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Lunar Science Community Needs Rebuilding, Researchers Say
NASA's plan to return to the Moon - first by robotic missions scheduled to start this year, followed by the replanting of human footprints there by 2020 - will require a new cadre of lunar research and exploration specialists.
And scientists are enthusiastic about the prospect. Many of those who attended the recent Lunar and Planetary Science Conference March 10-14 in League City, Texas, said Earth's closest celestial neighbor is far from being a "been there, done that world" that offers no unknowns worth solving. And several sessions dedicated to lunar science clearly showed a rebound of interest in the Moon.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is the first mission in NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, a plan to return to the moon and then to travel to Mars and beyond. LRO will launch in late 2008 with the objectives to finding safe landing sites, locate potential resources, characterize the radiation environment, and demonstrate new technology.
Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST)
NASA's GLAST mission is an astrophysics and particle physics partnership, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, along with important contributions from academic institutions and partners in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and the U.S. Launch of the GLAST satellite is currently scheduled for no earlier than May 16, 2008 from Cape Canaveral Air Station, located on the eastern coast of Florida.
NASA Spacecraft Fine Tunes Course for Mars Landing
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA engineers have adjusted the flight path of the Phoenix Mars Lander, setting the spacecraft on course for its May 25 landing on the Red Planet.
NASA Extends Cassini Probe's Mission at Saturn
The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft's mission at Saturn has been extended by two years, NASA announced today, allowing the plucky probe to continue scouting the planet and its exotic medley of moons.
NASA has selected a crew for the upcoming servicing, and the astronauts are currently training. The mission is scheduled for August 28, 2008.
SM4 has an ambitious program of activities and three main objectives.
The first objective is to extend Hubble's operational life by at least five years.
The second objective is to enhance Hubble's scientific power.
The third objective is to repair Hubble's out-of-commission instruments, the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) and the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).
NASA Completes First Full-Scale Motor Test for Orion Spacecraft
WASHINGTON -- NASA has completed the first full-scale rocket motor test for the Constellation Program's Orion spacecraft, a test of a solid rocket that will be used to jettison the craft's launch abort system.
Originally posted by skept!cal
Great post...couldnt agree more..But i just dont understand why our generation seems to be laggin in the interest in this field...