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Mon, Apr 21, 2014

NASA Mars Orbiter Spies Rover Near Martian Butte

Curiosity Spotted At Work Near 'Mount Remarkable'

Scientists using NASA's Curiosity Mars rover are eyeing a rock layer surrounding the base of a small butte, called "Mount Remarkable," as a target for investigating with tools on the rover's robotic arm. And this image of the rover at work was captured April 11 by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

NASA Names Six New Members To Advisory Council

Group Advises Senior Leadership On 'Challenges And Solutions' Facing The Agency

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has announced the appointment of six new members to the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). The group advises NASA's senior leadership on challenges and solutions facing the agency as it unfolds a new era of exploration.

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet In The 'Habitable Zone'

Kepler-186f Confirms That Worlds Like Ours Exist 'Out There'

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

ATK Announces $178 Million Contract Award From United Launch Alliance

Will Build Composite Launch Vehicle Structures For Both Atlas V And Delta IV Programs

An agreement has been reached on a $178 million contract award as part of the Air Force's Phase 1 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) buy from United Launch Alliance (ULA). The order value includes hardware for both of the current United States Air Force EELV launch vehicles, the Atlas V and Delta IV.

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

Odd Tilts Could Make More Worlds Habitable

Discovery Could Expand Concept Of A World That Could Support Life

Pivoting planets that lean one way and then change orientation within a short geological time period might be surprisingly habitable, according to new modeling by NASA and university scientists affiliated with the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

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Sat, Apr 19, 2014

NASA Completes LADEE Mission With Planned Impact On Moon's Surface

Was Likely Traveling About 3,600 Miles Per Hour On Impact

Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 2130 and 2222 PDT Thursday, April 17.

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Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Gone West: NASA Engineer John C. Houbolt

'Unsung Hero' Of The Apollo Program Dies At Age 95

"In the space race of the 1950s and '60s, the leading voices were rocket scientist Wernher von Braun and ... another guy. Household names included Neil Armstrong, Alan Shepard and ... oh, you know, the fellow who pushed the idea of a separate crew capsule and lunar lander. America wouldn't have won the race, the Eagle wouldn't have landed in 1969 and the Apollo 13 crew would never have survived if it weren't for an engineer from [the] NASA Langley Research Center. John C. Houbolt."

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Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Europe's 5th ATV Is Loaded With Cargo For Its Launch By Arianespace

Launch Of Georges Lemaître Will Be The Last Of The ATV Series

Cargo loading has commenced in French Guiana for the fifth – and final – European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), which is being prepared for a 2014 launch from the Spaceport on Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 servicing mission to the International Space Station.

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