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launch complex 39b
2014-04-15 16:20:55

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A, the site from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site. NASA signed a property agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., on Monday for use and occupancy of the seaside complex along Florida's central east coast. It will serve as a platform for SpaceX to support...

Cygnus Launch May Be Delayed Due To Ongoing Coolant Issue On ISS
2013-12-13 06:59:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA is still evaluating the International Space Station (ISS) cooling issue that forced a partial shutdown of the facility, but officials with the agency told reporters Friday that a faulty valve in an external pump is the most likely culprit. According to Gina Sunseri of ABC News, NASA officials have multiple teams working on a solution to the issue. Known as “tiger teams,” these units will present their findings to the...

Japan To Send Robot On Mission To International Space Station
2013-06-26 14:31:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Japan's pint-sized KIROBO will be going on a new mission this summer, making its way towards the International Space Station (ISS). KIROBO is a humanoid robot that will be accompanying Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata on a flight to the space station in August. The robot will be able to remember Wakata's face so it can recognize him when they reunite up in space. The 13-inch tall robot is programmed to communicate in Japanese...

2013-05-09 11:37:22

NASA Television will provide live coverage May 12-14 as three crew members aboard the International Space Station end five months in orbit and return to Earth for a scheduled landing May 13. Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, Tom Marshburn of NASA and Roman Romanenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will undock their Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft from the station at 7:08 p.m. EDT May 13, heading for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan southeast...

Atlantis Being Unwrapped For June 29 Opening
2013-04-29 12:53:35

NASA Like a special gift being unwrapped, construction crews began removing 16,000 square feet of plastic shrink-wrap from space shuttle Atlantis on April 25 as work continues for the famed spacecraft's new $100 million home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Atlantis has been enclosed in the plastic since November of last year to protect the priceless artifact from dust and debris during construction of the facility where it will be displayed. "This is the next step in...


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Rex Walheim
2012-10-27 13:23:11

Rex Walheim is a United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. He was born Rex Joseph Walheim on October 10, 1962 in Redwood City, California. He graduated from San Carlos High School in 1980 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984. Upon his graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. The following April, he was assigned to work as a missile warning operations crew...

Christopher Ferguson
2012-09-17 09:35:02

Chris Ferguson is a retired United States Navy Captain and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Christopher J. Ferguson on September 1, 1961 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, He attended Archbishop Ryan High School and then went on to Drexel University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1984. Two years later he earned his Naval Aviator wings in NAS Kingsville, Texas after being commissioned from the Navy ROTC program at the University of Pennsylvania....

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Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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