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mars striations
2014-02-27 12:04:34

NASA NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has reached an area where orbital images had piqued researchers' interest in patches of ground with striations all oriented in a similar direction. A close-up look at some of the striations from the rover's Navigation Camera gains extra drama by including Mount Sharp in the background. The lower slopes of that layered mountain are the mission's long-term science destination. The foreground rocks are in an outcrop called "Junda," which the rover passed...

supernova SN 2014J
2014-02-27 04:07:54

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has used its dust-piercing infrared vision to help in analyzing a recently-discovered supernova in galaxy M82. It joined with several other instruments to create a detailed portrait of the stellar explosion, officials from the US space agency announced on Wednesday. The new supernova, SN 2014J, is the closest of its kind to be observed in the past few decades and has launched a global observing...

2014-02-26 12:20:55

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Battlefield commanders have long wanted satellites that can be assembled quickly and launched rapidly to meet immediate needs. Now they have that capability with the plug-and-play Modular Space Vehicle (MSV) delivered Feb. 25 by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC). http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20121024/LA98563LOGO A photo accompanying this release is available at:...

2014-02-21 16:20:08

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a news teleconference at 1 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Feb. 26, to announce new discoveries made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The briefing participants are: -- Douglas Hudgins, exoplanet exploration program scientist, NASA's Astrophysics Division in Washington -- Jack Lissauer, planetary scientist, NASA's Ames Research Center,...

Neosat Boosting Europe’s Telecommunications By Satellite
2014-02-21 10:39:01

ESA ESA is forging ahead with the Neosat next-generation satcom platform, planning the first flights within five years. The goal is for European satellite builders to capture at least half of the world’s satcom market in 2018–30 through innovation and efficiency, generating €25 billion in sales. The contract for Phase-B of Neosat was signed today by Magali Vaissiere, ESA’s Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, and Eric Béranger and Bertrand Maureau for...

2014-02-21 08:27:47

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) today reported total revenue of $808 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 compared to $786 million for the corresponding period in 2012. Total revenue for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013 was $3,282 million compared to $3,122 million for the corresponding period in 2012. EchoStar reported net income attributable to EchoStar shareholders of $4.5 million and diluted earnings per share of...

2014-02-21 08:20:17

Fifth Boeing GPS IIF Satellite Joins Constellation in Orbit ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) propulsion, composite and spacecraft technologies supported Thursday's successful launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This rocket carried the U.S. Air Force's fifth Block IIF navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System (GPS). (Photo:...

curiosity looks back
2014-02-20 11:08:34

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Terrain that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is now crossing is as smooth as team members had anticipated based on earlier images from orbit. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, the rover covered 329 feet (100.3 meters), the mission's first long trek that used reverse driving and its farthest one-day advance of any kind in more than three months. The reverse drive validated feasibility of a technique developed with testing on Earth to lessen damage to...

Space Debris Threat From Envisat Explored By University Of Leicester Students
2014-02-20 07:32:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A recently-published paper from physics students at the University of Leicester explores the possibility that a massive observational satellite that lost contact with Earth in 2012 could be the catalyst that sets off a chain of events much like those depicted in the Academy Award-nominated film Gravity. Writing in the Journal of Physics Special Topics, a peer-reviewed student journal run by the University’s Department of Physics...

2014-02-18 23:28:22

Pamela Fleming, Executive Secretary of the Institute for Basic Research, Florida, announces the apparent detection of antimatter galaxies, antimatter asteroids and antimatter cosmic rays by the Italian-American scientists R. M. Santilli via a new refractive telescope with concave lenses (http://www.santilli-foundation.org/Detect-Ant-Galaxies.php). Palm Harbor, Florida, (PRWEB) February 18, 2014 Pamela Fleming, Executive Secretary of the Institute for Basic Research, Florida, announces the...


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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...

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...

John Grunsfeld
2012-10-18 12:19:21

John Grunsfeld is an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut. He was born John Mace Grunsfeld in October of 1958 in Chicago, Illinois. He remained in Illinois throughout his childhood and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1976. Upon his graduation, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1980. He then furthered his education at the University of Chicago, where he earned a Master of Science in physics in...

Léopold Eyharts
2012-10-02 09:49:07

Léopold Eyharts is a Brigadier General in the French Air Force and an ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut. Eyharts was born April 28, 1957, in Biarritz, France. After completing his basic academics, he joined the French Air Force Academy of Salon-de-Provence in 1977 to study aeronautical engineering. Eyharts graduated in 1979 as an engineer. By 1980 he became a fighter pilot and was sent to the Istres Air Force Base in France. Initially he was assigned to an operational jaguar squadron...

Andrew Feustel
2012-09-17 09:28:01

Andrew Feustel is a NASA astronaut and an American Geophysicist. He was born Andrew J. (Drew) Feustel on August 25, 1965 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Lake Orion, Michigan. He graduated from Lake Orion High School and subsequently received an Associate’s degree from Oakland Community College. During this time, he worked at International Autoworks as an auto mechanic. He then transferred to Purdue University, where joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and served as a...

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