NASA SUCCESSFULLY TESTS ION ENGINE

NASA’s Project Prometheus recently reached an important milestone with the first successful test of an engine that could lead to revolutionary propulsion capabilities for space exploration missions throughout the solar system and beyond.

The test involved a High Power Electric Propulsion (HiPEP) ion engine. The event marked the first in a series of performance tests to demonstrate new high-velocity and high-power thrust needed for use in nuclear electric propulsion (NEP) applications.
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CSA BEGINS WORK ON MARS 2007 MISSION

Longueuil, Qu├ębec, November 20, 2003 – The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) announced that the company has been awarded $1.2 million by the CSA for Phase A for a key scientific instrument of the NASA Phoenix Mission, set to go to Mars in 2007.

“Most benefits from science missions to Mars occur right here on Earth,” said Allan Rock, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the CSA. “Such highly specialized technological challenges enhance our industry’s innovative capacities. Furthermore, the funds are spent right here in Canada, allowing for new job opportunities and technology transfers to other sectors of the industry”.
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Space Life Sciences Laboratory Dedicated

The Space Life Sciences (SLS) Laboratory was dedicated in a ceremony hosted by NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and the state of Florida.

The 100,000 square-foot facility houses labs for NASA’s ongoing research efforts, microbiology/microbial ecology studies and analytical chemistry labs. Facilities for space flight-experiment and flight-hardware development, new plant growth chambers, and an Orbiter Environment Simulator that will be used to conduct ground control experiments in simulated flight conditions for space flight experiments also call the new lab home.
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“FASTEST MAN ALIVE” RECALLS 50th ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORIC FLIGHT

On Nov. 20, 1953, shortly before the 50th anniversary of powered flight, A. Scott Crossfield piloted the Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket research aircraft to Mach 2, twice the speed of sound, and became the “fastest man alive.”

As an aeronautical research pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) High-Speed Flight Research Station (HSFRS), now NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Crossfield was in the right place at the right time 50 years ago.
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ISS MARKS FIVE YEARS IN ORBIT

The International Space Station reached the historic five years in space milestone on November 20, 2003. The unique orbiting laboratory complex has grown from a lone, uninhabited module into a permanently staffed, house-sized research facility.

The Station remains the largest and most complex international space research project in history. The Station will eventually triple scientific capacity with components awaiting the Space Shuttle’s return to flight.
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VIDEO SERIES ANSWERS KIDS’ QUESTIONS

NASA is launching 28 brand-new 60-second “news breaks” for the Kids Science News Network (KSNN). The breaks are geared for kids in grades 3-5, educators and parents.

Produced by NASA’s Center for Distance Learning at the Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., the video and Web-based series includes animated activities featured in a new section of the Web site for grades K-2.
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