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November/December 2014 E-News

On Dec. 5 NASA and the world saw a spectacular launch and reentry for the Orion spacecraft. The Exploration Flight Test-1, or EFT-1, marked a major milestone on the agency’s Journey to Mars. Orion reached an altitude of 3,600 miles above the Earth, 15 times higher than the space station, and endured speeds of 20,000 mph and temperatures approaching 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

At JSC and across NASA work has already begun on the 2018 Exploration Mission-1, which will fly on NASA’s new Space Launch System, a rocket that dwarfs the Saturn V.

Another video by our Pathways interns gone viral with more than a million hits since posting Dec. 11. Check out the parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” entitled “All About That Space.”  Our “NASA Johnson Style” parody has more than 5.5 million YouTube hits. 

2014 was quite a year for JSC: National Geographic hosted “Live from Space” from the Mission Control Center; Dan Rather hosted “Space to Ground”, a weekly look at what’s happening on the space station; the first Vine video was sent from space by Astronaut Reid Wiseman; four crews spent months doing research on the ISS, including making the first 3-D print from space; and the Orion spacecraft completed a successful first flight. We’ve captured it all in our 2014 highlights video for you to share.

In other news, we welcomed home from space Reid Wiseman. The International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 40/41 crewmember returned home Nov. 9. While working off the Earth, for the Earth, Reid managed to squeeze time between conducting experiments for some riveting photos and used his @astro_reid  Twitter handle to share his excitement. By the time he returned home he had 367,000 plus followers. Before Reid returned, Barry (Butch) Wilmore took command of the space station for Expedition 42. Butch’s crew is shown on the right and also includes U.S. astronaut Terry Virts.

For 16 years, the space station has provided researchers a microgravity platform for experiments and technologies to allow humans to one day travel farther into space. This month station research will focus on critical technologies needed for future exploration missions.  NASA took a BIG step toward changing the way we plan for long space voyages when Butch installed a 3-D printer on ISS. The crew tried it out Nov. 25 and made the first printed object in space.

JSC played a significant role in the recent Pumps & Pipes 8 joining representatives from medicine, aerospace and energy. 

JSC recently signed two exclusive patent licenses with GRoK Technologies which will develop alternate uses for NASA’s patented rotating wall vessel bioreactor. The original bioreactor was used to study the effects of long-term effects of microgravity on human tissues. GRoK intends to produce functional proteins and biomolecules that can be used by researchers and physicians in treating disease.

In other news, Morpheus is testing again at Kennedy Space Center; a televised press conference in Paris on the One-Year Crew mission to space station is planned for Dec. 18; and SpaceX is set to launch to the space station on Dec. 19 at 12:20 p.m. CST.

Happy Holidays,

Ellen Ochoa
JSC Director

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