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2013-09-16 10:20:29

Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., will postpone by at least 24 hours the launch of its Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft on a demonstration mission to the International Space Station. The new launch window is targeted for Wednesday, Sept. 18 between 10:50 to 11:05 a.m. EDT from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. Cygnus' rendezvous with the space station remains scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22. NASA Television will air...

Japanese Rocket Launch A Success
2013-09-14 05:03:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Following a two-week delay, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched their new, reportedly less expensive Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-1) early Saturday morning. In a statement, JAXA officials confirmed that Epsilon-1, which was carrying the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere (SPRINT-A) remote observation telescope, lifted off from the Uchinoura Space Center...

NASA Focuses On Supsersonic Shockwaves
2013-09-13 16:33:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online New images released by NASA depict actual shockwaves in vivid colors emanating from a plane flying at supersonic speed. Using a twin telescope and digital camera system on the ground at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, scientists created schlieren images, which show density variations in air and other transparent media. Special illumination in the images mark changes in the density of the air, revealing the shockwaves....

Global Exploration Roadmap
2013-09-11 07:31:57

[ Watch The Video -  NASA From the Ground Up ] NASA Space exploration has always created benefits for humankind -- from new technologies and discoveries, to deepening international relationships and inspiring young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. For more than 50 years, NASA has led the world in space with missions to extend human reach and transform our capabilities and understanding. We're currently implementing an ambitious plan that...

NASA LEGO Design Contest Winners Announced
2013-09-06 16:40:01

[ Watch the Video: LEGO NASA Contest Winners ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online No longer solely used by elementary school kids to make multicolor approximations of animals or automobiles, LEGOs have found a place in the hearts of artists and engineers alike. In a new competition, "NASA's Future Missions: Imagine. Invent. BUILD,” the US space agency looked to harness the creative spirit of LEGO builders and inspire a generation. Competitors were told to create...

Close To One Hundred Ideas Selected For Possible NASA Asteroid Missions
2013-09-04 13:25:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has selected 96 asteroid initiative ideas about how to protect Earth from asteroids and find a space rock for humans to explore. The latest ideas derive from more than 400 submissions the space agency received after it sent out an asteroid initiative request for information (RFI) during a planned event on June 18, 2013. The ideas also help provide NASA with new insight into the best way to identify, capture and relocate a...

Crash Test Dummies Survive Successful NASA Chopper Drop Test
2013-08-29 10:28:31

[ Watch the Video: Helicopter Drop test ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's chopper experiment crashed with flying colors, just as expected, giving scientists more data to make a better helicopter. Engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center crashed an old Marine helicopter loaded down with plenty of technology and 15 dummy occupants to gather data about surviving a helicopter accident. The scientists dropped the helicopter from a height of about 30 feet,...


Latest Space Shuttle Reference Libraries

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
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'