NASA http://apr.org en Space Company Expanding in Huntsville http://apr.org/post/space-company-expanding-huntsville <p>Alabama’s reputation as one of the leaders in the space industry is continuing to grow.&nbsp; A private company building vehicles for space travel is expanding its work in Huntsville.&nbsp; Sierra Nevada Company announced it’s teaming up with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and an engineering company.&nbsp; Mark Sirangelo is Sierra Nevada’s corporate vice president.&nbsp; He says they’re expanding in Huntsville to tap into the wealth of knowledge there.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:45:09 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 48198 at http://apr.org Space Company Expanding in Huntsville Alabama Researcher Observes Black Hole Destroying a Star http://apr.org/post/alabama-researcher-observes-black-hole-destroying-star <p>A University of Alabama researcher and his team believe they’ve been able to observe a black hole destroying a star in a galaxy far, far away.&nbsp;&nbsp; Peter Maksym led the study of data from NASA’s Chandra telescope that observed a large x-ray flare.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Peter Maksym:</strong> <em>“You have this tiny little galaxy that appears to have had a really huge x-ray flare.&nbsp; This is really solid evidence that it’s got a massive black hole of some sort.”</em></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:44:34 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 47002 at http://apr.org Alabama Researcher Observes Black Hole Destroying a Star Meteor Lights Up Sky Over Southern States http://apr.org/post/meteor-lights-sky-over-southern-states <p></p><p>NASA officials say brilliant lights and loud booms reported in Alabama and Georgia were a meteor that streaked across the South.</p><p>Officials at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville said a baseball-size fragment of a comet entered Earth's atmosphere above Alabama at 8:18 p.m. Central Time on Monday.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:40:42 +0000 The Associated Press 37630 at http://apr.org Meteor Lights Up Sky Over Southern States Head of NASA Program to Discuss Rocket in Mobile http://apr.org/post/head-nasa-program-discuss-rocket-mobile <p>The head of NASA's next-generation rocket will be in Mobile to discuss the program with coastal residents.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Todd May, who directs NASA's space launch system at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, will speak about the program at Battleship Memorial Park on Wednesday afternoon.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The event is open to the public, and NASA astronaut and former space shuttle pilot Tony Antonelli will also be on hand.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The space launch system will be the most powerful rocket ever built, and the first test flight is set for 2017.<br> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:28:24 +0000 The Associated Press 37225 at http://apr.org Head of NASA Program to Discuss Rocket in Mobile NASA Demolishing Old Rocket Test Stand at Marshall http://apr.org/post/nasa-demolishing-old-rocket-test-stand-marshall <P>The nation's space agency is tearing down a rocket test stand in Huntsville that was once used by engineers working to send astronauts to the moon.</P> <P>The National Aeronautics and Space Administration says workers will use explosives to demolish the concrete towers of Test Stand 4696 at Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville on Friday.</P> <DIV> <P>The 239-foot-tall tower was built in 1962 to test F-1 engines, which helped power Saturn V rockets to the moon. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:42:39 +0000 The Associated Press 21386 at http://apr.org NASA Demolishing Old Rocket Test Stand at Marshall World mourns loss of Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong http://apr.org/post/world-mourns-loss-apollo-11s-neil-armstrong <p>CINCINNATI (AP) — The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn't say where he died. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 19:44:38 +0000 The Associated Press 16823 at http://apr.org World mourns loss of Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong NASA Curiosity rover sends flood of Mars pictures http://apr.org/post/nasa-curiosity-rover-sends-flood-mars-pictures <p>PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA has received a flood of new black-and-white pictures from the Curiosity rover on Mars that it will stitch together to make a panorama. The photos began pouring in Wednesday morning after the nuclear-powered rover raised its mast that's equipped with the cameras. The raw images reveal portions of the rover's instrument deck, its shadow on the ground and the Martian horizon. Since touching down inside Gale Crater Sunday night, Curiosity has beamed home a steady stream of images, including the first color view from the landing site. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 14:00:26 +0000 The Associated Press 15872 at http://apr.org NASA Curiosity rover sends flood of Mars pictures Alabama company wins NASA contract http://apr.org/post/alabama-company-wins-nasa-contract <p>HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama company has won a contract worth as much $51.6 million for work at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. The space agency says Analytical Services Inc. will provide strategic research and analysis at Marshall. It will also provide support services for communications at the NASA center. The one-year contract can be lengthened through extensions. ASI is based in Huntsville and has offices in Montgomery, Troy, Mich., and the Washington, D.C., region.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 16:48:02 +0000 The Associated Press 15805 at http://apr.org Alabama company wins NASA contract NASA Curiosity Rover sends back first color photo of Mars http://apr.org/post/nasa-curiosity-rover-sends-back-first-color-photo-mars <p>PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA's Curiosity rover has beamed back its first color photo from the ancient crater where it landed. The view showed a pebbly landscape and the rim of Gale Crater off in the distance. Curiosity snapped the photo on the first day on the surface after touching down on Mars Sunday night. The rover took the shot with a camera at the end of its robotic arm, which remained stowed. The landscape looked fuzzy because the camera's removable cover was coated with dust that kicked up during the descent to the ground. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 14:36:17 +0000 The Associated Press 15794 at http://apr.org NASA Curiosity Rover sends back first color photo of Mars NASA'S "Curiosity" Mars rover "phones home" http://apr.org/post/nasas-curiosity-mars-rover-phones-home <p>PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena on late Sunday after the robotic explorer Curiosity signaled it had survived a harrowing plunge through the thin Mars atmosphere. The most high-tech interplanetary rover ever built touched down on the Martian surface inside of a giant crater after a tricky landing routine that included a series of braking tricks, a heat shield and a supersonic parachute. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 16:12:04 +0000 The Associated Press 15732 at http://apr.org NASA'S "Curiosity" Mars rover "phones home" Russian cargo ship docks with Space Station after failed attempt http://apr.org/post/russian-cargo-ship-docks-space-station-after-failed-attempt <p>MOSCOW (AP) — An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft (similar to the one pictured here) has redocked with the International Space Station after an aborted attempt five days earlier. The Progress cargo ship had separated from the station a week ago to perform engineering tests and try out a new docking system and had been due to reconnect with the station on Tuesday. But problems developed with the avionics in the docking system. The second attempt early Sunday was successful. Video streamed from Russian mission control reported no problems. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 12:01:41 +0000 The Associated Press 15328 at http://apr.org Russian cargo ship docks with Space Station after failed attempt Astronomers Discover Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto http://apr.org/post/astronomers-discover-fifth-moon-orbiting-pluto We now know that Pluto, the dwarf planet formerly known as a planet, has one more moon orbiting it. Using the Hubble Space telescope, astronomers have discovered Pluto's fifth moon.<p>NPR's Joe Palca filed this report for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"The new moon is tiny, something between 6 and 15 miles across. It showed up in nine separate images the space telescope made in the last month. The latest image came earlier this week.<p>"In 1978, astronomers found the first and largest of Pluto's moons. It's called Charon. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:03:00 +0000 editor 14421 at http://apr.org Astronomers Discover Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto