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June 2010 Top Stories


A chance to name Europe's next astronaut mission »» A chance to name Europe's next astronaut mission

[Tuesday, June 1, 2010] ESA's Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli will soon visit the International Space Station, and he needs your help to name his mission.

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Live Webcams On Devon Island »» Live Webcams On Devon Island

[Tuesday, June 1, 2010] There are several webcams currently in operation on Devon Island in Support of the Arthur Clarke Mars Greenhouse located at the HMP Research Station. The greenhouse was installed on Devon Island in the summer of 2002.

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NASA Completes Critical Design Review of LANDSAT Data Continuity Mission »» NASA Completes Critical Design Review of LANDSAT Data Continuity Mission

[Tuesday, June 1, 2010] The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) reached a major milestone last week when it successfully completed its Mission Critical Design Review (CDR).

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Backwards Black Holes Might Make Bigger Jets »» Backwards Black Holes Might Make Bigger Jets

[Tuesday, June 1, 2010] Going against the grain may turn out to be a powerful move for black holes. New research suggests supermassive black holes that spin backwards might produce more ferocious jets of gas. The results have broad implications for how galaxies change over time.

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NASA TV Airing U.S. Astronaut Hall Of Fame Induction On June 5 »» NASA TV Airing U.S. Astronaut Hall Of Fame Induction On June 5

[Tuesday, June 1, 2010] NASA Television will provide live coverage of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2010 induction ceremony on Saturday, June 5, at 2:30 p.m. EDT. The ceremony will take place at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

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Preparations for First Falcon 9 Test Launch »» Preparations for First Falcon 9 Test Launch

[Tuesday, June 1, 2010] The primary schedule driver for the first Falcon 9 test launch has been flight termination system certification. The FTS ensures that USAF Range safety officials can command the destruction of the vehicle should it stray from its designated flight path.

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International Space Station Expedition 23 Crew Lands Safely »» International Space Station Expedition 23 Crew Lands Safely

[Tuesday, June 1, 2010] Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi landed their Soyuz-17 spacecraft in Kazakhstan Tuesday, June 1, wrapping up a five-and-a-half-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

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Kosmas, Secretary of Labor Announce $15 Million Grant to Assist Space Coast Workers »» Kosmas, Secretary of Labor Announce $15 Million Grant to Assist Space Coast Workers

[Wednesday, June 2, 2010] Today, Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24) joined Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis in announcing a $15 million grant to assist workers on the Space Coast.

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Last Shuttle Booster Segments Arrive at KSC »» Last Shuttle Booster Segments Arrive at KSC

[Wednesday, June 2, 2010] In another sign that NASA's space shuttle program is winding down to retirement, the very last segments for the shuttles mighty Solid Rocket Boosters arrived by train in Florida on Thursday, May 27.

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On A Roll: Designing The Next Rover To Explore Mars »» On A Roll: Designing The Next Rover To Explore Mars

[Wednesday, June 2, 2010] The concept of a wind-powered vehicle that can be used to explore the surface of Mars - a so-called "tumbleweed rover" that would roll over the surface of Mars like a tumbleweed - has been around for more than 10 years.

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Rockot Successfully Launches Japanese SERVIS-2 Satellite »» Rockot Successfully Launches Japanese SERVIS-2 Satellite

[Wednesday, June 2, 2010] We announce the successful launch of the SERVIS-2 satellite at 01.59 h UTC from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia using a ROCKOT launch vehicle.

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Astronaut's eye view: Mars Express orbiting the Red Planet »» Astronaut's eye view: Mars Express orbiting the Red Planet

[Wednesday, June 2, 2010] This movie was generated from 600 individual still images captured by the Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) on board Mars Express during the 8194th orbit on 27 May 2010 between 02:00 and 09:00 UTC (04:00-11:00 CEST).

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Hubble catches stars on the move »» Hubble catches stars on the move

[Wednesday, June 2, 2010] With a mass of more than 10,000 suns, the massive young star cluster in the nebula NGC 3603 is one of the most compact stellar clusters in the Milky Way and an ideal place to test theories for their formation.

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NASA Seeks Research Proposals For Green Aircraft Concepts »» NASA Seeks Research Proposals For Green Aircraft Concepts

[Wednesday, June 2, 2010] NASA is soliciting proposals for studies designed to identify advanced vehicle concepts and enabling technologies for commercial airliners to fly more economically, quieter and cleaner by 2025.

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NASA Kicks Off Student Summer Of Innovation Program June 10 »» NASA Kicks Off Student Summer Of Innovation Program June 10

[Wednesday, June 2, 2010] NASA officially kicks off its Summer of Innovation initiative at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday, June 10.

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NASA Supercomputer Doubles Capability, Increases Efficiency »» NASA Supercomputer Doubles Capability, Increases Efficiency

[Wednesday, June 2, 2010] Pleiades, NASA’s supercomputing powerhouse, located at Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., placed sixth on the Top500 list of the world's most powerful, high-performance computers.

