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Lockheed Martin Begins Final Assembly Of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft

DENVER, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] technicians began assembling a NASA spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid for scientific study. OSIRIS-REx – which stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer – is going to Bennu, a carbon-rich asteroid that could hold clues to the origin of the solar system and host organic molecules that may have seeded life on Earth. “Building a spacecraft that will bring back samples from an asteroid is a unique opportunity,” said Rich Kuhns, OSIRIS-REx program manager at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. During ATLO the science instruments are being delivered from the mission’s partner institutions to be integrated with the spacecraft.

Posted on 31 March 2015 | 9:57 pm

NASA Shows Off Mars Flying Saucer Technology

A flying saucer could one day help a manned mission to Mars make a gentle landing on the surface of the Red Planet.

Posted on 31 March 2015 | 7:29 pm

5 Movies About Astronauts That You Have to See

Here are 5 movies about one of the craziest professions that every child covets at some point: Being an astronaut.

Posted on 31 March 2015 | 7:05 pm

NASA Chief: 1-Year Space Station Mission Advances NASA Journey to Mars (Op-Ed)

NASA Chief: 1-Year Space Station Mission Advances NASA Journey to Mars (Op-Ed)Charles Bolden is the NASA Administrator. Today, we launch an American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut to live and work in space for an entire year — the longest continuous stretch an American astronaut will have been in space.

Posted on 31 March 2015 | 6:55 pm

Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission

Posted on 31 March 2015 | 6:08 pm

Watch NASA spin-test its Mars-bound ‘flying saucer’ this afternoon

Watch NASA spin-test its Mars-bound 'flying saucer' this afternoonAs NASA prepares to send more spacecraft, and eventually humans, to Mars, its scientists are having to rethink the parachute. To address this problem, NASA is trying to develop alternatives with the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) program, and it's looking at what is basically a high-tech combination of a balloon and a flying saucer. The system was tested over Hawaii last summer — NASA even put up a video of the craft falling from near-space. It's going back for another test flight in June, but at 2:30PM ET, you can watch NASA give it a preliminary test and answer questions about the mission.

Posted on 31 March 2015 | 5:33 pm

ViON Wins NASA SEWP V Contract Award

ViON Corporation, a market leader in the design, delivery and maintenance of mission critical IT infrastructure solutions, today announced that it is one of four companies in a joint venture that has been awarded a NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement V contract in the Computer Based Systems Group A.

Posted on 31 March 2015 | 4:19 pm

immixGroup Wins NASA SEWP V Contract Awards

immixGroup, Inc., which helps technology companies do business with the government, announced today it was awarded two Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement V contracts by NASA. Through these new contracts, …

Posted on 31 March 2015 | 2:00 pm

NUUU Subsidiary Rejuvel Intl, Inc., A NASA* Technology Transfer Program Partner, Continues Its Worldwide Expansion With Registration to Conduct Business in Singapore and Malaysia

NUUU Subsidiary Rejuvel Intl, Inc., A NASA* Technology Transfer Program Partner, Continues Its Worldwide Expansion With Registration to Conduct Business in Singapore and MalaysiaRejuvel Int'l, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Technology Applications International Corporation , creators of "cruelty free" REJUVEL 3D skin care products announced today that its agent of …

Posted on 31 March 2015 | 12:30 pm

NASA’s Opportunity Rover Suffers More Amnesia on Mars

NASA's Opportunity Rover Suffers More Amnesia on MarsNASA's Opportunity Mars rover has suffered another bout of amnesia, less than a week after engineers installed a software upgrade intended to fix the robot's memory issues. The long-lived Opportunity rover began experiencing problems with its flash memory — the kind that can store data even when the power is off — in late 2014. But Opportunity experienced another brief amnesia episode on March 25, NASA officials said. "Although we are a little disappointed at the occurrence of an amnesia event only five days after reformatting, we are not surprised," John Callas, Opportunity project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement.

Posted on 31 March 2015 | 11:14 am

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Boston councilor pitches city-supplied space savers – Boston Globe (subscription)


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Boston councilor pitches city-supplied space savers
Boston Globe (subscription)
What if there were a way for residents to save shoveled-out parking spaces in Boston after snowstorms, without plopping old televisions, ironing boards, planters, and vacuums on the street? City Councilor Timothy McCarthy thinks it's worth discussing.

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Posted on 31 March 2015 | 7:18 pm

An Airbnb for Social Office Space – PSFK (blog)


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An Airbnb for Social Office Space
PSFK (blog)
Although most people who work from home love the lack of commute and relaxed dress code, the experience can get lonely. Setting offers a social option for work-at-home employees who would like a more social and structured atmosphere. Setting hosts …

Posted on 31 March 2015 | 6:24 pm

Aral Sea Looks Like a Painting From Space – Discovery News


Aral Sea Looks Like a Painting From Space
Discovery News
The Aral Sea is shrinking, leaving a dried-up white lakebed where there used to be blue water. But in the eyes of a radar satellite, the sea's shores look like a colorful abstract painting. Once the world's fourth-largest inland body of water, Central

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Posted on 31 March 2015 | 4:11 pm

U District space is so tight, UW leases new office before knowing what it’ll … – Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)


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U District space is so tight, UW leases new office before knowing what it'll
Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)
Blume Company Real Estate on Monday said it was starting construction of this six-story addition to University Center in Seattle. The University of Washington is leasing the office space in the project but has not decided what departments it will house

Posted on 31 March 2015 | 2:05 pm

Meatpacking District’s Next Act Includes an Influx of Office Space and More – New York Times


