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Kepler Planet-Hunting Visionary Retires After 53 Years at NASA

Kepler Planet-Hunting Visionary Retires After 53 Years at NASAThe driving force behind NASA's prolific planet-hunting Kepler mission is retiring, ending a 53-year career with the space agency. Bill Borucki came up with the idea for the Kepler observatory in the early 1980s and continued championing the concept through four failed proposals until the mission was finally approved in 2000. "Bill's unique leadership, vision and research tenacity has and will continue to inspire scientists around the world," former astronaut John Grunsfeld, head of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement.

Posted on 3 July 2015 | 3:32 pm

NASA Astronaut Hopes to See Fourth of July Fireworks from Space

NASA Astronaut Hopes to See Fourth of July Fireworks from SpaceOrbiting NASA astronaut Scott Kelly doesn't have any special plans for the Fourth of July, though he will try to catch a glimpse of the fireworks displays down on Earth. "Hopefully the timing will be right, and I'll be able to look down and see little specks of light over the United States on the evening of the Fourth of July," Kelly said Thursday (July 2) during a video interview with NASA spokesman Dan Huot of Johnson Space Center in Houston. Kelly currently lives aboard the $100 billion orbiting outpost along with Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka.

Posted on 3 July 2015 | 3:32 pm

Chart: Men support animal testing, GMOs, and astronauts more than women

Chart: Men support animal testing, GMOs, and astronauts more than womenPew Research Center's new study on public views of scientific matters in the US includes an interesting review of men and women's opinions on 22 subjects. This chart compares opinions on topics like global warming, space exploration, and agricultural pesticides use. For example, men and women are flipped on supporting animal research: while 60 percent of men support its use, 62 percent of women oppose it.

Posted on 2 July 2015 | 8:32 pm

NASA is Suiting Up with Boston’s John F. Kennedy Library

HOUSTON, July 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA’s celebration of 50 years of spacewalking, or extravehicular activity, continues July 11 with a visit to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. NASA will share Apollo-era artifacts, current space suit hardware and hands-on interactive family activities. Former NASA astronaut Clay Anderson will be on hand to discuss his experiences in space as NASA continues its “SuitUp with NASA” events and activities.

Posted on 2 July 2015 | 7:14 pm

Massachusetts Governor Baker and Astronauts Coleman, Nyberg and Williams All Slated to Present at ISS R&D

BOSTON, July 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISS R&D) today announced that The Honorable Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts, along with NASA astronauts Cady Coleman, Karen Nyberg and Sunita Williams have all been confirmed as speakers for its 4th annual meeting at the Boston Marriott Copley Square in Boston, MA, July 7-9, 2015. The ISS R&D Conference was created to connect commercial and academic communities involved in new innovations, breakthroughs, and discoveries onboard humankind’s unique orbiting laboratory. This event is held in coordination with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the American Astronautical Society (AAS), and NASA.

Posted on 2 July 2015 | 7:00 pm

NASA’s New Horizons captures images of mysterious spots on Pluto

As the New Horizons spacecraft preps for its inspection of Pluto on July 14th, NASA provided a status update with some interesting info. First, new color images show a series of spots along the dwarf planet’s …

Posted on 2 July 2015 | 6:32 pm

Ball Aerospace Delivers Optical Reference Flight Units to JPL for NASA’s GRACE Follow-On Mission

BOULDER, Colo., July 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has delivered key components to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for a laser ranging system designed to achieve greater accuracy in measuring changes in Earth’s ocean, groundwater and glaciers. Ball’s laser frequency stabilization reference flight units for the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Follow-On spacecraft were shipped to JPL following environmental testing.  The GRACE Follow-On mission is scheduled for launch as early as 2017.  Ball’s flight units constitute a subsystem that is part of the high-precision Laser Ranging Interferometer, a secondary payload aboard the spacecraft. Ball’s GRACE Follow-On effort advanced the state-of-the-art and proven technology that was developed as part of NASA’s Instrument Incubator Program (IIP).  The IIP focuses on technologies that lead to future flight instruments which are smaller and require fewer resources and less time to build.

