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March 2011 Top Stories


Photo: New Orleans At Night As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: New Orleans At Night As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, March 1, 2011] The Mississippi River is visible winding its way through the city toward the Gulf. A 200-mm lens was used to take the picture.

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Photo: New Zealand Earthquake Zone As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: New Zealand Earthquake Zone As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, March 1, 2011] From approximately 220 miles above Earth, an Expedition 26 crew member aboard the International Space Station exposed this still frame of parts of New Zealand including those impacted by an earthquake almost four days ago.

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Photo: Titan As Seen By Cassini »» Photo: Titan As Seen By Cassini

[Tuesday, March 1, 2011] This image was taken by the NASA Cassini spacecraft on February 04, 2011 and received on Earth February 06, 2011.

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NASA STS-133 Report #09 7 p.m. CST Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 »» NASA STS-133 Report #09 7 p.m. CST Monday, Feb. 28, 2011

[Tuesday, March 1, 2011] Discovery spacewalkers wrapped up a six-hour, 34-minute spacewalk Monday, moving a failed 800-pound ammonia pump module, installing an extension cable and extending the rail track along the station's main truss.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 28 February 2011 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 28 February 2011

[Tuesday, March 1, 2011] All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. FD5 (Flight Day 5) of STS-133/ULF-5. Crew sleep cycle shifting (see below). Underway: Week 15 of Increment 26.

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NASA STS-133 Report #10 5:30 a.m. CST Tuesday, March 1, 2011 »» NASA STS-133 Report #10 5:30 a.m. CST Tuesday, March 1, 2011

[Tuesday, March 1, 2011] By the end of the day, the International Space Station will have an extra 2,472 cubic feet of storage space, following the installation of the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module.

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Atlas V X-37B OTV-2 Cape launch set for March 4 »» Atlas V X-37B OTV-2 Cape launch set for March 4

[Tuesday, March 1, 2011] The 45th Space Wing is set to launch an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 on March 4, 2011.

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ESA's Mars 500: Greetings from Mars! »» ESA's Mars 500: Greetings from Mars!

[Tuesday, March 1, 2011] Now that the Mars500 crew has been united, when the Marswalkers, 'returned' from the surface of the Red Planet to join the 'orbital' trio, Diego has again had time to send his thoughts

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NASA's Glory Satellite Scheduled for Launch on March 4 »» NASA's Glory Satellite Scheduled for Launch on March 4

[Tuesday, March 1, 2011] NASA's Glory spacecraft is scheduled for launch on Friday, March 4. Technical issues with ground support equipment for the Taurus XL launch vehicle led to the scrub of the original Feb. 23 launch attempt.

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NASA'S Space Shuttle Endeavour Set For Final Trip To Launch Pad »» NASA'S Space Shuttle Endeavour Set For Final Trip To Launch Pad

[Tuesday, March 1, 2011] Six astronauts are targeted to launch aboard the shuttle on April 19. The STS-134 mission to the International Space Station is the final scheduled flight for Endeavour before it is retired.

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NASA Continues Implementation Of 2010 Authorization Act Program Offices, New Technology Solicitations Announced »» NASA Continues Implementation Of 2010 Authorization Act Program Offices, New Technology Solicitations Announced

[Tuesday, March 1, 2011] NASA has announced program office assignments at three NASA field centers to align the president's fiscal year 2012 budget request and the NASA Authorization Act of 2010.

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Letter from Space Leaders to Congress Urging Support of NASA's Use of Commercial Crew Services to the ISS »» Letter from Space Leaders to Congress Urging Support of NASA's Use of Commercial Crew Services to the ISS

[Tuesday, March 1, 2011] We are writing to urge you to fully fund NASA's plan to use commercial companies to carry crew to the Space Station because it is critical to the health of the Nation's human spaceflight efforts.

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Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Center to Mark 10th Anniversary as Space Station Science Command Post 						 »» Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Center to Mark 10th Anniversary as Space Station Science Command Post

[Tuesday, March 1, 2011] The Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center will mark its 10th anniversary as a science command post for the International Space Station March 8.

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NASA STS-133 Report #11 Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 5:30 p.m. CST »» NASA STS-133 Report #11 Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 5:30 p.m. CST

[Wednesday, March 2, 2011] The International Space Station has a new room, filled with equipment, supplies and a new device that could be a precursor of spacewalking robots.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 1 March 2011 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 1 March 2011

[Wednesday, March 2, 2011] All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. FD6 (Flight Day 6) of STS-133/ULF-5.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Statement on the Passing of Mike Lounge »» Commercial Spaceflight Federation Statement on the Passing of Mike Lounge

[Wednesday, March 2, 2011] We are deeply saddened to report that this morning John "Mike" Lounge, a great friend and supporter of the commercial spaceflight industry, passed away from liver cancer.

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Educational Balloon Provides Space Shuttle Launch Images and Video From Over 110,000 feet »» Educational Balloon Provides Space Shuttle Launch Images and Video From Over 110,000 feet

[Wednesday, March 2, 2011] Last week a balloon with a student-oriented payload shot high resolution photos and video from an altitude of over 110,000 feet of Space Shuttle Discovery as it climbed into space.

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Challenger Center and Coalition for Space Exploration Join Forces for Aerospace Education »» Challenger Center and Coalition for Space Exploration Join Forces for Aerospace Education

[Wednesday, March 2, 2011] Today the Challenger Center for Space Science Education joins the Coalition for Space Exploration (as a Partner level member to educate and inspire a new generation of aerospace workers and space explorers.

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NASA STS-133 Report #12 5:30 a.m. Wednesdsay, March 2, 2011 »» NASA STS-133 Report #12 5:30 a.m. Wednesdsay, March 2, 2011

[Wednesday, March 2, 2011] After a campout in the International Space Station's Quest airlock, Mission Specialists Steve Bowen and Alvin Drew will suit up for the second spacewalk of the STS-133 mission. The spacewalk is scheduled to start at 9:18 a.m. CST.

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Opening Statement By Rep. Hall, Hearing on NASA FY 2012 Budget Request »» Opening Statement By Rep. Hall, Hearing on NASA FY 2012 Budget Request

[Wednesday, March 2, 2011] I am concerned that the future of our space program is in serious jeopardy. With the retirement of the Space Shuttle, NASA faces a critical period and needs to focus its limited resources to sustain our leadership in space.

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Opening Statement By Charles Bolden, Hearing on NASA FY 2012 Budget Request »» Opening Statement By Charles Bolden, Hearing on NASA FY 2012 Budget Request

[Wednesday, March 2, 2011] Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, today it is my privilege to discuss the President's FY 2012 budget request of $18.7 billion for NASA.

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NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I Solicitation »» NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I Solicitation

[Wednesday, March 2, 2011] The NIAC Program seeks to inspire and nurture revolutionary concepts that could transform future aerospace endeavors.

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NASA Office of Chief Technologist Technology Demonstration Missions BAA »» NASA Office of Chief Technologist Technology Demonstration Missions BAA

[Wednesday, March 2, 2011] This announcement solicits proposals for the demonstration of space technologies that provide new system-level technological capabilities.

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NASA Sets News Conference With Shuttle and Space Station Crews »» NASA Sets News Conference With Shuttle and Space Station Crews

[Wednesday, March 2, 2011] The 12 crew members aboard space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station will hold a news conference starting at 9:48 a.m. CST on Friday, March 4.

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NASA-Sponsored Research Explains Missing Sunspots »» NASA-Sponsored Research Explains Missing Sunspots

[Wednesday, March 2, 2011] NASA-sponsored research has resulted in the first computer model that explains the recent period of decreased solar activity during the sun's 11-year cycle.

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NASA STS-133 Report #14  6:30 a.m. CST Thursday, March 3, 2011 »» NASA STS-133 Report #14 6:30 a.m. CST Thursday, March 3, 2011

[Thursday, March 3, 2011] Discovery and the International Space Station crews will get a special call Thursday from the White House. President Obama will be calling up to space to talk with all 12 crew members at 4:03 p.m. CST. The call will be aired live on NASA Television.

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Former NASA Astronaut John Mike Lounge Dies »» Former NASA Astronaut John Mike Lounge Dies

[Thursday, March 3, 2011] All of us at the Johnson Space Center are deeply saddened by the passing of former astronaut Mike Lounge, said Michael Coats, Director, Johnson Space Center.

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NASA OIG: NASA's Use of Recovery Act Funding for the James Webb Space Telescope Project »» NASA OIG: NASA's Use of Recovery Act Funding for the James Webb Space Telescope Project

[Thursday, March 3, 2011] In 2009 the JWST Project received $75 million in Recovery Act funding intended to sustain the Project's workforce at a consistent level and maintain the baseline schedule for key development activities.

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NASA OIG: Audit of NASA's Facilities Maintenance »» NASA OIG: Audit of NASA's Facilities Maintenance

[Thursday, March 3, 2011] The Office of Inspector General (OIG) examined NASA's facilities maintenance program to evaluate the Agency's efforts to prioritize and fund maintenance activities.

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2011 Next-Gen Suborbital Researchers Conference a Hit, 2012 Follow-up Conference Planned »» 2011 Next-Gen Suborbital Researchers Conference a Hit, 2012 Follow-up Conference Planned

[Thursday, March 3, 2011] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) held in Orlando, Florida, this week set records for the number of presentations, sponsors and attendees.

