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2014-05-06 16:21:08

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) will fund 26 proposals to help investigate questions about astronaut health and performance on future deep space exploration missions. This research may help protect astronauts as they venture farther into the solar system than ever before to explore an asteroid and, eventually, Mars. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO...

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...

Pioneering Mercury Astronauts Launched Future Of America
2014-05-05 04:00:29

By Bob Granath, NASA From ancient astronomers to fantasy authors to modern-day scientists, visionaries dreamed for centuries about travel beyond Earth into outer space. On a spring day in 1959, America's fledgling space agency introduced seven military test pilots who would turn the stuff of science fiction into the "right stuff," launching the nation into the future. Over the coming years these new astronauts would make frequent trips to Florida's Space Coast and Cape Canaveral Air...

2014-05-02 16:20:49

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronauts and Expedition 39 Flight Engineers Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson, currently orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station, will speak with students and educators at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, Tuesday, May 6, at 11:55 a.m. EDT. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Media interested in covering the...

nasa and cnes
2014-05-02 12:21:33

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the French space agency Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) have agreed to jointly build, launch, and operate a spacecraft to conduct the first-ever global survey of Earth's surface water and to map ocean surface height with unprecedented detail. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall signed an agreement Friday at NASA Headquarters in...

2014-05-02 12:21:10

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman of Baltimore, Md., who is making final preparations for a May launch to the International Space Station, will be available for live satellite interviews from 6 to 7 a.m. EDT Friday, May 9. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Wiseman will participate live from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The interviews will be preceded at 5:30 a.m. by a video b-roll feed of...

2014-05-02 12:20:54

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media accreditation has been extended for the launch of the second NASA contracted cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station from Virginia. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., will launch the Orbital-2 cargo resupply mission at 2:07 a.m. EDT Tuesday, June 10 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad 0A at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. NASA Television...

2014-04-30 23:04:07

Oklahoma’s site for the 2014 NASA International Space Apps Challenge releases winners for global and local recognition. Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) April 30, 2014 Attendees of the 2014 NASA International Space Apps Challenge worldwide gloried in their own little programming world this April. Coming up with brilliant ideas, overflowing with ones and zeros, fueled by sugar and sleep deprivation, our innovative heroes representing all of planet earth created many impressive projects that...

2014-04-30 16:21:41

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA announced Wednesday the selection of three U.S. companies to negotiate no-funds exchanged partnership agreements with the agency to advance lander capabilities that will enable delivery of payloads to the surface of the moon, as well as new science and exploration missions of interest to NASA and scientific and academic communities. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The selected companies are: -- Astrobotic...

2014-04-30 16:21:33

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A NASA spacecraft designed to make precise measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere is at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final preparations for launch. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 arrived Wednesday at its launch site on California's central coast after travelling from Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Gilbert, Ariz....


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
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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