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May 2010 Top Stories


Cassini Returning Enceladus Gravity Data »» Cassini Returning Enceladus Gravity Data

[Sunday, May 2, 2010] NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully completed its 26-hour gravity observation at Saturn's moon Enceladus this week, sending back data scientists will use to understand the moon's interior composition and structure.

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NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity Sees Distant Crater Rims on Horizon »» NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity Sees Distant Crater Rims on Horizon

[Sunday, May 2, 2010] NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has captured a new view of the rim of Endeavour crater, the rover's destination in a multi-year traverse along the sandy Martian landscape.

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Radar Image of Asteroid 2005 YU55 »» Radar Image of Asteroid 2005 YU55

[Sunday, May 2, 2010] The space rock was about 2.3 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) from Earth at the time this image of the radar echo was generated. The ghostly image has a resolution of 7.5 meters (25 feet) per pixel.

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) Joins the Commercial Spaceflight Federation »» Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) Joins the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

[Monday, May 3, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that the Southwest Research Institute has joined the Federation as an Executive Member, having received unanimous approval by the Commercial Spaceflight Federation's Board of Directors.

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ESA Fly Your Thesis 2011 Call for Proposals »» ESA Fly Your Thesis 2011 Call for Proposals

[Monday, May 3, 2010] ESA's Education Office is again offering European students the flights of a lifetime with the third call for proposals for the 'Fly your Thesis!' programme.

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CSIRO telescope spots mega-star cradle »» CSIRO telescope spots mega-star cradle

[Monday, May 3, 2010] Using a CSIRO radio telescope, a team of researchers has caught an enormous cloud of cosmic gas and dust in the process of collapsing in on itself - a discovery which could help solve one of astronomy's enduring conundrums: 'How do massive stars form?'

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Envisat Monitoring Changes in Oil Spill »» Envisat Monitoring Changes in Oil Spill

[Monday, May 3, 2010] ESA's Envisat has captured the changes in direction of the rapidly-growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as strong winds over the weekend pushed it around and hampered clean-up efforts.

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NASA Opens Applications For 'Inspired' High School Students »» NASA Opens Applications For 'Inspired' High School Students

[Monday, May 3, 2010] High school students in the United States are invited to participate in NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, or INSPIRE, through the program's online learning community.

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ETC's NASTAR Center Appoints Former NASA Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator as Advisor for Space and Research »» ETC's NASTAR Center Appoints Former NASA Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator as Advisor for Space and Research

[Monday, May 3, 2010] The National AeroSpace Training and Research Center announced today that it has retained Dr. Alan Stern as an advisor for space and research related business including the Suborbital Scientist Training Program.

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NASA Announces Next Undersea Exploration Mission Dates and Crew (NEEMO) »» NASA Announces Next Undersea Exploration Mission Dates and Crew (NEEMO)

[Tuesday, May 4, 2010] The 14th expedition of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO, begins May 10.

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NASA Heavy Lift Launch System and Propulsion Technology Request for Information »» NASA Heavy Lift Launch System and Propulsion Technology Request for Information

[Tuesday, May 4, 2010] On May 3, 2010, NASA will issue a RFI seeking general information regarding potential launch or space transportation architectures that could be utilized by multiple customers (e.g. NASA, commercial and other Government agencies).

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Weird, ultra-small microbes turn up in acidic mine drainage »» Weird, ultra-small microbes turn up in acidic mine drainage

[Tuesday, May 4, 2010] In the depths of a former copper mine in Northern California dwell what may be the smallest, most stripped-down forms of life ever discovered.

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Lockheed Martin Delivers Next-to-Last Space Shuttle Flight Tank to NASA »» Lockheed Martin Delivers Next-to-Last Space Shuttle Flight Tank to NASA

[Tuesday, May 4, 2010] External Tank-137 is scheduled to depart the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility at 8 p.m. CDT today bound for Kennedy Space Center.

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Slovak Republic signs Cooperation Agreement With ESA »» Slovak Republic signs Cooperation Agreement With ESA

[Tuesday, May 4, 2010] The Slovak Republic signed a Cooperation Agreement with ESA on 28 April 2010. This agreement will allow the Slovak Republic and ESA to create the framework for a more consolidated relationship in the future.

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NASA Opportunity for Students in Grades 9-12: INSPIRE »» NASA Opportunity for Students in Grades 9-12: INSPIRE

[Tuesday, May 4, 2010] High school students throughout the United States are invited to participate in NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, or INSPIRE, through the program's Online Learning Community.

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NASA Internal Memo: NASA's Exploration Enterprise Workshop »» NASA Internal Memo: NASA's Exploration Enterprise Workshop

[Tuesday, May 4, 2010] In conjunction with AIAA, NASA will host an Exploration Enterprise Workshop on May 25-26, 2010 at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.

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Envisat monitors oil spill proximity to Loop Current »» Envisat monitors oil spill proximity to Loop Current

[Wednesday, May 5, 2010] As fears grow that the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico could soon catch the oil slick and drag it south towards coral reefs in the Florida Keys, scientists are monitoring the situation closely with ESA's Envisat radar data.

