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January 2012 Top Stories


First Of NASA'S Two Grail Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Moon »» First Of NASA'S Two Grail Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Moon

[Sunday, January 1, 2012] NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)-A spacecraft successfully completed its planned main engine burn at 2 p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST) today.

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Cassini Data Shows Saturn Moon Enceladus May Affect Planet's Magnetosphere »» Cassini Data Shows Saturn Moon Enceladus May Affect Planet's Magnetosphere

[Sunday, January 1, 2012] New observations from Cassini flybys of Enceladus in 2008 are revealing new details about the plasma environment around Enceladus and how it may affect Saturn's magnetosphere. These observations could also shed some light on the SKR rotation rate.

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Photo: Titan and Tethys and Saturn's Rings »» Photo: Titan and Tethys and Saturn's Rings

[Sunday, January 1, 2012] Saturn's moon Tethys, with its stark white icy surface, peeps out from behind the larger, hazy, colorful Titan in this Cassini view of the two moons. Saturn's rings lie between the two.

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Photo: Volcanic Activity in the Red Sea And Birth of a New Island »» Photo: Volcanic Activity in the Red Sea And Birth of a New Island

[Sunday, January 1, 2012] An eruption occurred in the Red Sea in December 2011. According to news reports, fishermen witnessed lava fountains reaching up to 30 meters (90 feet) tall on December 19.

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NASA's Twin Grail Spacecraft Reunite in Lunar Orbit »» NASA's Twin Grail Spacecraft Reunite in Lunar Orbit

[Sunday, January 1, 2012] The second of NASA's two Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft has successfully completed its planned main engine burn and is now in lunar orbit. Working together, GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B will study the moon as never before.

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Mars Rover Opportunity Update: December 23-27, 2011 »» Mars Rover Opportunity Update: December 23-27, 2011

[Monday, January 2, 2012] Opportunity is positioned at a candidate site for Mars' southern hemisphere winter. The rover is at the north end of 'Cape York' on the rim of Endeavour Crater, tilted about 15 degrees to the north for favorable solar energy production.

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NASA LRO Lunar Image: A Detailed Look at the Walls of Crater Aristarchus »» NASA LRO Lunar Image: A Detailed Look at the Walls of Crater Aristarchus

[Monday, January 2, 2012] No wonder planners for the Apollo missions put this plateau high on its list of targets for human exploration. This amazing image was acquired on 10 November 2011 as LRO passed north-to-south about 70 km east of the crater's center.

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Season's Greetings From the Other Extreme: Concordia Research Base in Antarctica »» Season's Greetings From the Other Extreme: Concordia Research Base in Antarctica

[Monday, January 2, 2012] It is summer in Antarctica and the new crew for the Concordia research station will soon arrive. And since the place is second only to space for harsh conditions, they have been trained courtesy of ESA.

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NASA MESSENGER Mercury Image: Dickens Crater »» NASA MESSENGER Mercury Image: Dickens Crater

[Tuesday, January 3, 2012] The crater at the center of this image is named Dickens, after Charles Dickens, the English novelist who lived from 1812 to 1870. Among Dickens' famous works is A Christmas Carol.

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Image: Spring Fans Bursting from Cracks in Ice on Mars »» Image: Spring Fans Bursting from Cracks in Ice on Mars

[Tuesday, January 3, 2012] Sand dunes in the North polar region of Mars are covered every winter by a layer of carbon dioxide ice (dry ice). In the springtime the ice on the dunes cracks, often in polygonal patterns.

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Photo: The City Lights of Spain and Portugal as Seen From Space »» Photo: The City Lights of Spain and Portugal as Seen From Space

[Tuesday, January 3, 2012] One of the Expedition 30 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station photographed this night time scene of the Iberian Peninsula on Dec. 4, 2011.

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SGAC-EIC Space Entrepreneurship Paper Competition »» SGAC-EIC Space Entrepreneurship Paper Competition

[Tuesday, January 3, 2012] The competition challenges students and young professionals worldwide to develop new ideas and perspectives on opportunities and challenges facing space entrepreneurs and investors today.

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Navy Researchers Investigate Small-Scale Autonomous Planetary Explorers »» Navy Researchers Investigate Small-Scale Autonomous Planetary Explorers

[Tuesday, January 3, 2012] With this in mind, researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are looking into a novel approach that could some day aid scientific space and planetary research without the need for power-intense options often used today.

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Image: Active Galaxy Centaurus A »» Image: Active Galaxy Centaurus A

[Tuesday, January 3, 2012] Hubble's panchromatic vision, stretching from ultraviolet through near-infrared wavelengths, reveals the vibrant glow of young, blue star clusters and a glimpse into regions normally obscured by the dust.

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Subaru's Sharp Eye Confirms Signs of Unseen Planets in the Dust Ring of HR 4796 A »» Subaru's Sharp Eye Confirms Signs of Unseen Planets in the Dust Ring of HR 4796 A

[Tuesday, January 3, 2012] The SEEDS project, a five-year international collaboration launched in 2009 and led by Motohide Tamura of NAOJ has yielded another impressive image that contributes to our understanding of the link between disks and planet formation.

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Photo: Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle Volcano As Seen From Space »» Photo: Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle Volcano As Seen From Space

[Tuesday, January 3, 2012] In late December 2011, activity at the volcano had calmed, but volcanic ash and steam continued to pour through the fissure that opened several months earlier.

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Image: Faults in Ius Chasmaes  on Mars »» Image: Faults in Ius Chasmaes on Mars

[Wednesday, January 4, 2012] Ius Chasma is one of many steep-sided interconnected depressions (chasmata) that comprise Valles Marineris, the largest canyon system in the Solar System.

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Images: Ice Varieties along the Antarctic Coast As Seen From Space »» Images: Ice Varieties along the Antarctic Coast As Seen From Space

[Wednesday, January 4, 2012] The end of December marks the end of spring and beginning of summer along the coast of East Antarctica. The Sun shines most (if not all) of the time, yet ice still dominates the land and sea. That ice, however, is far from uniform.

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Image: Titan and Saturn »» Image: Titan and Saturn

[Wednesday, January 4, 2012] The colorful globe of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, passes in front of the planet and its rings in this true color snapshot from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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The Smoky Pink Core of the Omega Nebula »» The Smoky Pink Core of the Omega Nebula

[Wednesday, January 4, 2012] A new image of the Omega Nebula, captured by ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), is one of the sharpest of this object ever taken from the ground.

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Magnetically-levitated Flies Offer Clues to Future of Life in Space »» Magnetically-levitated Flies Offer Clues to Future of Life in Space

[Wednesday, January 4, 2012] Using powerful magnets to levitate fruit flies can provide vital clues to how biological organisms are affected by weightless conditions in space, researchers at The University of Nottingham say.

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New Computer Model Explains Lakes and Storms on Titan »» New Computer Model Explains Lakes and Storms on Titan

[Wednesday, January 4, 2012] Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed a computer model of Titan's atmosphere and methane cycle that, for the first time, explains many of these phenomena in a relatively simple and coherent way.

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NASA Finds Russian Runoff Freshening Canadian Arctic »» NASA Finds Russian Runoff Freshening Canadian Arctic

[Wednesday, January 4, 2012] A new NASA and University of Washington study allays concerns that melting Arctic sea ice could be increasing the amount of freshwater in the Arctic enough to have an impact on the global "ocean conveyor belt" that redistributes heat around our planet.

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NASA Dawn Journal 30 December 2011 »» NASA Dawn Journal 30 December 2011

[Thursday, January 5, 2012] Dawn concludes 2011 more than 40,000 times nearer to Vesta than it began the year. Now at its lowest altitude of the mission, Dawn is conducting its most detailed exploration of this alien world and continuing to make thrilling new discoveries.

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Photo: Integration and Testing of Cygnus Service Modules »» Photo: Integration and Testing of Cygnus Service Modules

[Thursday, January 5, 2012] The two service modules shown below are being integrated and assembled in a class 100,000 clean room prior to the beginning of environmental testing, the last major phase of the spacecraft development and testing prior to shipment.

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The 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition Kicks Off Saturday »» The 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition Kicks Off Saturday

[Thursday, January 5, 2012] The FIRST Robotics Competition kickoff marks the beginning of the season for high school students to design and build a robot to compete in a tournament against a field of competitors.

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Image: Fresh Crater North of Tharsis Region on Mars »» Image: Fresh Crater North of Tharsis Region on Mars

[Thursday, January 5, 2012] This impact crater is approximately one kilometer in diameter. The ejecta blanket (remnants of the material from the original impact) is still visible indicating that the crater may be very fresh.

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Image from Space: Tremors, Eruption at El Hierro Subsiding? »» Image from Space: Tremors, Eruption at El Hierro Subsiding?

[Thursday, January 5, 2012] The Advanced Land Imager on the EO-1 satellite captured this natural-color image of the island and its offshore eruption on December 16, 2011. The eruption is located about one kilometer south-southwest of the town of La Restinga.

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Infrared Image: Los Angeles Metropolitan Area As Seen From the International Space Station »» Infrared Image: Los Angeles Metropolitan Area As Seen From the International Space Station

[Thursday, January 5, 2012] This night time infrared image of the Los Angeles metropolitan area was photographed by an Expedition 30 crew member aboard the International Space Station on Dec. 25 (though it was late Dec. 24 in California).

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A Happy New Year for European Radio Astronomy »» A Happy New Year for European Radio Astronomy

[Thursday, January 5, 2012] The new program will stimulate new activities in research and development of both the existing radio infrastructures as well as telescopes of the future due to be completed within the next decade.

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Fifty-Seven Student Rocket Teams to Take NASA Launch Challenge »» Fifty-Seven Student Rocket Teams to Take NASA Launch Challenge

[Thursday, January 5, 2012] More than 500 students from middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities in 29 states will show their rocketeering prowess in the 2011-12 NASA Student Launch Projects flight challenge.

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Gemini Observatory's Revolutionary Instrument Propels Astronomical Imaging to New Extremes »» Gemini Observatory's Revolutionary Instrument Propels Astronomical Imaging to New Extremes

[Thursday, January 5, 2012] On December 16, 2011, a decade of hard work culminated at the Gemini South telescope in Chile, when a next-generation adaptive optics (AO) system produced its first ultra-sharp wide field image.

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NASA Solicitation: Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 »» NASA Solicitation: Orion Exploration Flight Test 1

[Friday, January 6, 2012] NASA/JSC has directed the implementation of Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 activities under its contract with Lockheed Martin Corporation.

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Fly Me To The Moon: 1968 and 2012 »» Fly Me To The Moon: 1968 and 2012

[Friday, January 6, 2012] Top: The International Space Station flies over the face of the Moon as seen from Houston, Texas on 4 January 2012. Bottom: An Ares-1B spacecraft heads toward the Moon in the film "2001: A Space Odyssey" in 1968.

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First Look at Kepler SETI Candidate Signals »» First Look at Kepler SETI Candidate Signals

[Friday, January 6, 2012] The signals below are undoubtedly examples of terrestrial radio frequency interference (RFI). .. These signals look similar to what we think might be produced from an extraterrestrial technology.

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NASA Debuts Its New Video Program on NASA TV and the Web »» NASA Debuts Its New Video Program on NASA TV and the Web

[Friday, January 6, 2012] NASA launched a new high definition (HD) video program called "Destination Innovation" on Friday, Jan. 6 2012, that will air on NASA Television today at 1 p.m. PST.

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Photo: Volcano Laguna del Maule As Seen From Space »» Photo: Volcano Laguna del Maule As Seen From Space

[Friday, January 6, 2012] In the Andean mountain range, stretching across the border between Chile and Argentina, lies a volcanic caldera named Laguna del Maule, roughly 15 by 25 kilometers (9 by 15 miles) across.

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Photo: The Cocos (Keeling) Islands As Seen From Space »» Photo: The Cocos (Keeling) Islands As Seen From Space

[Friday, January 6, 2012] In the Andean mountain range, stretching across the border between Chile and Argentina, lies a volcanic caldera named Laguna del Maule, roughly 15 by 25 kilometers (9 by 15 miles) across.

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Earth's Massive Extinction: The Story Gets Worse »» Earth's Massive Extinction: The Story Gets Worse

[Friday, January 6, 2012] Scientists have uncovered a lot about the Earth's greatest extinction event that took place 250 million years ago. Now, they have discovered a new culprit likely involved in the annihilation: an influx of mercury into the eco-system.

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Mars Rover to Spend Winter at 'Greeley Haven' named for late ASU geologist Ronald Greeley »» Mars Rover to Spend Winter at 'Greeley Haven' named for late ASU geologist Ronald Greeley

[Friday, January 6, 2012] NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity will spend the next few months during the coldest part of Martian winter at Greeley Haven, an outcrop of rock on Mars recently named informally to honor ASU Regents' Professor Ronald Greeley.

