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2014-10-24 20:20:28

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA invites social media followers to apply for credentials to get a preview of the Orion spacecraft's first flight test during NASA Social events at each of its 10 centers Dec. 3. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Orion will launch on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff is targeted for 7:05 a.m. EST Dec. 4....

2014-10-24 20:20:25

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA's next commercial cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO SpaceX is currently targeting no earlier than Dec. 9 for lift off of its Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. This will be the company's sixth visit to the space station and fifth...

titan clouds
2014-10-24 13:33:49

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have unexpectedly identified a high-altitude methane ice cloud floating above the north pole of Saturn’s moon Titan – a cloud that is similar to the exotic clouds found far above Earth’s poles, NASA announced on Friday. The cloud was first spotted by the Cassini spacecraft in 2006, and while methane clouds were already known to exist in the lowest layer of Titan’s atmosphere, the troposphere, the discovery of such...

2014-10-24 12:22:18

HOUSTON, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is scheduled to fly on a one-year spaceflight mission in 2015, is lending his voice to help reduce childhood bullying. As part of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Kelly recorded a special message encouraging bystanders to take action. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "Be more than just a bystander," said Kelly in the message. "Take action and do something to stop...

2014-10-24 12:22:16

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is seeking proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight materials for aerospace vehicles and structures of the future. Proposals will demonstrate lower-mass alternatives to honeycomb or foam cores currently used in composite sandwich structures. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Composite sandwich structures are a special type of material made by attaching two thin skins to a lightweight core....

Hubble Sees Comet Siding Spring Make Close Encounter With Mars
2014-10-24 03:20:41

Provided by Felicia Chou, NASA NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has produced a unique composite image of comet Siding Spring as it made its never-before-seen close passage of a comet by Mars. Siding Spring, officially designated Comet C/2013 A1, made its closest approach to Mars at 2:28 p.m. EDT on Oct. 19, at a distance of approximately 87,000 miles. That is about one-third of the distance between Earth and the moon. At that time, the comet and Mars were about 149 million miles from...

titan
2014-10-24 04:53:16

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists studying the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan have discovered large patches of trace gases shining brightly near the north and south poles, claims research published Wednesday in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. According to NASA, the regions are strangely shifted to the east or west of the poles, so that dawn is breaking over the southern region of the moon while dusk is falling over the northern one. Those zones are...

Suomi NPP satellite
2014-10-24 04:19:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As seen in the Academy Award-winning film Gravity, debris in orbit around Earth is a serious hazard for astronauts and spacecraft operating high above our planet. On September 28, NASA determined that its Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite, which it operates in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), needed a course adjustment to avoid colliding with a large bit of space...

2014-10-23 20:20:37

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has produced a unique composite image of comet Siding Spring as it made its never-before-seen close passage of a comet by Mars. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Siding Spring, officially designated Comet C/2013 A1, made its closest approach to Mars at 2:28 p.m. EDT on Oct. 19, at a distance of approximately 87,000 miles. That is about one-third of the distance between Earth and...

Galactic Wheel Of Life
2014-10-23 03:01:07

Provided by Whitney Clavin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory It might look like a spoked wheel or even a "Chakram" weapon wielded by warriors like "Xena," from the fictional TV show, but this ringed galaxy is actually a vast place of stellar life. A newly released image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the galaxy NGC 1291. Though the galaxy is quite old, roughly 12 billion years, it is marked by an unusual ring where newborn stars are igniting. "The rest of the galaxy is done...


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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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