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NASA’s ‘Space to Ground’ to be Released in Spanish During National Hispanic Heritage Month

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In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, NASA is releasing four Spanish-language episodes of its weekly web series “Space to Ground.” Titled “Espacio a Tierra,” the Spanish-language videos will provide a weekly look at the events taking place aboard the International Space Station. Each will be available in high definition on Mondays beginning today and

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Mysterious energy bursts provide new way to chart the cosmos in 3-D

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‘Hot Jupiter’ exoplanets may have formed very rapidly

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An artist’s impression of a gas giant planet in formation within the protoplanetary disc of a young star. Twenty years after they were first discovered, ‘hot Jupiters’, gas giant planets that orbit very close to their star, are still enigmatic objects. Using the spectropolarimeter ESPaDOnS on the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, an international team of astrophysicists led

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NASA Seeks Big Ideas from Students for Inflatable Heat Shield Technology

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Artist’s rendering of a hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator technology concept. NASA is giving university and college students an opportunity to be part of the agency’s journey to Mars with the Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge. NASA’s Game Changing Development Program (GCD), managed by the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington, and the

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News Conference Features Next Space Station Crew, Interview Opportunities

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NASA will host a news conference for the next crew launching to the International Space Station, including NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA Television will broadcast the news conference live at 2 p.m. EDT, preceded by video of crew training at 1:30 p.m. Joining

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NASA Completes Key Milestone for Orion Spacecraft in Support of Journey to Mars

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NASA’s mission to send astronauts to deep space destinations where no other human has traveled has taken another important step forward with the completion of a critical milestone for the Orion spacecraft currently in production. Agency officials have completed a rigorous technical and programmatic review, confirming continued support of the program and establishing NASA’s commitment

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Cassini finds global ocean under icy crust of Saturn’s moon Enceladus

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A global ocean lies beneath the icy crust of Saturn’s geologically active moon Enceladus, according to new research using data from NASA’s Cassini mission. Researchers found the magnitude of the moon’s very slight wobble, as it orbits Saturn, can only be accounted for if its outer ice shell is not frozen solid to its interior,

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Underground Magma Ocean Could Explain Io’s ‘Misplaced’ Volcanoes – infographic

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NASA Astronauts, Events Mark Halfway Point of One-Year Space Station Mission

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Tuesday, Sept. 15, is the midpoint for NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko of their one-year mission aboard the International Space Station. To mark the occasion, the National Press Club in Washington will host an event from 8:30 to 10 a.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 14, to discuss the first ever one-year

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