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May 2011 Top Stories


Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch Delayed Again »» Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch Delayed Again

[Sunday, May 1, 2011] NASA officials announced at 9:15 this morning that the Space Shuttle Endeavour will not launch on Monday and will not announce until Monday when the next possible launch attempt will be.

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NASA to Remove and Replace Faulty Switchbox »» NASA to Remove and Replace Faulty Switchbox

[Sunday, May 1, 2011] NASA managers have narrowed down the problem to the Load Control Assembly #2 (LCA 2) in Endeavour's aft avionics bay 5. They will pull out the LCA tomorrow and install a spare on Tuesday and test it for 2 days before deciding on an exact launch date.

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Teams to Replace APU Heater Power Box - STS-134 Launch No Earlier than May 8 »» Teams to Replace APU Heater Power Box - STS-134 Launch No Earlier than May 8

[Sunday, May 1, 2011] "We can tell you, pretty much, that it's not going to be any earlier than (May 8)," Moses said. "We're really not even setting the schedules today. There's still a whole lot of short-term work that has to be done."

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Photo: SP Crater, Northern Arizona As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: SP Crater, Northern Arizona As Seen From Orbit

[Monday, May 2, 2011] The San Francisco Volcanic Field lies not near the city of the same name but in northern Arizona.

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Photo: Playing the Flute in Space »» Photo: Playing the Flute in Space

[Monday, May 2, 2011] During some free time, NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, Expedition 27 flight engineer, plays a flute in the JAXA Kibo laboratory onboard the International Space Station.

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Photos: Flying over Arctic Sea Ice »» Photos: Flying over Arctic Sea Ice

[Monday, May 2, 2011] These photos are an example of the type of observations that Woods and other members of the Sea Ice Thickness Observation Team are making.

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Earth's Magnetosphere »» Earth's Magnetosphere

[Monday, May 2, 2011] The iron-cored Earth is also a great magnet, and scientists have spent a century exploring its shape and structure. The visualization above shows the magnetic field around Earth--the magnetosphere--as it might look from space.

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Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards: Teens Invent One-of-a-kind Products, Address Tech Challenges »» Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards: Teens Invent One-of-a-kind Products, Address Tech Challenges

[Monday, May 2, 2011] Winners of the Conrad Foundation's 2011 Innovation Summit were announced today at the conclusion of the four-day event held at NASA-Ames Research Center.

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STS-134 Status: Techs Identify APU Heater Issue »» STS-134 Status: Techs Identify APU Heater Issue

[Monday, May 2, 2011] Technicians and engineers have identified the likely source of what caused heaters on a fuel line for space shuttle Endeavour's auxiliary power unit-1 (APU-1) to fail on Friday, scrubbing the first launch attempt for the STS-134 mission.

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Lexington Institute Releases Human Spaceflight Study on Importance of Mars »» Lexington Institute Releases Human Spaceflight Study on Importance of Mars

[Monday, May 2, 2011] Mars is the sole destination for the human spaceflight program that can generate sufficient scientific benefits to justify the scale of expenditures required.

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Endeavour's Launch Will Occur No Earlier Than May 10 »» Endeavour's Launch Will Occur No Earlier Than May 10

[Monday, May 2, 2011] NASA managers met Monday and determined that Tuesday, May 10 is the earliest Endeavour could be launched on the STS-134 mission. That date is success oriented based on preliminary schedules to replace a faulty Load Control Assembly box.

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Bob Clark »» Bob Clark

[Tuesday, May 3, 2011] I just learned with great sadness of the passing of Bob Clark aka "Dr. Bob". Bob was the guy who hired me to work at NASA as a civil servant on the Space Station Freedom Program in 1990.

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IISC Publishes Research Study on Orbital Space Tourism Demand »» IISC Publishes Research Study on Orbital Space Tourism Demand

[Tuesday, May 3, 2011] Space projects and organisations such as Excalibur, Galactic Suite, Bigelow's Space Complex Alpha and Russian Orbital Technologies plans have created increasing interest in orbital space tourism, and with that, a need for new data and research.

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STS-134 Update: Techs to Replace LCA-2 on Endeavour »» STS-134 Update: Techs to Replace LCA-2 on Endeavour

[Tuesday, May 3, 2011] Technicians at NASA's Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A removed the Load Control Assembly-2 (LCA-2) box in the orbiter's aft compartment last night.

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FAA Public Meeting: Regulatory Approach for Commercial Orbital Human Spaceflight »» FAA Public Meeting: Regulatory Approach for Commercial Orbital Human Spaceflight

[Tuesday, May 3, 2011] This notice announces a public meeting to solicit comments and information from the public on the regulatory approach to commercial orbital human spaceflight by the FAA.

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ESA expands its Earth-exploring service »» ESA expands its Earth-exploring service

[Tuesday, May 3, 2011] Since 2006 ESA has been making satellite images of Earth available to anyone wanting to explore the planet in near-real time. ESA has now added nearly 13 000 radar images to the service, bringing the number of viewing possibilities to about 58 000.

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Photo: Wadi Rum, Jordan As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Wadi Rum, Jordan As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, May 3, 2011] So alien is this landscape, it's nicknamed "Valley of the Moon," and it has served as the film set for a movie about Mars.

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MESSENGER image of Mercury: From the Equator to the Pole »» MESSENGER image of Mercury: From the Equator to the Pole

[Tuesday, May 3, 2011] The upper right corner of this image lies just above Mercury's equator, whereas the lower center-left portion is just 7 degrees from Mercury's south pole

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Photo: Islands off the Croatian Coast As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Islands off the Croatian Coast As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, May 3, 2011] This picture shows some of the Croatian Islands in the Adriatic Sea. One of the larger Dalmatian Islands is Pag. Running mostly northwest to southeast, the island has an uneven coastline and sharply contrasting land surfaces.

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Dawn Spacecraft Reaches Milestone Approaching Asteroid Vesta »» Dawn Spacecraft Reaches Milestone Approaching Asteroid Vesta

[Tuesday, May 3, 2011] NASA's Dawn spacecraft has reached its official approach phase to the asteroid Vesta and will begin using cameras for the first time to aid navigation for an expected July 16 orbital encounter

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Endeavour Power Box Installation Overnight, Atlantis' »» Endeavour Power Box Installation Overnight, Atlantis' "Rolls" Move To Avoid Endeavour Launch

[Wednesday, May 4, 2011] Teams on NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A have disconnected ordinance this evening on space shuttle Endeavour.

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NASA's Gravity Probe B Confirms Two Einstein Space-Time Theories »» NASA's Gravity Probe B Confirms Two Einstein Space-Time Theories

[Wednesday, May 4, 2011] NASA's Gravity Probe B (GP-B) mission has confirmed two key predictions derived from Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, which the spacecraft wa

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SpaceShipTwo's First »» SpaceShipTwo's First "Feathered" Flight Marks Latest Milestone for Virgin Galactic

[Wednesday, May 4, 2011] Early on Wednesday 4th May 2011, in the skies above Mojave Air and Spaceport CA, SpaceShipTwo, the world's first commercial spaceship, demonstrated its unique reentry 'feather' configuration for the first time.

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Why the US Can Beat China: The Facts About SpaceX Costs »» Why the US Can Beat China: The Facts About SpaceX Costs

[Wednesday, May 4, 2011] Whenever someone proposes to do something that has never been done before, there will always be skeptics. 

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Close-Demolish Facilities and Structures at the Kennedy Space Center and Cpae Canaveral Air Force Station, FL »» Close-Demolish Facilities and Structures at the Kennedy Space Center and Cpae Canaveral Air Force Station, FL

[Wednesday, May 4, 2011] This project is to demolish various facilities and structures located at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS). These facilities previously housed administrative and technical support or were support structures.

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NASA Selects Summer Of Innovation Projects »» NASA Selects Summer Of Innovation Projects

[Wednesday, May 4, 2011] SoI uses NASA's out-of-this-world missions and technology programs to boost summer learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, particularly for underrepresented and underperforming students.

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Innovate Our World Students to Present Innovative Lunar Payload Concepts to Astrobotic Technology »» Innovate Our World Students to Present Innovative Lunar Payload Concepts to Astrobotic Technology

[Wednesday, May 4, 2011] Innovate Our World has partnered with a leading Google Lunar X prize competitor, Astrobotic Technology to help student teams design payload concepts suitable for Astrobotic's planned 2013 Tranquility Trek mission to the Apollo 11 landing site.

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Endeavour's LCA-2 Install to be Completed Today »» Endeavour's LCA-2 Install to be Completed Today

[Wednesday, May 4, 2011] Teams on NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A are installing a new power distribution box called a Load Control Assembly-2 (LCA-2) into space shuttle Endeavour.

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First Soyuz almost ready for launch from French Guiana »» First Soyuz almost ready for launch from French Guiana

[Wednesday, May 4, 2011] The final countdown before its maiden flight later this year has begun for Soyuz with a simulated launch campaign at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

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Image: Argentina's Parana River Floodplain As Seen From Orbit »» Image: Argentina's Parana River Floodplain As Seen From Orbit

[Wednesday, May 4, 2011] his image shows a 29-kilometer stretch of the Parana River, South America's second largest river, downstream of the small city of Goya (barely distinguishable as grayer surfaces in the extreme top left corner of the image).

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NASA Names Martian Crater in Honor of Alan Shepard's Freedom 7 »» NASA Names Martian Crater in Honor of Alan Shepard's Freedom 7

[Thursday, May 5, 2011] The team exploring Mars via NASA's Opportunity rover for the past seven years has informally named a Martian crater for the Mercury spacecraft that astronaut Alan Shepard christened Freedom 7.

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Astronaut Alan Shepard Immortalized on Forever Stamp »» Astronaut Alan Shepard Immortalized on Forever Stamp

[Thursday, May 5, 2011] The Postal Service dedicated two stamps today commemorating two historic events -- one that occurred a half century ago, and the second that's making history now.

