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November 2010 Top Stories


No Technical Issues as NASA Prepares for Wednesday's Launch of Discovery »» No Technical Issues as NASA Prepares for Wednesday's Launch of Discovery

[Monday, November 1, 2010] At today's briefing NASA said that there were no technical issues precluding Discovery from launching Wednesday at this time. After a weekend of repairs everything is proceeding smoothly with the countdown. Weather on the other hand could be an issue.

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Coalition for Space Exploration Video: Think Outside the Circle »» Coalition for Space Exploration Video: Think Outside the Circle

[Monday, November 1, 2010] The frontier of space is rapidly opening to a new generation of travelers - for research and discovery, for adventure and for business.

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Cassini Sees Saturn Rings Oscillate Like Mini-Galaxy »» Cassini Sees Saturn Rings Oscillate Like Mini-Galaxy

[Monday, November 1, 2010] Scientists believe they finally understand why one of the most dynamic regions in Saturn's rings has such an irregular and varying shape, thanks to images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Discovery Still on Track for Wednesday Afternoon Launch »» Discovery Still on Track for Wednesday Afternoon Launch

[Tuesday, November 2, 2010] Although NASA had to work a couple of issues last night, at this point there are no technical constraints that would preclude a launch tomorrow afternoon. The weather outlook is still favorable with only a 30% chance of weather violation.

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A message to NASA employees from Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator »» A message to NASA employees from Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator

[Tuesday, November 2, 2010] Today, we celebrate ten years of humans living and working continuously aboard the International Space Station. This global milestone is tremendously significant, both for NASA and our partners.

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NASA Troubleshooting Main Engine Controller Issue »» NASA Troubleshooting Main Engine Controller Issue

[Tuesday, November 2, 2010] NASA managers are currently troubleshooting a problem they though had been solved. The backup controller for engine 3 is showing voltage irregularities.

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Mars Rovers Mission Using Cloud Computing »» Mars Rovers Mission Using Cloud Computing

[Tuesday, November 2, 2010] The project team that built and operates the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity has become the first NASA space mission to use cloud computing for daily mission operations.

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Discovery Launch Delayed at Least 24 Hours »» Discovery Launch Delayed at Least 24 Hours

[Tuesday, November 2, 2010] The launch of space shuttle Discovery has been delayed at least 24 hours so that the NASA Mission Management Team can assess an electrical issue.

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NASA And The LEGO Group Partner To Inspire Children To Build And Explore The Future »» NASA And The LEGO Group Partner To Inspire Children To Build And Explore The Future

[Tuesday, November 2, 2010] A LEGO space shuttle headed to orbit helps mark the Tuesday signing of a Space Act Agreement between NASA and The LEGO Group to spark children's interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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Mars Rovers Mission Using Cloud Computing »» Mars Rovers Mission Using Cloud Computing

[Tuesday, November 2, 2010] The project team that built and operates the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity has become the first NASA space mission to use cloud computing for daily mission operations.

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NASA Solicitation: Public Day for a Future Cooperative Agreement Notice »» NASA Solicitation: Public Day for a Future Cooperative Agreement Notice

[Wednesday, November 3, 2010] NASA/HQ is holding a Public Day for potential Proposers on the planned acquisition of an entity to develop and manage the US share of the ISS as a national laboratory. The acquisition will result in the award of a Cooperative Agreement.

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Neutron stars may be too weak to power some gamma-ray bursts »» Neutron stars may be too weak to power some gamma-ray bursts

[Wednesday, November 3, 2010] A gamma-ray burst is an immensely powerful blast of high-energy light thought to be generated by a collapsing star in a distant galaxy, but what this collapse leaves behind has been a matter of debate.

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NASA Spacecraft on Final Approach Toward Comet »» NASA Spacecraft on Final Approach Toward Comet

[Wednesday, November 3, 2010] The EPOXI mission spacecraft has refined its path toward a Nov. 4 flyby of comet Hartley 2, successfully performing its final maneuver today at 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT).

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Evidence Suggests GRBs Are Powered by Strongest Magnetic Fields »» Evidence Suggests GRBs Are Powered by Strongest Magnetic Fields

[Wednesday, November 3, 2010] Astronomers from the University of Leicester, UK, have seen the signature of a magnetar in 11 gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) observed by the Swift satellite.

