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NASA's Four New Lines Of Business Focus On Problem-Solving
2014-05-07 03:50:41

By Bob Granath, NASA Engineering is about making dreams a reality. At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the team in the Engineering and Technology Directorate not only puts those visions on paper, but sees the designs all the way through from development to reality. This key organization recently aligned its structure around four new lines of business. This fresh approach is designed to bring its functions in line with the spaceport's efforts to transition from a historically...

U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Inducts Two Space Explorers
2014-05-07 03:01:16

By Linda Herridge, NASA The Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction served as the backdrop for the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (AHOF) induction ceremony May 3 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Beneath Atlantis, two former astronauts and veteran space explorers, Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross, who both flew on missions on Atlantis, were inducted as the class for 2014. Emcee John Zarrella, former CNN news reporter, said this event is not just about honoring the past, but...

2014-05-02 12:21:19

Series launch offers Educational Classroom Materials, an Interactive Website, Screening Events and Exhibits OWINGS MILLS, Md., May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Maryland Public Television (MPT), the presenting station for Space Racers(TM), is pleased to announce the official launch of this new, educational animated series with technical consulting from NASA. Early reports indicate a majority of public television stations have expressed interest in airing Space Racers in the...

2014-04-30 12:22:32

HOUSTON, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected three new flight directors to manage International Space Station (ISS) operations. Amit Kshatriya, Jeffery Radigan and Zebulon Scoville join a select group of human spaceflight leaders in the Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA's flight directors lead teams of flight controllers, support personnel and...

Expedition 39 Soyuz Rollout
2014-04-30 05:37:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In the wake of new sanctions levied against his country by the US, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has taken to social media to suggest that American astronauts should consider exploring alternative methods of transportation to the International Space Station. According to Alan Boyle of NBC News, Rogozin took to his Russian-language Twitter account to tweet the following: “After analyzing the sanctions against our...

NASA System Allows Astronauts To Grow Vegetables Without Gravity
2014-04-28 08:49:12

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts - A New Form Of Life Takes Root On The ISS ] Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online In a weightless environment, growing plants and vegetables is quite difficult -- soil and water will rise and the plant’s roots cling to whatever it can grab a hold of. This is what the astronauts face aboard the International Space Station (ISS) when trying to grow plants. According to NASA, this challenge has been met with a new system to grow plants...

Biotube-MICRO investigation Seeks How Plants Sense 'Up' and 'Down'
2014-04-28 03:28:22

NASA On Earth, we take for granted that a plant grows up and its roots grow down. In space, however, this seemingly predictable formula is upended. How do plants sense "up" and "down" where those relative positions don't exist? The Biotube-MICRO investigation that recently arrived to the International Space Station aims to investigate, and what it finds could have big implications for long-duration human spaceflight. The study was delivered to the space station April 20 aboard a...

Orion’s Parachute Performance Tested Over Arizona
2014-04-25 03:04:32

[ Watch The Video: NASA Drops Orion From C-17, Tests Parachute Performance ] NASA The team designing the parachute system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft has demonstrated almost every parachute failure they could imagine. But on April 23, they tested how the system would perform if the failure wasn’t in the parachutes. Orion is the safest spacecraft ever built to carry humans, and its Launch Abort System can take a good deal of the credit for that distinction. In an emergency on the...

High-Flying Sequel Set To Premier By NASA Aeronautics
2014-04-24 03:43:12

Jim Banke, NASA [ Watch The Video: NASA Prepping HU 25C Guardian For ACCESS II Test Flights ] It's the season for sequels. Not only in Hollywood, but over the high desert of California as well. For the second time in as many years, NASA researchers beginning in early May will take to the skies with a DC-8 and other aircraft to conduct a series of flight tests designed to study the effects on emissions and contrail formation of burning alternative fuels in jet engines. And just...

2014-04-23 08:22:18

BitSat Design Study Announced ATLANTA, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BitCoins took one small step towards space today as Jeff Garzik's Dunvegan Space Systems and Deep Space Industries Inc. announced a preliminary design contract to develop an orbital system for the not-for-profit BitSat project. A constellation of tiny BitSats will comprise an orbital node for the bitcoin network now on Earth, continuously broadcasting the latest bitcoin block from orbit, enhancing the resiliency of...


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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