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Supernova and star birth in the Meathook Galaxy »» Supernova and star birth in the Meathook Galaxy

[Thursday, May 5, 2011] The Meathook Galaxy, or NGC 2442, has a dramatically lopsided shape. One spiral arm is tightly folded in on itself and host to a recent supernova, while the other, dotted with recent star formation, extends far out from the nucleus.

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ESA and the World Bank join forces »» ESA and the World Bank join forces

[Thursday, May 5, 2011] Recognising the value of using Earth observation satellite data to support development activities, ESA and the World Bank will work together on several projects through the 'eoworld' joint initiative.

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Two NASA Sites Win Webby Awards »» Two NASA Sites Win Webby Awards

[Thursday, May 5, 2011] Two NASA websites have been recognized in the 15th Annual Webby Awards - - the leading international honor for the world's best Internet sites.

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Are you ready for zero gravity robotics? »» Are you ready for zero gravity robotics?

[Thursday, May 5, 2011] There has never been a robot competition like this. ESA is launching the Zero Robotics competition for students, asking them to create rival programs to control miniature satellites. The final tournament is set for the International Space Station!

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NASA Proposed Rule: Cross-Waiver of Liability Clauses »» NASA Proposed Rule: Cross-Waiver of Liability Clauses

[Thursday, May 5, 2011] NASA proposes to revise the NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) to consolidate and make changes to three currently-existing cross-waiver of liability clauses.

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STS-134: Additional Testing for Faulty Power Box »» STS-134: Additional Testing for Faulty Power Box

[Thursday, May 5, 2011] Technicians at the NASA Shuttle Logistic Depot in Cape Canaveral, Fla., continue additional testing today on a faulty power distribution box, called a Load Control Assembly 2 (LCA-2).

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden's Statement About The 50th Anniversary Of U.S. Human Spaceflight »» NASA Administrator Charles Bolden's Statement About The 50th Anniversary Of U.S. Human Spaceflight

[Thursday, May 5, 2011] NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued the following statement Thursday, May 5, about the 50th anniversary of United States human spaceflight:

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Preview of Comet Elenin »» Preview of Comet Elenin

[Thursday, May 5, 2011] You may have heard the news: Comet Elenin is coming to the inner-solar system this fall. Comet Elenin (also known by its astronomical name C/2010 X1), was first detected on Dec. 10, 2010, by Leonid Elenin.

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Gemini: Image of a Psychedelic Stellar Nursery »» Gemini: Image of a Psychedelic Stellar Nursery

[Thursday, May 5, 2011] An all-time favorite of skywatchers on both hemispheres, the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8 or M8) is among the most striking examples of a stellar nursery in our neighborhood of the Milky Way galaxy.

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Image: Cady Coleman Hangs Out With Three Empty EVA Suits »» Image: Cady Coleman Hangs Out With Three Empty EVA Suits

[Thursday, May 5, 2011] NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, Expedition 27 flight engineer, poses with three Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuits in the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) of the International Space Station

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Image: Sunset Over Western South America As Seen From Orbit »» Image: Sunset Over Western South America As Seen From Orbit

[Thursday, May 5, 2011] Sunset over western South America is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 27 crew member on the ISS. Crew members onboard the space station see, on average, sixteen sunrises and sunsets during a 24-hour orbital period.

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Yuri's Night Announces Winners Of 2011 Space Contest Series »» Yuri's Night Announces Winners Of 2011 Space Contest Series

[Thursday, May 5, 2011] Over the last two months, Yuri's Night has received hundreds of outstanding and inspiring space-themed videos, photos, and advertisements from around the world, and even more entries for our Global Sweepstakes.

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Space Adventures Looks Ahead To Commercial Lunar Missions »» Space Adventures Looks Ahead To Commercial Lunar Missions

[Thursday, May 5, 2011] Today, Space Adventures outlined a forecast for commercial orbital spaceflight and announced details of how additional living space will be made available during the company's planned circumlunar mission.

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NASA STS-134 Status: Endeavour Power Box Testing Continues, New Launch Date Expected Friday »» NASA STS-134 Status: Endeavour Power Box Testing Continues, New Launch Date Expected Friday

[Friday, May 6, 2011] Endeavour's no earlier than launch date remains May 10, but senior NASA managers will meet Friday to evaluate the progress of repairs and select a new launch date for the STS-134 mission to the International Space Station.

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NASA Kepler Mission Manager Update - Another 93 Gigabits of Data Added to the Archive »» NASA Kepler Mission Manager Update - Another 93 Gigabits of Data Added to the Archive

[Friday, May 6, 2011] During a regularly scheduled science data download on Tuesday, April 26, the project team reoriented the Kepler spacecraft to downlink data from its solid-state recorder (SSR). All data collected since March 20 was returned successfully.

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Democrats Seek Answers on Scope / Timing of FAA Plans to Regulate afety of Commercial Space Transportation »» Democrats Seek Answers on Scope / Timing of FAA Plans to Regulate afety of Commercial Space Transportation

[Friday, May 6, 2011] Subcommittee Democrats Seek Answers on Scope and Timing of FAA Plans to Regulate the Safety of Commercial Space Transportation

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NASA Selects Investigations Selected for Future Key Planetary Missions »» NASA Selects Investigations Selected for Future Key Planetary Missions

[Friday, May 6, 2011] NASA has selected 3 science investigations from which it will pick 1 potential mission to look at Mars' interior for the first time; study an extraterrestrial sea on one of Saturn's moons; or study the surface of a comet's nucleus.

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BTS-1 Balloon Transport System's First Launch with Three Mission Mascots »» BTS-1 Balloon Transport System's First Launch with Three Mission Mascots "Inspiration"

[Friday, May 6, 2011] Three mission mascots have joined forces to raise awareness for Science Education and Peace through Bears on Patrol, a nonprofit organization based in Carrollton, Georgia.

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Photo: Glacial Lakes of Patagonia As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Glacial Lakes of Patagonia As Seen From Orbit

[Friday, May 6, 2011] Painted with a broad brush, Patagonia appears in north-south stripes of green, white, and brown--reflecting three different types of landform. In the west lie the richly forested islands and peninsulas of Chile.

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Earth from Space: Strait of ecological significance »» Earth from Space: Strait of ecological significance

[Friday, May 6, 2011] This Envisat image features the Strait of Bonifacio that is renowned for its rich biodiversity, complex physical configuration and difficult weather conditions.

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ESA Mars Express: Deep fractures on Mars »» ESA Mars Express: Deep fractures on Mars

[Friday, May 6, 2011] Newly released images from ESA's Mars Express show Nili Fossae, a system of deep fractures around the giant Isidis impact basin. Some of these incisions into the martian crust are up to 500 m deep and probably formed at the same time as the basin.

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AIP FYI Number 53: May 6, 2011 House and Senate Authorizers Skeptical About Implementation of NASA Legislation »» AIP FYI Number 53: May 6, 2011 House and Senate Authorizers Skeptical About Implementation of NASA Legislation

[Friday, May 6, 2011] Hearings before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics revealed considerable skepticism about NASA's realigned human spaceflight program.

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GAO: Commercial Space Transportation: Industry Trends and Key Issues Affecting Federal Oversight and International Competitiveness »» GAO: Commercial Space Transportation: Industry Trends and Key Issues Affecting Federal Oversight and International Competitiveness

[Friday, May 6, 2011] Since GAO reported on the commercial space launch industry in 2006 and 2009, the industry has evolved and moved further toward space tourism. Commercial space tourism promises to make human space travel available to the public for the first time.

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Subcommittee Evaluates FAA Commercial Space Flight Budget »» Subcommittee Evaluates FAA Commercial Space Flight Budget

[Friday, May 6, 2011] The Subcommittee held a hearing to review the FY 2012 budget request submitted by the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation and to examine new initiatives in the request to expand the office's roles and responsibilities

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NASA STS-134 Update: Endeavour Launch No EarlierThan Monday, May 16 »» NASA STS-134 Update: Endeavour Launch No EarlierThan Monday, May 16

[Friday, May 6, 2011] NASA managers met Friday afternoon and determined space shuttle Endeavour will launch no earlier than Monday, May 16 at 8:56 a.m. EDT.

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Bottoms Up for Antarctic Ice »» Bottoms Up for Antarctic Ice

[Saturday, May 7, 2011] Upending the idea that all ice sheets grow from the accumulation of snow at the top, researchers working in Antarctica have found evidence of large-scale ice-making at the bottom of that continent's massive ice sheets.

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NASA Selects Mission to Sail the Titan Seas »» NASA Selects Mission to Sail the Titan Seas

[Saturday, May 7, 2011] The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., is managing a project to explore the organic seas of Saturn's moon Titan, one of three proposals selected by NASA this week as candidates for the agency's next Discovery Program

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Image: Dextre At Work On Orbit »» Image: Dextre At Work On Orbit

[Saturday, May 7, 2011] Backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space, the Canadian-built Dextre, also known as the Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator, is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 27 crew member on the ISS.

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NASA Unveils Website with Spectacular Solar System Images »» NASA Unveils Website with Spectacular Solar System Images

[Saturday, May 7, 2011] NASA has made available for the public a new online collection of images of our solar system and locations on Earth where astrobiology researchers travel to conduct field research.

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How Lunar Orbiter Images Were Recorded 45 Years Ago »» How Lunar Orbiter Images Were Recorded 45 Years Ago

[Saturday, May 7, 2011] April 1967: Recently, Oran W. Nicks remarked: "one astronomer has said that more information has been obtained in the first seven days of the Lunar Orbiter I project than in the last 50 years of study of the Moon."

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United Launch Alliance Delivers the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Satellite to Orbit for the USAF »» United Launch Alliance Delivers the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Satellite to Orbit for the USAF

[Sunday, May 8, 2011] A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 here at 2:10 p.m. EDT today.

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ESA hands over keys to Soyuz launch site »» ESA hands over keys to Soyuz launch site

[Sunday, May 8, 2011] The official ceremony marking ESA's handover of the Soyuz launch site to Arianespace took place today at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, after the site was declared ready for the first flight and the completion of a simulated launch campaign.