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Fermi Finds Previously Unseen Galactic Structure »» Fermi Finds Previously Unseen Galactic Structure

[Wednesday, November 3, 2010] NASA will hold a media teleconference at 2:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 9, to discuss a new discovery by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

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Major Surgery Complete for Deep Space Network Antenna »» Major Surgery Complete for Deep Space Network Antenna

[Wednesday, November 3, 2010] The seven-month upgrade to the historic "Mars antenna" at NASA's Deep Space Network site in Goldstone, Calif. has been completed.

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NASA to Hold Media Telecon to Discuss Upcoming Satellite Missions »» NASA to Hold Media Telecon to Discuss Upcoming Satellite Missions

[Wednesday, November 3, 2010] FASTSAT is NASA's first microsatellite that supports the EELV Secondary Payload Adaptor, or ESPA -- an adapter ring developed by the U.S. Department of Defense specifically to accommodate secondary spacecraft launch opportunities.

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Discovery Will Attempt to Launch Thursday Though Weather Might Force Another Delay »» Discovery Will Attempt to Launch Thursday Though Weather Might Force Another Delay

[Wednesday, November 3, 2010] Wednesday afternoon NASA's Mission Management Team met at 2:45 pm EDT to review the main engine #3 backup controller issue which caused a day's delay in the launch of space shuttle Discovery. After the meeting a GO was given to attempt a launch Thursday.

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Launch of Discovery Scrubbed for 24 Hours due to Weather »» Launch of Discovery Scrubbed for 24 Hours due to Weather

[Thursday, November 4, 2010] NASA has delayed the launch of space shuttle Discovery 24 hours due to ongoing and expected bad weather today. They will try again Friday when the weather is expected to be better although high winds could be a problem.

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What Will Webb See? Supercomputer Models Yield Sneak Previews »» What Will Webb See? Supercomputer Models Yield Sneak Previews

[Thursday, November 4, 2010] As scientists and engineers work to make NASA's James Webb Space Telescope a reality, they find themselves wondering what new sights the largest space-based observatory ever constructed will reveal.

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European Business Innovation Centre Network and Space Florida Initiate International Market Development Program »» European Business Innovation Centre Network and Space Florida Initiate International Market Development Program

[Thursday, November 4, 2010] The European Business Innovation Centre Network (EBN) and Space Florida last week initiated a Memorandum of Understanding to develop new market opportunities and resources for Small and Medium Aerospace Enterprises in Europe and Florida.

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NASA's EPOXI Mission Successfully Flies By Comet Hartley 2 »» NASA's EPOXI Mission Successfully Flies By Comet Hartley 2

[Thursday, November 4, 2010] NASA's EPOXI mission successfully flew by comet Hartley 2 at about 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT) today, and the spacecraft has begun returning images. Hartley 2 is the fifth comet nucleus visited by a spacecraft.

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Cassini Spacecraft Enters Safe Mode »» Cassini Spacecraft Enters Safe Mode

[Friday, November 5, 2010] Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., are working to understand what caused NASA's Cassini spacecraft to put itself into "safe mode," a precautionary standby mode.

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NASA Gives GO for Launch of Discovery Today »» NASA Gives GO for Launch of Discovery Today

[Friday, November 5, 2010] Early this morning NASA managers met to discuss whether to launch the space shuttle Discovery today. With weather significantly improved over yesterday the decision was made to GO for launch at 3:04 pm EDT.

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Space Shuttle Discovery Launched Scrubbed Due to Hydrogen Leak »» Space Shuttle Discovery Launched Scrubbed Due to Hydrogen Leak

[Friday, November 5, 2010] NASA has scrubbed todays launch of space shuttle Discovery due to a hydrogen leak. This same issue has happened before as recently as STS-127. After managers met this morning it was decided to wait until November 30th to try again.

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NASA Postpones Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery »» NASA Postpones Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery

[Friday, November 5, 2010] NASA postponed space shuttle Discovery's launch to the International Space Station due to a hydrogen gas leak detected while filling the external tank. The next launch attempt could be no earlier than Monday, Nov. 8 at 12:53 p.m. EST.

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Reference Model for the International Space Station, U.S. National Laboratory »» Reference Model for the International Space Station, U.S. National Laboratory

[Friday, November 5, 2010] In response to the recent GAO recommendations and White House direction, SOMD reviewed all prior studies and elected to commission an independent assessment by an objective third party.

