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NASA Retired Its F-104 20 Years Ago
2014-02-08 08:09:25

[ Watch the Video: Looking Back At NASA's Retired F-104 Jet ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Twenty years ago, NASA’s F-104 jet made its final flight over the space agency’s Dryden Flight Research Center. During that flight, NASA research pilot Tom McMurtry took the F-104 from the Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, which Dryden shares. “At the last moment, he switched on the fuel flow to the afterburner and a vapor trail of fuel streamed out...

2014-02-07 16:21:16

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA's next commercial cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will launch its Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket at about 4:41 a.m. EDT Sunday, March 16 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. This will be the company's third commercial...

NASA's Student Launch Challenge Looking For Next Generation Of Engineers
2014-02-06 12:48:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Students from several universities are taking part in a NASA event by designing and launching innovative rockets. NASA said its Student Launch Challenge will include 26 colleges and universities from 16 states and Puerto Rico. The event, being held May 15 - 17 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, Utah, is another way the space agency is gearing up the next generation of engineers. "This new engineering competition ties...

2014-02-05 16:21:20

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Student teams from 26 colleges and universities in 16 states and Puerto Rico will design and launch innovative rockets and payloads as part of the 2013-2014 NASA Student Launch rocketry competition. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The NASA Student Launch will be held May 15-17 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, Utah. There, the student teams will undergo a rigorous launch readiness review...

Thyroid Cancer Cells Less Aggressive In Space
2014-01-30 14:34:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the future, individuals suffering from thyroid cancer may be taking a trip outside of Earth’s atmosphere as a form of treatment. Researchers writing in the FASEB Journal say that thyroid cancer cells are less aggressive in space than on Earth. The team said that aggressive earth-bound cells experience a redifferentiation when journeying to microgravity, placing them in a less aggressive state. Scientists believe that this finding...

2014-01-29 20:20:30

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will pay will tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency's Day of Remembrance on Friday, Jan. 31. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA's Day of Remembrance honors members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other...

NASA's Space Launch System Sound Suppression Testing Ramps Up
2014-01-29 12:23:13

NASA The first round of acoustic tests on a scale model of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is underway. The tests will allow engineers to verify the design of the sound suppression system being developed for the agency's new deep space rocket. The testing, which began Jan. 16 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will focus on how low- and high-frequency sound waves affect the rocket on the launch pad. This testing will provide critical data about how the powerful...

2014-01-28 16:20:37

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first round of acoustic tests on a scale model of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is underway. The tests will allow engineers to verify the design of the sound suppression system being developed for the agency's new deep space rocket. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The testing, which began Jan. 16 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will focus on how low- and high-frequency...

28th Anniversary Challenger Disaster
2014-01-28 12:09:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tuesday marks the 28th anniversary since tragedy struck NASA’s space shuttle program for the first time. On January 28, 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart just 73 seconds after launch, killing all seven crew members on board. This accident shutdown shuttle operations for two-and-a-half years for an investigation and for developing the replacement, the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Investigators found that the O-ring seal in the...

2014-01-28 08:21:49

NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today marks the twenty-eighth anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster, and the release of CHALLENGER: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY - The Inside Story from Launch Control (Open Road Media, $4.99, on sale January 28, 2014) by Hugh Harris, who was chief of public information for NASA's Kennedy Space Center at the time. Harris delivers a gripping insider account of the events around January 28, 1986, when the space shuttle Challenger broke apart...


Latest Manned spacecraft 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...

Roberto Vittori
2012-10-27 14:08:27

Roberto Vittori is an ESA astronaut as well as an Italian Air Force Officer and a test pilot for the United States. Vittorri was born on October 15, 1964 in Viterbo, Lazio, Italy and attended the Italian Air Force Academy, graduating in 1989. While working towards his graduation from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland in 1995, Vittori operated the Tornado GR1 along with the 50th Wing of the 155th Squadron in Piacenza, Italy from 1991 to 1994. During this time, he...

Stephen Frick
2012-10-27 14:05:11

Stephen Nathaniel Frick is an American astronaut having flown two Space Shuttle missions. Frick was also appointed as a United States Naval officer and qualified as an F/A-18 fighter pilot. Frick was born on September 30, 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania in 1982. After receiving his high school diploma, Frick went on to the United States Naval Academy in 1986 to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace...

Janice Voss
2012-10-27 13:58:18

Janice Elaine Voss was a NASA astronaut as well as an American Engineer whom flew in space five times placing her at first for holding the record for American women. Voss was born on October 8, 1956 in South Bend, Indiana. She attended Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Massachusetts and graduated in 1972. She then attended Purdue University to receive her bachelor’s degree in engineering while concurrently working at the Johnson Space Center. After Purdue University, Voss...

Lodewijk van den Berg
2012-10-27 13:54:11

Lodewijk van den Berg is a naturalized American chemical engineer born in the Netherlands whom was rather dedicated to crystal growth and also rode aboard as a payload specialist on the 1985 Space Shuttle Challenger mission. He was born in Sluiskil, Netherlands on March 24, 1932. He worked to get his Engineer’s degree in chemical engineering at the Delft University of Technology in Netherlands from 1949 to 1961. After moving to the United States, Van den Berg continued his education to...

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