July 2007 Top Story Archives



NASA Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 29 June 2007 »» NASA Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 29 June 2007

[Sunday, July 1, 2007] In Orbiter Processing Facility bay No. 2, Endeavour is undergoing final preparations for rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building early on Monday morning, with orbiter mate to the transporter scheduled for Saturday.

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Orbital Express Status 17 June 2007 »» Orbital Express Status 17 June 2007

[Sunday, July 1, 2007] After a four-week hiatus in unmated operations that was used to analyze flight data and determine fixes for some of the problems experienced in Scenario 3-1, Orbital Express successfully completed Scenario 5-1.

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Genesis II Successfully Launched - Bigelow Aerospace Still Awaits Confirmation of Spacecraft Health and Expansion »» Genesis II Successfully Launched - Bigelow Aerospace Still Awaits Confirmation of Spacecraft Health and Expansion

[Sunday, July 1, 2007] Genesis II, the second experimental pathfinder spacecraft by Bigelow Aerospace, has been launched into orbit. The privately-funded space station module was launched atop a Dnepr rocket at 8:02 a.m. PDT from the ISC Kosmotras Yasny Cosmodrome.

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NASA Program Management Council 26 April 2007: Agency Human Rating Certification Plans »» NASA Program Management Council 26 April 2007: Agency Human Rating Certification Plans

[Sunday, July 1, 2007] Wil Harkins, Office of S&MA, provided an overview of the conceptual changes for human rating plans for the Agency. Speciftcally Harkins focused on governance and standards.

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NASA Strategic Management Council 22 May 2007: Griffin Comments on Agency Strategy »» NASA Strategic Management Council 22 May 2007: Griffin Comments on Agency Strategy

[Sunday, July 1, 2007] "Griffin stated that if the Agency is to achieve its goals, it is critical to be able to eliminate content in the face of budget cuts. "

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The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) is Closing »» The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) is Closing

[Monday, July 2, 2007] NASA, faced with the constraints of achieving the Vision for Space Exploration, has made the difficult decision to terminate NIAC, which has been funded by NASA since inception. Effective August 31, 2007, the NIAC will cease operations.

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NASA Gives Two Successful Spacecraft New Assignments »» NASA Gives Two Successful Spacecraft New Assignments

[Tuesday, July 3, 2007] Two NASA spacecraft now have new assignments after successfully completing their missions. Stardust and Deep Impact will use their flight-proven hardware to perform new, previously unplanned, investigations.

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Mars Express Image: Tectonic transition zone, Aeolis Mensae »» Mars Express Image: Tectonic transition zone, Aeolis Mensae

[Tuesday, July 3, 2007] The HRSC on board Mars Express has provided snapshots of the Aeolis Mensae region. This area, well known for its wind-eroded features, lies on a tectonic transition zone, characterised by incised valleys and unexplained linear features.

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Stellar fireworks are ablaze in galaxy NGC 4449 »» Stellar fireworks are ablaze in galaxy NGC 4449

[Tuesday, July 3, 2007] Hundreds of thousands of vibrant blue and red stars are visible in this new image of galaxy NGC 4449 taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

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NASA Finds Hydrocarbons on Saturn's Moon Hyperion »» NASA Finds Hydrocarbons on Saturn's Moon Hyperion

[Thursday, July 5, 2007] NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed for the first time surface details of Saturn's moon Hyperion, including cup-like craters filled with hydrocarbons that may indicate more widespread presence in our solar system of basic chemicals necessary for life.

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NASA New Horizons Slips into Electronic Slumber »» NASA New Horizons Slips into Electronic Slumber

[Thursday, July 5, 2007] The New Horizons spacecraft eased into hibernation mode in the early hours of June 27. Since then, New Horizons has twice broadcast "green" beacon tones back to Earth, indicating all systems are healthy and operating as programmed.

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Dust Delays Mars Crater Entry »» Dust Delays Mars Crater Entry

[Thursday, July 5, 2007] A giant dust storm brewing for more than a week on Mars has become worse and is affecting surface operations of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.

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NASA Briefing on Phoenix Mars Lander July 9 »» NASA Briefing on Phoenix Mars Lander July 9

[Thursday, July 5, 2007] NASA will hold a news briefing at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, July 9, to preview the launch of the Phoenix Mars Lander.

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Apollo Lunar Lander Team to Share Lessons Learned With NASA »» Apollo Lunar Lander Team to Share Lessons Learned With NASA

[Thursday, July 5, 2007] On July 20, the 38th anniversary of the first moon landing, NASA will host more than a dozen retired members of an engineering team that worked on the Apollo-era spacecraft that carried astronauts to the lunar surface.