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GAO Report: NASA: Assessment of Selected Large-Scale Projects »» GAO Report: NASA: Assessment of Selected Large-Scale Projects

[Thursday, March 3, 2011] GAO assessed 21 NASA projects with a combined life-cycle cost that exceeds $68 billion. Of those 21 projects, 16 had entered the implementation phase where cost and schedule baselines were established.

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Oxygen Isotope Variation in Meteorite Provides Insight Into Planet Formation »» Oxygen Isotope Variation in Meteorite Provides Insight Into Planet Formation

[Thursday, March 3, 2011] NASA research on a meteorite has provided new evidence that the inner planets formed from materials spread far and wide in the early solar system, and not just from nearby matter.

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New observations of the giant planet orbiting Beta Pictoris »» New observations of the giant planet orbiting Beta Pictoris

[Thursday, March 3, 2011] Astronomy & Astrophysics publishes new high angular resolution observations of the giant planet orbiting the star B Pictoris

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Photo: Pico de Orizaba, Mexico As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Pico de Orizaba, Mexico As Seen From Orbit

[Thursday, March 3, 2011] Pico de Orizaba, Mexico is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member on the International Space Station.

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Photo: Discovery Approaches International Space Station »» Photo: Discovery Approaches International Space Station

[Thursday, March 3, 2011] Backdropped by a blue and white part of Earth, space shuttle Discovery is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member as the shuttle approaches the International Space Station.

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NASA STS-133 Report #15  5:30 p.m. CST Thursday, March 3, 2011 »» NASA STS-133 Report #15 5:30 p.m. CST Thursday, March 3, 2011

[Friday, March 4, 2011] President Barack Obama made a long-distance call to the dozen members of the Discovery and International Space Station crews a little after 4 p.m. CST.

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Rising CO2 is causing plants to release less water to the atmosphere, researchers say »» Rising CO2 is causing plants to release less water to the atmosphere, researchers say

[Friday, March 4, 2011] The scientists gathered their data from a diversity of plant species in Florida, including living individuals as well as samples extracted from herbarium collections and peat formations 100 to 150 years old.

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NASA Light Technology Successfully Reduces Cancer Patients' Painful Side Effects from Radiation and Chemotherapy »» NASA Light Technology Successfully Reduces Cancer Patients' Painful Side Effects from Radiation and Chemotherapy

[Friday, March 4, 2011] A NASA technology originally developed for plant growth experiments on space shuttle missions has successfully reduced the painful side effects resulting from chemotherapy and radiation treatment in bone marrow and stem cell transplant patients.

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Astrobotic Technology Inc. Announces Payload Users Guide »» Astrobotic Technology Inc. Announces Payload Users Guide

[Friday, March 4, 2011] Astrobotic Technology Inc. today released a new guide for researchers on preparation of their instruments for the company's robotic expedition to the surface of the Moon.

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Buckyballs More Common in Space than Thought »» Buckyballs More Common in Space than Thought

[Friday, March 4, 2011] Observations made with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have provided surprises concerning the presence of buckminsterfullerenes, or "buckyballs," the largest known molecules in space.

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NASA Makes Use of Historic Test Site for New Robotic Lander Prototype Tests »» NASA Makes Use of Historic Test Site for New Robotic Lander Prototype Tests

[Friday, March 4, 2011] Today, engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., began the first phase of integrated system tests on a new robotic lander prototype at Redstone Test Center's propulsion test facility on the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal.

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NASA's Glory Satellite Fails To Reach Orbit »» NASA's Glory Satellite Fails To Reach Orbit

[Friday, March 4, 2011] NASA's Glory mission launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Friday at 5:09:45 a.m. EST failed to reach orbit.

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NASA STS-133 Report #16  6 a.m. CST Friday, March 4, 2011 »» NASA STS-133 Report #16 6 a.m. CST Friday, March 4, 2011

[Friday, March 4, 2011] Space shuttle Discovery's crew will be getting in some extra work inside the new Leonardo module Friday in the first of two days that have been added to the STS-133 mission.

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Astronaut Garrett Reisman Joins SpaceX »» Astronaut Garrett Reisman Joins SpaceX

[Friday, March 4, 2011] Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is proud to announce that NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman is joining the company as a senior engineer working on astronaut safety and mission assurance.

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NASA Creates Glory Satellite Mishap Investigation Board »» NASA Creates Glory Satellite Mishap Investigation Board

[Friday, March 4, 2011] NASA's Glory mission ended Friday after the spacecraft failed to reach orbit following its launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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ESA ISS Science & System - Operations Status Report # 88, Increment 26 - 25 February 2011 »» ESA ISS Science & System - Operations Status Report # 88, Increment 26 - 25 February 2011

[Friday, March 4, 2011] This is ISS status report #88 from the European Space Agency outlining ESA's science-related activities that have taken place on the ISS during the past two weeks for different European experiments and experiment facilities.

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Earth from Space: American West »» Earth from Space: American West

[Friday, March 4, 2011] The contrasting landscape of the western US states of California (left) and Nevada (right) are highlighted in this Envisat image.

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GOCE delivers on its promise »» GOCE delivers on its promise

[Friday, March 4, 2011] ESA's GOCE satellite has reached its ambitious goal of mapping Earth's gravity with unprecedented precision. In two short years, the sophisticated satellite has collected the measurements needed to record the 'geoid' reference shape of our planet.

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Observing Arctic ice-edge plankton blooms from space »» Observing Arctic ice-edge plankton blooms from space

[Friday, March 4, 2011] Ongoing climate-driven changes to the Arctic sea-ice could have a significant impact on the blooming of tiny planktonic plants (phytoplankton) with important implications for the Arctic ecosystem.

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The Scars of Impacts on Mars »» The Scars of Impacts on Mars

[Friday, March 4, 2011] ESA's Mars Express has returned new images of an elongated impact crater in the southern hemisphere of Mars. Located just south of the Huygens basin, it could have been carved out by a train of projectiles striking the planet at a shallow angle.

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Spitzer Captures Infrared Rays From a Sunflower »» Spitzer Captures Infrared Rays From a Sunflower

[Friday, March 4, 2011] The various spiral arm segments of the Sunflower galaxy, also known as Messier 63, show up vividly in this image taken in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

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NASA Announces Winners of OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest »» NASA Announces Winners of OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest

[Friday, March 4, 2011] NASA has announced the winners of the 2010 NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award. The contest encouraged students to produce short, creative videos about their favorite technology from NASA's Spinoff 2009 Publication.

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NASA STS-133 Report #17  6 p.m. CST Friday, March 4, 2011 »» NASA STS-133 Report #17 6 p.m. CST Friday, March 4, 2011

[Saturday, March 5, 2011] Today was moving day for Discovery's crew members. On the first of two days added to the shuttle's stay at the International Space Station they unloaded more from the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module they brought into space.

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches Second OTV Mission »» United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches Second OTV Mission

[Sunday, March 6, 2011] A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket successfully launched the second Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-2) for the Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office (AFRCO) at 5:46 p.m. EST today from Space Launch Complex- 41.

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NASA Develops Light Microscope For International Space Station »» NASA Develops Light Microscope For International Space Station

[Sunday, March 6, 2011] NASA began testing a new multi-capability microscope this week on the International Space Station. It will help scientists study the effects of the space environment on physics and biology aboard the orbiting laboratory.

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2011 NASA Lunar Workshops for Educators »» 2011 NASA Lunar Workshops for Educators

[Sunday, March 6, 2011] These workshops will focus on lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolving with the new data from current and recent lunar missions.

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NASA STS-133 Report #20  Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 2:30 a.m. CST »» NASA STS-133 Report #20 Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 2:30 a.m. CST

[Sunday, March 6, 2011] With all the work that they've accomplished over their past several days in space, the space shuttle Discovery crew members have just a few more tasks left to complete before they say goodbye to their International Space Station colleagues.

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South Pole Greenhouse: Model for Growing Freshies on Other Worlds »» South Pole Greenhouse: Model for Growing Freshies on Other Worlds

[Sunday, March 6, 2011] The automated South Pole Station Food Growth Chamber offers comfort and nutrition for people living and working at the bottom of the world. It's also proving to be a model for supporting off-world exploration as well.

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NASA Report #21  3:30 p.m. CST Sunday, March 6, 2011  »» NASA Report #21 3:30 p.m. CST Sunday, March 6, 2011

[Sunday, March 6, 2011] Discovery astronauts wound up a successful and productive seven days, 23 hours and 55 minutes of joint activities with the International Space Station crew at 3:11 p.m. CST when hatches between the two vehicles were closed.

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NASA STS-133 Report #22  Monday, March 7, 2011 - 2:30 a.m. CST »» NASA STS-133 Report #22 Monday, March 7, 2011 - 2:30 a.m. CST

[Monday, March 7, 2011] The "Theme from Star Trek," performed by Alexander Courage, served as the wake up music for Discovery's crew at 2:23 a.m. It received the second most public votes from a Top 40 list in a Space Shuttle Program-sponsored song contest.

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NASA Statement on Astrobiology Paper by Richard Hoover »» NASA Statement on Astrobiology Paper by Richard Hoover

[Monday, March 7, 2011] NASA cannot stand behind or support a scientific claim unless it has been peer-reviewed or thoroughly examined by other qualified experts.