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Mars Rover Opportunity Status for sol 2581-2587: Opportunity Images Small Craters (with Photos) »» Mars Rover Opportunity Status for sol 2581-2587: Opportunity Images Small Craters (with Photos)

[Sunday, May 8, 2011] Opportunity continues the trek towards Endeavour crater with a brief sojourn through a small field of young impact craters.

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Astrobiology Graphic Novel - Issue #2 »» Astrobiology Graphic Novel - Issue #2

[Sunday, May 8, 2011] The second issue of the Astrobiology Graphic Novel is now available. This time the novel chronicles the history of our exploration of Mars.

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Paper announces discovery of 1 of earliest minerals formed in solar system »» Paper announces discovery of 1 of earliest minerals formed in solar system

[Monday, May 9, 2011] In the May-June issue of the journal American Mineralogist, a team of scientists announced the discovery of the new mineral krotite, one of the earliest minerals formed in our solar system.

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NASA Sets May 16 For Final Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch »» NASA Sets May 16 For Final Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch

[Monday, May 9, 2011] NASA managers have set the liftoff of space shuttle Endeavour for 8:56 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 16. The STS-134 mission to the International Space Station is the penultimate shuttle flight and the final one for Endeavour.

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Engineering Tests Leading The Way For NASA's Next Neemo Mission »» Engineering Tests Leading The Way For NASA's Next Neemo Mission

[Tuesday, May 10, 2011] To determine how best to explore asteroids in the future, NASA scientists and engineers are taking their experiments underwater in the 15th expedition of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO.

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Florida Legislature Delivers $43+ Million for Space Industry »» Florida Legislature Delivers $43+ Million for Space Industry

[Tuesday, May 10, 2011] Aerospace-related economic development played a significant role in the 2011 Florida Legislative Session, with more than $43 million being committed for growth of the industry in the coming year.

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Comets WISE - A Family Portrait »» Comets WISE - A Family Portrait

[Tuesday, May 10, 2011] During its one-year mission, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, mapped the entire sky in infrared light.

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President Obama Meets With STS-133 Crew »» President Obama Meets With STS-133 Crew

[Tuesday, May 10, 2011] STS-133 commander Steven Lindsey, far left, presents a montage to President Barack Obama as crew members Michael Barratt, pilot Eric Boe, Nicole Slott and Steve Bowen look on during a visit to the Oval Office, Monday, May 9, 2011.

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NASA Dawn Spacecraft Captures First Image Of Nearing Asteroid »» NASA Dawn Spacecraft Captures First Image Of Nearing Asteroid

[Wednesday, May 11, 2011] NASA's Dawn spacecraft has obtained its first image of the giant asteroid Vesta, which will help fine-tune navigation during its approach. Dawn expects to achieve orbit around Vesta on July 16, when the asteroid is about 117 million miles from Earth.

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Hot Jupiters From Secular Planet Planet Interactions »» Hot Jupiters From Secular Planet Planet Interactions

[Wednesday, May 11, 2011] More than 500 extrasolar planets have been discovered since 1995. But only in the last few years have astronomers observed that in some of these systems the star is spinning one way and the planet is orbiting the star in the opposite direction.

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Conrad Foundation: Student-developed 'STEM Bar' to fly aboard Endeavour on STS-134 »» Conrad Foundation: Student-developed 'STEM Bar' to fly aboard Endeavour on STS-134

[Thursday, May 12, 2011] The STEM Bar was developed using NASA's standards to certify food products for spaceflight and was recently approved for flight about STS-134 after completing microbial testing at the NASA Johnson Space Center Food Lab.

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ESA's water mission keeps tabs on dry spring soils »» ESA's water mission keeps tabs on dry spring soils

[Thursday, May 12, 2011] While these maps offer an interesting view of the stark difference in soil moisture compared to a year ago, the data are also important for agricultural and hydrological applications.

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NASA Spacecraft's Data Reveal Magma Ocean Under Jupiter's Moon Io »» NASA Spacecraft's Data Reveal Magma Ocean Under Jupiter's Moon Io

[Thursday, May 12, 2011] New data analysis from NASA's Galileo spacecraft reveals a subsurface ocean of molten or partially molten magma beneath the surface of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io.

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NASA'S Shuttle Atlantis Moves From Processing Hangar To  VAB »» NASA'S Shuttle Atlantis Moves From Processing Hangar To VAB

[Thursday, May 12, 2011] Reporters are invited to cover space shuttle Atlantis' final planned move from its processing hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building, on Tuesday, May 17, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Haumea shines with crystalline ice »» Haumea shines with crystalline ice

[Thursday, May 12, 2011] The fifth dwarf planet of the Solar System, Haumea, and at least one of its two satellites, are covered in crystalline water-ice due to the tidal forces between them and the heat of radiogenic elements

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The Crab Nebula in Action & the Dog That Did Not Bark »» The Crab Nebula in Action & the Dog That Did Not Bark

[Thursday, May 12, 2011] A new movie from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory shows a sequence of Chandra images of the Crab Nebula, taken over an interval of seven months

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Galaxy NGC 4214 - A Star-Formation Laboratory »» Galaxy NGC 4214 - A Star-Formation Laboratory

[Thursday, May 12, 2011] Intricate patterns of glowing hydrogen formed during the star-birthing process, cavities blown clear of gas by stellar winds, and bright stellar clusters of NGC 4214 can be seen in this optical and near-infrared image.

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Canadian Astronauts Launch an Out-of-this-World Exhibition: Living in Space »» Canadian Astronauts Launch an Out-of-this-World Exhibition: Living in Space

[Friday, May 13, 2011] Today, CSA President Steve MacLean launched the Living in Space exhibition accompanied by former and current astronauts Chris Hadfield, Robert Thirsk, Bjarni Tryggvason, Dave Williams, Julie Payette, Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques.

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Carbon, Carbon, Everywhere; But Not From the Big Bang »» Carbon, Carbon, Everywhere; But Not From the Big Bang

[Friday, May 13, 2011] As Star Trek is so fond of reminding us, we're carbon-based life forms. But the event that jump-started the universe, the Big Bang, didn't actually produce any carbon, so where the heck did it - and we - come from?

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Volunteers and Experts Around the World Collaborate to Solve Disaster and Climate Problems Through Random Hacks of Kindness »» Volunteers and Experts Around the World Collaborate to Solve Disaster and Climate Problems Through Random Hacks of Kindness

[Friday, May 13, 2011] Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA, HP and the World Bank, through their initiative Random Hacks of Kindness, will bring together thousands of people in over 18 locations around the globe to create open solutions that can save lives and alleviate suffering.

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NASA'S Fermi Spots 'Superflares' In The Crab Nebula »» NASA'S Fermi Spots 'Superflares' In The Crab Nebula

[Friday, May 13, 2011] The famous Crab Nebula supernova remnant has erupted in an enormous flare five times more powerful than any flare previously seen from the object. On April 12, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope first detected the outburst, which lasted six days.

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Flooding From Mississippi River Levee Breach As Seen From Orbit »» Flooding From Mississippi River Levee Breach As Seen From Orbit

[Friday, May 13, 2011] The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers detonated explosives at the Birds Point levee near Wyatt, Missouri, at 10:02 p.m. on May 2, 2011. Water from the intentional breach flooded a 130,000-acre stretch of land.

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Commercial Market Assessment for Crew and Cargo Systems Pursuant to Section 403 of the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 »» Commercial Market Assessment for Crew and Cargo Systems Pursuant to Section 403 of the NASA Authorization Act of 2010

[Friday, May 13, 2011] While NASA's commercial cargo efforts have been underway since 2005, and NASA has been purchasing commercial services for robotic spacecraft launches since 1988, NASA is just beginning its Commercial Crew Program.

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Report of the FAA Commercial Human Spaceflight Workshop »» Report of the FAA Commercial Human Spaceflight Workshop

[Friday, May 13, 2011] President Obama's proposed budget for 2011 directs NASA to transition the role of transportation provider for low earth orbit to commercial space companies.

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River deltas and Lake Ayakum in Tibet As Seen From Orbit »» River deltas and Lake Ayakum in Tibet As Seen From Orbit

[Friday, May 13, 2011] River deltas and Lake Ayakum in Tibet are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 27 crew member on the International Space Station.

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Video: Cockpit screen view: NASTAR SpaceShip Two Centrifuge Simulation of 100% Acceleration Profile »» Video: Cockpit screen view: NASTAR SpaceShip Two Centrifuge Simulation of 100% Acceleration Profile

[Friday, May 13, 2011] This video is from a 11 May 2011 centrifuge run at the NASTAR center with SwRI scientist Cathy Olkin in the cockpit. The view simulates what one would see on a suborbital flight profile aboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two.

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Video: External View: NASTAR Centrifuge 100% SpaceShip Two Acceleration Profile »» Video: External View: NASTAR Centrifuge 100% SpaceShip Two Acceleration Profile

[Friday, May 13, 2011] This video shows SwRI scientist Con Tsang's 100% acceleration ride on a SpaceShip Two profile on 11 May 2011 as part of the NASTAR Center's suborbital scientist astronaut training program.

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Mars Science Laboratory Aeroshell Delivered to Launch Site »» Mars Science Laboratory Aeroshell Delivered to Launch Site

[Friday, May 13, 2011] NASA's Mars Science Laboratory aeroshell and cruise stage were delivered to Kennedy Space Center, Fla. yesterday. Lockheed Martin built the aeroshell and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory built the cruise stage.

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Countdown to Endeavour's Launch Now Under Way »» Countdown to Endeavour's Launch Now Under Way

[Friday, May 13, 2011] The countdown to space shuttle Endeavour's launch now is under way. The clocks started counting down on time at 7 a.m. EDT.

