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NASA Hands Discovery to the Air and Space Museum

April 19th, 2012

  Orbiter Discovery now belongs to the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum and the American people. The spacecraft’s official transfer from NASA to the famed museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport  in suburban Washington D. C. unfolded in ceremonies o Thursday morning. The orbiter launched 39 times between 1984 and 2011. Discovery’s […]

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Hubble’s Hidden Treasures

March 29th, 2012

  Ever find yourself outside on a clear night, looking out at the cosmos wondering what it would be like to fly really close to the stars? Maybe,  someday. But a contest involving the Hubble Space Telescope, a 22-year-old collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency, offers the next best thing. Hubble operators at […]

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Nomad Planets: Our Galaxy Awash in Homeless Worlds?

February 23rd, 2012

Bacteria-carrying planets may be wandering through space instead of orbiting a star. That’s the news from the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), a joint institute of Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. A research team is suggesting that a new class of celestial objects – “nomad planets” — will affect […]

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Hot Findings: “FLEX” Time in Space

February 1st, 2012

It is known as the Flame Extinguishment Experiment, or FLEX for short. The work on improving fire-fighting techniques in space is being done on the Destiny module of the International Space Station. While important for human space travelers, the experiments on the ISS are also providing a better understanding of fuel combustion here on Earth. […]

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Apollo Legends Urge Congress to Hasten the Pace of Human Space Exploration

September 22nd, 2011

    The first and last of the Apollo program astronauts who walked on the moon urged the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on Thursday to ramp up support for NASA’s human exploration efforts. Neil Armstrong, who commanded the July 1969 Apollo 11 landing, and Gene Cernan, who led the December 1972 Apollo 17 […]

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NASA’s Offers Shuttle Space Cuisine, Heat Shielding to Schools

September 12th, 2011

    As NASA continues to distribute property from the agency’s long running space shuttle program, it is offering surplus food prepared for the astronauts who flew on the winged orbiters and thermal protection tiles that fended off the heat buildup during the high speed re-entry to qualified schools and universities. The 135th and final […]

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