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2014-06-07 05:13:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Now that the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Venus Express spacecraft has completed its eight-year scientific mission and is preparing to plunge into the planet’s atmosphere, the agency has started providing regular space weather reports for an extraterrestrial world for the first time. Venus Express, which was launched in November 2005, had been orbiting the planet in an elliptical 24-hour loop and using a suite of seven...

2014-06-06 20:20:18

Presentation Highlights Mission, Vital Research Conducted aboard Orbiting Laboratory WASHINGTON, June 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, recently returned from living and working aboard the International Space Station, will give an open-media, presentation Tuesday, June 10, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO At 11:45 am EDT, Hopkins and Dr. Stephen Katz, director of...

2014-06-06 16:20:37

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA successfully beamed a high-definition video 260 miles from the International Space Station to Earth Thursday using a new laser communications instrument. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Transmission of "Hello, World!" as a video message was the first 175-megabit communication for the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS), a technology demonstration that allows NASA to test methods for...

Alexander Gerst's First Week In Space
2014-06-06 03:37:47

ESA ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has now spent a week in space on the International Space Station. As he grows accustomed to floating in weightlessness, he has been busy learning about his new home, taking over experiments, drawing blood, keeping fit and, yes, cleaning the toilet. Alexander arrived in the early morning 29 May together with NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and Roscosmos commander Maxim Suraev in their Soyuz spacecraft. They complement the three crewmembers on board since...

2014-06-05 16:20:46

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo vehicle from the International Space Station (ISS) beginning at 9 a.m. EDT Monday, June 9. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The ISS Progress 53 cargo ship, which first arrived at the orbiting laboratory in late November 2013, will undock from the station's Zvezda Service Module at 9:30 a.m. EDT. The cargo ship, loaded with...

2014-06-04 16:20:51

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has exercised the second option of its Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL)/Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF) Operations Contract (NSOC) with Raytheon Technical Services Company of Houston. The contract is to provide continued support of operations, training and mission planning and maintenance at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The current potential value...

Connecting Next Generation Of Spacecraft With One Ring
2014-06-04 03:34:43

ESA Connecting spacecraft in orbit will never be simple, but ESA is taking the next step to allow the next generation of vehicles of all types from around the world to link up with each other. The International Space Station has two sets of incompatible docking ports, one designed for Russian spacecraft and Europe’s space freighter, and another design for the now-retired US Space Shuttle. There also are berthing ports for vessels that cannot dock on their own but are first captured...

2014-06-02 12:22:37

HAMPTON, Va., June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, June 3 at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, former manager of operations for the International Space Station (ISS), Jim Van Laak will present "Putting the I in ISS: Fostering Space Cooperation with the Russians" at 2 p.m. in the Reid Conference Center. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Van Laak will present a firsthand account of how two major spacefaring nations came together...

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...


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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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