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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:...

NASA HU-25 Guardian measures chemical components from the larger DC-8
2014-04-11 03:00:02

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS II) flights are set to begin May 7 and will be flown from NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards,...

OSIRIS-REx
2014-04-11 03:30:50

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's team that will conduct the first U.S. mission to collect samples from an asteroid has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities. This determination was made Wednesday after a successful Mission Critical Design Review (CDR) for NASA's Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx). The CDR was held...

2014-04-10 12:20:21

Boeing recognizes Altair ProductDesign's consistently high performance in 2013 TROY, Mich., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Altair, a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empower client innovation and decision-making, today announced that its product development services division, Altair ProductDesign, has received a 2013 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved...

Reporters See NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Before Testing
2014-04-10 09:38:04

[ Watch the Video: Testing A Supersonic Parachute For Landing On Mars ] NASA On April 9 reporters got a chance to don "bunny suits" (protective apparel that sometimes makes people look like large rabbits) and enter a NASA clean room at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. In the room is NASA's latest technology for landing large payloads on planets like Mars or Earth, being processed for shipping prior to testing next June. NASA's Low-Density Supersonic...

Old Spirit Data Points To New Evidence Of Ancient Water In Mars Crater
2014-04-10 07:36:05

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The hunt for a confirmed source of ancient water on the Red Planet may be over (or just beginning), at least for one group of scientists. Mars scientists looking at old data provided by NASA’s Spirit, one of the two rovers that landed on the Martian landscape a decade ago, have found evidence of ancient water inside the crater in which the rover landed. Spirit landed in the 100-mile-wide Gusev Crater in 2004 and scientists have...


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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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