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NASA Completes Altitude Testing of Aerojet Advanced Liquid Oxygen/Liquid Methane Rocket Engine »» NASA Completes Altitude Testing of Aerojet Advanced Liquid Oxygen/Liquid Methane Rocket Engine

[Wednesday, May 5, 2010] Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced today that NASA has successfully completed altitude testing of Aerojet's advanced 5500-lbf Liquid Oxygen (LOX)/Liquid Methane (LCH4) Rocket Engine at NASA's White Sands Test Facility (WSTF).

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New Martian Views From Orbiting Camera Show Diversity »» New Martian Views From Orbiting Camera Show Diversity

[Wednesday, May 5, 2010] New images from more than 750 recent observations of Mars by an orbiting telescopic camera testify to the diversity of landscapes there.

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

[Wednesday, May 5, 2010] The FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation requests grant proposals pursuant to its newly funded Commercial Space Transportation Grant Program.

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NASA Names Chief Technology Officer for IT »» NASA Names Chief Technology Officer for IT

[Wednesday, May 5, 2010] NASA Chief Information Officer Linda Cureton announced Chris C. Kemp as the first NASA Chief Technology Officer, or CTO, for Information Technology, a new position established to lead IT innovation at the space agency.

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Dawn Journal 28 April 2010 »» Dawn Journal 28 April 2010

[Wednesday, May 5, 2010] Dawn remains on course and on schedule for its appointments with Vesta and Ceres, colossal protoplanets in the main asteroid belt.

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Pad Abort 1 Test Successful (With Video) »» Pad Abort 1 Test Successful (With Video)

[Thursday, May 6, 2010] NASA successfully tested the pad abort system for the Launch Abort System developed for the Orion crew exploration vehicle at 9 a.m. EDT.

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Mars Institute team to complete Arctic sea-ice drive along fabled Northwest Passage to reach »» Mars Institute team to complete Arctic sea-ice drive along fabled Northwest Passage to reach "Mars on Earth"

[Thursday, May 6, 2010] An international team led by Mars Institute scientist Dr. Pascal Lee will depart the Arctic community of Resolute Bay today aboard the Moon-1 Humvee Rover on a sea-ice crossing expedition.

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Unanimous Support by Florida Legislature Facilitates Competitive Space Industry in Florida »» Unanimous Support by Florida Legislature Facilitates Competitive Space Industry in Florida

[Thursday, May 6, 2010] Faced with the impending Shuttle retirement, the legislature voted to unanimously support critical legislation designed to stimulate economic development and promote aerospace industry jobs.

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Signs of Life: Sulfur Deposits at Borup Fiord Pass, Canadian Arctic »» Signs of Life: Sulfur Deposits at Borup Fiord Pass, Canadian Arctic

[Thursday, May 6, 2010] High in the Canadian Arctic is a glacier-carved valley that is like none other on Earth. Borup Fiord Pass on Ellesmere Island, shown in the top image, is the only known place where sulfur from a natural spring is deposited over ice.

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Herschel Reveals the Hidden Side of Star Birth »» Herschel Reveals the Hidden Side of Star Birth

[Thursday, May 6, 2010] The first scientific results from ESA's Herschel infrared space observatory are revealing previously hidden details of star formation.

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NASA's Analog Program: The 2010 Field Testing Season Begins! »» NASA's Analog Program: The 2010 Field Testing Season Begins!

[Friday, May 7, 2010] We have teams testing and training vehicles and life systems in the arctic deserts and lakes of Canada; deep beneath the surface of the ocean near the Florida Keys; on the side of a dormant volcano in Hawaii; and in the dry, dusty deserts of Arizona.

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AbSciCon 2010 a Success »» AbSciCon 2010 a Success

[Friday, May 7, 2010] Astrobiologists from around at the world gathered last week near the Johnson Space Center in League City, Texas, to participate in the Astrobiology Science Conference 2010: Evolution and Life: Surviving Catastrophes and Extremes on Earth and Beyond.

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GOCE satellite determines gravitational force in the Himalayas »» GOCE satellite determines gravitational force in the Himalayas

[Sunday, May 9, 2010] ESA's GOCE satellite has been orbiting the Earth for more than a year and surveying its gravitational field more accurately than any instrument previously.

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NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Opportunity Drives Twice This Week »» NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Opportunity Drives Twice This Week

[Sunday, May 9, 2010] Opportunity drove twice in this latest period and took time in between to recharge her batteries. The drive on Sol 2228 (Mary 1, 2010) covered about 29 meters (95 feet).

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NASA Mars Rover Spirit Update: Winter Solstice One Week Away »» NASA Mars Rover Spirit Update: Winter Solstice One Week Away

[Sunday, May 9, 2010] Spirit remains silent at her location called "Troy" on the west side of Home Plate. No communication has been received from the rover since Sol 2210 (March 22, 2010).

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Straits of Florida As Seen From Orbit by Envisat »» Straits of Florida As Seen From Orbit by Envisat

[Sunday, May 9, 2010] This Envisat image shows the Straits of Florida, the area where the Loop Current flows eastward out of the Gulf of Mexico before joining the Gulf Stream and flowing along the eastern coastlines of the US and Newfoundland (not visible).

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Research at Antarctica's 'Mars on Earth' reveals non-organic mechanism for production of important greenhouse gas »» Research at Antarctica's 'Mars on Earth' reveals non-organic mechanism for production of important greenhouse gas

[Monday, May 10, 2010] An ankle-deep mirror between mountain peaks and rubbled moraine, the pond is an astonishing 18 times saltier than the Earth's oceans and virtually never freezes, even in temperatures of more than 40 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.

