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Terminal Sequencing and Spacing technology
2014-07-16 04:00:24

Karen Northon, NASA A new NASA-developed computer software tool designed to aid air traffic controllers was presented to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during a ceremony Monday at the agency's headquarters in Washington. The Terminal Sequencing and Spacing (TSS) technology will enable air traffic controllers to better manage the spacing between aircraft as they fly more efficient approaches into airports, saving both time and fuel and reducing emissions. TSS is the another...

2014-07-16 12:21:27

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- How does living and working underwater for nine days help us explore space? http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Four astronauts who will be living 62 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean will be available to answer that question and more during satellite interviews from inside an underwater habitat from 8 to 8:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 23. The crew members of the NASA Extreme Environment Mission...

2014-07-16 12:21:24

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will broadcast live the departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, July 21, and the launch and docking of its replacement Wednesday, July 23. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO ISS Progress 55 arrived at the orbiting laboratory in April and will undock from the space station's Pirs docking compartment at 5:41 p.m. EDT on July 21. NASA TV...

NASA Seeks Proposals For Science Instruments For Future Mission To Europa
2014-07-16 03:18:13

Dwayne Brown, NASA NASA has issued an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for proposals about science instruments that could be carried aboard a future mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa. Selected instruments could address fundamental questions about the icy moon and the search for life beyond Earth. “The possibility of life on Europa is a motivating force for scientists and engineers around the world,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission...

2014-07-15 12:21:57

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected seven university-led proposals for the study of innovative, early stage technologies that address high priority needs for America's space program. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The selected proposals for unique, disruptive, or transformational space technologies will address challenges in robotic mobility when traversing extreme terrain, in developing lightweight and multifunctional materials...

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Less Than A Year From Pluto Flyby
2014-07-15 09:44:15

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: One Year To Pluto ] Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA says its New Horizons spacecraft is only one year away from Pluto, slated to make an historic flyby on July 14, 2015 and give the Earthlings never before seen images of the distant world. “Because Pluto has never been visited up-close by a spacecraft from Earth, everything we see will be a first. I know this will be an astonishing experience full of history making...

2014-07-14 16:20:50

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded a nine-year contract to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT), Inc., Greenbelt, Maryland, to provide mission and flight crew operations support for the International Space Station and future human space exploration. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The maximum value of this single award, cost-plus-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract is $1.3 billion. The contract award begins...

boot print on the moon and on Mars
2014-07-14 12:21:24

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA marks the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing this month while it takes the steps needed for America's next giant leap to send astronauts to Mars. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA's Apollo 11 crew landed on the moon July 20, 1969. The world watched 45 years ago as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set their lunar module Eagle down in the Sea of Tranquility, while crewmate Michael Collins...

Newest Near Earth Network Antenna AS-3 Is Operational
2014-07-14 03:48:11

Dewayne Washington, NASA A ribbon-cutting ceremony near the base of the new NASA antenna within the Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) marked the official beginning for the Near Earth Network (NEN) asset. Operated by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), the facility is a prime polar location for NASA and part of its globally distributing ground-based network providing communication services for orbiting spacecraft. “You call this area the final frontier,” said Badri Younes,...

Antares Orbital-2 Mission Launch
2014-07-13 16:20:03

[ Watch the Video: Launch Of Orbital-2 Mission To The International Space Station ] WASHINGTON, July 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A multitude of NASA research investigations, crew provisions, hardware and science experiments from across the country is headed to the International Space Station aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft. The cargo craft launched aboard Orbital's Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 12:52 p.m. EDT Sunday....


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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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