November 2009 Top Story Archives



NASA Announces Advisory Council Chairs and Committee Structure

NASA Announces Advisory Council Chairs and Committee Structure

[Monday, November 2, 2009]

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden held his first meeting with the restructured NASA Advisory Council and has added four new committees to the council in key areas of importance to the agency's future.




The Cyborg Astrobiologist

The Cyborg Astrobiologist

[Monday, November 2, 2009]

Two platforms have been developed for testing computer-vision algorithms for robotic planetary exploration.




NASA JSC Advanced Planning Office Blog: Challenge Everything

NASA JSC Advanced Planning Office Blog: Challenge Everything

[Monday, November 2, 2009]

The basic question being addressed by this experiment is "what would happen if we could tap into the expertise of the 15,000 employees at JSC to solve any one of the difficult challenges that we are wrestling with?"




Robot Armada Might Scale New Worlds

Robot Armada Might Scale New Worlds

[Monday, November 2, 2009]

An armada of robots may one day fly above the mountain tops of Saturn's moon Titan, cross its vast dunes and sail in its liquid lakes.




Amnesia-Like Behavior Returns on Spirit

Amnesia-Like Behavior Returns on Spirit

[Monday, November 2, 2009]

Until Oct. 24, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover had gone more than six months without an episode of amnesia-like symptoms like those that appeared on four occasions earlier this year.




VERITAS Telescopes Help Solve Origin of Cosmic Rays

VERITAS Telescopes Help Solve Origin of Cosmic Rays

[Monday, November 2, 2009]

Nearly 100 years ago, scientists detected the first signs of cosmic rays -- subatomic particles (mostly protons) that zip through space at nearly the speed of light.




Spin Your Thesis! 2010 call for proposals

Spin Your Thesis! 2010 call for proposals

[Monday, November 2, 2009]

ESA is offering European students the opportunity to conduct hypergravity experiments, with a call for proposals for the 2010 'Spin Your Thesis!' programme.




X PRIZE Foundation and NASA Cap Amazing Lunar Lander Competition and Award $2 Million in Prizes

X PRIZE Foundation and NASA Cap Amazing Lunar Lander Competition and Award $2 Million in Prizes

[Monday, November 2, 2009]

The race for the $2 million Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X PRIZE Challenge (NGLLXPC) incentivized prize purse, funded by NASA and presented by the X PRIZE Foundation, has come to an exciting finish.




The Iconic Snows of Kilimanjaro Still Exist--But For How Long?

The Iconic Snows of Kilimanjaro Still Exist--But For How Long?

[Monday, November 2, 2009]

The remaining ice fields atop famed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania could be gone within two decades and perhaps even sooner, based on the latest survey of the ice fields remaining on the mountain




Shedding Light on the Cosmic Skeleton

Shedding Light on the Cosmic Skeleton

[Tuesday, November 3, 2009]

The team led by Tanaka has used two major ground-based telescopes to study this structure in greater detail, measuring the distances from Earth of over 150 galaxies, and, hence, obtaining a three-dimensional view of the structure.




'Ultra-primitive' particles found in comet dust

'Ultra-primitive' particles found in comet dust

[Tuesday, November 3, 2009]

Dust samples collected by high-flying aircraft in the upper atmosphere have yielded an unexpectedly rich trove of relicts from the ancient cosmos, report scientists from the Carnegie Institution.




Two new ESA satellites successfully lofted into orbit

Two new ESA satellites successfully lofted into orbit

[Tuesday, November 3, 2009]

The second satellite in ESA's Earth Explorer series - the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission - and the second demonstration satellite under ESA's Project for Onboard Autonomy were launched into orbit last night from northern Russia.




NASA's Fermi Telescope Detects Gamma Rays From Star Factories In Other Galaxies

NASA's Fermi Telescope Detects Gamma Rays From Star Factories In Other Galaxies

[Tuesday, November 3, 2009]

Nearby galaxies undergoing a furious pace of star formation also emit lots of gamma rays, say astronomers using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.




NASA KSC Center Director Robert Cabana Internal Memo: Seas of Change

NASA KSC Center Director Robert Cabana Internal Memo: Seas of Change

[Tuesday, November 3, 2009]

It seems the only thing constant in life is change, and we are certainly in the midst of it here at KSC. Change isn't necessarily good or bad, it just is, and we have the opportunity to make the best of it and seek ways to improve, or be left behind.




ESA calls for ideas for climate change experiments from ISS

ESA calls for ideas for climate change experiments from ISS

[Tuesday, November 3, 2009]

ESA is looking for ideas to use the International Space Station as a platform to conduct research into global climate change.




NASA Academy Application Website Is Online

NASA Academy Application Website Is Online

[Tuesday, November 3, 2009]

Welcome to AcademyApp.com. Here students can apply to the NASA Academy at Ames, Glenn, Godard, and Marshall with a single application.




MESSENGER Spacecraft Reveals More Hidden Territory on Mercury

MESSENGER Spacecraft Reveals More Hidden Territory on Mercury

[Tuesday, November 3, 2009]

A NASA spacecraft's third and final flyby of Mercury gives scientists, for the first time, an almost complete view of the planet's surface and provides new scientific findings about this relatively unknown world.




