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2014-09-30 16:21:07

Igniter Integral to NASA's Space Launch System and Orion Crew Safety ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA and ATK (NYSE: ATK) successfully completed a static test of the launch abort motor igniter for the Orion crew capsule's Launch Abort System (LAS). Conducted at ATK's facility in Promontory, Utah, this test is the next step toward qualifying the igniter for production. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140930/149451 The LAS will be placed on top of the Orion spacecraft,...

2014-09-30 16:20:54

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a meeting Tuesday in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO While attending the International Astronautical Congress, the two space agency...

Phytoplankton bloom
2014-09-30 03:00:50

Kasha Patel, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center The greens and blues of the ocean color from NASA satellite data have provided new insights into how climate and ecosystem processes affect the growth cycles of phytoplankton — microscopic aquatic plants important for fish populations and Earth’s carbon cycle. At the bottom of the ocean’s food chain, phytoplankton account for roughly half of the net photosynthesis on Earth. Their photosynthesis consumes carbon dioxide and plays a...

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2014-09-30 05:09:22

Preston Dyches, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Cassini spacecraft is monitoring the evolution of a mysterious feature in a large hydrocarbon sea on Saturn's moon Titan. The feature covers an area of about 100 square miles (260 square kilometers) in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest seas on Titan. It has now been observed twice by Cassini's radar experiment, but its appearance changed between the two apparitions. The mysterious feature, which appears bright in radar images against...

2014-09-29 16:21:48

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three astronauts of the International Space Station Expedition 41 crew will conduct two spacewalks outside the orbiting laboratory Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Wednesday, Oct. 15 to replace a failed power regulator and relocate a failed cooling pump. NASA Television will provide comprehensive coverage, beginning with a preview briefing Friday, Oct. 3. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The preview briefing will be broadcast at...

2014-09-29 16:21:40

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected Mission Technologies, Inc., of Cleveland to provide facility assurance, inspection, maintenance and occupational safety services including flight safety and mission assurance services at the agency's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO This hybrid contract is a firm-fixed price, cost-plus, fixed-fee contract with a firm-fixed price base effort...

NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory Creates Atomic Dance
2014-09-29 03:24:59

Elizabeth Landau, NASA Like dancers in a chorus line, atoms' movements become synchronized when lowered to extremely cold temperatures. To study this bizarre phenomenon, called a Bose-Einstein condensate, researchers need to cool atoms to a temperature just above absolute zero – the point at which atoms have the least energy and are close to motionless. The goal of NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) is to study ultra-cold quantum gases in a facility instrument developed for use on the...

2014-09-29 08:22:14

Hip-hop physics show to reach 55 schools in 30 stops across the United States MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and NASA are celebrating 10 years of collaboration with FMA Live! Forces in Motion, an award-winning, hip-hop physics education program that inspires middle school students to learn and enjoy math and science in a compelling, fun and memorable way. The popular show, which will visit its 1,000(th) school during this special tour, is in high...

dream chaser
2014-10-06 03:50:35

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online ----- UPDATE: October 6, 2014 (3:50 a.m.) According to a brief announcement by Steven Siceloff of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, "While NASA has awarded this contract," referring to the contracts recently given to SpaceX and Being, "NASA has instructed Boeing and SpaceX to stop performance on the contract while the GAO resolves a protest." redOrbit will continue to provide updates as they become available. ----- ORIGINAL:...

India’s Space Program Faces Challenges, Even After Mangalyaan Success
2014-09-28 07:54:20

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online When the Mars Orbiter Mission Mangalyaan (MOM) successfully entered orbit around the Red Planet, it was a defining moment for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) – but as media reports published late last week revealed, it also shed light on some of the challenges facing the country’s fledgling space program. Once Mangalyaan completed its orbital insertion maneuver on Wednesday, it made the ISRO just the fourth...


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Stephanie Wilson
2012-10-29 14:17:00

Stephanie Wilson is an American engineer, a NASA astronaut, and the second African American woman to go into space. She was born Stephanie Diana Wilson on September 27, 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts. An astronomy professor she interviewed during middle school became her first inspiration to pursue a career in space. She graduated from Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1984, and then attended Harvard University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering...

Stephen Frick
2012-10-27 14:05:11

Stephen Nathaniel Frick is an American astronaut having flown two Space Shuttle missions. Frick was also appointed as a United States Naval officer and qualified as an F/A-18 fighter pilot. Frick was born on September 30, 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania in 1982. After receiving his high school diploma, Frick went on to the United States Naval Academy in 1986 to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace...

James Shelton Voss
2012-10-27 14:01:58

James Shelton Voss is a retired NASA astronaut as well as a retired United States Army Colonel. Voss now serves as the Vice President of Engineering at SpaceDev. On March 3, 1949, Voss was born in Cordova, Alabama but later moved to Opelika, Alabama to live and be raised by his grandparents. He went on to join the wrestling team at Opelika High School and after graduating, he went on to join the wrestling at Auburn University. There, he also was elected as Chapter President of the Theta Xi...

Janice Voss
2012-10-27 13:58:18

Janice Elaine Voss was a NASA astronaut as well as an American Engineer whom flew in space five times placing her at first for holding the record for American women. Voss was born on October 8, 1956 in South Bend, Indiana. She attended Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Massachusetts and graduated in 1972. She then attended Purdue University to receive her bachelor’s degree in engineering while concurrently working at the Johnson Space Center. After Purdue University, Voss...

Lodewijk van den Berg
2012-10-27 13:54:11

Lodewijk van den Berg is a naturalized American chemical engineer born in the Netherlands whom was rather dedicated to crystal growth and also rode aboard as a payload specialist on the 1985 Space Shuttle Challenger mission. He was born in Sluiskil, Netherlands on March 24, 1932. He worked to get his Engineer’s degree in chemical engineering at the Delft University of Technology in Netherlands from 1949 to 1961. After moving to the United States, Van den Berg continued his education to...

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