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Former Astronauts Reboot NASA ISEE-3 Probe For Original Mission
2014-07-07 12:46:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a 27-year slumber, NASA’s International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3) spacecraft has reawakened – firing its thrusters on July 2 in preparation for a major course change. As part of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project being run by former NASA astronauts, the firing of the rockets caused the craft to increase its rotation rate from 19.16 revolutions per minute (rpm) to 19.76 rpm. “All in all, a very good day,” wrote project...

50th Anniversary Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Celebrated by NASA
2014-07-03 03:27:10

[ Watch The Video: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden On 50th Anniversary Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 ] NASA “To enforce the constitutional right to vote…to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations…to protect constitutional rights in public facilities and public education…to extend the Commission on Civil Rights…to prevent discrimination in federally assisted programs…to establish a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity, and for...

NASA New Horizon Probe To Get Help From Hubble Space Telescope
2014-07-03 14:09:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 2006, NASA launched its New Horizons probe to explore the outer reaches of our Solar System and beyond. Fast forward eight years and the craft is now going to be getting a little direction with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope. The space agency announced on Wednesday that Hubble will begin searching for an ideal outer solar system object that New Horizons could fly by as it moves past Pluto in July 2015. The Hubble will...

Antares rocket
2014-07-10 04:00:27

UPDATE: July 10, 2014 (4:00 AM) Orbital Sciences Corp. has postponed the launch of its Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station until 1:14 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 12, due to weather conditions that delayed the roll-out of the Antares rocket to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Roll-out of the rocket has been rescheduled for Thursday morning. NASA Television coverage of Saturday’s launch will begin at...

NASA Veteran Jon Cowart Receives Space Flight Awareness Silver Snoopy Award
2014-07-02 03:47:11

By Frank Ochoa-Gonzales, NASA Jon Cowart's email signature, which comes from the movie "Intersteller," reads "Perhaps we have forgotten that we are still pioneers . . . That we’ve barely begun.  And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us… That our destiny lies above us." But ask just about anyone who knows the 27-year NASA veteran and they'll tell you all about his many accomplishments and pioneering spirit. The outspoken engineer told Spaceport Magazine he had...

2014-07-01 12:21:33

HAMPTON, Va., July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA X, a video program based at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, has won a prestigious Emmy award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA X producers Kevin Krigsvold and Michael Bibbo won the award for "Power and Propulsion" in the category of...

Computing Asteroid Paths For Future Exploratory, Redirect Missions
2014-07-01 12:19:30

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online Asteroids are chunks of debris left over from the solar system’s formation. They are a substantial interest to scientists, having possible resources embedded within them. Water, along with other resources found on these asteroids would be a benefit to astronauts traveling into deep space with missions to Mars and even deeper in our solar system. Currently, NASA is developing methods needed for a 2030s mission to Mars. In the...

Arena Fonte Nova
2014-07-01 10:36:34

NASA U.S. and Belgian players meet as opponents on the field during game 56 of World Cup 2014 on July 1, but the two countries have a long history of working as partners in space. As a member of the European Space Agency, Belgium partners with the United States and 14 other countries on the International Space Station. The first commander of the station from the European Space Agency was Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne during Expedition 21 in 2009. Cosmonaut Maxim Suraev, who is...

2014-06-30 16:21:06

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has exercised the third option of its Technology, Engineering, and Aerospace Mission Support (TEAMS) 2 contract with Analytical Mechanics Associates Inc. (AMA) of Hampton, Virginia. AMA will continue providing engineering support to the agency's Langley Research Center, also in Hampton. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The potential value of the contract, including the approximately $50 million one-year...

2014-06-30 12:23:11

HOUSTON, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut and educator Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger has departed the agency for other pursuits. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Selected by NASA in 2004, Metcalf-Lindenburger was among NASA's first class of educator astronauts. She flew on space shuttle mission STS-131 in April of 2010, accumulating more than 15 days in space. During her mission she coordinated supplies and equipment transferred to the...


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...

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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...

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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...

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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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