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Video: Astrobiologist Base Camp at Lake Untersee, Antarctica, December 2011 »» Video: Astrobiologist Base Camp at Lake Untersee, Antarctica, December 2011

[Friday, January 6, 2012] While camped in the mountains of Antarctica at Lake Untersee, we did have a few storms move through bringing high winds and blowing snow. Our winds topped out at 50 m/s (110 mph) at the lake. This short video shows a small example.

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Buzz Aldrin Visits Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project »» Buzz Aldrin Visits Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project

[Saturday, January 7, 2012] On 6 January 2012, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin visited the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) located at Building 596 aka "McMoons" at the NASA Ames Research Park at Moffett Field, CA.

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Solar Arrays Installed on SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft »» Solar Arrays Installed on SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft

[Saturday, January 7, 2012] The solar arrays, shielded by protective covers during launch, deploy just minutes after Dragon separates from the Falcon 9 second stage, as it heads towards its rendezvous with the Space Station.

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Book Review: Fifty Years on the Space Frontier: Halo Orbits, Comets, Asteroids, and More »» Book Review: Fifty Years on the Space Frontier: Halo Orbits, Comets, Asteroids, and More

[Sunday, January 8, 2012] Most people have never heard of Robert Farquhar outside of NASA - and that is a shame. The cover of this book says it all. Look at this exquisite orbit Farquhar created to take an old spacecraft so as to repurpose it and throw it at not one but two comet

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Space Station Photo: Comet Lovejoy Streaks Through the Star-filled Night Sky Over Chile »» Space Station Photo: Comet Lovejoy Streaks Through the Star-filled Night Sky Over Chile

[Monday, January 9, 2012] This busy night time panorama was photographed by one of the Expedition 30 crew members from the International Space Station on Dec. 26, 2011. Comet Lovejoy streaks through the star-filled sky just to the right of center.

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Brilliant Enceladus »» Brilliant Enceladus

[Monday, January 9, 2012] The Cassini spacecraft looks at a brightly illuminated Enceladus and examines the surface of the leading hemisphere of this Saturnian moon.

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Researchers sought by ESA's Advanced Concept team »» Researchers sought by ESA's Advanced Concept team

[Monday, January 9, 2012] The opportunity has arisen to join ESA's team designing the future in space. The Agency's Advanced Concepts Team is currently looking for new researchers.

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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope: A Year of Achievement and Success »» NASA's James Webb Space Telescope: A Year of Achievement and Success

[Monday, January 9, 2012] The James Webb Space Telescope marked a year of significant progress in 2011 as it continues to come together as NASA's next generation space telescope.

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Mars Science Laboratory Mission Status Report »» Mars Science Laboratory Mission Status Report

[Monday, January 9, 2012] An engine firing on Jan. 11 will be the biggest maneuver that NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft will perform on its flight between Earth and Mars.

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NASA Solicitation: Edison Small Satellite Flight Demonstration Missions »» NASA Solicitation: Edison Small Satellite Flight Demonstration Missions

[Monday, January 9, 2012] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center (ARC) is releasing a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Edison Small Satellite Flight Demonstration Missions in support of the Office of Chief Technologist (OCT).

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NASA Administrator Meets With Apollo Astronauts - Agency Will Work Cooperatively to Resolve Artifact Ownership Issues »» NASA Administrator Meets With Apollo Astronauts - Agency Will Work Cooperatively to Resolve Artifact Ownership Issues

[Monday, January 9, 2012] These are American heroes, fellow astronauts, and personal friends who have acted in good faith, and we have committed to work together to find the right policy and legal paths forward to address outstanding ownership questions.

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LtCol Paul Damphousse USMC (Ret) Named Executive Director As NSS Enters Its 25th Year »» LtCol Paul Damphousse USMC (Ret) Named Executive Director As NSS Enters Its 25th Year

[Monday, January 9, 2012] The appointment of LtCol Damphousse coincides with the 25th anniversary of the 1987 merger of the National Space Institute (NSI) and the L5 Society to form the National Space Society.

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NASA Issues Call for Visionary Advanced Technology Concepts »» NASA Issues Call for Visionary Advanced Technology Concepts

[Tuesday, January 10, 2012] The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, or NIAC, program is seeking proposals for revolutionary concepts with the potential to transform future aerospace missions.

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Space Florida Hires Jim Kuzma, Realigns Organization »» Space Florida Hires Jim Kuzma, Realigns Organization

[Tuesday, January 10, 2012] Kuzma's hiring is one of several organizational changes to help create capacity for improved client responsiveness, better face a dynamic marketplace and take advantage of increased business development opportunities in the aerospace industry.

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South Pole hits record high temperature on Christmas Day »» South Pole hits record high temperature on Christmas Day

[Tuesday, January 10, 2012] A rare white Christmas at the South Pole brought with it a record-breaking heat wave -- at least for a day.

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Earth observation empowers African scientists to improve water management »» Earth observation empowers African scientists to improve water management

[Tuesday, January 10, 2012] With many African countries suffering from a lack of water, ESA's TIGER initiative has built capacity to map this precious resource.

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Scientists Searching for Earth-type Planets Should COnsider Two-Star System »» Scientists Searching for Earth-type Planets Should COnsider Two-Star System

[Tuesday, January 10, 2012] A group of astrophysicists from The University of Texas at Arlington plans to expand the discussion about a newly discovered planet orbiting two stars by presenting a study suggesting where an Earth-type planet could exist in the system.

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NASA Solicitation: Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (Space Launch System) »» NASA Solicitation: Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (Space Launch System)

[Tuesday, January 10, 2012] NASA/MSFC is hereby seeking potential sources to provide an Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) for the early Space Launch System (SLS) missions. Recently, NASA announced the architecture of the SLS with a manifested first flight in late 2017.

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Researchers identify molecular 'culprit' in rise of planetary oxygen »» Researchers identify molecular 'culprit' in rise of planetary oxygen

[Tuesday, January 10, 2012] A turning point in the history of life occurred 2 - 3 billion years ago with the appearance and dramatic rise of molecular oxygen. Researchers have identified an enzyme that was the first - or among the first - to generate molecular oxygen on Earth.

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NASA's Chandra Finds Largest Galaxy Cluster in Early Universe »» NASA's Chandra Finds Largest Galaxy Cluster in Early Universe

[Tuesday, January 10, 2012] An exceptional galaxy cluster, the largest seen in the distant universe, has been found using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Science Foundation-funded Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) in Chile.