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Evaluating NASA Technology Road Maps - Public Workshop Series »» Evaluating NASA Technology Road Maps - Public Workshop Series

[Monday, March 7, 2011] A NRC steering committee and panels advising NASA on innovative technologies for future missions is holding a series of public workshops to review draft NASA technology "road maps" and solicit input from the public, aerospace community, and policymakers.

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NASA Officials Speak At Space Station And Mars Conference »» NASA Officials Speak At Space Station And Mars Conference

[Monday, March 7, 2011] NASA's Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier and other NASA officials are scheduled to speak April 6 and 7 at the International Space Station and Mars Conference.

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NRC: Vision and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013-2022 - Executive Summary »» NRC: Vision and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013-2022 - Executive Summary

[Monday, March 7, 2011] This report was requested by NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to review the status of planetary science in the United States and to develop a comprehensive strategy that will continue these advances in the coming decade.

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NASA Science Mission Directorate Response to Questions about Richard Hoover and His Astrobiology Paper »» NASA Science Mission Directorate Response to Questions about Richard Hoover and His Astrobiology Paper

[Tuesday, March 8, 2011] 3. What is his title? Answer: NASA Scientist. He does not have a Ph.D.

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Report Identifies Priority Missions for Planetary Science in the Next Decade »» Report Identifies Priority Missions for Planetary Science in the Next Decade

[Tuesday, March 8, 2011] A new report from the National Research Council recommends a suite of planetary science flagship missions for the decade 2013-2022 that could provide a steady stream of important new discoveries about the solar system.

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NASA STS-133 Report #24  Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 2:30 a.m. CST »» NASA STS-133 Report #24 Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 2:30 a.m. CST

[Tuesday, March 8, 2011] The STS-133 crew received another special wake up call on Tuesday, as they began what is scheduled to be space shuttle Discoverys last full day in space.

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NASA Hosts STS-133 Song Contest Winner Live In Mission Control »» NASA Hosts STS-133 Song Contest Winner Live In Mission Control

[Tuesday, March 8, 2011] For the first time, NASA astronauts aboard an orbiting spacecraft were awakened by a live performance from Mission Control, as Todd Park Mohr and three other members of Big Head Todd and the Monsters performed "Blue Sky" live at 2:23 a.m. CST.

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Juno Spacecraft Currently Undergoing Environmental Testing at Lockheed Martin »» Juno Spacecraft Currently Undergoing Environmental Testing at Lockheed Martin

[Tuesday, March 8, 2011] NASA's Juno spacecraft is currently undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin's test facility near Denver, Colo.

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MESSENGER Is Ten Days from Mercury Orbit Insertion »» MESSENGER Is Ten Days from Mercury Orbit Insertion

[Tuesday, March 8, 2011] On March 17 the MESSENGER spacecraft will execute a 15-minute maneuver that will place it into orbit about Mercury, making it the first craft ever to do so, and initiating a one-year science campaign to understand the innermost planet.

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Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Center Marks 10th Anniversary as Space Station Science Command Post »» Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Center Marks 10th Anniversary as Space Station Science Command Post

[Tuesday, March 8, 2011] The Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is celebrating a decade of round-the-clock support to the International Space Station.

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Ad Astra and NASA Sign Support Agreement on VASIMR Technology »» Ad Astra and NASA Sign Support Agreement on VASIMR Technology

[Tuesday, March 8, 2011] Ad Astra Rocket Company and NASA JSC have signed a Support Agreement to collaborate on research, analysis and development tasks on space-based cryogenic magnet operations and electric propulsion systems currently under development by Ad Astra.

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NASA Holds Events To Preview Final Space Shuttle Flights »» NASA Holds Events To Preview Final Space Shuttle Flights

[Tuesday, March 8, 2011] NASA will preview the final space shuttle missions during media events on Wednesday, March 23, and Thursday, March 24, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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NASA Accepting Applications From 'Inspired' High School Students »» NASA Accepting Applications From 'Inspired' High School Students

[Tuesday, March 8, 2011] U.S. high school students are invited to participate in NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, or INSPIRE, through an online learning community.

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Upbeat House Appropriations Hearing on FY 2012 NASA Request »» Upbeat House Appropriations Hearing on FY 2012 NASA Request

[Tuesday, March 8, 2011] NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was warmly received at last week's hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.

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Cassini Finds Enceladus is a Powerhouse »» Cassini Finds Enceladus is a Powerhouse

[Wednesday, March 9, 2011] Heat output from the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus is much greater than was previously thought possible, according to a new analysis of data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Some of Mars' Missing Carbon Dioxide May be Buried »» Some of Mars' Missing Carbon Dioxide May be Buried

[Wednesday, March 9, 2011] Rocks on Mars dug from far underground by crater-blasting impacts are providing glimpses of one possible way Mars' atmosphere has become much less dense than it used to be.

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NASA Finds Polar Ice Adding More to Rising Seas »» NASA Finds Polar Ice Adding More to Rising Seas

[Wednesday, March 9, 2011] The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are losing mass at an accelerating pace, according to a new NASA-funded satellite study.

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China's Military Space Surge »» China's Military Space Surge

[Wednesday, March 9, 2011] China's surging military space program is poised to challenge U.S. aircraft carrier operations in the Pacific, as Chinese military spacecraft already gather significant new radar, electrooptical imaging, and signal intelligence data globally.

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The Occurrence Rate of Earth Analog Planets Orbiting Sunlike Stars »» The Occurrence Rate of Earth Analog Planets Orbiting Sunlike Stars

[Wednesday, March 9, 2011] Here, we show that 1.4% to 2.7% of stars like the Sun are expected to have Earth analog planets, based on the Kepler data release of Feb 2011.

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Former Astronaut Seeks To Build Tricorders »» Former Astronaut Seeks To Build Tricorders

[Wednesday, March 9, 2011] What does a five-time shuttle astronaut and M.D. after he leaves NASA? He builds tricorders, of course.

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NASA IPP Solicitation: Opportunity Notice for Potential Centennial Challenges Sponsors »» NASA IPP Solicitation: Opportunity Notice for Potential Centennial Challenges Sponsors

[Wednesday, March 9, 2011] Through this Opportunity Notice (NOTICE), NASA seeks to identify potential Sponsoring Organizations who may be interested in partnering with Allied Organizations to support prize competitions conducted under Centennial Challenges program.

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NASA IPP Opportunity Notice to Participate in its Centennial Challenges Program as an Allied Organization »» NASA IPP Opportunity Notice to Participate in its Centennial Challenges Program as an Allied Organization

[Wednesday, March 9, 2011] Through this Opportunity Notice NASA seeks to select an Allied Organization for the Nano-Satellite Launcher prize competition to be conducted under the Centennial Challenges Program of NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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SpaceX Expanding Texas Operations »» SpaceX Expanding Texas Operations

[Wednesday, March 9, 2011] Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and the City of McGregor today signed a lease agreement allowing SpaceX to expand the size of its rocket development facility in McGregor.

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Space Shuttle Discovery Returns From Space For The Last Time »» Space Shuttle Discovery Returns From Space For The Last Time

[Wednesday, March 9, 2011] At 11:57 a.m. EST, space shuttle Discovery landed for the final time at NASA's Kennedy Space Center after 202 orbits around Earth and a journey of 5,304,140 miles on STS-133.

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IAF celebrating its 60th Anniversary invites astronauts, youths and leading IAF personalities  »» IAF celebrating its 60th Anniversary invites astronauts, youths and leading IAF personalities

[Wednesday, March 9, 2011] In March, the International Astronautical Federation will gather astronauts from all over the world together at a celebration in Paris to mark our 60th anniversary. Alongside the celebration, we are arranging an opportunity for accredited press to meet wi

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NASA Administrator To Greet Discovery Crew, Talk With Students »» NASA Administrator To Greet Discovery Crew, Talk With Students

[Wednesday, March 9, 2011] NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will greet space shuttle Discovery's astronauts on Wednesday after the crew's planned landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Photo: Opportunity Mars Rover As Seen From Orbit - Today »» Photo: Opportunity Mars Rover As Seen From Orbit - Today

[Wednesday, March 9, 2011] The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this color image on March 9, 2011, of "Santa Maria" crater, showing NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

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Prolific NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Reaches Five-Year Mark »» Prolific NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Reaches Five-Year Mark

[Thursday, March 10, 2011] NASA's versatile Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which began orbiting Mars five years ago tomorrow, March 10, has radically expanded our knowledge of the Red Planet and is now working overtime.

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NASA Announces Tweetup For Shuttle Endeavour's Final Lift Off »» NASA Announces Tweetup For Shuttle Endeavour's Final Lift Off

[Thursday, March 10, 2011] NASA will give 150 of its Twitter followers an insider's look at the nation's space program and the opportunity to view a space shuttle launch in person. The fourth shuttle launch Tweetup, scheduled April 18-19.

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Giving children the power to be scientists »» Giving children the power to be scientists

[Thursday, March 10, 2011] Children who are taught how to think and act like scientists develop a clearer understanding of the subject, a study has shown.

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International Space Station Crew Holds News Conference »» International Space Station Crew Holds News Conference

[Thursday, March 10, 2011] Three crew members launching in May to live and work aboard the International Space Station will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. CST on Monday, March 21.

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Three solicitations from the NASA Office of Chief Technologist »» Three solicitations from the NASA Office of Chief Technologist

[Thursday, March 10, 2011] NASA released three solicitations on March 1, 2011, in support of programs in the NASA Office of Chief Technologist (OCT).

