Technicians and engineers in NASA's space shuttle program plan
to test the engine cutoff (ECO) sensor system onboard space shuttle
Atlantis by pumping super-cold liquid hydrogen into the external
fuel tank. The test is tentatively planned for December 18, and
will be conducted on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center where
Atlantis remains poised for launch.
Racing The Clock To Reposition Rover For Martian Winter
It's a race against the clock... at 10 mm/second. NASA engineers
are becoming concerned the Mars Spirit Rover may miss a deadline to
reposition itself in time for the Martian winter. If the craft
cannot be parked with its solar panels aimed at the sun by
Christmas, it risks starving its batteries beyond the point of
We've been hearing for quite awhile about NASA's Orion space
capsule, and how it will replace the retiring space shuttle fleet
in the next decade. But despite all the work done to date, one
major design issue has yet to be resolved...
GRAIL Mission To Determine What Makes The Moon Tick
At a Monday meeting of the American Geophysical Union, NASA's
Associate Administrator for Science Alan Stern announced the
selection of a new mission that will peer deep inside the moon to
reveal its anatomy and history.