Education Secretary Hosts DC Students for Talk With Space Station

Education Secretary Hosts DC Students for Talk With Space Station

[Tuesday, November 3, 2009]

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are hosting Washington area middle and high school students Thursday for a live discussion with astronauts aboard the International Space Station.




Defense Acquisitions: Challenges in Aligning Space System Components

Defense Acquisitions: Challenges in Aligning Space System Components

[Tuesday, November 3, 2009]

Satellites, ground control systems, and user terminals in most of DOD's major space system acquisitions are not optimally aligned, leading to underutilized satellites and limited capability provided to the warfighter.




NASA Blog: Constellation: Managers reevaluating Ares I-Y flight test

NASA Blog: Constellation: Managers reevaluating Ares I-Y flight test

[Wednesday, November 4, 2009]

Constellation program managers agreed to reevaluate the proposed Ares I-Y flight test during an Oct. 30 Control Board and plan to take the decision up the ladder to management at NASA Headquarters soon.




Follow Rosetta's Final Earth boost

Follow Rosetta's Final Earth boost

[Wednesday, November 4, 2009]

ESA's comet chaser Rosetta will swing by Earth for the last time on 13 November to pick up energy and begin the final leg of its 10-year journey to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.




Beyond Augustine II

Beyond Augustine II

[Wednesday, November 4, 2009]

In August of this year I wrote a missive concerning what happens after the Augustine report is released. Well, now that has happened, so what is next?




NASA Showcases 'Green' Missions at SC09 Conference

NASA Showcases 'Green' Missions at SC09 Conference

[Wednesday, November 4, 2009]

Five NASA centers join forces this month to showcase "green" science, engineering, and technology achievements at SC09, the leading international conference on high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis.




Carbon Atmosphere Discovered on Neutron Star

Carbon Atmosphere Discovered on Neutron Star

[Wednesday, November 4, 2009]

Evidence for a thin veil of carbon has been found on the neutron star in the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant. This discovery, made with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, resolves a 10-year mystery surrounding this object.




NASA to Award $1.65 Million In Prizes for Commercial Spaceflight Successes

NASA to Award $1.65 Million In Prizes for Commercial Spaceflight Successes

[Wednesday, November 4, 2009]

In a ceremony this Thursday on Capitol Hill, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will award $1.65 million in prizes to two commercial spaceflight companies for completing successful flights in the Lunar Lander Challenge.




NASA Sets STS-129 Prelaunch Events and Countdown Details

NASA Sets STS-129 Prelaunch Events and Countdown Details

[Wednesday, November 4, 2009]

News conferences, events and operating hours for the news center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., are set for the upcoming launch of space shuttle Atlantis.




Frost-Covered Phoenix Lander Seen in Winter Images

Frost-Covered Phoenix Lander Seen in Winter Images

[Wednesday, November 4, 2009]

Winter images of NASA's Phoenix Lander showing the lander shrouded in dry-ice frost on Mars have been captured with the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE camera, aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.




NASA JSC Solicitation: Hardware and Software Supporting the Maker Project

NASA JSC Solicitation: Hardware and Software Supporting the Maker Project

[Thursday, November 5, 2009]

The project supported is entitled "MAKER" and is pursuing an advanced manufacturing concept being developed and evaluated for deployment in future space exploration architectures requiring manufacturing capability in the spaceflight/mission environment.




Poisk Poised for Live NASA TV Space Station Docking

Poisk Poised for Live NASA TV Space Station Docking

[Thursday, November 5, 2009]

NASA Television will air the docking of the newest Russian module to the International Space Station starting at 9 a.m. CST Nov. 12.




Hubble Image Showcases Star Birth in M83, The Southern Wheel

Hubble Image Showcases Star Birth in M83, The Southern Wheel

[Thursday, November 5, 2009]

The spectacular new camera installed on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope during Servicing Mission 4 in May has delivered the most detailed view of star birth in the graceful, curving arms of the nearby spiral galaxy M83.




Ceremony Reset for ESA Handover of Tranquility to NASA

Ceremony Reset for ESA Handover of Tranquility to NASA

[Thursday, November 5, 2009]

The transfer of ownership of the Tranquility node from ESA to NASA has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. EST, Friday, Nov. 20. NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will host the commemorative ceremony at NASA's Space Station Processing Facility.




Meteoritic Impacts May Have Cooked Up Life's Components

Meteoritic Impacts May Have Cooked Up Life's Components

[Thursday, November 5, 2009]

Nitrogen is an important element in biomolecules but is not abundant in meteorites. The authors note that impact-driven cyanide synthesis may have contributed significantly to the basic chemical building blocks needed for the origin of life.




Solar winds triggered by magnetic fields

Solar winds triggered by magnetic fields

[Thursday, November 5, 2009]

Solar wind generated by the sun is probably driven by a process involving powerful magnetic fields, according to a new study led by University College London researchers based on the latest observations from the Hinode satellite.




