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NASA's next-generation, five-segment solid rocket development motor -- or DM-2 – was fired in its test stand at ATK’s facility in Promontory, Utah. The successful cold motor test was completed in less than three minutes and was designed to advance the understanding, safety, technology and capability of solid rocket motors. The DM-2's overall temperature was lowered to 40 degrees Fahrenheit to validate the motor's performance in cold weather -- in contrast to the DM-1 testiing which was conducted at ambient temperature.

Alex Priskos: "This was a cold test, which is one of the most severe and tough environments for a solid rocket booster to undergo, and it looks like the motor performed brilliantly."

The DM-2 motor which is capable of producing 22 million horsepower and generating as much as 3.6 million pounds of thrust -- was developed by ATK Space Systems.

NASA’s Chief Technologist Bobby Braun made several stops on his agency-wide tour, visiting various facilities at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Glenn Research Center, and Dryden Flight Research Center. Braun was shown some of the cutting-edge technologies in development at each center.

Braun told employees that NASA is moving back to its roots and its three interrelated core competencies:

Bobby Braun: "When I think about NASA, I think really about three things; one research and technology; two, flight systems, flight hardware and software,and three, mission operations."

All ten programs -- under the Office of Chief Technologist -- are designed to take ideas from basic concept to the working prototype or testing phase -- then use them in applicable projects and missions.

And now, "Centerpieces,"

The Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, MMS, has passed its critical design review. The mission consists of four identical satellites that will orbit in formation. They’ll study how, when triggered by solar activity like flares and coronal mass ejections, the Earth's magnetic fields affect power grids, communication and navigation. The data MMS collects will help scientists predict these disruptive solar events and protect our electronic infrastructure. Goddard engineers will build and monitor the four satellites used in the MMS mission. The MMS satellites are scheduled for launch in 2014.

To the sounds of shovels and cheers, the Glenn Research Center broke ground for a 93,000 square foot structure that’ll be become Glenn’s new Centralized Office Building. The three-story space will be U.S. Green Building LEED silver certified -- will house 300 workers and include: open work areas, conference rooms, a conferencing center and a 400-seat auditorium.

Ray Lugo: "This is the first new office building here on the Glenn main campus in over twenty years and it really represents the start of the master plan that we had approved back in 2007."

The LEED certification program is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings

Friends and families of the slumbering STS-132 astronauts picked the songs that woke ‘em up last May. Now, NASA wants you to take over its morning show deejay duties!

With the "Wakeup Song Contest,” you can help choose the morning music for the last two scheduled space shuttle missions. Pick your favorite from a list of 40 previously-played songs, or submit an original, space-themed composition. The two wakeup songs with the most votes will be played during STS-133 and 134. To cast your vote or submit a song, visit:

The STS-133 astronauts are scheduled to launch aboard space shuttle Discovery on Nov. 1. STS-134 crew members are targeted for Feb. 26, 2011 to launch aboard Endeavour for the International Space Station on the last space shuttle flight.

A little girl with a big heart has given NASA Centers a run for their money during the Fed Feeds Families food drive. Twelve-year-old Laily Amenian, whose mother, Roya Maher (MAY-er), works for NASA’s Independent Validation and Verification facility, IV&V, in Fairmont, West Virginia, donated more than a ton of food from her community, 967 pounds of it in July. If Laily was a NASA center, that would’ve put her in sixth place for the month! With funds she collected from friends, family and neighbors, Laily purchased another thousand-plus pounds of food in August.

Laily Amenian: "I got cans from my neighborhood and I got money. I also got coins around my house, and I got money from uncles and aunts, and family, and my dad's colleagues, and my mom's friends, and a lot of people. I sold snow cones in my neighborhood at our pool."

Chad Morrison: "She's done a phenomenal job! This is an amazing amount of food, as you can see here in the truck, for just one little girl to collect here in West Virginia."

The Fed Feeds Families drive supports food banks across the country. The winning center will be announced later this month.

And that's This Week at NASA!

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