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January 2011 Top Stories


Acetylene around Jupiter's Poles »» Acetylene around Jupiter's Poles

[Sunday, January 2, 2011] These images and movie show the distribution of the organic molecule acetylene at the north and south poles of Jupiter, based on data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in early January 2001.

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Photo: Rhea's Northern Craters »» Photo: Rhea's Northern Craters

[Sunday, January 2, 2011] The Cassini spacecraft captured this high-resolution view of the cratered surface of Saturn's moon Rhea as the spacecraft flew by the moon on Oct. 17, 2010.

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New Online Guidebook: Secrets of the Springs: Astrobiology in Yellowstone National Park »» New Online Guidebook: Secrets of the Springs: Astrobiology in Yellowstone National Park

[Sunday, January 2, 2011] The book was created by astrobiology researchers at Montana State University with support from the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

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Antarctic Treaty meeting at Beardmore field camp marked unique moment in history »» Antarctic Treaty meeting at Beardmore field camp marked unique moment in history

[Monday, January 3, 2011] Twenty-five years later, and 50 years since the United States Senate ratified our nation's adherence to the treaty, it's worth looking back at a probably unrepeatable event in U.S. Antarctic Program history.

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Hilarious Video: Ke$ha »» Hilarious Video: Ke$ha "We R Who We R" parody - "Astrobiology"

[Monday, January 3, 2011] Are we alone in the universe? Find out all about the search for extraterrestrial life in this educational parody of Ke$ha's hit song, "We R Who We R."

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NASA ROSES-10: Due Date delayed for C.8 Lunar Advanced Science and Exploration Research (LASER) Program »» NASA ROSES-10: Due Date delayed for C.8 Lunar Advanced Science and Exploration Research (LASER) Program

[Tuesday, January 4, 2011] This delay is to defer the LASER proposal due date until after the next delivery of Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) data to the Planetary Data System (PDS).

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Photo: Icebergs along Princess Ragnhild Coast, Antarctica »» Photo: Icebergs along Princess Ragnhild Coast, Antarctica

[Tuesday, January 4, 2011] Each December, while darkness engulfs the Arctic, Antarctica enjoys round-the-clock sunlight. The light arrives at a low angle, however, as the Sun makes a daily circuit around the horizon, and icebergs cast long shadows over the surrounding sea ice.

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Photo: Enceladus Set Against Saturn's Rings »» Photo: Enceladus Set Against Saturn's Rings

[Tuesday, January 4, 2011] This image was taken on November 30, 2010 and received on Earth December 01, 2010. The camera was pointing toward Enceladus at approximately 45,827 kilometers away.

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Photo: Opportunity Rover at Santa Maria Crater As Seen From Mars Orbit »» Photo: Opportunity Rover at Santa Maria Crater As Seen From Mars Orbit

[Tuesday, January 4, 2011] HiRISE acquired this image of the Opportunity rover on the Southwest rim of Santa Maria Crater on New Year's Eve 2010, or Sol 2466 of the rover's surface mission.

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Smithsonian Instrument Views the Sun's Innermost Corona »» Smithsonian Instrument Views the Sun's Innermost Corona

[Tuesday, January 4, 2011] An instrument on board NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), developed by Smithsonian scientists, is giving unprecedented views of the innermost corona 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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IceCube team completes massive neutrino detector at South Pole »» IceCube team completes massive neutrino detector at South Pole

[Tuesday, January 4, 2011] The conflicting emotions were palpable in the crowded drill tower where all eyes and cameras were on the basketball-sized instrument latched onto a cable.

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Photo: Baltimore-Washington Area At Night As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Baltimore-Washington Area At Night As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, January 4, 2011] From 220 miles above Earth one of the Expedition 26 crew members used a 180-mm lens to capture this pre-dawn image of the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area

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Reorganization at NASA: More Smoke and Mirrors »» Reorganization at NASA: More Smoke and Mirrors

[Wednesday, January 5, 2011] Not everyone is happy with the proposed merger of ESMD (Exploration Systems Mission Directorate) and SOMD (Space Operations Mission Directorate).

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Space And The General Public: What Would Homer Simpson Do? »» Space And The General Public: What Would Homer Simpson Do?

[Wednesday, January 5, 2011] There is an interesting opinion piece online at Space News by Joan Johnson-Freese regarding some obervations she has gleaned from a recent class she taught on space policy.

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Andromeda's once and future stars »» Andromeda's once and future stars

[Wednesday, January 5, 2011] Two ESA observatories have combined forces to show the Andromeda Galaxy in a new light. Herschel sees rings of star formation in this, the most detailed image of the Andromeda Galaxy ever taken.

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NASA Tests New Propulsion System for Robotic Lander Prototype »» NASA Tests New Propulsion System for Robotic Lander Prototype

[Wednesday, January 5, 2011] NASA's Robotic Lunar Lander Development Project has completed a series of hot fire tests and taken delivery of a new propulsion system for integration into a more sophisticated free-flying autonomous robotic lander prototype.

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Cosmic Collisions and Black Hole Growth »» Cosmic Collisions and Black Hole Growth

[Wednesday, January 5, 2011] What happens when galaxies crash together? For years, these cosmic collisions have been blamed for triggering violent outbursts at the hearts of galaxies

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Photo: Tidal Flats and Channels, Long Island, Bahamas As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Tidal Flats and Channels, Long Island, Bahamas As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, January 5, 2011] The islands of the Bahamas are situated on large depositional platforms--the Great and Little Bahama Banks--composed mainly of carbonate sediments ringed by reefs.

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NASA JSC Solicitation: Procurement of Crew Transportation and Rescue Services from Roscosmos 4 Jan 2011 »» NASA JSC Solicitation: Procurement of Crew Transportation and Rescue Services from Roscosmos 4 Jan 2011

[Wednesday, January 5, 2011] NASA/JSC has a requirement for crew transportation services including launch, return, and rescue of US or US-designated astronauts and associated services which include the following requirements for primary and ancillary services:...

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VISTA Goes Deep into the Blue Lagoon »» VISTA Goes Deep into the Blue Lagoon

[Thursday, January 6, 2011] A new image of a star-forming region known as the Lagoon Nebula that lies about 4,000 to 5,000 light-years away has been captured by the European Southern Observatory's (ESO's) UK-designed and built VISTA telescope.

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NASA Selects High-Performing Interns As Agency Ambassadors »» NASA Selects High-Performing Interns As Agency Ambassadors

[Thursday, January 6, 2011] The students will represent NASA at a variety of education and outreach events at schools and universities to help inspire future students interested in science, engineering, mathematics and technology, or STEM, opportunities.

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A Look into Vesta's Interior »» A Look into Vesta's Interior

[Thursday, January 6, 2011] Researchers have discovered a new kind of asteroid using NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

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Photo: Harratt Lunayyir, Saudi Arabia As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Harratt Lunayyir, Saudi Arabia As Seen From Orbit

[Thursday, January 6, 2011] In northwestern Saudi Arabia, east of the Red Sea port city of Umm Lajj, lies a field of volcanic lava. Known as Harratt Lunayyir, the lava field contains some 50 cones from volcanic activity in the past 10,000 years.

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Widespread Ancient Ocean »» Widespread Ancient Ocean "Dead Zones" Challenged Early Life

[Thursday, January 6, 2011] Biogeochemists at the University of California-Riverside (UCR) have found evidence that the oceans went back to being "anoxic," or oxygen-poor, around 499 million years ago, soon after the first appearance of animals on the planet.

