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  1. Horsehead of a Different Color

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    The famous Horsehead nebula takes on a ghostly appearance in this newly released image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
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  2. Gecko Grippers Get a Microgravity Test Flight

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    Gecko-inspired grippers might one day help service satellites and collect orbital debris.



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    The Neutron Star Zoo

    Abstract: Neutron stars are a very diverse population, both in their observational and their physical properties. They prefer to radiate most of their energy at X-ray and gamma-ray wavelengths. But...
  4. NASA's Kepler Reborn, Makes First Exoplanet Find of New Mission

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    NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission --...
  5. From Earth to the ISS to the Moon and Mars: Development Considerations for Space Habitation and Current Efforts at NASA

    Abstract: An overview of recent NASA efforts for space habitation ranging from efforts with the ISS to potential scenarios with the Moon and Mars.

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  6. Information Flow Model of Human Extravehicular Activity Operations

    Abstract: Future human spaceflight missions will face the complex challenge of performing human extravehicular activity (EVA) beyond the low Earth orbit (LEO) environment. Astronauts will become...
  7. Signs of Europa Plumes Remain Elusive in Search of Cassini Data

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    A new study suggests that the thin, hot gas around Jupiter's moon Europa does not show evidence of plume activity occurring in...
  8. Black Carbon Vertical Profiles Strongly Affect Its Radiative Forcing Uncertainty

    Abstract: The impact of black carbon (BC) aerosols on the global radiation balance is not well constrained. Here twelve global aerosol models are used to show that at least 20% of the present...
  9. High Gain Antenna System Deployment Mechanism Integration, Characterization, and Lessons Learned

    Abstract: The integration and deployment testing of the High Gain Antenna System for the Global Precipitation Measurement mission is summarized. The HGAS deployment mechanism is described. The...
  10. NASA Rover Finds Active and Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars

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    NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected...
  11. NASA Data Underscore Severity of California Drought

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    It will take about 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir to recover from California's...
  12. NASA's Spaceborne Carbon Counter Maps New Details

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    The first global maps of atmospheric carbon dioxide from NASA's new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission demonstrate its...
  13. How NASA Curiosity Instrument Made First Detection of Organic Matter on Mars

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    The team responsible for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on NASA's Curiosity rover has made the first definitive...
  14. Rosetta Orbiter to Swoop Down On Comet in February

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    The European Space Agency's orbiting Rosetta spacecraft is expected to come within four miles (six kilometers) of the surface of...
  15. NASA Highlights Drought, Mars, Arctic Warming at Science Conference

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    NASA researchers, including some from JPL, will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics next week...
  16. Representation of Nucleation Mode Microphysics in a Global Aerosol Model with Sectional Microphysics

    Abstract: In models, nucleation mode (1 nm
  17. Design and Lessons Learned on the Development of a Cryogenic Pupil Select Mechanism Used in the Testing and Calibration of the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) on the James Webb Space Teles

    Abstract: Calibration and testing of the instruments on the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is being performed by the use of a cryogenic,...
  18. Multitemporal Cross-Calibration of the Terra MODIS and Landsat 7 ETM+ Reflective Solar Bands

    Abstract: In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the use of remotely sensed data to address global issues. With the open data policy, the data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging...
  19. Reconfigurable Software for Mission Operations

    Abstract: We developed software that provides flexibility to mission organizations through modularity and composability. Modularity enables removal and addition of functionality through the...
  20. Development and Testing of a Refractory Millimeter-Wave Absorbent Heat Exchanger

    Abstract: Central to the Millimeter-Wave Thermal Launch System (MTLS) is the millimeter-wave absorbent heat exchanger. We have developed metallic and ceramic variants, with the key challenge being...
  21. Lean Mission Operations Systems Design - Using Agile and Lean Development Principles for Mission Operations Design and Development

    Abstract: The Resource Prospector Mission seeks to rove the lunar surface with an in-situ resource utilization payload in search of volatiles at a polar region. The mission operations system (MOS)...
  22. On the Nature of the Hard X-Ray Sources SWIFT J1907.3-2050, IGR J12123-5802 and IGR J19552+0044

    Abstract: The INTEGRAL and Swift hard X-ray surveys have identified a large number of new sources, among which many are proposed as Cataclysmic Variables (CVs). Here we present the first detailed...
  23. Source Attributions of Pollution to the Western Arctic During the NASA ARCTAS Field Campaign

    Abstract: We use the NASA GEOS-5 transport model with tagged tracers to investigate the contributions of different regional sources of CO and black carbon (BC) to their concentrations in the Western...
  24. Intuitive Tools for the Design and Analysis of Communication Payloads for Satellites

    Abstract: In an effort to make future communications satellite payload design more efficient and accessible, two tools were created with intuitive graphical user interfaces (GUIs). The first tool...
  25. Region Spherical Harmonic Magnetic Modeling from Near-Surface and Satellite-Altitude Anomlaies

    Abstract: The compiled near-surface data and satellite crustal magnetic measured data are modeled with a regionally concentrated spherical harmonic presentation technique over Australia and...
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