X PRIZE Foundation and NASA Award $2 Million in Prizes to Masten Space Systems and Armadillo Aerospace

X PRIZE Foundation and NASA Award $2 Million in Prizes to Masten Space Systems and Armadillo Aerospace

[Thursday, November 5, 2009]

Today, the X PRIZE Foundation along with NASA hosted an awards ceremony to culminate the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X PRIZE Challenge (NGLLXPC).




NASA Kepler Mission Manager Update November 5, 2009

NASA Kepler Mission Manager Update November 5, 2009

[Friday, November 6, 2009]

While the Kepler spacecraft continues in its orbit, and collecting science data, the Kepler team at the Ames Research Center continues its work on the science data processing pipeline software.




NASA Reproduces a Building Block of Life in Laboratory

NASA Reproduces a Building Block of Life in Laboratory

[Friday, November 6, 2009]

NASA scientists studying the origin of life have reproduced uracil, a key component of our hereditary material, in the laboratory.




FAA CST: Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision for Streamlining the Processing of Experimental Permit Applications

FAA CST: Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision for Streamlining the Processing of Experimental Permit Applications

[Friday, November 6, 2009]

The FAA is announcing the availability of the ROD for streamlining the environmental review of experimental permit applications for the launch and/or reentry of reusable suborbital rockets.




NASA Seeks Student Payloads for High-Flying Research Balloon

NASA Seeks Student Payloads for High-Flying Research Balloon

[Saturday, November 7, 2009]

NASA is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want to send their experiments to the edge of space on a high-flying scientific balloon.




Development of the ESMO student Moon satellite gets under way

Development of the ESMO student Moon satellite gets under way

[Saturday, November 7, 2009]

ESA's Education Office has awarded a contract to Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd of the UK to manage the development and testing of the first European student mission to the Moon. Launch is expected in 2013-2014.




Wayne Hale's NASA Blog: X-38: Gathering Dust

Wayne Hale's NASA Blog: X-38: Gathering Dust

[Sunday, November 8, 2009]

By chance I was in Omaha this week when the news was announced that the X-38 was going on display in the Strategic Air & Space Museum there.




NASA Spinoff 2009 Highlights Technologies That Improve Life on Earth

NASA Spinoff 2009 Highlights Technologies That Improve Life on Earth

[Sunday, November 8, 2009]

The 2009 edition of NASA's Spinoff, a publication that shows how NASA technology is being put to use in everyday life here on Earth, is available in print and online.




South Pole-based Experiment Confirms Main Model for the Cosmos

South Pole-based Experiment Confirms Main Model for the Cosmos

[Sunday, November 8, 2009]

Findings by an international team of scientists using a telescope located at the U.S. Antarctic Program's South Pole Station show that cosmologists probably do know what they believe they know about the universe.




Rosetta approach on schedule

Rosetta approach on schedule

[Sunday, November 8, 2009]

After the trajectory correction manoeuvre on 22 October, Rosetta has lined up on a near-perfect Earth approach path. The manoeuvre was so precise that mission controllers decided not to use the additional manoeuvre slot that was available yesterday.




Government-sponsored SETI -- In The 1920's

Government-sponsored SETI -- In The 1920's

[Sunday, November 8, 2009]

"Here's a 1924 telegram from then Chief of U.S. Naval Operations, Edward W. Eberle, instructing all Naval stations to monitor the airwaves for any unusual transmissions due to anticipated contact from Martians."




Former Astronaut Scott Parazynski, MD Named Chair-Elect of Challenger Center's Board of Directors

Former Astronaut Scott Parazynski, MD Named Chair-Elect of Challenger Center's Board of Directors

[Monday, November 9, 2009]

Challenger Center for Space Science Education announced today that former astronaut Scott Parazynski, MD has been named Chair-Elect of its Board of Directors.




Investment in Commercial Spaceflight Grows to $1.46 Billion, Updated Industry Study Reveals

Investment in Commercial Spaceflight Grows to $1.46 Billion, Updated Industry Study Reveals

[Monday, November 9, 2009]

Total investment in the commercial human spaceflight sector has risen by 20% since January 2008, reaching a cumulative total of $1.46 billion, according to a new extensive study performed by the Tauri Group.




NASA Live Digital Network Brings Apollo 11 Experts into Classrooms

NASA Live Digital Network Brings Apollo 11 Experts into Classrooms

[Monday, November 9, 2009]

Forty years after humans first walked on the moon, NASA is offering the next generation of explorers a chance to learn how the challenges of the Apollo 11 mission were met.




NASA and Spaceward Foundation Award Prize Money for Successful Wireless Power Demonstration

NASA and Spaceward Foundation Award Prize Money for Successful Wireless Power Demonstration

[Monday, November 9, 2009]

NASA has awarded $900,000 in prize money to a Seattle company that successfully demonstrated new wireless energy beaming technology which could one day be used to help power a "space elevator."




NASA Ames Scientist Develops Chemical Sensor For the iPhone

NASA Ames Scientist Develops Chemical Sensor For the iPhone

[Tuesday, November 10, 2009]

Jing Li, along with other researchers has developed a proof of concept of new technology that would bring compact, low-cost, low-power, high-speed nanosensor-based chemical sensing capabilities to cell phones.




