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NASA’s Aeronautics Research benefits those flying this Holiday weekend

 

Written by Jim Banke
NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – Traveling by air this holiday season, or any time of year? If so then you’ll be in the company of millions who are directly benefiting from the ongoing research performed by NASA’s aeronautical innovators now, and in the future.

During 2012, NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate continued a wide range of research projects aimed at advancing the science of flight.

NASA-developed technology is onboard nearly every commercial aircraft flying today or in use at every major airport. (Image credit: NASA)

NASA-developed technology is onboard nearly every commercial aircraft flying today or in use at every major airport. (Image credit: NASA)

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NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft nears it’s destiny with Curiosity Rover’s complex Mars descent

 

Written by Jay Levine, Editor, The X-Press
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationEdwards, CA – The Mars Science Laboratory is set to reach its destination the evening of August 5th Pacific time, when its Curiosity rover will begin its complex descent to the planet. It will represent a moment of truth for researchers not only at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, but for contributors across NASA and around the world.

Jim Montgomery, field test lead at JPL for the Mars Science Laboratory Terminal Descent Sensor, detailed contributions of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center to flight testing the MSL’s landing radar at a NASA Dryden colloquium July 25th.

NASA Dryden's F/A-18 No. 852 rolls into a 40-degree dive during verification and validation flight tests of the Mars Science Laboratory's landing radar housed in a pod under its left wing. (NASA / Carla Thomas)

NASA Dryden’s F/A-18 No. 852 rolls into a 40-degree dive during verification and validation flight tests of the Mars Science Laboratory’s landing radar housed in a pod under its left wing. (NASA / Carla Thomas)

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