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NASA’s Johnson Space Center receives second gold certification

While making efforts to go green, increasing energy efficiency and environmental friendliness, NASA Johnson Space Center recently received high recognition when U.S. Green Building Council awarded the center its second gold certification.

The JSC Public Affairs Office building received accolade on Aug. 19 for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold distinction.

This award highlights excellence in carbon emissions reduction, water efficiency, energy savings, sustainable materials selection and indoor air quality.

Originally constructed in 1964, the center refurbished the 17,644 square foot building in 2008. It is the second building at JSC to receive the LEED Gold Certification.

NASA, GM team-up to make 'Robonaut 2'

New York, February 5 -- NASA and General Motors have made a giant leap in the field of robotonics. The two organizations announced plans to develop and build humanoid robots that can work with humans.

Public to view NASA's Orion spacecraft

Houston -- NASA says a full scale mock-up of its Orion crew exploration vehicle is being moved from Florida to Texas and will make several stops for public viewing.

The mock-up, which is used in tests to study the environment for astronauts and recovery crews after an ocean splashdown, stopped Monday at the Challenger Center in Tallahassee, Fla. Other stops this week are planned at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla., Tuesday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT; The StenniSphere at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CDT; the Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, Miss.,

NASA awards a contract to ARES

Houston -- The U.S. space agency says it's signed a $144 million contract with the ARES Corp. for International Space Station Program integration and control services.

NASA said the Burlingame, Calif., company will provide support for such programs as configuration and data management, safety and mission assurance, vehicle integrated performance, resource and budget analysis, program schedule development, and engineering and technical services.

The three-year contract includes two one-year options that could extend the agreement through Sept. 30, 2014, raising the total value of the contract to $180 million.

NASA awards Johnson Space Center contract

Houston -- NASA has awarded the DRI Commercial Corp. a contract to repair Johnson Space Center infrastructure in Houston.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, said the Irvine, Calif., company will perform roof repairs and roof ledge replacements at Johnson.

The $7.9 million nine-month contract has seven options that may be conducted concurrently.

NASA will receive approximately $1 billion in Recovery Act stimulus funding, of which $50 million is prioritized for restoring NASA-owned facilities damaged from hurricanes and other natural disasters that occurred during 2008.

Canadian astronauts to train with NASA

Ottawa -- Two new Canadian astronauts are to begin human spaceflight training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, the Canadian Space Agency said Wednesday.

Jeremy Hansen of Ailsa Craig, Ontario, near London, Ontario, and David St.-Jacques of Quebec City, Quebec, will train for a year to work at the International Space Station.

Once training is completed, they will be assigned to a U.S. or Russian mission to the space station in low Earth orbit.

The U.S. mission could be on the new Orion spacecraft, under development by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a CSA spokeswoman told United Press International.

The first Orion flight, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is scheduled for September 2014.