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2014-09-05 16:20:48

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will venture to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean this month to investigate technologies and procedures for use in near- and long-term space missions. The commander of the seven-day mission, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, will be available for media interviews via phone or Skype between 2:15 and 2:45 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 12. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO To participate in the interviews, contact...

2014-09-05 16:20:47

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp. of Boulder, Colorado, for the Ozone Mapping and Profiling Suite (OMPS) for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The JPSS-2 mission is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide global environmental data in low Earth polar...

2014-09-05 16:20:36

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's new Vertical Assembly Center (VAC), a 170-foot-high marvel of machinery that will be used to assemble elements of the agency's Space Launch System (SLS), now is complete and ready to weld parts for the rocket that will send humans to an asteroid and Mars. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Media are invited to join NASA Administrator Charles Bolden at the ribbon cutting for the enormous new tool at 11...

2014-09-05 16:20:28

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronauts Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Koicha Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will tour NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, at 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 17. Reporters are invited to join the tour. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO While at Goddard, Mastracchio and Wakata will view the new Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) control room and other satellite control...

2014-09-05 16:20:20

HOUSTON, Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Space Station Program Science Office has announced the award recipients for the International Space Station Post-Graduate Innovation Awards in Space Life and Physical Science Research opportunity. The NASA Research Announcement was targeted at reaching graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who were already starting a career as science researchers in the Life and Physical Sciences disciplines. Proposals included...

2014-09-05 16:20:17

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three crew members aboard the International Space Station are scheduled to end almost six months on the orbiting laboratory on Sept. 10 and NASA Television will provide complete coverage. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Expedition 40 Commander Steve Swanson of NASA and Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will undock their Soyuz spacecraft...

International Observe The Moon Night
2014-09-05 06:58:09

Kimberly Newton, Marshall Space Flight Center Media and the public are invited to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. CDT/6:30-9:30 EDT at NASA’s Education Training Facility in Huntsville, Alabama. The free event will include moon-related exhibits and hands-on activities for children and adults. An inflatable planetarium show will allow visitors to learn more about the moon’s shape, colors, and terrain. Several large amateur...

Rosetta orbiter
2014-09-05 06:45:20

NASA A NASA instrument aboard the European Space Agency’s (ESA's) Rosetta orbiter has successfully made its first delivery of science data from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The instrument, named Alice, began mapping the comet’s surface last month, recording the first far-ultraviolet light spectra of the comet’s surface. From the data, the Alice team discovered the comet is unusually dark -- darker than charcoal-black -- when viewed in ultraviolet wavelengths. Alice also...

ISS-RapidScat
2014-09-04 16:20:48

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA opens a new era this month in its exploration of our home planet with the launch of the first in a series of Earth science instruments to the International Space Station. A media briefing on this addition to NASA's Earth-observing program will air at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 8, on NASA Television and the agency's website. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The first Earth-observing instrument to be mounted on...

listening to the sun
2014-09-04 12:25:52

Kasha Patel, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Robert Alexander spends parts of his day listening to a soft white noise, similar to water falling on the outside of a house during a rainstorm. Every once in a while, he hears an anomalous sound and marks the corresponding time in the audio file. Alexander is listening to the sun’s magnetic field and marking potential areas of interest. After only ten minutes, he has listened to one month’s worth of data. Alexander is a PhD...


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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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