Mars Mission Leads a Year of Space Milestones

Mars Mission Leads a Year of Space Milestones

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The U.S. space agency delved into the secrets of other worlds in 2012, developed and tested new technology to reach those worlds and pursued these goals in partnership with space agencies from many other
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Wright Brothers Day, Remember First Flight

Wright Brothers Day, Remember First Flight

December 17 is celebrated as Wright Brothers Day in the United States, commemorating two bicycle mechanics, Orville and Wilbur Wright, who built and then flew the first heavier-than-air craft on December 17, 1903 (above). “Like so many Americans before and after them, these two men achieved the
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Little Telescope Spies Gigantic Galaxy Clusters

Little Telescope Spies Gigantic Galaxy Clusters

The all-sky infrared maps created by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have revealed one distant galaxy cluster and are expected to uncover thousands more.

These massive structures are collections of up to thousands of galaxies bound together by gravity. They were born out of seeds of matter
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Herschel Serves Up Solar Systems with Extra Comets

Herschel Serves Up Solar Systems with Extra Comets

Astronomers have discovered vast comet belts surrounding two nearby planetary systems known to host planets. These cometary belts could have delivered oceans to the innermost planets. The findings are based on observations from the Herschel space telescope, a European Space Agency mission with participation from NASA. Last
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Space Station Crew Returns to Earth

Space Station Crew Returns to Earth

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer

The Expedition 33 crew returned to Earth November 19 from the International Space Station, landing the Soyuz spacecraft in northeast Kazakhstan after 127 days in space. Commander Suni Williams of NASA, Russian Soyuz commander Yuri Malenchenko, and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan
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Mars Rover Reports Weather, Radiation Data

Mars Rover Reports Weather, Radiation Data

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer After more than three months on Mars, the rover Curiosity is using its scientific instruments to give Earth-bound scientists a view of the changing seasons on the Red Planet The rover carries 10 sophisticated instruments — known together as the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Rover Offers Clues on Mars’ Atmosphere, Past and Present

Rover Offers Clues on Mars’ Atmosphere, Past and Present

The rover Curiosity has sent back its first sniff of the Martian atmosphere, and NASA scientists are analyzing what the findings mean about the habitability of the planet at some time in the past. The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument, seen here before the mission launch, took
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Now in Saturn's Orbit, Cassini Marks 15th Anniversary

Now in Saturn’s Orbit, Cassini Marks 15th Anniversary

By Charlene Porter
Staff Writer
An unmanned spacecraft orbiting Saturn celebrated a solitary anniversary of 15 years in flight October 15, still on the job, sending back data about the ringed planet in our solar system. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has been managing the Cassini mission since its launch (more...)

Nobel Prizes for 2012 Recognize Five Americans

Nobel Prizes for 2012 Recognize Five Americans

By Mark Trainer
Staff Writer
The 2012 Nobel Prizes recognized five Americans for groundbreaking work in the fields of physics, chemistry and economics. Lloyd Shapley (left) and Alvin E. Roth's work in matching theory has real-world applications for matching organ (more...)

Scientists Theorize Global Sunblock Could Lessen Warming

Scientists Theorize Global Sunblock Could Lessen Warming

By Charlene Porter
Staff Writer
Blocking the sunlight that reaches Earth might be another means to lessen the effects of climate change, some U.S. scientists theorize. Scientists backed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are testing the idea with computer projections on future climate change. “It’s (more...)

NOAA Satellites Have Helped Save Lives for 30 Years

NOAA Satellites Have Helped Save Lives for 30 Years

The U.S. part of an international program that has rescued more than 30,000 people worldwide is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its first lifesaving rescue, which occurred October 10, 1982. The U.S. Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking system, or Cospas-SARSAT, a part of NOAA, operates several satellites and the U.S. Mission (more...)

U.S European Satellites Work Together for Weather

U.S, European Satellites Work Together for Weather

A new satellite launched by a European group has taken its place in a polar orbit around Earth, and scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are readying themselves for the new data the craft will provide for weather forecasting models. The European Organisation for the (more...)

Ground Team Learning to Operate Curiosity on Mars

Ground Team Learning to Operate Curiosity on Mars

By Charlene Porter
Staff Writer
Scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) say the almost flawless performance of the vehicle they landed on Mars one month ago demonstrates quality in the development of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and the Curiosity rover by NASA engineers. Mike Watkins, the manager of (more...)

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Rover Sends Human Voice and Panoramic View from Mars

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Staff Writer
The human voice has been transmitted from Mars across the solar system to Earth for the first time. The rover Curiosity carried a recording from NASA Director Charles Bolden when the craft landed on the red planet August 6 (August 5 at the Jet Propulsion (more...)

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Mars Flight Director Gains Celebrity as “Mohawk Guy”

By Charlene Porter
Staff Writer
The world was watching the control room August 6 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and the question on everybody’s mind was, “Will the craft land safely on Mars?” But apparently many were also asking, “Who’s that dude with the Mohawk-style haircut at the console?” That dude (more...)

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