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NASA Selects Science Education Partners for STEM Agreements

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NASA has selected 27 organizations from across the United States to begin negotiations for cooperative agreement awards totaling $42 million to implement a new strategic approach to more effectively engage learners of all ages on NASA science education programs and activities. Selections were made by the agency’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in Washington through the

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NASA to Announce Mars Mystery Solved

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Mars true-color globe showing Terra Meridiani. (Nature Geoscience has Embargoed Details until 11 a.m. EDT Sept. 28) NASA will detail a major science finding from the agency’s ongoing exploration of Mars during a news briefing at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 28 at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The event

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Surprising chemistry seen in molecular rings around young star

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Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimetre Array (ALMA) have discovered two spectacular rings of molecules encircling the young, Sun-like star IM Lup. The rings are made up of one of the most common heavy ions (charged molecules) in space, DCO+ (deuterium, carbon, oxygen). In this molecule, deuterium has replaced the normal hydrogen atom of HCO+

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UK scientists seal deal on European Extremely Large Telescope’s first-light spectrograph

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Perched on top of Cerro Armazones in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, the E-ELT will have a giant main mirror 39 metres in diameter. It is one of the biggest global science collaborations in history and includes an £88 million investment by the UK government. UK industry has already won over £10 million worth

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NASA TV to Broadcast Cargo Ship Departure from Space Station

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) H-II Transport Vehicle-5 (HTV-5) launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan on a Japanese H-IIB rocket Aug. 19, 2015 and arrived at the International Space Station on Aug. 24, where it docked to the station’s Harmony module. Five weeks after delivering approximately five tons of supplies and

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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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