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Analyzing Old NASA Apollo Seismometer Data Reveals That The Moon Has An Earth-Like Core »» Analyzing Old NASA Apollo Seismometer Data Reveals That The Moon Has An Earth-Like Core

[Thursday, January 6, 2011] State-of-the-art seismological techniques applied to Apollo-era data suggest our moon has a core similar to Earth's.

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Discovery's Early February Launch Opportunity Delayed as Work Continues on External Tank »» Discovery's Early February Launch Opportunity Delayed as Work Continues on External Tank

[Friday, January 7, 2011] The decision was made today to allow the teams additional time and delay the next launch opportunity out of the early February launch window which opened Feb. 3

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NASA Administrator Bolden's Comments at the AIAA New Horizons Forum »» NASA Administrator Bolden's Comments at the AIAA New Horizons Forum

[Friday, January 7, 2011] At NASA, the past year has been bittersweet. Each successive shuttle flight demonstrates the expertise of the phenomenal team that launches and returns our crews safely, and adds one more notch toward construction-complete of the ISS.

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New Lunar Crater Search Using LROC-NAC Vs LOIRP Lunar Orbiter Images »» New Lunar Crater Search Using LROC-NAC Vs LOIRP Lunar Orbiter Images

[Friday, January 7, 2011] We are able to assemble the Lunar Orbiter framelets in high quality and overlay them with Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Narrow Angle Camera (LROC_NAC), which has a similar resolution of .5 to 1 meter.

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Analysis of Lunar Orbiter Images Recovered From Analog Tape »» Analysis of Lunar Orbiter Images Recovered From Analog Tape

[Friday, January 7, 2011] We are able to assemble the Lunar Orbiter framelets in high quality and overlay them with Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Narrow Angle Camera (LROC_NAC), which has a similar resolution of .5 to 1 meter.

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Excalibur Almaz Space Stations Arrive on Isle of Man »» Excalibur Almaz Space Stations Arrive on Isle of Man

[Friday, January 7, 2011] Excalibur Almaz Limited is exporting two partially completed Almaz space stations from Russia to the IOM today. The stations and Excalibur Almaz' reusable return vehicles were developed by EA's Russian associate, JSC MIC NPO Mashinostroyenia.

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NASA Kicks Off 2011 Nationwide First Robotics Competition »» NASA Kicks Off 2011 Nationwide First Robotics Competition

[Friday, January 7, 2011] An international robotics competition that develops the next generation of technology leaders kicks off this weekend.

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NASA Administrator Charles' Bolden's Statement on the Shooting of Congresswoman Giffords »» NASA Administrator Charles' Bolden's Statement on the Shooting of Congresswoman Giffords

[Saturday, January 8, 2011] NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued the following statement Saturday about the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and several others:

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Positioning the International Space Station for the Utilization Era »» Positioning the International Space Station for the Utilization Era

[Sunday, January 9, 2011] The completed International Space Station (ISS) is among the greatest of international cooperative endeavors in the history of science and technology.

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Photo: San Francisco Bay Area As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: San Francisco Bay Area As Seen From Orbit

[Sunday, January 9, 2011] This image featuring the San Francisco Bay area was recorded with a still camera using a 180-mm lens by one of the Expedition 26 crew members aboard the International Space Station, flying 220 miles above Earth.

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Orbital View: Soyuz Spacecraft and Newfoundland »» Orbital View: Soyuz Spacecraft and Newfoundland

[Sunday, January 9, 2011] Newfoundland and clouds over the North Atlantic Ocean share a scene with a Soyuz spacecraft docked to the International Space Station in this 35-mm focal length photograph recorded by one of the Expedition 26 crew members.

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Mars Rover Spirit Remains Silent at Troy »» Mars Rover Spirit Remains Silent at Troy

[Sunday, January 9, 2011] No communication has been received from the Spirit since Sol 2210 (March 22, 2010). The project continues to listen with the Deep Space Network (DSN) and the Mars orbiters for autonomous recovery communication from a low-power fault case.

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Mars Rover Opportunity Continues to Explore Santa Maria Crater »» Mars Rover Opportunity Continues to Explore Santa Maria Crater

[Sunday, January 9, 2011] Opportunity Status for sol 2465-2470 : As the New (Earth) Year begins, Opportunity is continuing to explore the 80-meter (262-foot) diameter Santa Maria crater.

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Photo: Cyprus As Viewed From Orbit »» Photo: Cyprus As Viewed From Orbit

[Sunday, January 9, 2011] A day view of Cyprus, Aphrodite's island! Cipro di giorno, l'isola di Afrodite.

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MRO HiRISE Mars Image: Bright and Dark Plains near Ganges Chasma »» MRO HiRISE Mars Image: Bright and Dark Plains near Ganges Chasma

[Sunday, January 9, 2011] This HiRISE image shows a mixture of bright and dark terrain along the plains just West of Ganges Chasma.

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Dawn Mission Support: Request for Ground-Based Vestoid Photometry »» Dawn Mission Support: Request for Ground-Based Vestoid Photometry

[Sunday, January 9, 2011] We have identified three Vestoids that are well-placed for observation during spring of 2011: 1981 Midas, 4668 (1980 WF), and 137052 (1998 VO3)

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NASA ISS Commander Scott Kelly's Statement on Saturday's Tragic Shooting »» NASA ISS Commander Scott Kelly's Statement on Saturday's Tragic Shooting

[Sunday, January 9, 2011] "I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, words of condolences and encouragement for the victims and their families of this horrific event."

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International Space Station Crew Presses Forward with Busy Weekly Schedule Ahead »» International Space Station Crew Presses Forward with Busy Weekly Schedule Ahead

[Sunday, January 9, 2011] Space Shuttle Program managers are discussing late February launch dates for Discovery's STS-133 mission to the orbital complex as repairs to small cracks on the spacecraft's external tank continue.

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Kepler Mission Discovers its First Rocky Planet »» Kepler Mission Discovers its First Rocky Planet

[Monday, January 10, 2011] NASA's Kepler mission confirmed the discovery of its first rocky planet, named Kepler-10b. Measuring 1.4 times the size of Earth, it is the smallest planet ever discovered outside our solar system.

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Hubble Finds that Puny Stars Pack a Big Punch »» Hubble Finds that Puny Stars Pack a Big Punch

[Monday, January 10, 2011] A deep survey of more than 200,000 stars in our Milky Way galaxy has unveiled the sometimes petulant behavior of tiny red dwarf stars.

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Discovery Helps Understand Evolution of Planetary Systems »» Discovery Helps Understand Evolution of Planetary Systems

[Monday, January 10, 2011] The discovery of a hot Jupiter exoplanet that transfers orbital momentum to its host star may hold the key to a clearer understanding of the evolution of common planetary systems.

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NASA Mars Program Update From »» NASA Mars Program Update From "Follow the Water" to "Seeking Signs of Life"

[Monday, January 10, 2011] The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC and NASA's Planetary Science Division welcomes you to a Mars Program Update starting at 10:30AM Eastern this Thursday, January 13, 2011 at NASM. The event will conclude by 12:30PM.

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Hubble Zooms In on a Space Oddity »» Hubble Zooms In on a Space Oddity

[Monday, January 10, 2011] One of the strangest space objects ever seen is being scrutinized by the penetrating vision of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

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Poignant Video: NASA - The Frontier Is Everywhere »» Poignant Video: NASA - The Frontier Is Everywhere

[Monday, January 10, 2011] Gina Trapani: "I got frustrated with NASA and made this video. NASA is the most fascinating, adventurous, epic institution ever devised by human beings, and their media sucks. Seriously."

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Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) Workshop »» Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) Workshop

[Monday, January 10, 2011] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Office of Education will be accepting proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) NASA Research Announcement.

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

[Monday, January 10, 2011] NASA managers will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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The International Space Station and Mars Conference at George Washington University »» The International Space Station and Mars Conference at George Washington University

[Tuesday, January 11, 2011] ISSMars-DC will focus extensively on how the International Space Station can be used to advance exploration beyond Low Earth Orbit - specifically to Mars.

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Fermi Catches Thunderstorms Hurling Antimatter into Space »» Fermi Catches Thunderstorms Hurling Antimatter into Space

[Tuesday, January 11, 2011] Scientists using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected beams of antimatter produced above thunderstorms on Earth, a phenomenon never seen before.

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Possible Missing Link Between Young & Old Galaxies »» Possible Missing Link Between Young & Old Galaxies

[Tuesday, January 11, 2011] University of California, Berkeley, astronomers may have found the missing link between young gas-filled, star-forming galaxies and older, gas-depleted galaxies typically characterized as "red and dead."

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Surprise: Dwarf galaxy harbors supermassive black hole »» Surprise: Dwarf galaxy harbors supermassive black hole

[Tuesday, January 11, 2011] The surprising discovery of a supermassive black hole in a small nearby galaxy has given astronomers a tantalizing look at how black holes and galaxies may have grown in the early history of the Universe.

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Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Largest Color Image of the Sky Ever Made »» Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Largest Color Image of the Sky Ever Made

[Tuesday, January 11, 2011] Today, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III (SDSS-III) is releasing the largest digital color image of the sky ever made, and it's free to all.

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Dark Energy Survey to Probe Cosmic Speed-up »» Dark Energy Survey to Probe Cosmic Speed-up

[Tuesday, January 11, 2011] Scientists announced that the Dark Energy Survey soon expects to make a substantial leap forward in our understanding of why the universe is accelerating and the nature of dark energy.

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Planck Mission Peels Back Layers Of The Universe »» Planck Mission Peels Back Layers Of The Universe

[Tuesday, January 11, 2011] The Planck mission released a new data catalogue Tuesday from initial maps of the entire sky.

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NASA's Glory Satellite Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base for Launch »» NASA's Glory Satellite Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base for Launch

[Wednesday, January 12, 2011] Orbital Sciences Corporation announced that the Glory satellite has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA to be integrated with the company's Taurus(R) XL rocket that will launch the satellite into low-Earth orbit in late February.

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Managers Confident in Discovery Tank Fix »» Managers Confident in Discovery Tank Fix

[Wednesday, January 12, 2011] Space shuttle Discovery remains in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) as modifications and repairs are made to the external fuel tank's support beams known as "stringers."

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NASA to Congress: HLV Will Cost More, Take Longer, Look The Same »» NASA to Congress: HLV Will Cost More, Take Longer, Look The Same

[Wednesday, January 12, 2011] NASA is telling Congress that it already has a HLV design that it wants to build - but that it cannot afford to build it or do so as Congress has asked. Yet NASA tells Congress anyway.

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Oregon Students To Talk With Orbiting Space Station Astronauts »» Oregon Students To Talk With Orbiting Space Station Astronauts

[Wednesday, January 12, 2011] International Space Station residents Scott Kelly, Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli will speak to approximately 250 school students in McMinnville, Ore., about what it is like to live and work in space.

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Exploration Program Status Presentation to the NASA Advisory Council »» Exploration Program Status Presentation to the NASA Advisory Council

[Wednesday, January 12, 2011] Exploration Program Status Presentation to the NASA Advisory Council, Doug Cooke, Associate Administrator, NASAs Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, January 11, 2011

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NASA OIG Small Business Innovation (SBIR) Program Audit Report »» NASA OIG Small Business Innovation (SBIR) Program Audit Report

[Wednesday, January 12, 2011] In particular, the audit found that SBIR awards made by NASA in 2008 contained an estimated $2.7 million in unallowable and unsupportable costs.

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NASA - The Frontier is Everywhere Video Goes Viral, But Why? »» NASA - The Frontier is Everywhere Video Goes Viral, But Why?

[Wednesday, January 12, 2011] I find Gower's frustration misplaced. I think the problem is not that NASA can't connect with the public, it's that the public has more distractions than time allows.

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Space Adventures Concludes Agreement to Offer Commercial Spaceflight Opportunities to the International Space Station »» Space Adventures Concludes Agreement to Offer Commercial Spaceflight Opportunities to the International Space Station

[Wednesday, January 12, 2011] These seats will be made available through the increase of Soyuz production, from four to five spacecraft per year. Each flight will be short duration, approximately 10 days, and will contribute to the increase of launch capacity to the ISS.

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Human Space Exploration Framework Summary Presentation to the NASA Advisory Council »» Human Space Exploration Framework Summary Presentation to the NASA Advisory Council

[Wednesday, January 12, 2011] Simple Result Description: Over-constrained. Does not meet all schedule, budget, and performance requirements. Results heavily dependent upon budget availability and phasing.

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NASA To Preview February Comet Encounter »» NASA To Preview February Comet Encounter

[Wednesday, January 12, 2011] NASA will hold a news briefing at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 19, to discuss the Feb. 14 Stardust-NExT mission flyby of comet Tempel 1.

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NASA Research Finds 2010 Tied For Warmest Year On Record »» NASA Research Finds 2010 Tied For Warmest Year On Record

[Wednesday, January 12, 2011] Global surface temperatures in 2010 tied 2005 as the warmest on record, according to an analysis released Wednesday by researchers at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

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NASA Satellites Find High-Energy Surprises in 'Constant' Crab Nebula »» NASA Satellites Find High-Energy Surprises in 'Constant' Crab Nebula

[Wednesday, January 12, 2011] The combined data from several NASA satellites has astonished astronomers by revealing unexpected changes in X-ray emission from the Crab Nebula, once thought to be the steadiest high-energy source in the sky.

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Preliminary Report Regarding NASA's Space Launch System and Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Pursuant to Sect 309 of the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 »» Preliminary Report Regarding NASA's Space Launch System and Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Pursuant to Sect 309 of the NASA Authorization Act of 2010

[Wednesday, January 12, 2011] Guidance from the Administrator has established three principles for development of any future systems for exploration. These systems must be affordable, sustainable, and realistic.

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Senate Commerce Committee Members Respond to NASA Report »» Senate Commerce Committee Members Respond to NASA Report

[Thursday, January 13, 2011] We appreciate NASA's report and look forward to the additional material that was required but not submitted. In the meantime, the production of a heavy-lift rocket and capsule is not optional. It's the law.

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Media Avisory: From tragedy to triumph, Challenger Center commemorates silver anniversary »» Media Avisory: From tragedy to triumph, Challenger Center commemorates silver anniversary

[Thursday, January 13, 2011] Day of remembrance for crew of Space Shuttle Challenger and the continuation of their legacy through the Challenger Center for Space Science Education

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Cosmology Standard Candle Not So Standard After All »» Cosmology Standard Candle Not So Standard After All

[Thursday, January 13, 2011] Astronomers have turned up the first direct proof that "standard candles" used to illuminate the size of the universe, termed Cepheids, shrink in mass, making them not quite as standard as once thought.

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Taking the pulse of a black hole system »» Taking the pulse of a black hole system

[Thursday, January 13, 2011] Using two NASA X-ray satellites, astronomers have discovered what drives the "heartbeats" seen in the light from an unusual black hole system.

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Close-Knit Pairs of Massive Black Holes »» Close-Knit Pairs of Massive Black Holes

[Thursday, January 13, 2011] Astronomers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and University of Hawaii (UH) have discovered 16 close-knit pairs of supermassive black holes in merging galaxies.

