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OLA, Canada's Contribution to OSIRIS-REx. Funded by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Canada is contributing a laser instrument known as OLA (short for the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter). OLA is an advanced lidar system that is a hybrid of the lidar on the CSA's weather station aboard the Phoenix Mars Lander and an instrument flown on the 2005 US Air Force eXperimental Satellite System-11 (XSS-11). Both instruments were built by a Canadian company, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA). MDA is also the prime contractor for OLA and is designing, building and testing the instrument for the CSA. A lidar works by firing short laser pulses that can measure precisely the distance to the surface by timing the delay for the light to bounce back from the surface to the sensor.

Artist's rendition of OLA on the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. (Credit: MDA) Dr. In exchange for providing the OLA instrument to the mission, the CSA will receive a portion of the total returned sample. Date modified: Check it out! @NASA has photographed a new born star that "looks like a cosmic, double-bladed lightsaber." .@PaulMcCartney We know you've been 'Across the Universe', too. It's pretty amazing, isn't it? .@NASA_Hubble found what looks like a cosmic lightsaber in our Milky Way galaxy #StarWars. 10 Bizarre And Insane Facts About Moon You Will Find Hard Believe #Moon #Facts #Insane. WATCH LIVE @ 5 am ET: New Space Station Crew Launches on Soyuz Rocket.

SpaceX will launch its robotic Dragon cargo capsule at 12:45 a.m. EDT (0445 GMT) Monday (July 18), then try to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back on terra firma. Watch all the action live in the window below beginning at 11:30 p.m. ET Sunday (July 17; 0330 GMT Monday), courtesy of NASA TV: From NASA: "NASA provider SpaceX is scheduled to deliver scientific research, crew supplies and hardware on its ninth Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station Monday, July 18. The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is scheduled for liftoff on the company's Falcon 9 rocket at 12:45 a.m. SpaceX to Launch Vital New Spaceship Docking Port for Space Station Approximately 10 minutes after launch, Dragon will reach its preliminary orbit, deploy its solar arrays and begin its two-day voyage of carefully choreographed thruster firings to reach the space station.

Live coverage of the rendezvous and capture will begin at 5:30 a.m. From NASA: Somewhere out there, where the burning blue fades to black; imagine the discoveries that await...#Principia #askNASA. Like a cosmic bull’s-eye, Enceladus & Tethys line up for @CassiniSaturn’s cameras. Space Station Live: Kopra Ready to Fly! A Geminid meteor streaks the skies of Tuesday's launch site of three crew to @Space_Station. Thx for a great #Geminid chat. View our #NASAMarshall Flickr site for pics from tonight. The #Geminids meteor shower peaks starting tonight. Here are a few fun facts. Twitter Video. Join us for tonight's #Geminids meteor shower! Our experts answer #askNASA Qs 11pm-3am ET. Check out images from the rollout of the #Soyuz for Expedition 46! #Exp46 #NASA #ISScrew.

TIME Picks the Best Space Photos of 2015. Great to be back in Houston, TX. The #Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft and rocket have been assembled, view the images - #Exp46 #NASA. Expedition 45 (Landing Only) Day 259 Looks like Soyuz left some fire behind on its way back to Earth #Goodnight from @space_station! #YearInSpace. Expedition 45 Crew Members Return Home. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. —Emerson #JourneyToMars. As one crew lands, another crew gets ready to launch Tuesday at 6:03am ET/11:03am UTC... They arrived in space like baby birds barely able to fly & now they soar home as eagles. Great job Kjell and Kimiya! Soyuz With Expedition 45 Trio Lands After 141 Days in Space. The Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft undocks carrying crew members Oleg Kononenko, Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui back to Earth.

Credit: @StationCDRKelly Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth on Friday. The landing in Kazakhstan wrapped up a space mission that lasted 141 days and returned samples from several NASA human research experiments aboard the station. Expedition 45 flight engineers Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos (Russian Federal Space Agency) and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) touched down at approximately 8:12 a.m. EST (7:12 p.m. Kazakhstan time) northeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

As they adjust to gravity after their stay in space, Russian recovery teams will help the crew exit the Soyuz vehicle and load them into waiting helicopters for return flights home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, northeast of Moscow. Crew Enters Soyuz and Closes Hatch Before Undocking. The Soyuz spacecraft returning the Expedition 45 trio to Earth is in between the new Cygnus cargo craft and the Progress 60 resupply craft.

