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NASA TV to Broadcast U.S. Cargo Ship Departure from Space Station

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After delivering more than 7,000 pounds of cargo to support dozens of science experiments from around the world, Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft is set to leave the International Space Station Friday, Feb. 19. NASA Television will provide live coverage of the event beginning at 7 a.m. EST. The Cygnus spacecraft, which arrived at the

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Glow from the Big Bang Allows Discovery of Distant Black Hole Jet

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Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to discover a jet from a very distant supermassive black hole being illuminated by the oldest light in the Universe. This discovery shows that black holes with powerful jets may be more common than previously thought in the first few billion years after the Big Bang. The light

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Hubble sees a diamond in the dust

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Surrounded by an envelope of dust, the subject of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is a young pre-main-sequence star known as HBC 1. The star is in an immature and adolescent phase of life, hence its classification — most of a Sun-like star’s life is spent in a stage comparable to human adulthood dubbed

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Report of first search for visible light associated with gravitational waves

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The Making of a Mockup: Work Begins on NASA SLS Core Stage Pathfinder

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Major work is beginning in three Alabama communities on a 213-foot, 230,000-pound simulation of the core stage of NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). SLS will be the world’s most powerful rocket for deep-space missions. The core stage, with flight hardware currently in production at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, will

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Austin, Texas, Students to Speak to Space Station Astronaut

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Students from the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) charter schools in Austin, Texas, will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut currently living and working on the International Space Station at 11:55 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 16. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. NASA

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NASA, University Study Shows Rising Seas Slowed by Increasing Water on Land

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New measurements from a NASA satellite have allowed researchers to identify and quantify, for the first time, how climate-driven increases of liquid water storage on land have affected the rate of sea level rise. A new study by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, and the University of California, Irvine, shows

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Mars Landing Pioneer Elected to National Academy of Engineering

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Adam Steltzner, a JPL engineer who helped pioneer the breakthrough technique for landing a one-ton rover on Mars, is being honored with admission into the National Academy of Engineering. Steltzner is recognized for development of the Mars Curiosity rover’s entry, descent and landing system and for contributions to control of parachute dynamics. Adam Steltzner of

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New Satellite-Based Maps to Aid in Climate Forecasts

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New, detailed maps of the world’s natural landscapes created using NASA satellite data could help scientists better predict the impacts of future climate change. The maps of forests, grasslands and other productive ecosystems provide the most complete picture yet of how carbon from the atmosphere is reused and recycled by Earth’s natural ecosystems. Global map

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