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2014-06-24 20:20:19

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project plans to fly its rocket-powered, saucer-shaped landing technology test vehicle into near-space from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii later this week. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA has identified five potential launch dates for the high-altitude balloon carrying the LDSD experiment: June 28, 29, 30, July 1 and 3....

2014-06-24 16:20:50

HAMPTON, Va., June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will take visitors into space, then bring them down to Earth in an exhibit that combines NASA technology and education during this week's NASCAR races at the Kentucky Speedway. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Technicians and others from NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, will be at the Sparta, Kentucky, raceway, June 26 -28, with five tents of models, displays and artifacts that will...

2014-06-24 12:21:02

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is launching two challenges to give the public an opportunity to create innovative ways to use data from the agency's Earth science satellites. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The challenges will use the Open NASA Earth Exchange. OpenNEX is a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to solve big data...

2014-06-24 08:23:19

WALNUT, Calif., June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- VIASPACE Inc. (OTCQB: VSPC) today announced that CEO Dr. Carl Kukkonen traveled to Nicaragua and Panama to: -- meet with Nicaraguan business partners -- visit the plantation where Giant King Grass has been growing since 2012 -- meet with the team conducting the formal power plant feasibility study -- interview potential EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractors that would build the power plant --...

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
2014-06-23 23:05:14

No trip to Florida is complete without visiting Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Guests can relive the epic story of the U.S. space program and spend a full day or more experiencing fun and educational activities. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (PRWEB) June 23, 2014 KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – No trip to Florida is complete without visiting Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Guests can relive the epic story of the U.S. space program and spend a full day or more experiencing fun and educational...

2014-06-23 12:21:02

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Local students and educators will gather at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego at 10:25 a.m. PDT (1:25 p.m. EDT) Wednesday, June 25, to speak with NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman, currently orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website. Media interested in...

QuikScat's Eye On Ocean Winds Lives On After 15 Years
2014-06-20 03:55:48

Rosalie Murphy, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Today (June 19) marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of NASA's QuikScat, a satellite sent for a three-year mission in 1999 that continues collecting data. Built in less than 12 months, QuikScat has watched ocean wind patterns for 15 years and improved weather forecasting worldwide. Despite a partial instrument failure in 2009, it provides calibration data to international partners. On this anniversary, the mission's team is preparing...

mars 2020 rover
2014-06-20 12:20:16

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is requesting the public and interested organizations to review and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the agency's proposed Mars 2020 mission. The comment period runs through July 21. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO During the comment period, NASA will host an online public meeting from 1-3 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 26, at: https://ac.arc.nasa.gov/mars2020 The meeting site...

NASA Discusses Progress Reached So Far In Future Asteroid Mission
2014-06-20 12:35:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Proposed studies for NASA’s missions to capture and redirect an asteroid are set to kick off in July. The space agency said these studies should inform not only the future asteroid mission, but also future missions to Mars. "With these system concept studies, we are taking the next steps to develop capabilities needed to send humans deeper into space than ever before, and ultimately to Mars, while testing new techniques to protect...

Asteroid Grand Challenge First Anniversary
2014-06-20 03:13:27

NASA It’s been a busy year around the sun for NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge. NASA has been active in learning new ways to find, track and characterize asteroids and thinking about ways to respond to asteroid threats to human population. If you want to help, there are lots of opportunities, including a virtual workshop in celebration of the first anniversary of the public announcement of NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge on June 19-20. On June 18, 2013, NASA announced the Asteroid...


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...

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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...

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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