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NASA Updates Shuttle Target Launch Dates For Two Flights »» NASA Updates Shuttle Target Launch Dates For Two Flights

[Thursday, January 13, 2011] NASA is targeting 4:50 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 24, for the launch of space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 mission to the International Space Station. The liftoff of shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 flight is planned for 7:48 p.m. EDT on April 19.

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ViviSat Launched - New Venture Will Provide Satellite Life Extension Services »» ViviSat Launched - New Venture Will Provide Satellite Life Extension Services

[Thursday, January 13, 2011] ViviSat provides geosynchronous satellite operators with flexible, scalable, capital-efficient, and low-risk in-orbit mission extension and protection services that can add several years to the revenue-producing life of a satellite.

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NASA OIG Letter Regarding Constellation Program and 2010 NASA Authorization Act »» NASA OIG Letter Regarding Constellation Program and 2010 NASA Authorization Act

[Thursday, January 13, 2011] ny typos are a result of the poor quality of the orignal letter released to the media by the NASA OIG.

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NASA Announces Backup Commander For STS-134 Mission »» NASA Announces Backup Commander For STS-134 Mission

[Thursday, January 13, 2011] NASA announced Thursday that astronaut Rick Sturckow will serve as a backup commander for the STS-134 space shuttle mission to facilitate continued training for the crew and support teams during STS-134 Commander Mark Kelly's absence.

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Chairman Hall Assures Close Oversight og NASA Human Space Flight Program »» Chairman Hall Assures Close Oversight og NASA Human Space Flight Program

[Thursday, January 13, 2011] Rep. Ralph M. Hall (R-TX), Chairman of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, today released the following statement regarding two recent reports, both concerning NASA's human space flight program.

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Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases Annual Report »» Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases Annual Report

[Friday, January 14, 2011] The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, or ASAP, has released its 2010 annual report. The panel examines NASA's safety performance during the past year and alerts agency and government leaders to issues and concerns.

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NASA Radar Reveals Features on Asteroid »» NASA Radar Reveals Features on Asteroid

[Friday, January 14, 2011] Radar imaging at NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar in the California desert on Dec. 11 and 12, 2010, revealed defining characteristics of recently discovered asteroid 2010 JL33.

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Forget Planet X! New technique could pinpoint Galaxy X »» Forget Planet X! New technique could pinpoint Galaxy X

[Friday, January 14, 2011] Planet X, an often-sought 10th planet, is so far a no-show, but Sukanya Chakrabarti has high hopes for finding what might be called Galaxy X - a dwarf galaxy that she predicts orbits our Milky Way Galaxy.

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Cosmic magnifying glasses could shed light on the origin of the Universe »» Cosmic magnifying glasses could shed light on the origin of the Universe

[Friday, January 14, 2011] Astronomers have shown how gravitational lensing allows us to see the faintest and most distant galaxies, helping us to understand the origin of the Universe.

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The Best Way to Measure Dark Energy Just Got Better »» The Best Way to Measure Dark Energy Just Got Better

[Friday, January 14, 2011] Dark energy is a mysterious force that pervades all space, acting as a "push" to accelerate the Universe's expansion. Despite being 70 percent of the Universe, dark energy was only discovered in 1998 by two teams observing Type Ia supernovae.

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Mount Etna bursts into life »» Mount Etna bursts into life

[Friday, January 14, 2011] Europe's largest active volcano, Mount Etna on the Italian island of Sicily, erupted briefly yesterday sending flames and ash hundreds of metres into the air.

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Earth's hot past could be prologue to future climate »» Earth's hot past could be prologue to future climate

[Friday, January 14, 2011] The magnitude of climate change during Earth's deep past suggests that future temperatures may eventually rise far more than projected if society continues its pace of emitting greenhouse gases, a new analysis concludes.

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The Two-Faced Whirlpool Galaxy »» The Two-Faced Whirlpool Galaxy

[Friday, January 14, 2011] These images by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show off two dramatically different face-on views of the spiral galaxy M51, dubbed the Whirlpool Galaxy.

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Photo: Antarctic Telescopes and the Milky Way »» Photo: Antarctic Telescopes and the Milky Way

[Friday, January 14, 2011] The 10-meter South Pole Telescope and the BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) Telescope at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, against the night sky with the Milky Way.

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NASA: A First Look at Flight in 2025 »» NASA: A First Look at Flight in 2025

[Friday, January 14, 2011] In late 2010, NASA awarded contracts to three teams -- Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, The Boeing Company -- to study advanced concept designs for aircraft that could take to the skies in the year 2025.

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NASA Satellites Capture a Stronger La Nina »» NASA Satellites Capture a Stronger La Nina

[Friday, January 14, 2011] New NASA satellite data indicate the current La Nina event in the eastern Pacific has remained strong during November and December 2010.

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Planck Mission Peels Back Layers of the Universe »» Planck Mission Peels Back Layers of the Universe

[Friday, January 14, 2011] Planck -- an international satellite that peers back into the beginning of the universe -- has produced what scientists are calling new and provocative data. The satellite is a European Space Agency mission with significant contributions from NASA.

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A Torrent of Star Information »» A Torrent of Star Information

[Friday, January 14, 2011] M82 is located about 12 million light years from Earth and is the nearest place to us where the conditions are similar to those when the Universe was much younger with lots of stars forming.

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Partner Galaxies Wildly Different in New WISE Image »» Partner Galaxies Wildly Different in New WISE Image

[Friday, January 14, 2011] NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has captured a new view of two companion galaxies -- a somewhat tranquil spiral beauty and its rambunctious partner blazing with smoky star formation.

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NASA Invites Students To Send Experiments To The Edge Of Space »» NASA Invites Students To Send Experiments To The Edge Of Space

[Friday, January 14, 2011] NASA is inviting student teams to design and build experiments the agency will fly into the stratosphere, a near-space environment, more than 100,000 feet above the Earth.

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ATV Johannes Kepler gears up for space journey »» ATV Johannes Kepler gears up for space journey

[Friday, January 14, 2011] ATV-2 is almost ready for launch on 15 February from Europe's Spaceport. It will be the heaviest load ever lofted into space by the Ariane 5 rocket, making the 200th flight of the European launcher even more spectacular.

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International scientists at European Space Weather Week 7 »» International scientists at European Space Weather Week 7

[Friday, January 14, 2011] Speaking at a major European scientific conference, ESA experts presented plans for the initial versions of space weather hazard warning services, soon to be offered as part of the Agency's Space Situational Awareness Preparatory Programme.

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NASA Spinoff App for Android »» NASA Spinoff App for Android

[Friday, January 14, 2011] The App contains a feed of technology news, a searchable database of NASA-derived innovations, a map of spinoff locations, a historical timeline and a database of NASA's available licensing opportunities to inspire the spinoffs of the future.

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The HLV Cost Information NASA Decided Not To Give To Congress »» The HLV Cost Information NASA Decided Not To Give To Congress

[Friday, January 14, 2011] During its recent deliberations the HEFT II activity look at a variety of scenarios, reference missions etc. One of them, DM1, actually meets the costs and schedule specified by Congress.

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NASA Unveiling New Rocket Integration Facility At Wallops »» NASA Unveiling New Rocket Integration Facility At Wallops

[Saturday, January 15, 2011] NASA will unveil its new rocket integration facility at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 21.

