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GRAIL Spacecraft: Celebrating New Year's From the Moon

December 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Although workers on NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission may not be attending New Year's Eve parties this weekend, they aren't too disappointed. A quarter of a million miles away, the mission's two small spacecraft will enter the moon's orbit to begin what promises to be one of...

James Webb space telescope saved -- for now

November 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Is the development of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope back on track now that Congress has voted to fund it? Yes - sort of. The telescope, which is tentatively scheduled to be%C2%A0launched into space%C2%A0in 2018, is designed to be the successor to the popular but aging Hubble Space Telescope. Getting...

Space telescope revived? Breaking down NASA's fiscal 2012 appropriations

September 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As part of its approval of NASA's fiscal year 2012 budget on Wednesday, the Senate Appropriations subcommittee in charge of NASA's budget included about $500 million to help fund the James Webb Space Telescope. The full Appropriations Committee approved the space agency's $17.9 billion budget on Thursday. The Senate version...

Kepler finds planet orbiting two stars

September 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the first time, NASA's Kepler spacecraft found a planet outside our solar system that appears to be orbiting not one star, but two, according to a report published in Science on Wednesday. Launched in 2009, the Kepler spacecraft was designed to keep constant surveiliance on tens of thousands of...

Where is Congress with appropriations?

August 29, 2011 When Congress returns September 7 from its August recess, at the forefront of its priorities will be the completion of the annual appropriations bills. This is true in any calendar year, given that the federal government's fiscal year begins October 1, but may be especially pertinent this year with the...

Moon mission to explore Earth's origins

August 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA plans on launching a pair of satellites early in September that will use gravity to help researchers understand the interior structure of the moon and how heat has affected it. It's really more interesting that it sounds. Understanding the moon inside-out%C2%A0will not only help researchers better%C2%A0know our nearest celestial...

NASA seeks funding alternative for James Webb space telescope

August 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget is considering an alternative financing plan from NASA to finish building the James Webb Space Telescope, Nature reported on its website. Designed to be the successor to the enormously successful but aging Hubble Space Telescope, the Webb telescope is tentatively scheduled to launch in...

Tracking a solar storm, from the sun to the Earth

August 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What happens when a billion tons or more of plasma explodes from the sun at 3 million miles an hour and hit the Earth? Sometimes, not much. Sometimes, a lot. NASA announced on Thursday that for the first time researchers have seen one of these explosions, known as a coronal...

House panel slates Hubble successor for elimination in NASA budget

July 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA's James Webb Space Telescope may be on the budget chopping block this week, and astronomers are more than a little unhappy. Designed to be the successor to the enormously successful but aging Hubble Space Telescope, the Webb telescope was tentatively scheduled to launch in 2018. Work on it so...

House panel slates Hubble successor for elimination in NASA budget

July 13, 2011 NASA's James Webb Space Telescope may be on the budget chopping block this week, and astronomers are more than a little unhappy. Designed to be the successor to the enormously successful but aging Hubble Space Telescope, the Webb telescope was tentatively scheduled to launch in 2018. Work on it so...

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