NASA's TDRS-K Satellite Is Successfully Launched by Atlas V
Thursday, January 31 2013 @ 05:14 PM MST
ULA Atlas V rocket launches NASA's TDRS-K satellite, View from NASA Causeway. Watch more launch videos at the bottom of the article.
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - A United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle blasted into space Wednesday night on the first launch from Cape Canaveral in 2013. After lifting off on time at 8:48 .m. EST from Space Launch Complex 41, the Atlas successfully delivered to orbit the first NASA’s three next-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS), known as TDRS-K.
"TDRS-K bolsters our network of satellites that provides essential communications to support space exploration," said Badri Younes, deputy associate administrator for Space Communications and Navigation at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "It will improve the overall health and longevity of our system."
Los Angeles Celebrates Endeavour As Orbiter Moves To New Home
Thursday, October 11 2012 @ 12:05 PM MST
(Above: Endeavour makes its way through Los Angeles on the way to its permanent home at the California Science Center. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / Zero-G News)
Early Friday morning NASA’s retired space shuttle Endeavour will begin the final phase of its move to California: a two-day road trip from a United Airlines hangar at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) through the streets of Los Angeles to her final destination at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.
920th Rescue Wing Thrills Crowd At 2012 Cocoa Beach Airshow
Tuesday, September 25 2012 @ 09:17 AM MST
(Above: Flying high over Cocoa Beach Pier, the 920th Rescue Wing demonstrates mid-air refueling of an HH-60 Pavehawk search and rescue helicopter. Credit: Mike Killian / Zero-G News)
This past weekend saw the return of the Florida Space Coast’s annual Cocoa Beach Air Show. Tens-of-thousands of people turned out to enjoy the sights and sounds, and also to cheer on their local combat search-and-rescue airmen – the 920th Rescue Wing from nearby Patrick Air Force Base, the “guardian angels” who kept watch over NASA’s astronauts for so many years.
NASA has selected 26 proposals from academia and industry for advanced development activities for the nation's next heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). Proposals selected under this NASA Research Announcement (NRA) seek innovative and affordable solutions to evolve the launch vehicle from its initial configuration to its full lift capacity capable of sending humans farther into deep space than ever before.
Dawn Spacecraft Sees Hydrated Minerals On Giant Asteroid Vesta
Sunday, September 23 2012 @ 12:45 PM MST
The two Mars images were obtained by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The Vesta image was obtained by Dawn's framing camera. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/MPS/DLR/IDA/JHUAPL
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has revealed the giant asteroid Vesta has its own version of ring around the collar. Two new papers, based on observations from the low-altitude mapping orbit of the Dawn mission, show volatile, or easily evaporated, materials have colored Vesta's surface in a broad swath around its equator.
Air Force Rescuers Demonstrate SKillls At Cocoa Beach Airshow
Saturday, September 22 2012 @ 11:01 PM MST
Ride - fall and swim - along with the United States Air Force Reserve pararescue personnel as they jump out of an HC-130P/N Hercules aircraft and parachute into the ocean off Cocoa Beach, Florida to in a demonstration of search and rescue techniques. This video was captured by a GoPro Hero 2 HD camera worn by one of the reservists during the jump.
Early this morning crews at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility backed out the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, from the mate-demate device (MDM). With the now retired space shuttle Endeavour attached to the top of NASA 905 (the SCA's official designation), the unique pair are ready to begin their cross country flight across the southern United States to Los Angeles this Tuesday - weather permitting.
NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Reveals Geological Mystery
Saturday, September 15 2012 @ 03:18 PM MST
NASA's long-lived rover Opportunity has returned an image of the Martian surface that is puzzling researchers. Spherical objects concentrated at an outcrop Opportunity reached last week differ in several ways from iron-rich spherules nicknamed "blueberries" the rover found at its landing site in early 2004 and at many other locations to date.
Atlas V Rocket Launches Fourth Satellite For NRO In Five Months
Saturday, September 15 2012 @ 01:53 PM MST
(An Atlas V rocket blasts off from Vandenberg, AFB carrying NROL-36. Credit: ULA)
Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA - A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 here at 2:39 p.m. PDT today. Designated NROL-36, the mission is in support of national defense.
"Today’s successful launch of the NROL-36 mission occurred on the same day as the national memorial service honoring American hero Neil Armstrong. The scientists and engineers developing and operating these remarkable current-day launch and spacecraft systems reflect Neil’s incredible legacy to mankind," said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Mission Operations. "Today’s launch marks the fourth and final EELV mission for the NRO’s Road to Launch 2012 accomplished in the last five months. This launch tempo is a tribute to all of the mission partners’ dedication and continued focus on mission success - one launch at a time."
The first phase of man's active exploration of the Moon came to an end with the Apollo 17 mission. Commander Eugene Cernan and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt, also a professional geologist, engaged in three moon walks for a total of 22 hours and 2 minutes.
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