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NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station Aboard Orbital ATK Resupply Mission

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New hardware that will support dozens of NASA investigations and other science experiments from around the world is among the more than 7,000 pounds of cargo on the way to the International Space Station aboard Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft. It launched at 4:44:57 p.m. EST Sunday on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from

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ALMA spots monstrous baby galaxies cradled in dark matter

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Boston Area Students to Talk with Space Station Astronaut

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Students from seven high schools in Boston will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station at 9:45 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Boston at night, glowing under a trace of fog. Space

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‘Fast Radio Burst’ sheds new light on origin of these extreme events

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Fast radio bursts (FRBs), brief yet brilliant eruptions of cosmic radio waves, have baffled astronomers since they were first reported nearly a decade ago. Though they appear to come from the distant universe, none of these enigmatic events has revealed more than the slimmest details about how and where it formed, until now. By poring

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Al Condes Named Associate Administrator of NASA’s Office of International and Interagency Relations

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NASA has named Al Condes the agency’s new associate administrator for the Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR) following the retirement of Michael O’Brien. As associate administrator, Condes will oversee the office that provides executive leadership and coordination for NASA international activities and partnerships and for policy interactions between NASA and other U.S. Executive

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Exiled exoplanet kicked out of star’s local neighbourhood?

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A planet discovered last year sitting at an unusually large distance from its star — 16 times farther than Pluto is from the Sun — may have been kicked out of its birthplace close to the star in a process similar to what may have happened early in our own solar system’s history. Images from

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NASA TV Coverage Set for Orbital ATK Resupply Mission to Space Station

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NASA commercial partner Orbital ATK has set Thursday, Dec. 3, for the launch of its fourth contracted mission to the International Space Station under the agency’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. NASA Television coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. EST. A transporter moves Orbital ATK’s enhanced Cygnus spacecraft, fitted inside the payload fairing of a United Launch

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NASA Awards Contract for Administrative Support Services

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NASA has selected Hanks, Hanks and Associates, LLC of Washington to provide professional administrative support services at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama and its Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The Center Administrative Support Services contract award resulted from competition under the 8(a) set-aside program for small businesses holding a valid

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NASA’s Webb Space Telescope Receives First Mirror Installation

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