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SpaceX Hits Safety Milestone For NASA Joint Venture
2013-11-15 17:46:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Officials from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announced the successful safety review of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket that are slated to launch humans into low-Earth orbit later this decade – a major milestone for the endeavor. In late October, a team of NASA engineers traveled to SpaceX headquarters for two days of presentations and review sessions that involved the company's safety practices....

NASA Looks To Private Partners For Future Exploration
2013-11-13 13:59:13

[ Watch the Video: Private Backing Could Help NASA With Future Mission ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Will the next NASA mission to the Moon be “brought to you by Luna Nutrition Bars”? According to a report released by the space agency on Tuesday, companies want to partner with NASA on future space endeavors, but will want property rights in exchange. For now, NASA’s corporate partnership will most likely be limited solely to private space...

LADEE Laser Advancing Space Communications
2013-11-04 18:16:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) orbiter is working with the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ground station on the island of Tenerife to deliver data like never before about the Moon. LADEE was launched on September 7 and began orbiting the Moon in October with a mission to analyze the Moon’s environment. The spacecraft is carrying a new laser terminal capable of delivering data at speeds that are far...

SpaceX Completes Review Of 2014 Commercial Crew Abort Test
2013-10-25 07:00:17

NASA In preparation for a summer 2014 test, NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently laid out its plan to demonstrate the Dragon spacecraft's ability to carry astronauts to safety in the event of an in-flight emergency. This review of the in-flight abort test plan provided an assessment of the Dragon's SuperDraco engines, the software that would issue the abort command, and the interface between the Dragon spacecraft and the Falcon 9 rocket on which the spacecraft...

NASA Laser Communications With Moon
2013-10-23 10:43:40

[ Watch the Video: NASA Sets Data Transmissions Record To The Moon ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s new laser communication system has become the first ever to send data to the moon without two-way radios. The space agency used the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission as the platform for this demonstration, transmitting data over 239,000 miles between the Earth and Moon at 622 megabits per second (mbps), setting a new record in...

After A Long Two-Week Shutdown, NASA Is Back In Business
2013-10-22 11:32:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has finally reopened its doors after being closed up for a few weeks due to the government shutdown. The US space agency said that while it was waiting for the conflicts in Washington to be resolved, a few of its on-going missions achieved significant milestones. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission entered lunar orbit on October 6th and is now preparing to begin studying the moon's atmosphere. The...

SpaceX Grasshopper Half Mile Test Launch
2013-10-14 11:22:08

[ Watch the Video: Grasshopper’s Half-Mile Test Flight ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX's Grasshopper vehicle keeps making leaps and bounds, with its latest test taking it nearly a half-mile into the sky. The Grasshopper is a modified Falcon 9 rocket designed to both take off and land vertically. SpaceX has been testing out its new launch vehicle one step at a time by slowly launching it higher and higher to see whether it can maintain stability as it gets...

NASA Lunar Explorer Now In Orbit Around The Moon
2013-10-10 04:07:32

[ Watch the Video: LADEE Is Now In Orbit Around The Moon ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) probe successfully achieved orbit around the moon on Sunday, officials from the US space agency confirmed earlier this week. LADEE blasted off from Wallops Island, Virginia on September 6, beginning the first leg of a month-long journey to the moon aboard a Minotaur 5 rocket. The probe entered Earth’s...


Latest Exploration of the Moon Reference Libraries

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2010-10-29 20:38:34

Jack Swigert was a NASA astronaut and one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon. He was born as John Leonard 'Jack' Swigert, Jr. on August 30, 1931 in Denver, Colorado. He attended the Blessed Sacrament School, Regis Jesuit High School, and East High School to complete his primary education. He then went to the University of Colorado at Boulder and played varsity football. He received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, and then went on to earn a master of science...

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