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2014-07-10 07:19:47

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In order to better understand what powers solar flares, NASA officials announced on Thursday that they were turning to the MESSENGER spacecraft orbiting Mercury in order to get a closer look at these intense bursts of radiation resulting from sunspot-related magnetic energy release. As the US space agency explained, it can be difficult understanding some of the processes on the sun when you are forced to rely solely upon the...

2014-07-09 20:20:23

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will provide live coverage of the upcoming Orbital Sciences' mission to resupply the International Space Station. Orbital's Cygnus cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Launch Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Saturday, July 12 at 1:14 p.m. EDT. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Weather conditions at Wallops Tuesday night delayed the...

Gobble Hawk
2014-07-09 16:21:05

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected three winning designs solicited to address the technological limitations of the uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) currently used to track and collect data on hurricanes. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Engineering teams at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville were named...

First Atlantic Hurricane Seen By NASA-JAXA's New Precipitation Satellite
2014-07-09 03:30:15

[ Watch The Video: New Precipitation Satellite Sees 2014′s 1st Atlantic Hurricane ] Ellen Gray, NASA The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory flew over Hurricane Arthur five times between July 1 and July 5, 2014. Arthur is the first tropical cyclone of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. GPM is a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The Core Observatory was launched Feb. 27 from Japan and began its prime mission on May 29, just...

NASA Mars Orbiter Sees Rover Crossing Into New Zone
2014-07-09 03:18:30

Guy Webster, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA Mars rover Curiosity has driven out of the ellipse, approximately 4 miles wide and 12 miles long (7 kilometers by 20 kilometers), that was mapped as safe terrain for its 2012 landing inside Gale Crater. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed the rover on June 27 at the end of a drive that put Curiosity right on the ellipse boundary. The landing ellipse is the...

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Backplane Testing Complete
2014-07-09 03:55:45

NASA NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has reached another development milestone with the completion of static load testing of its primary mirror backplane support structure (PMBSS) moving the telescope one step closer to its 2018 launch. The PMBSS is the stable platform that holds the telescope's science instruments and the 18 beryllium mirror-segments that form the 21-foot-diameter primary mirror nearly motionless while the telescope peers into deep space. The primary mirror is the...

2014-07-09 12:21:39

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The next crew to launch to the International Space Station (ISS), including NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, will participate in a NASA Television news conference and media interviews Wednesday, July 16, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Wilmore, and cosmonauts Elena Serova and Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), will...

Smartphone-Wielding Space Robots Could Take Over For Astronauts
2014-07-08 12:47:18

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA plans to send a Google 3D smartphone into space. While this handset may boldy go where no handset has gone before the actual purpose is for it to function as the "eyes and brains" of free-flying robots inside the International Space Station (ISS). The robots, which are known as SPHERES (Synchronised Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental satellites), could eventually take over the daily chores that are currently handled by...

2014-07-08 12:21:09

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has reached another development milestone with the completion of static load testing of its primary mirror backplane support structure (PMBSS) moving the telescope one step closer to its 2018 launch. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The PMBSS is the stable platform that holds the telescope's science instruments and the 18 beryllium mirror-segments that form the...

2014-07-08 12:20:49

ATK's delivery of the completed backplane support structure to Northrop Grumman marks a critical path program milestone REDONDO BEACH, Calif., July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and teammate ATK (NYSE: ATK) have completed static testing of the primary mirror backplane support structure (PMBSS), moving NASA's James Webb Space Telescope one step closer to its 2018 launch. The structure was delivered to Northrop Grumman's facilities in Redondo Beach,...


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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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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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