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2013-02-22 12:23:04

As part of the Obama Administration's recognition of the critical role that space technology and innovation will play in enabling both future space missions and bettering life here on Earth, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has announced the creation of the Space Technology Mission Directorate. The directorate will be a catalyst for the creation of technologies and innovation needed to maintain NASA leadership in space while also benefiting America's economy. The Space Technology Mission...

NASA Moving Forward As It Looks To Return Manned Space Missions Launching From US Soil
2013-01-28 15:01:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA announced that it is taking the next steps in trying to get back to launching astronauts from U.S. soil. The space agency said that three companies are now conducting activities that will confirm U.S.-based commercial spacecraft are safe to carry crews to the International Space Station (ISS). Through May 30, 2014, three companies will be working under contract with NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) to develop products to...

Robot Space Excavator Being Developed By NASA
2013-01-27 04:33:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA engineers are working on a prototype lunar soil excavator that comes equipped with sturdy digging equipment, can take on a wide array of different shapes to complete its various tasks, and is reliable enough to operate on a daily basis for several years. The robot, which is known as the Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot or RASSOR (pronounced “razor”), uses a pair of digging bucket drums —...

2013-01-15 16:58:32

NASA's Space Technology Program is looking for visionary advanced concepts. This year's annual call for NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program (NIAC) is seeking proposals for revolutionary concepts with the potential to transform future aerospace missions. Proposed concepts should enable new missions or significantly improve current approaches to achieve aerospace objectives. NIAC studies visionary aerospace architecture, system or mission concepts that are exciting and unexplored,...

2013-01-10 10:10:50

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) has released its 2012 annual report. This report is based on the panel's 2012 fact-finding and quarterly public meetings; center visits and meetings; direct observations of NASA operations and decision-making; discussions with NASA management, employees, and contractors; and the panel members' past experiences. The report highlights issues that could have an impact on safety. Congress established the panel in 1968 after the Apollo 1 fire to...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'