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Orion crew and service module
2014-09-11 16:21:01

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is making steady progress on its Orion spacecraft, completing several milestones this week at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the capsule's first trip to space in December. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Engineers finished building the Orion crew module, attached it and the already-completed service module to the adapter that will join Orion to its rocket and transported the...

2014-09-11 16:20:40

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "Curiosity now will begin a new chapter from an already outstanding introduction to the world," said Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in...

Opportunity looks back
2014-09-11 03:00:38

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory From a ridgeline viewpoint, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recently recorded a scene looking back over its own tracks made from nearly half a mile (more than 700 meters) of southbound driving. Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam) recorded the component images on Aug. 15, 2014, from an elevated portion of the west rim of Endeavour Crater. A brief video places the scene into context with the rover's entire driving route of more...

2014-09-10 12:21:14

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Astronaut Rick Mastracchio will visit Orbital Sciences Corporation at 1:30 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 15, where he will hold a town hall meeting with the company's team that carries out cargo delivery missions to the International Space Station under the agency's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Media are invited to attend the event at Orbital's Dulles campus,...

Curiosity rover
2014-09-10 02:00:27

Dwayne Brown and DC Agle, NASA NASA will host a teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 11, to discuss mission status and the future science campaign for the Mars rover Curiosity mission. Participants in the teleconference will be: -- Jim Green, director, Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington -- John Grotzinger, Curiosity project scientist, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California -- Kathryn Stack, Curiosity Rover Mission Scientist,...

asteroid redirect mission
2014-09-10 07:44:21

NASA Headquarters NASA is on the hunt to add potential candidate target asteroids for the agency's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). The robotic mission will identify, capture and redirect a near-Earth asteroid to a stable orbit around the moon. In the 2020s, astronauts will explore the asteroid and return to Earth with samples. This will test and advance new technologies and spaceflight experience needed to take humans to Mars in the 2030s. NASA has two options for robotic asteroid...

fishing for galaxies
2014-09-10 07:27:54

Whitney Clavin, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory A new survey of galaxies by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is taking a plunge into the deep and uncharted waters of our cosmos. In one of the longest surveys the telescope will have ever performed, astronomers have begun a three-month expedition trawling for faint galaxies billions of light-years away. The results are already yielding surprises. "If you think of our survey as fishing for galaxies in the cosmic sea, then we are finding...

2014-09-09 20:20:21

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 11, to discuss mission status and the future science campaign for the Mars rover Curiosity mission. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Participants in the teleconference will be: -- Jim Green, director, Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington -- John Grotzinger, Curiosity project scientist, California Institute of Technology,...

MAVEN Mission
2014-09-09 10:50:55

Izumi Hansen and Elizabeth Zubritsky, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center On Sept. 21, 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft will complete roughly 10 months of travel and enter orbit around the Red Planet. The orbit-insertion maneuver will be carried out as the spacecraft approaches Mars, wrapping up an interplanetary journey of 442 million miles (711 million kilometers). Six thruster engines will fire briefly for a “settling” burn that damps out...

Cloud-Aerosol Transport System
2014-09-09 03:30:07

Lori Keesey, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS), a new instrument that will measure the character and worldwide distribution of the tiny particles that make up haze, dust, air pollutants and smoke, will do more than gather data once it’s deployed on the International Space Station this year. “CATS is a groundbreaking science and technology pathfinder,” said Colleen Hartman, deputy center director for science at NASA’s Goddard Space...


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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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