September 2009 Top Story Archives



Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference

Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference

[Tuesday, September 1, 2009]

A new generation of space vehicles capable of economically delivering payloads and researchers is coming on line beginning in 2010. These vehicles will revolutionize space access by providing frequent, low-cost access to space.




Spacewalk and Transfers Ahead for ISS and Shuttle Crews

Spacewalk and Transfers Ahead for ISS and Shuttle Crews

[Tuesday, September 1, 2009]

The STS-128 crew's day started about 1:00 p.m. EDT with "Indiana, Our Indiana," performed by the Indiana University Band, for Pilot Kevin Ford, born in Indiana and on his first spaceflight.




SpaceX Delivers Hardware to Cape Canaveral in Preparation for STS-129 and Integration with the ISS

SpaceX Delivers Hardware to Cape Canaveral in Preparation for STS-129 and Integration with the ISS

[Tuesday, September 1, 2009]

Developed by SpaceX, in collaboration with NASA, the unit allows for communication between the ISS, SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft, and ground-based mission control.




NASA's Orion Spacecraft Passes Significant Design Milestone

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Passes Significant Design Milestone

[Tuesday, September 1, 2009]

NASA has taken a major step toward building the next crew exploration vehicle by completing the Orion Project's preliminary design review, or PDR. Orion is being designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station and other destinations.




The Case for Commercial Crew

The Case for Commercial Crew

[Tuesday, September 1, 2009]

Today, the Washington Post editorial board offered a strong endorsement of commercial spaceflight for cargo and crew missions to the International Space Station.




Satellites, Submarines, and Sea Ice Thickness

Satellites, Submarines, and Sea Ice Thickness

[Tuesday, September 1, 2009]

While satellites provide accurate and expansive coverage of ice in the Arctic Ocean, the records are relatively new. Satellites have only monitored sea ice extent since 1973.




Touch the Moon in Nebraska This Month

Touch the Moon in Nebraska This Month

[Tuesday, September 1, 2009]

Nebraskans will have the rare chance to touch a piece of a moon rock throughout the month of September in NASA's Driven to Explore mobile exhibit.




Challenger Center Welcomes New Board Members

Challenger Center Welcomes New Board Members

[Tuesday, September 1, 2009]

Challenger Center for Space Science Education announced today that astronauts Barbara Morgan and Richard Garriott and aerospace engineer Karolyn Young were elected to its Board of Directors.




XCOR Aerospace Reaches Several Significant Milestones in the Lynx 5K18 Rocket Engine Test Program (Videos)

XCOR Aerospace Reaches Several Significant Milestones in the Lynx 5K18 Rocket Engine Test Program (Videos)

[Wednesday, September 2, 2009]

XCOR Aerospace announced today that it has reached several significant milestones in the 5K18 rocket engine test program. This is the engine that powers XCOR's Lynx suborbital spacecraft.




IceCube Neutrino Observatory: Down the Hole

IceCube Neutrino Observatory: Down the Hole

[Wednesday, September 2, 2009]

Ice cores from Antarctica, Greenland and elsewhere in the world serve as a way for scientists to travel back in time to understand past climate.




First Spacewalk of STS-128 Mission Complete

First Spacewalk of STS-128 Mission Complete

[Wednesday, September 2, 2009]

Mission Specialist Danny Olivas and Expedition 20 Flight Engineer Nicole Stott completed the first spacewalk of the STS-128 mission at 12:24 a.m. EDT Wednesday. The astronauts began the spacewalk at 5:49 p.m. Tuesday.




NASA Invites Reporters to Observe Robotics Tests in Arizona Desert

NASA Invites Reporters to Observe Robotics Tests in Arizona Desert

[Wednesday, September 2, 2009]

NASA will hold the annual Desert "RATS," or Research and Technology Studies, field test in the Arizona desert this fall, hosting a media day for journalists on Sept. 15.




ISS Status Report 3 September 2009

ISS Status Report 3 September 2009

[Thursday, September 3, 2009]

Experts analyzing a conjunction between the space shuttle/space station and a portion of an Ariane 5 rocket body concluded it is not necessary to perform a Debris Avoidance Maneuver.




Preparing Russia's Mini Research Modules For Launch

Preparing Russia's Mini Research Modules For Launch

[Thursday, September 3, 2009]

Testing continues on Russia's Mini Research Module 1 (MRM-1 or the Docking Cargo Module) which is scheduled for launch othe International Space Station on STS-132 in May 2010.




