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2012-12-21 15:35:17

The team designing America's new flagship rocket has completed successfully a major technical review of the vehicle's core stage. NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) will take the agency's Orion spacecraft and other payloads beyond low-Earth orbit, providing a new capability for human exploration. The core stage preliminary design review (PDR) was held Thursday at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and included representatives from the agency and The Boeing Co. Boeing's...

2012-12-14 16:03:42

NASA on Thursday took another step toward human exploration of new destinations in the solar system. At the agency's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, engineers conducted the final test-firing of the J-2X powerpack assembly, an important component of America's next heavy-lift rocket. The J-2X engine is the first human-rated liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen engine developed in the United States in decades. Designed and built by NASA and industry partner Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne of...

FASTSAT Nearing End Of Mission
2012-11-30 20:17:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA said that its Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite (FASTSAT) mission is coming to an end after two successful years. FASTSAT was able to help demonstrate a capability to build, deploy and operate a science and technology flight mission at lower costs than what had been previously thought. The mission used off-the-shelf commercial hardware and the satellite itself weighed slightly less than 400 pounds....

2012-11-14 18:04:46

Organizers of the NASA Student Launch Projects have announced the 57 student teams whose inventive creations will soar skyward in April during the space agency's 2012-13 rocketry challenge. Representing schools in 26 states around the country, participating teams each will design and build a large, high-powered rocket, complete with a working science or engineering payload and capable of flying to the target altitude of 1 mile. NASA created the rocketry challenge to encourage young people...

Protecting Astronauts From Radiation
2012-11-10 10:46:10

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA scientists and engineers have been working since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first stepped on the surface of the moon to solve the complexities of traveling to and working in space that present significant challenges to the astronauts. One of those challenges is the space radiation that humans are subjected to when they go outside Earth's protective atmosphere and magnetic field. Plans are afoot to send astronauts...


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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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