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NASA Media Accreditation Opens for Launch of Next SpaceX Station Resupply Mission

Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA’s next commercial cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station.

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NASA Hosts First Agency-wide Social Media Event for Orion’s First Flight Test

NASA invites social media followers to apply for credentials to get a preview of the Orion spacecraft’s first flight test during NASA Social events Dec. 3 at each of its 10 centers.

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NASA Seeks Ultra-lightweight Materials to Help Enable Journey to Mars

NASA is seeking proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight materials for aerospace vehicles and structures of the future. Proposals will demonstrate lower-mass alternatives to honeycomb or foam cores currently used in composite sandwich structures.

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NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Shares Bullying Prevention Message Ahead of His One-Year Mission

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is scheduled to fly on a one-year spaceflight mission in 2015, is lending his voice to help reduce childhood bullying. As part of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Kelly recorded a special message encouraging bystanders to take action.

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Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds USDA Investment in Michigan State University Research Programs

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement of $381,847 to be invested in Michigan State University pest management programs. This funding comes through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Crop Protection and Pest Management program, which supports projects that address high priority pest management challenges though coordinated efforts with state and regional partners. ‘I’m extremely proud of Michigan State’s leadership when it comes to agricultural research,’ said Stabenow, ‘Better pest management means more efficient crop production for farmers, and safer food for our families.’ Michigan State University will receive two awards under the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program. These funds will support projects to provide training and educational opportunities for Michigan’s pest managers and develop environmentally friendly ways to combat pests in asparagus production systems.

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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: COMET SIDING SPRING SEEN NEXT TO MARS

This composite NASA Hubble Space Telescope Image captures the positions of comet Siding Spring and Mars in a never-before-seen close passage of a comet by the Red Planet.

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NASA Television Coverage Set for Orbital Resupply Mission to Space Station

Orbital Sciences Corp. will launch its next mission to resupply the International Space Station Monday, Oct. 27, and NASA Television will broadcast live coverage of the event, including pre- and post-launch briefings and arrival at the station.

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NASA Awards Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Mission

NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, of Azusa, California, for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission.

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NASA TV Broadcasts Space Station Cargo Ship Activities

NASA Television will broadcast live the departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station (ISS) Monday, Oct. 27, as well as the launch and docking of its replacement Wednesday, Oct. 29.

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City of Marquette to Receive Rehabilitation Funds

LANSING, MI October 22, 2014 – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of one business expansion and two community revitalization projects in Michigan that will generate $10 million in private investment and create 107 jobs.

“The commitment of these companies to grow and create jobs here demonstrates the significance of our greatly improved business climate and infrastructure,” said MEDC president and CEO Michael A. Finney. Today’s projects, representing a variety of industries, mean more jobs and greater economic opportunities for people throughout Michigan.”

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved incentives for the following projects:

Michigan Business Development Program:

SL America Corp., a Tier 1 supplier of exterior lighting, gear shifters, electronics, and pedal modules for the automotive industry, is a subsidiary of South Korea-based SL Corporation. The company has outgrown its current facility in Sterling Heights and plans to expand into an existing building in the City of Auburn Hills, investing more than $8 million and creating 72 jobs. As a result of the expansion, the project has been awarded a $615,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Tennessee. The City of Auburn Hills has offered support to the project in the form of property tax abatement. Individuals interested in employment opportunities with SL America should visit www.sl-america.com, and www.slworld.com for additional information pertaining to SL Corporation.

Community Development Block Grants:

The Village of Cassopolis has been awarded $127,800 in Community Development Block Grant funds to be used toward infrastructure improvements for the Schwintek Inc. expansion project in Cassopolis. Schwintek, a manufacturer of Automatic Bimini Tops for the boating industry, is expanding its facility due to increased demand. The expansion will generate a total capital investment of $750,000 and create 10 jobs. The company has agreed that at least six of the jobs will be held by low to moderate income persons. For information on careers with Schwintek Inc., visit www.schwintek.com.

The City of Marquette has been awarded $481,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for the rehabilitation of the vacant, historic Delft Theater in downtown Marquette. The project will convert the vacant theater into a restaurant and dinner theater. The completed project will include a rooftop deck, a flexible stage for live events, and balcony seating. The CDBG funds will be used for interior and exterior building rehabilitation. The project will generate nearly $1.3 million in private investment and create 25 jobs, with at least 13 of the positions to be held by low to moderate income persons. The City of Marquette Downtown Development Authority will contribute $10,000 toward the project.

Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit MichiganBusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org. Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check mitalent.org, where more than 89,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.

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