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NASA'S 'Kids In Micro-G' Program Seeks Science Submissions For 2011 »» NASA'S 'Kids In Micro-G' Program Seeks Science Submissions For 2011

[Friday, November 5, 2010] NASA's "Kids in Micro-g" challenge is accepting proposals from students in fifth through eighth grades to design a classroom experiment that also can be performed by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Proposals are due by Dec. 8.

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Space Shuttle Discovery Launch Postponed to no Earlier than November 30 »» Space Shuttle Discovery Launch Postponed to no Earlier than November 30

[Friday, November 5, 2010] NASA has decided to postpone the launch of Discovery to no earlier than November 30. This is a result of the hydrogen leak that occurred early in tanking of the shuttle external tank. It turns out there also was a crack in the foam of the external tank.

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NASA Postpones Space Shuttle Discovery Launch to November 30. »» NASA Postpones Space Shuttle Discovery Launch to November 30.

[Friday, November 5, 2010] NASA has postponed the launch of space shuttle Discovery to no earlier than 4:05 a.m. EST on Nov. 30. The delay will allow engineers and technicians time to diagnose and repair a hydrogen gas leak detected while filling the external tank Friday morning.

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Video: EPOXI Encounter With Comet Hartley 2 »» Video: EPOXI Encounter With Comet Hartley 2

[Saturday, November 6, 2010] The video clip of the flyby is comprised of 40 frames taken from the spacecraft's Medium-Resolution Instrument during the encounter. The first image was taken at about 37 minutes before the time of closest approach at a distance of about 27,350 km.

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Photo: Kamchatka peninsula As Seen From Orbit »» Photo: Kamchatka peninsula As Seen From Orbit

[Saturday, November 6, 2010] The Kamchatka peninsula in the Russian Far East is a breathtaking display of the majesty of pristine wilderness.

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NASA Space Act Agreement Keeps Remote Sensing Earth Science Teacher Program Aloft »» NASA Space Act Agreement Keeps Remote Sensing Earth Science Teacher Program Aloft

[Sunday, November 7, 2010] A Space Act Agreement signed between NASA's Remote Sensing Earth Science Teacher Program and AMA will allow certified Earth science teachers nationwide to continue to bring NASA Remote Sensing resources into their classrooms.

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Visit NASA's Eyes on the Solar System »» Visit NASA's Eyes on the Solar System

[Sunday, November 7, 2010] Eyes on the Solar System" is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. Explore the cosmos from your computer. Hop on an asteroid. Fly with NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. See the entire solar system moving in real time.

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50th Anniversary of SETI Commemorated with New Observing Project »» 50th Anniversary of SETI Commemorated with New Observing Project

[Sunday, November 7, 2010] This week astronomers from twelve countries on six continents will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) by beginning a coordinated series of observations of several nearby stars -- including two stars that w

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Photo: In The Cupola, Gazing Down at Earth From Orbit »» Photo: In The Cupola, Gazing Down at Earth From Orbit

[Monday, November 8, 2010] Astro_Wheels: Wanted to share this view out of the Cupola. We said farewell to our teammates Sasha, Misha and Tracy this weekend and they are safely back on planet Earth. Tracy in quiet reflection of an incredible journey...homeward bound...

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Commercial Crew Development Round One Companies Have Reached Substantial Hardware Milestones, New Images and Data Show »» Commercial Crew Development Round One Companies Have Reached Substantial Hardware Milestones, New Images and Data Show

[Tuesday, November 9, 2010] Five company teams selected by NASA in February 2010 under the $50 million Commercial Crew Development Round One program have built significant working hardware in just nine months, new images and data show.

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NASA Selects Companies For Heavy-Lift Launch Vehicle Studies »» NASA Selects Companies For Heavy-Lift Launch Vehicle Studies

[Tuesday, November 9, 2010] NASA has selected 13 companies for negotiations leading to potential contract awards to conduct systems analysis and trade studies for evaluating heavy-lift launch vehicle system concepts, propulsion technologies, and affordability.

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NASA and Esri Agreement Supports GIS Initiatives »» NASA and Esri Agreement Supports GIS Initiatives

[Tuesday, November 9, 2010] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently signed an enterprise license agreement (ELA) with Esri, making ArcGIS software tools available for unlimited use by authorized NASA employees and contractors.

