Space

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Clues to How Water Helped Shape Martian Landscape

on Tuesday, 09 December 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Michael Meyer: "Knowledge we're gaining about Mars' environmental evolution by deciphering how Mount Sharp formed will also help guide plans for future missions to seek signs of Martian life."

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Clues to How Water Helped Shape Martian Landscape

Observations by NASA’s Curiosity Rover indicate Mars' Mount Sharp was built by sediments deposited in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years.

Boeing Completes First Milestone for NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Systems

on Thursday, 04 December 2014. Posted in Space, Aerospace, Sci/Tech

Boeing Commercial Crew Program Manager John Mulholland: "It's crucial for us to achieve our 2017 goal, and the plan we've put in place will get us there."

Boeing Completes First Milestone for NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Systems

NASA has approved the completion of Boeing’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from the United States under a groundbreaking Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract.

Two Technologies Pursued for Orbital Servicing and Asteroid Close Approach

on Tuesday, 04 November 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Tony Yu: "A need exists for long-to-short range, low-cost, reliable multifunctional imaging lidars, not only for asteroid rendezvous and planetary rovers, but also for satellite servicing."

Two Technologies Pursued for Orbital Servicing and Asteroid Close Approach

Building, fixing, and refueling space-based assets or rendezvousing with a comet or asteroid will require a robotic vehicle and a super-precise, high-resolution 3-D imaging lidar that will generate real-time images needed to guide the vehicle to a target traveling at thousands of miles per hour.

NASA’s Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

on Tuesday, 29 July 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

John Callas: "But what is really important is not how many miles the rover has racked up, but how much exploration and discovery we have accomplished over that distance."

NASA’s Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover.

NASA Honors Historic First Moon Landing, Eyes First Mars Mission

on Tuesday, 15 July 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

NASA marks the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing this month while it takes the steps needed for America's next giant leap to send astronauts to Mars.

NASA Honors Historic First Moon Landing, Eyes First Mars Mission

NASA marks the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing this month while it takes the steps needed for America's next giant leap to send astronauts to Mars.

NASA's Saucer-Shaped Craft Preps for Flight Test

on Wednesday, 04 June 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Ian Clark: "Our goal is to get this first-of-its-kind test vehicle to operate correctly at very high speeds and very high altitudes."

NASA's Saucer-Shaped Craft Preps for Flight Test

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle, has completed final assembly at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.

NASA Signs Agreement with Citizen Scientists Attempting to Communicate with Old Spacecraft

on Thursday, 22 May 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

John Grunsfeld: "We have a chance to engage a new generation of citizen scientists through this creative effort to recapture the ISEE-3 spacecraft as it zips by the Earth this summer."

NASA Signs Agreement with Citizen Scientists Attempting to Communicate with Old Spacecraft

NASA has given a green light to a group of citizen scientists attempting to breathe new scientific life into a more than 35-year old agency spacecraft.

Well-behaved, Young Galaxy Surprises Astronomers

on Wednesday, 30 April 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Paul Goldsmith: "This is a truly surprising result that reminds us that we still don't understand many details of the evolution of the universe."

Well-behaved, Young Galaxy Surprises Astronomers

Scientists have discovered a young galaxy acting in unexpectedly mature ways. The galaxy, called S0901, is rotating in a calm manner typical of more developed galaxies like our own spiral Milky Way.

NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'

on Thursday, 17 April 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Paul Hertz: “The discovery of Kepler-186f is a significant step toward finding worlds like our planet Earth.”

NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

NASA Solicits New Collaborative Partnerships with Commercial Space Industry

on Wednesday, 26 March 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Gerstenmaier: "The growing U.S. commercial spaceflight industry is opening low-Earth orbit in ways that will improve lives on Earth, drive economic growth and power 21st century innovations."

NASA Solicits New Collaborative Partnerships with Commercial Space Industry

Building on the success of NASA's commercial spaceflight initiatives, agency officials announced Monday plans to solicit proposals from U.S. private enterprises for unfunded partnerships to collaboratively develop new commercial space capabilities.

Mr. Rohrabacher's Additional Views on the Science Space & Technology FY 2014 Budget

on Tuesday, 11 March 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech, Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Rohrabacher: "We have not yet received a budget request from the President for Fiscal Year 2014, and the previous request did not contain any real budget planning for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)."

Mr. Rohrabacher's Additional Views on the Science Space & Technology FY 2014 Budget

By the office of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher 

Although I strongly agree with much of the Committee’s Views and Estimates, there is one specific area on which I wish to state a different view, as I have done for the past few years.

NASA's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza, 715 New Worlds

on Thursday, 27 February 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

NASA's Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system.

NASA's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza, 715 New Worlds

Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number of known small-sized planets more akin to Earth than previously identified exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system.

NASA Technology to Help Develop Noninvasive Medical Treatments

on Monday, 10 February 2014. Posted in Space, Biology, Health, U.S., Sci/Tech

Kushman: “It's not just science fiction anymore. All indications are that 21st century life sciences will change dramatically during the next several decades, and GRoK is working to define the forefront of a new scientific wave.”

NASA Technology to Help Develop Noninvasive Medical Treatments

NASA has signed two patent license agreements with GRoK Technologies LLC of Houston to help develop novel biotechnology approaches that could have multiple applications in space and on Earth. The agreements are the results of the agency's Technology Transfer Program, which helps opens up NASA's research and technology to the public for use and development.

Kennedy Runway a Proving Ground for Hennessey

on Wednesday, 22 January 2014. Posted in Space, Automotive, Business, Sci/Tech

David Cox: "There needs to be a strong research and development aspect to the test runs in order to justify the use of a unique, taxpayer-funded facility."

Kennedy Runway a Proving Ground for Hennessey

A major name in automotive development brought one of his exotic vehicles to the 3.5-mile-long runway at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida recently to evaluate its aerodynamics and to see how the car would handle throughout its performance range.

NASA's Commercial Crew Partners Aim to Capitalize on 2013 Successes in 2014

on Wednesday, 15 January 2014. Posted in Space, Aerospace, Sci/Tech

Kathy Lueders: "The new year offers exciting opportunities for these companies to demonstrate the reach and potential of their hard-earned innovations."

NASA's Commercial Crew Partners Aim to Capitalize on 2013 Successes in 2014

Several companies, working closely with NASA, ended 2013 with an impressive string of achievements to build on in 2014 as the American aerospace industry continues to develop and demonstrate commercial human spaceflight capabilities with the potential to support both commercial and government customers.

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