Posted on 2 July 2015 | 11:03 am

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Stays the Course to Pluto

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is getting a final “all clear” as it speeds closer to its historic July 14 flyby of Pluto and the dwarf planet’s five moons. After seven weeks of detailed searches for dust clouds, rings, and other potential hazards, the New Horizons team has decided the spacecraft will remain on its original path through the Pluto system instead of making a late course correction to detour around any hazards. Because New Horizons is traveling at 30,800 mph (49,600 kph), a particle as small as a grain of rice could be lethal.

Posted on 1 July 2015 | 10:02 pm

NASA Takes to Kansas Skies to Study Nighttime Thunderstorms

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA has joined a multi-agency field campaign studying summer storm systems in the U.S. Great Plains to find out why they often form after the sun goes down instead of during the heat of the day.The Plains Elevated Convection at Night, or PECAN, project began June 1 and continues through mid-July. Participants from eight research laboratories and 14 universities are collecting storm data to find out how and why they form. NASA’s DC-8 airborne laboratory began research flights Tuesday from the Salina Regional Airport, Salina, Kansas. …

Posted on 1 July 2015 | 6:40 pm

Digi International Onboard NASA’s SOAREX-8 Suborbital Flight

MINNETONKA, Minn., July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —   Digi International®, (NASDAQ: DGII) ( www.digi.com ), the M2M solutions expert, today announced that its XBee® ZigBee modules will be used by the National …

Posted on 1 July 2015 | 1:00 pm

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Red Rock Canyon Open Space set to reopen; popular Colorado Springs … – Colorado Springs Gazette


Red Rock Canyon Open Space set to reopen; popular Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Gazette
The 789-acre open space on the city's western boundary was closed May 11 after 10 straight days of rain wreaked havoc on parks, roads and other city-owned infrastructure, causing more than $8 million in damage, mostly along the Interstate 25 corridor.

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 6:15 pm

See how space travel was born in New Mexico – KOAT Albuquerque


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See how space travel was born in New Mexico
KOAT Albuquerque
When Americans think about space exploration, Cape Canaveral or Houston usually come to mind. But it all started in New Mexico. At Holloman Air Force Base outside Alamogordo, Dr. John Paull Stapp rode a rocket-powered sled in 1954. His top speed was …

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 1:53 pm

NASA Astronaut Hopes to See Fourth of July Fireworks from Space – Space.com


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NASA Astronaut Hopes to See Fourth of July Fireworks from Space
Space.com
"Hopefully the timing will be right, and I'll be able to look down and see little specks of light over the United States on the evening of the Fourth of July," Kelly said Thursday (July 2) during a video interview with NASA spokesman Dan Huot of

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 1:10 pm

Top Stories: Greece Bailout Vote; Space Station Supply Capsule Launched – NPR


Top Stories: Greece Bailout Vote; Space Station Supply Capsule Launched
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Good morning, here are our early stories: — Hours From Greek Referendum, Pro-Bailout Side Holds Slight Edge. — Russia Finally Launches Supplies To ISS After Earlier Failures. And here are more early headlines: Negotiators Continue Work On Iran …

Posted on 3 July 2015 | 1:09 pm

North Korean space scientist to US people: ‘Trust us’ – CNN


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North Korean space scientist to US people: 'Trust us'
CNN
While North Korea claims its space program is completely peaceful, many international governments think its real nature is military — the same rocket technology to put a satellite in orbit can be used to deliver nuclear warheads to any part of the planet.

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 10:44 am

‘Nominal!’ Russia Launches Crucial Progress Cargo Ship to Space Station – NBCNews.com


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'Nominal!' Russia Launches Crucial Progress Cargo Ship to Space Station
NBCNews.com
After two straight failures of space station resupply missions, a Russian Progress cargo ship was successfully sent into orbit on Friday — much to the relief of the International Space Station's managers and crew members. "Everything went by the book
Russian Cargo Spacecraft Launches Toward Space StationSpace.com
Russian rocket to carry gear to space stationCNN
Russian Spacecraft Successfully Launches To International Space StationForbes
ABC News -Los Angeles Times -CBS News
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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 6:02 am

