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NASA HU-25 Guardian measures chemical components from the larger DC-8
2014-04-11 03:00:02

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS II) flights are set to begin May 7 and will be flown from NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards,...

OSIRIS-REx
2014-04-11 03:30:50

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's team that will conduct the first U.S. mission to collect samples from an asteroid has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities. This determination was made Wednesday after a successful Mission Critical Design Review (CDR) for NASA's Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx). The CDR was held...

Reporters See NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Before Testing
2014-04-10 09:38:04

[ Watch the Video: Testing A Supersonic Parachute For Landing On Mars ] NASA On April 9 reporters got a chance to don "bunny suits" (protective apparel that sometimes makes people look like large rabbits) and enter a NASA clean room at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. In the room is NASA's latest technology for landing large payloads on planets like Mars or Earth, being processed for shipping prior to testing next June. NASA's Low-Density Supersonic...

2014-04-09 16:22:39

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable, energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology that has long powered America's space program. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The core technologies solicited in the Wednesday call for proposals will advance energy storage solutions for the space program and other government agencies, such as the Department of Energy's Advanced...

2014-04-09 12:21:22

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media are invited to meet with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden during a visit to the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston from 1-2 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 10. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO During the visit, media will join Bolden and Johnson Center Director Ellen Ochoa inside Mission Control in the newly renovated and historic White Flight Control Room previously used during the Space Shuttle...

2014-04-08 08:20:17

Innovator of High-IntensityMultipass(TM) water-softening technology aims to qualify the Akwamag for use in space and help save precious water supplies on board the International Space Station. SAN JOSE, Calif., April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Akwamag Inc., a cleantech startup that aims to disrupt the water softener market, has entered a Space Act agreement with NASA. Akwamag will study the efficacy of its magnetic water-softening technology to prevent calcium scale build-up in...

2014-04-07 16:20:13

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media are invited to attend NASA's third annual International Space Apps Challenge. The main event will be held April 12-13 in New York. The two-day "codeathon" also will be locally hosted at almost 100 locations spanning six continents. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The International Space Apps Challenge will bring tech-savvy citizens, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, and students together to help...

NASA Software Brought Down To Earth With New Catalog
2014-04-07 12:46:29

NASA From the rudimentary but effective Apollo Guidance and Navigation System that landed the first humans on the lunar landscape to the code used to manage robotic missions to explore other planets, software has always been at the core of NASA’s mission successes. When NASA develops this software, we know the code may have uses beyond the original mission. One of our missions is to ensure that the technologies we create for aeronautics and space missions, including software, have the...

2014-04-04 20:20:16

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will air live the departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft and the launch and docking of another to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) Monday, April 7, and Wednesday, April 9. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The ISS Progress 54 cargo ship, which arrived at the orbiting laboratory in February, will undock from the space station's Pirs docking compartment at 9:58 a.m....

2014-04-04 16:20:33

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The next SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Monday, April 14, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The company's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying its Dragon cargo spacecraft, will lift off at approximately 4:58 p.m. EDT. NASA Television coverage of...


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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