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2014-10-22 12:21:46

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will broadcast live the departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station (ISS) Monday, Oct. 27, as well as the launch and docking of its replacement Wednesday, Oct. 29. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO ISS Progress 56 arrived at the orbiting laboratory in July and will undock from the space station's Pirs docking compartment at 1:39 a.m. EDT Oct. 27. NASA...

NASA's Rover Opportunity Views Comet Siding Spring Near Mars
2014-10-21 03:29:49

Provided by Guy Webster, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity captured images of a comet passing much closer to Mars than any previous known comet flyby of Earth or Mars. The images of comet Siding Spring were taken against a backdrop of the pre-dawn Martian sky on Sunday (Oct. 19). Images of comet A1 Siding Spring from the rover's panoramic camera (Pancam) are online at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA18591...

Mars Orbiter Image Shows Nucleus Of Comet Siding Spring Is Small
2014-10-21 03:15:54

Provided Guy Webster, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured views of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring while that visitor sped past Mars on Sunday (Oct. 19), yielding information about its nucleus. The images are the highest-resolution views ever acquired of a comet coming from the Oort Cloud at the fringes of the solar system. Other spacecraft have approached and studied comets with...

2014-10-20 12:21:49

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After delivering almost 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station during a month-long stay, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory on Saturday, Oct. 25. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to detach from the Earth-facing side of the station's Harmony module and unberth through commands sent by robotic ground...

comet visit to mars
2014-10-20 06:36:17

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Mars Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter were all in good shape following comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring’s flyby of the Red Planet on Sunday, officials at NASA’s Jet Propulsion’s Laboratory (JPL) have confirmed. Each of the orbiters had performed a “duck and cover” maneuver to take shelter behind the planet and avoid a period of potential risk due to dust from...

name that site
2014-10-19 02:00:02

Provided by ESA ESA and its Rosetta mission partners are inviting you to suggest a name for the site where lander Philae will touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 12 November. As the location of the first soft landing of a human-made object on a comet, the site, currently identified as Site J, deserves a meaningful and memorable name that captures the significance of the occasion. The rules are simple: any name can be proposed, but it must not be the name of a person....

siding spring
2014-10-19 05:44:19

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A mountain-sized comet called C/2013 A1 will pass within 87,000 miles of Mars on Sunday afternoon, bringing it closer to the Red Planet than the Earth is to the moon and nearer than any comet in the past one million years. C/2013 A1, also known as Comet Siding Spring in honor of the Australian observatory where it was first discovered in January 2013, is expected to come closest to Mars at 2:27pm EDT Sunday afternoon, said ABC News...

2014-10-17 20:20:19

RICHMOND, BC, Oct. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has been awarded multiple contracts by undisclosed customers for space-based monitoring services using RADARSAT-2 to support oil exploration and production activities. MDA's wide-area monitoring solutions for the oil industry are used to detect and track the movement of oil on water through all...

2014-10-17 16:20:57

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recognizing that technology drives exploration, NASA has selected four teams of agency technologists for participation in the Early Career Initiative (ECI) pilot program. The program encourages creativity and innovation among early career NASA technologists by engaging them in hands-on technology development opportunities needed for future missions. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA's Space Technology Mission...

2014-10-17 16:20:42

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boeing has successfully completed the final milestone of its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) Space Act Agreement with NASA. The work and testing completed under the agreement resulted in significant maturation of Boeing's crew transportation system, including the CST-100 spacecraft and Atlas V rocket. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA in July approved the Critical Design Review Board...


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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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