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2014-10-01 20:20:18

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), mission scientists have solved a lunar mystery almost as old as the moon itself. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Early theories suggested the craggy outline of a region of the moon's surface known as Oceanus Procellarum, or the Ocean of Storms, was caused by an asteroid impact. If this theory had been correct, the basin it formed would...

Delta IV Heavy rocket
2014-10-01 16:21:25

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's new Orion spacecraft and the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry it into space are at their penultimate stops in Florida on their path to a December flight test. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Orion was moved Sunday out of the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Delta IV Heavy rocket, built by United Launch Alliance, made its move Tuesday night, to...

NISAR mission
2014-10-01 04:14:48

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just days after their respective spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Mars, top officials from NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have signed an agreement vowing to work together on future exploration missions involving the Red Planet, officials at the US space agency have announced. At the International Astronautical Congress in Toronto on Tuesday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and ISRO chairman K....

2014-09-30 16:21:07

Igniter Integral to NASA's Space Launch System and Orion Crew Safety ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA and ATK (NYSE: ATK) successfully completed a static test of the launch abort motor igniter for the Orion crew capsule's Launch Abort System (LAS). Conducted at ATK's facility in Promontory, Utah, this test is the next step toward qualifying the igniter for production. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140930/149451 The LAS will be placed on top of the Orion spacecraft,...

2014-09-30 16:20:54

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a meeting Tuesday in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO While attending the International Astronautical Congress, the two space agency...

2014-09-29 08:22:21

Orion in Final Integration Steps Before Exploration Flight Test-1 DENVER, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] have finished fueling the Orion spacecraft with ammonia, hydrazine and high pressure helium at Kennedy Space Center's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. Orion has now been moved to the Launch Abort System Facility for integration with the launch abort system (LAS). "Once the launch abort system is integrated and functional testing...

dream chaser
2014-10-06 03:50:35

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online ----- UPDATE: October 6, 2014 (3:50 a.m.) According to a brief announcement by Steven Siceloff of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, "While NASA has awarded this contract," referring to the contracts recently given to SpaceX and Being, "NASA has instructed Boeing and SpaceX to stop performance on the contract while the GAO resolves a protest." redOrbit will continue to provide updates as they become available. ----- ORIGINAL:...

India’s Space Program Faces Challenges, Even After Mangalyaan Success
2014-09-28 07:54:20

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online When the Mars Orbiter Mission Mangalyaan (MOM) successfully entered orbit around the Red Planet, it was a defining moment for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) – but as media reports published late last week revealed, it also shed light on some of the challenges facing the country’s fledgling space program. Once Mangalyaan completed its orbital insertion maneuver on Wednesday, it made the ISRO just the fourth...

2014-09-26 12:21:06

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On the heels of awarding groundbreaking contracts to U.S. commercial space companies to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA has released a request for proposals (RFP) for the next round of contracts for private-sector companies to deliver experiments and supplies to the orbiting laboratory. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Under the Commercial Resupply Services 2 RFP, NASA...

Mount Sharp drill hole
2014-09-26 09:03:20

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first taste of the layered mountain whose scientific allure drew the mission to choose this part of Mars as a landing site. Late Wednesday, Sept. 24, the rover's hammering drill chewed about 2.6 inches (6.7 centimeters) deep into a basal-layer outcrop on Mount Sharp and collected a powdered-rock sample.  Data and images received early Thursday at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California,...


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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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