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Global glaciation snowballed into giant change in carbon cycle »» Global glaciation snowballed into giant change in carbon cycle

[Monday, May 10, 2010] For insight into what can happen when the Earth's carbon cycle is altered -- a cause and consequence of climate change -- scientists can look to an event that occurred some 720 million years ago.

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NASA Request for Information: Enabling Technology Development and Demonstration Program »» NASA Request for Information: Enabling Technology Development and Demonstration Program

[Monday, May 10, 2010] In Fiscal Year 2011, NASA plans to begin the ETDD Program. The primary goal of the ETDD Program is to develop and demonstrate the technologies needed to reduce cost and expand the capability of future space exploration activities.

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Tricorder Identifies Viruses and Microorganisms Within 24 hours »» Tricorder Identifies Viruses and Microorganisms Within 24 hours

[Monday, May 10, 2010] Developed between October 2007 and February 2008, the LLMDA detects viruses and bacteria with the use of 388,000 probes that fit in a checkerboard pattern in the middle of a one-inch wide, three-inch long glass slide.

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NASA Enables Students to Launch Virtual Space Shuttle »» NASA Enables Students to Launch Virtual Space Shuttle

[Monday, May 10, 2010] As NASA prepares to launch a space shuttle on Friday, May 14, the agency is offering the ABCs of 3,2,1 liftoff to students and educators throughout the nation.

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NASA Ames Stimulates Economy with Jobs, Innovation »» NASA Ames Stimulates Economy with Jobs, Innovation

[Monday, May 10, 2010] NASA's Ames Research Center generated 5,300 jobs and $877 million in total annual economic activity in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area in 2009, according to a new economic benefits study.

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NASA Studies Find Omega-3 May Help Reduce Bone Loss »» NASA Studies Find Omega-3 May Help Reduce Bone Loss

[Monday, May 10, 2010] NASA-sponsored studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may play a role in mitigating bone breakdown that occurs during spaceflight and in osteoporosis.

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Altantis' Final flight to loft Russian Science Beauty »» Altantis' Final flight to loft Russian Science Beauty

[Tuesday, May 11, 2010] Atlantis is bound for the International Space Station (ISS) on a complex assembly mission to put the "finishing touches" on the massive orbiting outpost. The principal payload nested inside her cargo bay is a stunning Russian Science Beauty named 'Rassve

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NASA Invites Public to Take Virtual Walk On The Moon »» NASA Invites Public to Take Virtual Walk On The Moon

[Tuesday, May 11, 2010] More than 37 years after humans last walked on the moon, planetary scientists are inviting members of the public to return to the lunar surface as "virtual astronauts" to help answer important scientific questions.

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Second ATV heading to Kourou for launch »» Second ATV heading to Kourou for launch

[Tuesday, May 11, 2010] The second of ESA's ATV automated cargo craft has been cleared for shipping to the launch site in Kourou. Its launch on an Ariane 5 to the International Space Station is scheduled for late this year.

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X-ray Discovery Points to Location of Missing Matter »» X-ray Discovery Points to Location of Missing Matter

[Tuesday, May 11, 2010] Using observations with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton, astronomers have announced a robust detection of a vast reservoir of intergalactic gas about 400 million light-years from Earth.

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Black holes -- gas blowers of the Universe »» Black holes -- gas blowers of the Universe

[Tuesday, May 11, 2010] Supermassive black holes with the mass of many millions of stars have been detected at the centre of many large galaxies.

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Counting Down to Atlantis' Last Blast Off »» Counting Down to Atlantis' Last Blast Off

[Wednesday, May 12, 2010] KSC launch controllers reported to their consoles at 3:30 PM for the formal "call-to-stations" at the Launch Control Center to initiate preparations for liftoff of the STS 132 mission on Atlantis 32rd journey to the high frontier.

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Carnegie Commits to Giant Magellan Telescope Construction »» Carnegie Commits to Giant Magellan Telescope Construction

[Wednesday, May 12, 2010] At its annual May meeting, the Carnegie Institution for Science board of trustees enthusiastically endorsed the construction of the proposed Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT).

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Volcanic Ash in Meridiani Planum on Mars »» Volcanic Ash in Meridiani Planum on Mars

[Wednesday, May 12, 2010] Deposits of volcanic ash color this view of the Meridiani Planum, as seen by the Mars Express High-Resolution Stereo Camera. They also give clues to the prevailing wind direction in this region of Mars.

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Cannibalistic Galaxy Bends Light & Reveals Its Monstrous  Appetite »» Cannibalistic Galaxy Bends Light & Reveals Its Monstrous Appetite

[Wednesday, May 12, 2010] A newly discovered gravitational lens in a relatively nearby galaxy cluster is leading astronomers to conclude that the cluster hosts the most massive galaxy known in our local universe.

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ESA Giving a Spare Arm to the Space Station »» ESA Giving a Spare Arm to the Space Station

[Wednesday, May 12, 2010] Space Shuttle Atlantis, ready for liftoff on Friday, will deliver important hardware from Europe to the International Space Station: spare portions of the European Robotic Arm and the first Russian payloads to use the arm.

