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x37-b
2014-10-13 04:24:32

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The top-secret, 22-month-long military mission of the X-37B robotic mini-shuttle will end this week, as the US Air Force announced on Friday that the space plane is scheduled to touch down in California on Tuesday. According to Reuters reporter Irene Klotz, weather and technical factors will determine the exact time when the 29-foot-long space plane also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle will land at Vandenberg Air Force Base near the...

siding spring 2
2014-10-09 16:20:53

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Comet C/2013 A1, also known as comet Siding Spring, will pass within about 87,000 miles (139,500 kilometers) of the Red Planet -- less than half the distance between Earth and our moon and less than...

orion trial by fire
2014-10-08 16:20:37

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft nears, the agency released Wednesday a video -- called "Trial By Fire" -- detailing the spacecraft's test and the critical systems engineers will evaluate during the Dec. 4 flight. [ Watch the Video - Orion: Trial By Fire ] Orion is in the final stages of preparation for the uncrewed flight test that will take it 3,600 miles above Earth on a 4.5-hour mission to test many of the systems...

2014-10-08 08:21:16

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Prime contractor Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and payload provider Northrop Grumman [NYSE: NOC] have delivered the payload for the fourth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite of the U.S. Air Force's Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS). The payload, delivered on Sept. 30, will now be integrated with the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite bus in final assembly, integration and test at Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, California satellite...

Bigelow Expandable Activity Module
2014-10-08 04:28:03

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Starting next year, astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be able to work inside an inflatable module attached to the station’s Tranquility node, according to Space.com Contributor Elizabeth Howell. Developed by Bigelow Aerospace, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will travel to the ISS aboard SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft in 2015. After arriving at the station, the robotic Canadarm2 will be used to...

2014-10-07 08:20:52

MOJAVE, Calif., Oct. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace(®) today announced marked progress on the path to commercial space flight with the integration of the cockpit to the fuselage on XCOR's Lynx(®) spacecraft. With the fuselage, pressure cabin and strakes delivered, XCOR is bonding these structures together and integrating sub-assemblies, such as the landing gear, at its hangar in Mojave. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20141007/150652 "The team at XCOR has been working...

2014-10-06 20:20:25

California Science Center Prepares to Install Payload in Space Shuttle LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Millions of people witnessed space shuttle Endeavour's flight over California landmarks and her 12-mile, 68-hour journey through city streets to her final destination in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion at the California Science Center. It was a historical event and comprised the first stage of Mission 26. There are three more stages leading up to her lift into the vertical...

2014-10-06 16:21:33

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 9, to outline the space and Earth-based assets that will have extraordinary opportunities to image and study a comet from relatively close range to Mars on Sunday, Oct. 19. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The briefing will be held in NASA Headquarters' auditorium, 300 E Street SW in Washington, and broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website....

sleeping to mars
2014-10-06 11:24:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Science fiction has long used the idea of placing astronauts in a state of suspended animation, and yet, as fantastic as that idea sounds – it could increase the efficiency of a mission significantly by eliminating large amounts of food, water, clothing, and exercise equipment. In July 2013, NASA announced the backing of a study by SpaceWorks Enterprises in Atlanta for investigating long-term hibernation for use on a future mission...

2014-10-06 08:21:08

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Program Manager Allison Barto will receive the Women in Aerospace (WIA) Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions as Ball's program manager for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) program at the annual Women in Aerospace Awards ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 29. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20141005/150344 The WIA award is given annually for noteworthy achievement or...


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Elon Musk
2013-08-05 10:31:59

Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971. He is a South African-American inventor and entrepreneur. He is the founder of SpaceX and Co-founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal. He is also chairman of SolarCity. Musk attended Bryanston High School in South Africa, but graduated from Pretoria Boys High School. In the early 90s, Musk was educated at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario Canada and left Canada around 1992 to pursue Business and Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he...

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2009-07-06 12:24:05

The Pioneer Program is a series of American unmanned space missions designed for planetary exploration. The program included a number of missions, but the most well-known missions were Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11. Both Pioneer 10 and 11 explored the outer planets and left our solar system. Both probes carry a gold plaque, depicting a man and a woman and information about the origin of the probes and their creators. The Pioneer probe was named by Stephen A. Saliga, who was chief designer of Air...

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2009-07-06 12:14:43

Project Constellation is a spaceflight program run by NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). The program goals are to continue significant operations away from Earth's environment, to develop technologies needed for expanding exploration of space, and to continue conducting fundamental science. Project Constellation was developed by the Exploration Systems Architecture Study, which established how NASA would pursue the goals from the Vision for Space Exploration and the...

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2013-03-16 00:00:00

Wernher von Braun (March 23, 1912 - June 16, 1977) was one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Germany and the United States. His work on the Nazi rocket program made him a controversial figure. The controversy was captured in a song by satirist Tom Lehrer, who described him as "A man whose allegiance is ruled by expedience". He was born on in Wirsitz, Posen, Germany and his mother gave him a telescope upon his Lutheran confirmation. His interest in astronomy...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

NEAR-Shoemaker Mission -- The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous - Shoemaker (NEAR Shoemaker), renamed after its launch in honor of Gene Shoemaker, is an unmanned spacecraft designed to study the near-Earth asteroid Eros from close orbit over a period of a year. The primary scientific objectives of NEAR were to return data on the bulk properties, composition, mineralogy, morphology, internal mass distribution and magnetic field of Eros. Secondary objectives include studies of regolith...

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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
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