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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...

space radiobiology research
2014-10-03 12:21:03

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Human Research Program will fund nine proposals for ground-based research that will help enable extended and safer human exploration of space by quantifying and, ultimately, reducing the risks posed by space radiation. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Using beams of high-energy, heavy ions that simulate space radiation, the research will employ new experimental approaches to understand better the role of...

2014-10-03 12:21:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and Honeywell are inviting media to participate in the west coast kickoff of the 10th anniversary celebration of their FMA Live! Forces in Motion tour. The touring show will visit Los Angeles area schools the week of Oct. 5. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The award-winning, action-packed show combines NASA content, hip-hop music, dancers, larger-than-life demonstrations and audience participation in a...

2014-10-03 12:20:57

HAMPTON, Va., Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The successful crash test of a former Marine helicopter could help lead to safer civilian and military helicopters, according to NASA aeronautics researchers. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The full-scale test sent the fuselage and its 15 dummy occupants crashing into the dirt at NASA Langley Research Center's Landing and Impact Research facility in Hampton, Virginia, at about 30 miles an hour. "This...

Helicopter Drop Test
2014-10-03 03:00:28

Kathy Barnstorff, NASA Langley Research Center It's not every day that you see a black and white polka-dotted helicopter hanging in the air, suspended by cables. But then not every day is a crash test day at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. [ Watch the Video: NASA Helicopter Crash Test A Smashing Success ] NASA researchers and others from the military and national and international government agencies spent more than three years preparing for less than 10...

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2014-10-03 07:17:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online While the Sierra Nevada Corporation has lost the bid for its Dream Chaser shuttle to become a “space taxi” for NASA, the company is forging ahead and announced earlier this week that it was partnering with Stratolaunch Systems to develop an orbital transportation system. The system would combine a three-person version of the Dream Chaser with a Stratolaunch super-plane powered by six 747-class engines. “This relationship...

2014-10-03 00:20:19

Colorado Space Grant Consortium proposal bolsters number of community college students involved with rocket launches DENVER, Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Dreams will take flight for a few select CCA students chosen to launch rockets at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility next June. CCA is one of the Colorado community colleges. Prospective candidates currently are being identified to form a team of three that will represent the college for the first time at a RockOn! Workshop held...

2014-10-02 16:20:47

HOUSTON, Oct. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Summer of Innovation is partnering with the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program and the Texas A&M University Department of Geology and Geophysics to bring Texas student essay winners to Johnson Space Center on Wednesday, Oct. 8, for 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) 2014. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Media are invited to attend the student rocket launch demonstration at Johnson's rocket field...

titan southern polar vortex
2014-10-02 06:30:31

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Analysis of data collected by NASA’s Cassini mission has revealed the presence of a large, cold, toxic cloud swirling above the south pole of Saturn’s moon Titan, according to research published in the October 2 edition of the journal Nature. According to the US space agency, scientists from the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands, the SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, the University of Bristol’s School of Earth...


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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
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.