Author Archives: Dave Fischer

Atlantis – And Then There Were None

Atlantis Reentry as seen from the International Space Station Image Credit: NASA Atlantis Cockpit View of Kennedy Space Center Image Credit: NASA TV Atlantis Approach to the Runway Image Credit: NASA TV Atlantis Touchdown at Kennedy Space Center Image Credit: … Continue reading

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Craters on Vesta

Craters on Vesta Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA NASA’s Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the protoplanet Vesta with its framing camera on July 18, 2011. It was taken from a distance … Continue reading

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NASA Job Fair Planned in Cape Canaveral, July 26 2011

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Brevard Workforce are partnering to host a job fair with private sector companies and federal employers from across the country on July 26. The Space Coast … Continue reading

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Mission to Asteroid Itokawa – The Seven Year Voyage

ISDC conference report by Dave Fischer Professor Jun’ichiro Kawaguchi presented the history and results of the Hayabusa program, formally known as MUSES-C. Professor Kawaguchi is the Program Manager for the MUSES-C program at the Lunar and Planetary Exploration Program Group … Continue reading

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Endeavour Docked with the International Space Station

NASA has released images of Endeavour and the ISS. They were taken by Paolo Nespoli from TMA-20 as the Russian spacecraft departed on 23 May. Space Shuttle Endeavour Docked with the International Space Station Image Credit: NASA / Paolo Nespoli

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ISDC 2011 – Flight System Development Forum

ISDC conference report by Dave Fischer This is the first of two articles about the NASA Heavy Lift Vehicle program mandated by Congress. Dan Dumbacher, Director of Engineering (NASA HQ) Todd May, Associate Director, Technical (NASA MSFC) Garry Lyles, Associate … Continue reading

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ISDC 2011 Video Presentations

Presentations from the 2011 NSS International Space Development Conference in Huntsville, Alabama. Jeff Greason, President of XCOR Aerospace. Keynote Address at the Awards Banquet: A Settlement Strategy for NASA. This talk is widely regarded as a major statement in the … Continue reading

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Constructing Cislunar Infrastructure – ISDC 2011

ISDC conference report by Dave Fischer If those who think Mars is sufficiently hard to get to and remain to settle are correct, or those who think that it would be a terrible mistake to go to Mars and return … Continue reading

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Endeavour in orbit and on its way to the International Space Station

Launch Image Credit: NASA TV The Space Shuttle Endeavour began its final mission to the International space station with a perfect launch at 1256 UTC this morning.

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SpaceShip Two – First Feathered Flight

SpaceShip Two “Feathered” Image Credit: Clay Center Observatory Om 4 May 2011, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two completed its third test flight in twelve days, and this one was special. For the first time, Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane deployed its twin … Continue reading

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