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NASA Puts Earth's Nearest Neighbor, 'The Moon,' Within Reach »» NASA Puts Earth's Nearest Neighbor, 'The Moon,' Within Reach

[Friday, May 13, 2011] NASA has created a new interactive web-based tool that incorporates observations from past and current lunar missions creating one of the most comprehensive lunar research websites to date.

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MoonBots 2.0 Challenges Teams to Conduct Google Lunar X PRIZE Missionswith LEGO Robots »» MoonBots 2.0 Challenges Teams to Conduct Google Lunar X PRIZE Missionswith LEGO Robots

[Friday, May 13, 2011] The X PRIZE Foundation and the LEGO Group today announced MoonBots 2.0: A Google Lunar X PRIZE LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R) Challenge.

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NASA Selects First Payloads for Upcoming Reduced-Gravity Flights »» NASA Selects First Payloads for Upcoming Reduced-Gravity Flights

[Friday, May 13, 2011] NASA has selected 16 payloads for flights on the commercial Zero-G parabolic aircraft and two suborbital reusable launch vehicles as part of the agency's Flight Opportunities Program.

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Moon's Rough 'Wrinkles' Reveal Clues to Its Past »» Moon's Rough 'Wrinkles' Reveal Clues to Its Past

[Saturday, May 14, 2011] Written on the Moon's weary face are the damages it has endured for 4.5 billion years. From impact craters to the dark plains of maria left behind by volcanic eruptions, the scars are all that remain to tell the tale of what happened to the Moon.

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Teams Not Working Any Launch Issues for STS-134 »» Teams Not Working Any Launch Issues for STS-134

[Saturday, May 14, 2011] Launch teams at NASA's Kennedy Space Center are working through the countdown milestones with no issues that would delay space shuttle Endeavour's launch Monday, May 16 at 8:56 a.m. EDT to the International Space Station.

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Satellite Images Display Extreme Mississippi River Flooding from Space »» Satellite Images Display Extreme Mississippi River Flooding from Space

[Saturday, May 14, 2011] Recent Landsat satellite data captured by the USGS and NASA on May 10 shows the major flooding of the Mississippi River around Memphis, Tenn., and along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas.

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Photo: Lightning Over Brazil At Night As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Lightning Over Brazil At Night As Seen From Orbit

[Saturday, May 14, 2011] Recent Landsat satellite data captured by the USGS and NASA on May 10 shows the major flooding of the Mississippi River around Memphis, Tenn., and along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas.

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DAICHI (ALOS) Operation Completion »» DAICHI (ALOS) Operation Completion

[Saturday, May 14, 2011] JAXA has been trying to communicate with the Advanced Land Observing Satellite "DAICHI" (ALOS) for about three weeks after it developed a power generation anomaly.

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Shuttle Small Payloads Launched Careers of Many »» Shuttle Small Payloads Launched Careers of Many

[Saturday, May 14, 2011] Costing hundreds of millions of dollars per flight, NASA filled extra space in the shuttle's cargo bay using the Shuttle Small Payloads Project (SSPP).

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NASA Shuttle MMT Green Lights Continuing Endeavour Countdown »» NASA Shuttle MMT Green Lights Continuing Endeavour Countdown

[Saturday, May 14, 2011] The shuttle Mission Management Team is giving space shuttle Endeavour's launch team the green light to continue the countdown for Monday's 8:56 a.m. EDT liftoff.

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Texas students take first place in Team America Rocketry Challenge Final Flyoff »» Texas students take first place in Team America Rocketry Challenge Final Flyoff

[Saturday, May 14, 2011] A team from Rockwall-Heath High School in Heath, Tex., took first place at the ninth annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) finals Saturday afternoon, besting 99 teams from across the country to earn the title of national champion.

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Johnsville Centrifuge Gondola Returns Home To New Museum »» Johnsville Centrifuge Gondola Returns Home To New Museum

[Sunday, May 15, 2011] May 5, 2011 was a historic day for Bucks County as the original gondola of the Johnsville Centrifuge that was used for training America's early space heroes returned to Warminster.

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Endeavour's Final Launch Inspires Public Engagement Via High Altitude Balloon Mission »» Endeavour's Final Launch Inspires Public Engagement Via High Altitude Balloon Mission

[Sunday, May 15, 2011] When Space Shuttle Endeavour makes its final trip into space it will be under the watchful eye of a high altitude balloon built and flown by students and volunteers from across the U.S.

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Tanking of Space Shuttle Endeavour Begins »» Tanking of Space Shuttle Endeavour Begins

[Monday, May 16, 2011] Launch teams were given the "go" to begin fueling space shuttle Endeavour's external fuel tank with more than 500, 000 gallons of super cold liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. Tanking is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:36 p.m.

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Liftoff of Space Shuttle Endeavour »» Liftoff of Space Shuttle Endeavour

[Monday, May 16, 2011] Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six astronauts are headed for space, ready to begin their 16-day mission to the International Space Station. The climb to orbit takes about 8 1/2 minutes.

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NASA STS-134 Report #01 9 a.m. CDT Monday, May 16, 2011 »» NASA STS-134 Report #01 9 a.m. CDT Monday, May 16, 2011

[Monday, May 16, 2011] With a new scientific instrument that could increase human understanding of our universe in its cargo bay, Endeavour launched to the International Space Station on its last mission on a breezy Florida Monday morning.

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LIFE Ready to Launch on Endeavour's Last Flight »» LIFE Ready to Launch on Endeavour's Last Flight

[Monday, May 16, 2011] Shuttle LIFE will add a host of microscopic space travelers to Endeavour's passenger manifest when the Planetary Society experiment launches aboard the space shuttle on May 16.

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SETI Survey Focuses on Kepler's Top Earth-Like Planets »» SETI Survey Focuses on Kepler's Top Earth-Like Planets

[Monday, May 16, 2011] NASA's Kepler has identified 1,235 possible planets around stars in our galaxy, astronomers at UC Berkeley, are aiming a radio telescope at the most Earth-like of these worlds to see if they can detect signals from an advanced civilization.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Launches on Her Last Mission »» Space Shuttle Endeavour Launches on Her Last Mission

[Monday, May 16, 2011] For the nearly 500,000 people watching the launch live in and around the Kennedy Space Centre the Space Shuttle Endeavour blasted off with on a plume of bright orange flame and quickly disappeared into the low clouds.

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First Photo: Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch From Senatobia-1 Balloon at 64,000 feet »» First Photo: Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch From Senatobia-1 Balloon at 64,000 feet

[Monday, May 16, 2011] This image was taken this morning from the Senatobia-1 educational balloon at an altitude of approximately 64,000 ft.

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Atlantis Leaves Orbiter Processing Facility #1 »» Atlantis Leaves Orbiter Processing Facility #1

[Tuesday, May 17, 2011] The day after Space Shuttle Endeavour launched from the Kennedy Space Center the last orbiter to ever fly, Atlantis, was moved from the Orbiter Processing Facility #1 to the Vehicle Assembly Building for mating with her external tank.

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Photo: Endeavour's External Tank Floats Back To Earth »» Photo: Endeavour's External Tank Floats Back To Earth

[Tuesday, May 17, 2011] The STS-134 external fuel tank is seen during its release from space shuttle Endeavour in space following the successful launch on May 16, 2011.

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Photo: Avachinsky Volcano As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Avachinsky Volcano As Seen From Orbit

[Tuesday, May 17, 2011] Avachinsky Volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 27 crew member on the International Space Station.

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NASA And Tech Partners Encourage Information Exchange »» NASA And Tech Partners Encourage Information Exchange

[Tuesday, May 17, 2011] NASA, Google, HP, Microsoft, The World Bank and Yahoo! are inviting software developers, independent computer experts and students to participate in the Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) event on June 4 and 5 at several worldwide locations.

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NASA Mission Will Observe Earth's Salty Seas »» NASA Mission Will Observe Earth's Salty Seas

[Tuesday, May 17, 2011] Final preparations are under way for launch of the international Aquarius/SAC-D observatory. The mission's primary instrument, Aquarius, will study interactions between ocean circulation, the water cycle and climate by measuring ocean surface salinity.

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Photos: KSC Workers Gather To Wish Atlantis Well »» Photos: KSC Workers Gather To Wish Atlantis Well

[Tuesday, May 17, 2011] As Atlantis entered the VAB workers posed behind it with the banner "We're Behind You, Atlantis" and then a few of them pulled out what appeared to be a quilt with all the mission patches sewn on it.

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NASA STS-134 Report #03  1 p.m. CDT Tuesday, May 17, 2011 »» NASA STS-134 Report #03 1 p.m. CDT Tuesday, May 17, 2011

[Tuesday, May 17, 2011] Endeavour's astronauts performed an inspection of the orbiter's thermal protection system. They also checked out spacesuits and rendezvous tools in preparation for Wednesday's docking with the International Space Station, scheduled for 5:16 a.m. CDT.

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Strapping On A Centrifuge: Suborbital Scientist Training »» Strapping On A Centrifuge: Suborbital Scientist Training

[Wednesday, May 18, 2011] Last week I had a rather remarkable experience: I flew into space in Pennsylvania. Well, almost. I attended a three day Suborbital Scientist Training Program conducted by The NASTAR Center.

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Space Access Society Political Action Alert: Defend NASA Commercial Crew and NASA Space Technology in the FY'12 Budget »» Space Access Society Political Action Alert: Defend NASA Commercial Crew and NASA Space Technology in the FY'12 Budget

[Wednesday, May 18, 2011] Contact your Representative by Friday morning at the latest, and ask that they tell the Appropriations Committee that they support full funding for the NASA Commercial Crew and Space Technology programs.

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Ask your Member of Congress to »» Ask your Member of Congress to "represent" your support for commercial space TODAY!

[Wednesday, May 18, 2011] What you should do - ASAP, but definitely before noon on Friday, May 20th - is call your Member of Congress' office in Washington, D.C., ask to speak to the staff person who handles "NASA appropriations" and ask that staffer to take two actions:

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Hatches Between Shuttle and Station Open »» Hatches Between Shuttle and Station Open

[Wednesday, May 18, 2011] Hatches between space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station were opened about an hour ahead of schedule at 7:38 a.m. EDT.

