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New Crew Launches to Space Station to Continue Scientific Research

March 25, 2014

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 5:17 p.m. EDT Tuesday (3:17 a.m. on March 26 in Baikonur).

First Images Available from NASA-JAXA Global Rain and Snowfall Satellite

March 25, 2014

NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency released first images captured by their newest Earth-observing satellite, the GPM Core Observatory.

NASA Seeks Proposals on Asteroid Redirect Mission Concepts Development

March 21, 2014

In support of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission – a key part of the agency’s stepping stone path to send humans to Mars – agency officials are seeking proposals for studies on advanced technology development.

SpaceX Launch to the International Space Station Reset for March 30

March 21, 2014

SpaceX has confirmed it will target its next cargo mission launch to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, for 10:50 p.m. EDT, Sunday, March 30.

NASA's Spitzer Telescope Brings 360-Degree View of Galaxy to Our Fingertips

March 20, 2014

Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA's new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TEDActive 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

NASA Statement on Sustainability Study

March 20, 2014

The following is a statement from NASA regarding erroneous media reports crediting the agency with an academic paper on population and societal impacts.

NASA to Host Media Teleconference on an Asteroid Initiative Broad Agency Announcement

March 20, 2014

NASA will host a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT Friday, March 21, to discuss the same-day release of its Asteroid Initiative Announcement of Opportunities.

NASA Launches Its Third Global 'Codeathon' with New Coastal Flooding Challenge

March 19, 2014

NASA along with space agencies around the world are preparing for the third annual International Space Apps Challenge, which will be held April 12-13. Participants will develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Solar Orbiter Mission

March 18, 2014

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colo., to launch the Solar Orbiter Collaboration mission to study the sun in July 2017.

NASA Announces Small Business Industry Awards

March 18, 2014

NASA announced Tuesday the recipients of the agency's Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Small Business Industry Awards (SBIA) program at its inaugural Industry Forum. More than 30 nominations were received from all NASA centers.

NASA Releases First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole

March 18, 2014

Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon’s north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of the United States.

Hubble Celebrates 24th Anniversary with Infrared Image of Nearby Star Factory

March 17, 2014

In celebration of the 24th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have captured infrared-light images of a churning region of star birth 6,400 light-years away.

Media Invited to Tour Ames Research Center with NASA Administrator

March 14, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will visit the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., on the afternoon of Monday, March 17, for demonstrations of and briefings on select aeronautics and space research activities performed at the center.

NASA Administrator Visits Marshall, Views Space Launch System Progress

March 14, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden toured on March 14 the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., where testing is underway on the avionics unit for the largest, most powerful rocket ever built.

NASA Associate Administrator to Highlight Rocket for Orion's Flight Test

March 13, 2014

NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot will address media at the facility where two booster stages for the Orion spacecraft's first trip to space are being prepared for launch.

NASA Names David W. Miller as Agency’s New Chief Technologist

March 13, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced Thursday that David W. Miller, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., has been named the agency’s new Chief Technologist.

Future Space Station Crew to Participate in NASA TV News Conference, Media Interviews

March 12, 2014

The crew of International Space Station Expedition 40/41, including NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, will participate in a NASA Television news conference and media interviews Tuesday, March 18, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NASA's Operation IceBridge Begins New Arctic Campaign

March 12, 2014

Researchers aboard NASA's P-3 research aircraft left the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., March 10 for Greenland to begin a new season of collecting data on Arctic land and sea ice.

Long-Term Warming Likely to Be Significant Despite Recent Slowdown

March 11, 2014

A new NASA study shows Earth's climate likely will continue to warm during this century on track with previous estimates, despite the recent slowdown in the rate of global warming.

NASA Administrator to See Space Launch System Progress at Marshall

March 11, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will get a firsthand look at the work being done on the Space Launch System (SLS) avionics and flight software during a visit Friday, March 14 to the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Space Station Crew Returns to Earth, Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

March 10, 2014

Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth Monday after 166 days in space, during which they made 2,656 orbits around the planet and traveled almost 70.5 million miles

Be an Asteroid Hunter in NASA's First Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series

March 10, 2014

NASA’s Asteroid Data Hunter contest series will offer $35,000 in awards over the next six months to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids.

NASA Selects 10 Proposals for Unprecedented Twin Astronaut Study

March 7, 2014

Only one set of twins has ever been into space, and now those twins are providing an unprecedented opportunity for scientists to understand better the effects of microgravity on the human body.

NASA's WISE Survey Finds Thousands of New Stars, But No 'Planet X'

March 7, 2014

After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed "Planet X."

NASA Picks Small Business Tech Proposals for Development

March 7, 2014

NASA has selected 108 research and technology proposals from U.S. small businesses that will enable NASA's future missions while benefiting America's new high technology-driven economy right here on Earth.

NASA Officials to View New Solar Array System at Ohio's Plum Brook Station

March 6, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Associate Administrator for Space Technology Michael Gazarik will visit the agency's Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station Wednesday, March 12, to see an advanced solar array system being tested at the facility.

NASA's Hubble Telescope Witnesses Asteroid's Mysterious Disintegration

March 6, 2014

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has recorded the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces.

NASA Television Set to Cover March Soyuz Landing Operations

March 6, 2014

Three crew members aboard the International Space Station are scheduled to end almost six months on the orbiting laboratory on March 10, and NASA Television will provide complete coverage.

