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NASA Selects Student Teams for 2016 High-Powered Rocket Launch Challenge

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NASA selected 54 student teams from across the nation to participate in the 2015-2016 NASA Student Launch challenge, to be held April 13-17 near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Student Launch is a research-based, experiential exploration activity, requiring an eight-month commitment to design, construct, test, launch and successfully recover a reusable rocket

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International Space Station Partners Release Major Update to Docking Standard

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The International Space Station Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) has approved a major update to the station docking system standard. First released in 2010, the docking standard established a common station-to-spacecraft equipment interface to enable spacecraft of multiple types to dock to the space station. “The latest additions to the docking standard further open the door

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Rosetta’s first peek at comet 67P’s dark side

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“Orion DT” by David Tolliday

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In the words of the astrophotographer: “This image of the Orion and the Running Man Nebulae was taken on my first night of astrophotography at the dark-sky location in Elan Valley, mid-Wales. I usually take wildlife photographs so borrowed an Astrotrac mount. The temperature was -2°C, there was ice on the tripod, and my camera

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NASA Sets Coverage Schedule for CubeSat Launch Events

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Thirteen NASA and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)-sponsored CubeSats are scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Thursday, Oct. 8, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Prelaunch media briefings and launch commentary coverage will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Four of the CubeSats are NASA-sponsored and

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Virginia Students to Speak Live with Space Station Crew

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A group of students from Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia, will get the chance to speak with an astronaut who once studied in their classrooms and now is working and living on the International Space Station. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call is scheduled for 10:20 a.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 5, and will air live

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NASA Announces Appointment of New Agency Chief Information Officer

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Renee Wynn took the helm Monday in leading the agency’s information technology efforts and capabilities as NASA’s new chief information officer (CIO). As NASA’s top IT official, Wynn is responsible for ensuring NASA’s information assets are in line with federal policies, procedures and legislation. She will be focused on increasing collaboration among the centers and

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NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today’s Mars

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New findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars. Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO, researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet. These darkish streaks appear to ebb and flow over time. They

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Black hole rethink after 11-year cosmic search fails to detect gravitational waves

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One hundred years since Einstein proposed gravitational waves as part of his general theory of relativity, an 11-year search performed with CSIRO’s Parkes telescope has shown that an expected background of waves is missing, casting doubt on our understanding of galaxies and black holes. A simulation of black holes merging. Illustration credit: © Michael Koppitz

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