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mercury Kandinsky crater
2014-10-17 03:00:32

Provided by JHU/APL NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft has provided the first optical images of ice and other frozen volatile materials within permanently shadowed craters near Mercury's north pole. The images not only reveal the morphology of the frozen volatiles, but they also provide insight into when the ices were trapped and how they've evolved, according to an article published October 15 in the journal, Geology. Two decades...

saturn moon Hyperion
2014-10-17 11:37:00

Provided by Preston Dyches, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Static electricity is known to play an important role on Earth's airless, dusty moon, but evidence of static charge building up on other objects in the solar system has been elusive until now. A new analysis of data from NASA's Cassini mission has revealed that, during a 2005 flyby of Saturn's moon Hyperion, the spacecraft was briefly bathed in a beam of electrons coming from the moon's electrostatically charged surface. The...

spacex dragon
2014-10-17 07:34:39

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Privately-owned space transport firm Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has filed a federal lawsuit in its latest challenge to NASA contracts awarded to Boeing and SpaceX in September, various media outlets are reporting. On September 16, the US space agency selected Boeing and SpaceX to build next-gen vehicles that will eventually be used to ferry American astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). SNC challenged that...

2014-10-16 23:14:35

Waypoint 2 Space, a leading provider of spaceflight training for the commercial space industry, announced today a partnership with the National Space Society and Enterprise in Space. This partnership is in conjunction with Waypoint’s Kickstarter campaign “Spacewalking on Earth” which is offering a chance to assist in the development of the next evolution of space training systems which will be open to the public. Houston, TX (PRWEB) October 16, 2014 “Waypoint 2 Space is committed...

2014-10-16 16:21:21

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will broadcast live coverage of a six-hour spacewalk by two Russian crew members aboard the International Space Station beginning at 9 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 22. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Expedition 41 Commander Max Suraev and Flight Engineer Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency will don Orlan spacesuits and exit the station's Pirs airlock at 9:24 a.m. They will...

Window To Early Universe Offered By Slow-Growing Galaxies
2014-10-16 03:29:41

Provided by Whitney Clavin, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory What makes one rose bush blossom with flowers, while another remains barren? Astronomers ask a similar question of galaxies, wondering how some flourish with star formation and others barely bloom. A new study published in the Oct. 16 issue of the journal Nature addresses this question by making some of the most accurate measurements yet of the meager rates at which small, sluggish galaxies create stars. The report uses data...

2014-10-16 08:21:54

Reaction wheel production line ramps up for commercial satellite constellation EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Millennium Space Systems, a leader in development of affordable high-performance spacecraft and components, has inked a major contract to manufacture reaction wheels for a commercial satellite constellation. The production order, received from prime contractor Space Systems/Loral (SSL) validates Millennium's multi-year investment in significant vertical...

Kuiper Belt object
2014-10-16 05:54:06

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Three new Kuiper Belt objects (KPOs) that could possibly be visited by the New Horizons spacecraft have been uncovered by the Hubble Space Telescope. The KBO visit could happen after the spacecraft flies by Pluto in July 2015 as part of its primary mission. The New Horizons search team was awarded dedicated telescope time with Hubble to specifically search for such KPOs, which led to the current discovery. “This has been a very...

comet landing site
2014-10-16 04:17:09

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The ESA announced on Wednesday that, following a comprehensive readiness review, the Rosetta mission’s Philae probe had been given the green light to attempt a landing on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko next month. Philae will now attempt to become the first spacecraft ever to attempt a soft landing on a comet when it looks to touch down at the primary landing site on November 12, the agency said. That landing site, identified by...

2014-10-15 16:21:46

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A NASA spacecraft designed to track Earth's water in one of its most important, but least recognized forms -- soil moisture -- now is at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, to begin final preparations for launch in January. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft arrived Wednesday at its launch site on California's central coast after traveling from NASA's Jet...


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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