Space News Archive - November 22, 2011

Image 1 - All Systems Go For Next Communication Spacecraft

The most recent evaluations of NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) project confirmed all systems go for a third generation upgrade of the orbiting communications network.

Image 1 - Reliable Nuclear Device To Heat, Power Mars Science Lab

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, which is scheduled to launch this week, has the potential to be the most productive Mars surface mission in history. That's due in part to its nuclear heat and power source.

Smithsonian Channel To Air Special 'Arthur Christmas' Segment Featuring NASA Spinoff Technology

Have you ever been curious about where all the technology in your school, home, car, computer, or office comes from? You might be surprised that a great percentage of the technology we rely on each day was developed or enhanced by NASA.

Thanksgiving In Space With All The Trimmings?

Future astronauts spending Thanksgiving in space may not have to forgo one of the most traditional parts of the day's feast: fresh sweet potatoes.

Expedition 29 Space Station Trio Lands Safely In Kazakhstan

Three astronauts living aboard the International Space Station for the past six months safely touched down in Kazakhstan Monday, leaving three others aboard the orbiting complex until another crew is sent on December 21.

Robotic Lander Prototype Reaches New Heights

NASA successfully completed the final flight in a series of tests of a new robotic lander prototype at the Redstone Test Center’s propulsion test facility on the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.

Partial Solar Eclipse Taking Place Black Friday

A small portion of the world will be able to experience a partial solar eclipse this coming Black Friday, Nov. 25th.

NASA has updated the news conferences, events and operating hours for the press site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for the agency's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover launch.

NASA has awarded Excalibur Associates Inc. of Alexandria, Va., a contract to provide protective services at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La.

Image 1 - Satellites Respond To Humanitarian Needs

A review of crisis response using Earth observation techniques is now available online. The Respond Atlas outlines global events where remote sensing assisted in preparing for and responding to disasters and humanitarian crises.

Word of the Day
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.