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Old Spirit Data Points To New Evidence Of Ancient Water In Mars Crater
2014-04-10 07:36:05

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The hunt for a confirmed source of ancient water on the Red Planet may be over (or just beginning), at least for one group of scientists. Mars scientists looking at old data provided by NASA’s Spirit, one of the two rovers that landed on the Martian landscape a decade ago, have found evidence of ancient water inside the crater in which the rover landed. Spirit landed in the 100-mile-wide Gusev Crater in 2004 and scientists have...

2014-04-09 16:21:59

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) continued its record of shipping Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite payload modules ahead of schedule when the fourth arrived Feb. 11, nearly two months early, at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., AEHF system prime contractor. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20121024/LA98563LOGO A photo accompanying this release is available at...

2014-04-09 12:21:18

Newly-Developed Camera Will Help Astronomers Peer Into Deepest Reaches of the Universe PALO ALTO, Calif., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] and the University of Arizona have delivered the primary imaging instrument of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The new Near Infrared Camera, or NIRCam, has been successfully integrated within the heart of the telescope, known as the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM)....

Final Instrument Of Webb Telescope's Heart Installed
2014-04-09 09:39:53

[ Watch The Video: NIRSpec Instrument Gets Integrated Into Webb’s ISIM ] Laura Betz, NASA The last piece of the James Webb Space Telescope's heart was installed inside the world's largest clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. What looked like a massive black frame covered with wires and aluminum foil, the heart or Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) now contains all four of Webb's science instruments. Together, these instruments will...

2014-04-08 16:20:30

DENVER, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and NewSat Limited (ASX: NWT, OTCQX: NWTLY) have successfully completed a comprehensive technical review of Jabiru-1, Australia's first commercial Ka-band satellite. Jabiru-1 will deliver high-powered communications to meet the growing demand from oil, gas, mining, government and carrier-grade telecommunications customers in the world's emerging economies. To achieve this milestone, Lockheed Martin completed the...

2014-04-08 08:20:58

SAN DIEGO, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanguard Space Technologies, Inc. (Vanguard) today announced that it supplied mission-critical components to Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) for the Amazonas 4A telecommunications satellite that was recently launched aboard Arianespace's Ariane 5 ECA rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140408/LA98872 The Amazonas 4A spacecraft, which was designed, manufactured and tested by Orbital and built for Hispasat,...

2014-04-08 08:20:22

Mid-August Launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base Anticipated for Newest Addition to DigitalGlobe Constellation BOULDER, Colo., April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed a series of environmental tests on WorldView-3, the next generation commercial remote-sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140408/LA00179 The satellite and its...

progress freighter
2014-04-08 06:22:25

NASA A Russian space freighter filled with trash departed the International Space Station on time Monday at 9:58 a.m. EDT. The ISS Progress 54 will orbit Earth 11 days for engineering tests before finally deorbiting over the Pacific Ocean for a fiery disposal. A new space delivery awaits its launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan inside the ISS Progress 55 spacecraft. Liftoff is scheduled for 11:26 a.m. Wednesday with a docking to the station’s Pirs docking compartment just...

2014-04-07 12:22:15

Team Progressing Toward Exploration Flight Test-1 DENVER, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Testing of the Orion spacecraft's avionics system has concluded at the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Operations & Checkout facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After powering on and sending commands to more than 20 different critical systems installed on the spacecraft's crew module, NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers have verified the avionics for Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) are...

NASA Wants You To Take The LADEE Impact Challenge
2014-04-04 12:30:20

NASA NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude over the moon. LADEE will continue to make important science observations before its planned impact into the lunar surface later this month. When will it impact the lunar surface? NASA wants to hear your best guess! LADEE mission managers expect the spacecraft will impact the moon’s surface on or before April 21. On April 11, ground controllers at NASA's Ames...


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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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