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28th Anniversary Challenger Disaster
2014-01-28 12:09:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tuesday marks the 28th anniversary since tragedy struck NASA’s space shuttle program for the first time. On January 28, 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart just 73 seconds after launch, killing all seven crew members on board. This accident shutdown shuttle operations for two-and-a-half years for an investigation and for developing the replacement, the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Investigators found that the O-ring seal in the...

2014-01-28 08:21:49

NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today marks the twenty-eighth anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster, and the release of CHALLENGER: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY - The Inside Story from Launch Control (Open Road Media, $4.99, on sale January 28, 2014) by Hugh Harris, who was chief of public information for NASA's Kennedy Space Center at the time. Harris delivers a gripping insider account of the events around January 28, 1986, when the space shuttle Challenger broke apart...

Dream Chaser Spaceplane November 2016 Launch
2014-01-23 15:50:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Thursday, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced plans to launch a test flight of its Dream Chaser spaceplane in November 2016. The vehicle is expected to liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After circling our planet in low-Earth orbit, the vehicle will return to the Kennedy Space Center and land on the same landing strip used by the space shuttle program. “Today we are very proud to...

Orion Service Module
2014-01-23 09:50:15

NASA NASA has announced that the second of three major parts of the Orion Service Module that will launch into orbit on the spacecraft's first mission this fall is complete. Work has been progressing steadily on all three main parts of Orion – the service module, the crew module and the launch abort system – and this month the service module joined the launch abort system in crossing the finish line. Orion’s service module sits below the crew module and above the rocket that...

NASA's Kennedy Runway Used To Test High Powered Sports Car
2014-01-22 14:15:30

Steven Siceloff - NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. A major name in automotive development brought one of his exotic vehicles to the 3.5-mile-long runway at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida recently to evaluate its aerodynamics and to see how the car would handle throughout its performance range. "You can have the smartest engineers and designers, but until you get the car going out there on a runway, you don't know what the car's going to do," said John Hennessey, founder of...

2014-01-22 12:20:55

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The five launches, including two to the International Space Station (ISS), are part of an active year for NASA Earth science researchers, who also will conduct airborne campaigns to...

2014-01-17 11:20:22

Engineers testing the parachute system for NASA's Orion spacecraft increased the complexity of their tests Thursday, Jan. 16, adding the jettison of hardware designed to keep the capsule safe during flight. The test was the first to give engineers in-air data on the performance of the system that jettisons Orion's forward bay cover. The cover is a shell that fits over Orion's crew module to protect the spacecraft during launch, orbital flight and re-entry into Earth's atmosphere. When...

2014-01-16 16:20:48

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Engineers testing the parachute system for NASA's Orion spacecraft increased the complexity of their tests Thursday, Jan. 16, adding the jettison of hardware designed to keep the capsule safe during flight. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The test was the first to give engineers in-air data on the performance of the system that jettisons Orion's forward bay cover. The cover is a shell that fits over...

2014-01-15 23:01:26

On May 4, 2014, supporters of Public Benefit Aviation will launch their Inaugural Endeavor Awards gala event which will take place in the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion at the California Science Center. Astronauts, Hollywood luminaries and legendary aviators will gather to honor the heroes who provide the gift of flight to thousands of people each year. (PRWEB) January 15, 2014 “We and our sponsors are proud to hold our inaugural event in the Samuel Oschin Space...

2014-01-13 16:21:11

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An experiment designed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Florida Institute of Technology is among the cargo which arrived to the International Space Station Sunday on the Orbital-1 cargo resupply mission. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The experiment, entitled "SPHERES-Slosh," is part of the SPHERES-Slosh payload. This experiment seeks to...


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History Of Space Exploration
2013-10-06 08:29:34

Space exploration is the exploration and discovery of outer space by use of space technology and is conducted by both robotic spacecraft and humans. Astronomy, which is the viewing of objects in space from Earth, is thought to predate recorded history, but it was the inspiration to modern space exploration. Humans explore space for many reasons including the survival of humankind if Earth cannot sustain life, uniting nations, and scientific research. Physical space exploration began in...

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...

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...

Rex Walheim
2012-10-27 13:23:11

Rex Walheim is a United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. He was born Rex Joseph Walheim on October 10, 1962 in Redwood City, California. He graduated from San Carlos High School in 1980 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984. Upon his graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. The following April, he was assigned to work as a missile warning operations crew...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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