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Gabrielle Giffords Earth and Space Leadership Fund: Support future leaders in Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering and Policy »» Gabrielle Giffords Earth and Space Leadership Fund: Support future leaders in Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering and Policy

[Saturday, January 15, 2011] To honor the victims of the recent tragedy in Tucson and their families, we have started a fund in Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' name to support future leaders in earth and space sciences, engineering and policy

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Inclined Orbits Prevail in Exoplanetary Systems »» Inclined Orbits Prevail in Exoplanetary Systems

[Saturday, January 15, 2011] A research team led by astronomers from the University of Tokyo and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) has discovered that inclined orbits may be typical rather than rare for exoplanetary systems.

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MRO HiRISE Mars Image: Aerosols in the Air »» MRO HiRISE Mars Image: Aerosols in the Air

[Sunday, January 16, 2011] In the winter Mars' south polar region is covered by a layer of carbon dioxide ice (dry ice). In the spring this ice evaporates from the top and the bottom of the seasonal ice layer (typically tens of centimeters thick).

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NASA Image Shows La Nina-Caused Woes Down Under »» NASA Image Shows La Nina-Caused Woes Down Under

[Sunday, January 16, 2011] The current La Nina in the Pacific Ocean, one of the strongest in the past 50 years, continues to exert a powerful influence on weather around the world, affecting rainfall and temperatures in varying ways in different locations.

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Photo: Tokyo At Night As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Tokyo At Night As Seen From Orbit

[Sunday, January 16, 2011] From 220 miles above Earth, one of the Expedition 26 crew members aboard the International Space Station exposed this night time picture of the metropolitan area of Tokyo, Japan.

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Photo from Mars  Textures of 'Santa Maria' Crater »» Photo from Mars Textures of 'Santa Maria' Crater

[Sunday, January 16, 2011] This image from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover at the edge of "Santa Maria" crater shows diverse textures of the crater. Contrast has been enhanced to emphasize the textures.

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Have You Seen This Large Lunar Orbiter »» Have You Seen This Large Lunar Orbiter "Earthrise" Presentation from 1966?

[Sunday, January 16, 2011] Does any one at NASA Langley Research Center (or elsewhere in/around NASA) know where this large reproduction of the Lunar Orbiter 1 "Earthrise" image (or others like it) are currently located?

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Spaceflight and ISILaunch Team to Provide Global Spaceflight Services for Small Payloads »» Spaceflight and ISILaunch Team to Provide Global Spaceflight Services for Small Payloads

[Tuesday, January 18, 2011] Spaceflight Services (Spaceflight) and Innovative Space Logistics BV (ISILaunch) announced today that they have teamed to create a global spaceflight services provider for small and secondary payloads.

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NASA SMD Memo: Status of Planetary's Research and Analysis (R&A) Program »» NASA SMD Memo: Status of Planetary's Research and Analysis (R&A) Program

[Tuesday, January 18, 2011] In order to maintain our fiscal responsibilities this situation demands that the Planetary Science Division Program Officers not over commit our R&A funds too early in the year.

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SpaceX Status Report on Falcon 9/Dragon »» SpaceX Status Report on Falcon 9/Dragon

[Tuesday, January 18, 2011] 2010 marked an incredible accomplishment for SpaceX. As most of you know, we became the first commercial company to successfully recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit.

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SpaceX: Commercial Crew Transport To The International Space Station »» SpaceX: Commercial Crew Transport To The International Space Station

[Tuesday, January 18, 2011] With the government acting as a catalyst, the commercial spaceflight industry is already developing into an exciting new driver of technological innovation, job creation and economic growth.

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Photo: Region Around Mt. Everest As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Region Around Mt. Everest As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, January 18, 2011] Although the summit if Everest itself is just out of frame, you can see Everest Base Camp where Scott Parazynski lived and most of the lower portion of Scott's climb to the summit (red dot).

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Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) Update »» Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) Update

[Tuesday, January 18, 2011] A reminder that the Early Bird Registration Deadline is THIS FRIDAY, Jan 21!

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NASA TV To Broadcast Japanese Cargo Craft Flight To Space Station »» NASA TV To Broadcast Japanese Cargo Craft Flight To Space Station

[Wednesday, January 19, 2011] NASA plans live television coverage of the launch, grapple and berthing of the second unpiloted Japanese cargo ship that will deliver more than four tons of food and supplies to the International Space Station.

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The Sky is for Everyone - Outreach and Educaction with the Virtual Observatory »» The Sky is for Everyone - Outreach and Educaction with the Virtual Observatory

[Wednesday, January 19, 2011] The Virtual Observatory (VO) is an international attempt to collect astronomical data (images, simulation, mission-logs, etc), organize it and develop tools that let astronomers access this huge amount of information.

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MRO HiRISE Mars Image: Bright Layers North of Meridiani Planum »» MRO HiRISE Mars Image: Bright Layers North of Meridiani Planum

[Wednesday, January 19, 2011] This HiRISE image is located North of Meridiani Planum near the landing site of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

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Photo: Montreal At Night As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Montreal At Night As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, January 19, 2011] A night view of the Montreal metropolitan area is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member on the International Space Station.

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Remarks for NASA Adminstrator Bolden Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Business and Professional Breakfast »» Remarks for NASA Adminstrator Bolden Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Business and Professional Breakfast

[Wednesday, January 19, 2011] I speak to a lot of business and professional groups, but it's wonderful to be back in my home state as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose contributions to a more peaceful and just world will never be forgotten.

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The Orion nebula: Still full of surprises »» The Orion nebula: Still full of surprises

[Wednesday, January 19, 2011] The Orion Nebula, also known as Messier 42, is one of the most easily recognisable and best-studied celestial objects. It is a huge complex of gas and dust where massive stars are forming and is the closest such region to the Earth.

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What is a Galaxy? Cast Your Vote Here »» What is a Galaxy? Cast Your Vote Here

[Wednesday, January 19, 2011] Our aim here is to promote further discussion of how to define a galaxy and, in particular, what separates it from a star cluster.

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Astronaut Steve Bowen Named to STS-133 Shuttle Crew »» Astronaut Steve Bowen Named to STS-133 Shuttle Crew

[Wednesday, January 19, 2011] NASA selected astronaut Steve Bowen as a mission specialist on STS-133, the next space shuttle mission planned for launch on Feb. 24. Bowen replaces astronaut Tim Kopra, who was injured in a bicycle accident over the weekend.

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Rocket Launch Scheduled January 22 From Wallops Flight Facility »» Rocket Launch Scheduled January 22 From Wallops Flight Facility

[Wednesday, January 19, 2011] A Terrier-Oriole suborbital rocket is schedule for launch January 22 for the U.S. Navy from NASA's Launch Range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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NanoSail-D Ejects - NASA Seeks Amateur Radio Operators' Aid to Listen for Beacon Signal »» NanoSail-D Ejects - NASA Seeks Amateur Radio Operators' Aid to Listen for Beacon Signal

[Wednesday, January 19, 2011] Engineers at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., confirmed that the NanoSail-D nanosatellite ejected from Fast Affordable Scientific and Technology Satellite, FASTSAT.

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NASA Spacecraft Prepares for Valentine's Day Comet Rendezvous »» NASA Spacecraft Prepares for Valentine's Day Comet Rendezvous

[Thursday, January 20, 2011] NASA's Stardust-NExT spacecraft is nearing a celestial date with comet Tempel 1 at approximately 8:37 p.m. PST (11:37 p.m. EST), on Feb. 14.

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NASA Invites Public To Vote On Optimus Prime Contest Student Videos »» NASA Invites Public To Vote On Optimus Prime Contest Student Videos

[Thursday, January 20, 2011] NASA has opened online voting for the agency's OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award student video contest. The public is invited to vote for its favorite videos, made by students in grades three through eight.

