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2014-05-16 16:21:19

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded ITT Space Systems LLC, a subsidiary of Exelis, Inc., of Fort Wayne, Indiana, a contract to provide the Radiation Budget Instrument (RBI), a scanning radiometer capable of measuring Earth's reflected sunlight and emitted thermal radiation. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The cost-plus-award-fee contract with performance incentives has a contract value of approximately $208 million. This value...

2014-05-16 16:20:51

Facilitates more mobile devices per plane and more data throughput CARLSBAD, Calif., May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Installations of broadband services for civil and commercial aircraft are supporting a larger number of mobile devices in-flight, making the cabin networks and associated satellite systems quite complex. To help streamline those installations, ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) and Satcom Direct are integrating ViaSat Yonder(®) service with Satcom Direct's first hardware...

Venus Express Preparing To Take The Plunge
2014-05-16 03:55:38

[ Watch the Video: ESA’s Venus Express Aerobraking Maneuver ] ESA After eight years in orbit, ESA’s Venus Express has completed routine science observations and is preparing for a daring plunge into the planet’s hostile atmosphere. Venus Express was launched on a Soyuz–Fregat from the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 9 November 2005, and arrived at Venus on 11 April 2006. It has been orbiting Venus in an elliptical 24-hour loop that takes it from a distant 66...

ESA's Rosetta Spacecraft Spies Comet Beginning To Form Its Tail
2014-05-16 11:42:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The comet targeted for research by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe has begun to develop its tail as it zooms closer and closer to the Sun. The probe is maneuvering to align with the comet’s orbit this month and is slated to rendezvous with it in August. On Thursday, the ESA released a series of images showing comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko developing its tail, or coma. Taken between March 27 and May 4, the...

New Insight Into Formation Of Star Clusters Provided By NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory
2014-05-16 03:44:41

[ Watch The Video: A Tour Of The Flame Nebula ] Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Stars are often born in clusters, in giant clouds of gas and dust. Astronomers have studied two star clusters using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and infrared telescopes and the results show that the simplest ideas for the birth of these clusters cannot work. This composite image shows one of the clusters, NGC 2024, which is found in the center of the so-called Flame Nebula about 1,400...

windjana drill hole at night
2014-05-16 04:00:30

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Portions of powdered rock collected by drilling into a sandstone target last week have been delivered to laboratory instruments inside NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, and the rover will soon drive on toward its long-term destination on a mountain slope. Other instruments on the rover have inspected the rock's interior exposed in the hole and in drill cuttings heaped around the hole. The target rock, "Windjana," is a sandstone slab within a...

Tensions Between US And Russia Leave Air Force Scrambling For Launch Alternatives
2014-05-16 04:44:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Ongoing tensions between the US and Russia have left the US Air Force (USAF) scrambling for alternatives to Russian-built rocket engines, but could pay off big for some American companies in the long run, according to various media reports published earlier this week. The recent announcement by Russian officials that they would no longer allow the US access to its rocket engines, and would keep the USAF from using them to launch...

2014-05-15 23:01:01

The Dogecoin community is on its way to making "To the Moon" a reality. Team Phoenicia, Inc. and RevUp Render, Inc. have joined forces to roll out the next big Dogecoin challenge—the RevUp Render Lunar Iditarod Competition—where teams compete to have their mini rovers physically delivered and raced on the moon. Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2014 "To the Moon!”—a familiar slogan that resonates in the Dogecoin community—is on its way to becoming a real-life event....

2014-05-15 16:20:41

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA ranked high in the J.D. Power 2014 Social Media Benchmark Study: Government, released Thursday. In the two focus areas measured, servicing and marking engagement, J.D. Power reports, "Among the government agencies included in the study, only the National Aeronautics and Space Administration performs particularly well in both types of social interactions." http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "Increasingly,...

Hubble Shows Great Red Spot On Jupiter Is Smaller Than Ever Measured
2014-05-15 03:13:20

NASA Jupiter's trademark Great Red Spot -- a swirling anti-cyclonic storm larger than Earth -- has shrunk to its smallest size ever measured. According to Amy Simon of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recent NASA Hubble Space Telescope observations confirm the Great Red Spot now is approximately 10,250 miles across. Astronomers have followed this downsizing since the 1930s. Historic observations as far back as the late 1800s gauged the storm to be as large...


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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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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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