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Orion Making Strides Ahead Of Its First Launch To Space
2014-03-17 13:30:42

NASA Orion is marching ever closer to its first trip to space on a flight that will set the stage for human exploration of new destinations in the solar system. The Orion team continues to work toward completing the spacecraft to be ready for a launch in September-October. However, the initial timeframe for the launch of Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) has shifted from September-October to early December to support allowing more opportunities for launches this year. Completing the...

2014-03-14 16:20:46

HOUSTON, March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has exercised a $22 million, one-year extension option for a contract with Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems of Houston to provide support to International Space Station activities at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The contract provides support consisting of analytical and physical processing activities to support pressurized cargo requirements for visiting...

2014-03-14 16:20:31

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, who returned to Earth March 10 after 166 days aboard the International Space Station, will be available for live satellite media interviews from 7-8 a.m. EDT Thursday, March 20. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Hopkins began his extended stay in space after launching to the station Sept. 25, 2013. During his time aboard the ISS, Hopkins and his crewmates spent hundreds of hours...

2014-03-14 16:20:29

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden toured on March 14 the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., where testing is underway on the avionics unit for the largest, most powerful rocket ever built. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO At Marshall's System Integration Laboratory, Bolden, along with staff from Alabama's congressional delegation and community leaders, had the opportunity to view the...

2014-03-14 12:22:18

GREENBELT, Md., March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded the Flight Dynamics Support Services (FDSS) Bridge contract for engineering services to a.i. solutions Inc., Lanham, Md. This contract is necessary to continue performance at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. until the Flight Dynamics Support Services II contract is awarded. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite...

2014-03-14 12:21:45

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will visit the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., on the afternoon of Monday, March 17, for demonstrations of and briefings on select aeronautics and space research activities performed at the center. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Media are invited to attend Bolden's tour of the laboratory used for research on volleyball-sized free-flying satellites...

2014-03-13 16:21:47

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot will address media at the facility where two booster stages for the Orion spacecraft's first trip to space are being prepared for launch. Reporters are invited to the event at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, March 17 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, Launch Complex 37. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The two boosters of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV...

NASA Names David W. Miller As New Chief Technologist
2014-03-13 14:26:42

Sarah Ramsey, NASA NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced Thursday that David W. Miller, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., has been named the agency’s new Chief Technologist. As chief technologist, he will be Bolden's principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy and programs. “David’s passion for discovery and innovation is a valuable asset as we move forward...

2014-03-13 12:20:34

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced Thursday that David W. Miller, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., has been named the agency's new Chief Technologist. As chief technologist, he will be Bolden's principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy and programs....

2014-03-13 08:21:02

eCIFM Solutions Inc. is recognized by the NASA Office of Small Business Program (OSBP) Women's History Month Publication for its outstanding contributions and services for NASA. SAN RAMON, Calif., March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- eCIFM Solutions Inc. (eCIFM) is proud to be featured and recognized in NASA's Office of Small Business Program (OSBP) Women's History Month Publication for its outstanding contributions and services to NASA. Each company highlighted in this month's publication...


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...

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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...

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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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