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken a picture of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1073, which is found in the constellation of Cetus (The Sea Monster).

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NASA Receives Second Highest Number of Astronaut Applications »» NASA Receives Second Highest Number of Astronaut Applications

[Friday, February 3, 2012] More than 6,300 individuals applied to become a NASA astronaut between Nov. 15, 2011 and Jan. 27, the second highest number of applications ever received by the agency.

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The Surface of Mars is an Unlikely Place for Life After a 600 Million Year Drought »» The Surface of Mars is an Unlikely Place for Life After a 600 Million Year Drought

[Friday, February 3, 2012] Mars may have been arid for more than 600 million years, making it too hostile for any life to survive on the planet's surface

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Sustainable Outer Space Discussed in Vienna »» Sustainable Outer Space Discussed in Vienna

[Friday, February 3, 2012] Sustainable future use of outer space, possible dangers from asteroids, space debris mitigation and disaster management will be key agenda items at the 49th session of COPUOS.

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Mars Express Reveals Wind-blown Deposits on Mars »» Mars Express Reveals Wind-blown Deposits on Mars

[Friday, February 3, 2012] New images from ESA's Mars Express show the Syrtis Major region on Mars. Once thought to be a sea of water, the region is now known to be a volcanic province dating back billions of years.

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European training for Russian cosmonauts »» European training for Russian cosmonauts

[Friday, February 3, 2012] In the spirit of the international nature of the International Space Station, ESA's Astronaut Training Division not only welcomes European astronauts: four Russian cosmonauts are also working hard at the European Astronaut Centre this month.

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Stephen Colbert Advocates NASA Space Station Research »» Stephen Colbert Advocates NASA Space Station Research

[Friday, February 3, 2012] Stephen Colbert, host of the nightly 'The Colbert Report,' said in a new NASA public service announcement released today that he's always been a huge fan of space.

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Global Extinction: Gradual Doom as Bad as Abrupt »» Global Extinction: Gradual Doom as Bad as Abrupt

[Saturday, February 4, 2012] The deadliest mass extinction of all took a long time to kill 90 percent of Earth's marine life--and it killed in stages--according to a newly published report. It shows that mass extinctions need not be sudden events.

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Image: Impact crater on Asteroid Vesta with an unusual rim »» Image: Impact crater on Asteroid Vesta with an unusual rim

[Saturday, February 4, 2012] This Dawn FC (framing camera) image shows Caparronia crater, after which Caparronia quadrangle is named. Caparronia crater has an unusually shaped, irregular rim that is sharp and fresh in some areas and more rounded and degraded in others.

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Photo: Southern United States at Night as Seen From the International Space Station »» Photo: Southern United States at Night as Seen From the International Space Station

[Saturday, February 4, 2012] This nighttime panorama of much of the land mass of the eastern two-thirds of the contiguous United States was photographed by crew members aboard the International Space Station as it was moving over the Gulf of Mexico on Jan. 29, 2012.

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Photo: Progress 45 Cargo Droid Approaches the International Space Station »» Photo: Progress 45 Cargo Droid Approaches the International Space Station

[Saturday, February 4, 2012] The unpiloted ISS Progress 45 supply vehicle departs from the International Space Station at 5:10 p.m. (EST) on Jan. 23, 2012.

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Photo: Payun Matru Volcanic Field in Argentina As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Payun Matru Volcanic Field in Argentina As Seen From Orbit

[Saturday, February 4, 2012] The Payun Matru Volcanic Field in Argentina is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 30 crew member on the International Space Station.

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NASA Commercial Crew Forum »» NASA Commercial Crew Forum

[Saturday, February 4, 2012] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will present an updated status of the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) strategy on Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012. The Forum will be held at the Press Site at Kennedy Space Center from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Photo: Bahamas - In Infrared - As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Bahamas - In Infrared - As Seen From Orbit

[Sunday, February 5, 2012] This infrared view shows the Bahamas' Long Island (left) and parts of Little and Great Exuma (right). It was photographed as part of an experiment by one of the Expedition 30 crew members aboard the International Space Station.