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Opportunity Mars Rover Snaps Close-Up of 'Ruiz Garcia' »» Opportunity Mars Rover Snaps Close-Up of 'Ruiz Garcia'

[Thursday, March 10, 2011] Opportunity is completing the last in-situ (contact) study at Santa Maria crater. On Sol 2520 (Feb. 25, 2011), the rover bumped 5.35 meters (18 feet) forward to approach the target "Ruiz Garcia," an exposed rock.

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NASA and other satellites keeping busy with this week's severe weather »» NASA and other satellites keeping busy with this week's severe weather

[Thursday, March 10, 2011] Today, the GOES-13 satellite and NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of the huge stretch of clouds associated with a huge and soggy cold front as it continues its slow march eastward.

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Celebrating 400 Years of Sunspot Observations »» Celebrating 400 Years of Sunspot Observations

[Thursday, March 10, 2011] Johannes Fabricius published the first scientific manuscript "De Maculis in Sole observatis et Apparente earum cum Sole Conversione Narratio" (Narration on Spots Observed on the Sun and their Apparent Rotation with the Sun), on sunspots in June 1611.

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James Webb Space Telescope's »» James Webb Space Telescope's "Chassis" Gets Taken Out for a Spin at NASA

[Thursday, March 10, 2011] The Integrated Science Instrument Module, or ISIM, is the structural heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, what engineers call the main payload. It will house the four main scientific instruments of the telescope.

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LPSC: Analysis of Lunar Orbiter Images Recovered from Analog Tape »» LPSC: Analysis of Lunar Orbiter Images Recovered from Analog Tape

[Thursday, March 10, 2011] In 1966-1967 NASA sent five spacecraft to the Moon to map potential landing areas for the Apollo program as well as for the first global map of a planetary body other than the Earth.

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Northrop Grumman Foundation Announces 2011 Weightless Flights of Discovery Program at National Science Teachers' Association Conference »» Northrop Grumman Foundation Announces 2011 Weightless Flights of Discovery Program at National Science Teachers' Association Conference

[Thursday, March 10, 2011] The Northrop Grumman Foundation announced today that the Foundation is accepting teacher applications for the 2011 Weightless Flights of Discovery program.

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Work Begins on Exploration Park at NASA KSC »» Work Begins on Exploration Park at NASA KSC

[Thursday, March 10, 2011] Site work has begun on Exploration Park, the high-tech research and office park being developed by The Pizzuti Companies in partnership with Space Florida.

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The most distant mature galaxy cluster - Young, but surprisingly grown-up »» The most distant mature galaxy cluster - Young, but surprisingly grown-up

[Thursday, March 10, 2011] Clusters of galaxies are the largest structures in the Universe that are held together by gravity. Astronomers expect these clusters to grow through time and hence that massive clusters would be rare in the early Universe.

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[Thursday, March 10, 2011] The United States has built three research stations at the South Pole since Adm. George Dufek's hasty retreat nearly 55 years ago. Now only the latest generation -- a gleaming facility built on stilts -- remains.

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Photo: Cuba As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Cuba As Seen From Orbit

[Thursday, March 10, 2011] Photo by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, Expedition 26 flight engineer: Cuba, seen from the International Space Station by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli on 17 January 2011.

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

[Thursday, March 10, 2011] NASA will unveil its new rocket integration facility at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. EDT on March 22.

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An Active Black Hole in the 'Eye of Sauron' »» An Active Black Hole in the 'Eye of Sauron'

[Friday, March 11, 2011] This composite image shows the central region of the spiral galaxy NGC 4151, dubbed the "Eye of Sauron" by astronomers for its similarity to the eye of the malevolent character in "The Lord of the Rings".

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NASA MRO HiRISE Image of Mars: Changes on Dunes in Russell Crater »» NASA MRO HiRISE Image of Mars: Changes on Dunes in Russell Crater

[Friday, March 11, 2011] The image on the left was taken a bit over a Mars year before the image on the right; both were taken in the springtime.

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Voyager 1 Performs 70 Degree Roll Maneuver 17 Billion Kilometers From Earth »» Voyager 1 Performs 70 Degree Roll Maneuver 17 Billion Kilometers From Earth

[Friday, March 11, 2011] To enable Voyager 1's Low Energy Charged Particle instrument to gather these data, the spacecraft performed a maneuver on March 7 that it hadn't done for 21 years, except in a preparatory test last month.

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NASA: Host a Downlink With the Space Station »» NASA: Host a Downlink With the Space Station

[Friday, March 11, 2011] NASA is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host a live, in-flight education downlink during Expeditions 29 and 30.

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NASA's Teaching From Space Office Unveils New Website »» NASA's Teaching From Space Office Unveils New Website

[Friday, March 11, 2011] Teaching From Space is a team of former classroom teachers devoted to helping educators make science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, come alive for learners.

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NASA To Host Open Source Summit March 29-30 In California »» NASA To Host Open Source Summit March 29-30 In California

[Friday, March 11, 2011] NASA will host a summit about open source software development on March 29-30 at the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on both days.

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Earthquake and Tsunami near Sendai, Japan »» Earthquake and Tsunami near Sendai, Japan

[Friday, March 11, 2011] On March 11, 2011, at 2:46 p.m. local time (05:46 Universal Time, or UTC), a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan, at 38.3 degrees North latitude and 142.4 degrees East longitude.

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United Launch Alliance Successfully launches Fourth NRO Mission in Six Months (with video) »» United Launch Alliance Successfully launches Fourth NRO Mission in Six Months (with video)

[Saturday, March 12, 2011] A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office was launched at 6:38 p.m. EST from pad 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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NASA's Shuttle Endeavour At Launch Pad, Liftoff Practice Set »» NASA's Shuttle Endeavour At Launch Pad, Liftoff Practice Set

[Saturday, March 12, 2011] After safely reaching its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 11, space shuttle Endeavour now awaits the next major milestone for its upcoming flight to the International Space Station.

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Bill Gerstenmaier on the DC Variable »» Bill Gerstenmaier on the DC Variable

[Saturday, March 12, 2011] Dramatic changes in information and news circulate through blogs, and social media has impacted NASA greatly. While the initial reaction may be to control these outlets, Gerstenmaier has taken a different approach.

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NASA Terra Images: Flooding from Tsunami near Sendai, Japan »» NASA Terra Images: Flooding from Tsunami near Sendai, Japan

[Saturday, March 12, 2011] NASA's Terra satellite's first view of northeastern Japan in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami reveal extensive flooding along the coast.

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Experts to meet at space surveillance conference »» Experts to meet at space surveillance conference

[Saturday, March 12, 2011] ESA will host the first European Space Surveillance Conference in Spain in June. International experts will share their latest research findings on space debris, orbital hazard detection and satellite safety.

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ESA takes first steps towards MetOp Second Generation »» ESA takes first steps towards MetOp Second Generation

[Saturday, March 12, 2011] To ensure that a continuous flow of accurate and timely satellite data is available to forecast the weather and study climate change in the coming decades, ESA is looking to the future by preparing the next generation of MetOp satellites.

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Open water: Break-up of sea ice in McMurdo Sound »» Open water: Break-up of sea ice in McMurdo Sound

[Saturday, March 12, 2011] The sea ice in front of New Zealand's Scott Base breaks apart last week. The station manager reported that open water has not been seen in front of Scott Base since 1998.

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Dawn Gets Vesta Target Practice »» Dawn Gets Vesta Target Practice

[Saturday, March 12, 2011] There is an old chestnut about a pedestrian who once asked a virtuoso violinist near Carnegie Hall how to get to the famed concert venue. The virtuoso's answer: practice!

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NASA Shows Topography of Tsunami-Damaged Japan City »» NASA Shows Topography of Tsunami-Damaged Japan City

[Saturday, March 12, 2011] The topography surrounding Sendai, Japan is clearly visible in this combined radar image and topographic view generated with data from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) acquired in 2000.

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Image: NOAA Model of Honshu Tsunami Event »» Image: NOAA Model of Honshu Tsunami Event

[Saturday, March 12, 2011] The graphics display forecast results, showing qualitative and quantitative information about the tsunami, including tsunami wave interaction with ocean floor bathymetric features, and neighboring coastlines.

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NOAA Animation: Honshu Tsunami Propagation Across The Pacific Basin »» NOAA Animation: Honshu Tsunami Propagation Across The Pacific Basin

[Saturday, March 12, 2011] The Honshu tsunami was generated by a Mw 8.9 earthquake (38.322*N, 142.369*E ), at 05:46 UTC, 130 km (80 miles) E of Sendai, Honshu, Japan (according to the USGS). In approximately 25 minutes, the tsunami was first recorded at DART(R) buoy 21418.

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DLR Disaster Extent Map: Japan, Sendai Airport - Earthquake/Tsunami »» DLR Disaster Extent Map: Japan, Sendai Airport - Earthquake/Tsunami

[Saturday, March 12, 2011] An earthquake of magnitude 8.8 hit north-east Japan followed by a series of powerful aftershocks and Tsunamis.

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Photo: JAXA Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle Being Moved On The ISS »» Photo: JAXA Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle Being Moved On The ISS

[Sunday, March 13, 2011] In the grasp of the International Space Station's Canadarm2, the Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-2) is moved from the space-facing side of the Harmony node back to the Earth-facing port of Harmony.

