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made in space 3d printer
2014-06-12 23:04:44

Made In Space's 3D printer, customized for use in microgravity, has passed all NASA tests ahead of schedule and is ready to launch to the International Space Station in August 2014. Mountain View, Calif. (PRWEB) June 12, 2014 Made In Space’s 3D printer, specially designed for use on the International Space Station (ISS), has passed final NASA certifications and testing ahead of schedule. Due to the project meeting all milestones with minimal risk, the 3D Printer has been moved up to a...

Orion crew module
2014-06-12 03:00:51

NASA With just six months until its first trip to space, NASA’s Orion spacecraft continues taking shape at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Engineers began stacking the crew module on top of the completed service module Monday, the first step in moving the three primary Orion elements –crew module, service module and launch abort system – into the correct configuration for launch. "Now that we're getting so close to launch, the spacecraft completion work is visible...

2014-06-02 12:22:31

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sumara Thompson-King is NASA's new general counsel. She assumed the top role in NASA's legal office Sunday following the retirement of Michael Wholley, who had served as general counsel since June 2004. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Thompson-King currently had been serving as the deputy general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The Office of General Counsel...

2014-05-22 12:21:39

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of the agency's Asteroid Grand Challenge, NASA is partnering with private internet technology company Slooh to engage citizen scientists in the effort to track and characterize near-Earth asteroids (NEOs) that are potentially hazardous to human populations. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Slooh's global network of web-connected telescopes will be available for use by amateur astronomers for...

Low Density Supersonic Decelerator
2014-05-18 02:55:42

NASA NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle, has completed final assembly at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. This experimental flight test is designed to investigate breakthrough technologies that will benefit future Mars missions, including those involving human exploration. Three weeks of testing, simulations and rehearsals are planned before the first launch opportunity on the morning of...

RapidScat instrument
2014-05-16 03:00:23

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new NASA Earth-observing mission that will measure ocean winds from the International Space Station has arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin final preparations for launch. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The International Space Station (ISS)-RapidScat scatterometer instrument arrived May 12 after a cross-country trip from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. The...

Structural Test Stands For Space Launch System To Be Built At Marshall Space Flight Center
2014-05-07 03:40:06

By Megan Davidson, NASA NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will have the largest cryogenic fuel tanks ever used on a rocket. Stands to test the tanks and other hardware to ensure that these huge structures can withstand the incredible stresses of launch will be built at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. NASA is contracting for the construction of the test stands through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has awarded a $45.3 million contract to Brasfield...

2014-05-06 12:21:15

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 20 American college and university teams will gather on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats Saturday, May 17 to launch rockets they designed. The rockets will reach heights up to 20,000 feet, carrying onboard science and engineering experiments -- and high hopes among those on the ground to win prizes and bragging rights. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The "launchfest" is the pinnacle of the 2013-2014 NASA...

NASA Demonstrates Space Launch System Adaptive Controls
2014-03-23 14:22:05

Leslie Williams, Public Affairs, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Can a rocket maneuver like an airplane? And can an airplane act as a surrogate for a maneuvering rocket? NASA engineers demonstrated just that when they used a NASA F/A-18 aircraft recently to simulate a rocket in its early flight phase to test adaptive software for NASA's new rocket the Space Launch System (SLS), the largest, most powerful launch vehicle for deep space missions. The tests are helping engineers...

2014-03-17 20:20:08

Center kicks off first crowd-funding campaign to install STA exhibit HUNTSVILLE, Ala., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team including Space Camp alumni from around the world and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Foundation is raising awareness and embarking on their first 60-day crowd-funding campaign to bring a Grumman Gulfstream II Shuttle Training Aircraft to the center's Shuttle Park, home of the world's only full-stack shuttle display, Pathfinder. The STA was used...


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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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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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