International Space University's Experiment Flies in Space

International Space University's Experiment Flies in Space

[Thursday, September 3, 2009]

Students of the ISU have for the first time successfully conducted an experiment of their making on the International Space Station. Robert Thirsk, a CSA astronaut currently resident on the ISS, played an integral part in the experiment.




Thousands of New Images Show Mars in High Resolution

Thousands of New Images Show Mars in High Resolution

[Thursday, September 3, 2009]

Thousands of newly released images from more than 1,500 telescopic observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show a wide range of gullies, dunes, craters, geological layering and other features on the Red Planet.




Second Spacewalk of STS-128 Mission Begins

Second Spacewalk of STS-128 Mission Begins

[Thursday, September 3, 2009]

At 6:12 p.m. EDT, NASA astronaut Danny Olivas and ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang began the second of three spacewalks scheduled during the STS-128 mission.




Orbcomm and SpaceX Reach Deal to Launch Satellite Constellation

Orbcomm and SpaceX Reach Deal to Launch Satellite Constellation

[Thursday, September 3, 2009]

ORBCOMM Inc. and SpaceX announce they have reached an agreement for SpaceX to launch 18 ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) satellites to begin as early as the fourth quarter of 2010 through 2014.




Crew to Enjoy Off-Duty Time - Second STS-128 Spacewalk Complete

Crew to Enjoy Off-Duty Time - Second STS-128 Spacewalk Complete

[Friday, September 4, 2009]

The 13 crew members aboard Discovery and the International Space Station will enjoy off-duty time beginning about 3 p.m. before fielding questions from reporters during a joint crew news conference at 8:54 p.m.




NASA Webcast Connects Students With Astronauts, New Hubble Images

NASA Webcast Connects Students With Astronauts, New Hubble Images

[Friday, September 4, 2009]

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and space shuttle astronauts will participate in live education webcasts on Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. EDT and Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.




NASA ESMD Internal White Paper: Concept Proposal: Generation Mars

NASA ESMD Internal White Paper: Concept Proposal: Generation Mars

[Friday, September 4, 2009]

A campaign for Mars exploration with coordinated components of supporting technology development, human research, demonstrations on ISS, Mars robotic missions, human preparatory missions with enabling commercial and international collaboration...




NASA OIG: The Landsat Program Is Not Meeting the Goals and Intent of the Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992

NASA OIG: The Landsat Program Is Not Meeting the Goals and Intent of the Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992

[Friday, September 4, 2009]

Because no single Federal agency has overall responsibility for the Landsat Program, decisions about acquisition strategies were delayed, causing significant schedule delays, and thus challenging the goals and intent of the Act.




NASA Nebula News: September 2009

NASA Nebula News: September 2009

[Friday, September 4, 2009]

Each month, this newsletter will highlight the advancements of Nebula, NASA's cloud computing platform.




NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Status Report: Preventive Care Continues; Science on Hold

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Status Report: Preventive Care Continues; Science on Hold

[Friday, September 4, 2009]

During analysis of four safe-mode events this year, engineers for NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter project have identified a vulnerability to the effects of subsequent events.




New Horizons Checks Out, Enters Hibernation

New Horizons Checks Out, Enters Hibernation

[Friday, September 4, 2009]

The New Horizons mission team has closed out a successful summer workout, putting its Pluto-bound spacecraft back into hibernation Aug. 27 after seven weeks of functional tests and system checks.




NASA Internal Memo: LCROSS has rescinded its Declaration of Spacecraft Emergency

NASA Internal Memo: LCROSS has rescinded its Declaration of Spacecraft Emergency

[Saturday, September 5, 2009]

NASA Internal Memo: LCROSS has rescinded its Declaration of Spacecraft Emergency




NASA STS-128 MCC Status Report #15 9 p.m. CDT Friday, Sept. 4, 2009

NASA STS-128 MCC Status Report #15 9 p.m. CDT Friday, Sept. 4, 2009

[Saturday, September 5, 2009]

Discovery's crew is now ready to go for Saturday's final spacewalk of the mission. With two spacewalks and more than half of their scheduled transfer work complete, the first half of the eighth day in space was set aside for off-duty time for its crew.




Twin NASA Commanders Twitter About Possible Space Meeting

Twin NASA Commanders Twitter About Possible Space Meeting

[Saturday, September 5, 2009]

Two NASA astronaut commanders have perspectives like no others on Twitter -- the views of twin brothers preparing on opposite sides of the world to command both the space shuttle and the International Space Station.




Third Spacewalk of STS-128 Mission Begins

Third Spacewalk of STS-128 Mission Begins

[Saturday, September 5, 2009]

At 4:39 p.m. EDT, NASA astronaut Danny Olivas and ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang began the third & final spacewalk scheduled during the STS-128 mission.




