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2014-07-22 16:20:41

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fifteen years ago, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Since its deployment on July 23, 1999, Chandra has helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe through its unrivaled X-ray vision. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Chandra, one of NASA's current "Great Observatories," along with the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, is...

ISS Progress 55 cargo craft
2014-07-22 03:55:05

NASA A Russian space freighter departed the International Space Station Monday, clearing the way for the next express delivery of cargo on Wednesday. The ISS Progress 55 cargo craft undocked from the Pirs docking compartment at 5:44 p.m. EDT Monday after spending more than three months at the orbiting complex. Progress 55 delivered nearly three tons of food, fuel and supplies when it arrived at the orbiting complex on April 9. After undocking, the Progress moved to a safe distance...

exoplanets need oceans to be habitable
2014-07-22 04:02:47

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While many previous studies on habitable planetary conditions have focused on the atmosphere, a new study from UK researchers at the University of East Anglia has found that the dynamics of a planet’s ocean is crucial to supporting life. Published in the journal Astrobiology, the new study shows oceans help to moderate climate on a global scale. “The number of planets being discovered outside our solar system is rapidly...

2014-07-21 16:21:35

PALO ALTO, CA, July 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to integrate the flight hardware for a new capability designed to carry small science and technology missions to space on its geostationary (GEO) satellite platform. SSL plans to support completing the design and integration of the first Payload Orbital Delivery system (PODs)...

2014-07-21 12:20:44

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of an SGT, Inc.-led team, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will provide mission and flight crew operations support to NASA for the International Space Station (ISS) and future human space exploration. These support services within the Integrated Mission Operations Contract II (IMOC II) are critical to the safe operation of all NASA human spaceflight missions. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20110419/PH85737LOGO-b Under IMOC II,...

wildfires in Siberia
2014-07-21 07:00:22

Carol Rasmussen, NASA Earth Science News Team NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, which launched on July 2, will soon be providing about 100,000 high-quality measurements each day of carbon dioxide concentrations from around the globe. Atmospheric scientists are excited about that. But to understand the processes that control the amount of the greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, they need to know more than just where carbon dioxide is now. They need to know where it has been. It takes more...

Mare Tranquillitatis pit crater
2014-07-21 08:23:00

Bill Steigerwald, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center While the moon's surface is battered by millions of craters, it also has over 200 holes – steep-walled pits that in some cases might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter, according to new observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. The pits range in size from about 5 meters (~5 yards) across to more than 900 meters (~984 yards) in diameter, and three of them were first...

2014-07-20 23:00:17

Toshiba Vision Screens salute the 45th anniversary of First Moon Landing and Walk by broadcasting video footage from NASA. New York, NY (PRWEB) July 20, 2014 Toshiba celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space mission with a special video from NASA that aired high atop One Times Square on the Toshiba Vision Screens, on Sunday, July 20th. A second video is set to air later tonight. The first video aired at 4:18 PM EST which was the exact moment 45 years ago that Neil Armstrong...

cubesats
2014-07-17 11:30:49

Maria Alberty, NASA's Ames Research Center Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006. These satellites provide a test bed for development and research, each having its own power, propulsion, computer, navigation equipment, and physical and electrical connections for hardware and sensors for various experiments. Aboard...

apollo landing
2014-07-20 04:55:35

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 1961, President John F. Kennedy promised that America would put the first man on the moon by the end of the decade. The technology to do so did not exist, the national drive to do so did not exist, and we were behind in what has since been called the Space Race with the USSR. [ Watch: President Kennedy’s ‘Moon Speech’ at Rice University ] Despite all of these obstacles and more, Astronaut Neil Armstrong walked across the...


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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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