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NASA Sets Coverage Schedule for CubeSat Launch Events

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Thirteen NASA and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)-sponsored CubeSats are scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Thursday, Oct. 8, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Prelaunch media briefings and launch commentary coverage will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Four of the CubeSats are NASA-sponsored and

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Virginia Students to Speak Live with Space Station Crew

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A group of students from Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia, will get the chance to speak with an astronaut who once studied in their classrooms and now is working and living on the International Space Station. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call is scheduled for 10:20 a.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 5, and will air live

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NASA Announces Appointment of New Agency Chief Information Officer

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Renee Wynn took the helm Monday in leading the agency’s information technology efforts and capabilities as NASA’s new chief information officer (CIO). As NASA’s top IT official, Wynn is responsible for ensuring NASA’s information assets are in line with federal policies, procedures and legislation. She will be focused on increasing collaboration among the centers and

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NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today’s Mars

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New findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars. Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO, researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet. These darkish streaks appear to ebb and flow over time. They

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Black hole rethink after 11-year cosmic search fails to detect gravitational waves

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One hundred years since Einstein proposed gravitational waves as part of his general theory of relativity, an 11-year search performed with CSIRO’s Parkes telescope has shown that an expected background of waves is missing, casting doubt on our understanding of galaxies and black holes. A simulation of black holes merging. Illustration credit: © Michael Koppitz

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NASA Developed Technology Aims to Save Commercial Airlines Fuel, Time

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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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