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bleuvanmeer Bill Pratt, @LockHeedMartin's program manager for habitat study demonstrated a full-sized model of Lockheed Martin's proposed Cis-Lunar habitat model at the Space Simulation Center in Littleton, Colorado. The habitat will accommodate 4 crew members from 30-60 days. #NASASocial
According to Pratt, "the habitat will support missions in the proving of deep space exploration. Basically, the habitat would be located just far enough away that astronauts couldn’t easily turn around and come home when problems arise. That really forces us to operate in a different mindset that’s more akin to a long trip to Mars.” ‪
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bleuvanmeer The completed @OSIRIS_REx spacecraft in the cleanroom at @LockheedMartin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado.
On April 29 @NASA Social provided me with an amazing opportunity to get a first glimpse at the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx). The mission is scheduled to launch to asteroid Bennu in September 2016. By studying asteroid Bennu, a carbonaceous asteroid whose regolith may record the earliest history of our solar system, the mission will increase our understanding on the origin of life on Earth. #NASASocial
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bleuvanmeer The completed @OSIRIS_REx spacecraft in the cleanroom at @LockheedMartin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado. #NASASocial
OSIRIS-Rex is @NASA's first ever mission to travel to an asteroid, retrieve a sample, and return the sample to Earth.

So what does OSIRIS-REx stand for?
ORIGINS
- Return and analyze a sample of pristine carbonaceous asteroid regolith
SPECTRAL INTERPRETATION
- Provide ground truth for telescopic data of the entire asteroid population
RESOURCE IDENTIFICATION
- Map the chemistry and mineralogy of a primitive carbonaceous asteroid
SECURITY
- Measure the Yarkovsky effect on a potentially hazardous asteroid
REGOLITH EXPLORER
- Document the regolith at the sampling site at scales down to the sub-cm
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bleuvanmeer The completed @OSIRIS_REx spacecraft in the cleanroom at @LockheedMartin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado.
After launch, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will travel to the near-Earth asteroid Benny to retrieve at least 60 grams (2.1 ounces) of pristine surface material and return it to Earth for study. It will be the largest sample return mission since Apollo 17. #NASASocial
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spasciphy The Mediterranean Sea, as shot by astronaut Scott Kelly. Pretty cool, right! This is my last post for Europe, after this there are three more continents to come! Good afternoon [[ #space #earth #from #space #europe #mediterranean #sea #clouds #earthpic #earthpix #nasa #esa #nasasocial #light #explore]] 10h

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stofiel_aerospace Share your passion with the kids and watch it change the world! #stem #nasasocial 13h

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stofiel_aerospace The first astronaut I took Bella to meet... @NASA #nasasocial #stem #space 13h

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universe.earth.photos New study suggests that dark matter is made of black holes formed during the first and second of our universes existance. If this is correct, then all galaxies, including our own are embedded in a vast sphere of black holes, each about 30 times the suns mass. More details on #nasa website.
#blackhole #blackholes #sunsmass #universe #space #astronomer #astrophysics #astrochemistry #science #scientist #galaxy #darkmatter #nasasocial #nasabeyond
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spasciphy Stunning photo of England, The Netherlands and Belgium, taken from the ISS. The sea that reflects the sunlight is the North Sea. You should also look at the clouds at the left side of the photo! Goodnight [[ #space #earth #from #space #europe #north #sea #colors #atlantic #ocean #belgium #england #thenetherlands #benelux #sun #clouds #earthpic #earthpix #nasa #esa #nasasocial #light #explore]] 1d

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tenpixels This #traveltuesday is one of my photos inside the historic VAB at @kennedyspacecenter in #Florida. It's one of my photos that's also in the @wereportspace book (see my previous post). This is the @spacex #CRS3 #nasasocial group under the American flag that hangs inside this massive building. The VAB is hands-down one of my favorite places on Earth. There literally is no place like it and I've had the good fortune to visit the VAB several times. #travel #adventure #explore #wanderer #wanderlust #neverstopexploring #nasa #space #spacetweeps #spacecoast #america #discoveramerica #usa #visitflorida #titusville 1d

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spasciphy The Iberean peninsula. Portugal and Spain. Next to them, the three islands Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza. To the south, Morocco and Algeria. To the north, France. This satellite photo is just so amazing. Enjoy ESA [[ #space #earth #from #space #europe #mediterranean #sea #spain #portugal #green #brown #colors #atlantic #ocean #earthpic #earthpix #nasa #esa #nasasocial #light #explore]] 1d

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spasciphy As announced, a close-up on Western-Europe. Where I and @young_esa and @astro_rottier and +20million other people live, Belgium and The Netherlands, there is a lot of light. So that's why we barely see more than a couple of non-clear white dots at the nightsky, instead of a massive number of clear white dots and an Orion trail. To the west, you can see London and to the southwest, you can see Paris. Further there is just a lot of light, even the sea seems to light up hahah NASA[[ #space #earth #from #space #europe #at #night #cities #light #awesome #mediterranean #sea #clouds #earthpic #earthpix #nasa #esa #nasasocial #light #explore]] 1d

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spasciphy Europe at night. Much light! Cool for observation from space, not so cool for space observation down on earth... You can clearly see that most of the lights are in northern Italy and in Belgium and The Netherlands. My next post will be about that, so stay tuned! P.s.: @theracetospace hit 50,000 followers!!! Take a look on his account and be amazed by his awesome stuff! Congrats, Jordan, you're an example for everyone mate ;) NASA [[ #space #earth #from #space #europe #mediterranean #sea #clouds #earthpic #earthpix #nasa #esa #nasasocial #light #explore]] 1d

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universe.earth.photos Our #suns adolescence was #stormy and new evidence shows that these #storms may have been just the key to seeding life as we know it. More information on #nasa website.
#nasasocial #nasabeyond #sun #sunlight #earth #life #lifeforms #esa #planet #solarsystem #orbit #orbital #orbiting
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astroturin What would it be of the world without crazy people like me?

The adventure continues in the orange planet in a galaxy far far away! #NASA #SpaceX #astroturin #ISS #NASASocial #NASABeyond #JPL #Spacetoground #TheMarsGeneration
#YurisNight
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astroturin What would it be of the world without crazy people like me?

The adventure continues in the orange planet in a galaxy far far away! #NASA #SpaceX #astroturin #ISS #NASASocial #NASABeyond #JPL #Spacetoground #TheMarsGeneration
#YurisNight
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