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Life on Mars: University of Leicester to detect clues for alien existence »» Life on Mars: University of Leicester to detect clues for alien existence

[Wednesday, June 2, 2010] A development model of the Mars Rover, called Bridget, was on display at the University today- Friday June 4- providing invited schoolchildren as well as staff and students with an exciting glimpse into the shape of things to come.

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Hatch closed! 18-month Mars500 mission has begun »» Hatch closed! 18-month Mars500 mission has begun

[Thursday, June 3, 2010] Mars500, the first full-length simulated mission to Mars, started today in Moscow at 13:49 local time (11:49 CET), when the six-man crew entered their 'spacecraft' and the hatch was closed. The experiment will end in November 2011.

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Mars500: Goodbye Sun, goodbye Earth, we are leaving for Mars! »» Mars500: Goodbye Sun, goodbye Earth, we are leaving for Mars!

[Thursday, June 3, 2010] This is the first entry of the Mars500 mission diary by European crewmembers Diego Urbina and Romain Charles.

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Hubble Images Suggest Rogue Asteroid Smacked Jupiter »» Hubble Images Suggest Rogue Asteroid Smacked Jupiter

[Thursday, June 3, 2010] A mystery object struck Jupiter on July 19, 2009, leaving a dark bruise the size of the Pacific Ocean. The spot first caught the eye of an amateur astronomer in Australia, and soon, observatories around the world.

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NASA New Horizons: The PI's Perspective: Ever Farther Across the Ocean of Space to a Distant and Unknown Shore »» NASA New Horizons: The PI's Perspective: Ever Farther Across the Ocean of Space to a Distant and Unknown Shore

[Thursday, June 3, 2010] New Horizons is speeding through an ocean of space among the giant planets and the nearly 2.5 billion-mile expanse of the middle solar system. Onboard our spacecraft, all systems are "go" and we continue to speed outward at nearly a million miles per day.

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NASA Rover Finds Clue to Mars' Past and Environment for Life »» NASA Rover Finds Clue to Mars' Past and Environment for Life

[Thursday, June 3, 2010] Rocks examined by NASA's Spirit Mars Rover hold evidence of a wet, non-acidic ancient environment that may have been favorable for life. Confirming this mineral clue took four years of analysis by several scientists.

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Early Earth Haze Likely Provided Ultraviolet Shield »» Early Earth Haze Likely Provided Ultraviolet Shield

[Thursday, June 3, 2010] A new study shows a thick organic haze that enshrouded early Earth several billion years ago may have been similar to the haze now hovering above Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and would have protected primordial life on the planet.

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NASA And Commerce Present Update On Space Industry Task Force »» NASA And Commerce Present Update On Space Industry Task Force

[Thursday, June 3, 2010] NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will present an update about the Presidential Task Force on Space Industry Work Force and Economic Development at 10 a.m. EDT on Friday, June 4.

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What Is Consuming Hydrogen & Acetylene on Titan? »» What Is Consuming Hydrogen & Acetylene on Titan?

[Thursday, June 3, 2010] While non-biological chemistry offers one possible explanation, some scientists believe these chemical signatures bolster the argument for a primitive, exotic form of life or precursor to life on Titan's surface.

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Could Life Survive on Mars? Yes, Expert Says »» Could Life Survive on Mars? Yes, Expert Says

[Friday, June 4, 2010] Researchers have discovered that methane-eating bacteria survive in a highly unique spring located on Axel Heiberg Island in Canada's extreme North.

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NASA Briefs Media About First Arctic Oceanographic Voyage »» NASA Briefs Media About First Arctic Oceanographic Voyage

[Friday, June 4, 2010] NASA will hold a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 8 to preview the agency's first dedicated oceanographic research voyage. During the mission, scientists will study changing Arctic climate and ice conditions affecting ocean ecosystems.

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NASA Narrows Selection of Fundamental Space Biology Missions »» NASA Narrows Selection of Fundamental Space Biology Missions

[Friday, June 4, 2010] NASA today announced it has selected two candidate proposals to study how life responds and adapts to space and microgravity for the agency's next Fundamental Space Biology Program "missions of opportunity."

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NASA Administrator's Statement on First Falcon 9 Launch »» NASA Administrator's Statement on First Falcon 9 Launch

[Friday, June 4, 2010] The following is a statement by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding Friday's launch of Space Exploration Technologies' Falcon 9 rocket.

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Transcript: Space Industry Task Force Update »» Transcript: Space Industry Task Force Update

[Friday, June 4, 2010] In February, through his budget recommendation, the President put forth a new direction for the nation's space program, which was further clarified in his address to all of us on April 15th.

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Space Weather Enterprise Forum 2010: Building an Informed and Resilient Society - the Decade Ahead »» Space Weather Enterprise Forum 2010: Building an Informed and Resilient Society - the Decade Ahead

[Monday, June 7, 2010] The Space Weather Enterprise Forum brings together the space weather community to share information and ideas and to raise awareness of space weather and its effects on society.

