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2014-05-16 12:21:29

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA mission priorities were explored by five winners of the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge, a worldwide "hackathon" to spark innovation with direct application to future space missions and improve life on Earth. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA judges have selected five challenge winners, and the global social media community selected a People's Choice fan favorite. The competition took place...

Tensions Between US And Russia Leave Air Force Scrambling For Launch Alternatives
2014-05-16 04:44:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Ongoing tensions between the US and Russia have left the US Air Force (USAF) scrambling for alternatives to Russian-built rocket engines, but could pay off big for some American companies in the long run, according to various media reports published earlier this week. The recent announcement by Russian officials that they would no longer allow the US access to its rocket engines, and would keep the USAF from using them to launch...

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 16:21:10

GREENBELT, Md., May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected the winners of NASA's 2014 educational "REEL Science Communications" video contest. The three winning videos were created by students in Huntington, New York, Santa Cruz, California, and Placerville, California. There were also six videos chosen as runners-up. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "Once again, NASA received some impressive, creative videos from high school students around the...

2014-05-15 16:20:41

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA ranked high in the J.D. Power 2014 Social Media Benchmark Study: Government, released Thursday. In the two focus areas measured, servicing and marking engagement, J.D. Power reports, "Among the government agencies included in the study, only the National Aeronautics and Space Administration performs particularly well in both types of social interactions." http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "Increasingly,...

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...

2014-05-15 12:21:37

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jupiter's trademark Great Red Spot -- a swirling anti-cyclonic storm larger than Earth -- has shrunk to its smallest size ever measured. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO According to Amy Simon of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recent NASA Hubble Space Telescope observations confirm the Great Red Spot now is approximately 10,250 miles across. Astronomers have followed this...

2014-05-14 20:20:40

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientific research to prepare astronauts to venture farther into the solar system than ever before and provide real benefits to life on Earth happens every day aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Starting at 3:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, May 21, join NASA, the current space station commander and a panel of experts as they discuss current and future research aboard this one-of-a-kind orbiting laboratory....

2014-05-14 12:22:30

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station beginning at 9 a.m. EDT on Sunday, May 18. After leaving the space station, the capsule will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean carrying more than 3,500 pounds of NASA science samples and cargo. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Dragon is set to be detached from the Earth-facing side of...

2014-05-14 12:22:28

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio of Waterbury, Connecticut, who returned from the International Space Station Tuesday (May 13 U.S. time), will be available for live satellite interviews from 7 to 8 a.m. EDT Tuesday, May 20. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Mastracchio will participate from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. To participate, reporters should contact Karen Svetaka at 281-483-8684 or at...


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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