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Letter From The Aerospace Corporation to Rep. Giffords Regarding The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee »» Letter From The Aerospace Corporation to Rep. Giffords Regarding The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee

[Wednesday, May 12, 2010] The Aerospace Corporation is pleased to submit responses to questions from the Committee on Science and Technology regarding our support to the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee (the Committee.)

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Silver tells a volatile story of Earth's origin »» Silver tells a volatile story of Earth's origin

[Thursday, May 13, 2010] Tiny variations in the isotopic composition of silver in meteorites and Earth rocks are helping scientists put together a timetable of how our planet was assembled beginning 4.568 billion years ago.

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Atlantis GO for Launch as Soyuz Clears Path »» Atlantis GO for Launch as Soyuz Clears Path

[Thursday, May 13, 2010] NASA Shuttle managers met early this morning and then announced a unanimous "GO" for launch of Atlantis on her last planned flight to space at today's (May 12) press briefing at the Kennedy Space Center.

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Gorgeous Atlantis Set to Soar »» Gorgeous Atlantis Set to Soar

[Friday, May 14, 2010] Space Shuttle Atlantis was unveiled for blast off to the heavens above on a sunny late Thursday afternoon (May 13) as the countdown clocks tick down for launch on Friday at 2:20 PM EDT from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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International Space Station Team Receives 2009 Collier Trophy »» International Space Station Team Receives 2009 Collier Trophy

[Friday, May 14, 2010] The 2009 Robert J. Collier Trophy has been presented to NASA and the International Space Station Team by the National Aeronautic Association.

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The National Laboratory That Soars Above »» The National Laboratory That Soars Above

[Friday, May 14, 2010] As America celebrates National Lab Day on May 12, astronauts are helping scientists expand and execute research on the only National Laboratory in microgravity -- the International Space Station.

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Texas A&M-led research finds ancient city of 'modern' galaxies »» Texas A&M-led research finds ancient city of 'modern' galaxies

[Friday, May 14, 2010] Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, a Texas A&M University-led team of astronomers has uncovered what may be the earliest, most distant cluster of galaxies ever detected.

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Hubble Catches Heavyweight Runaway Star »» Hubble Catches Heavyweight Runaway Star

[Friday, May 14, 2010] A heavy runaway star is rushing away from a nearby stellar nursery at more than 250,000 miles an hour, a speed that will get you to the Moon and back in two hours

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Space Shuttle Atlantis is in Orbit »» Space Shuttle Atlantis is in Orbit

[Friday, May 14, 2010] Main engine cutoff is confirmed -- space shuttle Atlantis is officially in orbit, kicking off its STS-132 mission and the pursuit of its target, the International Space Station.

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Atlantis' Last Blast Into Space »» Atlantis' Last Blast Into Space

[Saturday, May 15, 2010] Space Shuttle Atlantis thundered to space today, May 14, for her last blast to the High Frontier. The STS 132 flight is Atlantis 32nd and final planned mission.

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Mainstream Media Websites Failing to Adequately Cover end of Shuttle Era »» Mainstream Media Websites Failing to Adequately Cover end of Shuttle Era

[Saturday, May 15, 2010] Reviewing where yesterday's launch of space shuttle Atlantis and the crew of STS-132 'placed' in regards to importance on the assorted media outlets websites provides a startling insight as to how we as a nation view manned spaceflight.

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NASA STS-132 Report #02  Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 4 a.m. CDT »» NASA STS-132 Report #02 Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 4 a.m. CDT

[Saturday, May 15, 2010] Space shuttle Atlantis' crew of six are awake and ready to embark on their first full day in space for the mission. Today, the crew will focus on a routine inspection of the orbiter and preparations for their docking to the International Space Station.

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NASA STS-132 Report #03  4:50 p.m. CDT Saturday, May 15, 2010 »» NASA STS-132 Report #03 4:50 p.m. CDT Saturday, May 15, 2010

[Saturday, May 15, 2010] Atlantis astronauts checked out spacesuits and rendezvous tools in preparation for Sunday's docking with the International Space Station, scheduled for 9:27 a.m. CDT. They also did a modified thermal protection system inspection.

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NASA STS-132 Report #05  3:30 p.m. CDT, Sunday, May 16, 2010 »» NASA STS-132 Report #05 3:30 p.m. CDT, Sunday, May 16, 2010

[Sunday, May 16, 2010] Atlantis docked with the International Space Station at 9:28 a.m. Sunday about 220 miles above the far South Pacific Ocean to begin more than seven days together. Hatches between the two were opened at 11:18 a.m.

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Flash Flooding Paved Streambeds on Titan »» Flash Flooding Paved Streambeds on Titan

[Sunday, May 16, 2010] It appears flash flooding has paved streambeds in the Xanadu region of Saturn's moon Titan with thousands of sparkling crystal balls of ice, according to scientists with NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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The Artsutanov and Pearson Prizes Entry Deadline Extended to May 31 »» The Artsutanov and Pearson Prizes Entry Deadline Extended to May 31

[Monday, May 17, 2010] The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) has extended the deadline to May 31st for abstracts for the initial 2010 Pearson and Artsutanov prizes. ISEC created these prizes to foster research about topics related to building a Space Elevator.

