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2009-07-22 18:06:29

Forty years and one week after humans first walked on the moon, visitors to the country's biggest annual air show will be able to see a piece of the lunar surface in person. This is a rare visit by a moon rock to EAA AirVenture, the Experimental Aircraft Association's fly-in, held in Oshkosh, Wis., July 27 to Aug. 2. The rock is part of a larger exhibit that celebrates NASA's contributions to space exploration, aeronautics research and Earth science. "This year we're celebrating not only our...

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2009-07-22 13:50:00

 NASA is issuing the third edition of the Workforce Transition Strategy, which details the agency's plan to minimize job losses while transitioning from the Space Shuttle Program to the Constellation Program. NASA Transition is the evolution of people, property, processes, and plans to enable space exploration missions by evolving from our Space Shuttle-based human space flight system to a new architecture designed to achieve the objectives of the US Space Exploration Policy. This...

2009-07-14 14:15:03

The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee will hold three public meetings July 28-30. The meetings are open to news media representatives. No registration is required, but seating is limited to location capacity. The first meeting will be July 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center, 2500 South Shore Blvd. in League City, Texas. Agenda topics include NASA's Johnson Space Center operations, NASA's Constellation program, committee...

2009-07-08 14:31:32

The NASA Advisory Council will meet in the Columbia Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Capitol on July 16, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. This daylong meeting is open to journalists and the public. Following opening remarks from council chairman Kenneth Ford, NASA's acting Administrator Christopher Scolese will speak with the council. Gen. Lester Lyles will brief the council on a recently completed study by the National Academies entitled, "Rationale and Goals of the U.S. Civil Space Program."...

2009-07-07 16:03:52

The U.S. civil space program should be aligned with widely acknowledged national challenges, says a new report from the National Research Council. Aligning the program with pressing issues "“ environmental, economic, and strategic "“ is a national imperative, and will continue to grow in importance. Coordination across federal agencies, combined with a competent technical work force, effective infrastructure, and investment in technology and innovation, would lay the...

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2009-06-27 07:25:00

NASA has announced a schedule of events to commemorate the achievements of the Apollo program and the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing. Among the activities is a news conference with astronauts from several Apollo missions scheduled for 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. EDT, July 20, in the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington. NASA Headquarters is located at 300 E St., S.W. A list of events to celebrate the Apollo legacy is located at:...

2009-06-15 15:00:00

HOUSTON, June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, NASA has awarded to DRI Commercial Corporation of Irvine, Calif., a contract to repair critical infrastructure facilities at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston that were damaged during Hurricane Ike in September 2008. The funds will be used to perform roof repairs and roof ledge replacements at Johnson. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The...

2009-06-15 15:39:46

 Using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, NASA has awarded to DRI Commercial Corporation of Irvine, Calif., a contract to repair critical infrastructure facilities at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston that were damaged during Hurricane Ike in September 2008. The funds will be used to perform roof repairs and roof ledge replacements at Johnson. The competitively awarded, firm-fixed-price contract begins June 15, 2009. The total value of the base...

2009-06-10 12:37:23

The U.S. space agency says it will fund an $8 million program designed to educate people about global climate change. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration project will offer cooperative agreements to higher education institutions, state and local agencies, federally recognized tribal government agencies, public school districts and non-profit organizations. The program is expected to leverage NASA's climate and Earth system science to enhance students' academic experiences and...

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2009-06-10 14:45:00

NASA has announced a new funding opportunity that could result in the award of cooperative agreements for projects designed to educate students, teachers and lifelong learners about global climate change. Proposals for Global Climate Change Education: Research Experiences, Teaching and Learning are expected to leverage NASA's unique contributions in climate and Earth system science to enhance students' academic experiences and improve educators' abilities to engage and stimulate their...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'