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NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Mosaic: The Far Side of the Moon »» NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Mosaic: The Far Side of the Moon

[Sunday, March 13, 2011] The lunar farside as never seen before! LROC WAC orthographic projection centered at 180 degrees longitude, 0 degrees latitude.

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NASA Image: GOES-11 Satellite Sees Pacific Ocean Basin After Japan Quake »» NASA Image: GOES-11 Satellite Sees Pacific Ocean Basin After Japan Quake

[Sunday, March 13, 2011] This infrared image from the GOES-11 satellite shows the Pacific Ocean on March 11, 2011 at 1200 UTC (7 a.m. EST/4 a.m. PST). Waves from the powerful 8.9 Richter scale earthquake in Japan created a tsunami that is moving through the Pacific at this time.

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Roscosmos: Soyuz TMA-21 Launch Delayed Due to »» Roscosmos: Soyuz TMA-21 Launch Delayed Due to "Glitch"

[Monday, March 14, 2011] Taking into account the necessity to run additional analysis of the glitch, Soyuz TMa-21 launch is postponed.

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Fragile Oasis: Astronaut Ron Garan: Final Flight Readiness Examinations »» Fragile Oasis: Astronaut Ron Garan: Final Flight Readiness Examinations

[Monday, March 14, 2011] Our 1st exam consisted of a "normal" day onboard the ISS with occasional malfunctions sprinkled in.

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NASA Launches New Website, Celebrates Women's Contributions To Science And Exploration »» NASA Launches New Website, Celebrates Women's Contributions To Science And Exploration

[Monday, March 14, 2011] NASA will debut its new Women@NASA website during a Women's History Month event at the agency's Headquarters in Washington at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 16.

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Fatal Injury at NASA KSC Pad 39A »» Fatal Injury at NASA KSC Pad 39A

[Monday, March 14, 2011] At about 7:40 a.m. EDT this morning, a United Space Alliance worker fell at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A. NASA emergency medical personnel responded, but they were unable to revive the man.

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SpaceX and SES Announce Satellite Launch Agreement »» SpaceX and SES Announce Satellite Launch Agreement

[Monday, March 14, 2011] As the Satellite 2011 conference kicked off in Washington, D.C., Space Exploration Technologies and SES today announced an agreement to launch an SES satellite using the Falcon 9 rocket.

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NASA Image: Spicules: Jets on the Sun »» NASA Image: Spicules: Jets on the Sun

[Monday, March 14, 2011] Imagine a pipe as wide as a state and as long as the Earth. Now imagine that this pipe is filled with hot gas moving 50,000 kilometers per hour. Further imagine that this pipe is not made of metal but a transparent magnetic field.

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Fasting for science on Space Station »» Fasting for science on Space Station

[Monday, March 14, 2011] With almost half of the MagISStra mission behind him, ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli has not had much free time on the International Space Station. In addition to his heavy workload, he has also been on a special diet.

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SOLAR: three years observing and ready for solar maximum »» SOLAR: three years observing and ready for solar maximum

[Monday, March 14, 2011] Europe's Columbus research module has been part of the International Space Station for three years now. During that time, its external SOLAR package has been faithfully monitoring the energy flowing from the Sun.

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Earth from Space: Irrigated Desert »» Earth from Space: Irrigated Desert

[Monday, March 14, 2011] The rich agricultural soils of the Imperial Valley in the desert region of Southern California, US, are featured in this image acquired by Japan's four-tonne ALOS Earth observation satellite.

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NASA Extends Crew Flight Contract With Russian Space Agency »» NASA Extends Crew Flight Contract With Russian Space Agency

[Monday, March 14, 2011] NASA has signed a $753 million modification to the current International Space Station contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency for crew transportation, rescue and related services from 2014 through June 2016.

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Hubble Space Telescope Rules Out One Alternative to Dark Energy »» Hubble Space Telescope Rules Out One Alternative to Dark Energy

[Monday, March 14, 2011] Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have ruled out an alternate theory on the nature of dark energy after recalculating the expansion rate of the universe to unprecedented accu

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NASA GSFC Solicitation: The Climate at Home Project »» NASA GSFC Solicitation: The Climate at Home Project

[Monday, March 14, 2011] The Climate@Home(TM) project will build a virtual climate simulation supercomputer with contributions from citizens for both their idle computing cycles and local knowledge about climate change.

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NASA's Chief Technology Officer for IT Chris Kemp Is Leaving The Agency »» NASA's Chief Technology Officer for IT Chris Kemp Is Leaving The Agency

[Tuesday, March 15, 2011] It is with mixed emotions that today I am announcing my resignation as NASA's Chief Technology Officer for IT.

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NASA OIG: Review of NASA's Controls over Public Sales of Space Shuttle Property »» NASA OIG: Review of NASA's Controls over Public Sales of Space Shuttle Property

[Tuesday, March 15, 2011] We found that NASA had not fully integrated its export control and property disposition processes to reduce the risk that public sales of Space Shuttle property could result in the prohibited release of export-controlled items and technology.

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Image: Chasma Boreale on Mars »» Image: Chasma Boreale on Mars

[Tuesday, March 15, 2011] Chasma Boreale, a long, flat-floored valley, cuts deep into Mars' north polar icecap. Its walls rise about 4,600 feet, or 1,400 meters, above the floor.

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NASA's MESSENGER Primed for Mercury Orbit »» NASA's MESSENGER Primed for Mercury Orbit

[Tuesday, March 15, 2011] After more than a dozen laps through the inner solar system and six planetary flybys, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft will move into orbit around Mercury on at around 9 p.m. EDT on March 17, 2011.

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Wheels Up For NASA Mission's Most Extensive Arctic Ice Survey »» Wheels Up For NASA Mission's Most Extensive Arctic Ice Survey

[Tuesday, March 15, 2011] Researchers and flight crew arrived in Thule, Greenland, on Monday, March 14, for the start of NASA's 2011 Operation IceBridge, an airborne mission to study changes in Arctic polar ice

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Japan Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days, Moved Axis »» Japan Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days, Moved Axis

[Tuesday, March 15, 2011] The March 11, magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan may have shortened the length of each Earth day and shifted its axis. But don't worry--you won't notice the difference.

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 15 March 2011 »» NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 15 March 2011

[Tuesday, March 15, 2011] All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Last full day of Increment 26. First day as CDR for Dmitri Kondratyev (Scott Kelly again FE-3 as on Inc-25).

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Large Hadron Collider could be world's first time machine »» Large Hadron Collider could be world's first time machine

[Wednesday, March 16, 2011] If the latest theory of Tom Weiler and Chui Man Ho is right, the Large Hadron Collider - the world's largest atom smasher that started regular operation last year - could be the first machine capable of causing matter to travel backwards in time.

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Challenger Center Hosts Live Interactive Webcast with Astronaut Barbara Morgan »» Challenger Center Hosts Live Interactive Webcast with Astronaut Barbara Morgan

[Wednesday, March 16, 2011] Each month, Challenger Center will feature an astronaut as guest of a live webcast, with an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

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Key Quotes from Today's Hearing on Realizing NASA's Potential: Programmatic Challenges in the 21st Century »» Key Quotes from Today's Hearing on Realizing NASA's Potential: Programmatic Challenges in the 21st Century

[Wednesday, March 16, 2011] The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a full committee hearing today titled Realizing NASA's Potential: Programmatic Challenges in the 21st Century.

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Statement of NASA Administrator Bolden: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation »» Statement of NASA Administrator Bolden: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

[Wednesday, March 16, 2011] Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, I appreciate the opportunity to submit this statement for the record as part of the Committee's hearing today entitled Realizing NASA's Potential: Programmatic Challenges in the 21st Century.

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Expedition 26 Crew And Soyuz Capsule Land Safely In Kazakhstan »» Expedition 26 Crew And Soyuz Capsule Land Safely In Kazakhstan

[Wednesday, March 16, 2011] Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly and Russian Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka safely landed their Soyuz spacecraft on the Kazakhstan steppe Wednesday, wrapping up a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

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Photo: Sendai Coast of Japan As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Sendai Coast of Japan As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, March 16, 2011] From 220 miles above Japan, an Expedition 26 crew member onboard the International Space Station took this 200mm view of the Sendai coast and southward, on March 14, three days after the one-two-punch of earthquake and tsunami.

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Student teams working on 'Spin Your Thesis!' »» Student teams working on 'Spin Your Thesis!'

[Wednesday, March 16, 2011] Four teams of university students will develop and perform experiments in hypergravity during ESA's second 'Spin Your Thesis!' campaign.

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Photos: Mapping Japan's Changed Landscape from Space »» Photos: Mapping Japan's Changed Landscape from Space

[Wednesday, March 16, 2011] Following the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on 11 March, satellite imagery has been vital in providing a clear picture of the extent of devastation to aid the relief effort now underwa

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The drama of starbirth: Newborn stars wreak havoc in their nursery »» The drama of starbirth: Newborn stars wreak havoc in their nursery

[Wednesday, March 16, 2011] A new image from ESO's Very Large Telescope gives a close-up view of the dramatic effects newborn stars have on the gas and dust from which they formed.

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Photo: Milan, Italy As Seen From Orbit at Night »» Photo: Milan, Italy As Seen From Orbit at Night

[Wednesday, March 16, 2011] Milan, Italy metropolitan area is featured in this night time view photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member on the International Space Station.

