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NASA's Chandra Sees Runaway Pulsar Firing an Extraordinary Jet

February 18, 2014

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has seen a fast-moving pulsar escaping from a supernova remnant while spewing out a record-breaking jet – the longest of any object in the Milky Way galaxy -- of high-energy particles.

Mars Rover Heads Uphill After Solving 'Doughnut' Riddle

February 14, 2014

Researchers have determined the now-infamous Martian rock resembling a jelly doughnut, dubbed Pinnacle Island, is a piece of a larger rock broken and moved by the wheel of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in early January.

NASA Television Airs Departure of Commercial Cargo Ship from Space Station

February 13, 2014

Orbital Sciences' Cygnus cargo spacecraft, which delivered almost a ton-and-a-half of supplies and scientific experiments to the International Space Station in January, will complete its month-long mission to the orbiting laboratory Tuesday, Feb. 18.

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference About Supernovas

February 13, 2014

NASA will host a news teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 19, to announce new observations from its high-energy X-ray mission, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR).

NASA Awards Mission Operations Advanced Technology and Integration Contract

February 12, 2014

NASA has awarded its Advanced Technology and Integration contract to Tietronix Software Inc. of Webster, Texas for support at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NASA Moves Longest-Serving Mars Spacecraft for New Observations

February 12, 2014

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has tweaked its orbit to help scientists make the first systematic observations of how morning fogs, clouds and surface frost develop in different seasons on the Red Planet.

NASA Awards Information Technology Contract

February 11, 2014

NASA has selected Peerless Technologies Corporation of Fairborn, Ohio to perform state-of-the art information technology (IT) services at the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio.

NASA, International Space Station Partners Announce Future Crew Members

February 11, 2014

NASA and its international partners have appointed crew members for a 2016 mission to the International Space Station.

NASA Welcomes University Participants to Develop Science Payloads

February 11, 2014

Registration is open for NASA's seventh annual RockOn! workshop to be held June 14-19 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va.

GSA, NASA Competitively Select Planetary Ventures LLC to Begin Lease Negotiations for Rehabilitation of Hangar One and Use of Moffett Federal Airfield

February 10, 2014

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and NASA have selected Planetary Ventures LLC as the preferred lessee on a lease to rehabilitate historic Hangar One and to manage Moffett Federal Airfield, currently managed by NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The lease will put Hangar One to new use and eliminate NASA's management costs of the airfield.

NASA and French Space Agency Sign Agreement for Mars Mission

February 10, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of the National Center of Space Studies of France (CNES), signed an implementing agreement Monday for cooperation on a future NASA Mars lander called the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) mission.

NASA Technology to Help Develop Noninvasive Medical Treatments

February 7, 2014

NASA has signed two patent license agreements with GRoK Technologies LLC of Houston to help develop novel biotechnology approaches that could have multiple applications in space and on Earth. The agreements are the results of the agency's Technology Transfer Program, which helps opens up NASA's research and technology to the public for use and development.

NASA Media Accreditation Open for Next SpaceX Station Resupply Mission Launch

February 7, 2014

Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA's next commercial cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station.

National Space Club Honors Kepler's Planet Hunters

February 6, 2014

NASA's Kepler space telescope mission will be honored with the National Space Club's preeminent award, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, in March.

NASA Announces Fifth Round of CubeSat Space Mission Candidates

February 6, 2014

NASA has selected 16 small satellites from nine states to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The proposed CubeSats come from universities across the country, a primary school, non-profit organizations and NASA field centers.

NASA Evolves Student Rocketry Challenge, Enhances Ties to Space Launch System

February 5, 2014

Student teams from 26 colleges and universities in 16 states and Puerto Rico will design and launch innovative rockets and payloads as part of the 2013-2014 NASA Student Launch rocketry competition.

Kepler Finds a Very Wobbly Planet

February 4, 2014

Imagine living on a planet with seasons so erratic you would hardly know whether to wear Bermuda shorts or a heavy overcoat. That is the situation on a weird, wobbly world found by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope.

NASA Administrator Bolden, Senator Mikulski View Progress on James Webb Space Telescope

February 3, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland congratulated the James Webb Space Telescope team Monday for the delivery of all flight instruments and primary mirrors to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

NASA Astronaut Shares Space Workouts, Joins Elite Athletes for Google+ Hangout

February 3, 2014

Seeking fitness inspiration? NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio, along with four fitness professionals and athletes, will share workout tips during a special Google+ Hangout from space at 12:15 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 6.

NASA Selects Space Launch System Adapter Hardware Manufacturer

January 31, 2014

NASA has selected Teledyne Brown Engineering of Huntsville, Ala., to design and build a key component of the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket the agency is developing to send humans farther than ever into deep space.

Stanford Hosts NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Symposium

January 31, 2014

Stanford University's Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center in Palo Alto, Calif., will be the site of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium Feb. 4-6.

NASA Television to Broadcast Space Station Cargo Ship Activities Live

January 30, 2014

The departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft and the launch and docking of another to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) will air live on NASA Television Monday, Feb. 3, and Wednesday, Feb. 5.

NASA-Sponsored 'Disk Detective' Lets Public Search for New Planetary Nurseries

January 30, 2014

NASA is inviting the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data from the agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission through a new website, DiskDetective.org.

NASA Selects Physical Science Research Proposals for the International Space Station

January 29, 2014

NASA's Physical Science Research Program will fund seven proposals to conduct physics research using the agency's new microgravity laboratory, which is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in 2016.

NASA and ESA Space Telescopes Help Solve Mystery of Ultra-Compact, Burned-Out Galaxies

January 29, 2014

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Europe's Herschel Space Observatory have pieced together the evolutionary sequence of compact elliptical galaxies that erupted and burned out early in the history of the universe.

NASA Observes Day of Remembrance Jan. 31

January 29, 2014

NASA will pay will tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency's Day of Remembrance on Friday, Jan. 31.

NASA's Hubble Helps Solve Mystery of Ultra-Compact, Burned-Out Galaxies

January 29, 2014

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Europe's Herschel Space Observatory have pieced together the evolutionary sequence of compact elliptical galaxies that erupted and burned out early in the history of the universe.

NASA's 2013 Astronaut Candidates Promote STEM Education at Smithsonian Event

January 28, 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage at 10 a.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 30 of an educational event at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington featuring the agency's 2013 astronaut candidate class.

NASA Ramps Up Space Launch System Sound Suppression Testing

January 28, 2014

The first round of acoustic tests on a scale model of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is underway. The tests will allow engineers to verify the design of the sound suppression system being developed for the agency's new deep space rocket.

Application Deadline Approaches for NASA STEM Program for High School Girls

January 27, 2014

NASA is accepting applications until noon CST Monday, Feb. 3, for its 2014 Women in STEM High School (WISH) Aerospace Scholars program, in which high school junior girls can jump-start their future careers by exploring possibilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

NASA 2013 Astronaut Class to Visit White House for State of STEM (SoSTEM) Address

January 27, 2014

At 10 a.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 29, eight NASA astronaut candidates will join John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and students from Washington area schools for the annual White House State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) address.

NASA, JAXA Prepare Rain and Snow Satellite for Launch

January 27, 2014

The world enters a new era of global weather observing and climate science in February with the launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a new international science satellite built by NASA.

James Webb Space Telescope Passes a Mission Milestone

January 24, 2014

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has passed its first significant mission milestone for 2014 -- a Spacecraft Critical Design Review (SCDR) that examined the telescope's power, communications and pointing control systems.

NASA TV Covers Russian Spacewalk from International Space Station

January 24, 2014

NASA Television will air live coverage of a six-hour spacewalk by two Russian members of the International Space Station crew beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST Monday, Jan. 27.