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Virgin Galactic appoints its first Chief Executive »» Virgin Galactic appoints its first Chief Executive

[Monday, May 17, 2010] Virgin Galactic, the US based and regulated Space Tourism Company, is delighted to announce the appointment of George T. Whitesides as its first Chief Executive Officer.

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NASA Announces Telephone Media Briefing With NEEMO 14 Crew »» NASA Announces Telephone Media Briefing With NEEMO 14 Crew

[Monday, May 17, 2010] NASA will hold a media teleconference Friday, May 21, at 3:15 p.m. EDT with the crew of the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO, living underwater off the coast of Florida.

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Letter from Apollo Astronaut Russell Schweickart to Sen. Bill Nelson Regarding President Obama's Proposed NASA Budget »» Letter from Apollo Astronaut Russell Schweickart to Sen. Bill Nelson Regarding President Obama's Proposed NASA Budget

[Monday, May 17, 2010] I write this letter, as an Apollo astronaut, to state my strong support for the proposed NASA space program as modified by President Obama in his April 15, 2010 speech in Florida.

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SES World Skies Readies Orbital Maneuver to Avoid Interference from Troubled Intelsat Satellite »» SES World Skies Readies Orbital Maneuver to Avoid Interference from Troubled Intelsat Satellite

[Monday, May 17, 2010] SES WORLD SKIES today announced plans for an intricate set of orbital maneuvers later this month aimed at steering its AMC-11 satellite and its customers clear of interference from the "Zombie" satellite.

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NASA STS-132 Report #07  3:30 p.m. CDT Monday, May 17, 2010 »» NASA STS-132 Report #07 3:30 p.m. CDT Monday, May 17, 2010

[Monday, May 17, 2010] Atlantis astronauts completed a 7-hour, 25 minute spacewalk Monday, installing a second antenna for high-speed Ku band transmissions and adding a spare parts platform to Dextre, a two-armed extension for the station's robotic arm.

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Engineers Diagnosing Voyager 2 Data System »» Engineers Diagnosing Voyager 2 Data System

[Monday, May 17, 2010] Engineers have shifted NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft into a mode that transmits only spacecraft health and status data while they diagnose an unexpected change in the pattern of returning data.

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Cassini Double Play: Enceladus and Titan »» Cassini Double Play: Enceladus and Titan

[Monday, May 17, 2010] About a month and a half after its last double flyby, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be turning another double play this week, visiting the geyser moon Enceladus and the hazy moon Titan.

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Flying a flag from the Space Station to the European Council »» Flying a flag from the Space Station to the European Council

[Tuesday, May 18, 2010] On the occasion of the Open Day at the European Institutions in Brussels on 8 May, ESA astronaut Frank De Winne met the President of the European Union, Herman van Rompuy, and handed over a very special European flag.

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NASA Announces Opportunities to See Shuttle and Space Station »» NASA Announces Opportunities to See Shuttle and Space Station

[Tuesday, May 18, 2010] Space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station are flying together 220 miles overhead until Sunday, May 23. Circling the Earth every 90 minutes, the spacecraft offer unique sighting opportunities for sky gazers around the world.

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NASA's Shuttle Atlantis Bringing a New 'Dawn' for Space Station Science »» NASA's Shuttle Atlantis Bringing a New 'Dawn' for Space Station Science

[Tuesday, May 18, 2010] NASA's space shuttle Atlantis is delivering science experiments and a new Russian laboratory to the International Space Station, continuing the transition from station assembly to continuous scientific research through the end of the decade.

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NASA Moves 'FAST' for Reduced-Gravity Flight Testing Tech Projects »» NASA Moves 'FAST' for Reduced-Gravity Flight Testing Tech Projects

[Tuesday, May 18, 2010] NASA selected 17 technology demonstration projects for reduced-gravity aircraft flights to demonstrate whether emerging technologies can perform as expected in the reduced-gravity environment of the moon and Mars, or the zero-gravity environment of Earth

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Bacterial growths may offer clues about Earth's distant past »» Bacterial growths may offer clues about Earth's distant past

[Tuesday, May 18, 2010] By studying the physics of photosynthesis, the researchers formed a better understanding of how a mat consumes nutrients from its surroundings over the course of a day, and then metabolizes, or breaks down, those nutrients for energy.

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NASA Request for Information Synopsis for the Flagship Technology Demonstrations »» NASA Request for Information Synopsis for the Flagship Technology Demonstrations

[Tuesday, May 18, 2010] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is seeking information through this Request for Information (RFI) to identify, improve and/or enhance approaches that will demonstrate the targeted technologies described in this RFI.

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Recovery Act: NASA Solicitation: Human Rating SUpport for the Commerical Crew and Cargo Program Office »» Recovery Act: NASA Solicitation: Human Rating SUpport for the Commerical Crew and Cargo Program Office

[Tuesday, May 18, 2010] In order to meet the requirements of the Recovery Act in the most prudent business manner, within the time constraints imposed, the existing Bioastronautics Contract is the most appropriate contractual vehicle for the work required.

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Did phosphorus trigger complex evolution -- and blue skies? »» Did phosphorus trigger complex evolution -- and blue skies?

[Wednesday, May 19, 2010] The evolution of complex life forms may have gotten a jump start billions of years ago, when geologic events operating over millions of years caused large quantities of phosphorus to wash into the oceans.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Researchers Send Bacteria Into Orbit Aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis »» Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Researchers Send Bacteria Into Orbit Aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis

[Wednesday, May 19, 2010] The Micro-2 experiment, led by Cynthia Collins, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer, launched into orbit on May 14 aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis.

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NASA Announces Live Web Streaming of Space Exploration Workshop and Telephone Media Briefing »» NASA Announces Live Web Streaming of Space Exploration Workshop and Telephone Media Briefing

[Wednesday, May 19, 2010] The opening day activities of NASA's Exploration Enterprise Workshop will be Web-streamed live on Tuesday, May 25, from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. EDT. The Galveston, Texas, event is filled to capacity with more than 400 attendees.

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Clear New View of a Classic Spiral »» Clear New View of a Classic Spiral

[Wednesday, May 19, 2010] ESO is releasing a beautiful image of the nearby galaxy Messier 83 taken by the HAWK-I instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.

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Mars Institute »» Mars Institute "Moon-1" Humvee Rover reaches Devon Island, High Arctic

[Wednesday, May 19, 2010] An international team of researchers successfully reached Devon Island, High Arctic, on Sunday, 16 May, 2010 after a 13-day, 150 km vehicular journey from Cornwallis Island to Devon Island, along the fabled Northwest Passage.

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Draft Broad Agency Announcement Heavy Lift and Propulsion Trade Study »» Draft Broad Agency Announcement Heavy Lift and Propulsion Trade Study

[Thursday, May 20, 2010] NASA Marshall Space Flight Center is releasing a "DRAFT" Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) No. NNM10ZDA001J, entitled "Heavy Lift & Propulsion Technology Trade Study" on May 19, 2010.

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Hubble Finds A Star Eating A Planet »» Hubble Finds A Star Eating A Planet

[Thursday, May 20, 2010] The hottest known planet in the Milky Way galaxy may also be its shortest-lived world. The doomed planet is being eaten by its parent star, according to observations made by a new instrument on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

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Joint Statement by Space Organizations on the FY 2011 NASA Budget »» Joint Statement by Space Organizations on the FY 2011 NASA Budget

[Thursday, May 20, 2010] We the undersigned, a diverse group of organizations with a vital interest in our Nation's space program, make the following statements:

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Atlantis and ISS Transit The Sun »» Atlantis and ISS Transit The Sun

[Thursday, May 20, 2010] Image of the solar transit of the International Space Station (ISS) and Space Shuttle Atlantis 50 minutes before docking, taken from the area of Madrid (Spain) on May 16th 2010 at 13h 28min 55s UT.

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NASA's Mars Rovers Set Longevity Record on The Red Planet »» NASA's Mars Rovers Set Longevity Record on The Red Planet

[Friday, May 21, 2010] The Opportunity rover will surpass the duration record set by NASA's Viking 1 Lander of six years and 116 days operating on the surface of Mars.

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NASA's High-Flying Space Shuttle Crew to Answer Student Questions »» NASA's High-Flying Space Shuttle Crew to Answer Student Questions

[Friday, May 21, 2010] NASA's space shuttle astronauts will answer elementary and middle school students' questions Saturday while orbiting approximately 220 miles above Earth on the International Space Station. The event is scheduled from 7:40 to 8 a.m. EDT, Saturday, May 22.

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NASA Solicitation: Commercial Crew Transportation Request For Information »» NASA Solicitation: Commercial Crew Transportation Request For Information

[Friday, May 21, 2010] The purpose of this RFI is to collect information from industry to help NASA plan the overall strategy for the development and demonstration of a CCT capability and to receive comments on NASA human-rating technical requirements.

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Delta 4 Poised to Launch with Next Generation GPS Satellite »» Delta 4 Poised to Launch with Next Generation GPS Satellite

[Saturday, May 22, 2010] The launch of a Delta 4 rocket carrying the first in a new series of next generation GPS satellites has been rescheduled for Sunday night (May 23) at 11:17 PM EDT from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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NASA STS-132 Report #18  Sunday, May 23, 1010 - 12 a.m. CDT »» NASA STS-132 Report #18 Sunday, May 23, 1010 - 12 a.m. CDT

[Sunday, May 23, 2010] After more than seven days of working together, including three spacewalks and the installation of a new module, the International Space Station and shuttle crews part ways today.

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NASA STS-132 Report #19 2 p.m. CDT Sunday, May 23, 2010 »» NASA STS-132 Report #19 2 p.m. CDT Sunday, May 23, 2010

[Sunday, May 23, 2010] Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station at 10:22 a.m. CDT Sunday, ending a seven-day stay that saw addition of a new station module, replacement of batteries and resupply of the orbiting outpost.

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New INL invention could aid Mars probes' search for life »» New INL invention could aid Mars probes' search for life

[Monday, May 24, 2010] The next generation of Mars rovers could have smaller, cheaper, more robust and more sensitive life-detecting instruments, thanks to a new invention by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory.

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Northrop Grumman Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Weightless Flights of Discovery Teacher Development Program in Gulfport »» Northrop Grumman Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Weightless Flights of Discovery Teacher Development Program in Gulfport

[Monday, May 24, 2010] The Northrop Grumman Corporation (Foundation is accepting teacher applications for the Weightless Flights of Discovery program taking place in Gulfport, Miss. on Sept. 20, 2010.