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NASA's Spaceward Bound Goes to the Deserts of the United Arab Emirates »» NASA's Spaceward Bound Goes to the Deserts of the United Arab Emirates

[Wednesday, March 16, 2011] An adventurous team of experts will remember its intense heat, as they searched for microbial life between sand dunes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They were searching for simple life forms that also may exist on other planets.

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Fortuitous Timing for NASA's New Space Weather App »» Fortuitous Timing for NASA's New Space Weather App

[Wednesday, March 16, 2011] NASA's new Space Weather App allows users to analyze active regions on the Sun using observations by Sun-observing satellites, including the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

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NASA Satellites Show Towering Thunderstorms in Rare Sub-tropical Storm Arani »» NASA Satellites Show Towering Thunderstorms in Rare Sub-tropical Storm Arani

[Wednesday, March 16, 2011] NASA's Aqua and TRMM satellites are providing data to scientists about the Southern Atlantic Ocean Sub-tropical Storm Arani, a rare occurrence in the southern ocean.

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NASA Celebrates Trailblazers During Women's History Month Event »» NASA Celebrates Trailblazers During Women's History Month Event

[Wednesday, March 16, 2011] NASA's women took the spotlight Wednesday in a Women's History Month event showcasing their achievements in aeronautics and space exploration initiatives.

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NOAA Administrator Unveils Arctic Plan During Aspen Speech »» NOAA Administrator Unveils Arctic Plan During Aspen Speech

[Thursday, March 17, 2011] The Arctic is at once a majestic, harsh, and fragile environment. It's the region where we are seeing the most rapid and dramatic changes in the climate. And these regional changes have global implications.

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Europe's Largest Telecom Satellite »» Europe's Largest Telecom Satellite

[Thursday, March 17, 2011] Alphabus has met Alphasat. Europe's largest telecom satellite is taking shape with final assembly and testing ready to begin in Toulouse, France.

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Academy Award Winner James Cameron Joins X PRIZE Foundation Board of Trustees »» Academy Award Winner James Cameron Joins X PRIZE Foundation Board of Trustees

[Thursday, March 17, 2011] In addition to his Board of Trustees appointment, Cameron serves on the X PRIZE Foundation's Exploration Advisory Committee.

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Contamination Forces Removal of Space Station Greenhouse »» Contamination Forces Removal of Space Station Greenhouse

[Thursday, March 17, 2011] Gardens are always a source of surprises. After three weeks of steady growth in space under the watchful eye of Paolo Nespoli, the baby space plants of the Greenhouse in Space project have found a new - and unexpected - travelling companion.

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NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Study of 'Ruiz Garcia' Rock Completed »» NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Study of 'Ruiz Garcia' Rock Completed

[Thursday, March 17, 2011] Opportunity Status for sol 2527-2532: Opportunity completed the in-situ (contact) investigation on the surface target Ruiz Garcia at Santa Maria crater.

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GEOScan Workshop to Examine Opportunities for Scientific Hosted Payloads on Iridium Satellites »» GEOScan Workshop to Examine Opportunities for Scientific Hosted Payloads on Iridium Satellites

[Thursday, March 17, 2011] A GEOScan workshop will bring together representatives from the geosciences community to form plans for a potential global Earth-observation network in space, using hosted payloads on Iridium's next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT.

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Cassini Sees Seasonal Rains Transform Titan's Surface »» Cassini Sees Seasonal Rains Transform Titan's Surface

[Thursday, March 17, 2011] As spring continues to unfold at Saturn, April showers on the planet's largest moon, Titan, have brought methane rain to its equatorial deserts, as revealed in images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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MESSENGER Orbit Maneuver a »» MESSENGER Orbit Maneuver a "Go"

[Thursday, March 17, 2011] The command sequence containing instructions to maneuver MESSENGER into orbit about Mercury is now executing, the science instruments have been turned off, and the propulsion system is conditioned for its big show this evening.

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MESSENGER Is In Orbit Around Mercury »» MESSENGER Is In Orbit Around Mercury

[Friday, March 18, 2011] At 9:10 p.m. EDT, engineers in the MESSENGER Mission Operations Center at APL in Laurel, Md., received radiometric signals confirming nominal burn shutdown and successful insertion of the MESSENGER probe into orbit around the planet Mercury.

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NASA Leaders To Mentor New York Students On March 22 »» NASA Leaders To Mentor New York Students On March 22

[Friday, March 18, 2011] NASA is hosting a March 22 forum in New York City to share the excitement of space exploration and encourage students - especially girls - to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Notice of request for grant proposals for the Commercial Space Transportation Grant Program »» Notice of request for grant proposals for the Commercial Space Transportation Grant Program

[Friday, March 18, 2011] This notice solicits Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 grant proposals to continue the development of a Commercial Space Transportation infrastructure system, which supports the National Space Policy and Congressional intent.

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Kepler Mission Manager Update - Safe Mode Event March 15, 2011 »» Kepler Mission Manager Update - Safe Mode Event March 15, 2011

[Friday, March 18, 2011] During a planned contact on March 14, the Kepler spacecraft experienced a safe mode event. A safe mode is a self-protective measure that the spacecraft takes when something unexpected occurs.

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Photos: Freeing Robonaut From His Cage »» Photos: Freeing Robonaut From His Cage

[Saturday, March 19, 2011] NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, Expedition 26/27 flight engineer, opens the container that holds Robonaut 2, the dexterous humanoid astronaut helper, in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station

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Gravitational and Space biology - Journal Updates and Invitation for general submissions »» Gravitational and Space biology - Journal Updates and Invitation for general submissions

[Saturday, March 19, 2011] As many of you know, the Society's journal, Gravitational and Space Biology, is undergoing a series of changes to become a completely electronic, Open Journal, and the September issue will be the first in the new format.

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Alternatives Have Begun in Bid to Hear from Spirit »» Alternatives Have Begun in Bid to Hear from Spirit

[Saturday, March 19, 2011] Hopes for reviving NASA's Spirit Mars rover dimmed further with passage last week of the point at which the rover's locale received its maximum sunshine for the Martian year.

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Photo: Northern Reaches of Enceladus »» Photo: Northern Reaches of Enceladus

[Saturday, March 19, 2011] The Cassini spacecraft watches over the northern latitudes of Saturn's geologically active moon Enceladus while the planet's rings peek through in the distance in this snapshot.

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NASA Technology Day on Capitol Hill »» NASA Technology Day on Capitol Hill

[Saturday, March 19, 2011] On the same day that Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space, emerged from his protective packaging onboard the International Space Station, its twin entertained a crowd back on Earth at the annual NASA Technology Day on Capitol Hill.

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$18,000 in Prizes Offered by Yuri's Night in »» $18,000 in Prizes Offered by Yuri's Night in "Call to Humanity" Space Exploration Ad Competition

[Sunday, March 20, 2011] Yuri's Night is excited to commemorate the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight by launching two contests: the "Call to Humanity" Space Exploration Ad Competition

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Photos: Soyuz TMA-01M Landing Kazakhstan »» Photos: Soyuz TMA-01M Landing Kazakhstan

[Monday, March 21, 2011] The Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft is seen as it lands with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, Expedition 26 commander; and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri, both flight engineers, near the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan on March 16, 2011

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Photos: Soyuz Recovery Ops in Snowy Kazakhstan »» Photos: Soyuz Recovery Ops in Snowy Kazakhstan

[Monday, March 21, 2011] In this wide shot framed by snow-covered ground and foggy skies, Russian support personnel work to help get crew members out of the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft shortly after the capsule landed near the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan March 16, 2011.

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Endeavour's Payload Installation Slated This Week »» Endeavour's Payload Installation Slated This Week

[Monday, March 21, 2011] The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and a pallet loaded with large spare parts will be taken to Launch Pad 39A and loaded into space shuttle Endeavour's payload bay this week.

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NASA Teaming Opportunity to Develop and Validate Active Electrostatic Shielding for Human Space Missions »» NASA Teaming Opportunity to Develop and Validate Active Electrostatic Shielding for Human Space Missions

[Monday, March 21, 2011] Participation in this partnering synopsis is open to all categories of U.S. and non-U.S. organizations, including educational institutions, industry, not-for-profit institutions, JPL, as well as NASA Centers and other U.S. Government Agencies.

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Planetary Science Decadal Survey Newsletter #7 »» Planetary Science Decadal Survey Newsletter #7

[Monday, March 21, 2011] This is the seventh newsletter to the community regarding the planetary science decadal survey.

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NASA And Etsy Announce Winners Of »» NASA And Etsy Announce Winners Of "Space Craft" Contest

[Monday, March 21, 2011] During a Friday ceremony in Brooklyn, N.Y., NASA and Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade arts and crafts, announced the winners of "Space Craft," a contest that received more than 600 entries.

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Spacebound Bacteria Inspire Earthbound Remedies »» Spacebound Bacteria Inspire Earthbound Remedies

[Monday, March 21, 2011] Recent research aboard the space shuttle is giving scientists a better understanding of how infectious disease occurs in space and could someday improve astronaut health and provide novel treatments for people on Earth.

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Revisiting 1950s Experiments for Signs of Life's Origin »» Revisiting 1950s Experiments for Signs of Life's Origin

[Monday, March 21, 2011] In the years since Miller's initial experiments, scientists have come to believe that the atmosphere of primitive Earth wasn't made up of the same gases that he used in his initial study.

