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    1. In the new Disney film "Tomorrowland," now in theaters, NASA provides the launch pad — literally and figuratively — for the movie's plot to unfold. The feature film, which drew its initial inspiration from the theme park land by the same name, juxtaposes the end of NASA's space shuttle program in 2011 with the space age future Walt Disney envisioned when he opened the original Tomorrowland in ...

    2. NASA Spacecraft Now Closer to Moon Than Ever via Yahoo! NewsMay 22 08:16 AM

      A NASA probe has dipped closer to the moon than ever before, perhaps setting the stage for a new round of discoveries about Earth's nearest neighbor. On May 4, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) performed two engine burns, changing its orbit to one that gets within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the moon's south pole and 103 miles (165 km) of the north pole. Lowering LRO's orbit essentially...

    3. NASA preparing ISS for commercial spacecraft landing

      IANS via Yahoo Maktoob NewsMay 24 10:11 PM

      Washington, May 25 (IANS) NASA engineers are set to prepare the International Space Station (ISS) for the future arrival of US commercial crew and cargo vehicles. On May 27, robotics flight controllers at NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Houston will detach the large Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), used as a supply depot on the orbital laboratory, from the Earth-facing port of the Unity ...

    4. Not all galaxies are neatly shaped, as this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of NGC 6240 clearly demonstrates. Hubble previously released an image of this galaxy back in 2008, but the knotted region, shown here in a pinky-red hue at the center of the galaxies, was only revealed in these new observations from Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys.

    5. NASA Pluto Probe May Carry Crowdsourced Message to Aliens via Yahoo! NewsMay 19 02:16 PM

      A NASA Pluto probe may end up with one final mission after its work exploring the outer solar system is done — carrying a message to advanced alien civilizations. NASA is considering allowing a team of researchers, teachers, artists and engineers to upload an interstellar message to the agency's New Horizons spacecraft, which will perform the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14. This project ...

    6. How NASA uses virtual reality to train astronauts

      TechRepublic via Yahoo! NewsMay 19 08:16 AM

      NASA's Evelyn Miralles told a crowd at the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality conference about the role virtual reality plays in astronaut training.

    7. NASA announced Thursday two opportunities for public-private partnerships to achieve the agency's goals of expanding capabilities and opportunities in space. Through both solicitations, NASA is seeking industry-developed space technologies that can foster the development of commercial space capabilities and benefit future NASA missions.

    8. NASA, Canadian Agency Renew Agreement to Reduce Aviation Icing Risks

      Aircraft Maintenance TechnologyMay 22 07:53 AM

      WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada have renewed a partnership agreement to continue critical research in the area of aircraft engine icing.

    9. NASA Wants New Rocket Rides for Tiny Cubesats via Yahoo! NewsMay 12 06:33 AM

      NASA is looking for a more efficient way to launch cheap, tiny satellites, which the space agency thinks will play a big role in space science and exploration in the coming years. "We want to be that first customer, help mentor these companies and help get these small satellites [into] orbit," Mark Wiese, head of the Flight Projects Branch of the Launch Services Program (LSP) Business Office at...

    10. NASA Pluto Probe Begins Search for New Moons, Rings via Yahoo! NewsMay 17 08:43 AM

      A NASA spacecraft speeding toward Pluto is casting a wary eye on the dwarf planet system, looking for anything that could trip it up in the home stretch of its historic mission. NASA's New Horizons probe, which is set to perform the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14, has begun hunting for possible rings and undiscovered moons, in an effort to identify potential hazards near the dwarf planet ...

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