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saturn moon Hyperion
2014-10-17 11:37:00

Provided by Preston Dyches, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Static electricity is known to play an important role on Earth's airless, dusty moon, but evidence of static charge building up on other objects in the solar system has been elusive until now. A new analysis of data from NASA's Cassini mission has revealed that, during a 2005 flyby of Saturn's moon Hyperion, the spacecraft was briefly bathed in a beam of electrons coming from the moon's electrostatically charged surface. The...

2014-10-17 08:21:05

Company to exhibit NASA space exploration experience on GO Head Mounted Display at Oct. 18 event MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ImmersiON-VRelia, the premiere innovator in the HMD Virtual Reality sector, announced today that it will exhibit at NASA's 75(th) Anniversary Open House. The event, set for October 18 at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, is expected to draw approximately 120,000 attendees....

spacex dragon
2014-10-17 07:34:39

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Privately-owned space transport firm Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has filed a federal lawsuit in its latest challenge to NASA contracts awarded to Boeing and SpaceX in September, various media outlets are reporting. On September 16, the US space agency selected Boeing and SpaceX to build next-gen vehicles that will eventually be used to ferry American astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). SNC challenged that...

2014-10-16 16:21:33

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent's ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice. This year's airborne campaign, which began its first flight Thursday morning, will revisit a section of the Antarctic ice sheet that recently was found to be in irreversible decline. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO For the next several...

2014-10-16 16:21:21

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will broadcast live coverage of a six-hour spacewalk by two Russian crew members aboard the International Space Station beginning at 9 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 22. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Expedition 41 Commander Max Suraev and Flight Engineer Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency will don Orlan spacesuits and exit the station's Pirs airlock at 9:24 a.m. They will...

coronal mass ejection
2014-10-17 11:00:02

Provided by Dwayne Brown, NASA Headquarters NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has provided scientists with five new findings into how the sun’s atmosphere, or corona, is heated far hotter than its surface, what causes the sun’s constant outflow of particles called the solar wind, and what mechanisms accelerate particles that power solar flares. The new information will help researchers better understand how our nearest star transfers energy through its atmosphere...

2014-10-16 16:20:41

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO This galaxy offers a peek back to the very early formative years of the universe and may just be the tip of the iceberg. "This galaxy is an...

Window To Early Universe Offered By Slow-Growing Galaxies
2014-10-16 03:29:41

Provided by Whitney Clavin, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory What makes one rose bush blossom with flowers, while another remains barren? Astronomers ask a similar question of galaxies, wondering how some flourish with star formation and others barely bloom. A new study published in the Oct. 16 issue of the journal Nature addresses this question by making some of the most accurate measurements yet of the meager rates at which small, sluggish galaxies create stars. The report uses data...

aircraft noise simulations
2014-10-16 03:00:45

Provide by Sam McDonald, NASA Langley Research Center A team of engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center is on a mission to make tomorrow’s aircraft easier on the ears. Stephen Rizzi and his fellow researchers have forged technological tools capable of predicting and simulating sounds of flying machines while they’re still on the drawing board. It’s a process called auralization. It’s intended to help aircraft designers take noise into consideration when imagining new...

arctic ice and clouds
2014-10-16 03:00:37

Provided by Dr. Tony Phillips Science@NASA Climate change is a global phenomenon, yet Earth scientists are keeping a wary eye on one place in particular - the Arctic. "Polar regions are important for us to study right now," explains Tom Wagner of NASA's Earth Science Division in Washington DC. "They are changing rapidly." One of the most visible of signs of warming is the retreat of Arctic sea ice. Every year, sea ice waxes and wanes in a normal response to the changing of seasons;...


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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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