NASA Radar Demonstrates Ability to Foresee Sinkholes

March 6, 2014

New analyses of NASA airborne radar data collected in 2012 reveal the radar detected indications of a huge sinkhole before it collapsed and forced evacuations near Bayou Corne, La. that year.

NASA Awards Contract to Modify Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building High Bay 3

March 5, 2014

NASA has selected Hensel Phelps Construction Co., of Orlando, Fla., to modify High Bay 3 in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the processing of the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

NASA Coverage Set for March 16 SpaceX Mission to Space Station

March 5, 2014

The next SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Sunday, March 16, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Chandra and XMM-Newton Provide Direct Measurement of Distant Black Hole's Spin

March 5, 2014

Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's (ESA's) XMM-Newton to show a supermassive black hole six billion light years from Earth is spinning extremely rapidly. This first direct measurement of the spin of such a distant black hole is an important advance for understanding how black holes grow over time.

NASA Administrator Bolden's Statement on the Agency's FY 2015 Budget Request

March 4, 2014

The following statement is from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the Obama Administration's budget request for the 2015 fiscal year:

NASA, Honeywell Celebrate 10 Years of Inspiring Students with FMA Live!

March 3, 2014

NASA and Honeywell kicked off the 2014 tour of "FMA Live! Forces in Motion" with middle school students at Wunderlich Intermediate School in Houston today. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this innovative collaboration designed to ignite students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM.)

NASA Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Briefing Now a Teleconference

March 3, 2014

Because of inclement weather in the Washington area, NASA's Fiscal Year 2015 budget media briefing on Tuesday, March 4 now will be a teleconference. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and NASA Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Robinson will brief reporters starting at 2 p.m. EST.

NASA Honors Astronaut Neil Armstrong with Center Renaming

February 28, 2014

Two generations of aerospace engineering excellence will come together Saturday, March 1 when NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., is redesignated NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center.

NASA Selects Stellar Interns as Student Ambassadors

February 28, 2014

NASA has inducted 105 top-performing interns, representing 29 states and 67 universities, into its 2014 Student Ambassadors Virtual Community.

NASA Astronaut Steve Swanson Available for Interviews Before Space Station Mission

February 28, 2014

NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, who is making final preparations for a March launch to the International Space Station, is available for live satellite interviews from 8 -9 a.m. EST Friday, March 7.

NASA Commercial Crew Partners Complete Space System Milestones

February 28, 2014

NASA's aerospace industry partners continue to meet milestones under agreements with the agency's Commercial Crew Program (CCP), as they move forward in their development of spacecraft and rockets that will transport humans to destinations in low-Earth orbit.

NASA and JAXA Launch New Satellite to Measure Global Rain and Snow

February 27, 2014

The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), thundered into space at 1:37 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 27 (3:37 a.m. JST Friday, Feb. 28) from Japan.

NASA Officials to Discuss Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

February 27, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will brief reporters about the agency's fiscal year 2015 budget at 2 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 4, from Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. NASA Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Robinson and Goddard Center Director Chris Scolese will join Bolden.

NASA's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza, 715 New Worlds

February 26, 2014

NASA's Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system.

NASA Updates Media on Spacewalk Safety Investigation

February 26, 2014

NASA will host a teleconference at 2 p.m. EST today to discuss the findings of an investigation into the July 2013 spacewalk at the International Space Station when water built up in an astronaut's spacesuit helmet.

NASA Responds to California's Evolving Drought

February 25, 2014

NASA is partnering with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to develop and apply new technology and products to better manage and monitor the state's water resources and respond to its ongoing drought.

Missouri and Pennsylvania Students to Talk Live with Space Station Crew

February 25, 2014

Crew members of Expedition 38, currently aboard the International Space Station, will make space-to-Earth connections with students and faculty in Pennsylvania and Missouri this week to share what it is like to live and work in space.

NASA to Hold Asteroid Initiative Opportunities Forum

February 24, 2014

As the next step in advancing NASA’s asteroid initiative, the agency will host an Opportunities Forum March 26 at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

NASA to Discuss Earth Science Help for California Drought

February 24, 2014

NASA officials will participate in a media briefing at 9:30 a.m. PST Tuesday, Feb. 25 about the agency's work to use its Earth observation assets to help the state of California better manage its water resources and monitor and respond to its ongoing drought.

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Announce Latest Kepler Discoveries

February 21, 2014

NASA will host a news teleconference at 1 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Feb. 26, to announce new discoveries made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope.

NASA Launches STEM-in-Sports Online Series

February 21, 2014

Teachers and students can learn the science behind scoring a touchdown, throwing a slam-dunk or a hitting a homerun with a new distance-learning program called NASA STEM Mania.

NASA's NuSTAR Untangles Mystery of How Stars Explode

February 19, 2014

One of the biggest mysteries in astronomy, how stars blow up in supernova explosions, finally is being unraveled with the help of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR).

NASA Announces 2014 Innovations in Climate Education Tribal Awards

February 19, 2014

NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has awarded nearly $3 million in new cooperative agreements to four Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) across the United States to enhance learning through the use of the agency's Earth science resources.

Hubble Watches Stars' Clockwork Motion In Nearby Galaxy

February 18, 2014

Using the sharp-eyed NASA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have for the first time precisely measured the rotation rate of a galaxy based on the clock-like movement of its stars.

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