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2014-06-10 16:21:30

Team Progressing Toward Exploration Flight Test-1 DENVER, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the completion of the heat shield installation, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has stacked the Orion crew module atop of the service module. The stacking took place inside the Final Assembly and System Test (FAST) cell inside the Operations and Checkout facility at Kennedy Space Center. As part of the process to prepare for the crew and service modules to stack together, ballast weights were added...

Rosetta at Comet
2014-06-10 16:21:28

NASA Three NASA science instruments aboard the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus, are beginning observations and sending science data back to Earth. Launched in March 2004, Rosetta was reactivated in January 2014 after a record 957 days in hibernation. Composed of an orbiter and lander, Rosetta's objective is to arrive at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August to study the celestial...

How Can Space Tech Help Detect Bank Fraud On Earth?
2014-06-09 03:40:42

ESA Drawing on their experience building complex software for simulating spaceflight, Portuguese scientists have created a 21st-century way of detecting banking fraud here on Earth. Today, every electronic purchase in Portugal runs through their software. Around the globe, Feedzai products screen some US$229 billion-worth of payments every year. But what do space missions and software designed to find thieves have in common? More than you might think – in addition to high-tech...

ISS Progress 53 cargo craft departs
2014-06-09 09:00:33

NASA An unpiloted Russian Progress cargo spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station Monday, completing its second and final undocking from the station since arriving in late November 2013. The ISS Progress 53 resupply craft undocked from the aft port of the Zvezda service module at 9:29 a.m. EDT as the station orbited over Mongolia. From a window in the Russian segment of the station, Expedition 40 Flight Engineer Alexander Skvortsov photographed the departing Progress...

Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science laser beam
2014-06-07 05:30:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A high-definition video beamed 260 miles from the International Space Station (ISS) to Earth on Thursday has become the first 175-megabit communication transmission for NASA’s new Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) technology, the US space agency has announced. Transmission of the video message entitled “Hello, World!” was meant to demonstrate advanced methods for communicating with future spacecraft using a...

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2014-06-07 05:13:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Now that the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Venus Express spacecraft has completed its eight-year scientific mission and is preparing to plunge into the planet’s atmosphere, the agency has started providing regular space weather reports for an extraterrestrial world for the first time. Venus Express, which was launched in November 2005, had been orbiting the planet in an elliptical 24-hour loop and using a suite of seven...

2014-06-06 23:06:13

Nanosatellite and Microsatellite Market [Geographic Information system, Payload, Space Science, Satellite Communication, Satellite Imagery, Remote Sensing, Scientific Research, Reconnaissance, Satellite Launch] - Worldwide Market Forecast (2014 - 2019), a Market Research Report at ReportsnReports.com Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) June 06, 2014 The Nano and Microsatellite market report constitutes of revenues from hardware, software and services required for the development and launch of such...

Orion spacecraft
2014-06-05 12:21:20

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers have installed the largest heat shield ever constructed on the crew module of the agency's Orion spacecraft. The work marks a major milestone on the path toward the spacecraft's first launch in December. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "It is extremely exciting to see the heat shield in place, ready to do its job," said Mark Geyer, Orion Program manager at NASA's Johnson Space...

nasa Beautiful Earth
2014-06-05 03:30:18

Angel Mills, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Students will explore the relationship between human civilization and our ecosystem through time and space in an event called "Beautiful Earth" that combines music, amazing satellite imagery and visualizations. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is hosting the agency’s Beautiful Earth interactive program for the first time in two years. The three-year-old program partners with multimedia performance group Bella...

Connecting Next Generation Of Spacecraft With One Ring
2014-06-04 03:34:43

ESA Connecting spacecraft in orbit will never be simple, but ESA is taking the next step to allow the next generation of vehicles of all types from around the world to link up with each other. The International Space Station has two sets of incompatible docking ports, one designed for Russian spacecraft and Europe’s space freighter, and another design for the now-retired US Space Shuttle. There also are berthing ports for vessels that cannot dock on their own but are first captured...


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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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