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2009-11-06 15:25:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2009 edition of NASA's Spinoff, a publication that shows how NASA technology is being put to use in everyday life here on Earth, is available in print and online. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The latest Spinoff highlights 49 significant examples of how NASA innovations have been transferred to the commercial marketplace, resulting in healthcare advances, transportation breakthroughs, public safety...

2009-09-16 05:05:00

Ninjas knew how to be stealthy: Be dark. Emit very little light. Move in the shadows between bright places. In modern warfare, though, ninjas would be sitting ducks. Their black clothes may be hard to see at night with the naked eye, but their warm bodies would be clearly visible to a soldier wearing infrared goggles. To hunt for the "ninjas" of the cosmos "” dim objects that lurk in the vast dark spaces between planets and stars "” scientists are building by far the most...

2009-08-22 14:35:00

NASA began the countdown clock for the launch of space shuttle Discovery to occur on Tuesday, as planned. Discovery is due to liftoff at 1:36 a.m. EDT Tuesday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "In this business there are few sites as beautiful as a nighttime launch," said NASA Test Director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson. "And I expect this to be a spectacular site as Discovery roars to life early Tuesday morning and lights up the night sky." Shuttle Discovery is expected to have a 70...

2009-07-29 16:25:00

U.S. space shuttle Endeavour astronauts found no evident flaws in their ship's thermal shielding Wednesday after inspecting it, NASA officials said. Everything appears on track for Friday morning's planned landing, flight director Tony Ceccacci said after the astronauts beamed down images of their inspection. But he said NASA would need 20 hours to analyze all the data. The crew used a 50-foot boom extension to the shuttle's robotic arm to ensure no micrometeoroid or other damage occurred...

2009-07-21 12:35:00

President Barack Obama pledged to keep the U.S. space program alive for future generations as America celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first American moon landing on Monday, AFP reported. Obama told Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins at the White House Monday that the July 20, 1969 moonwalk was "an example of how Americans can do anything they put their minds to." The Apollo program inspired an entire generation of U.S. scientists and...

2009-07-13 07:03:00

BOULDER, Colo., July 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed environmental testing for NASA's Widefield Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and has begun post-environmental performance testing. WISE is working to a date of November 1, 2009 for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090713/LA45086) WISE environmental testing included thermal vacuum, electromagnetic compatibility, electromagnetic...

2009-06-12 10:15:00

NASA has selected three new flight directors who will manage and carry out shuttle flights and International Space Station expeditions. Dina Contella, Scott Stover and Ed Van Cise will join a select group of individuals who lead human spaceflights from Mission Control at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "Since the first flight director, Chris Kraft, was selected during the Mercury era, 77 men and women have served as flight directors. One of the new flight directors will be the 80th in...

2009-05-23 08:25:44

Inclement weather has forced NASA to cancel plans to land the U.S. Space Shuttle Atlantis at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Saturday. The space agency said on its Web site the Atlantis astronauts will instead be spending another day in space and will next attempt the land the craft at 10:11 a.m. Sunday. The shuttle, which is returning from a 10-day mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, was originally slotted for a 9:15 a.m. Saturday landing, which was then pushed back to 10:24...

2009-05-22 07:10:00

Space shuttle Atlantis astronauts will have to remain in orbit longer than expected due to bad weather. NASA announced on Friday that it would push back plans to land Atlantis to 9:16 a.m. EDT (1316 GMT) Saturday. Atlantis crewmembers were initially expected to return to the Kennedy Space Center at 10:00 a.m. (1400 GMT), but NASA decided to try again at 11:39 a.m. (1539 GMT). However, bad weather "continues to be a concern," said the space agency. "The weather just is not clearing up at the...

2009-05-19 06:20:00

"Apollo: Through the Eyes of the Astronauts" is a new book produced by NASA and Abrams that provides a unique perspective of the historic program that took people to the moon nearly four decades ago. The publication chronicles Apollo missions 7 through 17 using photographs of the flights selected by each of the surviving Apollo astronauts. Between 1967 and 1972, 29 astronauts left Earth to explore the nearest celestial body, our moon. To celebrate that achievement, NASA and Abrams will...

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2012-03-10 09:17:29

Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 28, 1986 at 11:38 AM EST and blew up 1 minute and 13 seconds later as a result of launch malfunctions. The shuttle was lost with all seven crew members. The Challenger disaster shook the confidence of the entire nation. As a personal note, this writer was in Mrs. Cook’s sixth grade class in Abilene, Texas. I was already an avid fan of the space program at that time. Most of us were. The class was watching this particular launch...

2012-03-10 08:50:43

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 24, 1985 at 2:50 PM EST and landed at Kennedy on January 27 at 4:23 PM EST. The shuttle orbited 49 times at an altitude of 220 nautical miles and an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 1.3 million miles. The mission lasted 3 days, 1 hour, 33 minutes, and 23 seconds. The launch scheduled for January 23 was scrubbed due to freezing weather conditions. (Orbiter Challenger was scheduled for Mission 51-C but thermal tile problems...

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