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2014-07-08 12:20:49

ATK's delivery of the completed backplane support structure to Northrop Grumman marks a critical path program milestone REDONDO BEACH, Calif., July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and teammate ATK (NYSE: ATK) have completed static testing of the primary mirror backplane support structure (PMBSS), moving NASA's James Webb Space Telescope one step closer to its 2018 launch. The structure was delivered to Northrop Grumman's facilities in Redondo Beach,...

Former Astronauts Reboot NASA ISEE-3 Probe For Original Mission
2014-07-07 12:46:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a 27-year slumber, NASA’s International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3) spacecraft has reawakened – firing its thrusters on July 2 in preparation for a major course change. As part of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project being run by former NASA astronauts, the firing of the rockets caused the craft to increase its rotation rate from 19.16 revolutions per minute (rpm) to 19.76 rpm. “All in all, a very good day,” wrote project...

Comet Pan-STARRS Sweeps Across the Sky
2014-07-04 03:42:26

Whitney Clavin, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's NEOWISE mission captured a series of pictures of comet C/2012 K1 -- also known as comet Pan-STARRS -- as it swept across our skies in May 2014. The comet is named after the astronomical survey project called the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System in Hawaii, which discovered the icy visitor in May 2012. Comet Pan-STARRS hails from the outer fringes of our solar system, from a vast and distant reservoir of...

NASA's STEREO Mission Being Prepped For Upcoming Orbital Phase
2014-07-04 10:27:41

[ Watch the Video: STEREO Solar Conjunction ] Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s STEREO mission began in 2006 and has been providing scientists with images from the far side of the sun since February 2011. The spacecraft duo that were placed in orbit around the sun are now about to embark on the next phase of their mission. The two STEREO (Solar Transfer Relations Observatory) probes orbit the sun at different speeds and different locations. “Both...

NASA Electra Radio Delivered For Europe's 2016 Mars Orbiter
2014-07-04 03:31:11

Guy Webster, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory The first of two NASA Electra radios that will fly aboard the European Space Agency's next mission to Mars has been delivered for installation onto the ESA ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO). The TGO is being assembled at Thales Alenia Space, in Cannes, France, for a 2016 launch opportunity.  It will study the Martian atmosphere for the presence of methane and other gases that may be present in small concentrations. It will also deploy the...

Antares rocket
2014-07-10 04:00:27

UPDATE: July 10, 2014 (4:00 AM) Orbital Sciences Corp. has postponed the launch of its Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station until 1:14 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 12, due to weather conditions that delayed the roll-out of the Antares rocket to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Roll-out of the rocket has been rescheduled for Thursday morning. NASA Television coverage of Saturday’s launch will begin at...

OCO-2 mission launch
2014-07-02 07:01:52

By Steven Siceloff, NASA's Kennedy Space Center A Delta II rocket blazed off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California early Wednesday morning to begin a landmark mission to survey carbon dioxide gas in Earth's atmosphere. NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, or OCO-2, is expected to provide insight into how the planet adjusts to the increased production of carbon dioxide from a vantage point in orbit that will allow it to take readings on a scale never achieved before....

2014-07-01 08:22:08

PALO ALTO, CA, July 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected to provide a multi-mission communications satellite to Spanish satellite operator HISPASAT Group. The satellite, Hispasat 1F will be used for a broad range of services in Europe and the Americas. "Hispasat 1F is the third satellite that SSL will build for HISPASAT and we are pleased to welcome our colleagues back to our facility," said...

2014-07-01 00:22:51

First interconnection agreement between High Throughput Satellites will enable Eutelsat and ViaSat customers to roam between North America and Europe CARLSBAD, Calif. and PARIS, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) and Eutelsat (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) have entered into a pioneering agreement that will enable service access and roaming on each other's high-capacity satellite networks (KA-SAT for Eutelsat and ViaSat-1 for ViaSat). Both Ka-band networks,...

Mars One Accepting Payload Proposals For 2018 Unmanned Mission
2014-06-30 09:51:36

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online Mars One is inviting universities, researchers and companies to contribute payloads for the 2018 unmanned Mars Lander mission. A panel of experts will determine the best ideas to accompany the Lander that will set the stage for a manned mission to Mars in 2025. The four proposals requested will demonstrate technologies for the 2025 mission. One payload will be from a worldwide university competition and two will be for sale to the...


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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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