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Special Aerospace Services Announces Inaugural Commercial Human Spaceflight Technical Forum »» Special Aerospace Services Announces Inaugural Commercial Human Spaceflight Technical Forum

[Tuesday, November 9, 2010] Special Aerospace Services, a leader in aerospace systems engineering solutions, announced today that it will host its first Commercial Human Spaceflight Technical Forum on January 12-14.

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NASA/NIA to Sponsor Student Planetary Rover Challenge »» NASA/NIA to Sponsor Student Planetary Rover Challenge

[Tuesday, November 9, 2010] Few NASA projects in recent years have captured the public's attention like the Mars rovers. Now researchers are hoping the chance to design a future rover may capture university students' interest.

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NASA's Fermi Telescope Finds Giant Structure in our Galaxy »» NASA's Fermi Telescope Finds Giant Structure in our Galaxy

[Wednesday, November 10, 2010] NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has unveiled a previously unseen structure centered in the Milky Way. The feature spans 50,000 light-years and may be the remnant of an eruption from a supersized black hole at the center of our galaxy.

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UK Astronomers Help Find Snooker Star System »» UK Astronomers Help Find Snooker Star System

[Wednesday, November 10, 2010] Astronomers at the University of Warwick and the University of Sheffield have helped discover an unusual star system which looks like, and may even once have behaved like, a game of snooker.

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Robots Invade Kennedy Space Center »» Robots Invade Kennedy Space Center

[Wednesday, November 10, 2010] Robots have invaded the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) as NASA prepares to launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-133 assembly mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

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James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Independent Comprehensive Review Panel (ICRP) Final Report »» James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Independent Comprehensive Review Panel (ICRP) Final Report

[Wednesday, November 10, 2010] The problems causing cost growth and schedule delays on the JWST Project are associated with budgeting and program management, not technical performance.

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Deficit Commission Errs, »» Deficit Commission Errs, "Illustrative Cut" Would Outsource Human Spaceflight to Russia

[Thursday, November 11, 2010] The Commercial Spaceflight Federation released a statement opposing in the strongest possible terms the "illustrative cut" to commercial spaceflight put forth today by the co-chairs of the Deficit Commission.

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Cassini Finds Saturn on a Cosmic Dimmer Switch »» Cassini Finds Saturn on a Cosmic Dimmer Switch

[Thursday, November 11, 2010] Like a cosmic light bulb on a dimmer switch, Saturn emitted gradually less energy each year from 2005 to 2009, according to observations by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA Updates Status of GUCP Work, ET Foam and Stringer Cracks »» NASA Updates Status of GUCP Work, ET Foam and Stringer Cracks

[Thursday, November 11, 2010] Overnight, crews removed space shuttle Discovery's ground umbilical carrier assembly, or GUCA, which includes the flight seal, the 7-inch quick disconnect, or QD and the carrier plate, known as the GUCP, as they continue working to investigate the leak.

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Dark Matter Map Yields Clues to Galaxy Cluster Growth »» Dark Matter Map Yields Clues to Galaxy Cluster Growth

[Thursday, November 11, 2010] Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope took advantage of a giant cosmic magnifying glass to create one of the sharpest and most detailed maps of dark matter in the universe.

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New Analysis Explains Formation of Lunar Farside Bulge »» New Analysis Explains Formation of Lunar Farside Bulge

[Thursday, November 11, 2010] A bulge of elevated topography on the farside of the Moon -- known as the lunar farside highlands -- has defied explanation for decades. But a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, provides an explanation.

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NASA James Webb Space Telescope Fixes Need To Start On The 9th Floor »» NASA James Webb Space Telescope Fixes Need To Start On The 9th Floor

[Friday, November 12, 2010] The James Webb Space Telescope project started under NASA SMD Associate Administrator Ed Weiler. Virtually all of its chronic and unabated cost increases and schedule slips have occured under Weiler's watch either at NASA HQ or at NASA GSFC.

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NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Update November 05-11, 2010 (with panorama) »» NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Update November 05-11, 2010 (with panorama)

[Monday, November 15, 2010] Driving Through a Field of Small Craters - sols 2411-2417, November 05-11, 2010: Opportunity has been navigating through a field of small impact craters on her way to Endeavour crater.

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NASA'S Chandra Finds Youngest Nearby Black Hole »» NASA'S Chandra Finds Youngest Nearby Black Hole

[Monday, November 15, 2010] Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have found evidence of the youngest black hole known to exist in our cosmic neighborhood.