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Ball Aerospace Completes Successful Thermal Vacuum Testing for Nation's Next Weather Satellite »» Ball Aerospace Completes Successful Thermal Vacuum Testing for Nation's Next Weather Satellite

[Wednesday, May 18, 2011] Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing for NASA's NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite to advance the spacecraft closer to a planned October 25, 2011, launch.

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New proposal opportunities for Earth and space science experiments using short duration orbital platforms including CubeSats »» New proposal opportunities for Earth and space science experiments using short duration orbital platforms including CubeSats

[Wednesday, May 18, 2011] ROSES-2011 has been amended to include the requirements for submitting proposals using short duration orbital platforms, including CubeSats, in Section IV(h) of the ROSES Summary of Solicitation.

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Free-Floating Planets May be More Common Than Stars »» Free-Floating Planets May be More Common Than Stars

[Wednesday, May 18, 2011] Astronomers have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark of space, away from the light of a star. The team believes these lone worlds were probably ejected from developing planetary systems.

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Molecular Devices' SpectraMax M5e Chosen by Nanoracks to be First Microplate Reader in Space »» Molecular Devices' SpectraMax M5e Chosen by Nanoracks to be First Microplate Reader in Space

[Wednesday, May 18, 2011] Molecular Devices top-of-the-line M5e Reader offers flexible configurations across all commonly-used detection methods to accommodate a wide range of life sciences applications.

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Photo:  Space Shuttle Atlantis Being Prepared for Mating »» Photo: Space Shuttle Atlantis Being Prepared for Mating

[Wednesday, May 18, 2011] Preparations were made today to begin mating Space Shuttle Atlantis with its External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters.

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Future Scientist-Astronauts and Educator-Astronauts Receive Training at NASTAR Center »» Future Scientist-Astronauts and Educator-Astronauts Receive Training at NASTAR Center

[Wednesday, May 18, 2011] The National Aerospace Training and Research Center (NASTAR) in Southampton, PA, a member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, welcomed last week its latest set of future scientist-astronauts and educator-astronauts for training.

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Photos: Endeavour's On Orbit Ballet »» Photos: Endeavour's On Orbit Ballet

[Thursday, May 19, 2011] These views of space shuttle Endeavour was provided by an Expedition 27 crew member during a survey of the approaching STS-134 vehicle prior to docking with the International Space Station.

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Avatar Meets Superman At Miami Science Museum »» Avatar Meets Superman At Miami Science Museum

[Thursday, May 19, 2011] The secondary purpose of the event is to showcase Youth EXPO, an educational resource based on NASA's climate visualizations.

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Masten Signs Contract With Space Florida For Demonstration Launches »» Masten Signs Contract With Space Florida For Demonstration Launches

[Thursday, May 19, 2011] Masten Space Systems and Space Florida announced today the signing of a $400,000 contract under which Masten will perform a series of demonstration flights of a Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing reusable suborbital launch vehicle from LC 36 at CCAFS.

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Antibody production gets confused during long-term spaceflight »» Antibody production gets confused during long-term spaceflight

[Thursday, May 19, 2011] New research in the FASEB Journal suggests that flawed antibody production could potentially compromise resistance to infections during long-term missions and jeopardize the outcome of a space mission.

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Planets Under a Red Sun »» Planets Under a Red Sun

[Thursday, May 19, 2011] This artist's concept illustrates a red dwarf star surrounded by three planets. Such stars are dimmer and smaller than yellow stars like our sun, which makes them ideal targets for astronomers wishing to take images of planets outside our solar system.

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Looking Deep into a Huge Storm on Saturn »» Looking Deep into a Huge Storm on Saturn

[Thursday, May 19, 2011] ESO's Very Large Telescope has teamed up with NASA's Cassini spacecraft to study a rare storm in the atmosphere of the planet Saturn in more detail than has ever been possible before.

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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Helps Confirm Nature of Dark Energy »» NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Helps Confirm Nature of Dark Energy

[Thursday, May 19, 2011] A five-year survey of 200,000 galaxies, stretching back seven billion years in cosmic time, has led to one of the best independent confirmations that dark energy is driving our universe apart at accelerating speeds

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NASA May Slip Webb Space Telescope Launch as Late as 2024 »» NASA May Slip Webb Space Telescope Launch as Late as 2024

[Thursday, May 19, 2011] Industry sources report that Northrop Grumman will begin to layoff personnel working on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) next month for budgetary and scheduling reasons.

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Non-Profit NASTAR Foundation formed to Support Aerospace Industry »» Non-Profit NASTAR Foundation formed to Support Aerospace Industry

[Thursday, May 19, 2011] Environmental Tectonics Corporation announces the formation of the NASTAR Foundation, a non-profit organization that fosters opportunities for people of all ages to experience the excitement of aerospace exploration.

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NASA STS-134 Report #07  5 p.m. CDT Thursday, May 19, 2011 (with video) »» NASA STS-134 Report #07 5 p.m. CDT Thursday, May 19, 2011 (with video)

[Thursday, May 19, 2011] An instrument that seeks to unite astronomy and high-energy physics to give us a better understanding of our universe was installed on the International Space Station by space shuttle Endeavour astronauts Thursday.

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Photo: There's A Shuttle In The Window »» Photo: There's A Shuttle In The Window

[Friday, May 20, 2011] Judging by her countenance, NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, Expedition 27 flight engineer, is elated to have company coming to the ISS, from which she can see the mutual approach of the ISS and the space shuttle Endeavour (seen in portal).

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DARPA Request for Information: 100 Year Starship Study »» DARPA Request for Information: 100 Year Starship Study

[Friday, May 20, 2011] The 100 Year Starship Study is a project seeded by DARPA to develop a viable and sustainable model for persistent, long-term, private-sector investment into the myriad of disciplines needed to make long-distance space travel practicable and feasible.

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NASA's Two Lunar-Bound Grail Spacecraft, Vacuum-Packed »» NASA's Two Lunar-Bound Grail Spacecraft, Vacuum-Packed

[Friday, May 20, 2011] NASA's two Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (Grail) spacecraft have completed all assembly and testing prior to shipment to Florida.

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Video: NASA Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity Rover) Mission Animation »» Video: NASA Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity Rover) Mission Animation

[Friday, May 20, 2011] This video shows the main mission events for Mars Science Laboratory following its launch from Earth until it begins operations on the surface of Mars.

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Video: Space Exploration Keeps Us Closer and Safer on Earth »» Video: Space Exploration Keeps Us Closer and Safer on Earth

[Friday, May 20, 2011] enefits of space surround us. Exploration fuels innovation. Groundbreaking technologies we develop to explore space keep us close and safe right here at home.

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Lifting of Atlantis From Horizontal to Vertical in the KSC Vehicle Assembly Building »» Lifting of Atlantis From Horizontal to Vertical in the KSC Vehicle Assembly Building

[Friday, May 20, 2011] This past Wednesday the orbiter Atlantis was lifted and mated to her external tank and solid rocket boosters in preparation for her final flight and the programs last shuttle flight.

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First STS-134 Spacewalk Complete »» First STS-134 Spacewalk Complete

[Friday, May 20, 2011] Drew Feustel and Greg Chamitoff completed a 6 hr, 19 min spacewalk at 9:29 am EDT. They installed antennas for the External Wireless Communication system, routing cables, setting up the antenna, installing handrails, and connecting power cables.

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NASA Sets Launch Date And Media Credential Deadlines For Final Shuttle Flight »» NASA Sets Launch Date And Media Credential Deadlines For Final Shuttle Flight

[Friday, May 20, 2011] NASA's final space shuttle flight is targeted to launch July 8 at 11:40 am EDT from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Four veteran astronauts will fly aboard shuttle Atlantis to deliver supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station.

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Student Experiment Microgravity Kit Wins NASA-Make Tech Contest »» Student Experiment Microgravity Kit Wins NASA-Make Tech Contest

[Friday, May 20, 2011] "Bring It Back," a small and inexpensive microgravity spaceflight kit, has won the do-it-yourself technology and education space competition sponsored by NASA and MAKE Magazine.

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NASA's Atlantis Moves To Launch Pad May 31 For Final Shuttle Launch »» NASA's Atlantis Moves To Launch Pad May 31 For Final Shuttle Launch

[Friday, May 20, 2011] The six-hour rollout from Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building is a major milestone as Atlantis is prepared for the final shuttle launch targeted for July 8.

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NASA Announces Tweetup For Final Space Shuttle Launch »» NASA Announces Tweetup For Final Space Shuttle Launch

[Friday, May 20, 2011] NASA will give 150 of its Twitter followers a front-row seat at the historic final space shuttle launch. The agency's fifth shuttle launch Tweetup, scheduled July 7-8 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Letter Regarding NASA Authorization Act of 2010 Compliance »» Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Letter Regarding NASA Authorization Act of 2010 Compliance

[Saturday, May 21, 2011] NASA has not made sufficient progress in carrying out the changes Congress required in the 2010 Act. Furthermore, NASA has not adequately complied with a number of reporting requirements designed to keep Congress apprised of NASA's progress.

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Video: Animation of Monday's Soyuz Flyaround of the ISS »» Video: Animation of Monday's Soyuz Flyaround of the ISS

[Saturday, May 21, 2011] The Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft undocks and flies around the International Space Station in this computer-generated animation shown during the May 20, 2011 STS-134 Mission Status Briefing.

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Ariane 5's third launch of 2011 »» Ariane 5's third launch of 2011

[Saturday, May 21, 2011] An Ariane 5 launcher lifted off this evening from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, ST-2 and GSAT-8, into their planned transfer orbits. Flight VA202 was the third Ariane 5 launch of 2011.

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Space Florida »» Space Florida "Call for Infrastructure Projects" - May 25 deadline

[Saturday, May 21, 2011] Each year, Space Florida submits a list of project priorities to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for consideration in preparing a five-year work program in partnership with local Transportation Planning Organizations (TPOs).

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NASA STS-134 Update: Heat Shield Inspection Complete; Crews Speak with Pope »» NASA STS-134 Update: Heat Shield Inspection Complete; Crews Speak with Pope

[Saturday, May 21, 2011] At 4:30 a.m. EDT, Endeavour's crew completed a focused inspection of a damaged area on the space shuttle's thermal protection system. The data will now be sent to Mission Control for analysis.

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Titan's Haze is Falling »» Titan's Haze is Falling

[Saturday, May 21, 2011] The change in Titan's haze layer is illustrated in this figure, derived from data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Radio Telescopes Capture Best-Ever Snapshot Of Black Hole Jets »» Radio Telescopes Capture Best-Ever Snapshot Of Black Hole Jets

[Saturday, May 21, 2011] An international team, including NASA-funded researchers, using radio telescopes located throughout the Southern Hemisphere has produced the most detailed image of particle jets erupting from a supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy.

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Photo: Earth from Space: Iceberg Alley »» Photo: Earth from Space: Iceberg Alley

[Saturday, May 21, 2011] A large chunk of the massive iceberg (centre) that broke off Greenland's Petermann Glacier in August 2010 is featured floating in the Labrador Sea off the eastern coast of Labrador in this Envisat image.

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NASA STS-134 Report #11  4:00 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2011 »» NASA STS-134 Report #11 4:00 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2011

[Saturday, May 21, 2011] Mission managers cleared Endeavour's thermal protection system for reentry after analysis of data and images from an early-morning focused robotic inspection of the tiles.

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Video: Fly-through Tour of the International Space Station's Interior »» Video: Fly-through Tour of the International Space Station's Interior

[Saturday, May 21, 2011] Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Cady Coleman flies through the International Space Station with a high-definition video camera.

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Video: International Space Station: Spiders in Space »» Video: International Space Station: Spiders in Space

[Saturday, May 21, 2011] Two golden orb spiders are delivered by the STS-134 crew to the International Space Station so researchers can observe the arachnids' habits in microgravity.

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STS-134 Update: Overnight EVA »» STS-134 Update: Overnight EVA

[Sunday, May 22, 2011] At 2:05 a.m. EDT, STS-134 spacewalkers Drew Feustel and Mike Fincke switched their suits to battery power, signifying the start of today's planned six and a half hour excursion.

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Photo: Horseshoe 2 Fire in Arizona As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Horseshoe 2 Fire in Arizona As Seen From Orbit

[Sunday, May 22, 2011] The Horseshoe 2 fire, located along the southeastern flank of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona, began on May 8, 2011 at approximately 11:00 a.m. The fire is thought to have been started by human activities.

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Gliese 581d:  First Discovered Terrestrial-mass Exoplanet in the Habitable Zone »» Gliese 581d: First Discovered Terrestrial-mass Exoplanet in the Habitable Zone

[Monday, May 23, 2011] The planetary system around the red dwarf Gliese 581, one of the closest stars to the Sun in the galaxy, has been the subject of several studies aiming to detect the first potentially habitable exoplanet.

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Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 Installed on the International Space Station »» Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 Installed on the International Space Station

[Monday, May 23, 2011] Taken into space by the Space Shuttle, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer will sift ten thousand cosmic-ray hits every minute, looking for nature's best-kept particle secrets.

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International Academy of Astronautics Sponsors Multi-national Youth Art Competition »» International Academy of Astronautics Sponsors Multi-national Youth Art Competition

[Monday, May 23, 2011] On April 11- 15, 2011, a youth art competition was held as a part of the 18th Humans in Space Symposium, sponsored by the International Academy of Astronautics, in Houston, Texas.

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Attendance Survey First Kepler Science Conference »» Attendance Survey First Kepler Science Conference

[Monday, May 23, 2011] The First Kepler Science Conference will be held 5-9 December 2011, hosted by the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.

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Photo: Volcano on Onekotan Island, Russia As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Volcano on Onekotan Island, Russia As Seen From Orbit

[Monday, May 23, 2011] Volcano on Onekotan Island, Russia photographed on 17 May 2011 by an ISS crew member.

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Spitzer and Kepler Confirm New Extrasolar Planet »» Spitzer and Kepler Confirm New Extrasolar Planet

[Monday, May 23, 2011] A new planetary member of the Kepler-10 solar system was announced today. Using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, members of the Kepler science team confirmed a new planet, dubbed Kepler-10c.

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How unique is the Milky Way? »» How unique is the Milky Way?

[Monday, May 23, 2011] To find out, a group of researchers led by Stanford University astrophysicist Risa Wechsler compared the Milky Way to similar galaxies and found that just four percent are like the galaxy Earth calls home.

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Galileo: Europe prepares for October launch »» Galileo: Europe prepares for October launch

[Monday, May 23, 2011] The European Space Agency, Arianespace and the European Commission announced today that the launch of the first two satellites of Europe's global navigation satellite system is planned to take place on 20 October.

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Kepler's Astounding Haul of Multiplanet Systems »» Kepler's Astounding Haul of Multiplanet Systems

[Monday, May 23, 2011] NASA's Kepler spacecraft is proving itself to be a prolific planet hunter. Within just the first four months of data, astronomers have found evidence for more than 1,200 planetary candidates.

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NASA Announces STS-134 Wakeup Song Winners; Face In Space Totals »» NASA Announces STS-134 Wakeup Song Winners; Face In Space Totals

[Monday, May 23, 2011] NASA announced the winners of its "Original Song Contest" after six weeks of public voting. The songs will awaken the STS-134 astronauts aboard space shuttle Endeavour during their ongoing mission.

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Satellites monitor Icelandic ash plume »» Satellites monitor Icelandic ash plume

[Monday, May 23, 2011] As Iceland's Grimsvoetn volcano spews ash high into the atmosphere, satellite observations are providing essential information to advisory centres assessing the possible hazards to aviation.

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NASA Honors Human Spaceflight Achievements at Kennedy Center Concert »» NASA Honors Human Spaceflight Achievements at Kennedy Center Concert

[Monday, May 23, 2011] NASA is inviting the general public and journalists to a special concert at 7 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 25, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington to honor American achievements in human spaceflight.

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Photo: Entering the Space Station After a Long EVA »» Photo: Entering the Space Station After a Long EVA

[Monday, May 23, 2011] Astronaut Andrew Feustel reenters the space station after completing n 8-hour, 7-minute spacewalk at 10:12 a.m. EDT Sunday, May 22, 2011. He and fellow spacewalker Mike Fincke completed this, the second of the four STS-134 spacewalks.

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NASA Virtual Student Engineering Competition Announces Winners »» NASA Virtual Student Engineering Competition Announces Winners

[Tuesday, May 24, 2011] The top six teams competing in the first "RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge" showcased their creative ideas for a panel of expert judges, fellow teams and others on April 14, 2011.

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NASA/University Japan Quake Study Yields Surprises »» NASA/University Japan Quake Study Yields Surprises

[Tuesday, May 24, 2011] A new NASA and university study of the March 11, 2011, Japan earthquake that included researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., provides the most comprehensive look to date at how Earth moved that day.

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Mars Rover Driving Leaves Distinctive Tracks »» Mars Rover Driving Leaves Distinctive Tracks

[Tuesday, May 24, 2011] When NASA's Opportunity Mars rover uses an onboard navigation capability during backward drives, it leaves a distinctive pattern in the wheel tracks visible on the Martian ground.

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Hubble Views the Star That Changed the Universe »» Hubble Views the Star That Changed the Universe

[Tuesday, May 24, 2011] Though the universe is filled with billions of stars, the discovery of a single variable star in 1923 altered the course of modern astronomy. And, at least one famous astronomer of the time lamented that the discovery had shattered his world view.

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Rapid Prototyping and Analog Testing for Human Space Exploration »» Rapid Prototyping and Analog Testing for Human Space Exploration

[Tuesday, May 24, 2011] Humanity's dream of exploring space-to look for life on other planets and to better understand our place in the universe-has not diminished over the years. But advances in human space exploration beyond low-Earth orbit have been slow to emerge.

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How to Learn a Star's True Age »» How to Learn a Star's True Age

[Tuesday, May 24, 2011] For many movie stars, their age is a well-kept secret. In space, the same is true of the actual stars. Like our Sun, most stars look almost the same for most of their lives. So how can we tell if a star is one billion or 10 billion years old?

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Expedition 27 Crew And Capsule Land Safely In Kazakhstan »» Expedition 27 Crew And Capsule Land Safely In Kazakhstan

[Tuesday, May 24, 2011] Expedition 27 Commander Dmitry Kondratyev and Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli safely landed their Soyuz spacecraft on the Kazakhstan steppe Monday, wrapping up a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

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Students Win Conrad Foundation Innovation Award And Send Nutrition Bar on Endeavour's Last Flight (Update) »» Students Win Conrad Foundation Innovation Award And Send Nutrition Bar on Endeavour's Last Flight (Update)

[Tuesday, May 24, 2011] For Mikayla and Shannon Diesch seeing a shuttle launch in person and knowing that something you created was going into space on Space Shuttle Endeavour was the culmination of a year and half adventure.

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NASA Announces Key Decision For Next Deep Space Transportation System »» NASA Announces Key Decision For Next Deep Space Transportation System

[Tuesday, May 24, 2011] NASA has reached an important milestone for the next U.S. transportation system that will carry humans into deep space. Charles Bolden announced today that the system will be based on designs originally planned for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle.

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NASA Concludes Attempts To Contact Mars Rover Spirit »» NASA Concludes Attempts To Contact Mars Rover Spirit

[Wednesday, May 25, 2011] NASA is ending attempts to regain contact with the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, which last communicated on March 22, 2010.