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Tracks Left Around Victoria Crater By Opportunity »» Tracks Left Around Victoria Crater By Opportunity

[Thursday, July 5, 2007] Tracks left by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity as it traveled along the rim of Victoria Crater can be seen clearly in this image taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Investigating Life in Extreme Environments report gives hints on life »» Investigating Life in Extreme Environments report gives hints on life

[Thursday, July 5, 2007] From the deepest seafloor to the highest mountain, from the hottest region to the cold Antarctic plateau, environments labelled as extreme are numerous on Earth and they present a wide variety of features and characteristics.

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The Earth is smaller than assumed - New measurements show a difference of serveral millimeters »» The Earth is smaller than assumed - New measurements show a difference of serveral millimeters

[Thursday, July 5, 2007] The Earth is smaller than assumed - New measurements show a difference of serveral millimeters

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Oldest DNA ever recovered suggests earth was warmer than previously believed »» Oldest DNA ever recovered suggests earth was warmer than previously believed

[Thursday, July 5, 2007] A team of international researchers has collected the oldest ever recovered DNA samples and used them to show that Greenland was much warmer at some point during the last Ice Age than most people have believed.

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One Image Planned During Descent of Phoenix »» One Image Planned During Descent of Phoenix

[Thursday, July 5, 2007] Extensive testing of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander in preparation for an August launch has uncovered a potential data-handling problem in time to modify plans for use of a camera during the final minutes of arrival at Mars.

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Eurobot makes a splash »» Eurobot makes a splash

[Friday, July 6, 2007] Eurobot has been under development since 2003, with the intention that the multi-jointed, three-armed assistant will eventually handle some of the more mundane tasks currently undertaken by astronauts.

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NASA Dawn Mission Rescheduled for September Launch »» NASA Dawn Mission Rescheduled for September Launch

[Saturday, July 7, 2007] The launch of NASA's Dawn spacecraft, a mission that will explore the two largest objects in the asteroid belt in an effort to answer questions about the formation of our solar system, has been rescheduled to September.

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Star Surface Polluted by Planetary Debris »» Star Surface Polluted by Planetary Debris

[Monday, July 9, 2007] Looking at the chemical composition of stars that host planets,  astronomers have found that while dwarf stars often show iron  enrichment on their surface, giant stars do not.

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GROND Takes Off »» GROND Takes Off

[Monday, July 9, 2007] A new instrument has seen First Light at the ESO La Silla  Observatory. Equipping the 2.2-m MPI/ESO telescope, GROND takes  images simultaneously in seven colours. It will be mostly used to  determine distances of gamma-ray bursts.

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Life elsewhere in Solar System could be different from life as we know it »» Life elsewhere in Solar System could be different from life as we know it

[Monday, July 9, 2007] The search for life elsewhere in the solar system and beyond should include efforts to detect what scientists sometimes refer to as "weird" life -- that is, life with an alternative biochemistry to that of life on Earth -- says a new report.

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NASA Readies Mars Lander for August Launch to Icy Site »» NASA Readies Mars Lander for August Launch to Icy Site

[Monday, July 9, 2007] NASA's next Mars mission will look beneath a frigid arctic landscape for conditions favorable to past or present life.

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President Bush Visits Cleveland, Ohio - NASA Excerpts »» President Bush Visits Cleveland, Ohio - NASA Excerpts

[Tuesday, July 10, 2007] " ... therefore, we set a new mission, which is to go to the moon and set up a launching there from which to further explore space."

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Astronomers Claim to Find the Most Distant Known Galaxies »» Astronomers Claim to Find the Most Distant Known Galaxies

[Tuesday, July 10, 2007] Using "gravitational lenses," astronomers claim to have found the first traces of a population of the most distant galaxies yet seen - the light we see from them today left more than 13 billion years ago, when the universe was just 500 million years old.

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Scolese to Succeed Geveden as NASA Associate Administrator »» Scolese to Succeed Geveden as NASA Associate Administrator

[Wednesday, July 11, 2007] NASA Administrator Michael Griffin has selected Christopher Scolese as associate administrator, the No. 3 position in the agency. Scolese succeeds Rex Geveden who is leaving the agency to become President of Teledyne Brown Engineering.

