Three officers from the Dominican Republic, Peruvian and Brazilian militaries partnered with U.S. Air Force active duty and guard members at Davis-Monthan for a rare opportunity to work collectively on the space component of PANAMAX 2014, Aug. 8-15.

This was the third year that partner nation participants took part in the space element of PANAMAX, an annual U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise, which focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. Though each partner nation participant brought varying levels of space-related experience to the exercise, this unique partnership allowed representatives of each country to broaden their understanding of the role of space programs within exercises and real world missions.
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NASA Television will live broadcast a discussion Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. EDT, with leading science experts describing what is known about our ancient Earth and how that information can guide the search for habitable planets orbiting other stars.

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On Aug. 19, National Aviation Day, a lot of people are reflecting on how far aviation has come in the last century. Could this be the future – a plane with many electric motors that can hover like a helicopter and fly like a plane, and that could revolutionize air travel?
Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., are studying the concept with models such as the unmanned aerial system GL-10 Greased Lightning. The GL-10, which has a 10-foot wingspan, recently flew successfully while tethered. Free-flight tests are planned in the fall of 2014.
This research has helped lead to NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate efforts to better understand the potential of electric propulsion across all types, sizes and missions for aviation.
Image Credit: NASA Langley/David C. Bowman

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Rosetta navigation camera image taken on 18 August 2014 at about 84 km from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The comet nucleus is about 4 km across.

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Europe’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites, attached to their dispenser system, being lowered onto the Fregat upper stage that will fly them most of the way up into medium-Earth orbit. Note the two halves of the protective launch fairing on the left, which was later enclosed around the pair of satellites. The satellites were attached to the Fregat on 14-15 August 2014 in building S3B of the Guiana Space Centre.

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“Doresa” and “Milena” – the first two Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites – are ready for their ride to orbit this week, as preparations for Arianespace’s Soyuz Flight VS09 move into the final stages.

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On 21 August, at 12:31 UTC/14:31 CEST, a Soyuz rocket will launch the fifth and six Galileo satellites from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

These are the first ‘Full Operational Capability’ satellites for the deployment phase of Galileo, following the so-called ‘In Orbit Validation’ (IOV) phase, which allowed the European Space Agency to make sure that the design of the Galileo system provided its expected performance both in space and on the ground.

Now it is time to build the full Galileo constellation, allowing full deployment to take place, the IOV satellites having paved the way for this European navigation programme, the first civilian system with worldwide services.

This phase of the Galileo programme is being managed and funded by the European Commission, with ESA acting as design and procurement agent on behalf of the Commission.

This video recalls the success of the In Orbit Validation phase and explains what will be the mission of these fifth and sixth Galileo satellites.  

It includes an interview with Sylvain Loddo, Galileo Ground Segment Manager.

Visit our website for more about Launching Galileo

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About 580,000 service members have begun receiving emails or letters inviting them to participate in the first RAND Military Workplace Study, Defense Department officials said.

Active and reserve component members in all military branches and the Co…

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NASA has signed a contract modification with Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tennessee, for a one-year option with a potential value of $120 million to extend the Engineering and Science Services and Skills Augmentation contract at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Astronomers have uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare type of black hole 12 million light-years away by sifting through archival data from NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite.

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