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Hubble Pinpoints Largest Protocluster of Galaxies Ever Seen »» Hubble Pinpoints Largest Protocluster of Galaxies Ever Seen

[Tuesday, January 10, 2012] An exceptional galaxy cluster, the largest seen in the distant universe, has been found using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Science Foundation-funded Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) in Chile.

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NASA's Online Radio Station Rocks Smartphones »» NASA's Online Radio Station Rocks Smartphones

[Tuesday, January 10, 2012] NASA's Third Rock Radio just got mobile. Updates to the NASA App for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android now include a feature to listen to the agency's new online alternative rock radio station.

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Restored Photos: Project Gemini Comes to Life »» Restored Photos: Project Gemini Comes to Life

[Wednesday, January 11, 2012] The NASA Johnson Space Center and the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University today proudly unveil the Project Gemini Online Digital Archive.

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Space Florida Announces Sub-Orbital Flight Incentive Program »» Space Florida Announces Sub-Orbital Flight Incentive Program

[Wednesday, January 11, 2012] Space Florida, the State's aerospace economic development organization, has announced details of a sub-orbital flight program intended to stimulate market interest in microgravity research via sub-orbital and parabolic flights from Florida.

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Hubble Zooms in on Double Nucleus in Andromeda Galaxy »» Hubble Zooms in on Double Nucleus in Andromeda Galaxy

[Wednesday, January 11, 2012] A new Hubble Space Telescope image centers on the 100-million-solar-mass black hole at the hub of the neighboring spiral galaxy M31, or the Andromeda galaxy.

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Rare, Ultra-Blue Stars Found In Neighboring Galaxy's Hub »» Rare, Ultra-Blue Stars Found In Neighboring Galaxy's Hub

[Wednesday, January 11, 2012] Peering deep inside the hub of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a large, rare population of hot, bright stars.

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ALMA Early Science Result Reveals Starving Galaxies »» ALMA Early Science Result Reveals Starving Galaxies

[Wednesday, January 11, 2012] Astronomers using the partially completed ALMA observatory have found compelling evidence for how star-forming galaxies evolve into 'red and dead' elliptical galaxies, catching a large group of galaxies right in the middle of this change.

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Photo: San Diego As Seen From The International Space Station »» Photo: San Diego As Seen From The International Space Station

[Wednesday, January 11, 2012] This nearly vertical image of the San Diego area was captured by one of the Expedition 30 crew members aboard the International Space Station on Dec. 29, 2011.

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The International Space Station Video Update for January 11, 2012 »» The International Space Station Video Update for January 11, 2012

[Wednesday, January 11, 2012] The daily video update from the International Space Station.

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Kepler Discovery Establishes New Class of Planetary Systems »» Kepler Discovery Establishes New Class of Planetary Systems

[Wednesday, January 11, 2012] Using data from NASA's Kepler Mission, astronomers announced the discovery of two new transiting "circumbinary" planet systems -- planets that orbit two stars.

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A Wealth of Habitable Planets in the Milky Way »» A Wealth of Habitable Planets in the Milky Way

[Wednesday, January 11, 2012] Astronomers, including members from the Niels Bohr Institute, have discovered that most of the Milky Way's 100 billion stars have planets that are very similar to the Earth-like planets in our own solar system

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The Sloan Guide to the Universe »» The Sloan Guide to the Universe

[Wednesday, January 11, 2012] When you really want to see a place, sometimes a map just isn't enough. Since 2000, scientists with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey have been meticulously scanning the sky to create a map of our universe.

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The Milky Way Contains At Least 100 Billion Planets According to Survey »» The Milky Way Contains At Least 100 Billion Planets According to Survey

[Wednesday, January 11, 2012] Our Milky Way galaxy contains a minimum of 100 billion planets according to a detailed statistical study based on the detection of three extrasolar planets by an observational technique called microlensing.

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Discovery of the Smallest Exoplanets: The Barnard's Star Connection »» Discovery of the Smallest Exoplanets: The Barnard's Star Connection

[Wednesday, January 11, 2012] The discovery of the three smallest planets yet orbiting a distant star, which was announced today at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society, has an unusual connection to Barnard's star, one of the Sun's nearest neighbors.

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Scientists Discover a Saturn-like Ring System Eclipsing a Sun-like Star »» Scientists Discover a Saturn-like Ring System Eclipsing a Sun-like Star

[Wednesday, January 11, 2012] A team of astrophysicists from the University of Rochester and Europe has discovered a ring system in the constellation Centaurus that invites comparisons to Saturn.

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Astronomers Find Three Smallest Planets Outside Solar System »» Astronomers Find Three Smallest Planets Outside Solar System

[Thursday, January 12, 2012] A team of astronomers led by scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has discovered the three smallest confirmed planets ever detected outside our solar system.

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Photo: Emi Koussi Volcano and Aorounga Impact Crater, Chad As Seen From Space »» Photo: Emi Koussi Volcano and Aorounga Impact Crater, Chad As Seen From Space

[Thursday, January 12, 2012] Emi Koussi Volcano and Aorounga Impact Crater, Chad are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 30 crew member on the International Space Station.

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NASA Moves Shuttle Engines From Kennedy To Stennis »» NASA Moves Shuttle Engines From Kennedy To Stennis

[Thursday, January 12, 2012] The relocation of the RS-25D space shuttle main engine inventory from Kennedy Space Center's Engine Shop is underway. The RS-25D flight engines, repurposed for NASA's Space Launch System, are being moved to NASA's Stennis Space Center.

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Planets around stars are the rule rather than the exception »» Planets around stars are the rule rather than the exception

[Friday, January 13, 2012] There are more exoplanets further away from their parent stars than originally thought, according to new astrophysics research.

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ESA Coordinates International Satellite Reentry Campaign for Phobos-Grunt »» ESA Coordinates International Satellite Reentry Campaign for Phobos-Grunt

[Friday, January 13, 2012] An international campaign to assess the imminent atmospheric reentry of Russia's Phobos-Grunt Mars craft is being coordinated by experts in ESA's Space Debris Office.

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NASA: New Names for Twin Lunar Probes To Be Announced Jan. 17 »» NASA: New Names for Twin Lunar Probes To Be Announced Jan. 17

[Friday, January 13, 2012] NASA will host a news conference at 1 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Jan. 17, to announce the names selected from a nationwide student contest for twin spacecraft that will study the Moon in unprecedented detail.

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New App Grabs Latest Mars Rover Opportunity Images For You »» New App Grabs Latest Mars Rover Opportunity Images For You

[Friday, January 13, 2012] Mars Images lets you browse the latest images from the Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover. Scroll through the thumbnails of the latest downlink from Mars and view any image in fullscreen mode.