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Expedition 27 Launch Date And NASA Television Coverage Updated »» Expedition 27 Launch Date And NASA Television Coverage Updated

[Tuesday, March 22, 2011] The Russian Federal Space Agency has adjusted the launch date for the next three residents of the International Space Station to Monday, April 4 (April 5 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan).

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Students to Reach New Heights at Robotics Competition »» Students to Reach New Heights at Robotics Competition

[Tuesday, March 22, 2011] Sixty-four high school teams will compete in the 20th season of the Los Angeles regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competiti

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Mars500 video diary 12: It is finally (and it was) Mars! »» Mars500 video diary 12: It is finally (and it was) Mars!

[Tuesday, March 22, 2011] The highlight of the Mars500 was landing to Mars. Diego and Romain are showing in this long video all what happened during exiting February at the Mars500 modules.

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Kepler Mission Manager Update - Kepler Returns to Science »» Kepler Mission Manager Update - Kepler Returns to Science

[Tuesday, March 22, 2011] After a safe mode event that lasted 144 hours, NASA's Kepler spacecraft returned to science data collection at 2:45 a.m. EDT Sunday, March 20.

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ESA Council appoints Directors »» ESA Council appoints Directors

[Tuesday, March 22, 2011] The Council of the European Space Agency has appointed a team of Directors who will assist the Director General in the reorganised structure that takes effect on 1 April 2011.

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XCOR & ULA Demonstrate Revolutionary Rocket Engine Nozzle Technology - Sign Contract for Liquid Hydrogen Engine Development »» XCOR & ULA Demonstrate Revolutionary Rocket Engine Nozzle Technology - Sign Contract for Liquid Hydrogen Engine Development

[Tuesday, March 22, 2011] United Launch Alliance (ULA) and XCOR Aerospace announced today their successful hot-fire demonstrations of a lighter-weight, lower-cost approach to liquid-fueled rocket-engine vacuum nozzles.

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NASA Selects Finalists in Balloonsat Competition »» NASA Selects Finalists in Balloonsat Competition

[Tuesday, March 22, 2011] NASA has selected four high school teams as finalists in the 2011 Balloonsat High Altitude Flight competition.

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Image: North America Nebula As Seen By Spitzer Space Telescope »» Image: North America Nebula As Seen By Spitzer Space Telescope

[Tuesday, March 22, 2011] This swirling landscape of stars is known as the North America Nebula. In visible light, the region resembles North America, but in this new infrared view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, the continent disappears

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STS-134 Payload at the Pad »» STS-134 Payload at the Pad

[Tuesday, March 22, 2011] At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the payload for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission arrived at Launch Pad 39A last night.

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NASA Ushers In New Space Exploration Era At Wallops Flight Facility »» NASA Ushers In New Space Exploration Era At Wallops Flight Facility

[Tuesday, March 22, 2011] NASA ushered in a new era of space exploration at its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony opening the new Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF).

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NASA Ames Wins Agency Awards for Inventions »» NASA Ames Wins Agency Awards for Inventions

[Wednesday, March 23, 2011] NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., has won two agency awards: the 2010 Government Invention of the Year Award and the 2010 Commercial Invention of the Year Award.

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NASA Challenges New York Students To Aim High, Reach For The Stars »» NASA Challenges New York Students To Aim High, Reach For The Stars

[Wednesday, March 23, 2011] NASA senior officials led a high-voltage education forum Tuesday in New York City to mentor and encourage young people, especially girls, to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies and careers.

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Video Preview: First Orbit - What Yuri Gagarin Saw - Filmed In Orbit »» Video Preview: First Orbit - What Yuri Gagarin Saw - Filmed In Orbit

[Wednesday, March 23, 2011] "We have partnered with YouTube to share First Orbit with the World in a special global streaming event on the 12th April. The Yuri's Night network will also be showing the film at over 120 parties around the world that day."

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UCSB scientists get glimpse of how the 'code' of life may have emerged »» UCSB scientists get glimpse of how the 'code' of life may have emerged

[Wednesday, March 23, 2011] A portion of the "code" of life has been unraveled by a UC Santa Barbara graduate student from the town of Jojutla, Mexico.

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Shuttle Commander Mark Kelley Not Available for Media Interviews »» Shuttle Commander Mark Kelley Not Available for Media Interviews

[Wednesday, March 23, 2011] Space Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly will not be available for media interviews that had been scheduled from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. CDT Thursday, March 24, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Are You a Martian? We Could All Be, Scientists Say »» Are You a Martian? We Could All Be, Scientists Say

[Wednesday, March 23, 2011] Are we all Martians? According to many planetary scientists, it's conceivable that all life on Earth is descended from organisms that originated on Mars and were carried here aboard meteorites.

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A very cool pair of brown dwarfs »» A very cool pair of brown dwarfs

[Wednesday, March 23, 2011] Brown dwarfs are essentially failed stars: they lack enough mass for gravity to trigger the nuclear reactions that make stars shine.

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Webb Sunshield Like an Umbrella on the Shores of the Universe »» Webb Sunshield Like an Umbrella on the Shores of the Universe

[Wednesday, March 23, 2011] The James Webb Space Telescope has a unique shield to protect its sensitive instruments from the heat and light of the sun.

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Photo: Cat Island, Commonwealth of the Bahamas As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Cat Island, Commonwealth of the Bahamas As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, March 23, 2011] Cat Island, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member on the International Space Station.

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»» "Lost" Miller Experiment Gives Clue to Origin of Life

[Wednesday, March 23, 2011] The origin of life may have been smelly, according to a recent, NASA-funded analysis of residue from a variant of classic experiments performed by Dr. Stanley Miller in the 1950s.

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Photo: Hawaiian Volcano Activity As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Hawaiian Volcano Activity As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, March 23, 2011] On March 5, 2011, one of Hawaii's most active volcanoes--Kilauea--surged with flows of fresh lava and the opening of a new fissure.

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Class of 4000 children: trained like astronauts, finishing their mission »» Class of 4000 children: trained like astronauts, finishing their mission

[Thursday, March 24, 2011] After eight weeks of exercises and classroom activities, 4000 children from more than 25 cities worldwide are about to conclude their 'Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut' challenge that promotes healthy nutrition and regular exercise.

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NASA Turns off Stardust Today »» NASA Turns off Stardust Today

[Thursday, March 24, 2011] On Thursday, March 24 at about 4 p.m. PDT (7 p.m. EDT), NASA's Stardust spacecraft will perform a final burn with its main engines.

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Chandra Image: Einstein's Theory Fights Off Challengers »» Chandra Image: Einstein's Theory Fights Off Challengers

[Thursday, March 24, 2011] This composite image of the Abell 3376 galaxy cluster shows X-ray data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the ROSAT telescope in gold, an optical image from the Digitized Sky Survey in red, green and blue, and a radio image from the VLA in blue.

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International Launch Services Protests Unfair Subsidies to Arianespace »» International Launch Services Protests Unfair Subsidies to Arianespace

[Thursday, March 24, 2011] ILS International Launch Services, Inc. (ILS), citing the recurring subsidies provided to its primary competitor, Arianespace, is waging an aggressive protest and intends to pursue "all avenues of recourse to stop such inordinate and direct subsidization

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First Lockheed Martin-built Milstar II Satellite Marks 10 Years in Service »» First Lockheed Martin-built Milstar II Satellite Marks 10 Years in Service

[Thursday, March 24, 2011] The first Milstar II military communications satellite, built by a Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) team for the U.S. Air Force, has surpassed its 10-year design life of on-orbit service, providing our nation's warfighters with secure and reliable communication

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Hylas-1 ready for service »» Hylas-1 ready for service

[Thursday, March 24, 2011] It's all systems go for Hylas-1, the first satellite created specifically to deliver broadband access to European consumers. Since its launch in November, Hylas has performed well throughout its testing in orbit and is now ready for commercial service.

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Stunning Photo: Tycho Supernova Remnant »» Stunning Photo: Tycho Supernova Remnant

[Thursday, March 24, 2011] This image comes from a very deep Chandra observation of the Tycho supernova remnant, produced by the explosion of a white dwarf star in our Galaxy.

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Space shuttle, station pioneer remembers exploration dream that faded »» Space shuttle, station pioneer remembers exploration dream that faded

[Thursday, March 24, 2011] As the last space shuttle mission approaches, one of the fathers of the world's first reusable spacecraft discussed how the shuttle program began in the 1950's as part of a dream to explore beyond the moon that faded after budget cuts and disaster.

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First student-developed mission in which satellites orbit and communicate led by UT students »» First student-developed mission in which satellites orbit and communicate led by UT students

[Thursday, March 24, 2011] Two satellites designed and constructed by students at the Cockrell School of Engineering successfully separated in space March 22, completing the most crucial goal of the mission since its Nov. 19 launch.

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NASA Helps Students Train Like Astronauts in Mission X Challenge »» NASA Helps Students Train Like Astronauts in Mission X Challenge

[Thursday, March 24, 2011] Fourth-grade students in the College Station Independent School District (CSISD) in Texas have completed six weeks of a NASA health and fitness challenge known as "Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut."

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Suzaku Shows Clearest Picture Yet Of Perseus Galaxy Cluster »» Suzaku Shows Clearest Picture Yet Of Perseus Galaxy Cluster

[Thursday, March 24, 2011] X-ray observations made by the Suzaku observatory provide the clearest picture to date of the size, mass and chemical content of a nearby cluster of galaxies.

