New Horizons spacecraft 365 days away from Pluto

New Horizons spacecraft 365 days away from Pluto

LAUREL, Md., July 14 (UPI) --Exactly one year from today, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will make its closest approach to the far-away dwarf planet Pluto.
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Mars One teams with Uwingu to use 'people's map of mars'

Mars One teams with Uwingu to use 'people's map of mars'

BOULDER, Colo., March 4 (UPI) -- The nonprofit Mars One space mission announced it is partnering with Colorado space funding company Uwingu to use its "people's map of Mars."
Pluto-bound mission faces 'traffic' hazard

Pluto-bound mission faces 'traffic' hazard

GREENBELT, Md., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- NASA says its New Horizons spacecraft on its way to Pluto faces risks of high-speed collisions with the dwarf planet's five moons and other orbiting debris.
Helium detected in Moon's thin atmosphere

Helium detected in Moon's thin atmosphere

GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- An instrument aboard a NASA orbiter has detected helium in the moon's tenuous atmosphere, the space agency said.

Space tourism seen as billion-dollar biz

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Commercial spaceflight and space tourism could become a $1.6 billion industry in the next decade, researchers told a congressional committee in Washington.
New moon orbiting Pluto found

New moon orbiting Pluto found

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 11 (UPI) -- Astronomers say the Hubble Space Telescope has found another moon orbiting Pluto, the solar system's former ninth planet now demoted to dwarf status.
Pluto mission spacecraft in home stretch

Pluto mission spacecraft in home stretch

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- NASA says its Pluto mission spacecraft, New Horizons, has entered the home stretch of its nine-year trip to the solar system's dwarf planet.

New findings on Pluto's surface announced

SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say instruments aboard the Hubble Space Telescope have found evidence of complex molecules on the surface to Pluto.

NASA science mission director resigns

WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- Alan Stern, associate administrator of NASA's science mission directorate, said Wednesday he is leaving the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA: Arthur C. Clarke will be missed

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration issued a statement Wednesday, mourning the death of renowned scientist and author Arthur C. Clarke.

NASA selects initial lunar investigators

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency has named 24 scientists to be involved in Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, research.

NASA looks at future astronomy missions

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency has selected 19 science teams to conduct year-long studies of new concepts for its next generation of major space observatories.

NASA wants help in re-naming telescope

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency is asking the public for help in re-naming the cutting edge Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, otherwise known as GLAST.

Special NASA airplane passes flight test

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, has passed the first phase of its experimental flight tests.
NASA spacecraft to visit Mercury

NASA spacecraft to visit Mercury

LAUREL, Md., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. space officials said a NASA spacecraft will visit Mercury for the first time since 1975, skimming as close as 124 miles above the planet.
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Alan Stern
Alan Stern (L), associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Michael Freilich, speaks at a media briefing to discuss the agency's Earth Science Program and to preview activities planned for 2008, including the launch of two new Earth-observing missions and a weather satellite in Washington on January 24, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

S. Alan Stern (born 22 November 1957, New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American planetary scientist. He is the principal investigator of the New Horizons mission to Pluto and has over 25 years of space science experience, including 200 technical papers, 40 popular articles and has authored/co-authored two books, and served as editor on three technical volumes, and three collections of scientific essays.

Stern has been involved as a researcher in 24 suborbital, orbital, and planetary space missions, including eight for which he was the mission principal investigator including the Southwest Ultraviolet Imaging System, an instrument which flew on two space shuttle missions, STS-85 in 1997 and STS-93 in 1999.

Stern has also led the development of eight scientific instruments for planetary and near-space research missions and has been a guest observer on numerous NASA satellite observatories, including the International Ultraviolet Explorer, the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Infrared Observer and the Extreme Ultraviolet Observer and has given over 100 hundred technical talks and dozens of popular lectures and speeches about astronomy and the space program. Stern was Executive Director of the Southwest Research Institute's Space Science and Engineering Division until becoming Associate Administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in 2007. He resigned from that position after nearly a year. In early 2009 Dr. Stern's name has been mentioned as a potential contender for the position of NASA administrator under President Obama's Administration. Stern has stated however that he is not interested in the position at this time given his desire to spend time with his family.

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