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NASA Releases New Video to "Reach for New Heights"

With the President’s Fiscal Year 2012 Budget proposal, NASA will continue leading a quest to win the future and help the nation innovate, educate and build by working to protect Earth, uncover distant worlds, and expand the frontiers of technology.

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The Making of the European Space Agency's ATV-2

See how the European Space Agency’s ATV-2 nicknamed the Johannes Kepler was made. From pieces and parts to mighty spacecraft sitting atop of Ariane 5 launcher. The Johannes Kepler will carry approximately 6.6 tonnes of cargo to the International Space Station on a resupply mission. ESA’s ATV’s are sent on resupply missions approximately every 17 months.

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NASA Stardust-NeXT Mission Complete

NASA’s Stardust-NExT mission completed its Valentine’s Day date with a comet with its flyby of comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14. The spacecraft’s closest approach came at approximately 11:40 p.m. EST on Feb. 14. An imaging sequence of about eight minutes is expected to yield 72 high-resolution images around the time of closest approach for best-resolution coverage of Tempel 1’s nucleus. At the time of …

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This Week in Space for Canada

The state of the Canadian space sector is seemingly good, with both jobs and revenue up plus Canadian based Neptec Design receiving the prestigious George M. Low Award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). But the state of our long term American partners is bad and many of the “commercial space” changes proposed by the Obama administration could potentially be rolled back in …

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Top 5 Awesome Things About the Webb Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the successor to the Hubble’s throne. In order to pick up extremely faint infra-red signals from extremely distant stars and galaxies, the JWST has to be extremely cold. Any noise from the IR radiation of the Sun or Earth would make it impossible to see as far into the past as scientists want to. Thus, the JWST has …

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CSA Releases 2009 State of the Canadian Space Sector Report – Revenues & Jobs Up

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) today released their annual State of the Canadian Space Sector Report. The report which covers 2009 is compiled from data gathered in the spring of the following year, analyzed and then usually released in late November. However this years’ report was delayed over two months*. Two of the key points in the report are that revenues increased by 8% over …

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CaNoRock Teaches Students Payload Instrument Design on Sounding Rockets

A unique program between Canada and Norway allows Canadian students to participate in a week long educational exchange with students learning payload instrument design on a sounding rocket. The program called the Canada-Norway Student Sounding Rocket (CaNoRock) exchange is a partnership between the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Saskatchewan, the University of Oslo and the Andoya Rocket Range in Norway.

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