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NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of Universe

NASA has selected a new space mission that will help astronomers understand both how our universe evolved and how common are the ingredients for life in our galaxys planetary systems.

SOP newswireThe Ocean Takes Care of Us, Let's Return the Favor - Thank You Ocean, a statewide public awareness and information outreach effort, is being launched by the California Resources Agency and NOAA. Empowering Californians to protect the Pacific is the focus of the campaign announced Monday at the California and the World Ocean '06 conference. The campaign is designed
SOP newswireSpace Shuttle Atlantis landing this morning at Kennedy - Space Shuttle Atlantis glided to a landing this morning at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., concluding a successful mission to resume construction of the International Space Station. Atlantis and the six-member STS-115 crew spent nearly 12 days in space.
SOP newswireDroids in the Desert - Arizona tourists may think they’ve stumbled upon a science fiction movie set if they find themselves near the state’s famed Meteor Crater in early September.
SOP newswireScientists Discover New Ring and Other Features at Saturn - Saturn sports a new ring in an image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sunday, Sept. 17, during a one-of-a-kind observation.
SOP newswireNASA Teams Up with Japan, United Kingdom and Europe to Study the Sun - To shed new light on the sun's magnetic field and how it impacts life on Earth, NASA is preparing major instrument components for launch this September
SOP newswireNASA Awards Thermal Protection Contract for Orion Spacecraft - NASA has selected The Boeing Company, Huntington Beach, Calif., to support the design and development of a lunar direct return-capable heat shield for the Orion crew exploration vehicle. The hybrid firm fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract has a 16-month period of performance, with a maximum value of approximately $14 million, including all priced options.
SOP newswireHotly-Debated Solar System Object Gets a Name - A new name has been bestowed on the Dward Planet whose discovery in 2005 rocked the solar system, sparked debate.
SOP newswireNASA TV and Web Coverage of Shuttle Atlantis Mission - NASA is providing round-the-clock television and Internet coverage of Space Shuttle Atlantis’ mission, STS-115, to the International Space Station.
SOP newswireNear-Earth Object Search Report - NASA - NASA has released a technical report on potential future search efforts for near-Earth objects after a year of analysis by scientists working on this issue. This Science Definition Team was chartered to study what should be done to find near-Earth objects less than 1 kilometer in size. While impacts by these smaller objects would not be expected to cause global devastation
SOP newswireNASA Rover Nears Martian Bowl Goal - During the next two weeks, the robotic geologist is likely to reach the rim of a hole in the Martian surface wider and deeper than any it has visited. The crater, known as
SOP newswireThe Eternal Life of Stardust Portrayed in New NASA Image - A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is helping astronomers understand how stardust is recycled in galaxies.
SOP newswireUnicorn Subcritical Experiment Conducted at NTS - Unicorn, a subcritical experiment, was successfully conducted at 11:00 a.m. on August 30, 2006, at the Nevada Test Site. Los Alamos National Laboratory conducted the experiment to gather scientific data that provides crucial information to maintain the safety and reliability of the nation's nuclear weapons without having to conduct underground nuclear tests.
SOP newswireNASA, NOAA Data Indicate Ozone Layer is Recovering - A new study using NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data finds consistent evidence that Earth's ozone layer is on the mend.
SOP newswireNASA Galaxy Hunter: Huge Black Holes Stifle Star Formation - Supermassive black holes in some giant galaxies create such a hostile environment, they shut down the formation of new stars, according to NASA Galaxy Evolution Explorer findings published in the August 24 issue of Nature.
SOP newswireNOAA Dedicates New Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Research Vessel - NOAA dedicated a new high-speed research vessel that will ply the waters of the Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
SOP newswireNASA Findings Suggest Jets Bursting From Martian Ice Cap - Every spring brings violent eruptions to the south polar ice cap of Mars, according to researchers interpreting new observations by NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter.
SOP newswireSpace Shuttle Atlantis Scheduled to Launch on Aug. 27 - NASA senior managers on Wednesday unanimously voted to launch the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Aug. 27.
SOP newswireNOAA Biologist and Physical Scientist Win Presidential Early Career Awards - Scientists who study pollutants in the atmosphere and the ocean were honored at a White House ceremony as recipients of Presidential Early Career Awards in Science and Engineering or PECASE.
SOP newswireDOE Announces Successful Removal of Nuclear Material from Poland - WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced today that 40 kilograms (about 90 pounds) of highly enriched uranium (HEU) have been safely returned to Russia from Poland. The secret operation was a joint NNSA mission with Poland, the Russian Federation and
SOP newswireCosmic Debate: What's Up With the Planets? - When kids head back to school this fall, they might have some brand new planets to memorize.
Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)NASA's Spitzer Digs Up Troves of Possible Solar Systems in Orion - Astronomers have long scrutinized the vast and layered clouds of the Orion nebula, an industrious star-making factory visible to the naked eye in the sword of the famous hunter constellation. Yet, Orion is still full of secrets.
SOP newswireRestoration Efforts Follow Ship Grounding, Reef Damage - Emergency restoration efforts are underway in Puerto Rico following the grounding of the 748-foot oil tanker Margara along the south coast of Puerto Rico. Scientists have identified 8,500 square meters of impacted reef, including a relatively large
SOP newswireNASA Sets Sights on the Next Generation of Explorers - NASA's Education Office has released a new framework to work with the academic community to prepare the next generation of explorers and innovators.
SOP newswirePioneering Astrophysicist James Van Allen Dies - NASA is remembering pioneering astrophysicist James Van Allen, who died Aug. 9 at the age of 91.
Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor) Waldo Waldman, your wingman chats with Judyth Piazza - Waldo’s message to you is simple - whether achieving victory as a fighter pilot, in business, or in life, the same qualities that ensure success apply: focus, discipline, integrity, teamwork, leadership, overcoming your fears, and maintaining a commitment
SOP newswirePublic Education About Invasive Lionfish Part of Mission - NOAA Ocean Service researchers, in collaboration with the Essential Image Source Foundation, embarked aboard the NOAA research vessel Nancy Foster to further examine the status in the Atlantic Ocean of the invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish.
SOP newswireInternational Space Station Status Report - Space station crewmen Jeff Williams and Thomas Reiter worked quickly through scheduled spacewalk tasks Thursday, then completed three get-ahead jobs, or extra tasks, and were ready for more. Mission Control assigned two more jobs, which the astronauts also completed.
SOP newswireNASA Selects Teams for Space Weather Mission and Studies - Four university teams will share $100 million to provide experiments and supporting hardware for a future NASA mission to study near-Earth space radiation. This type of radiation is hazardous to astronauts, orbiting satellites and aircraft flying high altitude polar routes.
SOP newswireNASA's Next Space Shuttle Crew Ready for Countdown Test - The astronauts and ground crews for Space Shuttle Atlantis' upcoming mission, STS-115, will participate in a full launch dress rehearsal Aug. 7-10 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
SOP newswireNASA Awards Launch Services for Lunar Mission - NASA announced today the award of launch services for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission to Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services Inc. of Littleton, Colo.
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