Marshall Scientist to Observe Asteroid 2004 BL86

On Monday evening, January 26 from 10 p.m. to midnight CST Marshall scientists will observe the large Asteroid 2004 BL86 as it passes by Earth. The public is welcome to follow their observations via the Marshall Ustream feed The asteroid will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to Read full post

Posted Jan 26, 2015 at 6:23 pm on Watch the Skies

Recap of Today's Commercial Crew Briefing

Read our recap of today's news media briefing with NASA's administrator, Commercial Crew Program manager and astronaut along with Boeing and SpaceX officials. Not to spoil it, but exciting times are near as everyone works toward launches with crews in 2017. Read full post

Posted Jan 26, 2015 at 4:35 pm on Commercial Crew Program

SMAP Launch Week Begins

Launch of NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive, or SMAP observatory, aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket remains on schedule. Liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is targeted for 9:20 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the opening of a 3-minute launch window. The full launch team, Read full post

Posted Jan 26, 2015 at 3:23 pm on Soil Moisture Active Passive

NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Outline Path to Flight

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By Steven Siceloff, NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Spacecraft systems testing followed by increasingly complex flight tests and ultimately astronauts flying orbital flights will pave the way during the next few years to operational missions to the International Space Station that will deliver crews on American vehicles launching from American soil for Read full post

Posted Jan 26, 2015 at 12:48 pm on Commercial Crew Program

Crew Studying Tiny Organisms to Understand Larger Organisms

Terry Virts and Alexander Samokutyaev

After a week of medical science activities, the space station residents began the new week focusing on worms, fruit flies and plants. The tiny organisms provide scientists a model for larger organisms and how microgravity affects such things as immunity, muscles and bones. › Read more about the Epigenetics experiment › Read Read full post

Posted Jan 26, 2015 at 12:32 pm on Space Station

10 More Things To Know About Commercial Crew Transportation

More Than One Provider: American industrialization has long shown the benefits to customers of competitive markets, and NASA is capitalizing on that approach through the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts. The agency selected two independent systems designed by Boeing and SpaceX that, once certified, will add to the fleet Read full post

Posted Jan 26, 2015 at 8:31 am on Commercial Crew Program

Marshall Scientist to Observe Asteroid 2004 BL86

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On Monday evening, January 26 from 10 p.m. to midnight CST Marshall scientists will observe the large Asteroid 2004 BL86 as it passes by Earth. The public is welcome to follow their observations via the Marshall Ustream feed The asteroid will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to Read full post

Posted Jan 23, 2015 at 10:30 pm on Watch the Skies

ISS Daily Summary Report - 01/23/15

Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) Maintenance:  In preparation for CIR maintenance activities, Wilmore reviewed overview materials, set up and configured the Maintenance Work Area (MWA) and gathered tools.  The crew then removed the Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) Chamber Insert Assembly (CIA) from the CIR Combustion Chamber, and restrained it to Read full post

Posted Jan 23, 2015 at 4:31 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

CATS Installed, Eye Checks and Science Maintenance for Crew

Samantha Cristoforetti and Barry Wilmore

With CATS successfully installed to an external platform on Japan’s Kibo laboratory, the Expedition 42 crew spent Friday working life science, combustion and a variety of other experiments. › Read more about CATS The Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR), located inside the Destiny lab module, needs fuel so scientists can ignite materials to Read full post

Posted Jan 23, 2015 at 1:03 pm on Space Station

ISS Daily Summary Report - 01/22/15

Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) Transfer:  Overnight, Robotic Flight Controllers used the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) with the Special Purpose Dexterous manipulator (SPDM) in order to extract CATS from the Dragon trunk. They then performed a handoff of CATS to the Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) and Read full post

Posted Jan 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report