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2014-03-05 08:21:46

High-capacity Ka-band service quickly proving to significantly increase passenger uptake compared to other in-flight services TEL AVIV, Israel and CARLSBAD, Calif., March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- EL AL has agreed to be the launch customer in Europe for Exede® In The Air in-flight Internet service from ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT). To begin, ViaSat plans to deliver the service to EL AL Boeing 737s flying routes from Tel Aviv into several European cities. The two companies plan to...

Eastern US Winter Storm Track Captured On Satellite Video
2014-03-04 14:57:37

[ Watch The Video: Satellite Video Captures the Eastern U.S. Winter Storm Track ] Rob Gutro, NASA As NOAA's GOES-East satellite sat in a fixed orbit in space it monitored and provided visible and infrared imagery of the major winter storm that hit the US east coast on March 2 and 3. Now, that data has been compiled and made into a video at NASA. On March 2 and 3, a major winter storm brought snow to the mid-Atlantic, freezing rain to the Carolinas and rain and some freezing...

International Space Station Deployment Of CubeSats Continues
2014-03-04 09:46:55

Laura Niles, NASA It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a CubeSat! With so many small, relatively inexpensive satellites deploying lately from the International Space Station, it may seem like the area referred to as low-Earth orbit, between 100 and 1,240 miles above the planet, is full of these compact cubes. The miniature satellites, or CubeSats, conduct research and demonstration missions. In the span of several weeks, 33 new CubeSats deployed from the space station. The NanoRacks...

2014-03-03 23:01:33

NanoRacks LLC announces the successful completion of an ambitious launch program for small satellites and in so doing has broken the record of the most CubeSats deployed in a single mission to the International Space Station. Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 03, 2014 NanoRacks LLC announces the successful completion of an ambitious launch program for small satellites and in so doing has broken the record of the most CubeSats deployed in a single mission to the International Space Station....

Boeing CST-100 Mockup
2014-03-03 04:29:11

NASA NASA's aerospace industry partners continue to meet milestones under agreements with the agency's Commercial Crew Program (CCP), as they move forward in their development of spacecraft and rockets that will transport humans to destinations in low-Earth orbit. Blue Origin, Boeing Space Exploration, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and SpaceX each are developing unique transportation systems, and each faces stringent evaluations and tests in 2014. CCP's engineering team is working...

MAVEN Electra Relay Radio
2014-03-03 04:21:23

NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory The team operating NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission successfully completed, on Feb. 19, 2014, the initial post-launch power-on and checkout of the spacecraft's Electra Ultra High Frequency Transceiver. This wraps up the initial checkouts of all payloads on the MAVEN spacecraft, with everything performing as expected. MAVEN will examine the upper atmosphere of Mars to provide understanding about processes that led to the loss of...

Comet Find Is NEOWISE's First Since Activation
2014-03-01 06:14:41

[ Watch the Video: What's So Weird About A New Comet? ] DC Agle, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen comet - its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation late last year. "We are so pleased to have discovered this frozen visitor from the outermost reaches of our solar system," said Amy Mainzer, the mission's principal investigator from NASA's Jet Propulsion...

2014-02-28 12:22:37

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's aerospace industry partners continue to meet milestones under agreements with the agency's Commercial Crew Program (CCP), as they move forward in their development of spacecraft and rockets that will transport humans to destinations in low-Earth orbit. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Blue Origin, Boeing Space Exploration, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and SpaceX each are developing unique...

New Project Allows Citizens To Name All Unnamed Craters On Mars
2014-02-28 12:27:52

[ Watch the Video: How Can You Leave Your Mark On Mars? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With a population of over 7 billion, leaving your mark on Earth it pretty difficult these days. However, leaving you mark on Mars just got a little easier. For just five bucks, the science advocacy start-up Uwingu is allowing anyone with an internet connection to name one of the 500,000 unnamed craters on Mars after themselves, their loved one, a pet or anything else....

2014-02-28 08:20:45

Raytheon to provide improved information assurance and faster data delivery to weather and environmental satellite program AURORA, Colo., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) received a $185 million modification from NASA on its current Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Common Ground System (CGS) contract, which is intended to increase the capability and capacity of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) three satellites that support the JPSS...


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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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