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Mars Express Image: Phoenicis Lacus on Mars »» Mars Express Image: Phoenicis Lacus on Mars

[Monday, November 15, 2010] They say you can't judge a book by its cover but, with planets, first impressions do count. New images show where complex fault lines in Mars' Phoenicis Lacus region have resulted in terrain with a distinctly contrasting appearance.

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NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Kicks Off Geography Trivia From Space »» NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Kicks Off Geography Trivia From Space

[Tuesday, November 16, 2010] Where over the world is NASA astronaut Scott Kelly? Kelly, who will be living aboard the International Space Station for nearly six months, wants to test your knowledge of the world through a geography trivia game on Twitter.

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NASA OIG: NASA's Top Management and Performance Challenges »» NASA OIG: NASA's Top Management and Performance Challenges

[Tuesday, November 16, 2010] As required by the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000, the enclosed report provides our views of the most serious management and performance challenges facing NASA.

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Hayabusa Confirms Return of Asteroid Particles »» Hayabusa Confirms Return of Asteroid Particles

[Tuesday, November 16, 2010] The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been engaged in collecting and categorizing particles in the sampler container* that were brought back by the instrumental module of the asteroid exploration spacecraft "Hayabusa."

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NASA Financials Get Clean Bill Of Health »» NASA Financials Get Clean Bill Of Health

[Tuesday, November 16, 2010] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration received a much-improved financial statement audit opinion for the 2010 fiscal year.

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NASA Administrator Bolden's Statement On Today's International Space Summit »» NASA Administrator Bolden's Statement On Today's International Space Summit

[Wednesday, November 17, 2010] NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued the following statement after participating in today's Head of Space Agencies Summit in Washington:

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WISE Image Reveals Strange Specimen in Starry Sea »» WISE Image Reveals Strange Specimen in Starry Sea

[Wednesday, November 17, 2010] A new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows what looks like a glowing jellyfish floating at the bottom of a dark, speckled sea.

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Astronomers Discover Merging Star Systems that Might Explode »» Astronomers Discover Merging Star Systems that Might Explode

[Wednesday, November 17, 2010] Sometimes when you're looking for one thing, you find something completely different and unexpected. In the scientific endeavor, such serendipity can lead to new discoveries.

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KLM Announces Suborbital Flight Relationship with Space Experience Curacao Using XCOR's Lynx Suborbital Spacecraft »» KLM Announces Suborbital Flight Relationship with Space Experience Curacao Using XCOR's Lynx Suborbital Spacecraft

[Thursday, November 18, 2010] KLM will be supporting future suborbital flights through purchases, inclusion in their frequent flyer program, inclusion in future KLM vacation packages to Curacao, and other yet-to-be-named support.

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Antihydrogen trapped for first time »» Antihydrogen trapped for first time

[Thursday, November 18, 2010] Physicists working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, have succeeded in trapping antihydrogen - the antimatter equivalent of the hydrogen atom.

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Seeding the Future, Calling Private Money »» Seeding the Future, Calling Private Money

[Thursday, November 18, 2010] Why has private money not entered? No expected return on investment, at least not until recent times. The space tourism industry exists for one reason, a destination, a place to hang out, the International Space Station.

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NASA Spacecraft Sees Cosmic Snow Storm During Comet Encounter »» NASA Spacecraft Sees Cosmic Snow Storm During Comet Encounter

[Thursday, November 18, 2010] The EPOXI mission's recent encounter with comet Hartley 2 provided the first images clear enough for scientists to link jets of dust and gas with specific surface features. NASA and other scientists have begun to analyze the images.

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NASA Reschedules Shuttle Launch Status Meeting, Discovery's Launch No Earlier Than Dec. 3 »» NASA Reschedules Shuttle Launch Status Meeting, Discovery's Launch No Earlier Than Dec. 3

[Friday, November 19, 2010] NASA managers have postponed a launch status meeting and news conference planned for Monday, Nov. 22.

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Planet From Another Galaxy Discovered »» Planet From Another Galaxy Discovered

[Saturday, November 20, 2010] A planet with a minimum mass 1.25 times that of Jupiter has been discovered orbiting a star of extragalactic origin, even though the star now finds itself within our own galaxy.