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NASA TV's Public, Media Channels Transitioning to HD »» NASA TV's Public, Media Channels Transitioning to HD

[Friday, January 13, 2012] Beginning Feb. 17, 2012, NASA Television's Public and Media channels will transmit their respective content in high definition.

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Image: Phytoplankton Bloom in the South Atlantic Ocean As Seen From Space »» Image: Phytoplankton Bloom in the South Atlantic Ocean As Seen From Space

[Friday, January 13, 2012] In this Envisat image, a phytoplankton bloom swirls a figure-of-8 in the South Atlantic Ocean about 600 km east of the Falkland Islands.

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Image: Titan, Tethys, and Saturn »» Image: Titan, Tethys, and Saturn

[Friday, January 13, 2012] The line of Saturn's rings disrupts the Cassini spacecraft's view of the moons Tethys and Titan. Larger Titan (3,200 miles, or 5,150 kilometers across) is on the left.

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NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Studying Rock Target 'Amboy' (With Photos) »» NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Studying Rock Target 'Amboy' (With Photos)

[Friday, January 13, 2012] Opportunity is positioned for winter on the north end of "Cape York" on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover is tilted about 15 degrees to the north for favorable solar energy production.

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NASA Study Shows Health, Food Security Benefits From Climate Change Actions »» NASA Study Shows Health, Food Security Benefits From Climate Change Actions

[Friday, January 13, 2012] A new study led by a NASA scientist highlights 14 key air pollution control measures that, if implemented, could slow the pace of global warming, improve health and boost agricultural production.

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When Galaxy Clusters Collide »» When Galaxy Clusters Collide

[Friday, January 13, 2012] The collision of two clusters of galaxies 5 billion light-years away could help astronomers better understand "dark matter," the invisible stuff that makes up about a quarter of our universe.

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New Star Cluster W3A Images Captured by SOFIA Observatory »» New Star Cluster W3A Images Captured by SOFIA Observatory

[Friday, January 13, 2012] NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) researchers have captured new images of a recently born cluster of massive stars named W3A. The cluster is seen lurking in the depths of the large gas and dust cloud from which it formed.

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Herschel and Spitzer See Nearby Galaxies' Stardust »» Herschel and Spitzer See Nearby Galaxies' Stardust

[Friday, January 13, 2012] The cold dust that builds blazing stars is revealed in new images that combine observations from the Herschel Space Observatory, a European Space Agency-led mission with important NASA contributions; and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Before They Were Stars: New Image Shows Space Nursery »» Before They Were Stars: New Image Shows Space Nursery

[Friday, January 13, 2012] The stars we see today weren't always as serene as they appear, floating alone in the dark of night. Most stars, likely including our own sun, grew up in cosmic turmoil, as illustrated in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LAMP Reveals Lunar Surface Features »» NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LAMP Reveals Lunar Surface Features

[Friday, January 13, 2012] New maps produced by the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal features at the Moon's northern and southern poles in regions that lie in perpetual darkness.

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Lunar Images Alter Understanding of Impact History »» Lunar Images Alter Understanding of Impact History

[Friday, January 13, 2012] New images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter could change our view of the history of impacts on the Moon.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 14 January 2012 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 14 January 2012

[Saturday, January 14, 2012] All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Saturday - Crew half duty day.

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Phobos-Grunt Has Returned To Earth »» Phobos-Grunt Has Returned To Earth

[Sunday, January 15, 2012] According to RIA Novosti: "Phobos-Grunt fragments have crashed down in the Pacific Ocean. The spacecraft fell at about 21:45 on Sunday Moscow time [17:45 GMT]."

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United Launch Alliance Names Mike Leinbach Director of Human Spaceflight Operations »» United Launch Alliance Names Mike Leinbach Director of Human Spaceflight Operations

[Monday, January 16, 2012] United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced today that Mike Leinbach has joined the company as the Director of Human Spaceflight Operations.

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Did an Earlier Genetic Molecule Predate DNA and RNA? »» Did an Earlier Genetic Molecule Predate DNA and RNA?

[Monday, January 16, 2012] One interesting contender for the role of early genetic carrier is a molecule known as TNA, whose arrival on the primordial scene may have predated its more familiar kin.

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Habitability of Earth-type Planets and Moons in the Kepler-16 System »» Habitability of Earth-type Planets and Moons in the Kepler-16 System

[Monday, January 16, 2012] We demonstrate that habitable Earth-type planets and moons can exist in the Kepler-16 system by investigating their orbital stability in the standard and extended habitable zone (HZ).

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Cassini Testing Part of Its Radio System »» Cassini Testing Part of Its Radio System

[Monday, January 16, 2012] Engineers with NASA's Cassini mission are conducting diagnostic testing on a part of the spacecraft's radio system after its signal was not detected on Earth during a tracking pass in late December.

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Update on Next SpaceX Launch »» Update on Next SpaceX Launch

[Monday, January 16, 2012] In preparation for the upcoming launch, SpaceX continues to conduct extensive testing and analysis. We believe that there are a few areas that will benefit from additional work and will optimize the safety and success of this mission.

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Planck's HFI completes its survey of early Universe »» Planck's HFI completes its survey of early Universe

[Monday, January 16, 2012] The High Frequency Instrument on ESA's Planck mission has completed its survey of the remnant light from the Big Bang. The sensor ran out of coolant on Saturday as expected, ending its ability to detect this faint energy.

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Image: Large Magellanic Cloud Galaxy In Infrared Light »» Image: Large Magellanic Cloud Galaxy In Infrared Light

[Monday, January 16, 2012] This new image shows the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light as seen by the Herschel Space Observatory, a European Space Agency-led mission with important NASA contributions, and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Biologists Replicate Key Evolutionary Step in Life on Earth »» Biologists Replicate Key Evolutionary Step in Life on Earth

[Tuesday, January 17, 2012] More than 500 million years ago, single-celled organisms on Earth's surface began forming multi-cellular clusters that ultimately became plants and animals. Just how that happened is a question that has eluded evolutionary biologists.

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Music and Space Travel (with video) »» Music and Space Travel (with video)

[Tuesday, January 17, 2012] Music has accompanied humans into space since the earliest years of spaceflight. Music and space, it seems, have a deep association, with some pieces becoming permanently connected with space in popular culture.

