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2014-06-20 23:05:56

Spaceflight showcases secondary-payload integration and logistics expertise with latest launch of small-satellite constellation for Planet Labs. Seattle (PRWEB) June 20, 2014 Spaceflight Inc., the company reinventing the model for launching small satellites into space, today announced it has successfully deployed 11 Planet Labs Dove earth-imaging spacecraft from an International Space Company (ISC) Kosmotras-operated Dnepr launch vehicle. “SmallSat constellations are a critical, growing...

QuikScat's Eye On Ocean Winds Lives On After 15 Years
2014-06-20 03:55:48

Rosalie Murphy, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Today (June 19) marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of NASA's QuikScat, a satellite sent for a three-year mission in 1999 that continues collecting data. Built in less than 12 months, QuikScat has watched ocean wind patterns for 15 years and improved weather forecasting worldwide. Despite a partial instrument failure in 2009, it provides calibration data to international partners. On this anniversary, the mission's team is preparing...

2014-06-20 12:20:44

MOSCOW, June 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ISC Kosmotras [http://www.kosmotras.ru ] successfully launched a cluster of small spacecraft by the RS-20 rocket (Dnepr) on 20 June 2014. The first Russian private Earth remote sensing satellite of the SPUTNIX [http://www.sputnix.ru ] Company, named TabletSat-Aurora, was also set into its target orbit. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140620/693533 ) It is planned to receive the data from the microsatellite to a...

Asteroid Grand Challenge First Anniversary
2014-06-20 03:13:27

NASA It’s been a busy year around the sun for NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge. NASA has been active in learning new ways to find, track and characterize asteroids and thinking about ways to respond to asteroid threats to human population. If you want to help, there are lots of opportunities, including a virtual workshop in celebration of the first anniversary of the public announcement of NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge on June 19-20. On June 18, 2013, NASA announced the Asteroid...

Volume Of Rocket Noise Turned Down Through SLS Scale Model Acoustic Testing
2014-06-20 03:04:46

NASA NASA engineers recently went on an auricle ride as a scale model of the Space Launch System (SLS), including solid rocket motors, was fired -- giving an "earful" of information about how low- and high-frequency sound waves will affect the rocket on the launch pad. When completed, SLS will be capable of taking a crew and cargo on deep space missions, including to an asteroid and eventually Mars. "This test is unique because it's like going through the steps of a true launch, only...

2014-06-19 23:08:23

Comet Siding Spring will brush astonishingly close to Mars later this year – but UMD astronomers say it won't harm three spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet. Instead the spacecraft will give scientists an unprecedented close look at the comet as it nears the sun for the first time. (PRWEB) June 19, 2014 Comet Siding Spring will brush astonishingly close to Mars later this year – close enough to raise concerns about the safety of three spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet. But after...

asteroid 2011 MD spitzer
2014-06-19 13:09:44

Whitney Clavin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have measured the size of an asteroid candidate for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), a proposed spacecraft concept to capture either a small asteroid, or a boulder from an asteroid. The near-Earth asteroid, called 2011 MD, was found to be roughly 20 feet (6 meters) in size, and its structure appears to contain a lot of empty space, perhaps resembling a pile of rubble. Spitzer's infrared vision...

International Space Station Being Used As A Technology Test Bed
2014-06-19 03:19:15

NASA The International Space Station is critically important to NASA's future exploration missions. The orbiting outpost provides a platform to test technologies in a long-duration weightless environment; conditions which are impractical to replicate on Earth. NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is utilizing the space station as a test bed for multiple game-changing technology demonstrations. “The International Space Station is our national laboratory for foundational space...

Tycho crater central peak
2014-06-19 05:20:51

Nancy N. Jones, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Today, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) celebrates its fifth anniversary in space. LRO launched from Florida on June 18, 2009. After a four-day journey, the orbiter successfully entered lunar orbit on June 23. [ Watch the Video: The Moon As Art Contest ] In the succeeding five years, LRO has continued to shape our view of our nearest celestial neighbor. LRO data has shown us the tracks and equipment left behind from the Apollo...

mars manned rover
2014-06-18 09:42:30

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you’re wondering if you’ll ever see a person on Mars in your lifetime – you just may if you’re around in ten years, according to claims made recently by SpaceX's Elon Musk. "I'm hopeful that the first people could be taken to Mars in 10 to 12 years, I think it's certainly possible for that to occur," Musk told CNBC in a recent interview. "But the thing that matters long term is to have a self-sustaining city on Mars, to make...


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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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