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NASA Opens New CubeSat Opportunities for Low-Cost Space Exploration

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Space enthusiasts have a chance to contribute to NASA’s exploration goals within the next round of the agency’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. Applicants have to submit their proposals by e-mail not later than 4:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 24. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives access to space for CubeSats created by NASA centers, accredited learning institutions and

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NASA names new manager of International Space Station Program

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NASA’s springboard for discovery, deep space exploration and innovation has a new chief. The agency has named Kirk Shireman as the new director of its International Space Station (ISS) Program, based at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where Shireman has worked as deputy center director since 2013. William Gerstenmaier, secondary administrator for NASA’s Human

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Veteran Russian Cosmonauts Set for Spacewalk on NASA TV

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NASA sends rover on Martian Mountains

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Pasadena, Calif. Curiosity, which is the biggest and advanced Mars rover has landed on the Red Planet. Wheighting a ton, the rover is hanging bu ropes from a rocket backpack. Sunday, the Martian rover landed on Mars, ending so the 36th week flight and now it’s time to start the investigation for the following couple

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NASA, Space Station Partners Announce Crew Members for Missions in 2017

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NASA and its International Space Station (ISS) associates have declared the team members for missions to the orbiting research laboratory in 2017. The selection includes first-time space flyers NASA cosmonauts Jack Fischer and Mark Vande Hei. The Journey 51 and 52 crews will maintain significant research that advances NASA’s expedition to Mars while making discoveries

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New online tools bring NASA’s journey to Mars to new generation of explorers

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NASA is unveiling on the three-year anniversary of the Mars landing of Curiosity rover, two new online tools that open the strange terrain of the Red Planet to a new generation of explorers, appealing the public to help with its expedition to Mars. Mars Trek, a free web-based application that provides high-quality, detailed views of

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NASA Deputy Administrator to Tour Composites Technology Center at Marshall

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Deputy Administrator Dava Newman will tour NASA’s National Center for Advanced Manufacturing Composites Technology Center at 2:30 p.m. CDT, Thursday, Aug. 6, during a visit to the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. There, she will see a new robotic fiber placement system slated to develop processes for building the largest composite rocket

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NASA selects proposals to study black holes, neutron stars and more

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NASA has selected 5 suggestions submitted to its Explorers Program to conduct intensive scientific research and develop mechanisms that fill the scientific gaps between the agency’s larger missions. The selected proposals materialized in 3 Astrophysics Small Explorer missions and 2 Explorer Missions of Opportunity, will study polarized X-ray emissions from neutron star – black hole

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Earth flyby of ‘space peanut’ captured in new video

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NASA researchers have used 2 giant, Earth-based radio telescopes to bounce radar signals off a passing asteroid and produce representations of the peanut-shaped body as it come close to Earth this past weekend. The asteroid appears to be a contact binary—an asteroid with 2 lobes that are stuck together. The pictures show the rotation of

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