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March 2009 Top Stories


»» GAO Report: NASA: Assessments of Selected Large-Scale Projects

GAO Report: NASA: Assessments of Selected Large-Scale Projects [Monday, March 2, 2009] GAO assessed 18 NASA projects with a combined life-cycle cost of more than $50 billion. Of those, 10 out of 13 projects that had entered the implementation phase experienced significant cost and/or schedule growth.



»» Space Adventures Ltd./ZERO-G Paid Marketing Internship

Space Adventures Ltd./ZERO-G Paid Marketing Internship [Monday, March 2, 2009] Space Adventures, Ltd. is looking for talented, enthusiastic students to intern in their Vienna, Virginia, offices.



»» NASA, Cisco Partnering For Climate Change Monitoring Platform

NASA, Cisco Partnering For Climate Change Monitoring Platform [Tuesday, March 3, 2009] NASA and Cisco Inc. announced Tuesday a partnership to develop an online collaborative global monitoring platform called the "Planetary Skin" to capture, collect, analyze and report data on environmental conditions around the world.



»» Out of this world weightless flights: ZERO-G to Blast Off from Dulles International Airport March 14

Out of this world weightless flights: ZERO-G to Blast Off from Dulles International Airport March 14 [Tuesday, March 3, 2009] Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G(R)), the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless flights, will host its exclusive ZERO-G Weightless Experience in Washington D.C. on Saturday, March 14.



»» Congressman Parker Griffith (D-AL) to Keynote Space Economy Symposium

Congressman Parker Griffith (D-AL) to Keynote Space Economy Symposium [Tuesday, March 10, 2009] The Space Economy Symposium is an initiative of George Mason University in collaboration with Phillips & Company and hosted by the Space Enterprise Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Friday, March 13, 2009.



»» ATK and NASA Conduct Successful Ground Test of Ares I Igniter

ATK and NASA Conduct Successful Ground Test of Ares I Igniter [Wednesday, March 11, 2009] Alliant Techsystems successfully conducted the first test firing of the igniter that will be used on NASA's Ares I first stage.



»» Miller's Select Crabmeat -- It's Out of This World

Miller's Select Crabmeat -- It's Out of This World [Wednesday, March 11, 2009] Miller's Select Crab will soon be heading for the International Space Station. Each astronaut is allowed a "bonus food allotment" to bring some of the comforts of home to outer space.



»» SpaceX Falcon 9 Upper Stage Engine Successfully Completes Full Mission Duration Firing

SpaceX Falcon 9 Upper Stage Engine Successfully Completes Full Mission Duration Firing [Wednesday, March 11, 2009] SpaceX successfully conducted a full mission duration firing of its new Merlin Vacuum engine on March 7, at SpaceX's Test Facility in McGregor, Texas.



»» Boeing Hardware to Bring International Space Station to Full Potential

Boeing Hardware to Bring International Space Station to Full Potential [Wednesday, March 11, 2009] Boeing Hardware to Bring International Space Station to Full Potential



»» Lockheed Martin Establishes Altair Program Office in Texas to Pursue NASA's Lunar Lander Project

Lockheed Martin Establishes Altair Program Office in Texas to Pursue NASA's Lunar Lander Project [Tuesday, March 17, 2009] Lockheed Martin announced it has located its Altair program office in Houston, Texas, in its bid to provide support for the next-generation human lunar lander system for NASA.



»» Mars, Then and Now: Google Mars Update

Mars, Then and Now: Google Mars Update [Tuesday, March 17, 2009] Originally released with Google Earth 5.0, Mars in Google Earth now contains even more features that give users a sense of how our knowledge of Mars, and our study of astronomy, has evolved over time.



»» GSA & NASA ARC Small Business Outreach Event

GSA & NASA ARC Small Business Outreach Event [Thursday, March 19, 2009] On April 14, 2009, the General Services Administration and the NASA Ames Research Center will hold a small business outreach event from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the NASA Ames Conference Center (Building 3).



»» NASA To Sign Agreement With Three Companies to Participate in a Massively Multiplayer Gaming Initiative

NASA To Sign Agreement With Three Companies to Participate in a Massively Multiplayer Gaming Initiative [Saturday, March 21, 2009] Officials from NASA are finalizing negotiations for a Space Act Agreement with three gaming companies whose joint proposal for a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game has been selected for collaborative development.



»» Nation's Newest Advanced Polar Operational Environmental Satellite Completes On-Orbit Verification

Nation's Newest Advanced Polar Operational Environmental Satellite Completes On-Orbit Verification [Monday, March 23, 2009] The NOAA-N Prime spacecraft, the final Polar Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) launched on Feb. 6, 2009, has completed a comprehensive 45-day on-orbit verification period.



»» NASA and Microsoft To Make Universe of Data Available To The Public

NASA and Microsoft To Make Universe of Data Available To The Public [Tuesday, March 24, 2009] NASA and Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday plans to make planetary images and data available via the Internet under a Space Act Agreement.



»» Space Florida and Astrotech Announce Partnership to Provide End-to-End Solutions for Commercial Space

Space Florida and Astrotech Announce Partnership to Provide End-to-End Solutions for Commercial Space [Tuesday, March 24, 2009] Space Florida and Astrotech Corporation announce a unique partnership today that will enhance the State's efforts to bring commercial space business back to the U.S. and specifically, to Florida.



»» NASA Awards Construction Contract For Rocket Engine Testing

NASA Awards Construction Contract For Rocket Engine Testing [Tuesday, March 24, 2009] NASA signed a contract Tuesday with Roy Anderson Corp. of Gulfport, Miss., for a general construction package on the A-3 test stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.



»» Space Adventures' Orbital Spaceflight Client Charles Simonyi Successfully Launches to the International Space Station

Space Adventures' Orbital Spaceflight Client Charles Simonyi Successfully Launches to the International Space Station [Thursday, March 26, 2009] Space Adventures, Ltd. today announced that its orbital client Charles Simonyi and his crew successfully launched aboard a Soyuz-TMA spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan en route to the International Space Station.



»» Google Lunar X PRIZE Contender Odyssey Moon Partners with Paragon Space Development Corporation to Grow first Plant on the Moon

Google Lunar X PRIZE Contender Odyssey Moon Partners with Paragon Space Development Corporation to Grow first Plant on the Moon [Monday, March 30, 2009] The first Moon flower will become a reality when private lunar expedition partners Odyssey Moon and Paragon Space Development Corporation deliver a biological greenhouse to the lunar surface.



»» Northrop Grumman and NASA Ames to Update Media On Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)

Northrop Grumman and NASA Ames to Update Media On Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) [Monday, March 30, 2009] Northrop Grumman Corporation invites media to an update on NASA Ames' Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission. The briefing will cover LCROSS' mission, launch status and anticipated scientific contributions.



»» NASA Solicitation: ISS Mission Integration Contract

NASA Solicitation: ISS Mission Integration Contract [Monday, March 30, 2009] NASA/JSC plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to provide Mission Integration Contract (MIC) support for ongoing engineering and technical services required to support the International Space Station Program.




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