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NASA Opens Media Accreditation for Orion Move in Preparation for First Flight - Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT

Media accreditation now is open to attend an event marking the move of NASA's Orion spacecraft at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft will be transferred from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility during the second week of September.

NASA Probes Studying Earth’s Radiation Belts to Celebrate Two Year Anniversary - Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT

NASA's twin Van Allen Probes will celebrate on Saturday two years of studying the sun’s influence on our planet and near-Earth space. The probes, shortly after launch in August 2012, discovered a third radiation belt around Earth when only two had previously been detected.

Mississippi and Louisiana Students Get Out-of-This-World Start to the School Year - Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT

Students from Mississippi and Louisiana will gather at the INFINITY Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi, for a long-distance call with NASA astronauts currently orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station.

Sparks Fly as NASA Pushes the Limits of 3-D Printing Technology - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT

NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

NASA's Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets.

NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT

Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed “Sparky,” is a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate.

NASA Completes Key Review of World’s Most Powerful Rocket in Support of Journey to Mars - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT

NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars -- and approved the program's progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle.

NASA Holds Teleconference Today to Discuss Progress on World’s Largest Rocket - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT

NASA officials will hold a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EDT today to discuss the agency’s progress on the Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy-lift rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars.

NASA Completes Successful Battery of Tests on Composite Cryotank - Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT

NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying lightweight, composite tanks on rockets.

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Crosses Neptune Orbit En Route to Historic Pluto Encounter - Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT

NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015.