Address Future Spacecraft Needs Following Shuttle
The heads of the International Space Station (ISS) agencies from
Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States met at European
Space Agency (ESA) Headquarters in Paris on Thursday, to review
their cooperation agreements on the massive orbital structure.
NASA's Innovative Partnerships Program has selected seven Small
Business Innovation Research program, or SBIR, companies to
participate in reduced-gravity test flights in early September. The
companies will have the opportunity to test their newly developed
hardware on an aircraft that simulates the weightless conditions of
spaceflight. The fights will the first by NASA's Facilitated Access
to the Space Environment for Technology Development and Training
program, called FAST.
A contender for the title of brightest star in our Milky Way
galaxy has been unearthed in the dusty metropolis of the galaxy's
center. Nicknamed the "Peony nebula star," the bright stellar bulb
was revealed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and other
ground-based telescopes. It blazes with the light of an estimated
3.2 million suns.