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NASA and Japan Announce Cloud Computing Collaboration »» NASA and Japan Announce Cloud Computing Collaboration

[Monday, June 7, 2010] NASA and Japan's National Institute of Informatics (NII) have announced plans to explore interoperability opportunities between NASA's Nebula Cloud Computing Platform and Japan's NII Cloud Computing Platform.

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Mapping Project Reinforces Belief in Huge Historic Seas on Mars »» Mapping Project Reinforces Belief in Huge Historic Seas on Mars

[Monday, June 7, 2010] A geologic mapping project using NASA spacecraft data offers new evidence that expansive lakes existed long ago on Mars.

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NASA's First Lunar Orion Test Capsule Built »» NASA's First Lunar Orion Test Capsule Built

[Monday, June 7, 2010] America's first Lunar Test capsule for people since Project Apollo has just been welded into shape.

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Dawn Spacecraft Fires Past Record for Speed Change »» Dawn Spacecraft Fires Past Record for Speed Change

[Monday, June 7, 2010] Deep in the heart of the asteroid belt, on its way to the first of the belt's two most massive inhabitants, NASA's ion-propelled Dawn spacecraft has eclipsed the record for velocity change produced by a spacecraft's engines.

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520-Day Mars Mission Simulation: U.S. Study Looks at Impact of Stress and Fatigue on Performance »» 520-Day Mars Mission Simulation: U.S. Study Looks at Impact of Stress and Fatigue on Performance

[Monday, June 7, 2010] On June 3, a 6-man international crew entered an isolation chamber in Moscow for a simulated 520-day Mars mission conducted by the State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation - Institute for Biomedical Problems.

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SpaceX Achieves Orbital Bullseye With Inaugural Flight of Falcon 9 Rocket »» SpaceX Achieves Orbital Bullseye With Inaugural Flight of Falcon 9 Rocket

[Monday, June 7, 2010] SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.) announced that the inaugural flight of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle successfully launched and achieved Earth orbit right on target, marking a key milestone for SpaceX and the commercial space flight industry.

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NASA Invites the Public to Picture Their »» NASA Invites the Public to Picture Their "Face in Space"

[Tuesday, June 8, 2010] NASA is inviting members of the public to send electronic images of their faces into orbit aboard one of the final remaining space shuttle missions.

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New National Telescope at La Silla: TRAPPIST to Scout the Sky and Uncover Exoplanets and Comets »» New National Telescope at La Silla: TRAPPIST to Scout the Sky and Uncover Exoplanets and Comets

[Tuesday, June 8, 2010] A new robotic telescope has had first light at ESO's La Silla Observatory, in Chile. TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) is devoted to the study of planetary systems through two approaches.

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Details In The Structure of a Distant Quasar »» Details In The Structure of a Distant Quasar

[Tuesday, June 8, 2010] Observations at wavelengths covered by LOFAR are not new. In fact, the pioneers of radio astronomy started their work in the same range

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OMB Memorandum: Identifying Low-Priority Agency Programs »» OMB Memorandum: Identifying Low-Priority Agency Programs

[Tuesday, June 8, 2010] Your agency is required to identify the programs and subprograms that have the lowest impact on your agency's mission and constitute at least five percent of your agency's discretionary budget.

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NASA Releases First-Ever Inside View of Shuttle After Landing »» NASA Releases First-Ever Inside View of Shuttle After Landing

[Wednesday, June 9, 2010] NASA has released the first-ever up close, high-definition video taken from inside a space shuttle during "towback" following a landing.

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NASA's FASTSAT Satellite Readies for Shipment to Alaska »» NASA's FASTSAT Satellite Readies for Shipment to Alaska

[Wednesday, June 9, 2010] NASA has successfully completed a comprehensive pre-shipment review of the Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite, or FASTSAT, a small, microsatellite class spacecraft bus that will carry six experiment payloads to low-Earth orbit.

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NASA Icebreaker Voyage To Probe Climate Change Impact on Arctic »» NASA Icebreaker Voyage To Probe Climate Change Impact on Arctic

[Wednesday, June 9, 2010] NASA's first dedicated oceanographic field campaign goes to sea June 15 to take an up-close look at how changing conditions in the Arctic are affecting the ocean's chemistry and ecosystems that play a critical role in global climate change.

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First NASA IT Summit to Gather Industry Leaders and Explore Tech Innovations »» First NASA IT Summit to Gather Industry Leaders and Explore Tech Innovations

[Wednesday, June 9, 2010] NASA's first Information Technology (IT) Summit will bring together government and industry leaders to explore the outer reaches of information technology.

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NASA Astronomers to Observe Hayabusa Homecoming »» NASA Astronomers to Observe Hayabusa Homecoming

[Wednesday, June 9, 2010] A group of astronomers from NASA, JAXA and other organizations are flying to the other side of the world for a front row seat and a rare opportunity to study a spacecraft's targeted fiery descent through Earth's atmosphere.