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Photos: NROL-49 Delta IV Heavy Prepares for Launch at Vandenberg AFB »» Photos: NROL-49 Delta IV Heavy Prepares for Launch at Vandenberg AFB

[Thursday, January 20, 2011] With the Moon beaming above, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy sits poised on its launch pad with a National Reconnaissance Office payload at Space Launch Complex-6. Today's launch is scheduled to blast off at 1:08 p.m. PST.

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Galileo satellite undergoes launch check-up at ESTEC »» Galileo satellite undergoes launch check-up at ESTEC

[Thursday, January 20, 2011] Galileo's first satellite is undergoing testing at ESA's technical centre in the Netherlands, checking its readiness to be launched into orbit. This marks a significant step for Europe's Galileo satnav constellation.

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No Direct Link Between Black Holes & Dark Matter »» No Direct Link Between Black Holes & Dark Matter

[Thursday, January 20, 2011] Massive black holes have been found at the centers of almost all galaxies, where the largest galaxies -- who are also the ones embedded in the largest halos of dark matter -- harbor the most massive black holes.

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ULA Delta-IV Heavy Successfully Launches NROL-49 (Video) »» ULA Delta-IV Heavy Successfully Launches NROL-49 (Video)

[Thursday, January 20, 2011] A United Space Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket launched a classified spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office from the Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex 6. This was the first launch of a Delta IV Heavy from the west coast.

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NASA JSC Presentation: Human Spaceflight Affordability: Advanced In-house Development Portfolio January 2011 »» NASA JSC Presentation: Human Spaceflight Affordability: Advanced In-house Development Portfolio January 2011

[Friday, January 21, 2011] Goal: To become a "catalyst for change" demonstrating best practices for the Agency With the ultimate goal of building a more sustainable Human Spaceflight Enterprise

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NASA JSC Presentation: Cross Cutting Themes January 2011 »» NASA JSC Presentation: Cross Cutting Themes January 2011

[Friday, January 21, 2011] MacGyver Projects provide opportunities to test new operational concepts

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Photo: Looking Out Kibo's Airlock »» Photo: Looking Out Kibo's Airlock

[Friday, January 21, 2011] Looking through the Kibo airlock, the Japanese robotic Small Fine Arm (SFA), also known as "Ko-bot", is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 22 crew member.

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Two Photos: New York City After A Blizzard - As Seen From Orbit »» Two Photos: New York City After A Blizzard - As Seen From Orbit

[Friday, January 21, 2011] From approximately 220 miles above Earth, one of the Expedition 26 crew members aboard the International Space Station took this wintry picture of metropolitan New York City, which was bracing for its third heavy storm of the season.

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Photo: Express Close Flybys of the Martian Moon Phobos 2011 »» Photo: Express Close Flybys of the Martian Moon Phobos 2011

[Friday, January 21, 2011] We received late yesterday the processed images from the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) science team and they are fabulous!

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NASA Prepares To Launch Next Earth-Observing Satellite Mission »» NASA Prepares To Launch Next Earth-Observing Satellite Mission

[Friday, January 21, 2011] NASA's newest Earth-observing research mission is nearing launch. The Glory mission will improve our understanding of how the sun and tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols affect Earth's climate.

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Romania accedes to ESA Convention »» Romania accedes to ESA Convention

[Friday, January 21, 2011] Romania took a step further in its relations with ESA by signing the Accession Agreement to the ESA Convention on 20 January 2011, to become the 19th ESA Member State.

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Fermi Team Wins Top High-Energy Prize »» Fermi Team Wins Top High-Energy Prize

[Friday, January 21, 2011] The 2011 Rossi Prize has been awarded to two scientists and the team of the Large Area Telescope on board the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope.

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NASA's NanoSail-D Deploys Solar Sail in Low-Earth Orbit »» NASA's NanoSail-D Deploys Solar Sail in Low-Earth Orbit

[Sunday, January 23, 2011] Friday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. EST, engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., confirmed that the NanoSail-D nanosatellite deployed its 100-square-foot polymer sail in low-Earth orbit and is operating as planned.

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Voyager Celebrates 25 Years Since Uranus Visit »» Voyager Celebrates 25 Years Since Uranus Visit

[Sunday, January 23, 2011] As NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft made the only close approach to date of our mysterious seventh planet Uranus 25 years ago, Project Scientist Ed Stone and the Voyager team gathered at JPL, to pore over the data coming in.

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NASA Space Technology Roadmaps Available for Public Review and Comment »» NASA Space Technology Roadmaps Available for Public Review and Comment

[Sunday, January 23, 2011] Through an open process of community engagement, the NRC will gather input, integrate, and prioritize each Space Technology Area Roadmap, providing NASA with strategic guidance and recommendations.

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Of Fish, Astronauts, and Bone Health on Earth »» Of Fish, Astronauts, and Bone Health on Earth

[Sunday, January 23, 2011] This week, comments from guest blogger Dr. Scott M. Smith as he reflects on recent space station research, which connects a diet rich in fish intake and omega-3 fatty acids to a reduced rate of bone loss.

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Human in the Loop: The Importance of Humans Conducting Experiments in Space »» Human in the Loop: The Importance of Humans Conducting Experiments in Space

[Sunday, January 23, 2011] This week, comments from guest blogger and International Space Station astronaut Peggy Whitson, Ph.D., as she reflects on why it is important to have humans carry out experiments in space.

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Mars Sliding Behind Sun After Rover Anniversary »» Mars Sliding Behind Sun After Rover Anniversary

[Sunday, January 23, 2011] The team operating NASA's Mars rover Opportunity will temporarily suspend commanding for 16 days after the rover's seventh anniversary next week, but the rover will stay busy.

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Envisat Image of the week: Flooding in Australia »» Envisat Image of the week: Flooding in Australia

[Sunday, January 23, 2011] This Envisat Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) composite image shows the flooded area around Rockhampton in Queensland, Australia.

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Photo: Galveston At Night As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Galveston At Night As Seen From Orbit

[Monday, January 24, 2011] From 220 miles above Earth, one of the Expedition 26 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station recorded this night view of Galveston Island and the Texas City area.

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Photos: Fixing Antennas in Space - Today and in a Past Future »» Photos: Fixing Antennas in Space - Today and in a Past Future

[Monday, January 24, 2011] Top: Astronaut David Bowman replacing the AE-35 unit on the main antenna of the spacecraft Discovery en route to Jupiter. "2001: A Space Odyssey", 1968. Bottom: Astronaut Garrett Reisman installs a Ku Band antenna on the ISS in May 2010.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 23 January 2011 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 23 January 2011

[Monday, January 24, 2011] All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Sunday - Crew rest day. Ahead: Week 10 of Increment 26.

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Photo: Flooding in Brisbane, Australia As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Flooding in Brisbane, Australia As Seen From Orbit

[Monday, January 24, 2011] Photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member on the International Space Station, this detailed photograph illustrates flooding in suburbs of the Brisbane, Australia metropolitan region.

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Loss of reflectivity in the Arctic doubles estimate of climate models »» Loss of reflectivity in the Arctic doubles estimate of climate models

[Monday, January 24, 2011] A new analysis of the Northern Hemisphere's "albedo feedback" over a 30-year period concludes that the region's loss of reflectivity due to snow and sea ice decline is more than double what state-of-the-art climate models estimate.

