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Astronaut Don Pettit, a veteran of three spaceflights who has logged more than 370 days in space, recently testified in front of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pettit made his case for extended ISS funding to foster new research.

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It will last all of seven minutes, but as engineers say, it’s all a “gulp moment”.

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory’s (MSL) entry, descent and landing (EDL) – will determine the fate of the mission. And MSL’s aeroshell is absolutely vital to getting the Mars Curiosity Rover safely down on the sands of Mars.

Built by Lockheed Martin, the aeroshell...

President Obama greets former astronaut Sally Ride at the launch of the "Educate to Innovate"Nov. 23, 2009

President Obama greets former astronaut Sally Ride prior to the launch of the “Educate to Innovate” Campaign for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (Stem) Education, in the South Court Auditorium of the White House, Nov....


"Starry Night," a 2005 Landsat image that channels the artistry of Vincent Van Gogh, features the greenish glow of phytoplankton in a swirl around the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The image placed first in the "Earth as Art" series marking the 40th anniversary of the NASA/USGS Landsat program. Image Credid/NASA Goddard/USGS

Monday marked the...


 The long U. S. recovery from the recession of 2008-09 is marching toward a January cliff that could plunge the nation into new broad based economic hardship, according to an assessment of pending federal budget cuts prepared for the Aerospace Industries Association, a non-profit Arlington,Va., based trade and professional group that counts more than 300 corporate members.

The warning issued by the AIA on July 17 is linked to the Budget Control Act of 2011. Signed into law on Aug. 2, 2011, the legislation mandates significant reductions, or a sequestration, in U. S. Defense and non-Defense spending on Jan. 2, 2013, unless the White House and Congress can agree on an...

Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) Credit: NASA

UPDATE: IRVE-3 Scores Successful Test

A large inflatable heat shield developed by NASA’s Space Technology Program has successfully survived a trip through Earth’s atmosphere while travelling at hypersonic speeds up to 7,600 mph.



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