NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has successfully completed
thermal vacuum testing, which simulates the extreme hot, cold and
airless conditions of space LRO will experience after launch. This
milestone concludes the orbiter's environmental test program at
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.
Alliant Techsystems has received a $49 million contract from
Orbital Sciences Corporation to provide at least nine flight sets
of Orion solid rocket motors. If options in the contract are
exercised, the total value would increase.
NASA has awarded two contracts -- one to Orbital Sciences Corp.
of Dulles, VA and one to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of
Hawthorne, CA -- for commercial cargo resupply services to the
International Space Station. At the time of award, NASA has ordered
eight flights valued at about $1.9 billion from Orbital and 12
flights valued at about $1.6 billion from SpaceX.
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Santa Claus is one of the most enduring symbols of the holiday
season. When you think about it, the fact he continues to be so
popular is especially surprising... given the widespread abuse of
his name and image by marketers.