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Video: The Immersive Cocoon - an Homage to »» Video: The Immersive Cocoon - an Homage to "2001"

[Tuesday, January 17, 2012] While the concept may be based on Minority Report, the HD video that promotes the Cocoon is an amazing reconstruction of the last scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey, with Keir Dullea reprising the role he played over forty years ago.

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A New View of an Icon: The Eagle Nebula »» A New View of an Icon: The Eagle Nebula

[Tuesday, January 17, 2012] The ESA Herschel Space Observatory's new image shows the pillars and the wide field of gas and dust around them. Captured in far-infrared wavelengths, the image allows astronomers to see inside the pillars and structures in the region.

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Why Does NASA Ignore NASA Tech Briefs? »» Why Does NASA Ignore NASA Tech Briefs?

[Tuesday, January 17, 2012] This seems to be a wasted opportunity: an overtly NASA-branded magazine about new technology and spinoffs that is ignored by NASA.

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Online Chat About NSF-Funded Antarctic Discoveries to Mark the 100th Anniversary of South Pole »» Online Chat About NSF-Funded Antarctic Discoveries to Mark the 100th Anniversary of South Pole "Race"

[Tuesday, January 17, 2012] You are invited to participate in a live online chat on January 19 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST with two eminent scientists about cutting-edge research currently being conducted by the U.S. Antarctic Program in Antarctica.

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Engineering Team Completes Ambitious Antarctic Expedition in the 'Deep-Field' »» Engineering Team Completes Ambitious Antarctic Expedition in the 'Deep-Field'

[Tuesday, January 17, 2012] Enduring temperatures of minus 35 degree C the Subglacial Lake Ellsworth 'Advance Party' has successfully paved the way to explore an ancient lake buried beneath 3 km of Antarctic ice.

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Montana Students Pick Winning Names for GRAIL Moon Craft »» Montana Students Pick Winning Names for GRAIL Moon Craft

[Tuesday, January 17, 2012] Twin NASA spacecraft that achieved orbit around the moon New Year's Eve and New Year's Day have new names, thanks to elementary students in Bozeman, Mont.

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Statement by Secretary Clinton: International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities »» Statement by Secretary Clinton: International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities

[Tuesday, January 17, 2012] Ensuring the stability, safety, and security of our space systems is of vital interest to the United States and the global community.

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Media Invited to Simulation of Asteroid Mission »» Media Invited to Simulation of Asteroid Mission

[Tuesday, January 17, 2012] An astronaut and geologist will camp out in a prototype Space Exploration Vehicle this week to simulate an asteroid mission at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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New Report Outlines Trends in U.S. Global Competitiveness in Science and Technology »» New Report Outlines Trends in U.S. Global Competitiveness in Science and Technology

[Wednesday, January 18, 2012] The United States remains the global leader in supporting science and technology (S&T) research and development, but only by a slim margin that could soon be overtaken by rapidly increasing Asian investments in knowledge-intensive economies.

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Scientists Prepare to Take First-Ever Picture of a Black Hole »» Scientists Prepare to Take First-Ever Picture of a Black Hole

[Wednesday, January 18, 2012] Astronomers, physicists and scientists from related fields across the world will convene in Tucson, Ariz. Jan. 18-20 to discuss an endeavor that only a few years ago would have been regarded as nothing less than outrageous.

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Clearest Picture Yet of Dark Matter »» Clearest Picture Yet of Dark Matter

[Wednesday, January 18, 2012] Two teams of physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermilab and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have independently made the largest direct measurements of the invisible scaffolding of the universe, building maps of dark matter

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Photo: Looking Westward After Sunset From The International Space Station »» Photo: Looking Westward After Sunset From The International Space Station

[Wednesday, January 18, 2012] This is a panoramic view of Earth's atmospheric limb photographed by an Expedition 30 crew member aboard the International Space Station when it was over a point centered approximately at 41.5 degrees north latitude and 179.9 degrees west longitude.

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Fact Sheet: An International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities »» Fact Sheet: An International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities

[Wednesday, January 18, 2012] Space is vital to protecting U.S. economic prosperity and the national security interests of the United States, its allies, and partners. The benefits derived from space-based systems permeate almost every aspect of our daily life.

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Image: UGC 1810 and UGC 1813: A 'Rose' Made of Galaxies »» Image: UGC 1810 and UGC 1813: A 'Rose' Made of Galaxies

[Wednesday, January 18, 2012] A swath of blue jewels across the top is the combined light from clusters of intensely bright and hot young blue stars. These massive stars glow fiercely in ultraviolet light.

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NASA Clears The Runway For Open Source Software »» NASA Clears The Runway For Open Source Software

[Wednesday, January 18, 2012] The NASA Open Government Initiative has launched a new website to expand the agency's open source software development.

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NASA Joins MIT and DARPA for Out-of-This-World Student Robotic Challenge »» NASA Joins MIT and DARPA for Out-of-This-World Student Robotic Challenge

[Thursday, January 19, 2012] NASA will join DARPA, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and high school student teams from the U.S. and abroad for the third annual Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge on Monday, Jan. 23.

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Independent Assessment of NASA's Strategic Direction and Management »» Independent Assessment of NASA's Strategic Direction and Management

[Thursday, January 19, 2012] Congress has requested that an agency-wide assessment be commissioned to "evaluate whether NASA's overall strategic direction remains viable and whether agency management is optimized to support that direction."

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European space strategy: call for adequate funding »» European space strategy: call for adequate funding

[Thursday, January 19, 2012] The EU's Galileo satellite navigation programme should get proper long-term funding and its GMES earth observation programme should be officially included in the EU's long-term budget, according to a report by Italian EPP member Aldo Patriciello.

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Vega rocket ready for first flight »» Vega rocket ready for first flight

[Thursday, January 19, 2012] Final checkout of Europe's new Vega launcher was completed last Friday, marking another milestone towards its maiden flight from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

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European finalists selected in Space Lab student competition »» European finalists selected in Space Lab student competition

[Thursday, January 19, 2012] Sixty space experiment proposals have been selected as finalists in the YouTube Space Lab student science competition, co-sponsored by ESA. Judges must now select the two top entries to be flown on the International Space Station.

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Mechanism of Evolution of the Primordial Metabolism Discovered »» Mechanism of Evolution of the Primordial Metabolism Discovered

[Thursday, January 19, 2012] Volcanic-hydrothermal flow channels offer a chemically unique environment, which at first glance appears hostile to life. It is defined by cracks in the crust of the earth, through which water flows, laden with volcanic gases are contacting a diversity of

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Image: The Helix Nebula in New Colors »» Image: The Helix Nebula in New Colors

[Thursday, January 19, 2012] This picture, taken in infrared light, reveals strands of cold nebular gas that are invisible in images taken in visible light, as well as bringing to light a rich background of stars and galaxies.