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NASA's Spitzer Finds Water Vapor on Hot, Alien Planet »» NASA's Spitzer Finds Water Vapor on Hot, Alien Planet

[Wednesday, July 11, 2007] New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show a scorching-hot gas planet beyond our solar system is steaming up with water vapor. The planet, called HD 189733b, swelters as it zips closely around its star every two days or so.

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Benchmark Survey Shows that Giant Outer Extrasolar Planets are Rare »» Benchmark Survey Shows that Giant Outer Extrasolar Planets are Rare

[Wednesday, July 11, 2007] Extrasolar planets more massive than Jupiter are extremely rare in other outer solar systems according to a new survey according to astronomers who used powerful telescopes in Arizona and Chile.

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Water, water everywhere - on an extrasolar planet »» Water, water everywhere - on an extrasolar planet

[Thursday, July 12, 2007] Scientists report the first conclusive discovery of the presence of water vapour in the atmosphere of a planet beyond our Solar System.

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Keith Cowing's Devon Island Journal 10 July 2007: Back to the Arctic »» Keith Cowing's Devon Island Journal 10 July 2007: Back to the Arctic

[Thursday, July 12, 2007] Once again I am headed north to Devon Island, the home of the Haughton-Mars Project. This is a place many have come to call "Mars on Earth" for its similarity to Mars. For me this is my third trip to Devon Island - my third mission, if you will.

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AKARI presents detailed all-sky map in infrared light »» AKARI presents detailed all-sky map in infrared light

[Thursday, July 12, 2007] One year after the beginning of its scientific operations, the high-capability infrared satellite AKARI continues to produce stunning views of the infrared Universe.

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Weldon Passes Vital NASA Amendment »» Weldon Passes Vital NASA Amendment

[Thursday, July 12, 2007] Following months of intense pressure and lobbying from Rep. Dave Weldon, the House Appropriations Committee today approved a spending bill that gives NASA a $1.3 billion increase from 2007 and $290 million above the President's 2008 request.

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The Gobbling Dwarf That Exploded »» The Gobbling Dwarf That Exploded

[Thursday, July 12, 2007] A unique set of observations, obtained with ESO's VLT, has allowed astronomers to find direct evidence for the material that surrounded a star before it exploded as a Type Ia supernova.

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Memo From NASA's Wayne Hale: Leading your leaders »» Memo From NASA's Wayne Hale: Leading your leaders

[Friday, July 13, 2007] "When I was a new NASA employee, my branch chief put together a training class that has been in my mind recently. Among the other things he taught us new employees was that we had to lead our leaders. That has always been good advice."

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Scott Horowitz Announces Departure From NASA »» Scott Horowitz Announces Departure From NASA

[Friday, July 13, 2007] "The Ares I crew launch vehicle concept is Doc's brainchild, a fact that crews launching safely a generation from now will remember with gratitude," Mike Griffin continued.

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NASA Awards Upper Stage Engine Contract for Ares Rockets »» NASA Awards Upper Stage Engine Contract for Ares Rockets

[Monday, July 16, 2007] NASA has signed a $1.2 billion contract with Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne Inc., of Canoga Park, Calif., for design, development, testing and evaluation of the J-2X engine that will power the upper stages of the Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles.

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Astrobiology Presents a New Theory Describing the Synthesis of Early Life-Forming Chemicals »» Astrobiology Presents a New Theory Describing the Synthesis of Early Life-Forming Chemicals

[Monday, July 16, 2007] Understanding how life on Earth began requires a clear explanation of the chemical reactions necessary to synthesize the basic building blocks of life. An exciting new report is featured in the June issue of Astrobiology.

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Earth's Northernmost iPhone »» Earth's Northernmost iPhone

[Monday, July 16, 2007] "I am currently on Devon Island, in Nunavut, Canada less than a thousand miles from the North Pole as part of the Haughton-Mars Project's activities. It would seem that I also have in my possession Earth's northernmost iPhone."

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Keith Cowing's Devon Island Journal: 15 July 2007: Surreal Landscapes and Late Evening Thoughts »» Keith Cowing's Devon Island Journal: 15 July 2007: Surreal Landscapes and Late Evening Thoughts

[Monday, July 16, 2007] "Soon, we entered regions that I had never seen before. The valleys were caused by the action of ice scraping across the landscape. The valleys that were left behind were stunning and some were just plain magnificent."

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Skintight Space Suit is »» Skintight Space Suit is "more Spiderman, less John Glenn"

[Tuesday, July 17, 2007] In the 40 years that humans have been traveling into space, the suits they wear have changed very little. The bulky outfits give astronauts a bubble of protection, but their significant mass and the pressure itself severely limit mobility.