Buzz Aldrin: SpaceX Failure Shows We Need More Commercial Space Travel … – TIME


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Buzz Aldrin: SpaceX Failure Shows We Need More Commercial Space Travel
TIME
The recent failure of the commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is a near-term setback. But getting that vehicle back in the air means something more for the tomorrows to come. It means getting down to business concerning the future of America's space program.
NASA's reliance on outsourcing launches causes a dilemma for the space agencyPhys.Org
Rapid unplanned disassemblyThe Economist
Astronaut Mark Kelly: SpaceX Will Learn From Failure … and Then Move AheadNBCNews.com
Newsmax -Dallas Morning News
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Posted on 2 July 2015 | 6:39 pm

Russia’s own space shuttle left to decay in post-apocalyptic hangar (PHOTOS) – RT


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Russia's own space shuttle left to decay in post-apocalyptic hangar (PHOTOS)
RT
The OK-1K2, nicknamed Little Bird, was the second Buran program space shuttle, scheduled to make its maiden flight when the USSR collapsed. While the location where it was mothballed was known, photos showing its poor condition, obtained by a blogger …

Posted on 2 July 2015 | 3:18 pm

Kerbal Space Program gets second official mod – PC Gamer


PC Gamer

Kerbal Space Program gets second official mod
PC Gamer
Yes, I know. This is old. The Asteroid Day official mod for Kerbal Space Program was released for Asteroid Day, which was two whole days ago. As an act of contrition, I have consigned myself to the shame barrel. It is dark and damp in here. Asteroid

Posted on 2 July 2015 | 11:15 am

Space could be the battlefield for World War III – CNN


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Space could be the battlefield for World War III
CNN
P.W. Singer is strategist at New America and August Cole is a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council. They are the co-authors of "Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War." (CNN) "This is the Chinese navy. This is the Chinese navy. Please go away …
Next World War Fought in Cyber-Space and Outer-SpaceKTRH

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Posted on 1 July 2015 | 7:49 pm

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NASA Awards Evaluations, Assessments, Studies, Services Support Contract

NASA has announced the selection of Cornell Technical Services, LLC, in Columbia, Maryland, to provide support for NASA’s Science Office for Mission Assessments at the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

Posted on 2 July 2015 | 8:00 pm

NASA Awards Contract for Consolidated Facility, Maintenance Services

NASA has awarded the Synergy-Achieving Consolidated Operations and Maintenance (SACOM) contract to Syncom Space Service LLC of Fort Worth, Texas.

Posted on 2 July 2015 | 8:00 pm

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Stays the Course to Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is getting a final “all clear” as it speeds closer to its historic July 14 flyby of Pluto and the dwarf planet’s five moons.

Posted on 1 July 2015 | 9:33 pm

NASA Awards Earth Science Data and Information Contract

NASA has awarded the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Evolution and Development (EED)-2 contract to Raytheon Company of Riverdale, Maryland.

Posted on 1 July 2015 | 8:50 pm

NASA Takes to Kansas Skies to Study Nighttime Thunderstorms

NASA has joined a multi-agency field campaign studying summer storm systems in the U.S. Great Plains to find out why they often form after the sun goes down instead of during the heat of the day.

Posted on 1 July 2015 | 6:13 pm

NASA Signs Scientific and Education Agreements with Brazil

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) President José Raimundo Braga Coelho have signed agreements to further research into heliophysics and space weather and to enhance global climate study and educational opportunities.

Posted on 30 June 2015 | 8:17 pm

NASA TV Coverage Set for Space Station Cargo Ship Launch and Docking

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the launch and docking of an unpiloted Russian resupply ship to the International Space Station (ISS).

Posted on 30 June 2015 | 6:24 pm

NASA Astronaut Preps for First Space Station Mission, Available for Media Interviews

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, who is making final preparations for his launch next month on his first mission to the International Space Station, will be available for live satellite interviews from 8 to 9 a.m. EDT Tuesday, July 7.

Posted on 30 June 2015 | 6:08 pm

NASA Invites Media to Tour VIPR, Aeronautics Research Project

NASA will host a behind-the-scenes tour of the Vehicle Integrated Propulsion Research (VIPR) project at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California on Thursday, July 9.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 6:36 pm

NASA Administrator Statement on the Loss of SpaceX CRS-7

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the loss Sunday of the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services 7 (CRS-7) mission.

Posted on 28 June 2015 | 4:08 pm