Credit: NASA TV At 1:32 a.m. EST, the Soyuz hatch closed between the International Space Station and the TMA-17M spacecraft. Expedition 45 Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos (Russian Federal Space Agency) and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are preparing to undock at 4:49 a.m. NASA Television will air live coverage of undocking beginning at 4:30 a.m. The deorbit burn is targeted for 7:19 a.m. and will lead to a landing at 8:12 a.m. northeast of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

Expedition 45 Heading Home After Undocking from Station. The Expedition 45 crew members are seen in their Sokol landing and entry spacesuits in front of the Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft during a training session in July 2015. The Soyuz TMA-17M carrying Expedition 45 Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos (Russian Federal Space Agency) and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) undocked from the station at 4:49 a.m. EST. Kononenko is the commander at the controls of the Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft. They will perform a separation burn to increase the distance from the station before executing a 4-minute, 41-second deorbit burn at 7:19 a.m. NASA Television will air live coverage of the Soyuz TMA-17M deorbit burn and landing beginning at 7 a.m.

The departure marks the end of Expedition 45. The Expedition 46 crew members remaining aboard to continue research and maintenance are Commander Scott Kelly of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov. 7:00 a.m. NASA TV Media. Crew in #Soyuz wearing Sokol suits on ride back to Earth today. @NASA TV starts at 4:30a ET/9:30a UTC. Dental training today. Another great training opportunity that I hope I never have to use! New Pic 5 - China has launched a #LongMarch3B carrying the #Chinasat1C comsat today. U.S. Supply Ship Attached to the Space Station. U.S. Cargo Craft Arrives at Space Station. NASA Launches Go Ultra-High Definition. 今日、シグナス君が到着しました!アプローチの際にはPROXと呼ばれるこうのとり君と同じシステムを使っていますから、兄弟と言ってもいいかもしれませんね。チェル飛行士に捕まえてもらって嬉しそうでした(笑)。明日は、ハッチを開けて中へ! This pic taken on orbit by @Astro_Kimiya from @Space_Station shows Venus from afar.

The @utmbhealth on west Galveston Island, TX. Hello to my friends in PMCH and the Aero Med residency! #TeamNASA across the #USA. @NASA_Wallops Wallops Island, VA. Rocket launches and suborbital research programs. Launch is hard, landing is harder. @SpaceX may do it this month. Good article @BadAstronomer. #TeamNASA across the #USA. @NASAglenn Cleveland, OH. Innovative technologies for both aeronautics and space flight. #TeamNASA across the #USA. White Sands Test Facility near Las Cruces, NM. Experts in oxygen safety and rocket test. #TeamNASA across the #USA. @NASAAmes Mountain View, CA. World-class research and development in aeronautics.

Happy to accept #Cygnus with an open arm this morning. Look forward to bringing onboard new #ISSCargo! #YearInSpace. Laser Beam From Large Telescope | Photography by ©G. Hüdepohl. #Cygnus berthing to @Space_Station is complete at 9:26 am ET. Crew expected to open the hatch early Thursday morning. .@OrbitalATK #Cygnus in grips of @CSA_ASC #Canadarm2 moments from @Space_Station installation flying into daylight. Congratulations @astro_kjell @StationCDRKelly & @Astro_Kimiya on a great capture...looking forward to unpacking it! Actualités en rapport avec #cygnus sur Twitter. Actualités en rapport avec #cygnus sur Twitter. Capture went flawlessly. Congrats @astro_kjell @StationCDRKelly @Astro_Kimiya ! We’re ‘go' for capture! Watch live as @Astro_Kjell uses #CanadaArm2 to take hold of #Cygnus. Are you watching? @Astro_Kjell is preparing to capture #Cygnus. Live on NASA TV. LIVE - @OrbitalATK #Cygnus at the #ISS to be grappled by the @csa_asc @asc_csa #Canadarm2 is moving in! The #Cygnus approaches the @Space_Station before capture about 6:18am ET/11:18 UTC.

