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Saturn Spacecraft Samples Interstellar Dust

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected the faint but distinct signature of dust coming from beyond our solar system. The research, led by a team of Cassini scientists primarily from Europe, is published this week in the journal Science. Cassini has been in orbit around Saturn since 2004, studying the giant planet, its rings and its

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Expandable Habitat Demonstration Will Test Technologies Needed for Deep Space Exploration

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A lot goes into building a house, from finding the right place to put it, gathering the experts and right materials to build it, and scheduling tasks to complete the project. The BEAM module will be attached to the rear port of the space station’s Node 3. After installation, the BEAM expands to roughly 13-feet-long

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NASA Supercomputer Simulations Help Improve Aircraft Propulsion Design

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NASA and aviation industry partners are collaborating on the development of green aviation technologies. One concept studied at NASA’s Ames Research Center, in California’s Silicon Valley, is the contra-rotating open rotor propulsion system, which has two ultra-thin blades spinning in opposite directions on the same shaft, similar to the blades on a giant kitchen blender.

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NASA Hosts Student Rocket Launch, Robotics Challenge

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NASA will host almost 50 high school, college and university teams from 22 states at the its 16th annual Student Launch competition and second annual Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) Challenge, April 13-16 in Huntsville and Toney, Alabama. These events engage students across the country in NASA’s Journey to Mars through hands-on activities in the areas

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NASA Begins Testing of Revolutionary E-Sail Technology

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NASA Cargo Headed to Space Station Includes Habitat Prototype, Medical Research

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Tucked in the trunk of the latest commercial cargo spacecraft to head for the International Space Station is an expandable structure that has the potential to revolutionize work and life on the space station. SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft is delivering almost 7,000 pounds of cargo, including the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), to the orbital laboratory

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NASA Invests in Two-Dimensional Spacecraft, Reprogrammable Microorganisms

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NASA has selected 13 proposals through NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC), a program that invests in transformative architectures through the development of pioneering technologies. Among the selected are: a concept for reprogramming microorganisms that could use the Martian environment to recycle and print electronics; a two-dimensional spacecraft with ultra-thin subsystems that may wrap around space

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NASA Progresses Toward SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station

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NASA provider SpaceX is scheduled to launch its eighth Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station on Friday, April 8. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 3:30 p.m. EDT. The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is targeted to lift off on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket at 4:43 p.m. from Space Launch Complex

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John Grunsfeld Announces Retirement from NASA

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John Grunsfeld will retire from NASA April 30, capping nearly four decades of science and exploration with the agency. His tenure includes serving as astronaut, chief scientist, and head of NASA’s Earth and space science activities. Grunsfeld has directed NASA’s Science Mission Directorate as associate administrator since 2012, managing more than 100 science missions —

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