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Gas Ring Around Young Star Raises Questions »» Gas Ring Around Young Star Raises Questions

[Thursday, January 19, 2012] Astronomers have detected a mysterious ring of carbon monoxide gas around the young star V1052 Cen, which is about 700 light-years away in the southern constellation Centaurus.

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Most Distant Dwarf Galaxy Detected »» Most Distant Dwarf Galaxy Detected

[Thursday, January 19, 2012] Scientists have long struggled to detect the dim dwarf galaxies that orbit our own galaxy. It came as a surprise when a team of astronomers using Keck II telescope's adaptive optics announced the discovery of a dwarf galaxy halfway across the universe.

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Direct Imaging of Extra-solar Planets - Homogeneous Comparison of Detected Planets and Candidates »» Direct Imaging of Extra-solar Planets - Homogeneous Comparison of Detected Planets and Candidates

[Thursday, January 19, 2012] Searching the literature, we found 25 stars with directly imaged planets and candidates. We gathered photometric and spectral information for all these objects to derive their luminosities in a homogeneous way.

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Dawn Offers First Look at Giant Asteroid's Chemistry »» Dawn Offers First Look at Giant Asteroid's Chemistry

[Thursday, January 19, 2012] The NASA Dawn spacecraft's close-up study of the giant asteroid Vesta is offering researchers their first look at the elemental composition of this ancient protoplanet.

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NASA Finds 2011 Ninth Warmest Year on Record »» NASA Finds 2011 Ninth Warmest Year on Record

[Thursday, January 19, 2012] The global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880, according to NASA scientists. The finding continues a trend in which nine of the 10 warmest years in the modern meteorological record have occurred since the year 2000.

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Catching a Comet's Death on Camera »» Catching a Comet's Death on Camera

[Thursday, January 19, 2012] On July 6, 2011, a comet was caught doing something never seen before: dying a scorching death as it flew too close to the Sun.

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2011 NAI Director's Discretionary Fund Selections »» 2011 NAI Director's Discretionary Fund Selections

[Thursday, January 19, 2012] The NASA Astrobiology Institute is pleased to announce selections for research awards resulting from its 2011 Director's Discretionary Fund competition.

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Earth's Early Atmosphere: An Update »» Earth's Early Atmosphere: An Update

[Thursday, January 19, 2012] Scientists from NAI's New York Center for Astrobiology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have used the oldest minerals on Earth to reconstruct the atmospheric conditions present on Earth very soon after its birth.

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T-rays technology could help develop Star Trek-style hand-held medical scanners »» T-rays technology could help develop Star Trek-style hand-held medical scanners

[Sunday, January 22, 2012] Researchers say their new stronger and more efficient continuous wave T-rays could be used to make better medical scanning gadgets and may one day lead to innovations similar to the 'tricorder' scanner used in Star Trek.

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2012 NASA planetary Science Summer School »» 2012 NASA planetary Science Summer School

[Sunday, January 22, 2012] NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 24th Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will hold two separate sessions this summer.

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Image: Saturn's Moons Dione, Epimetheus and Prometheus »» Image: Saturn's Moons Dione, Epimetheus and Prometheus

[Monday, January 23, 2012] Flying past Saturn's moon Dione, Cassini captured this view which includes two smaller moons, Epimetheus and Prometheus, near the planet's rings.

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The two faces of Titan's dunes »» The two faces of Titan's dunes

[Monday, January 23, 2012] A new analysis of radar data from the international Cassini spacecraft has revealed regional variations amongst Titan's sand dunes. The result yields new clues to the giant moon's climatic and geological history.

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Geomagnetic Storm Expected Tuesday, Jan 23 »» Geomagnetic Storm Expected Tuesday, Jan 23

[Monday, January 23, 2012] As the strongest Solar Radiation Storm (S3) since May, 2005 continues, the associated Earthward-directed Coronal Mass Ejection is expected to arrive about 1400 UT (9am EST) Jan 24.

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Virginia Students to Speak Live With Space Station Astronauts »» Virginia Students to Speak Live With Space Station Astronauts

[Monday, January 23, 2012] Students gathered at The University of Virginia College at Wise will speak with Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station at 9:20 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 26.

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Coalition for Space Exploration Introduces New Leadership for 2012 »» Coalition for Space Exploration Introduces New Leadership for 2012

[Monday, January 23, 2012] The Coalition for Space Exploration (Coalition) today announced veteran aerospace communicators Lon Rains of Northrop Grumman and Mary Engola of Ball Aerospace will lead the Coalition in 2012.

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Astronaut Application Deadline Approaching »» Astronaut Application Deadline Approaching

[Tuesday, January 24, 2012] Individuals interested in becoming America's future space explorers have until Friday to submit their applications. The deadline to apply for NASA's next astronaut class is Jan. 27.

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SpaceX Panorama: Inside Dragon Looking Out »» SpaceX Panorama: Inside Dragon Looking Out

[Tuesday, January 24, 2012] Today marks the start of the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese calendar, and this year, SpaceX's Dragon will become the first privately developed spacecraft to visit the International Space Station.

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Webinar: From exploring space to climbing Mt. Everest - Conversation with Scott Parazynski, M.D »» Webinar: From exploring space to climbing Mt. Everest - Conversation with Scott Parazynski, M.D

[Tuesday, January 24, 2012] Science and STEM studies can make all the difference in a person's life. Just ask Scott Parazynski, M.D. - a former NASA astronaut, doctor and adventurer.

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Massive Solar Storm Heads for Earth »» Massive Solar Storm Heads for Earth

[Tuesday, January 24, 2012] A large solar flare yesterday triggered a coronal mass ejection travelling at 1400 km/s that will reach Earth today. An energetic eruption of this level can disrupt satellites, so operation teams at ESA and other organisations are closely monitoring the s

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Ball Aerospace-Built OMPS Instrument Onboard NPP Satellite Returns First Data »» Ball Aerospace-Built OMPS Instrument Onboard NPP Satellite Returns First Data

[Wednesday, January 25, 2012] Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.'s Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) onboard the NPP satellite began collecting Earthview image science and solar calibration data on January 24, 2012.

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Scientists discover new clue to the chemical origins of life »» Scientists discover new clue to the chemical origins of life

[Wednesday, January 25, 2012] Organic chemists at the University of York have made a significant advance towards establishing the origin of the carbohydrates (sugars) that form the building blocks of life.

