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Rosetta at Comet
2014-06-10 16:21:28

NASA Three NASA science instruments aboard the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus, are beginning observations and sending science data back to Earth. Launched in March 2004, Rosetta was reactivated in January 2014 after a record 957 days in hibernation. Composed of an orbiter and lander, Rosetta's objective is to arrive at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August to study the celestial...

Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science laser beam
2014-06-07 05:30:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A high-definition video beamed 260 miles from the International Space Station (ISS) to Earth on Thursday has become the first 175-megabit communication transmission for NASA’s new Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) technology, the US space agency has announced. Transmission of the video message entitled “Hello, World!” was meant to demonstrate advanced methods for communicating with future spacecraft using a...

LDSD Rocket-powered Test Vehicle
2014-06-02 16:20:30

Due to weather conditions, there will be no launch of the LDSD test vehicle Tuesday, June 3. Other potential launch dates include June 5, 7, 9, 11 and 14. Launch decision for Thursday, June 5 will be made on Wednesday, June 4. Check back with us for updates. WASHINGTON, June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's flying saucer-shaped test vehicle is ready to take to the skies from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, for its first engineering shakeout flight....

Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project
2014-05-29 16:21:30

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project will fly a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space next week from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. Several events are planned for reporters who would like to cover this unique space technology engineering test flight. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO On Monday, June 2, reporters who have previously received...

2014-05-22 12:22:20

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers have discovered on the Red Planet the largest fresh meteor-impact crater ever firmly documented with before-and-after images. The images were captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The crater spans half the length of a football field and first appeared in March 2012. The impact that created it likely was preceded by an explosion in the Martian sky...

2014-05-19 20:20:09

Lockheed Martin-Built Lander to Study Interior of Mars DENVER, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The team preparing NASA's next Mars lander mission gained a green light today to begin building the spacecraft, which will study how Earthlike planets form. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] will now begin building the InSight spacecraft. The InSight mission will launch from California in March 2016 and touch down on Mars six months later. The stationary lander's robotic arm will then deploy...

2014-05-19 16:21:05

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and its international partners now have the go-ahead to begin construction on a new Mars lander after it completed a successful Mission Critical Design Review on Friday. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA's Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission will pierce beneath the Martian surface to study its interior. The mission will investigate how...

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...

2014-05-15 12:21:55

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reporters are invited to a media day Monday, June 2 at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii, to learn about NASA's upcoming flight test of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) experiment. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA's LDSD test is designed to investigate breakthrough technologies that will benefit landing future human and robotic Mars missions, as well as aid in...

2014-05-12 12:21:32

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The study presents multiple lines of evidence, incorporating 40 years of observations that indicate the glaciers...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.