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ISS-RapidScat
2014-10-08 02:00:53

Provided by Alan Buis, Whitney Clavin and Steve Cole of NASA NASA's newest Earth observing mission, the International Space Station-Rapid Scatterometer, or ISS-RapidScat, is collecting its first science data on ocean wind speeds and direction following its successful installation and activation on the exterior of the station's Columbus module. Ground controllers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston robotically assembled the RapidScat instrument and its nadir adapter, which orients...

2014-09-25 16:21:24

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded an agency-wide multiple award contract to Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Linde, LLC of Murray Hill, New Jersey, consolidating the agency's requirements for 10.2 million liters of liquid helium and 128.6 million cubic feet of gaseous helium to support operations at 13 NASA locations. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. supply...

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch
2014-09-21 05:37:02

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After weather forced Saturday’s originally scheduled liftoff to be temporarily postponed, the SpaceX Dragon resupply craft successfully launched on-time early Sunday morning and is now en route to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA officials have confirmed. [ Watch the Video: Liftoff Of SpaceX-4 ] The Dragon craft, which is carrying 2.5 tons of supplies and science experiments to the orbiting laboratory, separated from...

2014-09-20 23:02:50

The first "machine shop in space" is launching on September 20. Mountain View, Calif. (PRWEB) September 20, 2014 On September 20 at 2:14am the first 3D printer intended for in-space use will depart aboard a rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., headed for the International Space Station (ISS). This “machine shop for space” will mark the first time that a multi-purpose manufacturing device will be utilized off-world to create parts, tools and emergency solutions. Developed by...

2014-09-08 12:21:17

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The launch of a NASA ocean winds sensor to the International Space Station (ISS) this month inaugurates a new era of Earth observation that will leverage the space station's unique vantage point in space. Before the end of the decade, six NASA Earth science instruments will be mounted to the station to help scientists study our changing planet. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The first NASA Earth-observing...

International Observe The Moon Night
2014-09-05 06:58:09

Kimberly Newton, Marshall Space Flight Center Media and the public are invited to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. CDT/6:30-9:30 EDT at NASA’s Education Training Facility in Huntsville, Alabama. The free event will include moon-related exhibits and hands-on activities for children and adults. An inflatable planetarium show will allow visitors to learn more about the moon’s shape, colors, and terrain. Several large amateur...

made in space 3d printer
2014-09-03 05:22:01

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online International Space Station crew members currently forced to wait for resupply vehicles to arrive with essential items could soon benefit from the arrival of a new 3D printer later this year, NASA officials announced on Tuesday. The device, which was constructed by Made In Space Inc. and passed flight certification and acceptance testing at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama back in April, is expected to make...

3-D printed rocket injectors
2014-08-30 07:40:11

NASA NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. [ Watch the Video: 3D Printed Rocket Injector Roars To Life ] NASA engineers pushed the limits of technology by designing a rocket engine injector - a highly complex part that sends propellant into the engine - with design features that took advantage...

2014-08-29 12:21:16

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA engineers pushed the limits of technology by designing a rocket engine injector --a highly complex part that sends propellant into the engine...

Space Launch System
2014-08-29 03:00:08

Megan Davidson, Marshall Space Flight Center Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, are wrapping up acoustic testing on a 5-percent scale model of NASA's Space Launch System. The Aug.28 test, the 34th in the series, will help NASA engineers understand how loud the SLS vehicle will be during liftoff. Data from the test series will be used to design the water sound suppression system that reduces liftoff vibrations on the vehicle.  SLS will be the most...


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Owen Garriott
2012-10-02 10:26:07

Owen Garriott is a former United States Navy officer and NASA astronaut. He was born Owen Kay Garriott on November 22, 1930 in Enid, Oklahoma. In 1948 he graduated from Enid High School and then went on to attend the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1953. He subsequently joined the United States Navy and worked his way to the role of officer. However, just three years later Garriott decided to leave the Navy to pursue a higher...

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2013-03-16 00:00:00

Wernher von Braun (March 23, 1912 - June 16, 1977) was one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Germany and the United States. His work on the Nazi rocket program made him a controversial figure. The controversy was captured in a song by satirist Tom Lehrer, who described him as "A man whose allegiance is ruled by expedience". He was born on in Wirsitz, Posen, Germany and his mother gave him a telescope upon his Lutheran confirmation. His interest in astronomy...

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