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NASA Demonstrates Space Launch System Adaptive Controls
2014-03-23 14:22:05

Leslie Williams, Public Affairs, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Can a rocket maneuver like an airplane? And can an airplane act as a surrogate for a maneuvering rocket? NASA engineers demonstrated just that when they used a NASA F/A-18 aircraft recently to simulate a rocket in its early flight phase to test adaptive software for NASA's new rocket the Space Launch System (SLS), the largest, most powerful launch vehicle for deep space missions. The tests are helping engineers...

2014-03-21 16:20:54

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media accreditation is open for the launch of the second NASA contracted cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station from Virginia. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., will launch the Orbital-2 cargo resupply mission at 3:44 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 6 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad 0A at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. A five minute launch...

Space Sunflower Could One Day Help Snap Pictures Of Planets
2014-03-21 10:52:53

Watch The Video: Studying Other Worlds with the Help of a Starshade ] Whitney Clavin, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A spacecraft that looks like a giant sunflower might one day be used to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars. The prototype deployable structure, called a starshade, is being developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The hunt is on for planets that resemble Earth in size, composition and temperature. Rocky...

Scientists Create The First 360-Degree Virtual Map Of The Milky Way
2014-03-21 07:25:44

[ Watch the Video: 360-Degree View of the Milky Way ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has been busy studying stars, asteroids, galaxies and other outer space objects over the past 10 years and a University of Wisconsin team of scientists has now used more than two million images produced by Spitzer to create a virtual 360-degree mosaic of our Milky Way. The team presented the new interactive map Thursday at the TEDActive 2014...

2014-03-20 20:20:12

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT Friday, March 21, to discuss the same-day release of its Asteroid Initiative Announcement of Opportunities. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Telecon participants are:-- Greg Williams, deputy associate administrator for policy and plans, NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate-- James Reuther, deputy associate administrator for programs,...

2014-03-20 16:21:09

PASADENA, Calif., March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) honored Lockheed Martin with the Small Business Industry Awards Large Prime Contractor of the Year award for its utilization of small businesses and superior performance on subcontracts at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). "Our work with NASA JPL is diverse, supporting space missions and complex IT needs," said Vicki Schmanske, vice president of IT & Security...

2014-03-20 16:21:06

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA's new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TEDActive 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The star-studded panorama of our galaxy is constructed from more than 2 million infrared snapshots taken over the past 10 years by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. "If we actually printed this out, we'd...

2014-03-20 12:22:19

DMSP Satellite Will Improve Military, Civil Weather Warning VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been encapsulated into its payload fairing in preparation for an April 3 liftoff. The launch will take place aboard an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. [Download a high-resolution photo from encapsulation...

Historic Earth Images From NASA Still Hold Research Value
2014-03-19 08:18:42

Carol Rasmussen, NASA NASA's Seasat satellite became history long ago, but it left a legacy of images of Earth's ocean, volcanoes, forests and other features that were made by the first synthetic aperture radar ever mounted on a satellite. Potential research uses for the recently released 35-year-old images are outlined in a paper published in the journal Eos today, March 18. Seasat, which was managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was the first satellite...

First Interactive Mosaic Of Lunar North Pole Released By NASA
2014-03-18 20:40:18

NASA Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon’s north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of the United States. Web viewers can zoom in and out, and pan around an area. Constructed from 10,581 pictures, the mosaic provides enough detail to see textures and subtle shading of the lunar terrain. Consistent lighting...


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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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