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NASA Remembers Those Lost Pursuing Discovery And Exploration »» NASA Remembers Those Lost Pursuing Discovery And Exploration

[Monday, January 24, 2011] NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will lay a wreath at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at 10 a.m. EST, Thursday, Jan. 27, to commemorate the agency's National Day of Remembrance.

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'Smartphone satellite' developed by Surrey space researchers »» 'Smartphone satellite' developed by Surrey space researchers

[Monday, January 24, 2011] Space researchers at the University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) have developed 'STRaND-1', a satellite containing a smartphone payload that will be launched into orbit around the Earth later this year.

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National Environmental Policy Act; Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mission »» National Environmental Policy Act; Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mission

[Monday, January 24, 2011] This modified ROD documents NASA's consideration of possible changes in the potential environmental impacts of the MSL mission with the launch postponed from the original 2009 launch opportunity to the next available launch opportunity in 2011.

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NASA partners on NanoSail-D amateur astronomy image contest »» NASA partners on NanoSail-D amateur astronomy image contest

[Tuesday, January 25, 2011] NASA has formed a partnership with Spaceweather.com to engage the amateur astronomy community to submit the best images of the orbiting NanoSail-D solar sail. NanoSail-D unfurled the first ever 100-square-foot solar sail in low-Earth orbit on Jan. 20.

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NASA Explores Potential New Users For Some Kennedy Facilities »» NASA Explores Potential New Users For Some Kennedy Facilities

[Tuesday, January 25, 2011] NASA has released a formal Notice of Availability (NOA) and Request for Information (RFI) to identify interest from industry for space processing and support facilities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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What Impact Would Sun Dimming Have on Earth's Weather? »» What Impact Would Sun Dimming Have on Earth's Weather?

[Tuesday, January 25, 2011] Solar radiation management projects, also known as sun dimming, seek to reduce the amount of sunlight hitting the Earth to counteract the effects of climate change.

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Future Technologies for NASA Missions - Meeting Jan. 26 and 28  »» Future Technologies for NASA Missions - Meeting Jan. 26 and 28

[Tuesday, January 25, 2011] A National Research Council steering committee that is advising NASA on innovative technologies for future missions is holding its first public meeting Jan. 26 and 28 in Washington, D.C.

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Photo: Close-up of Titan and Saturn's Rings »» Photo: Close-up of Titan and Saturn's Rings

[Tuesday, January 25, 2011] This image was taken on January 15, 2011 and received on Earth January 15, 2011. The camera was pointing toward Titan at approximately 839,213 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the CL1 and CB3 filters.

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Photo: Manicouagan Crater As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Manicouagan Crater As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, January 25, 2011] From approximately 220 miles above Earth, one of the Expedition 26 crew members aboard the International Space Station took this photo of the Manicouagan Crater in northern Canada (Quebec), one of the oldest impact craters known.

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NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Set for Final Trip to Launch Pad »» NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Set for Final Trip to Launch Pad

[Wednesday, January 26, 2011] Discovery's first motion out of the VAB to the pad is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST. NASA Television will provide live coverage of the shuttle's rollout. NASA TV's Video File will broadcast highlights of the move.

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Photo: First EarthKAM Image from WORF on the ISS »» Photo: First EarthKAM Image from WORF on the ISS

[Wednesday, January 26, 2011] A test photo of British Columbia's snow-capped west coast mountains is the first official image taken from the International Space Station's new Window Observational Research Facility, or WORF.

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Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Public Teleconference 17 Feb 2011 »» Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Public Teleconference 17 Feb 2011

[Wednesday, January 26, 2011] This discussion will center on the orbital debris questions asked by the FAA; it will also include a look at responses to the Concept of Operation for Global Space Vehicle Debris Threat Management report.

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NASA TV to Show Russian Space Station Cargo Ship Arrival »» NASA TV to Show Russian Space Station Cargo Ship Arrival

[Wednesday, January 26, 2011] The residents of the International Space Station will receive a second shipment of food, fuel and supplies this week. NASA Television will provide a live broadcast of the Russian cargo ship's arrival Saturday, Jan. 29.

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New Video: President George H. W. Bush's tribute to Challenger Center »» New Video: President George H. W. Bush's tribute to Challenger Center

[Wednesday, January 26, 2011] On January 28, 1986, our nation lost seven heroes as the Challenger Space Shuttle was destroyed shortly after launch. It was a tragic day, etched in the minds of us all and in the history books of our nation.

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NASA's Hubble Finds Most Distant Galaxy Candidate Ever Seen in Universe »» NASA's Hubble Finds Most Distant Galaxy Candidate Ever Seen in Universe

[Wednesday, January 26, 2011] Astronomers have pushed NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to its limits by finding what is likely to be the most distant object ever seen in the universe.

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NASA Astronaut, Athletes, and Robot to Honor Black History in Hampton »» NASA Astronaut, Athletes, and Robot to Honor Black History in Hampton

[Wednesday, January 26, 2011] Astronaut and former NASA Langley Research Center engineer Leland Melvin will celebrate Black History Month at Hampton's Virginia Air & Space Center, Feb. 12, along with two other athletes, members of an historic air squadron and a robot.

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Message from the NASA Administrator: Day of Remembrance »» Message from the NASA Administrator: Day of Remembrance

[Thursday, January 27, 2011] This year marks the 25th anniversary of the loss of Challenger -- a tragedy that caused us to completely re-think our systems and processes as we worked to make the shuttle safer.

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Statement by Steven J. McAuliffe on the 25th Anniversary of the Challenger Accident »» Statement by Steven J. McAuliffe on the 25th Anniversary of the Challenger Accident

[Thursday, January 27, 2011] That people across the country steadfastly remember the crew members of Challenger is both comforting and inspirational to our family. Scott, Caroline and I very much appreciate the kind thoughts and continuous support we have received over the years.

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NASA To Announce New Planetary Discoveries by Kepler »» NASA To Announce New Planetary Discoveries by Kepler

[Thursday, January 27, 2011] NASA will host a news briefing at 1 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Feb. 2, to announce the Kepler mission's latest findings about planets outside our solar system.

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to Speak to Richmond Students »» NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to Speak to Richmond Students

[Thursday, January 27, 2011] NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will address a group of seventh and eighth grade students from Albert Hill Middle School this Friday at the MathScience Innovation Center in Richmond.

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First Large-Scale, Physics-Based Space Weather Model Transitions Into Operation »» First Large-Scale, Physics-Based Space Weather Model Transitions Into Operation

[Thursday, January 27, 2011] The first large-scale, physics-based space weather prediction model is transitioning from research into operation.

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Photos: Japan's HTV2 Docks With The International Space Station »» Photos: Japan's HTV2 Docks With The International Space Station

[Friday, January 28, 2011] Backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space, the International Space Station's Canadarm2 grapples the unpiloted Japanese Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV2) as it approaches the station.

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Photo: Progress 40 Cargo Droid Departs From the International Space Station »» Photo: Progress 40 Cargo Droid Departs From the International Space Station

[Friday, January 28, 2011] The unpiloted ISS Progress 40 supply vehicle departs from the International Space Station at 7:43 p.m. (EST) on Jan. 23, 2011.

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Statement by the President on NASA Day of Remembrance »» Statement by the President on NASA Day of Remembrance

[Friday, January 28, 2011] Through triumph and tragedy, each of us has benefited from their courage and devotion, and we honor their memory by dedicating ourselves to a better tomorrow.

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Photos: Preparing Progress M-09M/41P For Launch »» Photos: Preparing Progress M-09M/41P For Launch

[Friday, January 28, 2011] Progress M-09M/41P - #709 was launched tonight at 8:31pm EST from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. It is scheduled to arrive and dock with the ISS on 29 January 2011 at 9:39 pm EST. These photos show how it was prepared for launch.

