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Understanding Of China’s Poyang Lake Water Surface Dynamics
2014-06-02 03:10:58

ESA As ESA and China mark a decade of cooperation, imagery over China’s Poyang lake is testament to the new Sentinel satellite’s promise of continued radar data acquisition for a multitude of applications. The Poyang lake in southern China’s Jiangxi province is the largest freshwater lake in the country. This lake is an important habitat for migrating Siberian cranes – many of which spend the winter there. The basin is also one of China's most important rice-producing...

New NASA/JAXA Global Precipitation Measurement Satellite Passes Check-out, Starts Mission
2014-06-02 03:00:25

Ellen Gray, NASA The new Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite is now in the hands of the engineers who will fly the spacecraft and ensure the steady flow of data on rain and snow for the life of the mission. The official handover to the Earth Science Mission Operations team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on May 29, marked the end of a successful check-out period. The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission is a joint...

2014-05-30 12:21:39

Development is Major Step toward Returning Human Space Launches to U.S. Soil WASHINGTON, May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Commercial Crew Program and industry have completed the first step in the certification process that will enable American-made commercial spacecraft safely to ferry astronauts from U.S. soil to and from the International Space Station by 2017. The completion of the Certification Products Contracts (CPC) marks critical progress in the development of...

Unveiling The Dragon: Elon Musk Shows Off New Astronaut Spacecraft
2014-05-30 06:57:12

[ Watch the Video: SpaceX Unveils Dragon V2 ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX has been paving the way for American-based commercial space ventures for quite some time now, proving its worth as a launch provider for International Space Station supply runs with its Dragon spacecraft. As of Thursday evening, the company is also boasting its potential worth as a crewed mission launcher with the unveiling of its latest spacecraft. The Dragon V2, unveiled at...

Astronauts To Try Out New Shoes On The Space Station
2014-05-29 03:22:03

[ Watch The Video: HRP ForceShoe Evaluation ] Andrea Dunn / Charles W. Lloyd, NASA Maintaining astronaut bone and muscle health in microgravity is an ongoing concern for NASA, and now the agency is “forcing” the issue with a new investigation. On May 29, 2014, NASA will fly the ForceShoe, designed by XSENS, to the International Space Station (ISS) and, although these shoes don’t measure the same force of Star Wars lore, they will help NASA collect data for studying the loads,...

Expedition 40 Launch
2014-05-28 20:00:28

[ Watch the Video: New Crew Docks To ISS ] WASHINGTON, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three crew members representing the United States, Russia and Germany are on their six-hour journey to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:57 p.m. EDT Wednesday (1:57 a.m. Thursday in Baikonur). http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The Soyuz capsule carrying Reid Wiseman of NASA, Soyuz Commander Maxim Suraev of...

2014-05-28 08:27:48

Proximity Leader to Drive Forward the Mobile Engagement Ecosystem for Brands, Retailers, Venues and Events SAN DIEGO, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gimbal, Inc. today announced that its transition to a standalone company is complete. The company will continue to provide leading contextual awareness solutions to enhance mobile engagement, and is committed to further driving the mobile proximity ecosystem moving forward. Gimbal, Inc. has secured funding and support from a number of...

Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft
2014-05-28 05:41:22

NASA [ Watch the Video: Expedition 40/41 Mission Overview ] While the orbiting Expedition 40 crew supported botanical research and robotics Tuesday aboard the International Space Station, the three crewmates who will return the station to its full six-person crew on Wednesday are in the final stages of preparations for launch. NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, cosmonaut Maxim Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst are set to launch...

President Joachim Gauck Visits ESA's Operations Center
2014-05-26 12:12:45

ESA Today, President Joachim Gauck made the first-ever visit by a Head of State to ESA’s operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany. He was joined by 140 ambassadors and Tarek Al-Wazir, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Hesse region, for a guided visit through the center’s mission control facilities. President Gauck and his party were welcomed by ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and by Thomas Reiter, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations and Head of the European...

Expedition 40 Crew All Set To Go
2014-05-26 03:28:01

ESA From unusual training to upholding cherished traditions, everything is being done to ensure that ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and his crewmates arrive at the International Space Station on Thursday safely and in good health – including being flipped upside down and relieving themselves on the wheel of a bus. The crew landed at the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan two weeks before the 28 May launch and continue preparing themselves for the disorientation of living in...


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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