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Phoenix Mars Lander Does Not Phone Home, New Image Shows Damage »» Phoenix Mars Lander Does Not Phone Home, New Image Shows Damage

[Monday, May 24, 2010] NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has ended operations after repeated attempts to contact the spacecraft were unsuccessful. A new image transmitted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows signs of severe ice damage to the lander's solar panels.

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NASA Announces Posting of Space Exploration Workshop Charts »» NASA Announces Posting of Space Exploration Workshop Charts

[Monday, May 24, 2010] Presentation charts for the opening-day briefings of NASA's Exploration Enterprise Workshop in Galveston, Texas, will be posted online at noon EDT, Monday, May 24.

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WISE Telescope has Heart and Soul »» WISE Telescope has Heart and Soul

[Monday, May 24, 2010] NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has captured a huge mosaic of two bubbling clouds in space, known as the Heart and Soul nebulae.

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Weird Orbits Can Make 'Habitable' Planets Uninhabitable »» Weird Orbits Can Make 'Habitable' Planets Uninhabitable

[Monday, May 24, 2010] Astronomers hunting for planets orbiting nearby stars similar to the Sun are looking for signs of rocky, Earth-like planets in a "habitable" zone, where conditions such as temperature and liquid water remain stable enough to support life.

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Out of Whack Planetary Systems Offers Clues to Disturbing Past »» Out of Whack Planetary Systems Offers Clues to Disturbing Past

[Monday, May 24, 2010] The discovery of a planetary system "out of whack," where the orbits of two planets are at a steep angle to each other, was reported today (May 24) by a team of astronomers led by Barbara McArthur of The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory.

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NASA Advisory Council Commercial Space Committee Meeting 17 June 2010 »» NASA Advisory Council Commercial Space Committee Meeting 17 June 2010

[Monday, May 24, 2010] The meeting will be a deliberation by the committee on commercial crew and commercial cargo development, incorporating in the deliberation the presentations the committee received over the past three committee meetings

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XCOR and Masten Announce Strategic Relationship for NASA Landers Business »» XCOR and Masten Announce Strategic Relationship for NASA Landers Business

[Tuesday, May 25, 2010] XCOR Aerospace and Masten Space Systems, two of the leaders in the New Space sector, have announced a strategic business and technology relationship to pursue jointly the anticipated NASA sponsored unmanned lander projects.

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Taking a Narrow View of a Lopsided Galaxy »» Taking a Narrow View of a Lopsided Galaxy

[Tuesday, May 25, 2010] The starburst galaxy NGC 1313 is a stellar incubator delivering stars on a scale rarely seen in a single galaxy of its size.

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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Reveals Small Solar Events Have Large Scale Effects »» NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Reveals Small Solar Events Have Large Scale Effects

[Tuesday, May 25, 2010] NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, has allowed scientists for the first time to comprehensively view the dynamic nature of storms on the sun.

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Space Shuttle Crew Set To Return To Earth Wednesday »» Space Shuttle Crew Set To Return To Earth Wednesday

[Tuesday, May 25, 2010] Space shuttle Atlantis and its six-member crew are expected to return to Earth on Wednesday, May 26, after a 12-day mission. Managers will evaluate weather conditions at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida before permitting Atlantis to land.

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Nearby Black Hole Is Feeble & Unpredictable »» Nearby Black Hole Is Feeble & Unpredictable

[Tuesday, May 25, 2010] NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has repeatedly observed the Andromeda Galaxy for a combined total of nearly one million seconds. This unique data set has given astronomers an unprecedented view of the nearest supermassive black hole outside own Galaxy.

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Inaugural Lunabotics Mining Competition Goes Live With NASA EDGE »» Inaugural Lunabotics Mining Competition Goes Live With NASA EDGE

[Tuesday, May 25, 2010] NASA EDGE, an award-winning agency talk show, will host a live webcast from the Lunabotics Mining Competition at 11 a.m. EDT on May 28 from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's Astronaut Hall of Fame.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Lands in Florida »» Space Shuttle Atlantis Lands in Florida

[Wednesday, May 26, 2010] Space shuttle Atlantis and six astronauts ended a 12-day journey of more than 4.8 million miles with an 8:48 a.m. EDT landing Wednesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (With video)

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IAA Humans in Space Symposium Youth Art Competition »» IAA Humans in Space Symposium Youth Art Competition

[Wednesday, May 26, 2010] This online competition invites children aged 10-17 years old to express what they think about the future of human space exploration via literary, visual, musical or video art.

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CAGW Releases Issue Brief on NASA Constellation Program »» CAGW Releases Issue Brief on NASA Constellation Program

[Wednesday, May 26, 2010] Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released an Issue Brief on the Constellation program.

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Internal NASA email from Jeff Hanley »» Internal NASA email from Jeff Hanley

[Wednesday, May 26, 2010] I've been advised by HQ that my services as Cx PM are no longer required, effective immediately. Dale Thomas will be Acting PM until something more formal is issued from ESMD.

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House Committee on Science and Technology Reviews, Questions NASA's Proposed Human Spaceflight Plan »» House Committee on Science and Technology Reviews, Questions NASA's Proposed Human Spaceflight Plan

[Wednesday, May 26, 2010] Today, the House Committee on Science and Technology held a hearing to examine the proposed NASA Human Spaceflight Plan and to review issues related to the budget, cost, schedule, and potential impacts of the plan.

