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May 01, 2013

NASA Extends Crew Flight Contract With Russian Space Agency

Crew Transportation Modification Valued At $424 Million

NASA has signed a $424 million modification to its contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) for full crew transportation services to the International Space Station in 2016 with return and rescue services extending through June 2017.

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First Astrium Eurostar Satellite Sets In-Orbit Longevity Record

Inmarsat-2 F1 Satellite Retired After More Than 22.5 Years Of Successful Operation In Geostationary Orbit

The first Eurostar satellite, Inmarsat-2 F1, designed and built by Astrium, Europe’s leading space technology company, was retired from operational service this week and safely decommissioned after it had completed a long and flawless mission in geostationary orbit. It operated for 22.5 years - far outliving its projected life-span of 10 years.

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NASA, Partners Solicit Creative Materials Manufacturing Solutions

Ten Innovators Will Be selected To Develop Fabrics For Space Program

NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and Nike have issued a challenge to identify 10 game-changing innovations that could enable fabric systems to enhance global economic growth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet's resources.

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Einstein Was Right - So Far

Record-Breaking Pulsar Takes Tests Of General Relativity Into New Territory

Astronomers have used ESO’s Very Large Telescope, along with radio telescopes around the world, to find and study a bizarre stellar pair consisting of the most massive neutron star confirmed so far, orbited by a white dwarf star. This strange new binary allows tests of Einstein’s theory of gravity — general relativity — in ways that were not possible up to now.

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Herschel Completes Its 'Cool' Journey In Space

Space Observatory To Be Retired After Four-Year Mission

The Herschel observatory, a European space telescope for which NASA helped build instruments and process data, has stopped making observations after running out of liquid coolant as expected. The European Space Agency (ESA) mission, launched almost four years ago, revealed the universe's "coolest" secrets by observing the frigid side of planet, star and galaxy formation.

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