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2013-02-14 16:21:05

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected Aerojet of Sacramento, Calif., for a $23.3 million contract to develop engineering demonstrations and risk reduction concepts for future advanced boosters for the agency's Space Launch System (SLS). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Aerojet is one of four companies contracted under a NASA Research Announcement (NRA) to improve the affordability, reliability and performance of an advanced...

2013-02-12 07:48:55

NASA's progress toward a return to deep space missions continues with a new round of upcoming tests on the next-generation J-2X rocket engine, which will help power the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) to new destinations in the solar system. Beginning this month, engineers will conduct a series of tests on the second J-2X development engine, designated number 10002, on the A-2 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Once the series is completed, the engine will be...

2013-02-11 20:20:13

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss., Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's progress toward a return to deep space missions continues with a new round of upcoming tests on the next-generation J-2X rocket engine, which will help power the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) to new destinations in the solar system. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Beginning this month, engineers will conduct a series of tests on the second J-2X development engine, designated...

Space Station NightPod Images Bring Earth To Light
2013-02-08 13:26:51

NASA There is a reason the phrase "shooting in the dark" refers to things that are difficult to do -- and night photography is no exception. To account for low-light image scenarios, a photographer needs a steady tripod, but aboard the International Space Station, a traditional tripod isn't going to cut it. Thankfully, the European Space Agency, or ESA, developed NightPod for the crew's cameras. This astronaut photograph of Liège, Belgium, at night was taken using the...

2013-02-07 16:20:25

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Following an action-filled 2012, NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, just east of Orlando, is anticipating a momentous 2013 highlighted by the unveiling of the new $100 million home of space shuttle Atlantis this summer. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120518/NY09986LOGO-b ) "Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is an absolute must-see destination, and in 2013 our guests will find more to...

Red Bull Stratos 'Edge Of Space' Final Mission Data Is In
2013-02-05 11:22:31

[ Watch the Video: Red Bull Stratos Jump From 128,000 Feet ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Official numbers are in from the Red Bull Stratos team's jump from the edge of space last year and the results show that Felix Baumgartner reached higher speeds than previously thought. According to the official measurements, Baumgartner reached a maximum speed of 843.6 mph, or Mach 1.25, during his free fall from space on October 14, 2012. This latest number is not only a...

2013-02-01 12:20:40

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA and ATK (NYSE: ATK) completed the second in a series of development tests for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) booster program on January 30 at ATK's Promontory, Utah, test facility. This key avionics and controls test was designated Flight Control Test 2 (FCT-2) and included a "hot fire" of the fully integrated heritage thrust vector control (TVC), the new SLS booster avionics subsystem and new electronic support...

STS-107 Crew
2013-02-01 04:34:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Today we remember a tragedy that took the lives of seven astronauts, ten years ago, when space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over the Texas sky upon re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. Ten years ago from today, at 7:59 a.m., reports started coming in of a loud explosion and what seemed like fiery debris coming down from the East Texas sky. Crew members of the STS-107 mission had just wrapped up 16-days in orbit, and were heading...

2013-01-31 16:20:52

HOUSTON, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The public is invited to learn more about living in space, directly from NASA experts and space-exploring astronauts, in a series of special events coming to Arizona. The agency's "Destination Station" activities in the Phoenix and Tucson areas start Thursday, Feb. 21. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) Destination Station is an outreach effort by NASA to share, educate and inspire the public about the...

2013-01-29 12:21:12

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a clever reuse of hardware originally built to test parts of NASA's QuikScat satellite, the agency will launch the ISS-RapidScat instrument to the International Space Station in 2014 to measure ocean-surface wind speed and direction. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The ISS-RapidScat instrument will help improve weather forecasts, including hurricane monitoring, and understanding of how...


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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