Radiation Measured by NASA’s Curiosity on Voyage to Mars has Implications for Future Human Missions

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WASHINGTON — Measurements taken by NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission as it delivered the Curiosity rover to Mars in 2012 are providing NASA the information it needs to design systems to protect human explorers from radiation exposure on deep-space expeditions in the future.

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Artist’s Rendering of an Asteroid Capture

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This artist’s rendering shows what capturing an asteroid could look like.

NASA’s FY2014 budget proposal includes a plan to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid and redirect it safely to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system where astronauts can visit and explore it.

Performing these elements for the proposed asteroid initiative integrates the best of NASA’s science, technology and human exploration capabilities and draws on the innovation of America’s brightest scientists and engineers. It uses current and developing capabilities to find both large asteroids that pose a hazard to Earth and small asteroids that could be candidates for the initiative, accelerates our technology development activities in high-powered solar electric propulsion and takes advantage of our hard work on the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, helping to keep NASA on target to reach the President’s goal of sending humans to Mars in the 2030s.

Image Credit: NASA/Advanced Concepts Lab

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NASA’S Swift Reveals New Phenomenon in a Neutron Star

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A neutron star is the densest object astronomers can observe directly, crushing half a million times Earth’s mass into a sphere about 12 miles across, or similar in size to Manhattan Island, as shown in this illustration.
Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

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WASHINGTON — Astronomers using NASA’s Swift X-ray Telescope have observed a spinning neutron star suddenly slowing down, yielding clues they can use to understand these extremely dense objects.

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Bell Helicopter Announces New Chief Financial Officer

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FORT WORTH, TX (May 30, 2012) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Al Vetere has assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Formerly vice president, Financial Military Programs at Bell Helicopter, Vetere brings more than 30 years of experience and a strong reputation for developing talent to the position.

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British photographer, Henryk Hetflaisz, celebrates Artisans, the unsung heroes of the art world, with an exhibition of 50 large format portraits.

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Pietrasanta – The main industry of this medieval Tuscan town is art. Michelangelo was among the first to sculpt here, Henry Moore was by no means the last. Today Damian Hirst sends his work here to be executed in Marble, so does Marc Quinn. The town is also a part time home for less conceptual artists such as Colombian, Fernando Botero, the Polish sculptor, Igor Mitoraj and Peter Randall-Page.

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