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Photo: Impact Crater: Manicouagan Reservoir in Quebec, Canada As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Impact Crater: Manicouagan Reservoir in Quebec, Canada As Seen From Orbit

[Sunday, February 5, 2012] This photo showing the Manicouagan Reservoir in Quebec, Canada, was photographed by one of the Expedition 30 crew members aboard the International Space Station.

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Photo: Persian Gulf and a Soyuz As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Persian Gulf and a Soyuz As Seen From Orbit

[Sunday, February 5, 2012] This almost vertical scene of the Persian Gulf was photographed by one of the Expedition 30 crew members aboard the International Space Station on Dec. 30, 2011. A Russian spacecraft, docked to the orbital outpost, is seen at left edge of frame.

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3-D Image of Asteroid Vesta's Eastern Hemisphere »» 3-D Image of Asteroid Vesta's Eastern Hemisphere

[Sunday, February 5, 2012] At the time the distance from Dawn to Vesta was about 5,200 kilometers (3,200 miles), which results in an image resolution of about 500 meters (1,600 feet) per pixel.

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CryoSat Breaks the Ice with Ocean Currents »» CryoSat Breaks the Ice with Ocean Currents

[Monday, February 6, 2012] Ocean measurements from ESA's CryoSat mission are being exploited by CNES to provide global ocean observation products in near-real time. Understanding sea-surface currents is important for marine industries and protecting ocean environments.

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Armadillo Aerospace Launches Their Third  »» Armadillo Aerospace Launches Their Third "STIG-A" Rocket from Spaceport America

[Monday, February 6, 2012] New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) officials announced today a launch of a "STIG-A" rocket designed and built by Armadillo Aerospace. The launch took place from Spaceport America's vertical launch complex on Saturday, January 28, 2012.

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Remnant of a Supernova »» Remnant of a Supernova

[Monday, February 6, 2012] In its more than twelve years of science operations, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has studied many of these supernova remnants sprinkled across the galaxy.

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ESA's Mars Express Radar Gives Strong Evidence for Former Mars Ocean »» ESA's Mars Express Radar Gives Strong Evidence for Former Mars Ocean

[Monday, February 6, 2012] ESA's Mars Express has returned strong evidence for an ocean once covering part of Mars. Using radar, it has detected sediments reminiscent of an ocean floor within the boundaries of previously identified, ancient shorelines on Mars.

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Why is the NASA Astronaut Office Censoring Astronaut Don Pettit's Blog? »» Why is the NASA Astronaut Office Censoring Astronaut Don Pettit's Blog?

[Monday, February 6, 2012] Its too bad that control freaks have gotten the middle of this. Pettit (and Garan before him) are unusually good at relating their experiences to wide audiences at home.

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ManSat helps Conrad Foundation expand annual STEM competition »» ManSat helps Conrad Foundation expand annual STEM competition

[Monday, February 6, 2012] Nancy Conrad announced that having Isle of Man-based ManSat as a Corporate Partner for the 2011-2012 Spirit of Innovation Challenge has helped grow the competition beyond U.S. borders with a total of 60 teams from the Isle of Man registering this year.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes Passage of Legislation to Provide Regulatory Stability to Growing Industry »» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes Passage of Legislation to Provide Regulatory Stability to Growing Industry

[Tuesday, February 7, 2012] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation welcomes Congress's passage today of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, which includes a key provision granting regulatory stability to the commercial spaceflight industry.

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Photo: The Island of Majorca, Spain in the Balearic Islands AS Seen From Space »» Photo: The Island of Majorca, Spain in the Balearic Islands AS Seen From Space

[Tuesday, February 7, 2012] Majorca in the Balearic Islands (Spain) is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 30 crew member aboard the International Space Station. The Balearic Islands are an archipelago located to the southwest of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Astronaut Don Pettit Shares Passion for Science from Space »» Astronaut Don Pettit Shares Passion for Science from Space

[Tuesday, February 7, 2012] NASA and the American Physical Society (APS) have begun a partnership to share videos from the International Space Station with students, educators and science fans around the world.

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Dust in the wind: Balloon-borne telescope surveys violent, star-making clouds of Milky Way Galaxy »» Dust in the wind: Balloon-borne telescope surveys violent, star-making clouds of Milky Way Galaxy

[Tuesday, February 7, 2012] "All we are is dust in the wind." So sang the 1970s rock band Kansas for its peaceful, philosophical ballad about mortality. But the place from where the clouds of cosmic dust and gas blow that eventually forms stars and planets.

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Study May Answer Questions about Little Ice Age »» Study May Answer Questions about Little Ice Age

[Tuesday, February 7, 2012] A new international study may answer contentious questions about the onset and persistence of Earth's Little Ice Age, a period of widespread cooling that lasted for hundreds of years until the late 19th century.

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Large X-class Flare Erupts on the Sun on 27 January 2012 »» Large X-class Flare Erupts on the Sun on 27 January 2012

[Tuesday, February 7, 2012] On Jan. 27, 2012, a large X-class flare erupted from an active region near the solar west limb. X-class flares are the most powerful of all solar events. Seen here is an image of the flare captured by the X-ray telescope on Hinode.

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Photo: Agricultural Patterns in Quebec, Canada As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Agricultural Patterns in Quebec, Canada As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, February 7, 2012] The region shown in the image, known as the Chaudiere-Appalaches, is located midway between Quebec City (the provincial capital) and the international border with the United States (specifically, the State of Maine).

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Photos: Mars Rover Opportunity: Science Investigations Continue as Solar Energy Levels Drop »» Photos: Mars Rover Opportunity: Science Investigations Continue as Solar Energy Levels Drop

[Tuesday, February 7, 2012] Opportunity is positioned on the north end of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater with an approximate 15-degree northerly tilt for favorable solar energy production during the winter.

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Do Black Holes Help Stars Form? »» Do Black Holes Help Stars Form?

[Tuesday, February 7, 2012] The center of just about every galaxy is thought to host a black hole, some with masses of thousands of millions of Suns and consequently strong gravitational pulls that disrupt material around them.

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Hubble Zooms In on a Magnified Galaxy »» Hubble Zooms In on a Magnified Galaxy

[Tuesday, February 7, 2012] Thanks to the presence of a natural "zoom lens" in space, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope got a uniquely close-up look at the brightest "magnified" galaxy yet discovered.

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The Art of Recycling Pulsars »» The Art of Recycling Pulsars

[Tuesday, February 7, 2012] What happens to the spin of rapidly rotating neutron stars called millisecond pulsars when reaching the end of their mass-accretion phase?

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Scientists Chart High-Precision Map of Milky Way's Magnetic Fields »» Scientists Chart High-Precision Map of Milky Way's Magnetic Fields

[Tuesday, February 7, 2012] Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) are part of an international team that has pooled their radio observations into a database, producing the highest precision map to date of the magnetic field within our own Milky Way galaxy.

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NASA Spinoff 2011 Unveils Benefits of NASA Technologies on Earth »» NASA Spinoff 2011 Unveils Benefits of NASA Technologies on Earth

[Tuesday, February 7, 2012] NASA's Spinoff 2011 publication, now available online, reveals how the space agency's ingenuity and partnerships have saved thousands of lives, generated billions of dollars, and created thousands of American jobs.

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Astronaut Janice Voss Has Died »» Astronaut Janice Voss Has Died

[Tuesday, February 7, 2012] NASA astronaut Janice Voss passed away from cancer overnight after a courageous battle. One of only six women who have flown in space five times, Voss' career was highlighted by her work and dedication to scientific payloads and exploration.

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NASA KSC Solicitation: Commercial Crew Integrated Capability »» NASA KSC Solicitation: Commercial Crew Integrated Capability

[Tuesday, February 7, 2012] NASA intends to begin a new initiative, the Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap), to facilitate industry's development of an integrated CTS. This activity is expected to result in significant maturation of commercial CTS .

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NASA Officials Participate in 2nd Annual White House Science Fair »» NASA Officials Participate in 2nd Annual White House Science Fair

[Tuesday, February 7, 2012] NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other senior agency officials joined President Obama in honoring student science fair winners from across the country at the second annual White House Science Fair today in the East Wing of the White House.