AMASE 2009 blog: Studying the composition of Martian rocks: building and testing a new concept of Raman spectroscopy

AMASE 2009 blog: Studying the composition of Martian rocks: building and testing a new concept of Raman spectroscopy

[Saturday, September 5, 2009]

One of the worth mentioning analytical techniques that are being tested during AMASE 2009 is a Raman spectrometer.




Space Shuttle Crew to Pack and Enjoy Off-Duty Time

Space Shuttle Crew to Pack and Enjoy Off-Duty Time

[Sunday, September 6, 2009]

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station and space shuttle Discovery turn their focus to final packing today. After nearly seven days of busy joint activities and three spacewalks, the shuttle crew will also get a half-day off.




HTV/H-IIB Live Launch Webcast Coverage

HTV/H-IIB Live Launch Webcast Coverage

[Sunday, September 6, 2009]

The H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Demonstration Flight and the H-IIB Launch Vehicle are undergoing final launch preparations at the Vehicle Assembly Building waiting for their launch on Sept. 11




Black Point Lava Flow: Home to Desert RATS - As Seen From Orbit

Black Point Lava Flow: Home to Desert RATS - As Seen From Orbit

[Sunday, September 6, 2009]

The otherworldly footprint of black basaltic lava creates a striking landscape at Black Point Lava Flow in northern Arizona, seen in this photograph taken from the International Space Station.




NASA Astrobiology Institute Research Reveals Major Insight into Evolution of Life on Earth

NASA Astrobiology Institute Research Reveals Major Insight into Evolution of Life on Earth

[Sunday, September 6, 2009]

Humans might not be walking on Earth today if not for the ancient fusing of two microscopic, single-celled organisms called prokaryotes, NASA-funded research has found.




Summary Report of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee

Summary Report of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee

[Tuesday, September 8, 2009]

The U.S. human spaceflight program appears to be on an unsustainable trajectory. It is perpetuating the perilous practice of pursuing goals that do not match allocated resources.




SpaceX and Astrium Announce Groundbreaking Deal

SpaceX and Astrium Announce Groundbreaking Deal

[Tuesday, September 8, 2009]

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Astrium announce a contract for a SpaceX Falcon 1e to launch an Earth observation satellite designed by Astrium or its recently acquired subsidiary Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL).




Space Shuttle Discovery Undocks from the International Space Station

Space Shuttle Discovery Undocks from the International Space Station

[Tuesday, September 8, 2009]

Space shuttle Discovery undocked from the International Space Station at 3:26 p.m. EDT. Once safely separated from the orbiting complex by about 450 feet, pilot Kevin Ford conducted a flyaround of the space station.




Hubble 3D to Reveal Unprecedented Views of the Universe in IMAX(R) Theatres Starting March 19, 2010

Hubble 3D to Reveal Unprecedented Views of the Universe in IMAX(R) Theatres Starting March 19, 2010

[Tuesday, September 8, 2009]

IMAX Corporation, and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Hubble 3D will be released exclusively in IMAX and IMAX 3D theatres worldwide beginning March 19, 2010, with expansion to additional IMAX locations on April 23rd.




Space Shuttle Discovery Crew Set to Return to Earth Thursday

Space Shuttle Discovery Crew Set to Return to Earth Thursday

[Tuesday, September 8, 2009]

Space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew are expected to return to Earth Thursday after a 13-day mission. Two landing opportunities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida are available at 7:05 p.m. and 8:42 p.m. EDT.




NASA Selects Target Crater For Lunar Impact of LCROSS Spacecraft

NASA Selects Target Crater For Lunar Impact of LCROSS Spacecraft

[Tuesday, September 8, 2009]

NASA has identified the spot where it will search for water on the moon. Reporters are invited to attend the announcement of the target location where the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite/




Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Next Step in Space Coalition Welcome White House Committee's Support for Commercial Human Spaceflight

Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Next Step in Space Coalition Welcome White House Committee's Support for Commercial Human Spaceflight

[Wednesday, September 9, 2009]

The Augustine Committee, in its summary report, stated, "commercial services to deliver crew to low-Earth orbit are within reach... [and] could provide an earlier capability at lower initial and lifecycle costs than government could achieve.




Women in Aerospace Announces 2009 Award Recipients

Women in Aerospace Announces 2009 Award Recipients

[Wednesday, September 9, 2009]

Women in Aerospace (WIA) is proud to announce the winners of its 24th Annual Women in Aerospace Awards.