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NASA Security Matters

A little over a year ago, NASA was directed, largely if not solely by the efforts of Rep. Wolf, Chairman of the House Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, to commission an independent study from the National Academy of Public Administration, chaired by former Attorney General Thornburgh. The purpose of the study was to [...]

Kepler Recovery Efforts Conclude, Other Missions Mulled

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After several months’ worth of review and testing, the team operating the Kepler Space Telescope has opted to close its efforts to make Kepler fully operational again. This follows the loss of one of the crucial components that controls the alien planet-hunting spacecraft. In an Aug. 15 teleconference, Charles Sobeck, deputy [...]

Can Kepler Be Saved? Engineering Team to Attempt Recovery of Ailing Space Telescope

Artist’s illustration of Kepler in orbit. Image Credit: NASA / Kepler mission / Wendy Stenzel

The Kepler space telescope has been nothing short of incredible, revolutionizing our understanding of exoplanets and showing just how common and diverse they really are (as the saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction). Recently, however, additional mechanical problems [...]

Smartphone Photos From Orbit

Image Credit: NASA Ames

These images of Earth were reconstructed from photos taken by three smartphones in orbit, or “PhoneSats.” The trio of PhoneSats launched on April 21, 2013, aboard the Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and ended a successful mission on April 27. The ultimate goal of the PhoneSat mission was [...]

First Space Hacker Workshop to Take Place in Silicon Valley

Image Credit: XCOR

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif (April 2, 2013) — Are you a hardware hacker? Do you have the right stuff to become a citizen scientist or citizen astronaut? Here’s your chance to find out.

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Kepler Space Telescope Discovers Best Candidates for Habitable Worlds Outside Our Solar System

This diagram shows the worlds discovered orbiting the star Kepler-62 compared with the terrestrial planets in our own solar system. Two worlds have been discovered in this and the Kepler-69 system which exist in the so-called habitable zone. Image Credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech

The Kepler Space Telescope has discovered two planetary systems that have worlds either [...]

NASA Imaging Sensor Prepares for Western Wildfire Season

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WASHINGTON — Airborne imaging technology developed at NASA and transferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (USFS) in 2012 is being tested to prepare for this year’s wildfire season in the western United States.

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NASA Laboratory Investigators Explore Atmospheric Chemistry of Titan

A stunning shot of Saturn and its moon Titan taken by Cassini. Photo Credit: NASA

Ever since the Voyagers beheld its strange, orange-hued veil of hydrocarbon smog, more than three decades ago, Titan has exerted a tantalizing pull on the human psyche. The largest moon of Saturn—and the second-largest-known natural satellite in the Solar [...]

Breaking News: Both House and Senate Leaders Raise Temperature on Ames ITAR Questions

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Things are heating up over questions of whether an investigation about possible ITAR violations at Ames Research Center was squelched last year. In response to questions about whether the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California ever sought indictments of Ames officials for ITAR-related violations, Melinda Haag, [...]

Reps. Wolf and Smith Ask For Answers About Ames Research Indictments

Today, House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf and House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith sent a letter each to FBI Director Robert Mueller and NASA’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz requesting answers to a delayed Department of Justice Investigation concerning several potential ITAR violations at Ames Research Center. These [...]