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Oscillations in the Habitable Zone around Alpha Centauri B »» Oscillations in the Habitable Zone around Alpha Centauri B

[Wednesday, February 8, 2012] As the closest star system to the Sun, with well over a century of accurate astrometric measurements, high precision surveys of Alpha Centauri B's potential exoplanetary system are possible with relatively cheap instrumentation.

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NASA Calls For New Commercial Crew Proposal »» NASA Calls For New Commercial Crew Proposal

[Wednesday, February 8, 2012] NASA has issued a call for industry to submit proposals for the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability Initiative.

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Packing Up Europe's ATV Cargo Droid »» Packing Up Europe's ATV Cargo Droid

[Wednesday, February 8, 2012] Fuel, water, oxygen, air and most of the dry cargo have been loaded into ESA's third Automated Transfer Vehicle, Edoardo Amaldi, as the 9 March liftoff approaches.

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The Most Detailed Infrared Image of the Carina Nebula Taken by VLT »» The Most Detailed Infrared Image of the Carina Nebula Taken by VLT

[Wednesday, February 8, 2012] Many previously hidden features, scattered across a spectacular celestial landscape of gas, dust and young stars, have emerged. This is one of the most dramatic images ever created by the VLT.

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Mars-Bound Rover Carries Coin for Camera Checkup »» Mars-Bound Rover Carries Coin for Camera Checkup

[Wednesday, February 8, 2012] The camera at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has its own calibration target, a smartphone-size plaque that looks like an eye chart supplemented with color chips and an attached penny.

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Yuri's Night Opens Party Registration for 2012 »» Yuri's Night Opens Party Registration for 2012

[Wednesday, February 8, 2012] Yuri's Night, the World Space Party, has officially opened registration for 2012 Yuri's Night events and parties. Building on the 2012 Yuri's Night theme of 'Make an Impact,' this year promises to offer more events in more places throughout the world and

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NASA's Chandra Finds Milky Way's Black Hole Grazing on Asteroids »» NASA's Chandra Finds Milky Way's Black Hole Grazing on Asteroids

[Wednesday, February 8, 2012] The giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way may be vaporizing and devouring asteroids, which could explain the frequent flares observed, according to astronomers using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

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NASA Mission Takes Stock of Earth's Melting Land Ice »» NASA Mission Takes Stock of Earth's Melting Land Ice

[Wednesday, February 8, 2012] In the first comprehensive satellite study of its kind, a University of Colorado at Boulder-led team used NASA data to calculate how much Earth's melting land ice is adding to global sea level rise.

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Subaru Telescope Captures Images of 'Stealth Merger' of Dwarf Galaxies »» Subaru Telescope Captures Images of 'Stealth Merger' of Dwarf Galaxies

[Wednesday, February 8, 2012] Scientists have conducted research that reveals a "stealth merger" of dwarf galaxies, where an in-falling satellite galaxy is nearly undetectable by conventional means yet has a substantial influence on its host galaxy.

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SpaceX to Launch AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8 in 2014 »» SpaceX to Launch AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8 in 2014

[Wednesday, February 8, 2012] SpaceX and AsiaSat, the leading regional satellite operator in Asia, today announced an agreement to launch two AsiaSat communications satellites using SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket in 2014.

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NASA Seeks Proposals for Green Propellant Technology Demonstrations »» NASA Seeks Proposals for Green Propellant Technology Demonstrations

[Wednesday, February 8, 2012] NASA is seeking technology demonstration proposals for green propellant alternatives to the highly toxic fuel hydrazine.

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Infrared Sounder on NASA's Suomi NPP Starts its Mission »» Infrared Sounder on NASA's Suomi NPP Starts its Mission

[Wednesday, February 8, 2012] A powerful new infrared instrument, flying on NASA's newest polar-orbiting satellite, designed to give scientists more refined information about Earth's atmosphere and improve weather forecasts and our understanding of climate, has started sending its dat

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NASA Officials to Discuss Fiscal Year 2013 Budget »» NASA Officials to Discuss Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

[Wednesday, February 8, 2012] NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will brief reporters about the agency's fiscal year 2013 budget at 2 p.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 13.

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