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US Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Orbiter Boom Sensor System on-orbit during Mission STS-135.

Sandia National Labs completes final scan of space shuttle program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Nine engineers from Sandia National Laboratories helped ensure Atlantis’ safety from Mission Control at Johnson Space Center as the shuttle made its final flight, marking the end of NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program. For the past 22 missions — every one since NASA’s 2005 return to space — Sandia Labs’ engineers have […]

Amateur astronomers open potential lab in outer space for planetary scientists, Sandia researcher says

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Two amateur astronomers who independently observed and videotaped an asteroid striking the giant planet Jupiter on June 3 have opened the possibility, in effect, of a giant research lab in space for planetary scientists. According to a paper by professional astronomers, expected to be published today online by Astrophysical Journal Letters, the […]

Brian Post stands under an antenna at the ground station at Sandia National Labs during the MTI satellite’s 55,000th orbit (photo by Randy Montoya).

MTI satellite continues to serve after 10 years in orbit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – For engineers and scientists at Sandia, the evening of Friday, March 12, marked a proud moment in exceptional service to the nation. Hundreds of miles above the Earth, the Multispectral Thermal Imager satellite reached its 10th anniversary of service as it completed its 55,000th orbit — far exceeding both its intended maximum […]

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