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NASA Holds Briefing With First Female Station Commander and Crew »» NASA Holds Briefing With First Female Station Commander and Crew

[Tuesday, July 17, 2007] The next visitors to the International Space Station will discuss their upcoming flight during a news conference Monday, July 23. The Expedition 16 crew includes Commander Peggy Whitson, the first female to lead a long-duration spaceflight.

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New NASA System Will Help Space Station Crews Breathe Easier »» New NASA System Will Help Space Station Crews Breathe Easier

[Tuesday, July 17, 2007] A new oxygen generation system tested between July 11 and 14 aboard the International Space Station will allow the orbiting laboratory's crew size to increase in 2009.

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Saturn's Old Moon Iapetus Retains Its Youthful Figure »» Saturn's Old Moon Iapetus Retains Its Youthful Figure

[Tuesday, July 17, 2007] Saturn's distinctive moon Iapetus is cryogenically frozen in the equivalent of its teenage years. The moon has retained the youthful figure and bulging waistline it sported more than three billion years ago, scientists report.

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NASA Launches Interactive Online Tour of the Space Station »» NASA Launches Interactive Online Tour of the Space Station

[Thursday, July 19, 2007] On Thursday, NASA launched its Interactive Space Station Reference Guide, a new tool that features an in-depth look inside and outside of the orbiting laboratory that has never before been seen.

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Constructing the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial Inukshuk on Devon Island »» Constructing the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial Inukshuk on Devon Island

[Thursday, July 19, 2007] On Wednesday, 18 July 2007, Leroy Chiao, Matt Reyes, myself and a group of Inuit students constructed a memorial inukshuk on Devon Island to honor the crew of Space Shuttle Challenger.

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Charon: An Ice Machine in the Ultimate Deep Freeze	»» Charon: An Ice Machine in the Ultimate Deep Freeze

[Friday, July 20, 2007] Frigid geysers spewing material up through cracks in the crust of Pluto's companion Charon and recoating parts of its surface in ice crystals could be making this distant world into the equivalent of an outer solar system ice machine.

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Saturn Turns 60 »» Saturn Turns 60

[Friday, July 20, 2007] Scientists have recently discovered that the planet Saturn is turning 60 "not years, but moons. The newly discovered moon first appeared as a very faint dot in a series of images Cassini took of the Saturnian ring system on May 30 of this year.

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NASA Mars Rovers Braving Severe Dust Storms »» NASA Mars Rovers Braving Severe Dust Storms

[Friday, July 20, 2007] Having explored Mars for three-and-a-half years in what were missions originally designed for three months, NASA's Mars rovers are facing perhaps their biggest challenge.

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Spacecraft Tandem Provide New Views of Venus »» Spacecraft Tandem Provide New Views of Venus

[Friday, July 20, 2007] NASA's Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft, known as Messenger, and the European Space Agency's Venus Express recently provided the most detailed multi-point images of the Venusian atmosphere ever seen.

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NASA Robots Practice Moon Survey in the Arctic Circle »» NASA Robots Practice Moon Survey in the Arctic Circle

[Friday, July 20, 2007] Two NASA robots are surveying a rocky, isolated polar desert within a crater in the Arctic Circle. The study will help scientists learn how robots could evaluate potential outposts on the moon or Mars.

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Interstellar Chemistry Gets More Complex With New Charged-Molecule Discovery »» Interstellar Chemistry Gets More Complex With New Charged-Molecule Discovery

[Monday, July 23, 2007] Astronomers using data from the National Science Foundation's Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have found the largest negatively-charged molecule yet seen in space.

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Launch Postponement of the KAGUYA (SELENE) »» Launch Postponement of the KAGUYA (SELENE)

[Monday, July 23, 2007] Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency would like to announce that we have decided to postpone the launch of the Lunar Orbit Explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE) by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 13 (H-IIA F13.)

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Arizona Radio Observatory Team Discovers upergiant Star Spews Molecules Needed For Life »» Arizona Radio Observatory Team Discovers upergiant Star Spews Molecules Needed For Life

[Monday, July 23, 2007] University of Arizona astronomers who are probing the oxygen-rich environment around a supergiant star with one of the world's most sensitive radio telescopes have discovered a score of molecules that include compounds needed for life.

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NASA Mars Rovers Braving Severe Dust Storms »» NASA Mars Rovers Braving Severe Dust Storms

[Monday, July 23, 2007] NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity sent signals Monday morning, July 23, indicating its power situation improved slightly during the days when it obeyed commands to refrain from communicating with Earth in order to conserve power.

