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2011-12-14 04:33:07

For three days this week, a small part of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will simulate a human mission to an asteroid. Reporters are invited to observe what the mission might entail. As NASA continues plans to send humans to explore asteroids and other destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, a number of questions are being asked about how astronauts could live and work in space. NASA astronaut Mike Gernhardt and geologist Brent Garry of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson,...

Desert RATS Explore An Asteroid
2011-09-22 12:07:09

   Earlier this month, European scientists linked up with astronauts roaming over the surface of an asteroid. Desert RATS, NASA´s realistic simulation of a future mission, this year included a European dimension for the first time. It was not really an asteroid, but a desert near Flagstaff in Arizona, USA. Since 1999, scientists, astronauts and engineers from various NASA establishments and universities have gathered once a year to simulate human missions to the Moon and...

2011-08-03 08:49:39

NASA is once again taking human space exploration to the Arizona desert in tests to simulate conditions on other worlds. News media representatives are invited to two opportunities to learn more about the upcoming Desert Research and Technology Studies (Desert RATS) field tests. On Thursday, Aug. 4, journalists can visit NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston from 2:30 to 4 p.m. CDT for the Desert RATS team's final dry run before next month's mission. On Sept. 12, reporters at Black Point...

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2011-07-05 06:45:00

University of Wisconsin students topped two other university teams to win the 2011 NASA eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge, a competition to design and build a space habitat. The team will now take its inflatable space loft to NASA's annual Desert Research and Technology Studies (Desert RATS) field test in Arizona in September. It will be tested as part of a simulated astronaut mission to an asteroid. "University students are helping NASA develop potential habitats for...

2011-07-01 10:51:00

HOUSTON, July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- University of Wisconsin students topped two other university teams to win the 2011 NASA eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge - a competition to design and build a space habitat. The team will now take its inflatable space loft to NASA's annual Desert Research and Technology Studies (Desert RATS) field test in Arizona in September. It will be tested as part of a simulated astronaut mission to an asteroid. (Logo:...

2011-06-07 11:15:00

HOUSTON, June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- University students are helping NASA develop potential habitats for future space missions. Three teams from across the country will visit NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston during June to show off the inflatable space lofts they've designed and built for the inaugural eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) One of the habitats will be chosen to participate...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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