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April 21, 2014
Go Big or Go Home - Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Doing Both, and More
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 19, 2014
The space shuttle orbiter mock-up has been a lonesome bird at Space Center Houston, Johnson Space Center's official visitor center, waiting for its permanent piggyback ride atop NASA 905. But at the end of April, that wait will finally be over as NASA's oldest modified commercial airliner, a Boeing 747 dubbed NASA 905, makes its way through Clear Lake with all the nonchalance of a rhinoceros performing ballet. Despite the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft's (SCA's) sheer size and the logistical challenges ... read more

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Satellite Services supplies on-board sub-systems for smallsats and microsats.
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NASA Astronauts Will Breathe Easier With New Oxygen Recovery Systems
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Veggie Will Expand Fresh Food Production on ISS
A plant growth chamber bound for the International Space Station inside the Dragon capsule on the SpaceX-3 resupply mission may help expand in-orbit food production capabilities in more ways than on ... more
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Minorities on display in Chinese tourist boom
Marching in dragon dances, cheering on buffalo fights, singing folk songs with villagers, an enamoured traveller ticked off the sights during a three-week tour of Chinese ethnic minority festivals. ... more
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Recycling astronaut urine for energy and drinking water
On the less glamorous side of space exploration, there's the more practical problem of waste - in particular, what to do with astronaut pee. But rather than ejecting it into space, scientists are de ... more
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Reporters See NASA's Latest High Tech Exploration Tool Before Testing
On April 9 reporters got a chance to don "bunny suits" (protective apparel that sometimes makes people look like large rabbits) and enter a NASA clean room at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory ... more
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New Catalog Brings NASA Software Down to Earth
From the rudimentary but effective Apollo Guidance and Navigation System that landed the first humans on the lunar landscape to the code used to manage robotic missions to explore other planets, sof ... more
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Orion Avionics System Ready for First Test Flight
Testing of the Orion spacecraft's avionics system has concluded at the Lockheed Martin Operations and Checkout facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After powering on and sending comman ... more
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Using ethic frameworks for decisions about health standards on long duration spaceflights
NASA should use an ethics framework when deciding whether, and under what conditions, spaceflights that venture outside low Earth orbit or extend beyond 30 days are acceptable if they do not meet cu ... more
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NASA suspends Russia ties, except on space station
NASA has cut all contacts with Russia except for cooperation aboard the International Space Station, according to an internal memo obtained by the online news site The Verge on Wednesday. ... more
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China, Asia-Pacific, will power world tourism: survey
The Asia-Pacific region, led by China, will be the main force driving world tourism in the next 10 years, a consultancy survey forecast on Wednesday. ... more
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High School 'Final Five' Compete for Out-of-This-World Test on Orion
Five teams of high school student engineers have made it to the final round in a competition to build and test designs for radiation shields for NASA's new Orion spacecraft. The competition is ... more
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NASA Commercial Crew Partners Complete Space System Milestones
NASA's commercial space partners continue to meet milestones under agreements with the agency's Commercial Crew Program (CCP), as they move forward in their development of spacecraft and rockets tha ... more
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NASA Marks Major Milestone for Spaceport of the Future
NASA achieved a major milestone this month in its effort to transform the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida into a multi-user spaceport by successfully completing the initial design and techn ... more
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You've got mail: Clinton-to-space laptop up for auction
A more than 15-year old laptop doesn't go for much on eBay - unless it's the one Bill Clinton used to send the first ever US presidential email. ... more
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The NASA Z-2 Spacesuit Design Vote
NASA's Z-2 Suit is the newest prototype in its next-generation spacesuit platform, the Z-series. As a follow-up to the previous Z-1 suit, which was named one of Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 20 ... more
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E3-production - sustainable manufacturing
Industrial manufacturing is pivotal to Germany's prosperity. Not only does manufacturing account for a quarter of GDP, it provides a third of jobs as well. Yet rising raw material and energy costs, ... more
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NASA Seeks Collaborative Partnerships With Commercial Space
Building on the success of NASA's commercial spaceflight initiatives, agency officials announced Monday plans to solicit proposals from U.S. private enterprises for unfunded partnerships to collabor ... more
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US more dependent on Russia in space, than Russia on US - NASA
The United States in the space area is more dependent on Russia than Russia on the United States, John Logsdon, an American scientist, a member of the NASA Advisory Council, said in an interview to ... more
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TED turns 30 with new chapter of 'ideas worth spreading'
TED turns 30 years old with a mind-sizzling mix of intrigue, wonder and passion in the renowned gathering's new home in Canada. ... more
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Orion Makes Testing, Integration Strides Ahead of First Launch to Space
Orion is marching ever closer to its first trip to space on a flight that will set the stage for human exploration of new destinations in the solar system. The Orion team continues to work toward co ... more
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ORBITEC and Wisconsin Await Countdown for "VEGGIE" to Space on SpaceX 3
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) will enjoy watching the first official food production system, "VEGGIE," launch to the International Space Station this Sunday morning on a NASA-sponsored, ... more
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Astronauts train at Maxwell
To prepare for the rigors and dangers of space travel, astronauts attend different training scenarios at facilities all over the world. Some are highly specialized, immersive environments such as un ... more
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Jack Kinzler, savior of Skylab, dies at 94
Jack Kinzler, former chief of the Technical Services Center at NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, died at the age of 94, officials said. ... more
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First space tourists to fly around Mars and Venus in 2021
American congressmen seem to be seriously interested in the idea of a space expedition in the course of which the spaceship will make flies around Venus and Mars. Several days ago, the Congress's Co ... more
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London makes new push to rival Silicon Valley
Maybe this time Silicon Valley will have to move over - London made a fresh bid Thursday to become a world centre for high-tech and start-ups. ... more
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