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International Space Station Crew Winds Up Ammonia Reservoir Jettison Spacewalk »» International Space Station Crew Winds Up Ammonia Reservoir Jettison Spacewalk

[Tuesday, July 24, 2007] Two International Space Station crew members Monday successfully wrapped up a 7-hour, 41-minute spacewalk that saw the removal and jettison of a refrigerator-size ammonia reservoir.

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House Science and Technology Committee's Subcommittee Examines Challenges Facing Space Shuttle and International Space Station Programs »» House Science and Technology Committee's Subcommittee Examines Challenges Facing Space Shuttle and International Space Station Programs

[Tuesday, July 24, 2007] The purpose of today's hearing was to review the status of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA), Space Shuttle, which is scheduled to be retired upon completion of the ISS at the end of this decade.

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NASA Announces Next Undersea Exploration Mission Dates and NEEMO Crew »» NASA Announces Next Undersea Exploration Mission Dates and NEEMO Crew

[Wednesday, July 25, 2007] NASA will send three astronauts and a Constellation Program aerospace engineer into the ocean depths off the Florida coast from Aug. 6 to 15. They will test lunar exploration concepts and a suite of medical objectives for long-duration spaceflight.

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NASA's Chandra Catches »» NASA's Chandra Catches "Piranha" Black Holes

[Wednesday, July 25, 2007] Supermassive black holes have been discovered to grow more rapidly in young galaxy clusters, according to new results from Chandra. These "fast-track" supermassive black holes can have a big influence on the galaxies and clusters that they live in.

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New NASA AIRS Data to Aid Weather, Climate Research »» New NASA AIRS Data to Aid Weather, Climate Research

[Wednesday, July 25, 2007] A key contributor to the new generation of climate change research tools is the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, or AIRS, instrument on NASA's Aqua spacecraft. Developed under the direction of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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NASA Supplier Base: Challenges Exist in Transitioning from the Space Shuttle Program to the Next Generation of Human Space Flight Systems »» NASA Supplier Base: Challenges Exist in Transitioning from the Space Shuttle Program to the Next Generation of Human Space Flight Systems

[Wednesday, July 25, 2007] While NASA has developed plans and processes aimed at effectively managing the supplier base, several factors could impact their effectiveness.

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Property Management: Lack of Accountability and Weak Internal Controls Leave NASA Equipment Vulnerable to Loss, Theft, and Misuse »» Property Management: Lack of Accountability and Weak Internal Controls Leave NASA Equipment Vulnerable to Loss, Theft, and Misuse

[Wednesday, July 25, 2007] Over the past 10 years, NASA reported that it lost over $94 million of equipment. The high equipment losses are due mainly to a weak internal control environment.

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2007 Space Elevator Games to be Held in Salt Lake City »» 2007 Space Elevator Games to be Held in Salt Lake City

[Thursday, July 26, 2007] The 2007 Space Elevator Games will be held at the Davis County Event Center just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. The qualifying rounds will start on October 15, and the event will be open to the public between October 19 and October 21.

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Killer electrons in space are now less mysterious »» Killer electrons in space are now less mysterious

[Thursday, July 26, 2007] A rare, timely conjunction of ground-based instrumentation and a dozen satellites has helped scientists better understand how electrons in space can turn into 'killers'. ESA's Cluster constellation has contributed crucially to the finding.

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International Consortium Is Created to Build World's Largest Submillimeter Telescope »» International Consortium Is Created to Build World's Largest Submillimeter Telescope

[Thursday, July 26, 2007] Five institutions have created a consortium to oversee the building of a 25-meter submillimeter telescope on a high elevation in Chile. When completed in 2013, the $100 million instrument will be the premier telescope of its kind in the world. 

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NASA Releases Findings of Astronaut Health Reviews »» NASA Releases Findings of Astronaut Health Reviews

[Thursday, July 26, 2007] NASA requested an independent external committee conduct a comprehensive review of health services available to astronauts - and an internal assessment of behavioral medicine practices for astronauts. Both groups have completed their reviews.

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NASA Investigates Apparent Sabotage Of Space Station Hardware »» NASA Investigates Apparent Sabotage Of Space Station Hardware

[Thursday, July 26, 2007] According to NASA sources, three External Wireless Instrumentation System Network Control Units (EWIS NCU) have been damaged. Apparently, the damage was deliberate.