NASA Briefs Preliminary Plume Findings From LCROSS Mission

NASA Briefs Preliminary Plume Findings From LCROSS Mission

[Tuesday, November 10, 2009]

NASA will hold a news conference Friday to talk about early science results from its successful Moon impacting mission, the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS.




Sensors Provide Early Warning of Biological Threats Public Safety - Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Sensors Provide Early Warning of Biological Threats Public Safety - Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

[Tuesday, November 10, 2009]

Containing millions of carbon nanotubes, the NASA biosensor can alert inspectors to minute amounts of potentially dangerous organic contaminants.




Small Asteroid 2009 VA Whizzes By The Earth

Small Asteroid 2009 VA Whizzes By The Earth

[Wednesday, November 11, 2009]

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2009 VA, which is only about 7 meters in size, passed about 2 Earth radii (14,000 km) from the Earth's surface Nov. 6 at around 16:30 EST.




ESA's First 'Fly Your Thesis!' Campaign Gives Students a Taste of Space

ESA's First 'Fly Your Thesis!' Campaign Gives Students a Taste of Space

[Wednesday, November 11, 2009]

ESA's 'Fly Your Thesis!' programme made its successful debut during ESA's 51st Parabolic Flight Campaign, held 25 October to 5 November.




Statement of Intent for Potential Joint Robotic Exploration of Mars 5 November 2009

Statement of Intent for Potential Joint Robotic Exploration of Mars 5 November 2009

[Wednesday, November 11, 2009]

Building on a long history of mutually beneficial cooperation in space science, NASA and the European Space Agency have expressed an interest in continuing henceforth jointly their robotic exploration of Mars.




Rosetta's First Glimpse of the Moon From 4.3 million km

Rosetta's First Glimpse of the Moon From 4.3 million km

[Wednesday, November 11, 2009]

On 8 November, Rosetta's OSIRIS instrument imaged the Moon from 4.3 million km as the satellite sped towards Earth for her final gravity-assist swingby, scheduled for 13 November 2009.




A Lightning Strike in Africa Helps Take the Pulse of the Sun

A Lightning Strike in Africa Helps Take the Pulse of the Sun

[Wednesday, November 11, 2009]

Tel Aviv University: Sunspots, which rotate around the sun's surface, tell us a great deal about our own planet. Scientists rely on them, for instance, to measure the sun's rotation or to prepare long-range forecasts of the Earth's health.




Early life on Earth may have developed more quickly than thought

Early life on Earth may have developed more quickly than thought

[Wednesday, November 11, 2009]

Earth's climate was far cooler billions of years ago, which could mean conditions for life all over the planet were more conducive than previously believed.




Exoplanets Provide A Clue Sun-like Star Chemistry

Exoplanets Provide A Clue Sun-like Star Chemistry

[Wednesday, November 11, 2009]

A ground-breaking census of 500 stars, 70 of which are known to host planets, has successfully linked the long-standing "lithium mystery" observed in the Sun to the presence of planetary systems.




Seeing stars, Proba-2 platform passes its first health check

Seeing stars, Proba-2 platform passes its first health check

[Wednesday, November 11, 2009]

Into its second week in orbit, Proba-2's spacecraft platform has proven to be in excellent health. This leaves the way clear for commissioning the many new technology payloads aboard the mini-satellite, among the smallest ever flown by ESA.




Russian Mini-Research Module 2 (MRM2) Poisk Docks With ISS

Russian Mini-Research Module 2 (MRM2) Poisk Docks With ISS

[Thursday, November 12, 2009]

The new Russian Mini-Research Module 2 (MRM2), also known as Poisk, docked to the space-facing port of the Zvezda service module of the International Space Station Thursday at 10:41 a.m. EST.




ESA's Rosetta spacecraft may help unravel cosmic mystery

ESA's Rosetta spacecraft may help unravel cosmic mystery

[Thursday, November 12, 2009]

When Europe's comet chaser Rosetta swings by Earth tomorrow for a critical gravity assist, tracking data will be collected to precisely measure the satellite's change in orbital energy.




Environmental Tectonics Corporation's NASTAR Center Announces International Student Patch Design Contest for New NASTAR Suborbital Scientist Training Program

Environmental Tectonics Corporation's NASTAR Center Announces International Student Patch Design Contest for New NASTAR Suborbital Scientist Training Program

[Thursday, November 12, 2009]

NASTAR announced today an international contest for students to design a patch that will commemorate NASTAR Center's newest training program for suborbital scientist-astronauts who will fly aboard commercial suborbital spaceflights.




Lunar Rover Simulator 1.0

Lunar Rover Simulator 1.0

[Thursday, November 12, 2009]

This proof of concept Lunar Electric Rover simulator was designed by Frassanito and Associates, in conjunction with Petter Sundness, Rommany Allen, and Chilton Webb. This simulator is based around NASA's Constellation Program architecture.




Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project Video: Two FR-900 Drives Are Now Operational

Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project Video: Two FR-900 Drives Are Now Operational

[Thursday, November 12, 2009]

The LOIRP Project has reached a major milestone of having two Ampex FR-900 Instrumentation Tape Drives operational at once. This will allow us to accelerate the production of images.




