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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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Science in Short: BASS-M, Igniting Innovation on the Space Station

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Things have been heating up in the Microgravity Sciences Glovebox (MSG) in the Destiny Lab aboard the International Space Station as NASA astronaut, Tim Kopra performs operations for the BASS-M, a National Lab investigation which came about as a result of a partnership between CASIS and Milliken. Milliken is a commercial company who, among other

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ASTRO-H satellite poised to enhance views of X-ray sky

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NASA Administrator Remembers Apollo-Era Astronaut Edgar Mitchell

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Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell in front of a graphic of the mission patch. The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the passing of NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell: “On behalf of the entire NASA family, I would like to express my condolences to the family and friends of NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell.

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The ‘Floating Hills’ of Pluto (Photo)

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Mini-mountains of water-ice creep across Pluto’s surface, carried slowly along by the dwarf planet’s nitrogen-ice glaciers, a newly released photo suggests. The image, which was captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft during its historic Pluto flyby last July, shows that the vast Sputnik Planum region within the dwarf planet’s famous “heart” is studded with chains

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