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Bobby Braun to Return to NASA as Planetary Exploration Leader

Bobby Braun, a former chief technologist of NASA, has been named leader of planetary exploration programs at the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory effective Jan. 15, Space News reported Wednesday. JPL Director Michael Watkins said NASA will study the feasibility of consolidating parts of the laboratory's Mars and solar system exploration directorates.

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NASA Seeks Official to Oversee Planetary Protection Efforts

NASA looks for a planetary protection officer who will lead the agency’s efforts to prevent space flight missions from contaminating other planets and solar system bodies with Earth organisms and organic constituents. The planetary protection officer will work within the office of safety and mission assurance for planetary protection and will serve …

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NASA Launches Orion on 1st Test Flight

An unmanned version of NASA‘s Orion spacecraft launched after 7 a.m. Eastern time Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to carry out a test flight to determine its potential for human exploration of the solar system. The Wall Street Journal reports Orion will work to reach an altitude of up …

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NASA Scientists Identify Atmospheres of 2 Exoplanets

NASA scientists have identified the atmospheres of two planets outside the solar system through the Hubble Space Telescope. The scientists found layers of clouds covering the planets GJ 436b, 36 light-years from Earth, and GJ 1214b, 40 light-years away, NASA said Tuesday. GJ 436b, in the constellation Leo, is described …

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