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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...

2014-05-15 12:21:37

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jupiter's trademark Great Red Spot -- a swirling anti-cyclonic storm larger than Earth -- has shrunk to its smallest size ever measured. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO 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...

2014-05-14 12:22:30

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station beginning at 9 a.m. EDT on Sunday, May 18. After leaving the space station, the capsule will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean carrying more than 3,500 pounds of NASA science samples and cargo. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Dragon is set to be detached from the Earth-facing side of...

2014-05-14 08:39:28

Xplornet commits over $200 Million to acquire all Canadian capacity On upcoming High Throughput Satellite for Rural Broadband WOODSTOCK, NB, May 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Xplornet Communications Inc., Canada's leading rural broadband service provider, today announced that it has committed to Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), to a lifetime lease for all of the Canadian satellite broadband capacity on Hughes' EchoStar XIX, a next-generation high throughput satellite due for launch in...

2014-05-14 08:37:13

Xplornet commits over $200 million to acquire all Canadian capacity enabling the continued expansion of rural broadband GERMANTOWN, Md., May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, today announced that Xplornet Communications Inc., Canada's largest rural broadband provider, has committed to a lifetime lease for all of the Canadian satellite broadband capacity on Hughes' Echostar XIX, a...

2014-05-08 08:22:33

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A new research platform that promises to dramatically reduce the cost of access to space for small scientific and education payloads will be publicly unveiled at MakerCon, which takes place at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood City next week. The Lynx Cub Payload Carrier, developed by the United States Rocket Academy, Texas A&M University, and the Space Engineering Research Center (a Texas state agency) will fly on the XCOR...

earthrise seen by LRO
2014-05-08 03:00:47

NASA/Arizona State University NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) experiences 12 "earthrises" every day, however LROC (short for LRO Camera) is almost always busy imaging the lunar surface so only rarely does an opportunity arise such that LROC can capture a view of Earth. On Feb. 1, 2014, LRO pitched forward while approaching the moon's north pole allowing the LROC Wide Angle Camera to capture Earth rising above Rozhdestvenskiy crater (112 miles, or 180 km, in diameter). The LROC...

Structural Test Stands For Space Launch System To Be Built At Marshall Space Flight Center
2014-05-07 03:40:06

By Megan Davidson, NASA NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will have the largest cryogenic fuel tanks ever used on a rocket. Stands to test the tanks and other hardware to ensure that these huge structures can withstand the incredible stresses of launch will be built at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. NASA is contracting for the construction of the test stands through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has awarded a $45.3 million contract to Brasfield...

NASA Achieves Major Milestone As They Prepare To Test RS-25 Engine
2014-05-07 03:16:46

[ Watch The Video: Cold-Shock Test At Stennis Space Center ] Rebecca Strecker, NASA NASA engineers at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., achieved a major milestone May 1 as they prepare to test RS-25 rocket engines that will help power the new Space Launch System (SLS) on missions to deep space destinations. A-1 Test Stand operators at Stennis completed a cold-shock test of the new structural piping system needed for the RS-25 engine, setting the stage for engine...


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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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