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IceCube' No Longer On Ice
2014-08-01 03:32:16

Lori Keesey, NASA NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has chosen a team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to build its first Earth science-related CubeSat mission. The tiny payload, known as IceCube or Earth-1, will demonstrate and validate a new 874-gigahertz submillimeter-wave receiver that could help advance scientists’ understanding of ice clouds and their role in climate change. SMD also selected five heliophysics-related missions, two...

NASA Discusses Progress Reached So Far In Future Asteroid Mission
2014-06-20 12:35:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Proposed studies for NASA’s missions to capture and redirect an asteroid are set to kick off in July. The space agency said these studies should inform not only the future asteroid mission, but also future missions to Mars. "With these system concept studies, we are taking the next steps to develop capabilities needed to send humans deeper into space than ever before, and ultimately to Mars, while testing new techniques to protect...

Human Path to Mars Detailed In NASA Exploration Forum
2014-04-30 03:59:03

[ Watch The Video: NASA’s Path To Mars ] NASA NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s. In an Exploration Forum at NASA Headquarters in Washington on April 29, 2014, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and officials from across the agency detailed NASA’s Human Path to Mars. Mars is a rich destination for scientific discovery and robotic and human exploration as we expand our presence into the solar system. Its...

2014-04-23 16:20:49

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other agency leadership will showcase NASA's human exploration path to Mars at an Exploration Forum from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 29. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The forum will be held in NASA Headquarters' Webb Auditorium at 300 E St. SW in Washington....

2013-06-04 12:40:14

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), speaking from the perspective of 124 years of advancing science and science education, expresses its profound concern over the Obama Administration´s fiscal year 2014 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education restructuring proposal. This proposal will drastically reduce NASA´s education and public outreach (EPO) effort, including the abrupt termination of all mission-based EPO efforts in NASA´s Science...

2013-04-11 12:54:42

The following are statements from the associate administrators of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, Science Mission Directorate and Space Technology Mission Directorate on the administration's budget request for the 2014 fiscal year. From Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations William Gerstenmaier: "The mission to find, capture and redirect an asteroid robotically, and then visit it with astronauts to study it and return samples takes...

2013-01-08 09:25:00

William Borucki, science principal investigator for NASA's Kepler mission at the agency's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California, is the recipient of the 2013 Henry Draper Medal awarded by the National Academy of Sciences. Borucki is honored for his founding concept and visionary leadership during the development of Kepler, which uses transit photometry to determine the frequency and kinds of planets around other stars. "This is a commendable recognition for Bill Borucki...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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