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December 13, 2007

THEMIS Satellites Uncover Possible Energy Source For Northern Lights

Mystery Of Auroras Borealis Solved?

Thanks to a quintet of NASA satellites stationed over the Northern Hemisphere, scientists believe they now know what causes the strange phenomena of the auroras borealis, or the Northern Lights.

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XCOR Successfully Tests New Rocket Engine

Small Package, BIG Wallop

XCOR Aerospace announced Thursday it has successfully completed its first series of tests on a new 56-pound thrust rocket engine. The engine, designated XR-3E17, is a direct descendant of the company’s XR-2P1 "Tea Cart" engine developed in 2000.

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440th Airlift Control Flight Named AMC's Top Command And Control Unit

Unit Was Inactivated Last June

It was bittersweet news for the 440 Airlift Control Flight to learn this month it was named Air Mobility Command Mobile Command and Control Unit of the Year (Air Reserve Component)... as the unit was inactivated in June.

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Ares I Avionics Contract Goes To Boeing

Deal Marks Final Major Award In Orion Program

On Wednesday, NASA awarded Boeing an initial contract valued at approximately $265 million to produce the Ares I crew launch vehicle's instrument unit avionics (IUA).

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