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Stardust-NExT Spots Comet Tempel 1 »» Stardust-NExT Spots Comet Tempel 1

[Friday, January 28, 2011] The first image of comet Tempel 1 taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft is a composite made from observations on Jan. 18 and 19, 2011.

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An Astronomer's Field of Dreams »» An Astronomer's Field of Dreams

[Friday, January 28, 2011] An innovative new radio telescope array under construction in central New Mexico will eventually harness the power of more than 13,000 antennas and provide a fresh eye to the sky.

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Scar on Jupiter Scar Likely Caused by an Asteroid - Not a Comet »» Scar on Jupiter Scar Likely Caused by an Asteroid - Not a Comet

[Friday, January 28, 2011] A hurtling asteroid about the size of the Titanic caused the scar that appeared in Jupiter's atmosphere on July 19, 2009, according to two papers published recently in the journal Icarus.

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NASA's New Lander Prototype Skates Through Integration and Testing »» NASA's New Lander Prototype Skates Through Integration and Testing

[Friday, January 28, 2011] NASA engineers successfully integrated and completed system testing on a new robotic lander recently at Teledyne Brown Engineering's facility in Huntsville in support of the Robotic Lunar Lander Project at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

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Availability for NASA Summer of Innovation (SOI) Competitive Grants Peer Review »» Availability for NASA Summer of Innovation (SOI) Competitive Grants Peer Review

[Friday, January 28, 2011] This email is for information gathering purposes. Willingness to participate in the SOI review does not guarantee a proposal will be assigned. The number of available qualified reviewers may exceed the number of reviewers needed.

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USC and SETI Institute Team Up »» USC and SETI Institute Team Up

[Friday, January 28, 2011] An affiliation between the University of Southern California and the SETI Institute will create formal ties between one of America's premier research universities and one of the most innovative and highly regarded scientific research institutions.

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Video: Dr. June Scobee Rodgers talking to Students on 25th Anniversary of Challenger »» Video: Dr. June Scobee Rodgers talking to Students on 25th Anniversary of Challenger

[Friday, January 28, 2011] Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, co-founder of Challenger Center for Space Science Education, talking to Students on 25th Anniversary of Challenger.

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NASA Administrator Speaks To Richmond Middle School Students »» NASA Administrator Speaks To Richmond Middle School Students

[Friday, January 28, 2011] NASA Administrator Charles Bolden today visited the MathScience Innovation Center in Richmond, Va., to meet seventh and eighth-grade students from the city's Albert Hill Middle School.

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NASA Announces Year of Innovation Art Contest Winners »» NASA Announces Year of Innovation Art Contest Winners

[Saturday, January 29, 2011] Images of shuttles, rockets, flying cars, lunar landscapes, and a dog walking on the moon made up some of the entries for NASA's 2011 Year of Innovation Art Contest.

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NASA Returns to Hemphill, Texas for New Columbia Museum Opening »» NASA Returns to Hemphill, Texas for New Columbia Museum Opening

[Saturday, January 29, 2011] Two events, including the opening of a new space-themed museum, to honor the space shuttle Columbia and her crew are planned in Hemphill, Texas on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Both events are open to the media and public.

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Photo: ISS Crew in Orlan Spacesuits inside Pirs  Docking Compartment »» Photo: ISS Crew in Orlan Spacesuits inside Pirs Docking Compartment

[Saturday, January 29, 2011] Attired in their Russian Orlan spacesuits, Russian cosmonauts Dmitry Kondratyev (left) and Oleg Skripochka, both Expedition 26 flight engineers, are pictured in the Pirs Docking Compartment of the International Space Station.

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Photo: Kedr Smallsat Launched on Progress for Deployment by a Cosmonaut During EVA »» Photo: Kedr Smallsat Launched on Progress for Deployment by a Cosmonaut During EVA

[Saturday, January 29, 2011] In the scope of operations for prelaunch processing of cargo transport vehicle (CTV) Progress M-09M under the International Space Station program small spacecraft - satellite Kedr was accommodated in the vehicle cargo compartment on January 18.

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NASA Launching VA. Tech Atmospheric Experiment in Alaska »» NASA Launching VA. Tech Atmospheric Experiment in Alaska

[Saturday, January 29, 2011] NASA will launch a Virginia Tech University experiment to measure nitric oxide in the upper atmosphere this winter from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska.

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Photo: How Things Are Stored on the ISS »» Photo: How Things Are Stored on the ISS

[Saturday, January 29, 2011] NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, Expedition 26 commander, is pictured near a stowage bag floating freely in the Unity node of the International Space Station.

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Call for Media: witness Mars500 crew emerge onto alien surface »» Call for Media: witness Mars500 crew emerge onto alien surface

[Saturday, January 29, 2011] After more than eight months 'flying' to the Red Planet, the isolated Mars500 crew will finally take their first steps onto a mock-Mars surface on 14 February -and members of the news media can apply now for ringside seats.

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Tour John Huchra's Universe with WorldWide Telescope »» Tour John Huchra's Universe with WorldWide Telescope

[Saturday, January 29, 2011] When astronomer John P. Huchra passed away in October 2010, his friends and colleagues at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) sought a way to honor his research and teaching legacies.

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Blue Origin Patent Application: Sea Launch of Space Launch Vehicles and Associated Systems and Methods »» Blue Origin Patent Application: Sea Launch of Space Launch Vehicles and Associated Systems and Methods

[Saturday, January 29, 2011] "Launch vehicle systems and methods for landing and recovering a booster stage and/or other portions thereof on a platform at sea or on another body of water are disclosed."

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ERS satellite provides new insight into Greenland's plumbing »» ERS satellite provides new insight into Greenland's plumbing

[Sunday, January 30, 2011] Warmer summers may paradoxically slow down the speed of glaciers flowing towards the sea, suggests new research. This investigation, using data from ESA's oldest environmental satellite, has important implications for future estimates of sea-level rise.

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Challenger Astronauts Memorialized on the Moon »» Challenger Astronauts Memorialized on the Moon

[Sunday, January 30, 2011] After the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger, seven craters on the eastern rim of this basin were named after the crew: Gregory Jarvis, Christa McAuliffe, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Dick Scobee, Michael Smith.

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Video: Kaguya Flies over the Apollo Basin and Astronaut Memorial Craters »» Video: Kaguya Flies over the Apollo Basin and Astronaut Memorial Craters

[Sunday, January 30, 2011] Note: the crater "Onizuka" is incorrectly identified in this video. Rather, "Onizuka" is the crater next and to the right of the one labled in the video as "The Onizuka".

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NASA Dryden Hosts Flight Opportunities Program Industry Day »» NASA Dryden Hosts Flight Opportunities Program Industry Day

[Sunday, January 30, 2011] Representatives of more than 20 aerospace firms both large and small met with officials of NASA's Flight Opportunities Program at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center Jan. 25.

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Photo: Eruption of Colima Volcano As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Eruption of Colima Volcano As Seen From Orbit

[Sunday, January 30, 2011] Colima Volcano, Mexico's most active, has been erupting since 1998. The eruption began with several months of earthquakes beneath the volcano, followed by explosions and rockfalls at the summit lava dome as it began to grow.

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ESA's Mercury mapper feels the heat »» ESA's Mercury mapper feels the heat

[Monday, January 31, 2011] Key components of the ESA-led Mercury mapper BepiColombo have been tested in a specially upgraded European space simulator. ESA's Large Space Simulator is now the most powerful in the world.

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