LIVE - @OrbitalATK #Cygnus at the #ISS to be grappled by the @csa_asc @asc_csa #Canadarm2 Now full in frame. .@OrbitalATK’s #Cygnus spacecraft is moving toward its capture point. Watch live on NASA TV. The moon Tethys looks dwarfed by Saturn and its rings in this stunning @CassiniSaturn image. Today in 1972, we launched the last mission to the Moon (Apollo 17). Recalling the First Rendezvous in Space | Roger Launius's Blog. Time Magazine Celebrated the December 1965 Rendezvous of Gemini VI and VII in Earth orbit. It seems hard to believe but 50 years ago the first rendezvous in space took place in December 1965 when Gemini VI and Gemini VII met in orbit. Those were heady times; the U.S. was on the way to the Moon and Project Gemini was created to help learn the skills necessary to be successful in that effort. One of those skills, a really important one, was the ability to rendezvous in space.

We take it for granted that this is a routine activity, but it has not always been so, and the Gemini VI and VII missions pioneered the process now ubiquitous to human space missions around the world. On December 4-18, 1965, American astronauts Frank Borman and James A. Lovell set a duration record of 14 days in Earth orbit during the flight of Gemini VII.

The Gemini Rendezvous Simulator was used to train astronauts in this critical procedure. Like this: Like Loading... Earth from Mars and Mars from Earth. Apollo 17 in Real-time. A real-time interactive journey through the Apollo 17 mission. "When I left the Moon and started up the ladder, I was really at a loss. I didn’t want to leave and I looked down at my last footsteps and realised I wasn’t coming this way again. Looking back over my shoulder at the Earth had a particular significance to me – it was alive, it was moving, with purpose and beauty through space and time. In those short few minutes I wanted to figure out what was the meaning of us – everyone alive in the world today…I wanted to press the freeze button, stop time to give myself a chance to think about it.

" Gene Cernan Commander, Apollo 17 The last man to walk on the moon Ben Feist: Concept, research, mission data restoration, audio/video, architecture and programming. Follow @BenFeist for updates. David Woods: Author, How Apollo Flew to the MoonKipp Teague: Apollo mission photographyStephen Slater: Archive Producer, Last Man on the MoonDr. Historic Rocket Landing. What's heading to @Space_Station on #Cygnus right now? Take a look at the @ISS_Research. Liftoff of Orbital ATK CRS-4. Caught something good on the horizon. #Cygnus at #sunset on its way to @space_station! #YearInSpace. LIVE - LIFTOFF 9 of the launch of @ulalaunch #AtlasV carrying @OrbitalATK #OA4 #Cygnus to the #ISS. All systems remain nominal w/ #Cygnus now 15mins into its mission to @Space_Station. Watch.

LIVE - LIFTOFF 8 of the launch of @ulalaunch #AtlasV carrying @OrbitalATK #OA4 #Cygnus to the #ISS. LIVE - LIFTOFF 5 of the launch of @ulalaunch #AtlasV carrying @OrbitalATK #OA4 #Cygnus to the #ISS. LIVE - LIFTOFF 7 of the launch of @ulalaunch #AtlasV carrying @OrbitalATK #OA4 #Cygnus to the #ISS. There's really important stuff inside that spaceship. I'm delighted to see it on its way! Ottawa scientists send equipment into space to study astronauts' health | Ottawa. A team of Ottawa scientists will be watching their latest experiment launch in a very unique way - by loading equipment onto an Atlas rocket before it lifts off into space. Set for a rendezvous Monday with the International Space Station, the capsule will be plucked from the void by another notable Canadian contribution to space science and tech: the Canadarm2.

Part of a plan to monitor 10 astronauts over a five-year residency, the findings will bring immediate advancements to health science research back here on Earth, and could carry interplanetary implications. The Canadian Space Agency funded the entirety of the $1.1 million study, recognizing the possibilities it could open for sending astronauts past the ISS"¦ to the moon, to Mars and beyond. Tucked in the lower level of the University of Ottawa research institute, Dr.

Guy Trudel's lab is buzzing as the countdown to launch approaches, the Ottawa team coordinating with compatriots in Houston at the Johnson Space Centre, home of NASA. LROC Image Browser. LROC Browse Gallery « Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 … 70 71 Next » Displaying images 1 - 9 of 638 in total A Splendid View of Larmor Q Elongated Crater Jagged Rim Angular Ejecta Edge Impact on a Slope Sometimes You Just Need to Vent One in a Million Mounds Swept Slopes of Herigonius Small Clearing.

Look at this composite infrared view of Saturn's moon Titan from @CassiniSaturn on Nov 13. New Horizons Beams Back Most Detailed Pluto Images Yet. New Horizons has sent back an early Christmas gift: new imagery that depicts the surface of Pluto in unprecedented detail. Photos in the new batch reveal geological features smaller than half of a city block on the dwarf planet's surface (that's a resolution of about 250 feet per pixel).

