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asteroid Eros
2014-06-16 12:21:29

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, June 19, NASA will host a televised update on recent progress and upcoming milestones in the agency's efforts to identify, capture and relocate an asteroid, and send astronauts to take samples of it in the 2020s. The 1-2:30 p.m. EDT event will kick off a two-day virtual workshop to highlight successes and new opportunities through NASA's Asteroid Grand Challenge, which coincides with its first anniversary....

Heart Of James Webb Space Telescope Lowered Into Chamber
2014-06-16 03:43:11

Laura Betz, NASA Engineer Jack Marshall held his breath. The "heart" of the James Webb Space Telescope hung from a cable 30 feet in the air as it was lowered slowly into the massive thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. This "heart" of Webb is called the ISIM or Integrated Science Instrument Module, which along with its thermal vacuum test frame and supporting hardware, weighs about as much as an elephant. Within this test frame, ISIM sits...

2014-06-13 12:20:32

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman, currently orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station, will speak with students and educators at Colvin Run Elementary School in Vienna, Virginia, at 11:55 a.m. EDT Tuesday, June 17. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Students will have the opportunity to ask the astronauts...

Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator
2014-06-13 03:00:00

NASA Update NASA did not conduct the flight test of the agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range in Kauai, Hawaii, during its designated launch period. The project's reserved range time at the range will expire Saturday, June 14, with NASA unable to fly the test because of continuing unfavorable weather conditions. Mark Adler, the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator project manager and Ian Clark, principal investigator on the project,...

made in space 3d printer
2014-06-12 23:04:44

Made In Space's 3D printer, customized for use in microgravity, has passed all NASA tests ahead of schedule and is ready to launch to the International Space Station in August 2014. Mountain View, Calif. (PRWEB) June 12, 2014 Made In Space’s 3D printer, specially designed for use on the International Space Station (ISS), has passed final NASA certifications and testing ahead of schedule. Due to the project meeting all milestones with minimal risk, the 3D Printer has been moved up to a...

2014-06-12 16:21:34

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With just six months until its first trip to space, NASA's Orion spacecraft is taking shape at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Media are invited to a status update on Orion and to see the spacecraft alongside NASA Administrator Charles Bolden at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 18. The update will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website....

Carbon Conundrums
2014-06-12 16:21:05

NASA NASA’s first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere is in final preparations for a July 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. [ Watch the Video: OCO-2: NASA’s Carbon Counter ] The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission will provide a more complete, global picture of the human and natural sources of carbon dioxide, as well as their “sinks,” the natural ocean and land processes by which carbon dioxide is pulled...

Orion crew module
2014-06-12 03:00:51

NASA With just six months until its first trip to space, NASA’s Orion spacecraft continues taking shape at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Engineers began stacking the crew module on top of the completed service module Monday, the first step in moving the three primary Orion elements –crew module, service module and launch abort system – into the correct configuration for launch. "Now that we're getting so close to launch, the spacecraft completion work is visible...

2014-06-11 12:21:19

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected five universities to design systems, concepts and technologies to enhance capabilities for deep space missions for the 2015 Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The selections are the first milestone in a yearlong design and development effort for these five projects. Throughout the 2014-2015 academic...

2014-06-10 20:20:23

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins met Stephen I. Katz, director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases on Tuesday at National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland, where they discussed the importance of research taking place aboard the International Space Station, including NIH-funded investigations. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Hopkins also made a...


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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