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This Week at NASA: Orion, Ancient Earth, Spacewalk and More Video in Story

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This Week at NASA: Orion, Ancient Earth, Spacewalk and More

During an August 20 event at NASA headquarters, called Ancient Earth, Alien Earths, a panel of scientists from NASA and other organizations discussed how vastly different and inhospitable we all would find ancient Earth, if we could go back in time.


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NASA Picks Top Earth Data Challenge Ideas, Opens Call for Climate Apps

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OpenNEX Challenge Phase II.

NASA has selected four ideas from the public for innovative uses of climate projections and Earth-observing satellite data. The agency also has announced a follow-on challenge with awards of $50,000 to build climate applications based on OpenNEX data on the Amazon cloud computing platform.

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Video: NASA Panel Discussions - Ancient Earth, Alien Earths

Video: NASA Panel Discussions - Ancient Earth, Alien Earths Video in Story

During an August 20 event at NASA headquarters, called Ancient Earth, Alien Earths, a panel of scientists from NASA and other organizations discussed how vastly different and inhospitable we all would find ancient Earth, if we could go back in time.


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NASA: Super-Black Nano-Coating to Be Tested for the First Time in Space

NASA: Super-Black Nano-Coating to Be Tested for the First Time in Space

An emerging super-black nanotechnology that promises to make spacecraft instruments more sensitive without enlarging their size will be tested for the first time on the International Space Station within a year.


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NASA: Preparing America for Deep Space Exploration

NASA: Preparing America for Deep Space Exploration Video in Story

NASA provides a quick look at what's been going on in the Orion, the Space Launch System and Ground Systems Development and Operations programs in April, May and June of 2014.


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This Week at NASA: OCO-2 First Light, Black Holes, Cygnus, ATV-5

This Week at NASA: OCO-2 First Light, Black Holes, Cygnus, ATV-5 Video in Story

A month after its launch, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide - has reached its final operating orbit and returned its first science data.


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NASA Exploration Systems Division Quarterly Report #2 - 2014

NASA Exploration Systems Division Quarterly Report #2 - 2014 Video in Story

NASA has released its quarterly from the Exploration Systems Division on the ongoing Orion, Space Launch System, Ground Systems Development and Operations programs for April, May and June of 2014.


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NASA Holds Briefing on New Planetary Landing Technology

NASA Holds Briefing on New Planetary Landing Technology

Today NASA held a briefing on its recent Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project test. LDSD is a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle which may be used on future planetary missions.


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Shuttle Replica's Emblems Revealed at Space Center Houston

Shuttle Replica's Emblems Revealed at Space Center Houston Video in Story

Space Center Houston President and CEO Richard Allen, Jr. and retired astronaut Clay Anderson unveil the name ''Independence'' on the forward fuselage of a high-fidelity space shuttle replica during an event on July 25.


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This Week at NASA: Next Giant Leap

This Week at NASA: Next Giant Leap Video in Story

It was 45 years ago that Neil Armstrong took the small step onto the surface of the moon that changed the course of history. The Apollo missions blazed a path for human exploration to the moon and today NASA is taking its Next Giant Leap to near-Earth asteroids, Mars and beyond. As we develop and test the new tools of 21st century spaceflight on the human path to Mars, we once again will change the course of history.


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Satellite Study Reveals Parched U.S. West Using Up Underground Water

Satellite Study Reveals Parched U.S. West Using Up Underground Water

A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought.


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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Sunshield Stacks Up to Test

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Sunshield Stacks Up to Test

The Sunshield on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is the largest part of the observatory--five layers of thin membrane that must unfurl reliably in space to precise tolerances. Last week, for the first time, engineers stacked and unfurled a full-sized test unit of the Sunshield and it worked perfectly.


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NASA Voyager Statement About Solar Wind Models

NASA Voyager Statement About Solar Wind Models

A paper recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters describes an alternate model for the interaction between the heliosphere -- a "bubble" around our planets and sun -- and the interstellar medium. It also proposes a test for whether Voyager 1 has, indeed, left the heliosphere.


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NASA's Fermi Space Telescope Finds A Transformer Pulsar

NASA's Fermi Space Telescope Finds A Transformer Pulsar Video in Story

In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star underwent a dramatic change in behavior never before observed. The pulsar's radio beacon vanished, while at the same time the system brightened fivefold in gamma rays, the most powerful form of light, according to measurements by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.


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The X Factor: Behind the James Webb Space Telescope

The X Factor: Behind the James Webb Space Telescope Video in Story

The James Webb Space Telescope is being tested at a number of facilities, including some operated by NASA. One of these locations is in Huntsville, Alabama, at the Marshall Space Flight Center.


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NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory Celebrates 15th Anniversary

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory Celebrates 15th Anniversary Video in Story

Fifteen years ago, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Since its deployment on July 23, 1999, Chandra has helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe through its unrivaled X-ray vision.



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