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SpaceX Dragon
2014-04-16 11:20:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online UPDATE: April 16, 2014 (11:20AM CDT) The International Space Station Program and SpaceX have selected Friday, April 18 for the next launch attempt for the Falcon 9 rocket to send the Dragon cargo craft on the company's third commercial resupply mission to the space station. Launch is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. EDT. NASA TV coverage will begin at 2:15 p.m. A launch on Friday results in a rendezvous with the space station on...

2014-04-13 00:21:33

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will air a news conference at noon EDT on Sunday, April 13 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The briefing will provide an update on the status of the SpaceX-3 cargo mission launch to the International Space Station, currently scheduled for 4:58 p.m. Monday, April 14, and on the failure on Friday of a backup computer component that provides...

scott and mark kelly
2014-04-12 06:53:26

[Watch The Video: NASA To Study Twins On Earth And In Space ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The world’s only twin astronauts will take center stage in an upcoming NASA experiment that will analyze whether or not identical siblings remain the same biologically if one travels to outer space while the other remains on Earth. According to the US space agency, astronaut Scott Kelly will be participating in a one-year mission to the International Space Station...

space lettuce
2014-04-12 06:39:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The remoteness of the International Space Station means that the culinary options for astronauts living onboard are somewhat limited, but all that may change when the SpaceX-3 resupply mission arrives at the station early next week. The mission’s Dragon capsule is expected to deliver NASA’s Veg-01, an experiment designed to expand and evaluate the capability of the Veggie growing facility onboard the ISS. The trial will focus on...

History Of Baikonur Cosmodrome Includes Many Firsts For Russian Space Program
2014-04-12 08:00:41

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Forty-three years ago today, the former Soviet Union launched the first human into space. Now, on this International Day of Human Spaceflight, which coincides with the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s famous leap into space, Russia celebrates the history of spaceflight from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. According to a new infographic released by Portland Communications, Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in the desert steppe of...

2014-04-11 16:20:20

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft's readiness for its first flight test -- Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) -- later this year. EFT-1 will send the spacecraft more than 3,600 miles from Earth and return it safely. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The spacecraft ran for 26 uninterrupted hours during the final phase of a major test series completed...

noctilucent clouds
2014-04-11 10:36:00

Karen C. Fox, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center First spotted in 1885, silvery blue clouds sometimes hover in the night sky near the poles, appearing to give off their own glowing light. Known as noctilucent clouds, this phenomenon began to be sighted at lower and lower latitudes -- between the 40th and 50th parallel -- during the 20th century, causing scientists to wonder if the region these clouds inhabit had indeed changed -- information that would tie in with understanding the weather...

2014-04-11 08:25:32

Maven expands presence into the Latin American market ROCKVILLE, Md., April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Maven Engineering, a wholesale distributor of complex machined parts to customers in the railroad and defense industries, attended the 18(th) biannual International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE) in Santiago, Chile, March 25 - 30, 2014. FIDAE is Latin America's largest airshow with more than 40,000 attendees. FIDAE provided an opportunity for aerospace and defense industry experts from...

The Child Who Inspired Sir Richard Branson's Dreams Of Space Travel Being Sought For VIP Treatment
2014-04-11 06:58:24

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sir Richard Branson, the man behind the dream to bring citizens into space, has only one person to thank in realizing that dream. During a visit to the BBC TV children’s show Going Live! In 1988, Branson got to talk with one enthusiastic child about the possibilities of future space travel. As a child, Shihan Musafer placed a call to the Going Live! show and asked the question that would catapult Branson into the spotlight of...

2014-04-10 12:21:28

Lockheed Martin to Build Asteroid Sample Return Spacecraft DENVER, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's OSIRIS-REx program has successfully completed a comprehensive technical review of the mission and has been given approval to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] is responsible for development of the spacecraft, which will be the first U.S. mission sent to a near-Earth asteroid to collect and return samples. PHOTO/VIDEO:...


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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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