Rosetta bound for outer Solar System after final Earth swingby

Rosetta bound for outer Solar System after final Earth swingby

[Friday, November 13, 2009]

This morning, mission controllers confirmed that Rosetta had swung by Earth at 8:45 CET as planned, skimming past our planet to pick up a gravitational boost for an epic journey to rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014.




NASA's LCROSS Impacts Confirm Water in Lunar Crater

NASA's LCROSS Impacts Confirm Water in Lunar Crater

[Friday, November 13, 2009]

Preliminary data from NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, indicates the mission successfully uncovered water in a permanently shadowed lunar crater. The discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the moon.




NASA Goddard team develops new carriers for space station

NASA Goddard team develops new carriers for space station

[Friday, November 13, 2009]

NASA In a partnership that exemplifies One NASA, engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. teamed up with engineers at NASA's Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers to design, build, and test five new ExPRESS Logistics Carriers.




Discovery of a Retrograde or Highly Tilted Exoplanet

Discovery of a Retrograde or Highly Tilted Exoplanet

[Friday, November 13, 2009]

Two teams of astronomers have found that extrasolar planet HAT-P-7b, discovered in 2008, has a retrograde or highly tilted orbit.




Inventors to Compete for $400,000 in NASA Astronaut Glove Challenge

Inventors to Compete for $400,000 in NASA Astronaut Glove Challenge

[Friday, November 13, 2009]

Reporters and the public are invited to attend the 2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge on Nov. 19 at the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville, Fla., near NASA's Kennedy Space Center.




Students Send Microbe Experiment on Space Shuttle Atlantis

Students Send Microbe Experiment on Space Shuttle Atlantis

[Saturday, November 14, 2009]

An experiment by college students that will study how microbes grow in microgravity is heading to orbit aboard space shuttle Atlantis.




NASA JSC Advanced Planning Office Blog: Creating the Future: One Giant Leap at a time

NASA JSC Advanced Planning Office Blog: Creating the Future: One Giant Leap at a time

[Saturday, November 14, 2009]

Last month the Advanced Planning Office pulled together a team to look at possible vision statements for the agency. I know a rather tall order, but it is always great to see the energy and creativity found within our JSC when it is unleashed.




Avatar: A New World That NASA Is Ignoring

Avatar: A New World That NASA Is Ignoring

[Monday, November 16, 2009]

Unparalleled simulations of an extrasolar planet with a whole new ecology - but it would seem that NASA is not really interested in this film.




NASA 'Drops' Next Generation Robotic Lander During Autonomous Tests

NASA 'Drops' Next Generation Robotic Lander During Autonomous Tests

[Monday, November 16, 2009]

NASA has successfully completed a series of autonomous "drop" tests of a robotic lander test article - in a record 10 months - to demonstrate the ability to perform a controlled landing on the moon or other airless planetary bodies.




Help Chose The Best Aerospace Innovation Challenge Public Service Announcement About NASA

Help Chose The Best Aerospace Innovation Challenge Public Service Announcement About NASA

[Monday, November 16, 2009]

Please look at all six videos and then chose the one that best conveys its message. Your vote (and comments) will help judges select the best video for this course at Santa Clara University.




NASA OIG: NASA's Most Serious Management and Performance Challenges

NASA OIG: NASA's Most Serious Management and Performance Challenges

[Monday, November 16, 2009]

As required by the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000, this memorandum provides our views of the most serious management and performance challenges facing NASA.




NASA OIG: NASA's Most Serious Management and Performance Challenges FY 2009

NASA OIG: NASA's Most Serious Management and Performance Challenges FY 2009

[Monday, November 16, 2009]

As required by the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000, this memorandum provides our views of the most serious management and performance challenges facing NASA.




NASA's Shuttle Atlantis Headed for Delivery Stop at Space Station

NASA's Shuttle Atlantis Headed for Delivery Stop at Space Station

[Monday, November 16, 2009]

Space shuttle Atlantis and its six-member crew began an 11-day delivery flight to the International Space Station on Monday with a 2:28 p.m. EST launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.




NASA Team Prepares to Uplink Commands to Spirit on Mars

NASA Team Prepares to Uplink Commands to Spirit on Mars

[Monday, November 16, 2009]

Today (Monday, Nov. 16), driving commands are being prepared to instruct Spirit to attempt to drive forward. These are the first driving commands since Spirit became embedded in a Martian sandtrap approximately six months ago.




Time Magazine Falls for Rocket Launch Hoax - Names Ares

Time Magazine Falls for Rocket Launch Hoax - Names Ares "Invention of the Year" Based on Launch of Dummy Vehicle

[Monday, November 16, 2009]

Time Magazine Falls for Rocket Launch Hoax - Names Ares "Invention of the Year" Based on Launch of Dummy Vehicle




NASA Provides Venerable Hubble Hardware Goes to Smithsonian

NASA Provides Venerable Hubble Hardware Goes to Smithsonian

[Wednesday, November 18, 2009]

Two key instruments from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have a new home in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington after being returned to Earth aboard space shuttle Atlantis last May.




