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2012-03-11 06:52:36

NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will invite 30 of their social media followers to the first "NASA Social" on April 19 to welcome space shuttle Discovery to the national collection. Registration opens at noon EDT Thursday, March 15, and closes at noon Friday, March 16. Thirty participants will be selected randomly from online registrations. For more information on NASA Social and to register, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/social A NASA Social is an event for people...

Colbert Advocates NASA Space Station Research
2012-02-03 05:02:21

[ Watch the Video ] Stephen Colbert, host of the nightly 'The Colbert Report,' said in a new NASA public service announcement released today that he's always been a huge fan of space. The talk show host tells his Colbert Nation -- and the world -- that he now likes space even more "because NASA is doing great things on the International Space Station (ISS)." The completion of the ISS ushered in new era of research and discovery in a near gravity-free environment. Research on the...

Discovery Powered Down One Last Time
2011-12-19 12:57:33

NASA powered down its space shuttle Discovery for the final time last Friday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The vehicle was "unplugged" inside Orbiter Processing Facility-1 (OPF-1) in Florida.  The shutdown came soon after technicians closed the shuttle's twin 60-foot long payload bay doors. Discovery is going to be set on display next spring at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steve F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. The shuttle's three...

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2011-09-24 07:35:40

   The decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) fell back to Earth overnight, penetrating the atmosphere somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, NASA officials reported early Saturday morning. In an advisory posted to the UARS mission page, officials from the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California said that the satellite re-entered the planet's atmosphere sometime between 11:23 p.m. EDT Friday night and 1:09 a.m. EDT Saturday...

Satellite Crashing Into Earth In T-Minus ???
2011-09-21 11:07:02

  NASA said there is a 1-in-3,200 risk that a person who is minding their own business might find themselves being chased down by a defunct satellite the size of a tour bus traveling at 17,500-miles-per-hour. Of course, the odds of that exact scenario are higher, but the space agency did warn of the potential risk of being hit by falling debris from its Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS). According to estimates, the satellite will arrive back into Earth's atmosphere...

Satellite Debris Expected To Hit Earth Sept. 23
2011-09-18 04:15:55

  A 20-year-old defunct satellite is expected to fall to Earth sometime next week, NASA officials announced on Friday. According to the Associated Press (AP), the U.S. space agency now predicts that the nearly seven-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) will re-enter Earth's atmosphere on September 23, plus or minus one day. "NASA scientists have calculated the satellite will break into 26 pieces as it gets closer to Earth," the AP said. "The odds of it hitting someone...

2011-06-08 06:35:00

FAIRFIELD, N.J., June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Astronaut Paul W. Richards of Annapolis, MD, was awarded the 2011 UNICO National Marconi Science Award by UNICO National President Chris DiMattio at a gala award ceremony during UNICO's Board of Directors meeting, Saturday, March 26th, 2011, in Kansas City, MO. Richards, an accomplished aerospace engineer, was a crewmember of Space Shuttle Discovery Mission STS-102 which visited the International Space Station. Mission accomplishments included...

2011-03-09 12:36:00

Appropriator Says Space Agency's new missions will spur technology, job growth WASHINGTON, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, called NASA Administrator Charles Bolden with a message of congratulations and encouragement as the Space Shuttle Discovery ended its final mission in Florida this morning. "I want to congratulate you on the...


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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...

Steven Hawley
2012-10-22 10:43:54

Steven Hawley is a former NASA astronaut. He was born Steven Alan Hawley on December 12, 1951 in Ottawa, Kansas. He graduated from Salina High School Central in Salina, Kansas in 1969 and continued on to The University of Kansas, where he received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in physics and astronomy. After graduating with the highest distinction of his class and spending summers as a research assistant at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, Hawley received...

Andrew “Andy” Thomas
2012-09-17 10:37:13

Andrew “Andy” Sydney Withiel Thomas was born December 18, 1951 in Adelaide, South Australia. He entered into US citizenship in December of 1986 with the goal of participating in NASA’s astronaut program. Andy became an Australian-born American NASA astronaut as an aerospace engineer. He was the first Australian born professional astronaut to enter space. He was preceded in entering into orbit by Paul D. Scully-Power, an oceanographer in 1985. He married a fellow NASA astronaut Shannon...

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2012-05-12 09:16:02

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on February 3, 1994 at 7:10 AM EST and landed at Kennedy on February 11, 1994 at 2:19 PM EST. The shuttle orbited 130 times at an altitude of 191 nautical miles at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 3.4 million miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 7 hours, 9 minutes, and 22 seconds. This was the second SPACEHAB mission and the first mission undertaken with a Russian crew member. It was the first step in the ongoing US-Russian cooperative...

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2012-03-24 09:48:25

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on October 6, 1990 at 6:57 AM PDT and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on October 10 at 6:57 AM PDT. The shuttle orbited 66 times at an inclination of 28.45 degrees at an altitude of 160 nautical miles and travelled 1.7 million miles. The mission lasted 4 days, 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 4 seconds. This mission launched the Ulysses probe to study the polar regions of the Sun. Two upper stages of Ulysses, the Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) and a...

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