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Orion spacecraft
2014-06-05 12:21:20

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers have installed the largest heat shield ever constructed on the crew module of the agency's Orion spacecraft. The work marks a major milestone on the path toward the spacecraft's first launch in December. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "It is extremely exciting to see the heat shield in place, ready to do its job," said Mark Geyer, Orion Program manager at NASA's Johnson Space...

nasa Beautiful Earth
2014-06-05 03:30:18

Angel Mills, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Students will explore the relationship between human civilization and our ecosystem through time and space in an event called "Beautiful Earth" that combines music, amazing satellite imagery and visualizations. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is hosting the agency’s Beautiful Earth interactive program for the first time in two years. The three-year-old program partners with multimedia performance group Bella...

nasa manned mars missions
2014-06-05 04:24:22

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While a Congressionally-mandated National Research Council report released Wednesday endorses the continuation of the US space program and its ultimate goal of sending humans to Mars, it also concluded that NASA will be unable to accomplish that mission using its current approach, due in part to financial constraints. The 286-page paper, which is the result of an 18-month review of NASA’s human space flight program, said that...

2014-06-04 20:20:20

HAMPTON, Va., June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The NASA Small Business Administrator's Cup Award for fiscal year 2013 was presented to NASA's Langley Research Center on Wednesday, June 4. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The award was presented to Stephen Jurczyk, center director and Randy Manning, a Langley small business specialist, by NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden and Glenn A. Delgado, associate administrator of the Office of Small Business...

2014-06-04 16:20:55

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is seeking proposals from universities to advance the agency's plans for exploration to deep space and Mars. The Early Stage Innovations NASA Research Announcement calls for innovative space technology proposals that could benefit the space program, other government agencies and the greater aerospace community. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Aligned with NASA's Space Technology Roadmaps and priorities...

NASA Helps Marvel's Avengers Exhibit Bring The Science And Technology
2014-06-04 03:48:54

Preston Dyches, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A new exhibit steeped in the cinematic world of "The Avengers" provides a super-powered dose of science and technology from NASA. The unique, interactive educational display premiered at Discovery Times Square in New York City on May 30, 2014, for a six-month engagement. Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. -- an acronym for Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network -- is an immersive experience in which visitors can...

NASA Releases Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Final Report
2014-06-04 03:25:53

NASA With two companies now providing commercial cargo launch services for the International Space Station, NASA is issuing its final report on the now-complete Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program that laid the groundwork for those flights. The report, titled “Commercial Orbital Transportation Services, A New Era in Spaceflight” (NASA/SP-2014-617), documents the work of NASA’s Commercial Crew & Cargo Program Office (C3PO) between 2005 and 2013 to partner...

2014-06-04 12:21:47

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from NASA regarding the National Research Council report, "Pathways to Exploration - Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration." http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "NASA welcomes the release of this report. After a preliminary review, we are pleased to find the NRC's assessment and identification of compelling themes for human exploration are consistent...

Space Laser To Collect Earth Elevation Data During ICESat-2 Mission
2014-06-04 06:26:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The laser instrument component of NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) is currently being integrated and tested at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, US space agency officials announced on Tuesday. The instrument, which is known as the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS), will be used to measure the elevation of the planet’s surfaces, including forests, oceans and even ice...

Orion spacecraft in orbit
2014-06-04 04:50:27

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you thought the scientists and engineers at NASA were just sitting around Houston and central Florida after the retirement of the manned shuttle program playing pinochle and waiting for their government pensions to kick in, you would be sorely mistaken. In fact, with the recently passed 45th anniversary of the Apollo 10, the agency took the opportunity to announce the upcoming 'Apollo 10' for the new millennium. The excitement...


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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