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2014-08-20 16:21:09

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A cool thing about space: cryogenic refrigerators from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) that chill satellite sensors to hundreds of degrees below zero Fahrenheit (degrees F) for maximum sensitivity. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20121024/LA98563LOGO A photo accompanying this release is available at http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=27220. A new NASA satellite with infrared sensors provides...

2014-08-19 16:20:49

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic is developing a preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 program. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20121024/LA98563LOGO A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=27176. XS-1has a reusable...

CubeSats
2014-08-18 03:30:36

Max Gleber, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center To investigate climate change, scientists and engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are developing the IceCube satellite, which will be no larger than a loaf of bread. In 2016, this satellite will mature technology that scientists will use to analyze cloud ice in the atmosphere. “We’re using IceCube to test a radiometer that we want to fly on a big space mission,” said Jeffrey Piepmeier, associate head of Goddard’s...

Cuiosity Rover Eyes Bonanza King
2014-08-17 08:44:42

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has chosen a rock that looks like a pale paving stone as the mission's fourth drilling target, if it passes engineers' evaluation. They call it "Bonanza King." It is not at the "Pahrump Hills" site the team anticipated the rover might reach by mid-August. Unexpected challenges while driving in sand prompted the mission to reverse course last week after entering a valley where ripples of sand fill...

2014-08-14 16:21:07

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles that date to the beginnings of the solar system are among the samples collected by scientists who have been studying the payload from NASA's Stardust spacecraft since its return to Earth in 2006. If confirmed, these particles would be the first samples of contemporary interstellar dust. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO A team of scientists has been combing...

hurricane winds
2014-08-14 10:29:11

Rosalie Murphy, JPL Earth Science and Technology Directorate The ocean covers 71 percent of Earth's surface and affects weather over the entire globe. Hurricanes and storms that begin far out over the ocean affect people on land and interfere with shipping at sea. And the ocean stores carbon and heat, which are transported from the ocean to the air and back, allowing for photosynthesis and affecting Earth's climate. To understand all these processes, scientists need information about winds...

rolling martian boulder
2014-08-14 10:14:04

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory A track about one-third of a mile (500 meters) long on Mars shows where an irregularly shaped boulder careened downhill to its current upright position, seen in a July 3, 2014, image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The shadow cast by the rock in mid-afternoon sunlight reveals it is about 20 feet (6 meters) tall. In the downward-looking image, the boulder is only about...

TechDemoSat-1
2014-08-13 02:30:40

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has released a video from a camera mounted on an exterior panel of TechDemoSat-1, which shows the satellite moments after separation from the Fregat upper stage of its Soyuz-2 launcher, and as it begins its first orbit in Space. TechDemoSat-1 was launched on 8th July 2014, and is an in-orbit technology demonstration mission, carrying innovative payloads for British academia and industry. The video capture starts...

WorldView-3 satellite launch
2014-08-12 16:20:39

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tomorrow, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Commercial Launch Services will launch the WorldView-3 commercial remote sensing spacecraft aboard an Atlas V. To view the launch live via streaming video, go to www.lockheedmartin.com/worldview-3. Rocket/Payload: Atlas V 401 flying the WorldView-3 mission for customer DigitalGlobe. Date: Wednesday, August 13 Site: Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif....

solar probe plus
2014-08-12 12:21:17

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a contract from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) to supply its space inertial reference system for NASA's Solar Probe Plus program. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20121024/LA98563LOGO Photos accompanying this release are available at http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=27020. Under a nearly $3 million contract,...


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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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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
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