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Texas Students Talk Space with One-Year Space Station Crew

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High school students from Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Early College High School in Austin, Texas, will find out what it’s like to spend a year in space when they talk to the one-year crew currently living and working on the International Space Station at 10:25 a.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 23. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call

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NASA’s First Human Landing Sites/Exploration Zones on Mars Workshop Oct. 27-30 in Houston

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NASA’s first Landing Sites/Exploration Zones Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars will be held Oct. 27-30 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. The agency is hosting the workshop to collect proposals for locations on Mars that would be of high scientific research value while also providing natural resources to enable

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Hubble spies dwarf galaxies in Big Bang frontier fields

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New Horizons team publishes first research paper on Pluto findings

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This high-resolution image captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft combines blue, red and infrared images taken by the Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC). Pluto’s surface shows a remarkable range of subtle colours, digitally enhanced in this view to a rainbow of pale blues, yellows, oranges, and deep reds. The bright expanse is the western lobe

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Closest northern views of Enceladus, Saturn’s cracked moon

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft zoomed by Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus on 14 October 2015, capturing this stunning image of the moon’s north pole. A companion view from the wide-angle camera shows a zoomed out view of the same region for context. Scientists expected the north polar region of Enceladus to be heavily cratered, based on low-resolution

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Large solar storms ‘dodge’ detection systems on Earth

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Solar flares can provoke geomagnetic perturbations to the Earth. In 1859 the largest and most powerful solar storm ever recorded, also known as the Carrington Event or the Carrington Flare in honour of the English Astronomer Richard Carrington who observed it, was detected at the Colaba Observatory in India. This solar storm allowed for the

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NASA Awards Contract for Aerospace Systems Research, Technology Development

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Under its Basic and Applied Aerospace technology (BAART) multiple-awards contract, NASA has awarded contracts to 11 companies to support research and technology development for aerospace systems at the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract, which begins Nov. 1, allows NASA to spend as much as $400 million during five

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Media Accreditation Open for Orbital ATK Mission to Resupply Space Station

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NASA has opened media accreditation for the fourth commercial resupply services launch of an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft filled with cargo for the International Space Station. The launch is currently targeted for Thursday, Dec. 3 during a 30-minute window that opens at approximately 6 p.m. EST. Artist’s concept of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft in orbit.

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Cassini Begins Series of Flybys with Close-up of Saturn Moon Enceladus

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will wrap up its time in the region of Saturn’s large, icy moons with a series of three close encounters with Enceladus starting Wednesday, Oct. 14. Images are expected to begin arriving one to two days after the flyby, which will provide the first opportunity for a close-up look at the north

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