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astronaut immune system
2014-08-19 04:06:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Newly discovered changes to the human immune system that occur during spaceflight could force NASA to address potential health concerns in future six-month to one-year-long manned missions to nearby asteroids or Mars. Writing in a recent edition of the Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research, scientists involved with a pair of NASA collaborative investigations suggest that something as innocent as the common cold or a case...

National Aviation Day
2014-08-19 03:54:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Tuesday, August 19 – the birthday of powered-flight pioneer Orville Wright – marks National Aviation Day, and to mark the occasion some of NASA’s finest have shared the stories of how they first took to the skies. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt declared that Wright’s birthday would become a time to celebrate the importance of aviation each year, selecting the date since Orville and his brother Wilbur took part in...

2014-08-18 23:09:40

Friends of Science Society has sent a letter to the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) asking them to review the ethics of the Stephan Lewandowsky paper “NASA Faked the Moon Landing…” published in Psychological Science journal, stating that paper violates ethical and empirical standards. Friends of Science also note that the journal is “the highest ranked empirical journal in psychology” but the data base in the Lewandowsky et al (2013) paper did not include a single blog that...

2014-08-18 20:20:16

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers have uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare type of black hole 12 million light-years away by sifting through archival data from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The signals have helped astronomers identify an unusual midsize black hole called M82 X-1, which is the brightest X-ray source in a galaxy known as Messier 82. Most black holes...

2014-08-18 16:20:52

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has signed a contract modification with Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tennessee, for a one-year option with a potential value of $120 million to extend the Engineering and Science Services and Skills Augmentation contract at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The maximum value of the performance-based, cost-plus-fixed-fee less deductions,...

2014-08-18 12:21:39

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project has awarded approximately $15 million in a new, five-year cooperative agreement to Texas State University at San Marcos to provide educator professional development using NASA-related science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The selection is in response to an Education Opportunities in NASA STEM - Educator...

Sally Ride EarthKAM
2014-08-18 09:00:06

Jessica Eagan & Bill Hubscher, International Space Station Program Science Office, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center NASA is helping students examine their home planet from space without ever leaving the ground, giving them a global perspective by going beyond a map attached to a sphere on a pedestal. The Sally Ride Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (Sally Ride EarthKAM) program provides a unique educational opportunity for thousands of students multiple times a...

Dr Holly Gilbert - The Moody Sun Lecture
2014-08-18 03:00:32

Rob Gutro, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center The public is invited to a free talk called “The Moody Sun” with Dr. Holly Gilbert in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, August 19 at 11:30 a.m. EDT. Dr. Gilbert will speak about the ever-changing sun, focusing on solar storms and how these dynamic phenomena interact with the Earth. She will describe how space weather is generated on the sun and how it impacts us....

CubeSats
2014-08-18 03:30:36

Max Gleber, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center To investigate climate change, scientists and engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are developing the IceCube satellite, which will be no larger than a loaf of bread. In 2016, this satellite will mature technology that scientists will use to analyze cloud ice in the atmosphere. “We’re using IceCube to test a radiometer that we want to fly on a big space mission,” said Jeffrey Piepmeier, associate head of Goddard’s...

2014-08-17 23:00:57

University of Maryland and NASA astronomers used rhythmic flares of light to measure a brilliant object 12 million light years from Earth, confirming that it is a rare, mysterious intermediate-mass black hole. (PRWEB) August 17, 2014 The universe has so many black holes that it’s impossible to count them all. There may be 100 million of these intriguing astral objects in our galaxy alone. Nearly all black holes fall into one of two classes: big, and colossal. Astronomers know that black...


Latest National Aeronautics and Space Administration Reference Libraries

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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