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NASA’s Kepler Mission Announces Largest Collection of Planets Ever Discovered

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“This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,” said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth.” Analysis was performed on the Kepler space telescope’s July 2015 planet candidate catalog, which identified 4,302 potential planets. For 1,284 of the candidates, the probability of being a planet is greater than 99 percent – the minimum required to earn the status of “plane... Read More »

NASA, Space Station Partners Announce Future Mission Crew Members

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“There’s so much going on aboard the space station at this point, so many science experiments and technology demonstrations,” said Chris Cassidy, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “Scott and Randy have their work cut out for them, but I have no doubt they’ll do excellent jobs.” Tingle is a member of NASA’s 2009 astronaut class and will fly with cosmonauts Ivan Vagner, who is also a first-time flier, and veteran Alexander Skvortsov, both of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. They will launch in Septembe... Read More »

NASA to Announce Latest Kepler Discoveries During Media Teleconference

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The briefing participants are: Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington Timothy Morton, associate research scholar at Princeton University in New Jersey Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California Charlie Sobeck, Kepler/K2 mission manager at Ames   For dial-in information, media must e-mail their name, affiliation and telephone number to Felicia Chou at felicia.chou@nasa.gov no later than 11 a.m. Tuesday. Questions can be submitte... Read More »

NASA Welcomes New Director for its Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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“President Thomas Rosenbaum and his leadership team at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have made an outstanding choice in naming Dr. Michael M. Watkins as the new director of JPL. I, for one, cannot wait to work with him to advance our Journey to Mars, along with our understanding of our own planet, our universe, and humanity’s place in it. “Dr. Watkins is no stranger to the NASA family. In more than two decades at JPL, Dr. Watkins played a major role in the Mars Curiosity Rover, Cassini, Mars Odyssey, GRACE, GRAIL, and the ... Read More »

NASA’s Juno Mission on Course for July 4 Arrival at Jupiter, Media Accreditation Open

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The event and related news conferences will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency'swebsite. Further details and updates will be announced as they become available.   To cover Juno arrival events at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, media can begin the process of applying for credentials by sending all of the following information to:jplmediacredentials@jpl.nasa.gov.   Your name (as spelled on your driver’s license with middle name), title, phone number and work email Country of ... Read More »

NASA Puts Dallas Students on Phone with Orbiting Astronauts

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The event will be hosted by the School for the Talented and Gifted at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center. Students from the Cedar Hill, Dallas, DeSoto, Duncanville, Grand Prairie and Lancaster Independent School Districts also will participate.   Expedition 47 Flight Engineers Jeff Williams of NASA and Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) will answer questions from the students. Williams launched to the space station on March 18 and is scheduled to return in September. Peake launched on Dec. 15 and will return in June. ... Read More »

NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren Visits Washington April 25-29

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While in the nation’s Capital, he will make a public presentation in the Moving Beyond Earth Gallery at the National Air and Space Museum, throw out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals ballgame, participate in multiple live social media events, and meet members of the public on the Mall at the Sylvan Theater.   Monday, April 25 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. EDT As part of National DNA Day, Lindgren will be one of the NASA participants in a Reddit Ask Me Anything to discuss some of the ongoing medical studies related to human spacefli... Read More »

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events, Online Activities

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Earth Day in the Nation’s Capital Thursday and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Union Station main hall, 40 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Washington NASA Hyperwall and Science Gallery exhibits, hands-on activities and demonstrations. NASA scientists will give talks April 22 at the Hyperwall stage following the opening ceremony at 11 a.m., featuring NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan, Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division in Washington, and others. Earth Day at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ... Read More »

NASA Announces Earth Day #24Seven Social Media Event

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The Earth Day #24Seven campaign will give the world a glimpse at the various efforts NASA undertakes to protect and understand our home planet. NASA will post time-stamped snapshot “moments” throughout the day on numerous Earth-related social media accounts to collectively paint a picture of NASA Earth science. NASA uses the vantage point of space to improve our understanding of the most complex planet we’ve seen yet. The agency’s Earth-observing satellites, airborne research and field campaigns are designed to observe our planet’s dynamic s... Read More »

NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station Aboard Orbital ATK Resupply Mission

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“NASA is delighted at the continued progress made possible by our investment in commercial space,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman. “As we celebrate Orbital ATK’s success with its fourth cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, we look forward to the next milestones of our other commercial partners, including commercial crew launches from American soil in the near future. All these missions are critical to our journey to Mars – a journey we have already begun.” The mission is Orbital ATK's fourth cargo delivery f... Read More »

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