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Meatpacking District's Next Act Includes an Influx of Office Space and More
New York Times
The meatpacking district in Manhattan is about to grow even busier, as office towers and Samsung move in and add a layer of transformation to an area that once reeked of slaughterhouses and literally vibrated with railway commerce. New arrivals include …

Posted on 31 March 2015 | 12:40 pm

Ants in space grapple well with zero-g – BBC News


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Ants in space grapple well with zero-g
BBC News
Ants carried to the International Space Station were still able to use teamwork to search new areas, despite falling off the walls of their containers for up to eight seconds at a time. Their "collective search" was hampered but still took place
Low Gravity Seriously Messes With An Ant's Ability To Explore Spaceio9
Ants Hold Their Own Searching in SpaceDiscovery News
Astronauts tests effects of zero gravity on ants in videoDaily Mail
Science Times -Huffington Post UK
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Posted on 31 March 2015 | 8:17 am

NASA Astronaut Already Feels at Home in Space as 1-Year Journey Begins – Space.com


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NASA Astronaut Already Feels at Home in Space as 1-Year Journey Begins
Space.com
NASA's Scott Kelly — one of two people spending a year on the International Space Station — already feels like the orbiting outpost is home. "It's great to be up here," veteran astronaut Kelly said during a live interview from the space station with
Scott Kelly: Work-life balance important in spaceCBS News
Month in Space: See a Black Sun and a Rocket's Red GlareNBCNews.com
No, NASA Is Not Planning To Build A Space Station With Russiaio9
Ars Technica -Business Insider
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Posted on 30 March 2015 | 9:19 pm

Aww… Three Kodiak bear cubs born at Space Farms (VIDEO) – NJ.com


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Aww… Three Kodiak bear cubs born at Space Farms (VIDEO)
NJ.com
WANTAGE — Space Farms Zoo & Museum is celebrating the newest additions to its wildlife park — a trio of bear cubs. Early last week, the staff at the Wantage zoo learned their Kodiak bear, Suzy Q, had given birth to cubs when they heard a humming

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Posted on 29 March 2015 | 7:00 pm

US, Russian astronauts begin one-year space mission – Christian Science Monitor


Christian Science Monitor

US, Russian astronauts begin one-year space mission
Christian Science Monitor
An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut launched into space Friday to attempt something their two countries have never done together before: a one-year mission on the International Space Station that could help one day send humans to Mars.
One-Year Crew Begins Epic Trip on International Space StationSpace.com
Soon, Humans Will Follow Robots Into Deep SpaceWired
Russia to Build New Space Station With NASADiscovery News
Business Insider -New York Times
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Posted on 29 March 2015 | 3:46 pm

What NASA Learned from Orion Space Capsule’s 1st Test Flight – Space.com


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What NASA Learned from Orion Space Capsule's 1st Test Flight
Space.com
PASADENA, Calif. — NASA's Orion capsule, which the agency is developing to help get astronauts to Mars and other destinations in deep space, aced its first flight test on Dec. 5, 2014. During that unmanned mission, known as Exploration Flight Test-1 …

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 2:21 pm

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Curiosity Sniffs Out History of Martian Atmosphere

NASA’s Curiosity rover is using a new experiment to better understand the history of the Martian atmosphere by analyzing xenon.

Posted on 31 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Passes Critical Milestone

NASA’s groundbreaking science mission to retrieve a sample from an ancient space rock has moved closer to fruition. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has passed a critical milestone in its path towards launch and is officially authorized to transition into its next phase.

Posted on 31 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA Announces New Partnerships with U.S. Industry for Key Deep-Space Capabilities

Building on the success of NASA’s partnerships with commercial industry to date, NASA has selected 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) to advance concept studies and technology development projects in the areas of advanced propulsion, habitation and small satellites.

Posted on 30 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA Administrator, President’s Science Advisor to Speak with Astronaut on Yearlong Space Station Mission

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will be joined by John Holdren, science advisor to President Obama and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and former astronaut Mark Kelly for the first public conversation with astronaut Scott Kelly from the International Space Station on Monday, March 30.

Posted on 30 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

Year in Space Starts for One American and One Russian

Three crew members representing the United States and Russia are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:42 p.m. EDT Friday (1:42 a.m., March 28 in Baikonur).

Posted on 27 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA Asteroid Hunter Spacecraft Data Available to Public

Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft now are available online to the public. The data was collected following the restart of the asteroid-seeking spacecraft in December 2013 after a lengthy hibernation.

Posted on 26 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA’s Hubble, Chandra Find Clues that May Help Identify Dark Matter

Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark matter does not slow down when colliding with itself, meaning it interacts with itself less than previously thought. Researchers say this finding narrows down the options for what this mysterious substance might be.

Posted on 26 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA to Discuss Progress Today on Asteroid Initiative

NASA will host a media teleconference at 2:30 p.m. EDT today to discuss the selection of an Asteroid Redirect Mission concept and other advances supporting the agency’s journey to Mars.

Posted on 25 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA Announces Next Steps on Journey to Mars: Progress on Asteroid Initiative

NASA Wednesday announced more details in its plan for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which in the mid-2020s will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep space, including to Mars. NASA also announced it has increased the detection of near-Earth Asteroids by 65 percent since launching its asteroid initiative three years ago.

Posted on 25 March 2015 | 4:00 pm

NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover Finishes Marathon, Clocks in at Just Over 11 Years

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win. The agency’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity completed its first Red Planet marathon Tuesday — 26.2 miles (42.195 kilometers) – with a finish time of roughly 11 years and two months.

Posted on 24 March 2015 | 4:00 pm