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2013-12-13 16:21:14

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., to begin negotiations on a lease to use and operate historic Launch Complex (LC) 39A at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Permitting use and operation of this valuable national asset by a private-sector, commercial space partner will ensure its continued viability...

Modified 'Pumpkin Suit' Being Tested By NASA For Asteroid Mission Spacewalks
2013-12-13 12:32:12

[ Watch The Video: Spacewalk and Suit Testing in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab ] NASA NASA is taking steps to make spacewalking on an asteroid a reality. In the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston, engineers are testing a modified version of the pumpkin-orange Advanced Crew Escape System (ACES) worn by space shuttle astronauts during launch and reentry for use by future crew in the Orion spacecraft. As the agency plans human deep space...

Cygnus Launch May Be Delayed Due To Ongoing Coolant Issue On ISS
2013-12-13 06:59:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA is still evaluating the International Space Station (ISS) cooling issue that forced a partial shutdown of the facility, but officials with the agency told reporters Friday that a faulty valve in an external pump is the most likely culprit. According to Gina Sunseri of ABC News, NASA officials have multiple teams working on a solution to the issue. Known as “tiger teams,” these units will present their findings to the...

2013-12-12 16:20:47

HOUSTON, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut Doug Wheelock, a veteran International Space Station spacewalker, will be available for live satellite interviews from 3 - 3:30 p.m. CST today, Dec. 12. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Wednesday, a pump module on one of the space station's two external cooling loops automatically shut down when it reached pre-set temperature limits. These loops circulate ammonia outside the station to...

Google Execs Received Fuel Discount Meant For NASA Flights
2013-12-12 13:29:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Google executives saved millions of dollars due to an improper fuel discount on private aircraft they have had sitting in a leased NASA hanger. NASA said its Ames Research Center began leasing about 70,000 square feet of space in an aircraft hangar on its property to H211 -- a private company that manages aircraft owned or leased by Google executives Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt. When property goes unused at NASA...

Space Station In Partial Shutdown Due To Coolant Leak
2013-12-12 04:51:30

[ Watch the video: Space Station Cooling Loop Update ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A malfunction and potential coolant link on the International Space Station (ISS) forced the crew to disable some non-critical systems, the Associated Press (AP), the Washington Post and other media outlets have reported. “Earlier Wednesday, the pump module on one of the space station’s two external cooling loops automatically shut down when it reached pre-set...

Astronauts Diagnosed With Eye Problems After Returning From Space
2013-12-11 16:34:15

NASA Those who travel to space are rewarded with a beautiful sight – planet Earth. But the effects of space travel on the human sense of sight aren’t so beautiful. More than 30 percent of astronauts who returned from two-week space shuttle missions and 60 percent who spent six months aboard the International Space Station were diagnosed with eye problems. Two recent investigations examined mechanisms that may explain eye changes in spaceflight, help find ways to minimize this health...

2013-12-11 12:21:11

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will provide coverage of the upcoming Orbital Sciences' Cygnus cargo spacecraft mission to resupply the International Space Station this month. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On the heels of a successful demonstration flight to the space station in September, Orbital Sciences is scheduled to launch a Cygnus capsule on an Antares rocket at 9:42 p.m. EST Wednesday, Dec. 18, from Launch...

NASA Robonaut 2 Gets Legs
2013-12-10 12:21:04

[ Watch the Video: NASA Building Legs For ISS Robonaut 2 ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In what seems to be the latest step toward Star Trek-like technology, NASA has finished building mechanized legs for the International Space Station’s (ISS) robotic crew member, R2. Currently attached to a support post, the R2 robot arrived on the ISS back in February 2011 and has been performing a series of tasks to test its functionality in a microgravity environment....

2013-12-09 20:20:22

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA engineers are developing climbing legs for the International Space Station's robotic crewmember Robonaut 2 (R2), marking another milestone in space humanoid robotics. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The legless R2, currently attached to a support post, is undergoing experimental trials with astronauts aboard the orbiting laboratory. Since its arrival at the station in February 2011, R2 has...


Latest International Space Station Reference Libraries

History Of Space Exploration
2013-10-06 08:29:34

Space exploration is the exploration and discovery of outer space by use of space technology and is conducted by both robotic spacecraft and humans. Astronomy, which is the viewing of objects in space from Earth, is thought to predate recorded history, but it was the inspiration to modern space exploration. Humans explore space for many reasons including the survival of humankind if Earth cannot sustain life, uniting nations, and scientific research. Physical space exploration began in...

Douglas Wheelock
2012-10-22 12:06:23

Douglas Wheelock is an American astronaut. He was born Douglas Harry "Wheels" Wheelock on May 5, 1960 in Binghamton, New York. The Apollo 11 moon landing in July 1969 is said to have inspired him to pursue astronautics. He graduated from Windsor Central High School in Windsor, New York in 1978 and immediately went on to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. After four years as a cadet, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science and Engineering. After...

Michael Fincke
2012-09-19 14:10:13

Michael Fincke is a United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut who holds the record for the most time spent in space. He was born Edward Michael Fincke on March 14, 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; however, he grew up in its suburb, Emsworth. Fincke graduated from Sewickley Academy in Sewickley, Pennsylvania in 1985, and subsequently attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. He graduated in 1989 as a double major and earned both a Bachelor...

sts-74
2012-05-12 09:29:42

Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on November 12 at 7:30 AM EST and landed at Kennedy on November 20, 1995 at 12:01 PM EST. The shuttle orbited 129 times at an altitude of 213 nautical miles at an inclination of 51.6 degrees and travelled 3.4 million miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 4 hours, 30 minutes, and 44 seconds. STS-74 marked the second docking of a U.S. Space Shuttle to the Russian Space Station Mir, continuing Phase I activities leading to construction of International...

CreamerTim
2012-01-17 16:01:20

Timothy Creamer is a NASA astronaut as well as a Colonel in the United States Army. He was born Timothy "TJ" Creamer on November 15, 1959 in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, but he was raised in Maryland. He graduated from Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland in 1978, and then went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Loyola College in 1982. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army through the ROTC program. In August 1983, after attending the...

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