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NASA Sued for Refusing to Release Contracting Data on United Space Alliance »» NASA Sued for Refusing to Release Contracting Data on United Space Alliance

[Thursday, June 10, 2010] The case was filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) after NASA repeatedly refused to release subcontracting reports for contracts issued to United Space Alliance, LLC, a joint venture between defense giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

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NASA And DLR Sign Agreement To Continue GRACE Mission Through 2015 »» NASA And DLR Sign Agreement To Continue GRACE Mission Through 2015

[Thursday, June 10, 2010] NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and DLR Executive Board Chairman Johann-Dietrich Worner signed an agreement Thursday during a bilateral meeting in Berlin to extend the GRACE mission through the end of its on-orbit life, which is expected in 2015.

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NASA Picks 18 Small Business Tech Transfer Projects For Continued Development »» NASA Picks 18 Small Business Tech Transfer Projects For Continued Development

[Thursday, June 10, 2010] NASA has selected 18 innovative technology proposals for negotiation of Phase 2 contract awards in the Small Business Technology Transfer program, or "STTR."

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Letter From Charles Bolden to Sen. Shelby Regarding Constellation »» Letter From Charles Bolden to Sen. Shelby Regarding Constellation

[Thursday, June 10, 2010] The purpose of this letter is to provide information to the Committee on the overall status of the Constellation program for FY 2010 and steps that I have directed be implemented for continuation of the program for the balance of the fiscal year.

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Hutchison: NASA Leadership Skirting the Law to Shut Down Space Programs »» Hutchison: NASA Leadership Skirting the Law to Shut Down Space Programs

[Thursday, June 10, 2010] Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison today said NASA leadership was skirting the law to shut down the Constellation program after NASA leadership publicly announced a decision to reprioritize work on the program.

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NASA Kicks Off New Summer of Innovation Initiative »» NASA Kicks Off New Summer of Innovation Initiative

[Thursday, June 10, 2010] NASA Administrator Charles Bolden kicked off the agency's new Summer of Innovation initiative Thursday while at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calf.

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NASA JSC Internal Email: Constellation Program FY2010 Replanning Update »» NASA JSC Internal Email: Constellation Program FY2010 Replanning Update

[Thursday, June 10, 2010] This morning, Ellen Ochoa met with our civil service supervisors from across the Center as well as members of the Joint Leadership Team to discuss replanning of Constellation operations for the remainder of this fiscal year.

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University Students And Professors Ready To »» University Students And Professors Ready To "Rock On" With NASA

[Friday, June 11, 2010] University students and professors from across the country and Puerto Rico will converge on NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia this month to learn how to build small experiments that can be launched on sounding rockets.

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An Exoplanet Has Been Seen Moving Around Its Host Star »» An Exoplanet Has Been Seen Moving Around Its Host Star

[Friday, June 11, 2010] For the first time, astronomers have been able to directly follow the motion of an exoplanet as it moves from one side of its host star to the other.

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Many Famous Comets Originally Formed in Other Solar Systems »» Many Famous Comets Originally Formed in Other Solar Systems

[Friday, June 11, 2010] Many of the most well known comets, including Halley, Hale-Bopp and, most recently, McNaught, may have been born in orbit around other stars.

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Zooming In On An Infant Solar System »» Zooming In On An Infant Solar System

[Friday, June 11, 2010] Astronomers have observed solar systems in the making in great detail. A team led by University of Arizona astronomer Joshua Eisner has observed in unprecedented detail the processes giving rise to stars and planets in nascent solar systems.

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Space Tugs: Filling The Space Jobs Gap and Privatization Too! »» Space Tugs: Filling The Space Jobs Gap and Privatization Too!

[Sunday, June 13, 2010] US space workers are currently faced with both the loss of the Shuttle program (correctly set in motion by the Bush administration years ago), and also by the temporary gap in space jobs caused by the probable cancelation of the Ares Program.

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Japanese Asteroid Lander Hayabusa Plunges Home to Earth »» Japanese Asteroid Lander Hayabusa Plunges Home to Earth

[Sunday, June 13, 2010] Japan's Hayabasa asteroid probe staged a breathtakingly beautiful plunge through Earth's atmosphere earlier today (Jun 13) at over 27,000 MPH, the second fastest on record.

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States Clamour for Remaining two Shuttles after Atlantis and Endeavour Retire. »» States Clamour for Remaining two Shuttles after Atlantis and Endeavour Retire.

[Monday, June 14, 2010] There are only three shuttles remaining in NASA's fleet; Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour. Discovery is going to the Smithsonian, that leaves many states clamouring for Atlantis and Endeavour.

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Orion Budget is Cut 20 Per Cent with 600 Jobs Eliminated and Progress Slowed »» Orion Budget is Cut 20 Per Cent with 600 Jobs Eliminated and Progress Slowed

[Monday, June 14, 2010] Lockheed Martin and other contractors working on NASA's Constellation program now have no choice but to delay or halt forward progress on the 'Return to the Moon' program and that will quickly cause numerous jobs cuts rippling across the US.

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GOES-15 Solar X-Ray Imager's Miraculous First Light »» GOES-15 Solar X-Ray Imager's Miraculous First Light

[Monday, June 14, 2010] The Solar X-Ray Imager instrument aboard the GOES-15 satellite has just provided its first light image of the sun, but it required a lot of experts to make it happen.

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NASA Demonstrates Tsunami Prediction System »» NASA Demonstrates Tsunami Prediction System

[Monday, June 14, 2010] A NASA-led research team has successfully demonstrated for the first time elements of a prototype tsunami prediction system that quickly and accurately assesses large earthquakes and estimates the size of resulting tsunamis.

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NASA Appoints Constellation Program Managers »» NASA Appoints Constellation Program Managers

[Monday, June 14, 2010] Lawrence D. Thomas has been appointed manager of NASA's Constellation Program, which manages the effort to take humans beyond low-Earth orbit and develop the next generation launch vehicle and spacecraft.

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Letter From Sen. Nelson to Sen. Mikulski Regarding FY 2011 NASA Budget »» Letter From Sen. Nelson to Sen. Mikulski Regarding FY 2011 NASA Budget

[Monday, June 14, 2010] Over the last four months, I have been studying the President's budget request, as well as various alternative proposals, in determining how we can best move ahead to the next era of human space flight.

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Sponsors Sought For NASA's Centennial Challenges Competitions »» Sponsors Sought For NASA's Centennial Challenges Competitions

[Monday, June 14, 2010] NASA is seeking private and corporate sponsors for the Centennial Challenges, a program of incentive prizes designed for the "citizen inventor" that generates creative solutions to problems of interest to NASA and the nation.

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Research Suggests Water Content Of Moon Interior Underestimated »» Research Suggests Water Content Of Moon Interior Underestimated

[Monday, June 14, 2010] NASA-funded scientists estimate from recent research that the volume of water molecules locked inside minerals in the Moon's interior could exceed the amount of water in the Great Lakes here on Earth.

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New CU-Boulder Study Indicates An Ancient Ocean May have Covered One-Third of Mars »» New CU-Boulder Study Indicates An Ancient Ocean May have Covered One-Third of Mars

[Monday, June 14, 2010] A vast ocean likely covered one-third of the surface of Mars some 3.5 billion years ago, according to a new study conducted by University of Colorado at Boulder scientists.

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Rosetta's blind date with asteroid Lutetia »» Rosetta's blind date with asteroid Lutetia

[Tuesday, June 15, 2010] ESA's comet-chaser Rosetta is heading for a blind date with asteroid Lutetia. Rosetta does not yet know what Lutetia looks like but beautiful or otherwise the two will meet on 10 July.

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Massive Black Holes 'Switch On' in Galaxy Collisions »» Massive Black Holes 'Switch On' in Galaxy Collisions

[Tuesday, June 15, 2010] The center of most galaxies harbors a massive black hole. So does our Milky Way -- the exotic object there however is pretty calm, unlike some supermassive gravity monsters in other galaxies.

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NASA Releases Kepler Data On Potential Extrasolar Planets »» NASA Releases Kepler Data On Potential Extrasolar Planets

[Tuesday, June 15, 2010] NASA's Kepler Mission has released 43 days of science data on more than 156,000 stars. These stars are being monitored for subtle brightness changes as part of an ongoing search for Earth-like planets outside of our solar system.

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New Space Station Crew Members Launch From Kazakhstan »» New Space Station Crew Members Launch From Kazakhstan

[Tuesday, June 15, 2010] NASA astronauts Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin launched to the International Space Station aboard their Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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Iridium and SpaceX Sign Major Commercial Launch Contract »» Iridium and SpaceX Sign Major Commercial Launch Contract

[Wednesday, June 16, 2010] Iridium Communications Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) are pleased to announce that the Falcon 9 will be a major provider of launch services for Iridium NEXT, Iridium's next-generation satellite constellation.

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Bigelow Aerospace Joins the Commercial Spaceflight Federation »» Bigelow Aerospace Joins the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

[Wednesday, June 16, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that Bigelow Aerospace, LLC has joined the Federation as an Executive Member, having received unanimous approval by the Commercial Spaceflight Federation's Board of Directors.

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VISTA Views The Sculptor Galaxy »» VISTA Views The Sculptor Galaxy

[Wednesday, June 16, 2010] A spectacular new image of the Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253) has been taken with the ESO VISTA telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile as part of one of its first major observational campaigns.

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Mysterious Flash on Jupiter Left no Debris Cloud »» Mysterious Flash on Jupiter Left no Debris Cloud

[Wednesday, June 16, 2010] Detailed observations made by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found an answer to the flash of light seen June 3 on Jupiter.

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Polar scientists herald importance of satellite observations »» Polar scientists herald importance of satellite observations

[Wednesday, June 16, 2010] As Arctic sea-ice recedes inexorably towards another record summer minimum, scientists have highlighted the exceptional contribution that satellites have made to the International Polar Year and charting the effects of climate change.

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Jean-Jacques Dordain to continue as Director General of ESA »» Jean-Jacques Dordain to continue as Director General of ESA

[Thursday, June 17, 2010] The Council of the European Space Agency today announced that Jean-Jacques Dordain will continue as the Director General of ESA for a further period of four years. Mr Dordain has served as Director General of ESA since 2003.

