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Space Laser To Collect Earth Elevation Data During ICESat-2 Mission
2014-06-04 06:26:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The laser instrument component of NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) is currently being integrated and tested at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, US space agency officials announced on Tuesday. The instrument, which is known as the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS), will be used to measure the elevation of the planet’s surfaces, including forests, oceans and even ice...

Solar_Orbiter
2014-06-04 05:45:31

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has recently announced the successful on-Earth testing of its Solar Orbiter's protective heat shield. The test, conducted at the ESA's Technical Center in Noordwijk subjected a 'structural-thermal' version of the craft's sunshield to an artificial Sun for a period of two weeks in their vacuum chamber - the largest in Europe. The results prove the shield will have no issue with the extreme temperatures...

hubble evolving Universe
2014-06-04 05:33:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a new study called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (UVUDF) project, the most comprehensive and colorful picture of the evolving universe has been captured by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope. Prior to the UVUDF study, astronomers knew a great deal about star formation that occurred in nearby galaxies, thanks to UV telescopes such as NASA's GALEX observatory. The astronomers were also able to...

2014-06-03 16:21:10

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a comprehensive picture of the evolving universe - among the most colorful deep space images ever captured by the 24-year-old telescope. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Researchers say the image, in new study called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, provides the missing link in star formation. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field...

New NASA/JAXA Global Precipitation Measurement Satellite Passes Check-out, Starts Mission
2014-06-02 03:00:25

Ellen Gray, NASA The new Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite is now in the hands of the engineers who will fly the spacecraft and ensure the steady flow of data on rain and snow for the life of the mission. The official handover to the Earth Science Mission Operations team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on May 29, marked the end of a successful check-out period. The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission is a joint...

Examining Satellites’ Mysterious Death Tumbling
2014-05-30 03:50:01

ESA Down on the ground, death equals stillness – but not in space. Derelict satellites can tumble in unpredictable ways and ESA’s team tasked with developing a space salvage mission want to find out why. In recent years, satellites beginning uncontrolled reentries have been tracked, such as Russia’s Phobos-Grunt and Germany’s Rosat. In a few cases, satellites suffering unexpected failures in orbit have also been followed, including ESA’s Envisat and Japan’s ADEOS-II. In...

Unveiling The Dragon: Elon Musk Shows Off New Astronaut Spacecraft
2014-05-30 06:57:12

[ Watch the Video: SpaceX Unveils Dragon V2 ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX has been paving the way for American-based commercial space ventures for quite some time now, proving its worth as a launch provider for International Space Station supply runs with its Dragon spacecraft. As of Thursday evening, the company is also boasting its potential worth as a crewed mission launcher with the unveiling of its latest spacecraft. The Dragon V2, unveiled at...

moon tidal dance
2014-05-30 04:33:20

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Growing up, we all learned about how the tides of our oceans, seas and large lakes are caused by the moon. The explanation given us had to do with the effect of gravity that the heavenly body had on the fluid surfaces of our planet. It would make sense that Earth's gravity would also have an effect on the moon, save its solid surface. In fact, there is such thing as a lunar body tide. Today, thanks to the combination of observations...

Serpens Cloud Core Hatches New Stars
2014-05-29 03:50:16

By Whitney Clavin, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Stars that are just beginning to coalesce out of cool swaths of dust and gas are showcased in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). Infrared light has been assigned colors we see with our eyes, revealing young stars in orange and yellow, and a central parcel of gas in blue. This area is hidden in visible-light views, but infrared light can travel through the dust, offering a peek inside...

2014-05-28 08:23:42

New video game, produced in Guatemala, provides important lessons about sustainability. GUATEMALA CITY, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The movement to become more environmentally responsible and create a sustainable society has taken root all over the world. Most experts agree that this will be a gradual process with future generations becoming more accountable for this change. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140528/91628 Photo -...


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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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