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NASA needs to clean up some space junk, report finds

September 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA needs a better plan to help satellites and spacecraft avoid space junk, which has reached a "tipping point," a National Research Council committee reported on Thursday. There are enough pieces of smashed satellites, meteroids, and trash orbiting the planet to pose a real risk, the report says, and NASA ...

After 9/11, anthrax attacks seemed too natural

September 1, 2011 Powdered doughnuts. A coffee table. Rolled-up dollar bills. Dead birds. Disposable underpants. The suspect samples rolled in and public health officials, some working literally in converted closets, worked day and night to test them. The anthrax attacks that followed Sept. 11 tested the limits of the U.S. public health system ...

Spacecraft blasts off for Jupiter

August 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft blasted off on its five-year mission to Jupiter on Friday, the first mission launched after the end of the space shuttle program last month and the first representing NASA's new emphasis on unmanned space missions. Juno will explore the largest planet in the solar system and ...

NASA to work with Colorado company on launch rocket

July 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA and the United Launch Alliance announced a formal agreement on Monday to look at using the giant Atlas V rocket to send astronauts into space as a commercial venture. The U.S. government officially ended its role in directly sending astronauts into orbit earlier this month with the final launch ...

NASA to work with Colorado company on launch rocket

July 18, 2011 NASA and the United Launch Alliance announced a formal agreement on Monday to look at using the giant Atlas V rocket to send astronauts into space as a commercial venture. The U.S. government officially ended its role in directly sending astronauts into orbit earlier this month with the final launch ...

Shuttle crew loading space station

July 11, 2011 The space shuttle Atlantis, which tooks off for its final journey into orbit Friday, has docked with the International Space Station and its four crew are busy loading 9,000 pounds of supplies and equipment onto the station. The shuttle is scheduled to stay in orbit for 12 or 13 days ...

Last shuttle mission takes off

July 8, 2011 KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida -- The space shuttle Atlantis lifted into orbit on Friday morning despite the threat of thunderstorms. The four astronauts aboard are the last to ride the shuttle into space. NASA is retiring the 30-year-old program's reuseable spacecraft after this mission; the two other remaining shuttles -- ...

NASA IG: Commercial partners don't quite copy

July 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA is well on its way to kick-starting a commercial space industry to get people in and out of orbit, but needs to clarify requirements to commercial developers, deal with potential conflicts of interest better and cooperate more with the Federal Aviation Administration, the space agency's inspector general said on ...

NASA IG: Commercial partners don't quite copy

July 1, 2011 NASA is well on its way to kick-starting a commercial space industry to get people in and out of orbit, but needs to clarify requirements to commercial developers, deal with potential conflicts of interest better and cooperate more with the Federal Aviation Administration, the space agency's inspector general said on ...

Google confirms FTC probe

June 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google confirmed on Friday that the Federal Trade Commission is investigating it but says it's not sure why. On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that FTC had subpoenaed the Internet-search giant as the start of an antitrust probe. "Yesterday, we received formal notification from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ...