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Oscar 2014: ‘Gravity’ Receives Honor from NASA [VIDEO]

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
The 86th Academy Award on 2 March 2014 was a spacey night as "Gravity" ruled the night with seven awards.

NASA Launches Rocket Into Northern Lights

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
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Scientists recently sent a 46-foot rocket sailing through the shimmering green band of energy known as the northern lights.




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LIDAR Map Shows Height of Earth’s Forests

Monday, February 20th, 2012
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Hkibtimes writes about a recently released map of the Earth’s forests. From the article: “A group of scientists from NASA and the University of Maryland have created a unique map that shows the heights of the Earth’s forests. The map … has been created using 2.5 million carefully screened and globally distributed laser pulse measurements sent from space.”

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LIDAR Map Shows Height of Earth’s Forests

Monday, February 20th, 2012
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Hkibtimes writes about a recently released map of the Earth’s forests. From the article: “A group of scientists from NASA and the University of Maryland have created a unique map that shows the heights of the Earth’s forests. The map … has been created using 2.5 million carefully screened and globally distributed laser pulse measurements sent from space.”

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Fifty years on, Glenn’s flight remains a giant leap

Monday, February 20th, 2012

John Glenn, the enduring face of America’s early space program, blasted off and into history 50 years ago today, kicking off NASA’s bid to catch up with the Russians in the Cold War space race.
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Fifty years on, Glenn’s flight remains a giant leap

Monday, February 20th, 2012
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John Glenn, the enduring face of America’s early space program, blasted off and into history 50 years ago today, kicking off NASA’s bid to catch up with the Russians in the Cold War space race.
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Space Team Reunites For John Glenn’s Friendship 7

Sunday, February 19th, 2012
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Hugh Pickens writes “An era begins to pass as only about 25 percent of today’s American population were at least 5 years old when John Glenn climbed into the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule on Feb. 20, 1962 and became the first American to orbit the earth. This weekend John Glenn joined the proud, surviving veterans of NASA’s Project Mercury to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his historic orbital flight as Glenn and Scott Carpenter, the two surviving members of the original astronaut corps, thanked the retired Mercury workers, now in their 70s and 80s, who gathered with their spouses at the Kennedy Space Center to swap stories, pose for pictures and take a bow. ‘There are a lot more bald heads and gray heads in that group than others, but those are the people who did lay the foundation,’ said 90-year-old Glenn. Norm Beckel Jr., a retired engineer who also was in the blockhouse that historic morning, said almost all the workers back then were in their 20s and fresh out of college. The managers were in their 30s. ‘I don’t know if I’d trust a 20-year-old today.’ Bob Schepp, 77, was reminded by the old launch equipment of how rudimentary everything was back then. ‘I wonder how we ever managed to launch anything in space with that kind of stuff,’ said Schepp. ‘Everything is so digital now. But we were pioneers, and we made it all work.’”

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Successful Test Flight and Landing for Xombie Rocket Lander and GENIE

Sunday, February 19th, 2012
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An anonymous reader sends word that Masten Space Systems’ Xombie rocket has successfully demonstrated vertical takeoff and landing for NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. It was guided autonomously by the GENIE system from Draper Laboratory. “The rocket rose 164 feet, moved laterally 164 feet, and then landed on another pad after a 67-second flight. The flight represents the first step in developing a test bed capability that will allow for landing demonstrations that start at much higher altitudes-several miles above the ground.” This navigation technology is laying the groundwork for future exploration of planets, moons, and asteroids.

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Houston to NASA Mainframe: You’re Through!

Friday, February 17th, 2012
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First the Space Shuttle, now the mainframe. It seems like NASA is doing away with the last vestiges of its swinging ’70s heyday, when TV astronauts were played by stars such as Farrah Fawcette. NASA pulled the plug on its last mainframe computer this month, an IBM Z9 mainframe at the Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA’s giant research facility near Huntsville, Alabama.




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NASA budget boosts manned space, cuts Mars exploration

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

NASA’s $17.7 billion 2013 budget request boosts the Obama administration’s manned space initiatives and the over-budget James Webb Space Telescope at the expense of robotic Mars exploration, critics say.



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