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Majestic Last Landing for Atlantis »» Majestic Last Landing for Atlantis

[Thursday, May 27, 2010] Space Shuttle Atlantis closed out a quarter century of service to the exploration of space with a majestic return from orbit and a spectacular landing this morning (May 26) at 8:48 AM EDT at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida.

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3-D Mural Hung in Tribute to Atlantis in Cape's Firing Room »» 3-D Mural Hung in Tribute to Atlantis in Cape's Firing Room

[Thursday, May 27, 2010] A new 3 D tribute commemorating spectacular highlights from the historic missions of Space Shuttle Atlantis now proudly hangs high inside Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control Center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

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NASA Craft Penetrates Mysteries of Martian Ice Cap »» NASA Craft Penetrates Mysteries of Martian Ice Cap

[Thursday, May 27, 2010] Data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have helped scientists solve a pair of mysteries dating back four decades and provided new information about climate change on the Red Planet.

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Astronomers Discover Clue to Origin of Milky Way Clouds »» Astronomers Discover Clue to Origin of Milky Way Clouds

[Thursday, May 27, 2010] A surprising discovery that hydrogen gas clouds found in abundance in and above our Milky Way Galaxy have preferred locations has given astronomers a key clue about the origin of such clouds, which play an important part in galaxy evolution.

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NASA Joins Web Consortium to Help Improve Universal Access »» NASA Joins Web Consortium to Help Improve Universal Access

[Thursday, May 27, 2010] NASA announced Thursday it has joined the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The consortium is an international organization that develops protocols, standards and guidelines to ensure universal Web access.

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NASA Takes To The Air With New 'Earth Venture' Research Projects »» NASA Takes To The Air With New 'Earth Venture' Research Projects

[Thursday, May 27, 2010] Hurricanes, air quality, and Arctic ecosystems are among the research areas to be investigated during the next five years by new NASA airborne science missions announced today.

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NASA's Airborne Infrared Observatory Sees The First Light »» NASA's Airborne Infrared Observatory Sees The First Light

[Friday, May 28, 2010] The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a joint program by NASA and the German Aerospace Center, achieved a major milestone May 26, with its first in-flight night observations. (With video)

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Delta 4 Blast Off with Advanced new GPS Satellite Marks 50th Anniversary of Delta Program »» Delta 4 Blast Off with Advanced new GPS Satellite Marks 50th Anniversary of Delta Program

[Friday, May 28, 2010] A Delta 4 rocket roared into space on Thursday night (May 27) at 11:00 PM EDT carrying the first in powerful new series of Global Positioning System satellites for the US Air Force.

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NASA Releases First-Ever High-Def Footage Of Shuttle Ice Team »» NASA Releases First-Ever High-Def Footage Of Shuttle Ice Team

[Friday, May 28, 2010] NASA has released the first-ever up close, high-definition video of Kennedy Space Center's Final Inspection Team walkdown in the final hours before a space shuttle launch. The footage was shot on May 14 at Kennedy's Launch Pad 39A.

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Is Gliese 581d habitable? »» Is Gliese 581d habitable?

[Saturday, May 29, 2010] The recently discovered exoplanet Gl581d is extremely close to the outer edge of its system's habitable zone, which has led to much speculation on its possible climate.

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Post-mortem of a comet Scientists put the Comet Wild 2 under the microscope »» Post-mortem of a comet Scientists put the Comet Wild 2 under the microscope

[Saturday, May 29, 2010] Researchers at the University of Leicester are examining extraterrestrial material from a comet to assess the origins of our Solar System.

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GAO Reports on Status of Earth Observation Strategy »» GAO Reports on Status of Earth Observation Strategy

[Saturday, May 29, 2010] The Government Accountability Office (GAO), released a report, ENVIRONMENTAL SATELLITES: Strategy Needed to Sustain Critical Climate and Space Weather Measurements, related to the country's weather satellite systems.

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Robots big and small showcase their skills at NIST Alaskan events »» Robots big and small showcase their skills at NIST Alaskan events

[Sunday, May 30, 2010] Make room, Bender, Rosie and R2D2! Your newest mechanical colleagues are a few steps closer to reality, thanks to lessons learned during two robotics events hosted by NIST at the recent IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

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Small Near-Earth Object Probably a Rocket Part »» Small Near-Earth Object Probably a Rocket Part

[Sunday, May 30, 2010] Scientists at NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at NASA JPL have determined that a small object that safely passed Earth on May 21 is more than likely an upper-stage of a rocket that carried a spacecraft on an interplanetary trajectory.

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NASA Spacecraft Burns for Home, Then Comet »» NASA Spacecraft Burns for Home, Then Comet

[Sunday, May 30, 2010] NASA's Deep Impact/Epoxi spacecraft has successfully performed a trajectory correction maneuver to refine its orbit prior to an upcoming Earth flyby June 27.

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Experts gather as volcanic dust settles »» Experts gather as volcanic dust settles

[Sunday, May 30, 2010] Following the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajoekull volcano that spewed huge amounts of ash and grounded numerous flights, more than 50 experts from around the world gathered at a workshop organised by ESA and EUMETSAT.

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