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Busy microbial world discovered in deepest ocean crust ever explored »» Busy microbial world discovered in deepest ocean crust ever explored

[Saturday, November 20, 2010] The first study to ever explore biological activity in the deepest layer of ocean crust has found bacteria with a remarkable range of capabilities, including eating hydrocarbons and natural gas, and "fixing" or storing carbon.

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Space Station Astronauts Connect Live With D.C. Students »» Space Station Astronauts Connect Live With D.C. Students

[Saturday, November 20, 2010] To highlight International Education Week (IEW), NASA and the U.S. Department of Education will host a live long-distance call for students with International Space Station residents Scott Kelly, Shannon Walker and Doug Wheelock.

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45th Space Wing Launches NRO Satellite atop Delta IV-Heavy »» 45th Space Wing Launches NRO Satellite atop Delta IV-Heavy

[Monday, November 22, 2010] The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV-Heavy Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 37 at 5:58 p.m. (EST), carrying a classified National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite.

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GAO Report: NASA: Medium Launch Transition Strategy Leverages Ongoing Investments but Is Not Without Risk »» GAO Report: NASA: Medium Launch Transition Strategy Leverages Ongoing Investments but Is Not Without Risk

[Monday, November 22, 2010] NASA Launch Services Program is taking steps to address risks and ensure the success of the last Delta II launched missions through a combination of specific government approvals and targeted government insight into contractor activities and designs.

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NASA Statements On FAA Granting Reentry License To SpaceX »» NASA Statements On FAA Granting Reentry License To SpaceX

[Monday, November 22, 2010] NASA issued the following statements Monday after the Federal Aviation Administration issued SpaceX a license for spacecraft reentry

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NASA Launches Open Gov Status Dashboard »» NASA Launches Open Gov Status Dashboard

[Tuesday, November 23, 2010] To articulate the status of all of these milestones, we're launching the new Open Government Status Dashboard, which details the status of all 39 three-month goals in an easy-to-read format.

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Earth and space science missions have fewer risks if conducted by a single government agency »» Earth and space science missions have fewer risks if conducted by a single government agency

[Tuesday, November 23, 2010] Earth and space science missions developed and implemented by federal agencies in collaboration typically result in additional complexity and cost and increased risks from divided responsibilities and accountability.

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Masten Space Systems Signs Letter of Intent with Space Florida »» Masten Space Systems Signs Letter of Intent with Space Florida

[Tuesday, November 23, 2010] Masten Space Systems and Space Florida announced today the signing of a Letter of Intent to explore performing demonstration launches of a Masten suborbital reusable launch vehicle from Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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Europe Maintains Its Presence on the Final Frontier »» Europe Maintains Its Presence on the Final Frontier

[Tuesday, November 23, 2010] ESA has decided to extend the productive lives of 11 of its operating space science missions. This will enable ESA's world-class science missions to continue returning pioneering results until at least 2014

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NASA Invites Public to Send Holiday Greetings to Station and Watch Message from Space »» NASA Invites Public to Send Holiday Greetings to Station and Watch Message from Space

[Tuesday, November 23, 2010] This Thanksgiving, half of the International Space Station crew will return home to Earth. The crew has recorded a holiday greeting that is airing on NASA Television and available on the NASA website.

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Hubble View of the Carina Nebula »» Hubble View of the Carina Nebula

[Wednesday, November 24, 2010] The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, which is even more dramatic than fiction, captures the chaotic activity atop a pillar of gas and dust, three light-years tall, which is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars.

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NASA Study Finds Earth's Lakes Are Warming »» NASA Study Finds Earth's Lakes Are Warming

[Wednesday, November 24, 2010] In the first comprehensive global survey of temperature trends in major lakes, NASA researchers determined Earth's largest lakes have warmed during the past 25 years in response to climate change.

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'Russian doll' galaxy reveals black holes' true power »» 'Russian doll' galaxy reveals black holes' true power

[Wednesday, November 24, 2010] Following a study of what is in effect a miniature galaxy buried inside a normal-sized one - like a Russian doll - astronomers using a CSIRO telescope have concluded that massive black holes are more powerful than we thought.

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NASA Schedules News Conference About Next Space Shuttle Launch »» NASA Schedules News Conference About Next Space Shuttle Launch

[Wednesday, November 24, 2010] NASA managers will hold a news conference from the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston to provide the status of the next space shuttle mission, STS-133, and the progress of repairs since Discovery's launch was delayed Nov. 5.

