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NASA’s Next Mars Mission Arrives at Kennedy Space Center for Launch Processing

NASA – A crane lifts NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility on Aug. 3, 2013, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft was flown to Kennedy Space Center for launch processing from Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado near the Lockheed Martin facility in Littleton, Colo., where it was built. MAVEN is to lift off on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in November, 2013 to begin a 10-month voyage to Mars. It is the first mission dedicated to studying Mars’ upper atmosphere and scientists hope to find traces of the ancient environment thought to have existed there. Image Credit: NASA/Tim Jacobs


NASA Memory Lane (18)

On Oct. 11, 1958.

Pioneer I Launch
NASA – Thor-Able I with the Pioneer I spacecraft atop, prior to launch at Eastern Test Range at what is now Kennedy Space Center. Pioneer I launched 54 years ago on Oct. 11, 1958, the first spacecraft launched by the 11-day-old National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Although the spacecraft failed to reach the Moon, it did transmit 43 hours of data.

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Orion Ground Test Vehicle Arrives at Kennedy
NASA – The Orion Ground Test Vehicle arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Operations & Checkout (O&C) Facility on April 21. The vehicle traveled more than 1,800 miles from Lockheed Martin‘s Waterton Facility near Denver, Colo., where it successfully completed a series of rigorous acoustic, modal and vibration tests that simulated launch and spaceflight environments.

The ground test vehicle will now be used for pathfinding operations at the O&C in preparation for the Orion spaceflight test vehicle’s arrival this summer. The spaceflight vehicle is currently being fabricated at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La., and is slated for NASA’s Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1, in 2014.

U.S. Companies Need Flexible Laws to Boost Cybersecurity

NASA JPL teamx

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Editorial – Companies such as Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT), Citigroup Inc. (C) and Sony Corp. (6758) have recently reported serious breaches of their networks. NASA said last week that hackers had launched 13 major attacks against it last year, including one in which they gained access to networks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages active space missions. The national counterintelligence executive, a federal post, estimates that $398 billion in U.S. research and development spending is jeopardized by cyberespionage from China and Russia.

As scary as all this sounds, cybersecurity is a manageable problem.

Making your business more secure costs money. A study by Bloomberg Government of 172 organizations in six industries and the government found that they would need to increase their cybersecurity spending almost nine times over — to $46.6 billion from the current $5.3 billion — to achieve security that could repel 95 percent of attacks.

Cybersecurity is clearly an area where federal intervention is warranted to protect the public. The trick will be securing our digital lives without jeopardizing the freedom and flexibility that make them worthwhile. more> http://tinyurl.com/7mp5cwr

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Sub-scale Drogue Chute Testing
NASA – Dr. Anita Sengupta and Donn Liddle of NASA are pictured in the low speed wind tunnel at Texas A&M University, which is being used for testing of a scale model of the Orion spacecraft and its parachute system Image credit: NASA/James Blair

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Orion Drop Test 3
NASA – Engineers at NASA Langley conducted the third drop test of the Orion test article as part of Phase 1 water impact testing on Nov. 8. The capsule was hoisted about 20 feet above the ground with a pitch of 17 degrees. It reached a horizontal velocity of about 22 mph before splashing into the Hydro Impact Basin. Test conditions represented stable seas.

A crowd of more than 100, including NASA Center Directors, Orion Program Managers and engineers, NASA Langley employees, support contractors, NASA Tweetup participants and media watched Image Credit: NASA/Sean Smith