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Published on Apr 6, 2012
Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland was honored in her hometown of Baltimore when the Space Telescope Science Institute renamed its data archive center for the longest-serving woman in the history of the U.S. Congress. Leaders in government, industry, academia and entrepreneurship recently gathered at the annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium in Greenbelt, Maryland to discuss a wide range of topics, from the future of commercial spaceflight to protecting our home planet. Mason Peck, NASA's Chief Technologist, walked the test section of the Langley Research Center's 8-Foot High-Temperature Tunnel -- a facility designed to mimic hypersonic flight conditions. America's next heavy-lift launch vehicle -- the Space Launch System -- is a step closer to its first launch in 2017, following completion of its latest milestone reviews at the Marshall Space Flight Center. A rocket sled that replicates the forces a supersonic spacecraft would experience prior to landing was recently tested by NASA at the U.S. Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, California. Two IMAX cameras used in orbit have found new space at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. NASA Researchers are one step closer to understanding the thin atmosphere and dust above the surface of the Moon. A new piece of hardware that will provide enhanced satellite observations of precipitation has arrived at the Goddard Space Flight Center. The Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar, or DPR, built by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, will work in conjunction with the GPM Microwave Imager, or GMI. Both are scheduled to fly in 2014 on the Global Precipitation Mission's Core Observatory. Dr. Chryssa Kouveliotou, an astrophysicist at the Marshall Space Flight Center, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Dannie Heineman prize in astrophysics. Eleven years ago, on April 7, 2001, the Mars Odyssey orbiter began its journey to map and search for water on Mars. And April 8th marks the tenth anniversary of the launch of space shuttle Atlantis on STS-110, an assembly flight to the International Space Station.