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New Desktop Application Has Potential to Increase Asteroid Detection, Now Available to Public

on Monday, 16 March 2015. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Kessler: "The Asteroid Data Hunter challenge has been successful beyond our hopes, creating something that makes a tangible difference to asteroid hunting astronomers and highlights the possibility for more people to play a role in protecting our planet."

New Desktop Application Has Potential to Increase Asteroid Detection, Now Available to Public

A software application based on an algorithm created by a NASA challenge has the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries by amateur astronomers.

NASA Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit a Dwarf Planet

on Friday, 06 March 2015. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Marc Rayman: "Now, after a journey of 3.1 billion miles (4.9 billion kilometers) and 7.5 years, Dawn calls Ceres, home."

NASA Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit a Dwarf Planet

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000) kilometers from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet’s gravity at about 4:39 a.m. PST (7:39 a.m. EST) Friday.

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Captures Best-Ever View of Dwarf Planet

on Tuesday, 27 January 2015. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Carol Raymond: "Data from this mission will revolutionize our understanding of this unique body. Ceres is showing us tantalizing features that are whetting our appetite for the detailed exploration to come."

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Captures Best-Ever View of Dwarf Planet

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on Jan. 25, and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft that soon will become the first human-made probe to visit a dwarf planet.

NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Discuss Plan for Launching American Astronauts from the U.S. in 2017

on Friday, 23 January 2015. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

This initiative returns the American industry to the forefront of human exploration technology and operations and ends the nation’s sole reliance on Russia for crew transportation to the space station.

NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Discuss Plan for Launching American Astronauts from the U.S. in 2017

NASA, Boeing and SpaceX will hold a news briefing on NASA Television at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston at noon EST (11 a.m. CST) Monday, Jan. 26, to highlight key development activities, test plans and objectives for achieving certification of two American crew transportation systems.

NASA’s Chandra Detects Record-Breaking Outburst from Milky Way’s Black Hole

on Tuesday, 06 January 2015. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Gabriele Ponti: "Such rare and extreme events give us a unique chance to use a mere trickle of infalling matter to understand the physics of one of the most bizarre objects in our galaxy."

NASA’s Chandra Detects Record-Breaking Outburst from Milky Way’s Black Hole

Astronomers have observed the largest X-ray flare ever detected from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. This event, detected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, raises questions about the behavior of this giant black hole and its surrounding environment.

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Clues to How Water Helped Shape Martian Landscape

on Tuesday, 09 December 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Michael Meyer: "Knowledge we're gaining about Mars' environmental evolution by deciphering how Mount Sharp formed will also help guide plans for future missions to seek signs of Martian life."

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Clues to How Water Helped Shape Martian Landscape

Observations by NASA’s Curiosity Rover indicate Mars' Mount Sharp was built by sediments deposited in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years.

Boeing Completes First Milestone for NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Systems

on Thursday, 04 December 2014. Posted in Space, Aerospace, Sci/Tech

Boeing Commercial Crew Program Manager John Mulholland: "It's crucial for us to achieve our 2017 goal, and the plan we've put in place will get us there."

Boeing Completes First Milestone for NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Systems

NASA has approved the completion of Boeing’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from the United States under a groundbreaking Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract.

Two Technologies Pursued for Orbital Servicing and Asteroid Close Approach

on Tuesday, 04 November 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Tony Yu: "A need exists for long-to-short range, low-cost, reliable multifunctional imaging lidars, not only for asteroid rendezvous and planetary rovers, but also for satellite servicing."

Two Technologies Pursued for Orbital Servicing and Asteroid Close Approach

Building, fixing, and refueling space-based assets or rendezvousing with a comet or asteroid will require a robotic vehicle and a super-precise, high-resolution 3-D imaging lidar that will generate real-time images needed to guide the vehicle to a target traveling at thousands of miles per hour.

NASA’s Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

on Tuesday, 29 July 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

John Callas: "But what is really important is not how many miles the rover has racked up, but how much exploration and discovery we have accomplished over that distance."

NASA’s Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover.

NASA Honors Historic First Moon Landing, Eyes First Mars Mission

on Tuesday, 15 July 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

NASA marks the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing this month while it takes the steps needed for America's next giant leap to send astronauts to Mars.

NASA Honors Historic First Moon Landing, Eyes First Mars Mission

NASA marks the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing this month while it takes the steps needed for America's next giant leap to send astronauts to Mars.

NASA's Saucer-Shaped Craft Preps for Flight Test

on Wednesday, 04 June 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Ian Clark: "Our goal is to get this first-of-its-kind test vehicle to operate correctly at very high speeds and very high altitudes."

NASA's Saucer-Shaped Craft Preps for Flight Test

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle, has completed final assembly at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.

NASA Signs Agreement with Citizen Scientists Attempting to Communicate with Old Spacecraft

on Thursday, 22 May 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

John Grunsfeld: "We have a chance to engage a new generation of citizen scientists through this creative effort to recapture the ISEE-3 spacecraft as it zips by the Earth this summer."

NASA Signs Agreement with Citizen Scientists Attempting to Communicate with Old Spacecraft

NASA has given a green light to a group of citizen scientists attempting to breathe new scientific life into a more than 35-year old agency spacecraft.

Well-behaved, Young Galaxy Surprises Astronomers

on Wednesday, 30 April 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Paul Goldsmith: "This is a truly surprising result that reminds us that we still don't understand many details of the evolution of the universe."

Well-behaved, Young Galaxy Surprises Astronomers

Scientists have discovered a young galaxy acting in unexpectedly mature ways. The galaxy, called S0901, is rotating in a calm manner typical of more developed galaxies like our own spiral Milky Way.

NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'

on Thursday, 17 April 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Paul Hertz: “The discovery of Kepler-186f is a significant step toward finding worlds like our planet Earth.”

NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

NASA Solicits New Collaborative Partnerships with Commercial Space Industry

on Wednesday, 26 March 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Gerstenmaier: "The growing U.S. commercial spaceflight industry is opening low-Earth orbit in ways that will improve lives on Earth, drive economic growth and power 21st century innovations."

NASA Solicits New Collaborative Partnerships with Commercial Space Industry

Building on the success of NASA's commercial spaceflight initiatives, agency officials announced Monday plans to solicit proposals from U.S. private enterprises for unfunded partnerships to collaboratively develop new commercial space capabilities.

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