Lockheed Martin Tests Carbon Nanotube-Based Memory Devices on NASA Shuttle Mission

Lockheed Martin Tests Carbon Nanotube-Based Memory Devices on NASA Shuttle Mission

[Wednesday, November 18, 2009]

A radiation-resistant version of NRAM(TM) carbon-nanotube-based memory, developed jointly by Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) and Nantero, was tested on a recent Space Shuttle mission.




'Butterflies in Space' Education Project Launches to Space Station

'Butterflies in Space' Education Project Launches to Space Station

[Wednesday, November 18, 2009]

Students of all ages can follow the "butterflynauts" aboard the International Space Station as they develop from larvae into Painted Lady butterflies.




Group on Earth Observations Meets to Strengthen Access to Data and Information on Biodiversity, Forest Carbon and Other Global Issues

Group on Earth Observations Meets to Strengthen Access to Data and Information on Biodiversity, Forest Carbon and Other Global Issues

[Wednesday, November 18, 2009]

Some 80 nations, the European Commission and 56 international organizations are coordinating their Earth observation assets and strategies through GEO.




NASA and Microsoft Allow Earthlings to Become Martians

NASA and Microsoft Allow Earthlings to Become Martians

[Wednesday, November 18, 2009]

NASA and Microsoft Corp. of Redmond, Wash., have collaborated to create a Web site where Internet users can have fun while advancing their knowledge of Mars.




NASA's Wise Gets Ready to Survey the Whole Sky

NASA's Wise Gets Ready to Survey the Whole Sky

[Wednesday, November 18, 2009]

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or Wise, is chilled out, sporting a sunshade and getting ready to roll.




Space Shuttle Atlantis Docks to International Space Station

Space Shuttle Atlantis Docks to International Space Station

[Wednesday, November 18, 2009]

Space shuttle Atlantis docked to the station at 11:51 a.m. EST. The shuttle is delivering two pallets carrying more than 20,000 pounds worth of spare equipment too large to be launched into space aboard any other vehicle.




Suborbital Applications Researchers Group Meets in Washington

Suborbital Applications Researchers Group Meets in Washington

[Thursday, November 19, 2009]

The Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG) of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation is meeting in Washington, DC today.




Space Station, Space Shuttle Joint Crew News Conference Tuesday

Space Station, Space Shuttle Joint Crew News Conference Tuesday

[Thursday, November 19, 2009]

The 12 crew members aboard space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station will hold a news conference at 7:13 a.m. CST on Tuesday, Nov. 24.




House Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Examines Opportunities, Risks in the Growth of Global Space Capabilities

House Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Examines Opportunities, Risks in the Growth of Global Space Capabilities

[Thursday, November 19, 2009]

Today, the House Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing on the growth of global space capabilities.




Rich ore deposits linked to ancient atmosphere

Rich ore deposits linked to ancient atmosphere

[Thursday, November 19, 2009]

Much of our planet's mineral wealth was deposited billions of years ago when Earth's chemical cycles were different from today's.




Challenger Center Awarded NASA Education and Public Outreach for Earth and Space Science Grant

Challenger Center Awarded NASA Education and Public Outreach for Earth and Space Science Grant

[Thursday, November 19, 2009]

Challenger Center for Space Science Education has received a $274,000 grant from NASA for education and public outreach in Earth and space science.




Former Shuttle Astronaut-Astronomer, Sam Durrance, Joins the CSF Suborbital Researchers Group

Former Shuttle Astronaut-Astronomer, Sam Durrance, Joins the CSF Suborbital Researchers Group

[Friday, November 20, 2009]

Former NASA astronaut Samuel T. Durrance, a PhD astronomer and veteran of two Space Shuttle missions, has been selected as the latest addition to the Commercial Spaceflight Federation's Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG).




NASA STS-129 Report #10  Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 3:30 a.m. CST

NASA STS-129 Report #10 Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 3:30 a.m. CST

[Saturday, November 21, 2009]

An overnight interruption in their preparations will mean that Mission Specialists Mike Foreman and Randy Bresnik will head out the station's hatch on the second spacewalk of the STS-129 mission a little later than planned.




Bresnik Announces New Daughter; Crew Relaxing, Preparing for Third Spacewalk

Bresnik Announces New Daughter; Crew Relaxing, Preparing for Third Spacewalk

[Sunday, November 22, 2009]

Mission Specialist Randy Bresnik called down at 5:14 a.m. CST to announce the birth of his daughter. Abigail Mae Bresnik arrived at 11:04 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 in Houston, TX.




CryoSat: green light for launch campaign

CryoSat: green light for launch campaign

[Sunday, November 22, 2009]

ESA's CryoSat ice mission has completed its Flight Acceptance Review, confirming that all the mission components are ready for launch, which is planned for 25 February 2010 from Baikonur.




NASA: Science Magazines Honor Cutting-Edge NASA Programs

NASA: Science Magazines Honor Cutting-Edge NASA Programs

[Sunday, November 22, 2009]

NASA's revolutionary planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has been honored with the 2009 Best of What's New Grand Award from Popular Science Magazine and a 2009 Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics Magazine.




