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2014-10-28 08:23:03

The symbiosis of topology optimization and additive manufacturing will bring one of longest components ever manufactured by industrial 3D printing into space. The new component is stronger and weighs only half what its predecessor did. TROY, Mich., Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Altair announced today that RUAG Space, with the support of Altair ProductDesign, has built a redesigned, optimized antenna support for an Earth observation satellite, to be produced using industrial additive...

Perseus and Virgo galaxy clusters
2014-10-28 07:07:26

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New observations of the Perseus and Virgo galaxy clusters made using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest that turbulence may be the reason that hot gas there has been unable to cool, providing a possible answer to a long-standing question as to why these galaxy clusters never seem to form large numbers of stars. Clusters like Perseus and Virgo are the largest objects in the universe, containing hundreds of thousands of...

2014-10-28 00:20:17

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The third Orbital Sciences cargo mission to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch at 6:22 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA Television coverage of Tuesday's launch will begin at 5:30 p.m. A post-launch news conference...

2014-10-27 16:20:29

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The same phenomenon that causes a bumpy airplane ride, turbulence, may be the solution to a long-standing mystery about stars' birth, or the absence of it, according to a new study using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Galaxy clusters are the largest objects in the universe, held together by gravity. These behemoths contain hundreds or thousands of individual galaxies...

2014-10-27 12:22:15

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will get a behind-the-scenes look at the science command post for the International Space Station when he visits NASA's Payload Operations Integration Center at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, Oct. 28. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Journalists are invited to participate in the tour and media availability with Bolden at 11 a.m. CDT. Bolden will call...

rosetta comet jets
2014-10-27 03:00:48

Provided by NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ESA This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken by Rosetta's Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS) on Sept. 20, from a distance of 4.5 miles (7.2 kilometers), shows jets of dust and gas streaming into space from the neck of the comet's nucleus. Images of the comet nucleus, taken by Rosetta earlier in the summer, showed that the distinct jets of dust and gas emanating from the comet were originated from the...

ambition
2014-10-26 05:05:26

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An innovative short film with special effects worthy of a big-budget blockbuster isn’t the average way a space agency promotes an upcoming mission, but then again, ESA’s Rosetta mission is hardly your ordinary mission. Rosetta, which on November 12 is scheduled to have its Philae probe land on 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P/C-G), is the subject of Tomek Bagiński’s short film Ambition, which stars Aiden Gillen and Aisling...

Dragon cargo spacecraft
2014-10-25 16:20:14

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:39 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning 3,276 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station (ISS). http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO A boat will take the Dragon spacecraft to a port near Los Angeles, where some cargo will be removed and returned to NASA within...

apollo 11 eagle
2014-10-25 07:01:15

Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some of the most iconic sounds ever heard have been posted online by NASA and are available for free download. These sounds range from the roar of Space Shuttle rocket launches to historic speeches and weird and wonderful noises from the solar system and beyond. NASA has set up its new SoundCloud account dedicated to its extensive library. There are over 60 sounds but, with the likelihood of a massive amount of interest from the...

china moon
2014-10-25 04:45:42

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Friday, China launched its first mission intended to travel to the Moon and return intact. While the current mission is unmanned, it does set the stage for the Asian country to put a man on the Moon in the near future. "The first stage of the first return journey test in China's moon probe program has been successful," China’s space agency said after the launch, according to the AFP news agency. A spokesman for the China...


Latest Spaceflight Reference Libraries

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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