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Fossil Evidence Casts Doubt on Younger Dryas Impact Theory »» Fossil Evidence Casts Doubt on Younger Dryas Impact Theory

[Thursday, June 17, 2010] New findings challenge a theory that a meteor explosion or impact thousands of years ago caused catastrophic fires over much of North America and Europe and triggered an abrupt global cooling period, called the Younger Dryas.

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Space telescope CoRoT discovers six new planets and a brown dwarf »» Space telescope CoRoT discovers six new planets and a brown dwarf

[Thursday, June 17, 2010] The CoRoT space telescope has made seven new discoveries during its observations from Earth orbit - six extrasolar planets and a brown dwarf.

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Pan-STARRS Asteroid Hunter and Sky Surveyor Now Fully Operational »» Pan-STARRS Asteroid Hunter and Sky Surveyor Now Fully Operational

[Thursday, June 17, 2010] Astronomers announced today that the first Pan-STARRS telescope, PS1, is fully operational. This innovative facility will be at the front line of Earth defense by searching for "killer" asteroids and comets.

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NASA OIG Review of NASA's Microgravity Flight Services »» NASA OIG Review of NASA's Microgravity Flight Services

[Friday, June 18, 2010] NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin released a report today that examines the performance of Zero Gravity Corporation (Zero G), a private company hired by NASA to provide reduced gravity flights for NASA research, engineering, and astronaut training.

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MIT astronomer leads the first team to study a Kuiper Belt object during a stellar occultation »» MIT astronomer leads the first team to study a Kuiper Belt object during a stellar occultation

[Friday, June 18, 2010] Until now, astronomers have used telescopes to find Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs), moon-sized bodies, and obtain their spectra to determine what types of ices are on their surface.

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Volcanic eruptions in North America were more explosive in ancient past »» Volcanic eruptions in North America were more explosive in ancient past

[Friday, June 18, 2010] Millions of years ago, volcanic eruptions in North America were more explosive and may have significantly affected the environment and the global climate. So scientists report in this week's issue of the journal Nature.

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NASA/NIA Engineering Competition Attracts University Students »» NASA/NIA Engineering Competition Attracts University Students

[Friday, June 18, 2010] Future astronauts may some day explore the surface of other planets thanks to ideas developed by university students.

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Scientists call for a new strategy for polar ocean observation »» Scientists call for a new strategy for polar ocean observation

[Friday, June 18, 2010] In a report published in this week's issue of Science, a team of oceanographers outline a polar ocean observation strategy they say will revolutionize scientists' understanding of marine ecosystem response to climate change.

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Hunting for Fossils on Europa »» Hunting for Fossils on Europa

[Friday, June 18, 2010] If extraterrestrial life exists on Jupiter's moon Europa, instead of deploying probes to drill past its ice shell to look for aliens in the ocean below, one might just go fossil-hunting on the icy surface.

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Seventh Graders Find a Cave on Mars »» Seventh Graders Find a Cave on Mars

[Friday, June 18, 2010] California middle school students using the camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter have found lava tubes with one pit that appears to be a skylight to a cave.

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Text of a Letter from the President To The Speaker of the House of Representatives »» Text of a Letter from the President To The Speaker of the House of Representatives

[Friday, June 18, 2010] Moreover, provided for your consideration is a FY 2011 Budget amendment for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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Space Coast and National Groups Align to Help Aerospace Workers »» Space Coast and National Groups Align to Help Aerospace Workers

[Monday, June 21, 2010] With some 8,000 space workers facing layoffs at the end of the shuttle program, groups in and around the Kennedy Space Center area are aligning to provide assistance and guidance to help those facing unemployment find new employment.

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Statement of Senator John Glenn (ret.) Regarding NASA Manned Space Flight »» Statement of Senator John Glenn (ret.) Regarding NASA Manned Space Flight

[Monday, June 21, 2010] These are critical days for the future of Manned Space Flight. Conflicting views and advice come to the President and Congress from every quarter in the aerospace and science communities. There is good reason for the concern.

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Cassini to Swing Low Into Titan's Atmosphere »» Cassini to Swing Low Into Titan's Atmosphere

[Monday, June 21, 2010] This weekend, Cassini will embark on an exciting mission: trying to establish if Titan, Saturn's largest moon, possesses a magnetic field of its own. This is important for understanding the moon's interior and geochemical evolution.

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Experts Discover Heavenly Solar Music »» Experts Discover Heavenly Solar Music

[Monday, June 21, 2010] Musical sounds created by longitudinal vibrations within the Sun's atmosphere, have been recorded and accurately studied for the first time by experts at the University of Sheffield, shedding light on the Sun's magnetic atmosphere.

