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The SOHO LASCO C2 instrument captured this image of the Earth-directed Coronal Mass Ejection. - ESA/NASA

Living in Space: Radiation

by liam ginty As we push toward a space settlement future, some of the earliest
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April 7th, 2014
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NASA’s OCO-2 Satellite Brings Sharp Focus on Global Carbon

by carol rasmussen NASA Earth Science News Team Simply by breathing, humans have played a
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April 2nd, 2014
An extra-tropical cyclone seen off the coast of Japan March 10 by the GPM Microwave Imager. The colors show the rain rate: red areas indicate heavy rainfall, yellow and blue indicate less intense rainfall, and the blue areas (upper left) indicate falling snow. - NASA/JAXA

First Images from NASA-JAXA Global Rain and Snowfall Satellite

GREENBELT, Md. — NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have released the first
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March 25th, 2014
Old-growth Amazon tree canopy in Tapajós National Forest, Brazil. - NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA Study Confirms Amazon Inhales More Carbon than It Emits

Forest an Important Component in Reducing Global Warming PASADENA, Calif. — A new NASA-led study
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March 18th, 2014
A new NASA study suggests that projections of Earth's future warming should be more in line with previous estimates that indicated a higher sensitivity to increasing greenhouse gas emissions. - NASA SVS/NASA Center for Climate Simulation

NASA Institute Warns Anew of Global Warming

Long-Term Warming Likely to Be Significant Despite Recent Slowdown NEW YORK, N.Y. — A new
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March 11th, 2014
A Japanese H-IIA rocket with the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory onboard, is seen launching from the Tanegashima Space Center in Tanegashima, Japan.- NASA/Bill Ingalls

New Satellite Launched to Measure Global Rain and Snow

NASA and JAXA Team for Earth-observing Mission WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)
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February 27th, 2014
Calendar 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh-warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. - NASA/GISS

2013 Sustained Long-Term Climate Warming Trend – NASA

Ten Warmest Years on Record Occur Since the Year 2000 NEW YORK, N.Y. — NASA
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January 21st, 2014
Scheduled to launch in 2014, the GPM Core Observatory will carry the first space-borne Ku/Ka-band Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR), and a multi-channel GPM Microwave Imager (GMI). - NASA

NASA and JAXA Announce Launch Date for Global Precipitation Satellite

Will Unify Precipitation Measurements by Network of Partner Satellites WASHINGTON, D.C. — Environmental research and
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December 26th, 2013
Environmental tests in Orbital Sciences’ thermal vacuum chamber confirms the integrity of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory spacecraft. - Orbital Sciences/NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Carbon Sleuth Gets Simulated Taste of Space

Orbiting Carbon Observatory Mission Data Will Improve Global Carbon Cycle Models GILBERT, Ariz. — A
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December 24th, 2013
Three years of measurements from CryoSat show that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is estimated to be losing over 150 cubic kilometres of ice each year. - CPOM/ESA

Antarctica’s Ice Loss on the Rise

A Major Contributor to Global Sea-level Rise LEEDS, U.K. — Three years of observations by
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December 11th, 2013


A ‘Go’ To Build OSIRIS-REx on This Week @NASA

Here’s some of the stories trending on the weekly video magazine: OSIRIS-REx build go ahead,
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Rocket designer Tom Mueller poses with rocket engines on the SpaceX factory floor in Hawthorne, California. - Roger Gilbertson


Aerospace Tax Break Bill Goes to California Governor

Ten Year Moratorium on Space Hardware Aims to Keep Firms from Leaving State SACRAMENTO, CALIF.
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Concept of SNC’s Dream Chaser® spacecraft landing on the runway at Houston’s Ellington Field. - SNC


Agreement to Explore Dream Chaser Use of Houston Space Port

Sierra Nevada and Houston Airport System Will Study Physical, Operational and Regulatory Requirements HOUSTON, Texas
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Bill will enable sRLV's to hold simultaneous commercial licenses and launch permits. - (photo) Virgin Galactic

Sub orbit

Committee Passes Bill Allowing FAA to Issue Permits and Licenses for Same Vehicle

Senate Bill Will Speed Further Development of XCOR Aerospace and Virgin Galactic Space Planes WASHINGTON,
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Concept of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft preparing to take a sample from asteroid Bennu. - NASA/Goddard


Asteroid Sampler OSIRIS-REx Moves from Paper to Metal Bending

NASA Spacecraft Scheduled to Rendezvous with Asteroid Bennu in 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. — NASA’s team
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LDSD: We Brake for Mars

A entertaining and informative video from JPL: NASA tests a supersonic parachute under Mars-like conditions
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The XCOR® Lynx® Mark I cockpit in its shipping cradle; in the background the fuselage and liquid oxygen tank being prepped for integration and testing. - XCOR Aerospace

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XCOR Aerospace Receives Lynx Mark I Cockpit

Key Subsection Enables Plane Assembly to Begin MOJAVE, Calif. — XCOR Aerospace announced today that
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Copernicus Satellite Sentinel-1A Rides Into Space

Sentinel-1 is the first in the family of satellites for Europe’s Copernicus program. It carries
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Part of the current U.S. Air Force space program, the X-37B space plane. - USAF


Will the Air Force have a Role in Deep Space?

by edward wright Lieutenant Colonel Peter Garretson asks whether the US Air Force will have
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