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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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For best view, please click the image. Credit: Infographic created by Afrim Constantin COPYRIGHT 2015 © spacefan.com

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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NASA, Harmonic Launch First Non-Commercial UHD Channel in North America

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NASA is partnering with Harmonic, a worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, to launch NASA TV UHD, the first ever non-commercial consumer ultra-high definition (UHD) channel in North America. The partnership is the result of a Space Act Agreement between Harmonic and the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Using an end-to-end UHD

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First Pieces of NASA’s Orion for Next Mission Come Together at Michoud

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  At NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, engineers welded together on Sept. 5, two sections of the Orion spacecraft’s primary structure that will fly on Exploration Mission-1, the first flight of Orion atop the agency’s Space Launch System rocket. NASA is another small step closer to sending astronauts on a journey to Mars.

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NASA Television to Broadcast Friday Return of Space Station Crew

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  Three International Space Station crew members are set to return aboard the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft, which has been docked to the station since March. Three crew members aboard the International Space Station are scheduled to leave the orbiting laboratory and return to Earth Friday, Sept. 11. NASA Television will provide complete coverage of their

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