NASA Orders Second Operational Mission for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program placed an order for the second operational mission to carry astronauts to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. The order means that eight vehicles are now in different levels of planning for Commercial Crew flight tests and operational missions by SpaceX and by Read full post

Posted Jul 29, 2016 at 4:21 pm on Commercial Crew Program

Collecting Fingerprints in the Sky

by Denise Lineberry / HAMPTON, VA. / This NASA airborne science experiment that started flights over the eastern United States this month resembles a classic case of “who done it?” ACT-America, the Atmospheric Carbon and Transport – America expedition, is studying the movement of two powerful greenhouse gases — carbon dioxide Read full post

Posted Jul 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm on NASA Earth Expeditions

HERA 11 patch inspired by Apollo 11 patch

The 47th anniversary of Apollo 11 takes place during the Human Exploration Mission Analog (HERA) Mission 11. The Apollo 11 mission left the first human footprints on the moon. HERA 11 takes us one small step closer to making footprints on Mars. This historic event was not lost on the HERA 11 Read full post

Posted Jul 28, 2016 at 7:50 pm on AnaBlogs: Blogs from Analog Missions

Dream Chaser Spacecraft Ready for Free-Flight

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spacecraft will soon be shipped to California to begin its second phase of free-flight testing in partnership with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Dream Chaser is a lifting body design that utilizes short winglets to fly back to Earth in a manner akin to NASA’s space Read full post

Posted Jul 28, 2016 at 5:08 pm on Commercial Crew Program

ISS Daily Summary Report – 07/28/16

Mouse Epigenetics Cage Unit Maintenance: The Mouse Cage Units containing the mice were transferred to the glove box from the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) while the crew conducted standard cleaning and maintenance on the Mouse Habitat Cage Units. The Mouse Epigenetics investigation studies altered gene expression patterns in the Read full post

Posted Jul 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

Aquanauts experience communication delays

. NEEMO 21 is now conducting operations under 15-minute communication time delay - including science and exploration dives! Due to the distance between Earth and Mars, communications can be between 4 and 24 minutes one-way, depending on the orientation of the planets. Aquanaut Dr. Marc O Griofa says "you are almost Read full post

Posted Jul 28, 2016 at 12:24 pm on AnaBlogs: Blogs from Analog Missions

Human Research and Suit Preps before Mid-August Spacewalk

The Expedition 48 crew continued researching how living in space affects the eyes and the brain today. Two NASA astronauts also are getting ready for a mid-August spacewalk to install a new docking port. Commander Jeff Williams and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin participated in the Fluid Shifts experiment today. They used an Read full post

Posted Jul 28, 2016 at 11:57 am on Space Station

Melanie Weber: Supporting Starliner for Five Years

Inside of Boeing’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility is a full-size mock-up of the company’s CST-100 Starliner, a spacecraft under development in collaboration with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The mock-up is more than just for looks as it makes the CAD drawing, or computer-aided design, of the vehicle a Read full post

Posted Jul 28, 2016 at 11:12 am on Commercial Crew Program

Commanding the Eyes of New Horizons

This New Horizons blog is a team effort between Cathy Olkin, the co-principal investigator of the New Horizons Ralph instrument, and Ralph instrument engineer Eddie Weigle. Just as it takes teamwork to fly a spacecraft to Pluto – even tasks like checking the commands that are sent to the spacecraft are Read full post

Posted Jul 28, 2016 at 10:33 am on Pluto New Horizons

NASA Education Express -- July 28, 2016

Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below. New This Week! Sign Up for New NASA Education 'Science WOW!' Weekly Email Newsletter Audience: All Educators and Students Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators Next Event Date: July 28, 2016, at 4 Read full post

Posted Jul 28, 2016 at 7:55 am on NASA Education Express