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Integral spots matter a millisecond from doom »» Integral spots matter a millisecond from doom

[Thursday, March 24, 2011] ESA's Integral gamma-ray observatory has spotted extremely hot matter just a millisecond before it plunges into the oblivion of a black hole. But is it really doomed? These unique observations suggest that some of the matter may be making a great escape.

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A Super Special Galaxy: Circinus »» A Super Special Galaxy: Circinus

[Thursday, March 24, 2011] There's something special going on in the nearby Circinus galaxy, as revealed by this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

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WISE's Last Light »» WISE's Last Light

[Thursday, March 24, 2011] On the morning of Feb. 1, 2011, WISE, or the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, took its last snapshot of the sky.

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Operation Ice Bridge: An Uncommon Routine »» Operation Ice Bridge: An Uncommon Routine

[Friday, March 25, 2011] The IceBridge team arrived in Thule last week and the campaign is off to a good start.

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Dawn Opens its Eyes, Checks its Instruments »» Dawn Opens its Eyes, Checks its Instruments

[Friday, March 25, 2011] After a hibernation of about six months, the framing cameras on board NASA's Dawn spacecraft have again ventured a look into the stars.

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STS-134 Payload Installation Begins Today »» STS-134 Payload Installation Begins Today

[Friday, March 25, 2011] Launch Pad 39A crews at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will install the STS-134 mission's payload into space shuttle Endeavour's cargo bay today and expect to complete attaching key components on Saturday.

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NASA 360 Available On Hulu »» NASA 360 Available On Hulu

[Friday, March 25, 2011] The site features four 30-minute episodes that show how composite materials are changing our world, how NASA has tested space technologies on Earth and what NASA researchers are doing to improve aviation. More programs will be added in the coming weeks.

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NASA Invites Media To Open Source Summit March 29-30 In California »» NASA Invites Media To Open Source Summit March 29-30 In California

[Friday, March 25, 2011] Journalists are invited to attend NASA's first open source software development summit March 29-30 at the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on both days.

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Algae and bacteria hogged oxygen after ancient mass extinction, slowing recovery of marine life »» Algae and bacteria hogged oxygen after ancient mass extinction, slowing recovery of marine life

[Friday, March 25, 2011] A mass extinction is hard enough for Earth's biosphere to handle, but when you chase it with prolonged oxygen deprivation, the biota ends up with a hangover that can last millions of years.

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Alpine Galileo test site to host ESA's navigation summer school »» Alpine Galileo test site to host ESA's navigation summer school

[Friday, March 25, 2011] Engineering students from around the world will be flocking to Berchtesgaden in July for ESA's navigation summer school. It's a picturesque choice, but also a practical one: the only place in the world where Galileo is already fully realised.

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NASA Stops Work on James Cameron's 3D Camera for Mars Science Laboratory »» NASA Stops Work on James Cameron's 3D Camera for Mars Science Laboratory

[Friday, March 25, 2011] Work has stopped on an alternative version of the instrument, with a pair of zoom-lens cameras, which would have provided additional capabilities for improved three-dimensional video.

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Antarctic Icebergs Play a Previously Unknown Role in Global Carbon Cycle, Climate »» Antarctic Icebergs Play a Previously Unknown Role in Global Carbon Cycle, Climate

[Friday, March 25, 2011] In a finding that has global implications for climate research, scientists have discovered that when icebergs cool and dilute the seas through which they pass for days.

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Heavy Lift Rocket Standoff on Capitol Hill »» Heavy Lift Rocket Standoff on Capitol Hill

[Saturday, March 26, 2011] There is a cottage industry these days - inside and outside of NASA - wherein people speculate what Heavy Launch Vehicle (HLV) design NASA is or is not pursuing.

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NASA Stardust Spacecraft Officially Ends Operations »» NASA Stardust Spacecraft Officially Ends Operations

[Sunday, March 27, 2011] NASA's Stardust spacecraft sent its last transmission to Earth at 4:33 .m. PDT (7:33 p.m. EDT) Thursday, March 24, shortly after depleting fuel and ceasing operations.

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Images: Imagining Mars »» Images: Imagining Mars

[Sunday, March 27, 2011] This composite of three artists' renderings from 1975 was only wish fulfillment for an unnamed JPL artist; however, the landscape and the rendered shapes took into account what was known about Mars that year.

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Photo: Holbox Island and the Yalahau Lagoon As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Holbox Island and the Yalahau Lagoon As Seen From Orbit

[Sunday, March 27, 2011] This composite of three artists' renderings from 1975 was only wish fulfillment for an unnamed JPL artist; however, the landscape and the rendered shapes took into account what was known about Mars that year.

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NASA OIG: Inadequate Security Practices Expose Key NASA Network to Cyber Attack »» NASA OIG: Inadequate Security Practices Expose Key NASA Network to Cyber Attack

[Monday, March 28, 2011] NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin today released an audit report evaluating how well NASA is protecting its Agency-wide mission computer network from Internet-based attacks.

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From candy floss to rock: study provides new evidence about beginnings of the solar system »» From candy floss to rock: study provides new evidence about beginnings of the solar system

[Monday, March 28, 2011] The earliest rocks in our Solar System were more like candy floss than the hard rock that we know today, according to research published today in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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Apollo-era Rover Veterans, NASA Moonbuggy Race Participants to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Lunar Rover »» Apollo-era Rover Veterans, NASA Moonbuggy Race Participants to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Lunar Rover

[Monday, March 28, 2011] On April 1, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., the AIAA, and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville will host a 40th anniversary celebration of the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle on the moon.

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Make a Wish From Space - Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake in Japan »» Make a Wish From Space - Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake in Japan

[Monday, March 28, 2011] In honor of those affected by the Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake in Japan, the Expedition 27 crew is pictured with paper cranes (origami craft).

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NASA To Release Messenger's First Orbital Images Of Mercury »» NASA To Release Messenger's First Orbital Images Of Mercury

[Monday, March 28, 2011] NASA will release the first orbital image of Mercury's surface, including previously unseen terrain, on Tuesday afternoon, March 29.

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Skeptical House Science Committee Reviews FY 2012 NASA Budget Request »» Skeptical House Science Committee Reviews FY 2012 NASA Budget Request

[Monday, March 28, 2011] The central focus of a hearing earlier this month of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee was whether NASA's FY 2012 budget request was a path forward for the space agency.

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Aft Closeouts Prepare Endeavour for TCDT 		»» Aft Closeouts Prepare Endeavour for TCDT

[Tuesday, March 29, 2011] At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers at Launch Pad 39A will begin closeout work on space shuttle Endeavour's aft section today in preparation for tomorrow's STS-134 crew arrival.

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NASA Opens Voting For Original Songs To Awaken Next Shuttle Crew »» NASA Opens Voting For Original Songs To Awaken Next Shuttle Crew

[Tuesday, March 29, 2011] NASA is inviting the public to vote for its favorite original song to wake up space shuttle Commander Mark Kelly and his five crewmates during their STS-134 mission to the International Space Station.

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First MESSENGER Image of Mercury From Orbit »» First MESSENGER Image of Mercury From Orbit

[Tuesday, March 29, 2011] Of Interest: Early this morning, at 5:20 am EDT, MESSENGER captured this historic image of Mercury.

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Astronaut Doug Wheelock's photo »» Astronaut Doug Wheelock's photo "Moon from Space" chosen for Real-Time Photo of the Year

[Wednesday, March 30, 2011] NASA astronaut Doug Wheelock was honored with a Shorty Award for an image of the moon he took and posted to his Twitter account, @Astro_Wheels, while living aboard the International Space Station last year.

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When Is an Asteroid Not an Asteroid? »» When Is an Asteroid Not an Asteroid?

[Wednesday, March 30, 2011] On March 29, 1807, German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers spotted Vesta as a pinprick of light in the sky. Two hundred and four years later, as NASA's Dawn spacecraft prepares to begin orbiting this intriguing world.

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NASA Satellites Detect Extensive Drought Impact On Amazon Forests »» NASA Satellites Detect Extensive Drought Impact On Amazon Forests

[Wednesday, March 30, 2011] A new NASA-funded study has revealed widespread reductions in the greenness of Amazon forests caused by last year's record-breaking drought.

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STS-134 Launch Training in Full Swing at Kennedy »» STS-134 Launch Training in Full Swing at Kennedy

[Wednesday, March 30, 2011] At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Endeavour's six astronauts and ground crews will begin training related to the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) today.

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NASA Offers Schools And Education Groups Chance To Talk To Space »» NASA Offers Schools And Education Groups Chance To Talk To Space

[Wednesday, March 30, 2011] NASA astronauts Mike Fossum of McAllen, Texas, Dan Burbank of Yarmouthport, Mass., and Don Pettit of Silverton, Ore, will participate in the 20-minute question-and-answer sessions, known as in-flight downlinks.

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Kepler spacecraft gives Iowa State's Kawaler, astronomers a look inside red giant stars »» Kepler spacecraft gives Iowa State's Kawaler, astronomers a look inside red giant stars

[Wednesday, March 30, 2011] NASA's Kepler Mission is giving astronomers such a clear view of changes in star brightness that they can now see clues about what's happening inside red giant stars.

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White Dwarfs Could Be Fertile Ground for Other Earths »» White Dwarfs Could Be Fertile Ground for Other Earths

[Wednesday, March 30, 2011] It could be that the best place to look for planets that can support life is around dim, dying stars called white dwarfs.

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