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NASA announces Video to be Beamed by Laser back to Earth from International Space Station

 

Written by David Israel and Mark Whalen
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – A team of about 20 working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, through the lab’s Phaeton early-career-hire program, led the development of the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) investigation, which is preparing for an April 14th launch to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX-3 mission.

The goal? NASA’s first optical communication experiment on the orbital laboratory.

This artist's concept shows how the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) laser will beam data to Earth from the International Space Station. (NASA)

This artist’s concept shows how the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) laser will beam data to Earth from the International Space Station. (NASA)

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NASA’s Johnson Space Center Scientists discover new evidence of Water in Mars Meteorite

 

Written by Guy Webster
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – A team of scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, has found evidence of past water movement throughout a Martian meteorite, reviving debate in the scientific community over life on Mars.

In 1996, a group of scientists at Johnson led by David McKay, Everett Gibson and Kathie Thomas-Keprta published an article in Science announcing the discovery of biogenic evidence in the Allan Hills 84001(ALH84001) meteorite.

This scanning electron microscope image of a polished thin section of a meteorite from Mars shows tunnels and curved microtunnels. (NASA)

This scanning electron microscope image of a polished thin section of a meteorite from Mars shows tunnels and curved microtunnels. (NASA)

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NASA to launch five Earth Science Missions in 2014

 

Written by Alan Buis
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet.

The five launches, including two to the International Space Station (ISS), are part of an active year for NASA Earth science researchers, who also will conduct airborne campaigns to the poles and hurricanes, develop advanced sensor technologies, and use satellite data and analytical tools to improve natural hazard and climate change preparedness.

Artist's rendering of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, one of five new NASA Earth science missions set to launch in 2014, and one of three managed by JPL. (NASA-JPL/Caltech)

Artist’s rendering of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, one of five new NASA Earth science missions set to launch in 2014, and one of three managed by JPL. (NASA-JPL/Caltech)

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101st Airborne Division Service members celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his dream, his legacy

 

Written by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Service members celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how his dream of equality for all still lives on today. This observance was hosted by the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), January 20th, 2014, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan.

King was a man who was best known for his role as a strong leader in the American Civil Rights Movement against racial discrimination.

Col. Charles R. Hamilton, a native of Houston, and commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade (Lifeliners), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance day, hosted by the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Jan. 20, 2014, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Col. Charles R. Hamilton, a native of Houston, and commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade (Lifeliners), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance day, hosted by the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Jan. 20, 2014, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft has it’s Parachute Jettison system tested

 

NASA’s Johnson Space Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationHouston, TX – Engineers testing the parachute system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft increased the complexity of their tests Thursday, January 16th, adding the jettison of hardware designed to keep the capsule safe during flight.

The test was the first to give engineers in-air data on the performance of the system that jettisons Orion’s forward bay cover. The cover is a shell that fits over Orion’s crew module to protect the spacecraft during launch, orbital flight and re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.

A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft floats through the sky about the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona under the two drogue parachutes that precede the release of its three main parachutes. (NASA)

A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft floats through the sky about the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona under the two drogue parachutes that precede the release of its three main parachutes. (NASA)

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Tennessee Titans GM Ruston Webster answers questions about Mike Munchak’s leaving

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – On Saturday afternoon, January 4th, the Tennessee Titans announced that Mike Munchak would be leaving the organization. Later that evening, General Manager Ruston Webster spoke with reporters.

“I want to open up today by first of all by thanking Mike Munchak for all his hard work. I have so much respect for him, not only as a coach but also as a person. We worked extremely well together and I have always appreciated how professional he has been with me in every way, said Webster. “I think I probably respect few people more in this league than I do him.”

Mike Munchak and the Tennessee Titans parted ways Saturday. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Munchak and the Tennessee Titans parted ways Saturday. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover is providing vital information for Human Missions to Mars

 

Written by Guy Webster
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA’s Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars’ past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions.

In a little more than a year on the Red Planet, the mobile Mars Science Laboratory has determined the age of a Martian rock, found evidence the planet could have sustained microbial life, taken the first readings of radiation on the surface, and shown how natural erosion could reveal the building blocks of life.

This mosaic of images from Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam) shows geological members of the Yellowknife Bay formation, and the sites where Curiosity drilled into the lowest-lying member, called Sheepbed, at targets "John Klein" and "Cumberland." (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

This mosaic of images from Curiosity’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) shows geological members of the Yellowknife Bay formation, and the sites where Curiosity drilled into the lowest-lying member, called Sheepbed, at targets “John Klein” and “Cumberland.” (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

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Tennessee Titans Owner Bud Adams Jr. passes away Monday morning

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The owner and founder of the Tennessee Titans – Houston Oilers K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. passed away Monday morning, October 21st, 2013, from natural causes at his home in Houston Texas.

Funeral information will be release sometime in the next few days.

Tennessee Titans Owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. | January 3rd, 1923  -  October 21st, 2013. (Tennessee Titans)

Tennessee Titans Owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. | January 3rd, 1923 – October 21st, 2013. (Tennessee Titans)

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NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Program comes to fruition with Cygnus cargo spacecraft launch

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationHouston, TX – After a successful launch on Wednesday, September 18th, the Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo spacecraft is approaching the International Space Station, signaling the coming completion of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Program.

The COTS program began back in 2006 with the vision of acquiring cargo resupply and astronaut transportation services to low-Earth orbit from commercial companies.

Artist rendering of Cygnus spacecraft approaching the International Space Station. (Courtesy of Orbital Sciences Corporation)

Artist rendering of Cygnus spacecraft approaching the International Space Station. (Courtesy of Orbital Sciences Corporation)

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Tennessee Titans lose heartbreaker in overtime to Houston Texans 30-24

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – With no time left on the clock in overtime, the Houston Texans had the ball on the Tennessee Titans 28 with the game tied at 24. Texans kicker Randy Bullock attempts a 46 yard field goal that hits the left upright and is no good sending the game into overtime.

In overtime, Houston wins the coin toss and elect to receive. Keshawn Martin takes the Rob Bironas kickoff out to the Houston 22. Matt Schaub, in 10 plays, takes the Texans down to the Tennessee 3. On 3rd and 3, from the shotgun, Schaub hits DeAndre Hopkins on the right for a short 3 yard pass and a touchdown. Texans beat the Titans 30-24.

Tennessee Titans center Robert Turner (59) snaps the ball against the Houston Texans during the first half at Reliant Stadium(Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans center Robert Turner (59) snaps the ball against the Houston Texans during the first half at Reliant Stadium(Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports)

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