Caltech now in control of NASA’s GALEX

Caltech will soon take over management of NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) and continue its mission using private university funds.  The Journal reports a Space Act Agreement was signed by both parties on May 14th.

Under terms of the agreement, which will expire in 2015, NASA maintains ownership and liability, and data collected from GALEX will continue to be made available to the public under Caltech’s management.

The Orbital Sciences Corporation originally built GALEX and will continue to perform flight control functions for the satellite, while  the Universal Space Network will continue to provide ground stations to communicate with GALEX.

Get the full story at the Journal.