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Opportunity rover covered in Martian dust
2014-05-07 07:50:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Dust is everywhere on Mars, and plays a key role in the red planet’s weather, according to a Texas A&M University researcher who has spent much of the past decade observing the phenomenon. Mark Lemmon, associate professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M, has served as a camera operator on numerous Mars missions, especially those involving the Mars exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Spirit landed in 2004 and...

curiosity drilling windjana
2014-05-07 06:01:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity Rover has drilled into a slab of Martian sandstone from which portions of rock powder will be delivered into the rover's internal instruments. Early Tuesday, Curiosity rover team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) received confirmation of the rover's third successful acquisition of a drilled rock sample from the target rock "Windjana." Created by Curiosity's hammering drill, the new hole is 0.63 inch...

2014-05-06 12:21:15

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 20 American college and university teams will gather on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats Saturday, May 17 to launch rockets they designed. The rockets will reach heights up to 20,000 feet, carrying onboard science and engineering experiments -- and high hopes among those on the ground to win prizes and bragging rights. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The "launchfest" is the pinnacle of the 2013-2014 NASA...

NASA Partners With US Space Firms To Design Emergency Spacecraft
2014-05-02 14:10:21

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Friday, NASA announced that it was partnering with Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation and SpaceX to design “lifeboats” for the International Space Station. The emergency spacecraft would be docked to the space station in case personnel need to quickly be transported back to Earth, a function currently provided by a pair of Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Each Soyuz craft is capable of holding three people. This means that with two...

nasa and cnes
2014-05-02 12:21:33

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the French space agency Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) have agreed to jointly build, launch, and operate a spacecraft to conduct the first-ever global survey of Earth's surface water and to map ocean surface height with unprecedented detail. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall signed an agreement Friday at NASA Headquarters in...

2014-05-02 12:20:54

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media accreditation has been extended for the launch of the second NASA contracted cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station from Virginia. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., will launch the Orbital-2 cargo resupply mission at 2:07 a.m. EDT Tuesday, June 10 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad 0A at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. NASA Television...

2014-05-01 23:06:05

The NASA Johnson Space Center's DLN (Digital Learning Network) and Public Affairs Office are thrilled to present another Music in Space event featuring a Space Jam with International Space Station commander Koichi Wakata and BELLA GAIA director Kenji Williams. New York, NY (PRWEB) May 01, 2014 The NASA Johnson Space Center's DLN (Digital Learning Network) and Public Affairs Office are thrilled to present another Music in Space event featuring International Space Station...

2014-05-01 20:20:37

New Satellite Will Advance Weather Forecasts on Earth and in Space DENVER, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The two large modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite spacecraft were delivered to a cleanroom at Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] Space Systems facility near Denver. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series (GOES-R) is NOAA's next-generation geostationary weather satellites. With the delivery of the system module and the propulsion module, the weather...

2014-04-30 23:14:57

Spaceflight continues to advance cost-effective “rideshare” services for the small-satellite industry with first-ever launch of SHERPA platform and in-space tug. Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 30, 2014 Spaceflight Inc., the company reinventing the model for launching small satellites into space, today announced it has secured a launch service agreement to orbit its “SHERPA” hosted payload and in-space transportation system. Spaceflight’s inaugural SHERPA mission will deploy up to...

2014-04-30 16:21:41

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA announced Wednesday the selection of three U.S. companies to negotiate no-funds exchanged partnership agreements with the agency to advance lander capabilities that will enable delivery of payloads to the surface of the moon, as well as new science and exploration missions of interest to NASA and scientific and academic communities. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The selected companies are: -- Astrobotic...


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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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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.