Covering a 50-mile strip of land northwest of Sputnik Planum, the photos are likely the most detailed glimpse of Pluto that humankind get see until the next mission to the dwarf planet. "These new images give us a breathtaking, super-high resolution window into Pluto's geology," New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern says in a news release. "Nothing of this quality was available for Venus or Mars until decades after their first flybys; yet at Pluto we're there already - down among the craters, mountains and ice fields - less than five months after flyby! The science we can do with these images is simply unbelievable. " Related: Why Aren't We Staying at Pluto?

You’ve never seen Pluto like this! @NASANewHorizons returns sharpest views yet! Take a look. Orion Under Three Main Parachutes. Bob Cabana, director of the Kennedy Space Center, speaks to members of the news media standing in front of the Orion spacecraft being prepared for Exploration Flight Test-1 in 2014. Also participating in the briefing are, from the left, Scott Colloredo, chief architect for the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program, Keith Hefner, Space Launch System program planning and control manager, Mark Geyer, Orion program manager, and Dan Dumbacher, deputy associate administrator for Exploration Systems Development. Credits: NASA Speaking on April 15, 2010 in the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, President Barack Obama outlines the course his administration is charting for NASA and the future of U.S. leadership in human spaceflight.

Behind him is a mock-up of an Orion spacecraft. In this artist's rendering, a Space Launch System rocket lifts off with an Orion spacecraft atop. By Bob Granath, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Highlights from SOHO's 20 Years in Space. Just in from @CassiniSaturn: a delicate shot of ice moon Tethys hovering over the rings. Phobos, Mars' doomed moon, will break apart and become a ring around the Red Planet >> 307,000 Feet. Historic Rocket Landing. Water World: Saturn's moon Enceladus & the rings, captured here by @CassiniSaturn. SHOCKING! UNRELEASED NASA UFO FOOTAGE OF COLUMBIA BEFORE DISASTER! 12/17/2013 - CHINA LANDS ROVER ON MOON - ANOMALOUS STRUCTURES - UFOS. China's space agency releases new pics of the Moon and says it's the last time they are made public. 160 Amazing Photos of the Moon NASA will Never Show You. Part II: High-Res Images of Cities at Night (from ISS)

A Galaxy is Born | Other Shows. View of a solar eclipse and the Milky Way from the International Space Station. Col. Chris Hadfield · Kickass Canadians. “We’ve had these squabbles over territory or history or religion, but meanwhile there’s an entire universe out there that puts it into perspective.” Photo: NASA The first time I saw Col. Chris Hadfield in person was at an Ottawa Folk Festival workshop this September.

He was performing, and chatting, alongside his brother Dave Hadfield and MC Danny Michel. Among other things in that far-too-short hour at the Folk Festival, Chris talked about our similarities as human beings. On top of Chris’ insights, I was deeply impressed by how down to earth, gracious and humble he is. It’s my great honour to be able to share them here with you. Performing experiments aboard the ISS, April 2013. A stellar path But first, just who is this Col. He captivated us with the greatest reality show of all—YouTube videos of his life in space, supported by heartfelt observations and incomparable photos via Twitter.

Strumming his guitar aboard the ISS, December 2012. Other career highlights include: He’s right. NASA's New Ultra-HD Video Of The Sun Is Breathtaking. Earth - Watch what happened to the probe that landed on a comet. It's easy to see contrails up here. If you snap a photo of the tip, you sometimes get a picture like this! Amazing! NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Heads Toward Active Dunes. Space Junk Goes Out in a Blaze of Glory. Skygazers were treated to a brilliant show early this moring, when a derelict piece of space junk burned up as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere. An international team of astronomers was on hand as the object, WT1190F, went out in spectacular fashion over Sri Lanka: Catalina Sky Survey astronomers originally identified WT1190F in 2013. It's unclear what exactly the object is, although the European Space Agency believes that the object was likely part of an old rocket. Scientists were able to roughly measure WT1190F's size and density last month, and that observational data confirmed that the object was space hardware, not a rocky body.

"The object is too small and distant to show up as anything but a point of light in a telescope. We can measure how much light that telescope gets, though, and say that it has to be at least a meter or so across," wrote Project Pluto's Bill Gray. New closest northern views of Saturn's icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus! @CassiniSaturn pics.