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LDSD test vehicle
2014-06-27 23:00:28

NASA/JPL Mission managers are proceeding with preparations for a launch attempt on the morning of Saturday, June 28, of a high-altitude balloon carrying the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle to the edge of space. The test will occur at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. At present, weather forecasted for tomorrow morning is within launch constraints. Mission managers will evaluate latest weather conditions later this evening to confirm...

Medicine And Manufacturing Inspired By Space-tested Robot
2014-06-27 03:25:42

Melissa Gaskill, NASA Humans doing difficult, repetitive tasks or those who need assistance with movement may soon get a helping hand – literally – thanks to robotic technology developed to serve astronauts in space. Robonaut, a human-like robot designed by NASA and General Motors (GM), has been on the International Space Station since February 2011. Researchers have been testing the robot’s ability to perform certain tasks to free up human crew time and energy. “The idea is...

Friendly Competition Pits US Against German Astronauts On Space Station
2014-06-26 03:46:20

[ Watch The Video: Out Of This World Cup ] NASA NASA’s Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson and the European Space Agency’s Astronaut Alexander Gerst will be cheering on their home countries’ World Cup 2014 teams, but will the post-goal celebrations be as uplifting as those on Earth? The astronauts have trained for years to work together as a unified crew, so they’re already 260 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station. But US astronauts Swanson and Wiseman and...

Testing On 3-D Printer Completed By NASA
2014-06-25 03:20:49

NASA A 3-D printer that astronauts call their version of a "Star Trek" replicator has just completed a series of tests at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, verifying it is ready to be launched to the International Space Station later this year. In-space additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, has the potential to revolutionize every aspect of space exploration from printing small critical parts and tools to eventually building larger structures in space....

2014-06-25 12:21:48

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will get a firsthand look at work being done on high power Roll Out Solar Arrays (ROSA) during a visit to Deployable Space Systems' (DSS) facility in Goleta, California on Tuesday, July 1. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Bolden and senior agency officials will join DSS President Brian Spence for a tour of the facility where the advanced large solar array system is being...

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...


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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