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How Sunlight Pushes Asteroids.

Rotating asteroids have a tough time sticking to their orbits. Their surfaces heat up during the day and cool down at night, giving off radiation that can act as a sort of mini-thruster.


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NASA's MMS Spacecraft Transition to Tetrahedral Flying Formation Video in Story

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NASA's MMS Spacecraft Transition to Tetrahedral Flying Formation.

In the latter half of July 2015, the four satellites of the Magnetosphere Multi-scale (MMS) mission move into their tetrahedral formation flying configuration as part of the checkout for the science phase of the mission.

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This Week at NASA: Pluto Continues to Surprise, new Exoplanets and More

This Week at NASA: Pluto Continues to Surprise, new Exoplanets and More Video in Story

A July 24 update at NASA headquarters, featured new surprising imagery and science results from the recent flyby of Pluto, by the New Horizons spacecraft.


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NASA RS-25 SLS Engine Revs Up for Another Test

NASA RS-25 SLS Engine Revs Up for Another Test Video in Story

In auto racing parlance, NASA engineers put the "pedal to the metal" during a July 17 test of its Space Launch System (SLS) RS-25 rocket engine at Stennis Space Center.


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This Week at NASA: Pluto Amazes and we Look Back at Apollo-Soyuz

This Week at NASA: Pluto Amazes and we Look Back at Apollo-Soyuz Video in Story

After a nearly decade-long journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft arrived at Pluto on July 14 - passing by at a mere 7,750 miles above the surface ... resulting in an absolutely breathtaking image - the closest ever of Pluto.


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History Remembered: The 40th Anniversary of the Flight of Apollo-Soyuz

History Remembered: The 40th Anniversary of the Flight of Apollo-Soyuz Video in Story

Most of us take it for granted today that American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts live and work together in Earth orbit. They've been doing it for years, first in the Shuttle-Mir program, and now on the International Space Station.


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This Week at NASA: Commercial Crew Astronauts and More

This Week at NASA: Commercial Crew Astronauts and More Video in Story

NASA has selected four astronauts to work closely with two U.S. commercial companies that will return human spaceflight launches to Florida's Space Coast.


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NASA FISO Presentation: Bigelow Aerospace's Past Accomplishments, Present Activities, and Future Plans

NASA FISO Presentation: Bigelow Aerospace's Past Accomplishments, Present Activities, and Future Plans Video in Story

Now available is the July 1, 2015 NASA Future In-Space Operations (FISO) telecon material. The speaker was Mike Gold (Bigelow Aerospace) who discussed "Bigelow Aerospace's Past Accomplishments, Present Activities, and Future Plans".


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This Week at NASA: SpaceX Launch Failure and More

This Week at NASA: SpaceX Launch Failure and More Video in Story

SpaceX, with Federal Aviation Administration oversight, is leading the investigation of what caused the June 28 mishap shortly after the company's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


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This Week at NASA: Landing on Mars and More

This Week at NASA: Landing on Mars and More Video in Story

On June 25, NASA announced that the first Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars will take place Oct. 27-30, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston.


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NASA's Wallops Flight Facility Celebrates its 70th Anniversary

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility Celebrates its 70th Anniversary Video in Story

June 27, 2015, marks the 70th Anniversary of the first launch ever from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Since then, the men and women of Wallops have launched literally thousands of rockets, hundreds of scientific balloons, and have logged thousands of flight hours in support of scientific investigations around the world.


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NASA FISO Presentation: SHEPHERD - A Concept for Gentle Asteroid Retrieval with a Gas-Filled Enclosure

NASA FISO Presentation: SHEPHERD - A Concept for Gentle Asteroid Retrieval with a Gas-Filled Enclosure

Now available is the June 24, 2015 NASA Future In-Space Operations (FISO) telecon material. The speakers were Peter Jenniskens (SETI Institute) and Bruce Damer (DigitalSpace) who discussed "SHEPHERD - A Concept for Gentle Asteroid Retrieval with a Gas-Filled Enclosure".


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SOFIA Head to New Zealand for its Southern Deployment

SOFIA Head to New Zealand for its Southern Deployment Video in Story

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, departed from its base operations in Palmdale, California on June 12 and ferried to Christchurch, New Zealand to complete a five-week mission to study celestial objects that are better observed from the Southern Hemisphere.


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NASA FISO Presentation: The German Free Flyer Study

NASA FISO Presentation: The German Free Flyer Study

Now available is the June 17, 2015 NASA Future In-Space Operations (FISO) telecon material. The speakers were Uwe Derz (Airbus Defence and Space) and Juergen Hill (DLR) who discussed "The German Free Flyer Study: A European Perspective on an International Infrastructure in the Earth-­‐Moon Libration Point 2".


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NASA FISO Presentation: An Overview of NASA's Evolvable Mars Campaign

NASA FISO Presentation: An Overview of NASA's Evolvable Mars Campaign

Now available is the June 10, 2015 NASA Future In-Space Operations (FISO) telecon material. The speaker was Doug Craig (NASA HQ HEOMD) who discussed "An Overview of NASA's Evolvable Mars Campaign".


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This Week at NASA: Mission to Europa, Sample Robot Return Challenge and More

This Week at NASA: Mission to Europa, Sample Robot Return Challenge and More Video in Story

A new NASA mission to investigate the habitability of Jupiter's ocean moon Europa has moved from the concept phase to the development phase known as formulation, after successfully completing its first major review by the agency.



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