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NASA’s IRIS Solar Mission Launch Moved To Thursday
2013-06-25 03:10:20

[ Watch the video IRIS Science Overview ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update (June 25, 2013 3:10 p.m.) NASA announced on Tuesday that its planned launch for its Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission has been moved due to the "recent central California power outage." The launch window has moved from Wednesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 27. Stay tuned for further updates. Main Story (June 24, 2013 12:43 p.m.) NASA's Interface...

NuSTAR Observatory Busy High Energy Events
2013-06-18 11:08:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA´s NuSTAR orbiting observatory is designed to investigate high-energy events throughout the universe, and the cosmos has been keeping it busy in recent months, producing one event after another. In early April, the galaxy Markarian 421 produced a high-energy event that increased its brightness by more than 50 times its usual level. Markarian 421 is known as a blazer, a unique class of galaxies with supermassive "feeding" black...

2013-06-11 20:20:16

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission is scheduled to launch at 7:27 p.m. PDT (10:27 p.m. EDT) Wednesday, June 26, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Launch on an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL rocket is targeted for the middle of a five-minute launch window. Live NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT)....

NASA Prepares IRIS Satellite For Solar Observing Mission
2013-06-05 06:37:32

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scheduled to launch June 26, NASA´s newest scientific satellite will provide the most detailed look ever at the sun´s lower atmosphere, called the interface region. The interface region is located between the sun´s visible surface and upper atmosphere. This is where most of the sun´s ultraviolet emissions, which impact the near-Earth space environment and Earth´s climate, are generated. NASA´s new...

2013-06-04 16:20:22

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's next scientific satellite, which is scheduled for launch June 26, will provide the most detailed look ever at the sun's lower atmosphere or interface region. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission will observe how solar material moves, gathers energy, and heats up as it travels through this largely unexplored region of the solar atmosphere. The interface...

NASA Traces Evolution Of Asteroid Families
2013-05-30 11:54:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using the orbiting Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), NASA scientists have been able to identify and categorize 28 new asteroid families found in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, the space agency announced. Infrared snapshots from the asteroid-hunting section of the survey, called NEOWISE, allowed scientists to spot and sort thousands of previously hidden and uncategorized asteroids into families. "NEOWISE has given...

2013-05-29 16:20:21

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a news briefing at 1 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 4, about the upcoming launch of the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission. The briefing will be held at NASA Headquarters at 300 E St. SW in Washington and air live on NASA Television and the agency's website. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) IRIS is scheduled to launch June 26 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. IRIS is a...

Orbital To Build Icon Space Weather Satellite For NASA
2013-04-30 04:53:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA has awarded a two-year, $50 million contract to Orbital Sciences Corporation to build a new heliophysics science satellite that will investigate the connection between space weather storms in the ionosphere and Earth´s terrestrial weather. The mission is currently set to launch in 2017, and will study the interface between the upper reaches of the Earth´s atmosphere and outer space in response to a recent scientific...

2013-04-24 12:38:49

News media planning to cover the launch of NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission on June 26 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California should apply for accreditation by June 18. Deployment of IRIS from the Orbital Sciences L-1011 carrier aircraft aboard a Pegasus rocket is targeted for 10:27 p.m. EDT at an altitude of 39,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean. That location is approximately 100 miles northwest of Vandenberg off the central coast of California. News media...

2013-04-23 16:20:47

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- News media planning to cover the launch of NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission on June 26 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California should apply for accreditation by June 18. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Deployment of IRIS from the Orbital Sciences L-1011 carrier aircraft aboard a Pegasus rocket is targeted for 10:27 p.m. EDT at an altitude of 39,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean....