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Space Launch System
2014-08-29 03:00:08

Megan Davidson, Marshall Space Flight Center Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, are wrapping up acoustic testing on a 5-percent scale model of NASA's Space Launch System. The Aug.28 test, the 34th in the series, will help NASA engineers understand how loud the SLS vehicle will be during liftoff. Data from the test series will be used to design the water sound suppression system that reduces liftoff vibrations on the vehicle.  SLS will be the most...

asteroid impact
2014-08-29 04:59:21

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An eruption of dust around a young solar-analog star discovered using the Spitzer Space Telescope could be the type of massive collision between asteroids that ultimately result in the formation of planets, astronomers report in Thursday’s online edition of the journal Science. Scientists began tracking the star in question, identified as NGC 2547-ID8, after it first surged with a large amount of fresh dust between August 2012 and...

2014-08-28 16:21:46

GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will host a public event on Sept. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT to celebrate five years of observing the moon. This free event is for families with middle-school-aged children and older. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO This is the fifth anniversary of International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN), a public campaign to celebrate and observe...

2014-08-28 16:20:48

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Scientists had been regularly tracking the star, called NGC 2547-ID8, when it surged with a huge amount of fresh dust between August 2012 and January 2013. "We...

Space Launch System rocket
2014-08-27 16:21:11

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars -- and approved the program's progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle....

2014-08-27 12:22:22

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA officials will hold a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EDT today to discuss the agency's progress on the Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy-lift rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Participants in the teleconference will be: -- Robert Lightfoot, NASA associate administrator -- William Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for the...

2014-08-25 16:20:12

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The sophisticated piano-sized spacecraft, which launched in January 2006, reached Neptune's orbit -- nearly 2.75 billion miles from Earth -- in a record eight years and...

New Horizons view of Neptune
2014-08-25 13:01:28

NASA/JPL NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015. The sophisticated piano-sized spacecraft, which launched in January 2006, reached Neptune's orbit -- nearly 2.75 billion miles (4.4. billion kilometers) from Earth -- in a record eight years and eight months. New Horizons' milestone matches precisely the 25th anniversary...

Search For Landing Site On Rosetta Narrows
2014-08-25 03:34:44

ESA Using detailed information collected by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft during its first two weeks at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, five locations have been identified as candidate sites to set down the Philae lander in November – the first time a landing on a comet has ever been attempted. Before arrival, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko had never been seen close up and so the race to find a suitable landing site for the 100 kg lander could only begin when Rosetta rendezvoused with...

shackleton crater
2014-08-24 06:16:29

Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online They are the darkest and coldest places on the surface of the moon, but deep in the craters of the polar regions, electrical activity may be creating a kind of “sparking” that has driven changes in lunar soil evolution. New information about these areas could lead to greater understanding of planetary surfaces in the solar system. To the scientists studying data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the moon is a giant...


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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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