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Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT, CEO: Hiroo Unoura, Tokyo) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA, President: Naoki Okumura) have achieved the world’s first microwave electric-field measurement with the newly developed optical electric-field sensor based on an optical fiber (fiber-optic EO probe*1) in plasma inside a microwave discharge ion engine*2 for use [...]
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NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio and two crewmates who are scheduled to travel to the International Space Station in November will conduct a news conference and be available for news interviews and social media opportunities Wednesday, Aug. 28, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) decided to postpone the launch of the first Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-1) with the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere (SPRINT-A) onboard to August 27, 2013, from the Uchinoura Space Center as JAXA has taken extra time to rectify the incompatibility* found [...]
After almost six days in free flight, Japan’s HTV-4 Kounotori (“White Stork”) is berthed at the nadir port of the ISS Harmony node. Photo Credit: NASA
Six days after its screaming launch from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan, the fourth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-4) has arrived safely at the International Space Station, [...]
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The launch of a Japanese cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station and its arrival at the orbiting laboratory will be broadcast on NASA Television Aug. 3 and Aug. 9.
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On Wednesday, July 10, Naoki Okumura, president of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), met with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden in Washington, D.C. to discuss the future cooperation between space agencies, including support for the International Space Station.
The International Space Station is a sprawling complex the size of a football field. However, after decades of designs, redesigns, and being placed in a less-than-optimal orbit, is the complex worth the $100 billion price tag? Image Credit: NASA
For a long time, it looked as if it would never happen: the Reagan-era Space [...]
Nefertiti, the “Spidernaut,” died earlier this week of natural causes at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Insect Zoo. Photo Credit: Smithsonian
It’s not everyday an insect can claim to have accomplished more in its short life than many people, but Nefertiti was an exception. The red-back jumping spider, nicknamed the “Spidernaut,” traveled [...]
This coming weekend, Sunita Williams (back left) will hand command of the International Space Station over to fellow astronaut Kevin Ford (back right), officially heralding the close of Expedition 33 and the start of Expedition 34. Ford will lead the multi-national outpost into 2013. Photo Credit: NASA
The International Space Station’s Expedition 33 core [...]
Whichever way one looks at the situation, the International Space Station has either already passed – or is approaching – the halfway mark of its existence. Its future beyond 2020 remains unclear, but its potential remains enormous. Photo Credit: NASA
A year or so before The End, the process will begin.