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First laser measurements of Europe's Galileo satellites made from Chile »» First laser measurements of Europe's Galileo satellites made from Chile

[Wednesday, January 25, 2012] The first laser ranging of Europe's new Galileo navigation satellites has been achieved from Concepcion in Chile. Laser contact with the satellites at an altitude of 23 230 km has provided distance measurements with subcentimetre accuracy.

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NASA Renames Earth-Observing Mission in Honor of Satellite Pioneer »» NASA Renames Earth-Observing Mission in Honor of Satellite Pioneer

[Wednesday, January 25, 2012] NASA has renamed its newest Earth-observing satellite in honor of the late Verner E. Suomi, a meteorologist at the University of Wisconsin who is recognized widely as "the father of satellite meteorology."

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The Wild Early Lives of Today's Most Massive Galaxies »» The Wild Early Lives of Today's Most Massive Galaxies

[Wednesday, January 25, 2012] Using the APEX telescope, a team of astronomers has found the strongest link so far between the most powerful bursts of star formation in the early Universe, and the most massive galaxies found today.

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Spheres Final Robot competition in Zero-gravity »» Spheres Final Robot competition in Zero-gravity

[Wednesday, January 25, 2012] School teams from Europe and America have been commanding robots competing in the Spheres ZeroRobotics tournament in space. The arena: 400 km above Earth on the International Space Station.

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Greenhouse in space results and conclusions »» Greenhouse in space results and conclusions

[Wednesday, January 25, 2012] During the MagISStra mission, ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli attempted to grow plants in space using a miniature greenhouse. Simultaneously, schoolchildren and the crew of Mars500 ran the same educational experiment to compare plant growth.

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Opportunity's Eighth Anniversary View From 'Greeley Haven' (False Color) »» Opportunity's Eighth Anniversary View From 'Greeley Haven' (False Color)

[Wednesday, January 25, 2012] This mosaic of images taken in mid-January 2012 shows the windswept vista northward from the location where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is spending its fifth Martian winter, an outcrop informally named "Greeley Haven."

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Vesta Likely Cold & Dark Enough for Ice »» Vesta Likely Cold & Dark Enough for Ice

[Wednesday, January 25, 2012] Though generally thought to be quite dry, roughly half of the giant asteroid Vesta is expected to be so cold and to receive so little sunlight that water ice could have survived there for billions of years.

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Image: Suomi NPP's View of North America »» Image: Suomi NPP's View of North America

[Thursday, January 26, 2012] Suomi NPP's VIIRS instrument returned this hi-resolution full-disc image of the Earth from several passes made Jan. 4, 2012.

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

[Thursday, January 26, 2012] On this solemn day, we join the NASA family and all Americans in honoring the brave men and women who gave their lives in the pursuit of space exploration.

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Statement by the Charles Bolden on NASA Day of Remembrance »» Statement by the Charles Bolden on NASA Day of Remembrance

[Thursday, January 26, 2012] This last week of January, as we do every year, the NASA family honors those who have lost their lives carrying out our missions and pays tribute to their lives and memories.

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Students Across the US Write Code to Control Zero Gravity Satellites on ISS »» Students Across the US Write Code to Control Zero Gravity Satellites on ISS

[Thursday, January 26, 2012] Twenty seven teams of high school students from across the United States competed in the Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge which took place at MIT in Cambridge, MA and aboard the International Space Station (ISS) this week.

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NASA's Kepler Announces 11 Planetary Systems Hosting 26 Planets »» NASA's Kepler Announces 11 Planetary Systems Hosting 26 Planets

[Thursday, January 26, 2012] These discoveries nearly double the number of verified planets and triple the number of stars known to have more than one planet that transits, or passes in front of, the star. Such systems will help astronomers better understand how planets form.

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Concordia - Voyage to the most isolated base on Earth »» Concordia - Voyage to the most isolated base on Earth

[Friday, January 27, 2012] Alexander Kumar, the next ESA-sponsored crewmember to stay in Concordia, has arrived safely at the research base in Antarctica. The voyage to one of the remotest places on Earth takes even longer than the voyage to the International Space Station.

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First Vega rocket assembled on launch pad »» First Vega rocket assembled on launch pad

[Friday, January 27, 2012] ESA's new Vega rocket is now fully assembled on its launch pad. Final preparations are in full swing for the rocket's inaugural flight from Europe's Spaceport. The launch window opens on 9 February.

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Mitt Romney would have fired Mike Griffin: Is Romney Already Being Trapped By Unsustainable Space Interests? »» Mitt Romney would have fired Mike Griffin: Is Romney Already Being Trapped By Unsustainable Space Interests?

[Saturday, January 28, 2012] Today, it was revealed that former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin is member of the Romney Space Policy Advisory Group.

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Space Weather Center to Add World's First 'Ensemble Forecasting' Capability »» Space Weather Center to Add World's First 'Ensemble Forecasting' Capability

[Sunday, January 29, 2012] By the time it's fully awake in about 20 months, the team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., charged with researching and tracking solar activity, will have at their disposal a greatly enhanced forecasting capability.

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SwRI-led RAD measures radiation from solar storm »» SwRI-led RAD measures radiation from solar storm

[Sunday, January 29, 2012] The largest solar particle event since 2005 hit the Earth, Mars and MSL travelling in-between, allowing the onboard Radiation Assessment Detector to measure the radiation a human astronaut could be exposed to en route to the Red Planet.

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NASA GSFC Center Director Rob Strain Announces Plans to Leave »» NASA GSFC Center Director Rob Strain Announces Plans to Leave

[Monday, January 30, 2012] NASA GSFC Center Director Rob Strain Announces Plans to Leave

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NASA Releases First Multi-Player Facebook Game »» NASA Releases First Multi-Player Facebook Game

[Monday, January 30, 2012] NASA has launched its first multi-player online game to test players' knowledge of the space program. Who was the first American to walk in space? Who launched the first liquid-fueled rocket?

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XCOR to Give Away Suborbital Research Flight at the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference »» XCOR to Give Away Suborbital Research Flight at the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference

[Monday, January 30, 2012] XCOR Aerospace and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) announce the final week to register and become eligible to win a suborbital research flight on XCOR's Lynx I vehicle at the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference.

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Goddard Center Director Robert Strain Announces Departure from Agency »» Goddard Center Director Robert Strain Announces Departure from Agency

[Monday, January 30, 2012] NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Director Robert Strain announced he will leave the agency on March 4, 2012, to take a position in private industry.

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