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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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NASA Releases Plan Outlining Next Steps in the Journey to Mars

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NASA is leading our nation and the world on a journey to Mars, and Thursday the agency released a detailed outline of that plan in its report, “NASA’s Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration.” “NASA is closer to sending American astronauts to Mars than at any point in our history,” said NASA

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NASA Announces Winners for 3-D Printed Container Contest

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NASA Names John Honeycutt Space Launch System Program Manager

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NASA has named John Honeycutt manager for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) Program. Now under development, SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built — able to carry astronauts in NASA’s Orion spacecraft on deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars. As SLS program manager, Honeycutt leads a nationwide

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NASA to Announce Selections for Small Satellite Launch Contract

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NASA will host a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to announce the outcome of the Venture Class Launch Service (VCLS) competition. The FIREBIRD-II CubeSat. The news conference will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. The participants are: Garrett Skrobot,

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