Space Shuttle Program

DORMANT VIRUSES ACTIVATE DURING SPACEFLIGHT — NASA INVESTIGATES

Herpes viruses reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions, according to NASA research published in Frontiers in Microbiology. While only a small proportion develop symptoms, virus reactivation rates increase with spaceflight duration and could present a significant health risk on missions to Mars and beyond. NASA’s rapid […]

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX OFFERS DISCOUNTED ADMISSION

Brevard County, Florida, residents are invited to participate in the Salute to Brevard program supporting area food banks and offering 70% off admission for up to six people at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex October 3 – 9, 2016. Make a difference in the local community by donating nonperishable food items in support of Brevard […]

CHALLENGER CREW RECOGNIZED WITH MEMORIAL

Space Shuttle Challenger and its seven-member crew were lost January 28, 1986, when the orbiter came apart 73 seconds after its launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Challenger loss remains fresh in the minds of the families and friends of the crew and to a number of people in the Antelope Valley […]

NASA IN THE PARK

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Downtown Huntsville Inc. are partnering for a third year to host an event celebrating the city and space agency’s enduring relationship. NASA in the Park will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18 in Huntsville’s Big Spring Park East. The downtown event will feature exhibits and […]

MICE STUDIES IN SPACE OFFER CLUES ON BONE LOSS

Astronauts know their bodies will be tested during time spent on the International Space Station, from the 15 daily sunrises and sunsets wreaking havoc on their circadian rhythms to the lack of gravity that weakens bone density and muscle. NASA is working to counteract these otherworldly challenges to enable long-term human exploration of space. For […]

ORBITAL ATK TO USE SPACE IN VEHICLE ASSEMBLY BUILDING

NASA has selected Orbital ATK Inc. of Dulles, Virginia, to begin negotiations on an agreement to use High Bay 2 in the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The prospective property use agreement, which also will include a mobile launcher platform, reflects Kennedy’s transformation to a multi-user spaceport […]

COLORADO RESEARCHER STUDIES LIVER DISEASE IN MICE, IMPLICATIONS FOR DEEP SPACE TRAVEL

In a discovery with implications for long-term spaceflight and future missions to Mars, a researcher at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has found that mice flown aboard the space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth with early signs of liver disease. “Prior to this study we really didn’t have much information on the impact […]

JOHN GRUNSFELD ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM NASA

John Grunsfeld will retire from NASA April 30, capping nearly four decades of science and exploration with the agency. His tenure includes serving as astronaut, chief scientist, and head of NASA’s Earth and space science activities. Grunsfeld has directed NASA’s Science Mission Directorate as associate administrator since 2012, managing more than 100 science missions — […]

CITIZENS IN SPACE AND STARBASE OPERATIONS COMPLETE FLIGHT-TEST CAMPAIGN

Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, and Starbase Operations LLC have successfully completed a series of flight tests that will help advance commercial spaceflight training. Over the past several months, Citizens in Space and Starbase Operations have developed and tested a technique to simulate the landing profile of the XCOR […]

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