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The Earth in 3D - German radar satellite TanDEM-X launched successfully »» The Earth in 3D - German radar satellite TanDEM-X launched successfully

[Tuesday, June 22, 2010] Germany's second Earth observation satellite, TanDEM-X, was launched successfully on 21 June 2010 at 04:14 Central European Summer Time (CEST, at 08:14 local time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

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Wayne Hale's Blog: Meeting the Great Bird of the Galaxy »» Wayne Hale's Blog: Meeting the Great Bird of the Galaxy

[Tuesday, June 22, 2010] Science Fiction was the largest component of my reading material, much to my teacher's dismay, and I avidly watched all the great movies of the time: Destination Moon, Forbidden Planet, the Day the Earth Stood Still, and many more.

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United Launch Alliance, Operator of the Atlas and Delta Rockets, Joins the Commercial Spaceflight Federation »» United Launch Alliance, Operator of the Atlas and Delta Rockets, Joins the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

[Tuesday, June 22, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that United Launch Alliance of Denver, Colorado has joined the Federation as an Executive Member. United Launch Alliance operates the Atlas V, Delta II, and Delta IV launch vehicles.

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NASA Hosts New Space Technology Industry Forum »» NASA Hosts New Space Technology Industry Forum

[Tuesday, June 22, 2010] NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist will host an industry forum July 13-14 to discuss the agency's proposed new space technology investments and announce three new Centennial Challenges prize competitions.

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Open Letter To Congress On Commercial Space »» Open Letter To Congress On Commercial Space

[Tuesday, June 22, 2010] We are writing to urge you to both fully fund the commercial crew to Space Station program proposed in the President's FY2011 budget request for NASA, and accelerate the pace and funding of NASA's human space exploration projects beyond Earth orbit.

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Water on Mars: Ten Years Ago on NASA Watch »» Water on Mars: Ten Years Ago on NASA Watch

[Tuesday, June 22, 2010] The fiction grew out of an accurate, if vague, item on the independent watchdog Web site, NASA Watch (www.nasawatch.com), late afternoon on 19 June.

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NASA Scientists Dive Deep to Learn More About Life on the Moon, Mars »» NASA Scientists Dive Deep to Learn More About Life on the Moon, Mars

[Tuesday, June 22, 2010] NASA and the CSA invite journalists to observe the international, multidisciplinary Pavilion Lake Research Project team this summer as it studies and explores freshwater carbonate rock formations that thrive in Pavilion Lake, British Columbia, Canada.

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Space Station Keeps Watch on World's Sea Traffic »» Space Station Keeps Watch on World's Sea Traffic

[Wednesday, June 23, 2010] As the ISS circles Earth, it has begun tracking individual ships crossing the seas beneath. An experiment hosted by ESA's Columbus module is testing the viability of monitoring global traffic from the Station's orbit hundreds of kilometres up.

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Super-Complex Organic molecules Found in Interstellar Space »» Super-Complex Organic molecules Found in Interstellar Space

[Wednesday, June 23, 2010] A team of scientists from the Instituto Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) and the University of Texas has succeeded in identifying one of the most complex organic molecules yet found in the material between the stars.

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VLT Detects First Superstorm on Extrasolar Planet »» VLT Detects First Superstorm on Extrasolar Planet

[Wednesday, June 23, 2010] Astronomers have measured a superstorm for the first time in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, the well-studied "hot Jupiter" HD209458b.

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NASA Solicitation: Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research - CRuSR - Flight Services »» NASA Solicitation: Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research - CRuSR - Flight Services

[Wednesday, June 23, 2010] This notice is being issued as a Request for Quotations (RFQ) for commercial resusable suborbital flight services.

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Was Venus Once a Habitable Planet? »» Was Venus Once a Habitable Planet?

[Thursday, June 24, 2010] ESA's Venus Express is helping planetary scientists investigate whether Venus once had oceans. If it did, it may even have begun its existence as a habitable planet similar to Earth.

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Space Economic Task Force Seeks Florida Public Comments »» Space Economic Task Force Seeks Florida Public Comments

[Thursday, June 24, 2010] The Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development has launched an interactive website to encourage public comment on ways to promote economic growth and sustainability in Florida's Space Coast region.

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Brown Team Finds Widespread Glacial Meltwater Valleys on Mars »» Brown Team Finds Widespread Glacial Meltwater Valleys on Mars

[Thursday, June 24, 2010] Planetary scientists have uncovered telltale signs of water on Mars -- frozen and liquid -- in the earliest period of the Red Planet's history. A new claim, made public this month, is that a deep ocean covered some of the northern latitudes.

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NASA Radar Images Show How Mexico Quake Deformed Earth »» NASA Radar Images Show How Mexico Quake Deformed Earth

[Thursday, June 24, 2010] NASA has released the first-ever airborne radar images of the deformation in Earth's surface caused by a major earthquake -- the magnitude 7.2 temblor that rocked Mexico's state of Baja California and parts of the American Southwest on April 4.

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Shuttle Era Extended to Early 2011 »» Shuttle Era Extended to Early 2011

[Friday, June 25, 2010] The Era of NASA's Space Shuttle Program will be extended by a few more months into early 2011, slightly staving off the retirement that had long been scheduled to occur by the end of 2010.

