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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...

2014-04-09 16:22:39

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable, energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology that has long powered America's space program. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The core technologies solicited in the Wednesday call for proposals will advance energy storage solutions for the space program and other government agencies, such as the Department of Energy's Advanced...

2014-04-09 16:21:40

Vehicle Integration Commences MOJAVE, Calif., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace announced today that the XCOR® Lynx® Mark I cockpit has been delivered. AdamWorks engineers, along with XCOR engineers, performed several successful pressure tests before it was packed and shipped to XCOR. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140409/LA01988 The cockpit is the principle major subassembly XCOR needs to begin assembly of the Lynx suborbital spaceplane. "The successful...

2014-04-09 12:21:23

Creators of forward-thinking products and business plans named 2014 Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge winners HOUSTON, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four teams of high school students from North Carolina and Ohio received top honors at the Conrad Foundation 2014 Innovation Summit, presented by Lockheed Martin. The Summit is the final competition round for the 2013-2014 Spirit of Innovation Challenge. Products and services, such as a new cybersecurity program that...

2014-04-09 12:21:22

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media are invited to meet with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden during a visit to the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston from 1-2 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 10. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO During the visit, media will join Bolden and Johnson Center Director Ellen Ochoa inside Mission Control in the newly renovated and historic White Flight Control Room previously used during the Space Shuttle...

2014-04-09 12:21:18

Newly-Developed Camera Will Help Astronomers Peer Into Deepest Reaches of the Universe PALO ALTO, Calif., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] and the University of Arizona have delivered the primary imaging instrument of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The new Near Infrared Camera, or NIRCam, has been successfully integrated within the heart of the telescope, known as the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM)....

Final Instrument Of Webb Telescope's Heart Installed
2014-04-09 09:39:53

[ Watch The Video: NIRSpec Instrument Gets Integrated Into Webb’s ISIM ] Laura Betz, NASA The last piece of the James Webb Space Telescope's heart was installed inside the world's largest clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. What looked like a massive black frame covered with wires and aluminum foil, the heart or Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) now contains all four of Webb's science instruments. Together, these instruments will...


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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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