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U.S. Senate Hearing: Video, Testimony on Human Exploration Goals, Commercial Space

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, convened a hearing on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The hearing was entitled “U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness.” Former NASA astronauts that testified were Walt Cunningham, Buzz Aldrin, Mike Massimino, joining leaders in space industry. The hearing was called to […]

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Mars, Orion Spacecraft, NASA, NOAA Spotlighted in State of the Union

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union before Congress on January 20th. Within that address, Obama noted the first launch of the Orion spacecraft as part of a “re-energized” American space program that will send American astronauts to the Red Planet. In addition, the U.S. President acknowledged the upcoming year-long mission of […]

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Windows on Earth – Take a Look!

Windows on Earth is an educational project that features photographs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station. Astronauts take hundreds of photos each day, for science research, education and public outreach. The photos are often dramatic, and help us all appreciate  home planet Earth. Windows on Earth also operates software on the International Space Station,  as […]

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Glug, Glug, Bubble, Bubble: Diving into Outer Space

It’s called a “science splashdown.” The undersea environment is the closest analogue on Earth to a gravity-weak environment like that of asteroids, the moons of Mars or Mars itself. Therefore, other than being in outer space, going to inner-space is the best place to test relevant exploration concepts. The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, known […]

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The Ultimate “Take-out” Menu! Food for the First Mars Expedition

Question: How do you feed a six-person crew on a three-year mission to Mars? Answer: It’s not easy! That point was underscored during a June 23 panel discussion on living and working in extreme conditions at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo held this week in New Orleans. A […]

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