Trips to Mars might be a one-way ticket

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- NASA says feasibility studies are looking at whether astronauts could be sent on permanent, one-way missions to Mars or its moons to colonize them.

Canadian school joins U.S. lunar institute

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., July 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says a Canadian university will become the first international affiliate partner of the agency's Lunar Science Institute.

Insulation is NASA's 2007 best invention

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., May 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says its 2007 Government Invention of the Year is a heat shield insulation material.

NASA plans lunar dust exploration mission

WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it is preparing to send a small spacecraft to the moon in 2011 to assess the lunar atmosphere and its surface dust.

NASA robots practice in the Arctic Circle

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., July 23 (UPI) -- Two NASA robots are practicing for work on the moon and Mars by surveying a rocky, isolated polar desert within an Arctic Circle crater.

Air Force rocket to launch NASA satellite

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- NASA says its GeneSat-1 spacecraft will be carrying bacteria inside a miniature laboratory when it's launched into orbit Monday by a U.S. Air Force rocket.

Space sunshade could be used in crisis

TUCSON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. scientist has proposed creation of a giant space sunshade that might be used to cool Earth during a global warming emergency.

Bill could help asteroid watch

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Legislation that creates financial incentives for amateur astronomers to locate and track large celestial debris capable of striking Earth would be welcomed by professional astronomers, according to testimony presented on Capitol Hill.
SCOTT R. BURNELL, UPI Science Correspondent

Military takes asteroid threat seriously

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Celestial objects crossing Earth's orbit threaten society in ways far more realistic than the doomsday Hollywood portrays in films such as "Armageddon," an Air Force general said Thursday.

Simon P. ("Pete") Worden, Ph.D. (Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret.) (born 1949, in Michigan) is Director of NASA's Ames Research Center (ARC) at Moffett Field, Calif. Before joining NASA, he held several positions in the United States Air Force and was research professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is a recognized expert on space issues – both civil and military. Dr. Worden has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers in astrophysics, space sciences, and strategic studies. He served as a scientific co-investigator for two NASA space science missions, and received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for the 1994 Clementine mission. He has been named the 2009 Federal Laboratory Consortium Laboratory Director of the Year.

Prior to becoming Director of NASA Ames, Dr. Worden was a Research Professor of Astronomy, Optical Sciences and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona where his primary research direction was the development of large space optics for national security and scientific purposes and near-earth asteroids. Additionally he worked on topics related to space exploration and solar-type activity in nearby stars.

In addition to his position with the University of Arizona, Dr. Worden served as a consultant to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on space-related issues. During the 2004 Congressional Session he worked as a Congressional Fellow with the Office of Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), where he served as Senator Brownback’s chief advisor on NASA and space issues.

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