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martian landscape
2014-07-19 04:47:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from University of Oregon (OU) geologist Gregory Retallack suggests that soil samples taken by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover contain evidence that Mars was once much warmer and wetter. His findings, published online in Geology, are based on images and data of 3.7 billion year old soil collected in the Gale crater. Previous rovers have revealed the Martian landscape is littered with loose rocks created by impacts or layered...

Voyager Project Scientist Ed Stone Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
2014-07-18 03:57:18

Elizabeth Landau, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Ed Stone, project scientist of NASA's Voyager mission since 1972, and former director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, was honored with a lifetime achievement award on Wednesday from the American Astronautical Society. Stone received this honor "for sustained and extraordinary contributions to America's space programs, including innovative planetary missions in support of unmanned exploration of the solar...

ATV’s Fiery Break-up To Be Recorded From The Inside
2014-07-17 03:16:59

ESA As ESA’s remaining supply ferry to the International Space Station burns up in the atmosphere, its final moments as its hull disintegrates will be recorded from the inside by a unique infrared camera. An ESA-led team designed and developed the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Break-Up Camera in just nine months in order to make it on board in time. Working at breakneck pace, the team designed, built and tested both the camera and the Reentry SatCom capsule to work like an...

ESA’s Spaceplane Ready For Flight
2014-07-17 03:02:38

ESA All eyes are on ESA’s spaceplane to showcase reentry technologies after its unconventional launch on a Vega rocket this November. Instead of heading north into a polar orbit – as on previous flights – Vega will head eastwards to release the spaceplane into a suborbital path reaching all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Engineers are forging ahead with the final tests on ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, IXV, to check that it can withstand the demanding conditions...

2014-07-17 12:21:30

RICHMOND, BC, July 17, 2014 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has received a follow-on contract for CA$6.6 million from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission. The total contract value to-date is $25 million. MDA will build a laser-based instrument that will be used for the six-month task of mapping the surface of the 500 metre...

Gratteri impact crater on mars
2014-07-17 10:26:58

Arizona State University (ASU) A heat-sensing camera designed at Arizona State University has provided data to create the most detailed global map yet made of Martian surface properties. The map uses data from the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS), a nine-band visual and infrared camera on NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter. A version of the map optimized for scientific researchers is available at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The new Mars map was developed by the Geological...

Laser-Induced Spark on Mars
2014-07-17 04:00:42

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Flashes appear on a baseball-size Martian rock in a series of images taken Saturday, July 12 by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover. The flashes occurred while the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument fired multiple laser shots to investigate the rock's composition. ChemCam's laser has zapped more than 600 rock and soil targets on Mars since Curiosity landed in the planet's Gale...

capturing cygnus
2014-07-16 08:40:55

NASA The Expedition 40 crew welcomed more than a ton and a half of science, supplies and spacewalking equipment to the International Space Station Wednesday with the arrival of Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo spacecraft. With Cygnus securely in the grasp of the Canadarm2 robotic arm, the robotics officer at Mission Control in Houston remotely operated the arm to guide the cargo craft to its berthing port on the Earth-facing side of the Harmony module. Once Cygnus was in position,...

lebanon meteorite
2014-07-16 05:28:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Since its safe landing in August 2012, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has been busily carrying out its assigned tasks and making new discoveries. Yesterday, NASA released a new image from the intrepid little rover in which it shows an iron meteorite encountered on its travels. The meteorite, dubbed "Lebanon," is similar in shape and luster to iron meteorites found on Mars by the previous generation of rovers, Spirit and Opportunity....

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Less Than A Year From Pluto Flyby
2014-07-15 09:44:15

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: One Year To Pluto ] Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA says its New Horizons spacecraft is only one year away from Pluto, slated to make an historic flyby on July 14, 2015 and give the Earthlings never before seen images of the distant world. “Because Pluto has never been visited up-close by a spacecraft from Earth, everything we see will be a first. I know this will be an astonishing experience full of history making...


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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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