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New Earth-Observing Instrument Makes Successful Balloon

New Earth-Observing Instrument Makes Successful Balloon Flight

NASA In New Mexico on the morning of Aug. 18, a high-altitude balloon successfully carried the HyperSpectral Imager for Climate Science (HySICS) instrument to an altitude of 123,000 feet, above most of the Earth’s atmosphere, to reach...

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2014-08-27 16:21:11

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars -- and approved the program's progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle....

2014-08-27 12:22:22

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA officials will hold a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EDT today to discuss the agency's progress on the Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy-lift rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Participants in the teleconference will be: -- Robert Lightfoot, NASA associate administrator -- William Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for the...

2014-08-26 16:21:37

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying lightweight, composite tanks on rockets. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "This is one of NASA's major technology accomplishments for 2014," said Michael Gazarik, NASA's associate administrator for Space Technology....

2014-08-25 23:04:50

Innovative Solar Systems, LLC has secured construction financing for over 200MW’s of solar farms to be built and commissioned in North Carolina during 2015. Asheville, NC (PRWEB) August 25, 2014 Innovative Solar Systems, LLC just announced that the company has obtained construction financing for just over 200MW’s of the companies already approved and construction ready solar farms in North Carolina. Construction will start almost immediately on these projects states John Green, CEO...

2014-08-25 16:20:12

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The sophisticated piano-sized spacecraft, which launched in January 2006, reached Neptune's orbit -- nearly 2.75 billion miles from Earth -- in a record eight years and...

2014-08-25 12:20:50

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has exercised the first option to extend the period of performance of its Test and Operations Support Contract (TOSC) with Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, TN, to September 30, 2016. Jacobs Technology Inc. will provide continued overall management and implementation of ground systems capabilities, flight hardware processing and launch operations in support of the International Space Station, Ground Systems Development and...

How To Build Better Bones: Microgravity Research
2014-08-25 03:20:08

By Jessica Nimon, NASA As the saying goes, sticks and stones may break your bones—especially if you have a weak skeleton. This is not only a concern for the elderly who can suffer from osteoporosis. Inactivity from injury, illness, or malnutrition from anorexia or dietary challenges also can lead to bone breakdown in otherwise healthy people. Another cause of bone loss is living in microgravity. While most people may never experience life in space, the benefits of studying bone loss...

2014-08-25 08:29:09

ISTANBUL, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today an integrated Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) reference receiver, broadband seismic recorder and a force-balance triaxial accelerometer for infrastructure and precise scientific applications?the Trimble® SG160-09 SeismoGeodetic system. The SG160-09 provides real-time GNSS positioning and seismic data for earthquake early warning and volcano monitoring as well as infrastructure monitoring for...

shackleton crater
2014-08-24 06:16:29

Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online They are the darkest and coldest places on the surface of the moon, but deep in the craters of the polar regions, electrical activity may be creating a kind of “sparking” that has driven changes in lunar soil evolution. New information about these areas could lead to greater understanding of planetary surfaces in the solar system. To the scientists studying data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the moon is a giant...

Voyager 2 Triton Map
2014-08-24 04:35:17

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In honor of the 25th anniversary of Voyager 2’s first up-close look at Neptune and Triton, NASA has “restored” footage obtained by the probe and used it to construct the highest-quality global color map of the moon to date. According to the US space agency, the map was produced by Dr. Paul Schenk, a scientist at the Houston-based Lunar and Planetary Institute (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/) (LPI), and has also been used to...


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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...

Reptilians
2013-09-05 08:02:45

Reptilians are depicted as reptile humanoid creatures that are used in science fiction, ufology, and in conspiracy theories. Sometimes reptilians are also called reptoids, reptiloids, or draconians. One of the first alleged contacts with a reptilian occurred in 1967 in Ashland, Nebraska. Police officer Herbert Schirmer claimed to have been abducted and taken aboard a UFO by reptile-like humanoids that had a winged serpent emblem on the left side of their chests. David Icke, a British...

Sir Richard Branson
2013-08-10 06:47:02

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, born July 18, 1950, in Surrey, England, is a British business magnate and investor. He is best known as the founder and chairman of Virgin Group of more than 400 companies. His net worth as of 2013 is $4.6 Billion (US). He is the fourth (4th) richest person in the UK, according to Forbes Magazine. His first business venture was a magazine called Student at the age of 16. By 1969, Branson was living in a London commune, surrounded by the British...

Elon Musk
2013-08-05 10:31:59

Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971. He is a South African-American inventor and entrepreneur. He is the founder of SpaceX and Co-founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal. He is also chairman of SolarCity. Musk attended Bryanston High School in South Africa, but graduated from Pretoria Boys High School. In the early 90s, Musk was educated at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario Canada and left Canada around 1992 to pursue Business and Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he...

Stephanie Wilson
2012-10-29 14:17:00

Stephanie Wilson is an American engineer, a NASA astronaut, and the second African American woman to go into space. She was born Stephanie Diana Wilson on September 27, 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts. An astronomy professor she interviewed during middle school became her first inspiration to pursue a career in space. She graduated from Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1984, and then attended Harvard University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering...

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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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