Notícies d'astronomia

On the 'Couch'

The Mercury 7 astronauts examine their 'couches.' Each astronaut's couch was molded to fit his body to help withstand the G-loads of the launch. Plaster casts of the astronauts were created in order to properly mold the couches. Left to right are Alan Sheppard, John Glenn, Walter Schirra, Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Deke Slayton, Gus Grissom and Bob Gilruth. Gilruth was director of the Space Task Group, which planned and managed the Mercury Project. Image Credit: NASA

Ghostly Encounter

The surface of Saturn's moon Dione is rendered in crisp detail against a hazy, ghostly Titan. Visible in this image are hints of atmospheric banding around Titan's north pole. The image was taken in visible blue light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 10, 2010. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.8 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) from Dione and 2.7 million kilometers (1.7 million miles) from Titan. Scale in the original image was 11 kilometers (7 miles) per pixel on Dione and 16 kilometers (10 miles) on Titan. The image has been magnified by a factor of 1.5 and contrast-enhanced to aid visibility. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

NASA Issues Broad Agency Announcement For Heavy Lift Studies

NASA has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeking proposals and industry input on heavy-lift system concepts and propulsion technology.

NASA and International Space Agencies Meet to Discuss Human and Robotic Space Exploration

NASA senior managers met with their counterparts representing other space agencies at the National Harbor, Md., on June 23, to discuss globally-coordinated human and robotic space exploration.

NASA Invites Journalists, Video Game Experts To Review Online Game

News media and video game reviewers have an opportunity to preview a new NASA video game, Moonbase Alpha, in advance of its worldwide release.

NASA Plays Key Exploration Role In New Administration Space Policy

NASA Plays Key Exploration Role In New Administration Space Policy

Roy S. Estess

NASA remembers Roy Estess, former Stennis Space Center Director, who passed away on June 25, 2010. Estess had a 37-year career at NASA, which began in 1966 where he was a test engineer at NASA's Stennis Space Center, known then as the Mississippi Test Facility, and worked on the engines for the Apollo Program. In 1989, he was named center director of Stennis and served in that role until 2002. He also served as acting center director of Johnson Space Center. In this image from 2001, Johnson Space Center Acting Director Roy Estess (right) greets the Expedition 3 and STS-108 crews during return ceremonies. Seated (from left) are Nikolai Zubov, Deputy Director for Logistics and Procurement, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Star City, Russia; Expedition 3 commander Frank Culbertson; and Expedition 3 flight engineers Mikhail Tyurin and Vladimir N. Dezhurov. Image Credit: NASA

Supersonic Green Machine

This future aircraft design concept for supersonic flight over land comes from the team led by the Lockheed Martin Corporation. The team's simulation shows possibility for achieving overland flight by dramatically lowering the level of sonic booms through the use of an "inverted-V" engine-under wing configuration. Other revolutionary technologies help achieve range, payload and environmental goals. This supersonic cruise concept is among the designs presented in April 2010 to the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate for its NASA Research Announcement-funded studies into advanced aircraft that could enter service in the 2030-2035 timeframe. Image credit: NASA/Lockheed Martin Corporation

NASA Retires First Data Relay Satellite After Stellar Career

After a long and successful career providing communications support, NASA's groundbreaking Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) 1 is retiring.

NASA Awards Space Station Mission Integration Contract

NASA Awards Space Station Mission Integration Contract

Space Station Crew Vehicle Will Move June 28 for Cargo Ship Arrival

NASA Television will broadcast live the repositioning of a Soyuz spacecraft docked to the International Space Station on Monday, June 28.

Lofts In Space: NASA Challenges College Students To Design Inflatable Space Habitats

NASA is challenging college students to design concepts for inflatable habitat lofts for the next generation of space explorers.

Space Economic Task Force Seeks Florida Public Comments

The Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development has launched an interactive website to encourage public comment on ways to promote economic growth and sustainability in Florida's Space Coast region as it adapts to changes in America's space program.

NASA Astronaut T.J. Creamer Available for TV Interviews on Challenges of Living and Working Aboard the Space Station

After more than five months living aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer will be available for satellite interviews from Houston between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, June 30.

NASA Awards Contract Modification To EG&G Technical Services

NASA has extended the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center operations support services contract with EG&G Technical Services of Austin, Texas.

NASA Day on the Hill

Exhibits highlight NASA's Earth and space science portfolio, cutting-edge aeronautics research and technology development and continued leadership in human space flight and exploration for NASA Day on the Hill in the Rayburn Foyer, Rayburn House Office Building, on June 23, 2010. Pictured is Scarab, a new generation lunar rover designed to assist astronauts take rock and mineral samples and explore the lunar surface. This lunar rover is being evaluated to demonstrate a combined drilling and science rover platform for lunar exploration. Image Credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract For OCO-2 Mission

NASA has selected Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., to launch the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission.

NASA Selects Wallops Flight Facility Range Operations Contractor

NASA has selected LJT & Associates Inc. in Columbia, Md., for the Range Operations Contract at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

NASA Administrator Bolden Named Champion Of Summer Learning

The National Summer Learning Association has recognized NASA Administrator Charles Bolden as a Champion of Summer Learning.

California Students Await Call From Space Station Crew

About 300 elementary students will be treated to a unique show and tell on June 23 when they speak with astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

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