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2014-10-23 20:20:37

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has produced a unique composite image of comet Siding Spring as it made its never-before-seen close passage of a comet by Mars. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Siding Spring, officially designated Comet C/2013 A1, made its closest approach to Mars at 2:28 p.m. EDT on Oct. 19, at a distance of approximately 87,000 miles. That is about one-third of the distance between Earth and...

Galactic Wheel Of Life
2014-10-23 03:01:07

Provided by Whitney Clavin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory It might look like a spoked wheel or even a "Chakram" weapon wielded by warriors like "Xena," from the fictional TV show, but this ringed galaxy is actually a vast place of stellar life. A newly released image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the galaxy NGC 1291. Though the galaxy is quite old, roughly 12 billion years, it is marked by an unusual ring where newborn stars are igniting. "The rest of the galaxy is done...

james webb
2014-10-23 02:00:57

Provided by Laura Betz, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) and its sensitive instruments, emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum chamber at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Teams of engineers and technicians have been on heart-monitoring duty around the clock since this...

2014-10-23 08:31:07

Workshop will focus on genetic methods for enhancing quality control of botanical and other natural products BREVARD, N.C., Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gaia Herbs(®) has been invited to present at a U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) workshop hosted today and tomorrow, October 23-24, at the agency's national headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. The event, entitled "DNA Methods for Quality Control of Botanical Products," is co-organized by several other government departments...

2014-10-22 20:20:25

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Orbital Sciences Corp. will launch its next mission to resupply the International Space Station Monday, Oct. 27, and NASA Television will broadcast live coverage of the event, including pre- and post-launch briefings and arrival at the station. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Orbital's Cygnus cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch at 6:45 p.m. EDT from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Launch Pad 0A at...

2014-10-22 16:21:24

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, of Azusa, California, for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO This is a cost-plus-award-fee modification in the amount of $121 million. This action extends the period of performance of the...

NASA's Rover Opportunity Views Comet Siding Spring Near Mars
2014-10-21 03:29:49

Provided by Guy Webster, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity captured images of a comet passing much closer to Mars than any previous known comet flyby of Earth or Mars. The images of comet Siding Spring were taken against a backdrop of the pre-dawn Martian sky on Sunday (Oct. 19). Images of comet A1 Siding Spring from the rover's panoramic camera (Pancam) are online at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA18591...

Mars Orbiter Image Shows Nucleus Of Comet Siding Spring Is Small
2014-10-21 03:15:54

Provided Guy Webster, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured views of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring while that visitor sped past Mars on Sunday (Oct. 19), yielding information about its nucleus. The images are the highest-resolution views ever acquired of a comet coming from the Oort Cloud at the fringes of the solar system. Other spacecraft have approached and studied comets with...

comet visit to mars
2014-10-20 06:36:17

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Mars Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter were all in good shape following comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring’s flyby of the Red Planet on Sunday, officials at NASA’s Jet Propulsion’s Laboratory (JPL) have confirmed. Each of the orbiters had performed a “duck and cover” maneuver to take shelter behind the planet and avoid a period of potential risk due to dust from...

mercury Kandinsky crater
2014-10-17 03:00:32

Provided by JHU/APL NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft has provided the first optical images of ice and other frozen volatile materials within permanently shadowed craters near Mercury's north pole. The images not only reveal the morphology of the frozen volatiles, but they also provide insight into when the ices were trapped and how they've evolved, according to an article published October 15 in the journal, Geology. Two decades...


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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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