NASA Awards $350,000 to Winning Astronaut Glove Designers

NASA Awards $350,000 to Winning Astronaut Glove Designers

[Sunday, November 22, 2009]

NASA's Centennial Challenges program awarded $350,000 this week to a pair of designers who developed concepts for more flexible space gloves that could make it easier for astronauts to perform tasks.




Planet 51 PSA Campaign Brings NASA's Message of Exploration Down to Earth

Planet 51 PSA Campaign Brings NASA's Message of Exploration Down to Earth

[Sunday, November 22, 2009]

Actor Dwayne Johnson, usually known for his action and comedic film roles, takes to the stars as an astronaut in a new animated feature that brings important messages about the importance of space exploration and education to those of us here on Earth.




Challenger Center Live Webcast about Comets and Asteroids

Challenger Center Live Webcast about Comets and Asteroids

[Monday, November 23, 2009]

Join Challenger Center for a live interactive webcast, Thursday December 10th at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time with John Ristvey, Principal Consultant for Education and Public Outreach for NASA's Dawn, Stardust NExT, and EPOXI missions.




Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announces Creation and Initial Membership of Spaceports Council

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announces Creation and Initial Membership of Spaceports Council

[Monday, November 23, 2009]

The Spaceports Council, which will operate under the aegis of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF), was officially created following the conclusion of the second CSF Spaceports Executive Summit held in Las Cruces, New Mexico.




NASA Updates Time of Tuesday News Conference with Space Station

NASA Updates Time of Tuesday News Conference with Space Station

[Monday, November 23, 2009]

The 12 crew members aboard space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station will hold a news conference Tuesday at 8 a.m. EST, 13 minutes earlier than previously announced.




Kosmas and Calvert Lead Bipartisan Letter to President Calling for Increased Funding for Human Spaceflight

Kosmas and Calvert Lead Bipartisan Letter to President Calling for Increased Funding for Human Spaceflight

[Monday, November 23, 2009]

Today, Rep. Kosmas and Rep. Ken Calvert sent a bipartisan letter to President Obama signed by 81 members of the U.S. House of Representatives from across the country calling for additional funding for NASA's human spaceflight program.




Blue Origin Update on Opportunities for Research

Blue Origin Update on Opportunities for Research

[Monday, November 23, 2009]

Blue Origin has selected three unmanned research payloads to fly on the New Shepard suborbital vehicle as a part of Phase 1 of the New Shepard Research Flight Demonstration Program.




Challenger Center Supports President Obama's Call to Action in STEM Education

Challenger Center Supports President Obama's Call to Action in STEM Education

[Monday, November 23, 2009]

Today at The White House, President Barack Obama launched the "Educate to Innovate" campaign to improve the participation and performance of America's students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).




Spitzer Telescope Observes Baby Brown Dwarf

Spitzer Telescope Observes Baby Brown Dwarf

[Monday, November 23, 2009]

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has contributed to the discovery of the youngest brown dwarf ever observed -- a finding that, if confirmed, may solve an astronomical mystery about how these cosmic misfits are formed.




Two Circulating Beams Collide Inside The Large Hadron Collider

Two Circulating Beams Collide Inside The Large Hadron Collider

[Monday, November 23, 2009]

Today the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) circulated two beams simultaneously for the first time, allowing the operators to test the synchronization of the beams and giving the experiments their first chance to look for proton-proton collisions.




The Crab Nebula: A Cosmic Icon

The Crab Nebula: A Cosmic Icon

[Monday, November 23, 2009]

A star's spectacular death in the constellation Taurus was observed on Earth as the supernova of 1054 A.D.




NASA Chooses Small Business High Tech Projects for Development

NASA Chooses Small Business High Tech Projects for Development

[Monday, November 23, 2009]

NASA has selected for development 368 small business innovation projects that include research to minimize aging of aircraft, new techniques for suppressing fires on spacecraft and advanced transmitters for deep space communications.




NASA TV to Broadcast Space Station Crew Soyuz Landing Events

NASA TV to Broadcast Space Station Crew Soyuz Landing Events

[Tuesday, November 24, 2009]

NASA Television will air the events surrounding the landing of three International Space Station crew members who will return to Earth Dec. 1.




NASA Assessing New Roles for Ailing QuikScat Satellite

NASA Assessing New Roles for Ailing QuikScat Satellite

[Tuesday, November 24, 2009]

NASA mission managers are assessing options for future operations of the venerable QuikScat satellite following the age-related failure of a mechanism that spins the scatterometer antenna.




NASA Releases Climate Change Multimedia Resource Reel

NASA Releases Climate Change Multimedia Resource Reel

[Tuesday, November 24, 2009]

NASA has released a new multimedia climate change "resource reel" showcasing free downloadable videos, data visualizations, animations, and still images that illustrate key climate change concepts and discoveries.




Space Shuttle Atlantis Crew Set to Land in Florida Friday

Space Shuttle Atlantis Crew Set to Land in Florida Friday

[Wednesday, November 25, 2009]

Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven-member crew are expected to return to Earth on Friday, Nov. 27, after an 11-day mission.




Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status Report 25 Nov 2009

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status Report 25 Nov 2009

[Wednesday, November 25, 2009]

The team operating NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter plans to uplink protective files to the spacecraft next week as one step toward resuming the orbiter's research and relay activities.




Space Shutte Atlantis Lands in Florida

Space Shutte Atlantis Lands in Florida

[Friday, November 27, 2009]

Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew of seven astronauts ended an 11-day journey with a 9:44 a.m. EST landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Atlantis flew 171 orbits around Earth and traveled 4,490,138 miles since its Nov. 16 launch.




Herschel Peeks at the Ingredients of Galaxies

Herschel Peeks at the Ingredients of Galaxies

[Friday, November 27, 2009]

Spectrometers on board all three Hershel instruments have been used to analyze the light from objects inside our galaxy and from other galaxies, producing some of the best measurements yet of atoms and molecules involved in the birth and death of stars.




Buying 40 Year Old Lunar Orbiter Tape Drive Parts on eBay

Buying 40 Year Old Lunar Orbiter Tape Drive Parts on eBay

[Friday, November 27, 2009]

Dennis Wingo: I thought this was interesting and since I am always looking for spares for our LOIRP FR-900's I check it out on eBay. ...




NASA'S Fermi Telescope Peers Deep into a Microquasar

NASA'S Fermi Telescope Peers Deep into a Microquasar

[Friday, November 27, 2009]

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has made the first unambiguous detection of high-energy gamma-rays from an enigmatic binary system known as Cygnus X-3.




Rocket Lab Primed to Launch New Zealand's First Rocket Into Space

Rocket Lab Primed to Launch New Zealand's First Rocket Into Space

[Friday, November 27, 2009]

Rocket Lab is preparing for a historic first launch into space from New Zealand. The Atea-1 launch vehicle is scheduled to fly the week beginning November 30th from Great Mercury Island. The exact launch date and time is weather dependent.




Dawn Enters Asteroid Belt -- For Good

Dawn Enters Asteroid Belt -- For Good

[Saturday, November 28, 2009]

NASA's Dawn spacecraft re-entered our solar system's asteroid belt on Nov. 13, and this time it will stay there.




NASA INSPIRE: Perspective from a Baby Boomer

NASA INSPIRE: Perspective from a Baby Boomer

[Saturday, November 28, 2009]

Yes, I am one of those that would love to see the mission of the agency to be, "To Boldly Go where No one has gone before."




Ozone hole 2009: Latest depletion event 10th largest in last 30 years

Ozone hole 2009: Latest depletion event 10th largest in last 30 years

[Saturday, November 28, 2009]

The size of the annual ozone hole over Antarctica peaked in late September at 23.8 million square miles, slightly smaller than the North American continent, according to a news release from NOAA in November.




ESA's new SOHO science archive now online

ESA's new SOHO science archive now online

[Sunday, November 29, 2009]

Access to data from the ESA-NASA SOHO mission has just become easier with the launch of a new SOHO science archive with enhanced capabilities for searching and visualising the vast SOHO data archive.




Mars Exploration Rover Spirit: No Wheel Stall in Diagnostic Drive

Mars Exploration Rover Spirit: No Wheel Stall in Diagnostic Drive

[Sunday, November 29, 2009]

This view from the navigation camera near the top of the mast on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows the tracks left by the rover as it drove southward and backward, dragging its inoperable right-front wheel.




New Study Adds to FInding of Ancient Life Signs In Mars Meteorite

New Study Adds to FInding of Ancient Life Signs In Mars Meteorite

[Monday, November 30, 2009]

Using more advanced analytical instruments now available, a Johnson Space Center research team has reexamined the 1996 finding that a meteorite contains strong evidence that life may have existed on ancient Mars.




Scientists explain puzzling lake asymmetry on Titan

Scientists explain puzzling lake asymmetry on Titan

[Monday, November 30, 2009]

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology that the eccentricity of Saturn's orbit around the sun may be responsible for the unusually uneven distribution of lakes over the northern and southern polar regions of the planet's largest moon, Titan




Black Hole Caught Zapping Galaxy into Existence?

Black Hole Caught Zapping Galaxy into Existence?

[Monday, November 30, 2009]

Which come first, the supermassive black holes that frantically devour matter or the enormous galaxies where they reside?




NASA Sets Briefing to Discuss Ares I-X Launch Data

NASA Sets Briefing to Discuss Ares I-X Launch Data

[Monday, November 30, 2009]

NASA will host a media teleconference with Bob Ess, Ares I-X mission manager, at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 3. Ess will provide reporters with an update on data gathered during the test flight of the rocket, which took place Oct. 28.




GOES-14 (O) Moving into On-Orbit Storage Around the Earth

GOES-14 (O) Moving into On-Orbit Storage Around the Earth

[Monday, November 30, 2009]

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite named GOES-14, is being placed in on-orbit storage this month to await its call to duty.




NASA Space Station Image: Ounianga Lakes in the Sahara Desert

NASA Space Station Image: Ounianga Lakes in the Sahara Desert

[Monday, November 30, 2009]

Ounianga Lakes in the Sahara Desert, in the nation of Chad are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 21 crew member on the International Space Station.