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NASA Looks to FIRST to Build the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers »» NASA Looks to FIRST to Build the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers

[Wednesday, November 24, 2010] FIRST awarded $20 million over five years for hands-on robotics competition events and learning that motivates students to pursue degrees to meet NASA's competency requirements.

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Jupiter's Stripes Are Reappearing »» Jupiter's Stripes Are Reappearing

[Wednesday, November 24, 2010] New NASA images support findings that one of Jupiter's stripes that "disappeared" last spring is now showing signs of a comeback. These new observations will help scientists better understand the interaction between Jupiter's winds and cloud chemistry.

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NASA Sets Shuttle Discovery's Launch For No Earlier Than Dec. 17 »» NASA Sets Shuttle Discovery's Launch For No Earlier Than Dec. 17

[Wednesday, November 24, 2010] NASA managers have targeted space shuttle Discovery's launch for no earlier than Dec. 17. Shuttle managers determined more tests and analysis are needed before proceeding with the STS-133 mission.

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Pulsating Star Mystery Solved »» Pulsating Star Mystery Solved

[Wednesday, November 24, 2010] By discovering the first double star where a pulsating Cepheid variable and another star pass in front of one another, an international team of astronomers has solved a decades-old mystery.

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Cassini Back to Normal, Ready for Enceladus »» Cassini Back to Normal, Ready for Enceladus

[Thursday, November 25, 2010] NASA's Cassini spacecraft resumed normal operations today, Nov. 24. All science instruments have been turned back on, the spacecraft is properly configured and Cassini is in good health.

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Expedition 25 Crew Prepares for Departure and Return to Earth »» Expedition 25 Crew Prepares for Departure and Return to Earth

[Thursday, November 25, 2010] Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock ceremonially handed over command of the International Space Station to Flight Engineer and Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly Wednesday.

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Expedition 25 Soyuz Lands Safely in Kazakhstan Steppe Thursday »» Expedition 25 Soyuz Lands Safely in Kazakhstan Steppe Thursday

[Friday, November 26, 2010] Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchikhin safely landed their Soyuz spacecraft on the Kazakhstan steppe Thursday, wrapping up a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

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Saturn's Moon Rhea has an Oxygen Atmosphere »» Saturn's Moon Rhea has an Oxygen Atmosphere

[Friday, November 26, 2010] A tenuous atmosphere infused with oxygen and carbon dioxide has been discovered at Saturn's moon Rhea by the Cassini-Huygens mission -- the first time a spacecraft has captured direct evidence of an oxygen atmosphere at a world other than Earth.

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INTEGRAL Helps Unravel the Tumultuous Recent History of the Solar Neighbourhood »» INTEGRAL Helps Unravel the Tumultuous Recent History of the Solar Neighbourhood

[Friday, November 26, 2010] Just like archaeologists, who rely on radioactive carbon to date the organic remains from past epochs, astronomers have exploited the radioactive decay of an isotope of aluminium to estimate the age of stars in the nearby Scorpius-Centaurus association, t

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Cassini Finds Ethereal Atmosphere at Rhea »» Cassini Finds Ethereal Atmosphere at Rhea

[Saturday, November 27, 2010] NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected a very tenuous atmosphere known as an exosphere, infused with oxygen and carbon dioxide around Saturn's icy moon Rhea.

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Researchers Kick-start Ancient DNA »» Researchers Kick-start Ancient DNA

[Sunday, November 28, 2010] Binghamton University researchers recently revived ancient bacteria trapped for thousands of years in water droplets embedded in salt crystals.

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Shallow Groundwater Reservoirs May Have Been Common on Mars »» Shallow Groundwater Reservoirs May Have Been Common on Mars

[Sunday, November 28, 2010] An international research team led by the Planetary Science Institute has found evidence for reservoirs of liquid water on Mars at shallow crustal depths of as little as tens of meters.

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Dark Matter Map Yields Clues to Galaxy Cluster Growth »» Dark Matter Map Yields Clues to Galaxy Cluster Growth

[Sunday, November 28, 2010] Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope took advantage of a giant cosmic magnifying glass to create one of the sharpest and most detailed maps of dark matter in the universe.

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NASA Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery: Science Journal Has Embargoed Details Until Dec. 2 »» NASA Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery: Science Journal Has Embargoed Details Until Dec. 2

[Monday, November 29, 2010] NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.

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