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New Kepler Mission Findings Presented at 218th American Astronomical Society Meeting »» New Kepler Mission Findings Presented at 218th American Astronomical Society Meeting

[Wednesday, May 25, 2011] Today the Kepler team is announcing another member of the Kepler-10 family, called Kepler-10c . It has a radius of 2.2 times that of Earth's, and it orbits the star every 45 days. Both Kepler-10b and 10c would be blistering hot worlds.

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Former Senator Schmitt Proposes Dismantling of NASA and Creation of a New, Deep Space Exploration Agency »» Former Senator Schmitt Proposes Dismantling of NASA and Creation of a New, Deep Space Exploration Agency

[Wednesday, May 25, 2011] Is there a path forward for United States' space policy? When a new President takes office in 2013, he or she should propose to Congress that we start space policy and its administration from scratch.

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NASA STS-134 Update: Third Spacewalk Under Way »» NASA STS-134 Update: Third Spacewalk Under Way

[Wednesday, May 25, 2011] STS-134 spacewalkers Drew Feustel and Mike Fincke switched their suits to battery power at 1:43 a.m. EDT, signifying the start of today's planned six and a half hour excursion.

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Image: Burning Heptane Fuel in Microgravity »» Image: Burning Heptane Fuel in Microgravity

[Wednesday, May 25, 2011] Because of the absence of gravity, fuels burning in space behave very differently than they do on Earth. In this image, a 3-millimeter diameter droplet of heptane fuel burns in microgravity, producing soot

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Cassini Image: Scanning Enceladus' Surface »» Cassini Image: Scanning Enceladus' Surface

[Wednesday, May 25, 2011] The Cassini spacecraft surveys the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus in this image, which shows newly created terrain in the upper right meeting older, cratered terrain in the lower left.

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AKARI (ASTRO-F) Power Generation Anomaly »» AKARI (ASTRO-F) Power Generation Anomaly

[Wednesday, May 25, 2011] AT 5:30 a.m. on May 24 (Japan Standard Time,) we found that the satellite had shifted its operation to the low load mode due to power generation reduction, and all the onboard observation devices and the X-band transmitter were turned off.

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NASA STS-134 Update: Third Spacewalk Concludes »» NASA STS-134 Update: Third Spacewalk Concludes

[Wednesday, May 25, 2011] Astronauts Drew Feustel and Mike Fincke completed a six-hour, 54-minute spacewalk at 8:37 a.m. EDT. They completed all planned tasks, installing cables to increase redundancy for the power system on the Russian segment of the station.

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NASA Proposed rule with request for comments: Commercial Acquisition: Anchor Tenancy »» NASA Proposed rule with request for comments: Commercial Acquisition: Anchor Tenancy

[Wednesday, May 25, 2011] NASA proposes to revise the NFS to include guidance consistent with NASA's authority under Section 401 of the Commercial Space Competitiveness Act of 1992. NASA may enter into multi-year anchor tenancy contracts for commercial space goods or services.

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NASA Commemorates Moonshot Moment's Golden Anniversary Agency Looks to the Future and Beyond Low-Earth Orbit »» NASA Commemorates Moonshot Moment's Golden Anniversary Agency Looks to the Future and Beyond Low-Earth Orbit

[Wednesday, May 25, 2011] Fifty years ago, a young president struggling with deepening international issues set a fledgling space agency on a course that would change the history of human exploration.

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NASA To Launch New Science Mission To Asteroid In 2016 »» NASA To Launch New Science Mission To Asteroid In 2016

[Wednesday, May 25, 2011] NASA will launch a spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016 and use a robotic arm to pluck samples that could better explain our solar system's formation and how life began.

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Message from the NASA Administrator: Reaching for New Heights »» Message from the NASA Administrator: Reaching for New Heights

[Wednesday, May 25, 2011] It is hard to imagine that just 50 years ago, a young and vibrant President challenged a worried nation to reach for the seemingly impossible goal of landing humans on the moon and returning them safely to Earth.

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Mars' Rapid Formation Explains Its Small Size Relative to Earth »» Mars' Rapid Formation Explains Its Small Size Relative to Earth

[Wednesday, May 25, 2011] Mars developed in as little as two to four million years after the birth of the solar system, far more quickly than Earth, according to results of a new study published in this week's issue of the journal Nature.

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NASA-Funded Researchers Wins Prestigious Biology Award »» NASA-Funded Researchers Wins Prestigious Biology Award

[Wednesday, May 25, 2011] This year's recipient of the prestigious Darwin-Wallace Medal is James A. Lake, professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a researcher with NASA's Astrobiology Program.

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Scientists on the Trail of Mystery Molecules »» Scientists on the Trail of Mystery Molecules

[Wednesday, May 25, 2011] Space scientists working to solve one cosmic mystery at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. now have the capability to better understand unidentified matter in deep space.

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Calls for Continuing JFK Vision on 50th Anniversary of »» Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Calls for Continuing JFK Vision on 50th Anniversary of "Moon" Speech

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] Dr. Buzz Aldrin's speech today at ceremonies the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston Massachusetts saluting John F. Kennedy's address to Congress a half century ago which propelled America into the exploration of space.

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New View of Undersea Giant Kelp Forest »» New View of Undersea Giant Kelp Forest "Canopy"--From Satellites Above

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] Marine scientists have a new view of the giant kelp in the Pacific Ocean--through a scuba mask and a satellite's "eye." Forests of giant kelp, or Macrocystis pyrifera, are found in temperate coastal regions and are among the most productive ecosystems on

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NASA's WISE Mission Offers a Taste of Galaxies to Come »» NASA's WISE Mission Offers a Taste of Galaxies to Come

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] An assorted mix of colorful galaxies is being released today by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, or WISE. The nine galaxies are a taste of what's to come.

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Hubble Finds Rare Blue Straggler Stars in Milky Way's Hub »» Hubble Finds Rare Blue Straggler Stars in Milky Way's Hub

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found a rare class of oddball stars called blue stragglers in the hub of our Milky Way, the first detected within our galaxy's bulge.

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Chandra Image: Carina Nebula »» Chandra Image: Carina Nebula

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] This Chandra image shows the Carina Nebula, a star-forming region in the Sagittarius-Carina arm of the Milky Way a mere 7,500 light years from Earth. Chandra's sharp X-ray vision has detected over 14,000 stars in this region.

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Video: Mars 500: Harvest time for the little greenhouses »» Video: Mars 500: Harvest time for the little greenhouses

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] ESA's high-flying 'Greenhouse in Space' educational venture began in February with a live link to the Space Station and four events around Europe. Now, after three months, the project has finished in Lisbon - and aboard a virtual Mars spacecraft.

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NASA's NPP Satellite Successfully Completes Thermal Vac Testing »» NASA's NPP Satellite Successfully Completes Thermal Vac Testing

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] The NASA National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) climate and weather satellite has successfully passed all environmental testing.

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Mars Science Laboratory Mission Status Report: Hardware Lifting Incident »» Mars Science Laboratory Mission Status Report: Hardware Lifting Incident

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] During processing of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., an incident occurred on Friday, May 20, involving the spacecraft's back shell.

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The Spitzer Photo Atlas of Galactic »» The Spitzer Photo Atlas of Galactic "Train Wrecks"

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] Five billion years from now, our Milky Way galaxy will collide with the Andromeda galaxy. This will mark a moment of both destruction and creation. The galaxies will lose their separate identities as they merge into one.

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NASA STS-134 Update: Endeavour's Late Inspection Complete »» NASA STS-134 Update: Endeavour's Late Inspection Complete

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] Space shuttle Endeavour's crew completed today's inspection of the shuttle's thermal protection system at 2:16 a.m. EDT. The crew began the inspection early.

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ATV-4 to carry name Albert Einstein »» ATV-4 to carry name Albert Einstein

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] With ATV Johannes Kepler in space and ATV Edoardo Amaldi almost built, the next Space Station supply craft coming off the production line has been named after the most famous scientist of all time: Albert Einstein. Launch is expected in early 2013.

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Video: High Definition Onboard Views From Space Shuttle STS-134 Launch »» Video: High Definition Onboard Views From Space Shuttle STS-134 Launch

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] These new, crystal clear high-definition videos shot from the Endeavour's Solid Rocket Boosters provide a stunning view of what it is like to launch into space.

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GAO: Commercial Launch Vehicles: NASA Taking Measures to Manage Delays and Risks »» GAO: Commercial Launch Vehicles: NASA Taking Measures to Manage Delays and Risks

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] SpaceX and Orbital continue to make progress completing milestones under their COTS agreements with NASA, but both partners are working under aggressive schedules and have experienced delays in completing demonstration missions.

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Operation Ice Bridge: Ice Cap Recap »» Operation Ice Bridge: Ice Cap Recap

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] Last month, IceBridge surveyed Sukkertoppen Ice Cap -a mass of ice southwest of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. I didn't know what to expect from an ice cap. Would it resemble the vast, white expanse of the Greenland Ice Sheet next door?

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Fourth and Final Shuttle Astronaut Spacewalk Set »» Fourth and Final Shuttle Astronaut Spacewalk Set

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] The mission's fourth and final spacewalk with Mike Fincke and Greg Chamitoff is set to begin at 12:46 a.m. EDT and last approximately six and a half hours.

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Second Rocky World Makes Kepler-10 a Multi-Planet System »» Second Rocky World Makes Kepler-10 a Multi-Planet System

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] The planet is about 2 times the size of Earth, and is very close to the Sun-like star Kepler-10, completing an orbit in only 45 days. Being so close to its sun, the blazing-hot new planet is not expected to have any liquid water or life as we know it.

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NASA Demonstrating Smart Technology Through Suborbital Rocket Mission »» NASA Demonstrating Smart Technology Through Suborbital Rocket Mission

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] A new microsatellite designed to give scientists less expensive access to space will be demonstrated during a NASA Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket flight between 7 and 10 a.m., June 9, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

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NASA Calls for Commercial Suborbital Flight Services Proposals »» NASA Calls for Commercial Suborbital Flight Services Proposals

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] NASA is seeking proposals for services from commercial suborbital flight providers and payload integrators to support the agency's Flight Opportunities Program, which is part of NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist.

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NASA-Funded Scientists Make Lunar Watershed Discovery »» NASA-Funded Scientists Make Lunar Watershed Discovery

[Thursday, May 26, 2011] A team of NASA-funded researchers has measured for the first time water from the moon in the form of tiny globules of molten rock, which have turned to glass-like material trapped within crystals.

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Significant Role of Oceans in Onset of Ancient Global Cooling »» Significant Role of Oceans in Onset of Ancient Global Cooling

[Friday, May 27, 2011] Thirty-eight million years ago, tropical jungles thrived in what are now the cornfields of the American Midwest and furry marsupials wandered temperate forests in what is now the frozen Antarctic.

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Nature's Best Magnifying Glass Views an Early Spiral Galaxy »» Nature's Best Magnifying Glass Views an Early Spiral Galaxy

[Friday, May 27, 2011] Astronomers in Hawaii have plucked unprecedented details from the life of an early galaxy using an unusually lucid gravitational lens coupled with the powerful 10-meter Keck II Telescope on Mauna Kea.

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Black Holes Spin Faster and Faster »» Black Holes Spin Faster and Faster

[Friday, May 27, 2011] Two UK astronomers have found that the giant black holes in the center of galaxies are on average spinning faster than at any time in the history of the Universe.

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NASA is Making Hot, Way Cool »» NASA is Making Hot, Way Cool

[Friday, May 27, 2011] The main objective of the EHD demonstration is showing that a prototype pump can withstand the extreme launch loads as the rocket lifts off and hurtles toward space.

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Most Complete 3-D Map of Local Universe Unveiled »» Most Complete 3-D Map of Local Universe Unveiled

[Friday, May 27, 2011] Astronomers unveiled the most complete 3-D map of the local universe (out to a distance of 380 million light-years) ever created.

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Discovery of a Very Massive, Isolated Star in a Nearby Galaxy »» Discovery of a Very Massive, Isolated Star in a Nearby Galaxy

[Friday, May 27, 2011] Located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, the star VFTS 682 is one of the more massive stars ever known, because it is about 150 times the mass of the Sun. But the major surprise is that the star lies on its own and is not a member of a dense star cluster.

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Betting on the Most Distant Gamma Ray Burst Ever Seen »» Betting on the Most Distant Gamma Ray Burst Ever Seen

[Friday, May 27, 2011] In a game of cosmological one-upmanship, what is likely the most distant gamma ray burst (GRB) ever detected could be presenting humanity with a glimpse back to within about half a billion years of the Big Bang.

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Expanded VLA Flexing New Scientific Muscle »» Expanded VLA Flexing New Scientific Muscle

[Friday, May 27, 2011] A new and uniquely powerful tool for cutting-edge science is emerging on the crisp, high desert of western New Mexico.

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VLT Finds a Brilliant But Solitary Superstar »» VLT Finds a Brilliant But Solitary Superstar

[Friday, May 27, 2011] An extraordinarily bright isolated star has been found in a nearby galaxy -- the star is three million times brighter than the Sun. All previous similar "superstars" were found in star clusters, but this brilliant beacon shines in solitary splendor.

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Lunar Water Brings Portions of Moon's Origin Story Into Question »» Lunar Water Brings Portions of Moon's Origin Story Into Question

[Friday, May 27, 2011] The Moon has much more water than previously thought, a team of scientists led by Carnegie's Erik Hauri has discovered.

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Zero Gravity Corporation Awarded Safety Approval from the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation »» Zero Gravity Corporation Awarded Safety Approval from the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation

[Friday, May 27, 2011] Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) announced today that the company had received a Safety Approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

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Response to Comments on »» Response to Comments on "A Bacterium That Can Grow Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus"

[Friday, May 27, 2011] Concerns have been raised about our recent study suggesting that arsenic (As) substitutes for phosphorus (P) in major biomolecules of a bacterium that tolerates extreme As concentrations.

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Challenge.gov: Mapping Dark Matter »» Challenge.gov: Mapping Dark Matter

[Friday, May 27, 2011] Mapping Dark Matter is a image analysis competition whose aim is to encourage the development of new algorithms that can be applied to challenge of measuring the tiny distortions in galaxy images caused by dark matter.

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Juno Mission Status Report: Solar Array Checkout »» Juno Mission Status Report: Solar Array Checkout

[Friday, May 27, 2011] The three massive solar panels that will provide power for NASA's Juno spacecraft during its mission to Jupiter have seen their last photons of light until they are deployed in space after launch.

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Endeavour's Crew Awake to Begin Flight Day 13 »» Endeavour's Crew Awake to Begin Flight Day 13

[Saturday, May 28, 2011] The crews of space shuttle Endeavour and Expedition 28 woke at 8:01 p.m. EDT to the song "Will You Carry Me?" performed by Michael FitzPatrick, played for the entire crew.

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Astro-H Satellite Will Gather Elusive X-ray Data From Black Holes and Supernovae »» Astro-H Satellite Will Gather Elusive X-ray Data From Black Holes and Supernovae

[Saturday, May 28, 2011] Japanese and Canadian astronomers are working together to develop a new satellite capable of detecting and imaging high- and low-energy X-ray emissions from space

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X-Prize and Qualcomm Announce $10 Million Tricorder Prize »» X-Prize and Qualcomm Announce $10 Million Tricorder Prize

[Saturday, May 28, 2011] The X PRIZE Foundation has announced a collaboration with Qualcomm Incorporated to design the Tricorder X PRIZE, a $10 million prize to develop a mobile solution that can diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians.

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Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Opportunity Spies Outcrop Ahead (with recent photos) »» Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Opportunity Spies Outcrop Ahead (with recent photos)

[Saturday, May 28, 2011] Opportunity Status for sol 2601-2607: Opportunity continues the trek towards Endeavour crater with less than 3.5 kilometers (2.17 miles) before the first landfall. The rover drove on three of the last seven sols.

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NASA Solicitation: Flight and Payload Services for Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicles »» NASA Solicitation: Flight and Payload Services for Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicles

[Saturday, May 28, 2011] This document is for information and planning purposes and to allow industry the opportunity to verify reasonableness and feasibility of the requirement, as well as promote competition.

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Photo: Closeup of Titan and Saturn's Rings »» Photo: Closeup of Titan and Saturn's Rings

[Saturday, May 28, 2011] This image was taken on May 21, 2011 and received on Earth May 22, 2011. The camera was pointing toward Titan at approximately 2,302,590 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the CL1 and CB3 filters.

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Photo: The Space Station's Solar Panels and a Crescent Earth »» Photo: The Space Station's Solar Panels and a Crescent Earth

[Saturday, May 28, 2011] Intersecting the thin line of Earth's atmosphere, International Space Station solar array wings are featured in this image photographed by an STS-134 crew member while space shuttle Endeavour remains docked with the station.

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Photo: Galileo's Svalbard Satellite Station As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Galileo's Svalbard Satellite Station As Seen From Orbit

[Saturday, May 28, 2011] Preparing for the launch of the first Galileo navigation satellites, ESA has inaugurated the most northerly node in its worldwide network of Galileo ground stations. Svalbard is positioned more than 78*N, less than 1,000 km from the North Pole.

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NASA STS-134 Update: Crews Complete Workday »» NASA STS-134 Update: Crews Complete Workday

[Saturday, May 28, 2011] Spacesuit reconfiguration, work on a carbon dioxide scrubber, and movement of equipment and supplies between Endeavour and the International Space Station kept crew members of the docked spacecraft busy during their just-completed workday.

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NASA STS-134 Update: Crews Prepare to Close Hatches Between Shuttle and Station »» NASA STS-134 Update: Crews Prepare to Close Hatches Between Shuttle and Station

[Sunday, May 29, 2011] The crews of space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station woke at 7:56 p.m. EDT to "Galaxy Song" performed by Clint Black. The song was dedicated to the whole crew by the flight control team.

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NASA STS-134 Report #27  6:30 a.m. CDT Sunday, May 29, 2011 »» NASA STS-134 Report #27 6:30 a.m. CDT Sunday, May 29, 2011

[Sunday, May 29, 2011] Farewells and the closure of hatches between Endeavour and the International Space Station wound up 11 days of joint operations between crews of the two spacecraft.

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Students Win Conrad Foundation Innovation Award And Send Nutrition Bar on Endeavour's Last Flight (Update) »» Students Win Conrad Foundation Innovation Award And Send Nutrition Bar on Endeavour's Last Flight (Update)

[Sunday, May 29, 2011] Update: NASA astronaut Michael Fincke, STS-134 mission specialist, prepares to eat a snack on one of the Conrad Foundation's STEM bars - on the middeck of space shuttle Endeavour while docked with the International Space Station.

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Early Morning Skywatching and Teaching Satellite Concepts to Sherpas »» Early Morning Skywatching and Teaching Satellite Concepts to Sherpas

[Monday, May 30, 2011] I got up early today to see the ISS and Endeavour fly over my house. Its always cool to see them flying in formation like this.

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NASA STS-134 Report #29  6 a.m. CDT Monday, May 30, 2011 »» NASA STS-134 Report #29 6 a.m. CDT Monday, May 30, 2011

[Monday, May 30, 2011] Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station at 10:55 p.m. CDT Sunday, ending a stay of 11 days, 17 hours and 41 minutes at the orbiting laboratory.

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On-Orbit Orion MPCV Navigation System Test During STS-134 Shuttle Mission (with video) »» On-Orbit Orion MPCV Navigation System Test During STS-134 Shuttle Mission (with video)

[Monday, May 30, 2011] In an unprecedented on-orbit maneuver, Commander Mark Kelly completed the first ever Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV)-like approach to the International Space Station at 3:24 a.m. CDT today.

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Photo: Endeavour's Parting View of the Space Station »» Photo: Endeavour's Parting View of the Space Station

[Monday, May 30, 2011] The International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-134 crew member on the space shuttle Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation.

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