NASA Instruments on European Comet Spacecraft Begin Activation Countdown

January 24, 2014

Three NASA science instruments are being prepared for check-out operations aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus in November.

NASA Discusses Lunar CATALYST Commercial Lunar Lander Initiative

January 24, 2014

NASA will host a media teleconference at 12:30 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 27, to discuss the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown (Lunar CATALYST) initiative.

NASA Offers Space Tech Grants To Early Career University Faculty

January 23, 2014

NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high priority areas of interest to America's space program.

Sierra Nevada Corporation Announces New Space Plans for NASA's Kennedy Space Center

January 23, 2014

In the latest example of NASA Kennedy Space Center's transformation into a multi-user spaceport, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) of Louisville, Colo., announced Thursday steps it will take to prepare for a November 2016 orbital flight of its Dream Chaser spacecraft from Florida's Space Coast.

NASA's Opportunity Rover Yields More Data on Changes to Mars' Environment

January 23, 2014

New findings from rock samples collected and examined by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity have confirmed an ancient wet environment that was milder and older than the acidic and oxidizing conditions told by rocks the rover examined previously.

NASA, ESA Discuss Rosetta Comet Mission in Media Teleconference

January 23, 2014

NASA will host a media teleconference at noon EST Friday, Jan. 24, to discuss the road ahead for the three U.S. science instruments, as well as other NASA support, that are part of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission.

NASA Launches Third Generation Communications Satellite

January 23, 2014

NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite L (TDRS-L), the 12th spacecraft in the agency's TDRS Project, is safely in orbit after launching at 9:33 p.m. EST Thursday aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

NASA Set for a Big Year in Earth Science with Five New Missions

January 22, 2014

For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet.

Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet

January 22, 2014

Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.

NASA Finds 2013 Sustained Long-Term Climate Warming Trend

January 21, 2014

NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures.

Texas High School Students to Talk Live with Space Station Crew Members

January 21, 2014

Students at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio and their congressional representative will speak with Expedition 38 crew members aboard the International Space Station at 10:25 a.m. CST Thursday, Jan. 23.

NASA Hosts News Conference About 10 Years of Roving on Mars

January 21, 2014

NASA Opportunity rover was built for a three-month mission on Mars, but continues to return valuable scientific data 10 years later. NASA will reflect on the rover's work in a news conference at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) Thursday, Jan. 23.

Sierra Nevada Corporation Announces Dream Chaser Expansion along Florida’s Space Coast

January 21, 2014

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) of Sparks, Nev., will announce expansion plans for its Dream Chaser Space System program in a news conference Thursday, Jan. 23, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The announcement will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website at 3 p.m. EST.

NASA Receives Mars 2020 Rover Instrument Proposals for Evaluation

January 21, 2014

NASA has received 58 proposals for science and exploration technology instruments to fly aboard the agency's next Mars rover in 2020, twice the usual number submitted for instrument competitions in the recent past, and an indicator of the extraordinary interest in exploration of the Red Planet.

NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX Tests Dragon Parachute System

January 17, 2014

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) gathered in Morro Bay, Calif., in late December to demonstrate how the company's Dragon spacecraft's parachute system would function in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent.

NASA Administrator Surveys Agency's Work in Advanced Propulsion Technologies

January 17, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland Jan. 17 to view progress on the advanced space propulsion technologies the center is developing to carry cargo and American astronauts further into space than ever before.

Media Briefing to Preview Big Year Ahead for NASA Earth Science

January 17, 2014

NASA will host a media teleconference at 12:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 22, to outline the agency's Earth science activities planned for 2014, which include five mission launches.

NASA Searches for Climate Change Clues in the Gateway to the Stratosphere

January 17, 2014

NASA's uncrewed Global Hawk research aircraft is in the western Pacific region on a mission to track changes in the upper atmosphere and help researchers understand how these changes affect Earth's climate.

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