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Wet Era on Early Mars Was Global »» Wet Era on Early Mars Was Global

[Friday, June 25, 2010] Conditions favorable to life may once have existed all over Mars. Detailed studies of minerals found inside craters show that liquid water was widespread, not only in the southern highlands, but also beneath the northern plains.

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New Clues Suggest Wet Era on Early Mars was Global »» New Clues Suggest Wet Era on Early Mars was Global

[Friday, June 25, 2010] Minerals in northern Mars craters seen by two orbiters suggest that a phase in Mars' early history with conditions favorable to life occurred globally, not just in the south.

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NASA Retires First Data Relay Satellite After Stellar Career »» NASA Retires First Data Relay Satellite After Stellar Career

[Saturday, June 26, 2010] After a long and successful career providing communications support, NASA's groundbreaking Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) 1 is retiring.

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NASA and Space Florida Break Ground on Next-Gen Sci-Tech Park »» NASA and Space Florida Break Ground on Next-Gen Sci-Tech Park

[Saturday, June 26, 2010] Work on a next-generation science and technology commerce park is under way at NASA KSC, Space Florida, and local, state and Congressional leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for Exploration Park.

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Deep Impact Spacecraft to Make Last Swing By Earth on Way to Second Comet »» Deep Impact Spacecraft to Make Last Swing By Earth on Way to Second Comet

[Saturday, June 26, 2010] On Sunday, Deep Impact will fly past Earth for the fifth and last time on its current University of Maryland-led EPOXI mission. At time of closest approach to Earth, the spacecraft will be about 30,400 kilometers (18,900 miles) above the South Atlantic.

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Space Station Crew Vehicle Will Move June 28 for Cargo Ship Arrival »» Space Station Crew Vehicle Will Move June 28 for Cargo Ship Arrival

[Saturday, June 26, 2010] NASA Television will broadcast live the repositioning of a Soyuz spacecraft docked to the International Space Station on Monday, June 28. The capsule's half-hour journey from the Zvezda Service Module to the Rassvet Module will begin at 12:58 p.m. CDT.

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Twenty Finalists Named in »» Twenty Finalists Named in "MoonBots" Educational Contest

[Saturday, June 26, 2010] The X PRIZE Foundation, the world leader in incentive prizes to drive innovation, and LEGO Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials for children, has announced the twenty finalists for MoonBots, a global educational contest.

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Fact Sheet: The National Space Policy »» Fact Sheet: The National Space Policy

[Monday, June 28, 2010] The National Space Policy expresses the President's direction for the Nation's space activities. The policy articulates the President's commitment to reinvigorating U.S. leadership in space.

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Deep Impact Earth Swing-by Sets Second Comet Rendezvous »» Deep Impact Earth Swing-by Sets Second Comet Rendezvous

[Monday, June 28, 2010] NASA's historic comet smashing Deep Impact probe used a swing by of Earth on Sunday evening (June 27) to set the probe on an altered course and enable it to chase a second comet speeding through space.

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NASA MSFC Internal Email: Procurement Sensitivity for Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) NNM10ZDA001K »» NASA MSFC Internal Email: Procurement Sensitivity for Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) NNM10ZDA001K

[Monday, June 28, 2010] The BAA NNM10ZDA001K will be released to industry in the near future for the Heavy Lift and Propulsion Technology Systems Analysis and Trade Study acquisition at NASA/MSFC.

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NASA Invites Journalists, Video Game Experts to Review Online Game »» NASA Invites Journalists, Video Game Experts to Review Online Game

[Monday, June 28, 2010] Moonbase Alpha is a game with single and multiplayer options where players step into the role of an exploration team member in a futuristic 3-D lunar settlement.

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NASA Satellite Adds Carbon Dioxide to Its Repertoire »» NASA Satellite Adds Carbon Dioxide to Its Repertoire

[Monday, June 28, 2010] A NASA-led research team has expanded the growing global armada of remote sensing satellites capable of studying carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth's climate.

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NASA Goddard Introduces the NASA Center for Climate Simulation »» NASA Goddard Introduces the NASA Center for Climate Simulation

[Monday, June 28, 2010] NASA GSFC recently introduced the NASA Center for Climate Simulation, an integrated set of supercomputing, visualization, and data interaction technologies that will enhance agency capabilities in weather and climate prediction research.

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NASA and International Space Agencies Meet to Discuss Human and Robotic Space Exploration »» NASA and International Space Agencies Meet to Discuss Human and Robotic Space Exploration

[Monday, June 28, 2010] NASA senior managers met with their counterparts representing other space agencies at the National Harbor, Md., on June 23, to discuss globally-coordinated human and robotic space exploration.

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Rocky mounds and a plateau on Mars »» Rocky mounds and a plateau on Mars

[Monday, June 28, 2010] When Mars Express set sail for the crater named after Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan, it found a windblown plateau and mysterious rocky mounds nearby.

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NASA Issues Broad Agency Announcement For Heavy Lift Studies »» NASA Issues Broad Agency Announcement For Heavy Lift Studies

[Tuesday, June 29, 2010] NASA has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeking proposals and industry input on heavy-lift system concepts and propulsion technology.

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