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Recent Measurements of Pluto and Charon Obtained by New Horizons
How Big Is Pluto? New Horizons Settles Decades-Long Debate
A Portrait from the Final Approach to Pluto and Charon
ORION LIFT OFF
Critical Step on Journey to Mars Thursday, Dec. 5
The un-crewed Orion will orbit 3,600 miles above Earth before
splashing down in the Pacific. Orion is being designed to carry
astronauts on exploration missions into deep space, including a
trip to an asteroid and eventually to Mars.
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"One Small Step For [a] Man, One Giant Leap For Mankind." The infamous words of Astronaut Neil Armstrong as he set foot on the Moon.
- The Life of Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
- The Apollo Missions
- Other Astronaut Biographies
- 'One Small Step for Man': Was Neil Armstrong Misquoted?
NASA's first mission to sample an asteroid is moving ahead into development and testing in preparation for its launch in 2016.
The Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) passed a confirmation review Wednesday called Key Decision Point (KDP)-C. NASA officials reviewed a series of detailed project assessments and authorized the spacecraft's continuation into the development phase.
NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) satellite arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Tuesday, April 16, to begin its final preparations for launch currently scheduled no earlier than May 28. IRIS will improve our understanding of how heat and energy move through the deepest levels of the sun’s atmosphere, thereby increasing our ability to forecast space weather. Following final checkouts, the IRIS spacecraft will be placed inside an Orbital Sciences Pegasus rocket. Deployment of the Pegasus from the L-1011 carrier aircraft is targeted for 7:27 p.m. PDT at an altitude of 39,000 feet at a location over the Pacific Ocean about 100 miles northwest of Vandenberg AFB off the central coast of California south of Big Sur. Go to: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/iris/news/arrives-vafb.html
NASA Voyager Status Update on Voyager 1 Location 03.20.13
The Voyager team is aware of reports today that NASA's Voyager 1 has left the solar system," said Edward Stone, Voyager project scientist based at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. "It is the consensus of the Voyager science team that Voyager 1 has not yet left the solar system or reached interstellar space. In December 2012, the Voyager science team reported that Voyager 1 is within a new region called 'the magnetic highway' where energetic particles changed dramatically. A change in the direction of the magnetic field is the last critical indicator of reaching interstellar space and that change of direction has not yet been observed."
To learn more about the current status of the Voyager mission: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2012-381
The Voyager spacecraft were built and continue to be operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. The Voyager missions are a part of NASA's Heliophysics System Observatory, sponsored by the Heliophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
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