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Informing NASAs Asteroid Initiative A Citizen Forum

Informing NASA's Asteroid Initiative: A Citizen Forum

NASA NASA is finding asteroids, including those that might threaten our home planet, and sending humans to explore one. The agency is engaging the public in the Asteroid Grand Challenge to find all asteroid threats to human population and know...

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2014-08-29 16:21:04

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media accreditation now is open to attend an event marking the move of NASA's Orion spacecraft at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft will be transferred from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility during the second week of September. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA managers will be available to discuss the progress being...

2014-08-29 12:20:46

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Students from Mississippi and Louisiana will gather at the INFINITY Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi, for a long-distance call with NASA astronauts currently orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station. The special back-to-school education event will take place Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 1:20 p.m. EDT (12:20 p.m. CDT). http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The event will be broadcast live on NASA...

2014-08-28 16:21:46

GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will host a public event on Sept. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT to celebrate five years of observing the moon. This free event is for families with middle-school-aged children and older. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO This is the fifth anniversary of International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN), a public campaign to celebrate and observe...

2014-08-27 16:21:31

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has exercised the second option of its Engineering and Scientific Services Contract with Vantage Partners, LLC, of Lanham, Maryland. Vantage Partners provides engineering and scientific support services to the agency's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The current potential value of the contract is $231 million, which includes the approximately $46 million one-year...

Space Launch System rocket
2014-08-27 16:21:11

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars -- and approved the program's progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle....

2014-08-27 12:22:22

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA officials will hold a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EDT today to discuss the agency's progress on the Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy-lift rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Participants in the teleconference will be: -- Robert Lightfoot, NASA associate administrator -- William Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for the...

Cryogenic Fuel Tank
2014-08-26 16:21:37

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying lightweight, composite tanks on rockets. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "This is one of NASA's major technology accomplishments for 2014," said Michael Gazarik, NASA's associate administrator for Space Technology....

2014-08-25 16:20:12

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The sophisticated piano-sized spacecraft, which launched in January 2006, reached Neptune's orbit -- nearly 2.75 billion miles from Earth -- in a record eight years and...

2014-08-25 12:20:50

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has exercised the first option to extend the period of performance of its Test and Operations Support Contract (TOSC) with Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, TN, to September 30, 2016. Jacobs Technology Inc. will provide continued overall management and implementation of ground systems capabilities, flight hardware processing and launch operations in support of the International Space Station, Ground Systems Development and...

2014-08-22 16:20:52

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded a contract for research facilities and engineering support services to InuTeq, LLC of Greenbelt, Maryland, in support of the Mission Information and Test Systems Directorate at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO This cost-plus-award-fee contract covers a one-year base period beginning Nov. 1, 2014 and four one-year options, and is...


Latest NASA Reference Libraries

History Of Space Exploration
2013-10-06 08:29:34

Space exploration is the exploration and discovery of outer space by use of space technology and is conducted by both robotic spacecraft and humans. Astronomy, which is the viewing of objects in space from Earth, is thought to predate recorded history, but it was the inspiration to modern space exploration. Humans explore space for many reasons including the survival of humankind if Earth cannot sustain life, uniting nations, and scientific research. Physical space exploration began in...

Bernard Harris Jr.
2012-10-18 13:32:59

Bernard Harris is a former NASA astronaut who set NUMBER records being an African-American in space. He was born Bernard Anthony Harris, Jr. on June 26, 1956 in Temple, Texas. In school he was actively involved in science fairs, book clubs and other activities, and in 1969 he decided he wanted to be an astronaut after watching the Apollo 11 mission on television. He graduated from Sam Houston High School in San Antonio, Texas in 1974, and went on to attend the University of Houston, where he...

sts-39
2012-03-24 09:57:56

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 28, 1991 at 7:33 AM EDT and landed at Kennedy on May 6, 1991 at 2:55 PM EDT. The shuttle orbited 134 times at an altitude of 190 nautical miles at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 3.5 million miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 7 hours, 22 minutes, and 23 seconds. This was a Department of Defense mission whose activities are not classified. An unclassified payload included Air Force Program-675 (AFP675); Infrared Background...

sts-32
2012-03-24 09:42:00

Columbia launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 9, 1990 at 1:35 AM EST and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on January 20 at 1:35 AM PST. The shuttle orbited 172 times at an altitude of 178 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 4.5 million miles. The mission lasted 10 days, 21 hours, 0 minutes, and 36 seconds. At nearly eleven days this was by far the longest shuttle mission to date. The launch scheduled for December 18, 1989 was postponed to complete and...

sts-51f
2012-03-10 09:01:47

Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on July 29, 1985 at 5:00 PM EDT and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on August 6 at 12:45 PM PDT. The shuttle orbited 127 times at an altitude of 173 nautical miles at an inclination of 49.5 degrees and travelled 3.3 million miles. The Spacelab-2 payload consisted of an igloo and three pallets in the payload bay, containing scientific instruments dedicated to life sciences, plasma physics, astronomy, high-energy astrophysics, solar physics,...

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Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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