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sleeping to mars
2014-10-06 11:24:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Science fiction has long used the idea of placing astronauts in a state of suspended animation, and yet, as fantastic as that idea sounds – it could increase the efficiency of a mission significantly by eliminating large amounts of food, water, clothing, and exercise equipment. In July 2013, NASA announced the backing of a study by SpaceWorks Enterprises in Atlanta for investigating long-term hibernation for use on a future mission...

comet dust and gas
2014-10-06 06:24:08

Provided by DC Agle, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory The four images that make up a new montage of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko were taken on September 26, 2014 by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft. At the time, Rosetta was about 16 miles (26 kilometers) from the center of the comet. In the montage, a region of jet activity can be seen at the neck of the comet. These jets, originating from several discrete locations, are a product of ices sublimating and gases escaping...

Curiosity rover
2014-10-06 06:14:25

Provided by Elizabeth Landau, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Hailey Wilson, Pacific Gas and Electric Company In collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced that it is testing state-of-the-art technology adapted from NASA’s Mars rover program. Originally designed to find methane on the Red Planet, this laser-based technology is lightweight and has superior sensitivity to methane, a major...

world space week 2014
2014-10-05 05:59:40

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The contribution of satellite navigation to society is serving as the theme of World Space Week 2014, the annual event where astronomy enthusiasts from across the globe pay tribute to how the international space industry has helped to make our lives better. According to the United Nations (UN), World Space Week – which is marking its 15th anniversary this year – is “an annual global celebration of the contributions of space...

m7.3-flare
2014-10-04 03:00:36

Karen C. Fox, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 3:01 p.m. EDT on Oct. 2, 2014.  NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun 24-hours a day, captured images of the flare. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and...

2014-10-03 23:01:03

Custom computer builder/HPC specialist Ace Computers, was just awarded a NASA SEWP V contract for systems, servers and computer-based systems. The effective ordering period for this $10 billion contract begins Nov. 1. CHICAGO (PRWEB) October 03, 2014 Ace Computers, one of the leading custom computer builders and HPC Specialists in the U.S., was just awarded a NASA SEWP V contract. Ace Computers holds a Group A contract for systems, servers and computer-based systems. The effective...

2014-10-03 16:20:40

HAMPTON, Va., Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, Oct. 7 at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, Fred Proctor will present "Recent Wake Vortex Research at NASA Langley" at 2 p.m. in the Reid Conference Center. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Created by the movement of an aircraft in flight, wake vortex air turbulence behind an aircraft may pose hazards to other aircraft such as turbulence, engine flameouts and loss of control....

flare up
2014-10-03 04:00:06

Steele Hill, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center A snaking, extended filament of solar material currently lies on the front of the sun -- some 1 million miles across from end to end. Filaments are clouds of solar material suspended above the sun by powerful magnetic forces. Though notoriously unstable, filaments can last for days or even weeks. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, which watches the sun 24 hours a day, has observed this gigantic filament for several days as it...

Asteroid Redirect Mission
2014-10-03 03:00:32

NASA Headquarters To meet NASA's goal of sending humans to Mars, the agency plans to test a number of new spaceflight capabilities in the 2020s through an innovative mission to redirect an asteroid to orbit the moon and send humans to explore it. Six new papers by NASA engineers and officials detail ways this Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) and planned advances in new technologies will directly enable the ambitious human Journey to Mars. The papers were presented at the International...


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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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