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NASA Awards Grants to Broaden STEM Education for Underserved Students

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NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has selected four minority serving institutions for cooperative agreement awards totaling approximately $2 million to help strengthen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula at the schools. Four universities were selected to receive MUREP Other Opportunities grants, which provide up to a total of $500,000 to each

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NASA Astronaut Tim Kopra Available for Interviews Before Space Station Mission

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NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, who is making final preparations for a December launch to the International Space Station, is available for live satellite interviews from 7-8 a.m. EST Tuesday, Nov. 24. Kopra will participate in the interviews live from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The interviews will be preceded at 6:30

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NASA Awards Two Robots to University Groups for R&D Upgrades

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Humanoid robots will be helpful to astronauts on our journey to Mars, so NASA has awarded prototypes to two universities for advanced research and development work. NASA is interested in humanoid robots because they can help or even take the place of astronauts working in extreme space environments. Robots, like NASA’s R5, could be used

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Discovery measures “heartbeats” of a distant galaxy’s stars

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In many ways stars are like living beings. They’re born; they live; they die. And they even have a heartbeat. Using a novel technique, astronomers have detected thousands of stellar “pulses” in the galaxy Messier 87 (M87). Their measurements offer a new way of determining a galaxy’s age. We tend to think of stars as

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A galaxy at the centre of the Hubble Tuning Fork

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Todd May Named Marshall Space Flight Center Acting Director

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NASA has named Todd May acting director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, as the agency continues the process of looking for a permanent director. Patrick Scheuermann, who served as the Marshall director since September 2012, is retiring from the agency, effective Friday. His retirement caps a 27-year career with NASA that

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As Earth Warms, NASA Targets ‘Other Half’ of Carbon, Climate Equation

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During a noon EST media teleconference today, NASA and university scientists will discuss new insights, tools and agency research into key carbon and climate change questions, as the agency ramps up its efforts to understand how Earth’s ocean, forest, and land ecosystems absorb nearly half of emitted carbon dioxide today. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite

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Earth-sized rocky planet found orbiting a nearby star

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The collection of rocky planets orbiting distant stars has just grown by one, and the latest discovery is the most intriguing one to date. The newfound world, although hot as an oven, is cool enough to potentially host an atmosphere. If it does, it’s close enough (only 39 light-years away) that we could study that

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NASA Holds Media Briefing on Carbon’s Role in Earth’s Future Climate

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NASA will host a media teleconference at noon EST on Thursday, Nov. 12 to discuss the latest insights into how Earth is responding to rising levels of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, and what this means for our future climate. NASA is advancing new tools like the supercomputer model that created this simulation of carbon

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