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American Astronomical Society

Spotlight on NASA Science at 2012 American Astronomical Society Meeting

Exoplanets, supernovae and new images from NASA observatories are among the findings NASA researchers will present during the 2012 winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope: A Year of Achievement and Success

The James Webb Space Telescope marked a year of significant progress in 2011 as it continues to come together as NASA's next generation space telescope. In December, manufacturing and testing of all flight mirrors was completed in a final test.

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Orion mockup akes its final splash into NASA Langley Research Center’s Hydro Impact Basin on Jan. 6.

Final Orion Drop Test Completed at Langley Research Center

After six months of testing, an Orion mockup took its final splash into NASA Langley Research Center’s Hydro Impact Basin on Jan. 6. Among its multiple functions, Orion will carry astronauts into space and ensure safe re-entry and landing.

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NASA Mars-Bound Rover Begins Research in Space

Mars Science Laboratory Trajectory Maneuver Slated for Jan. 11

An engine firing on Jan. 11 will be the biggest maneuver that NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft will perform on its flight between Earth and Mars. It will redirect the spacecraft more precisely toward Mars to land at Gale Crater.

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NASA Plans for Deep Space Human Exploration, Fosters Commercial Spaceflight

In 2011, NASA began developing a heavy-lift rocket for the human exploration of deep space, helped foster a new era of commercial spaceflight, fully utilized a newly complete space station and made major discoveries about the universe.

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NASA's Twin GRAIL Spacecraft Reunite in Lunar Orbit

The second of NASA’s two Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft has successfully completed its planned main engine burn and is now in lunar orbit.

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'Greeley Haven' is Winter Workplace for Mars Rover

'Greeley Haven' Is Winter Workplace for Mars Rover, Opportunity

The site is an outcrop that provides a sun-facing slope to aid in maintaining adequate solar power during the rover's fifth Martian winter. It also provides targets of scientific interest for the rover's robotic arm to examine.

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Space Station Flying by the Moon

Space Station Flying by the Moon

The International Space Station can be seen as a small object in upper left of this image of the moon in the early evening Jan. 4 in the skies over the...

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