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NASA Gives 'Go' for Shuttle Endeavour Launch on Aug. 7 »» NASA Gives 'Go' for Shuttle Endeavour Launch on Aug. 7

[Thursday, July 26, 2007] On Thursday, NASA managers set Aug. 7 as the official launch date for Space Shuttle Endeavour's STS-118 mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., is scheduled for 7:02 p.m. EDT.

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Opening Remarks on Astronaut Health Reports by NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale »» Opening Remarks on Astronaut Health Reports by NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale

[Friday, July 27, 2007] The Astronaut Health Care System Review Committee was formed when Mike Griffin directed the Dr. Richard Williams, to conduct a review of the medical and behavioral health services available to NASA astronauts at the Johnson Space Center.

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NASA Astronaut Health Care System Review Committee February - June, 2007 Report to the Administrator »» NASA Astronaut Health Care System Review Committee February - June, 2007 Report to the Administrator

[Friday, July 27, 2007] In a memo dated 7 Feb 2007 (Attachment 1), the NASA Administrator directed the NASA Chief Health and Medical Officer (CHMO) to coordinate a review of the medical and behavioral health services for NASA astronauts.

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NASA Moves Forward With Astronaut Assessments »» NASA Moves Forward With Astronaut Assessments

[Friday, July 27, 2007] NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale said the agency is moving forward to implement many of the recommendations contained in two studies released Friday about astronaut health and behavioral assessments.

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Scaled Composites Family Support Fund »» Scaled Composites Family Support Fund

[Sunday, July 29, 2007] Let us not shirk from what happened yesterday. Professionals will find the cause. The program will continue. The effort to open space cannot be stopped. Now is the time to honor those men by honoring the cause that they were engaged in.

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Message From the NASA Administrator - July 30, 2007: Astronaut Health Report »» Message From the NASA Administrator - July 30, 2007: Astronaut Health Report

[Monday, July 30, 2007] Nearly all of you will have seen the report of the review committee on astronaut medical and mental health care, officially released on 27 July. I chartered this review in the days following the unfortunate incident involving Astronaut Lisa Nowak.

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Apollo Pioneers Share Lessons Learned (Transcript) »» Apollo Pioneers Share Lessons Learned (Transcript)

[Monday, July 30, 2007] As NASA embarks on a new journey back to the Moon, this time we hope to stay. We look to the past and lessons learned from the Apollo program to help ensure success.

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The Planetary Society's Library for Mars Ready for Launch »» The Planetary Society's Library for Mars Ready for Launch

[Monday, July 30, 2007]

The Planetary Society's silica-glass DVD is ready to launch to Mars on board Phoenix, NASA's newest Scout mission led by Principal Investigator Peter Smith at the University of Arizona.

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NASA Science Chief to Reveal Cassini Plans; Discuss Programs »» NASA Science Chief to Reveal Cassini Plans; Discuss Programs

[Monday, July 30, 2007] Alan Stern will discuss plans for NASA's Cassini mission to make an unusually close encounter with Saturn's geyser-moon Enceladus and provide project updates for a variety of science flight programs.

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NASA Starts Space Shuttle Endeavour Countdown Aug. 4 »» NASA Starts Space Shuttle Endeavour Countdown Aug. 4

[Monday, July 30, 2007] NASA will start the launch countdown for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-118 mission at 9 p.m. EDT Saturday, Aug. 4, at T-43 hours.

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Japanese and NASA Satellites Unveil New Type of Active Galaxy »» Japanese and NASA Satellites Unveil New Type of Active Galaxy

[Monday, July 30, 2007] An international team of astronomers using NASA’s Swift satellite and the Japanese/U.S. Suzaku X-ray observatory has discovered a new class of active galactic nuclei (AGN).

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First ALMA Transporter Ready for Challenging Duty »» First ALMA Transporter Ready for Challenging Duty

[Monday, July 30, 2007] The first of two ALMA transporters designed to move high-tech radio-telescope antennas in the harsh, high-altitude environment of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array has been completed and passed its initial operational tests.

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NASA Postpones Mars Phoenix Launch »» NASA Postpones Mars Phoenix Launch

[Tuesday, July 31, 2007] Friday's scheduled launch of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket has been postponed 24 hours. The two available launch times on Saturday, Aug. 4, are 5:26:34 a.m. and 6:02:59 a.m. EDT.

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Northrop Grumman Completes Restructure of NPOESS Program »» Northrop Grumman Completes Restructure of NPOESS Program

[Tuesday, July 31, 2007] Northrop Grumman Corporation, in conjunction with the government's tri-agency NPOESS Integrated Program Office, has completed the restructure of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS).

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