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2013-09-04 12:30:28

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has chosen 96 ideas it regards as most promising from more than 400 submitted in response to its June request for information (RFI) about protecting Earth from asteroids and finding an asteroid humans can explore. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The ideas provide the agency with fresh insight into how best to identify, capture and relocate a near-Earth asteroid for closer study and respond to...

2013-08-29 16:20:11

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected six technology proposals for continued study under the agency's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The proposals selected for Phase 2 of the 2013 NIAC Program address a range of visionary concepts including photonic laser thrusters, extreme sample return, and innovative spherical robots designed for planetary exploration. NASA's Space...

NASA Getting Ready To Crash A Chopper - On Purpose
2013-08-27 05:02:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA is gearing up for a new experiment where it plans to crash a former Marine helicopter in order to learn a bit more about how the aircraft crash lands. The space agency said engineers will be dropping a 45-foot long helicopter from about 30 feet above the ground in order to test out the seat belts and seats equipped inside in. It said it is collaborating with the Navy, Army and Federal Aviation Administration for the Transport...

NASA Reveals New Images, Video Of Asteroid Redirect Mission
2013-08-23 07:30:04

[WATCH VIDEO: Asteroid Redirect Mission Concept Animation] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has released a new animation along with new photos of the space agency's proposed asteroid redirect mission. The space agency said it is developing the first-ever mission to identify, approach, capture and redirect a small asteroid into a stable orbit in lunar vicinity. The part of this mission would be performed by an asteroid capture vehicle, while another part of the...

2013-08-22 16:21:12

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded a contract to HPM Corp. of Kennewick, Wash., to provide environmental engineering and occupational health services to the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The firm-fixed price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract begins Nov. 1. It has a maximum value of $29.5 million with a potential performance period of five...

2013-08-22 10:41:37

NASA has selected Universities Space Research Association (USRA) of Columbia, Md., to support research and technology efforts at the agency's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. This cost-plus-fixed fee indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a maximum value of $65 million during a 4 1/2-year performance period beginning Oct. 1. USRA will support applied research in Glenn’s core competencies and enabling technologies, including understanding the effects of the space...

NASA Introduces The Next Generation Of Astronauts
2013-08-20 14:56:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA introduced its next generation of astronauts on Tuesday, as well as a deep space exploration roadmap. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden took the stage to formally welcome eight new astronauts to the space agency. These new astronauts will be among the first generation to potentially carry out the missions to asteroids and Mars. "This class joins a distinguished and elite group of Americans who have carried out historic missions...

2013-08-20 12:20:53

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is seeking concepts for the potential use or divestment of three historic launch platforms that are not needed for the agency's current or planned future missions. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) A Request for Information (RFI) released Friday will gauge the interest of commercial or government entities for using the three nearly identical mobile launcher...

2013-08-20 12:20:42

NASA, International Community United in Support of Bold Space Exploration Program WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Tuesday formally welcomed the eight newest candidates to the astronaut corps and unveiled a space exploration roadmap that makes clear the global community is working together on a unified deep space exploration strategic plan, with robotic and human missions to destinations that include near-Earth asteroids, the...

Impact Of Deep Space Atomic Clock Project Highlighted By 'Sammy the Second'
2013-08-19 07:47:12

NASA A new video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., uses an engaging animated character named "Sammy the Second" to explore the value and potential impact of the innovative Deep Space Atomic Clock project -- a NASA Technology Demonstration Mission to revolutionize deep-space navigation. The 4-minute video illustrates the role of time in calculating explorers' positions -- from early seafarers who circumnavigated the globe using clocks and the stars, to modern,...