2004 News Releases

  • NASA Names Deputy for Engineering and Safety Center

    12.07.04 - The NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) named Richard "Rick" Gilbrech as its new deputy director.

  • Hydrogen Fuel -- Hope or Hype?

    12.03.04 - Can rocket fuel really offer an alternative to oil?

  • Lewis Selected to Lead NASA Langley Flight Research

    11.03.04 - Howard J. "Howie" Lewis, Jr., will plan, direct and coordinate flight and simulation research and development activities within a broad range of space, aeronautical and laboratory research objectives at NASA's Langley Research Center.

  • NASA to Share Exploration Vision With Students

    11.03.04 - Former astronaut and current Director of NASA's Langley Research Center Roy D. Bridges, Jr., and astronaut Leland Melvin will visit Martinsville Middle School at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, to share the agency's vision for space exploration with the next generation of explorers.

  • NASA Engineer Honored in Out-Of-This-World Fashion

    11.02.04 - Mark Saunders, Director of the Exploration Systems and Space Operations Technology Directorate at NASA's Hampton, Va., field center, now has an unusual heir - an asteroid.

  • NASA to Share Exploration Vision With Students

    10.25.04 - Former astronaut and current Director of NASA's Langley Research Center Roy D. Bridges, Jr., and astronaut Lee Archambault will visit Sandhills Middle School at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, to share the agency's vision for space exploration with the next generation of explorers.

  • A New Vision for the Future of the U.S. Space Program

    10.28.04 - Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., will speak on "The Future of the U.S. Space Program" at a colloquium at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2.

  • NASA Speaks Presents: Meet Your Planet

    10.19.04 - The Center for Distance Learning at NASA Langley Research Center in partnership with the LifeLong Learning Society at Christopher Newport University (CNU) announce the continuation of NASA SPEAKS, a five-week lecture series featuring senior researchers from NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.

  • A Century of Innovation Transformed Our Lives

    10.01.04 - Bob Somerville, a freelance writer and editor based in Forest Heights, Maryland, will speak on "A Century of Innovation that Transformed Our Lives" at a colloquium at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5.

  • NASA Technology Means No More Flying Blind

    09.30.04 - Imagine a world where pilots see clear skies all the time. It's not some weather fantasyland, but a revolutionary cockpit display technology called Synthetic Vision. NASA is developing it to make flying safer.

  • Media Invited to Witness Historic Tunnel's Final Test

    09.20.04 - After 63 years of research across the entire flight range, NASA Langley Research Center's 16-Ft. Transonic Wind Tunnel is running its final test.

  • NASA Is Showing in a Theatre Near You

    09.21.04 - As moviegoers wait in line to purchase tickets at Regal Entertainment Group (REG) theatres across the country, they will also get a lesson in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as NASA becomes part of the movie preview line up.

  • NASA Selects Firm for Independent Engineering Assessments

    09.17.04 - NASA selected a federally funded research and development center, sponsored by the Air Force, to provide independent engineering assessment support.

  • Tree House Detectives Solve 'The Case of the Great Space Exploration'

    09.20.04 - NASA's challenge to explore the moon, Mars and beyond has created excitement in the tree house. The detectives are setting off to Space Camp to learn what it takes to become space explorers.

  • Media Opportunity: Langley Contributions to Shuttle Return to Flight

    09.08.04 - Researchers at NASA Langley Research Center, in Hampton, Va., have dedicated more than a year and a half to help determine the causes that led to the loss of the Shuttle Columbia and its crew.

  • Guinness World Records Recognizes NASA Speed Record

    08.30.04 - On 27 March 2004, NASA's unmanned Hyper-X (X-43A) airplane reached Mach 6.83, almost seven times the speed of sound.

  • Genesis Mid-Air Capture Media Availability

    08.24.04 - NASA Langley researchers will be closely watching the dramatic mid-air capture of the NASA Genesis spacecraft, set to return to Earth after a three year journey through the solar system collecting microscopic particles from the sun's solar wind.

  • Software of the Year Award

    08.12.04 - A team from NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., has won the agency's 2004 Software of the Year Award.

  • Colloquium: Speaker Shares Optimistic Vision for Aeronautics

    08.11.04 - Our expectation of the future usually reflects past successes and failures. According to Richard Wlezien, however, there are new and exciting "game-changers" in aeronautics and good reason to be optimistic at NASA.

  • Firms on Two Coasts to Provide NASA R&D Services

    08.09.04 - NASA has selected a woman-owned small business in Virginia and three large companies in California to provide the agency with research and development in structures and materials, aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, and aerothermodynamics, and acoustics technology related to aerospace vehicles.

  • West Virginia Educators Attend Summer School at NASA

    07.29.04 - This summer, 30 elementary and middle school teachers and administrators traded in chalkboards and textbooks for wind tunnels and acoustic labs at a one-week workshop held at NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.

  • Awards Recognize Revolutionary Vehicle Concepts

    07.30.04 - Today's high school and college students will lead our nation's future aeronautics research efforts. Some of their innovative ideas will be presented at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Air Venture.

  • Proteus and First Civilian in Space Visit Langley

    07.22.04 - Scientists at NASA Langley Research Center are relying on a futuristic-looking aircraft to help measure movements of pollution from a unique vantage point -- about 10 miles high.

  • E-Textiles Believed to Have Variety of Uses

    07.08.04 - Significant commercial and research efforts are currently underway to develop a wide array of electronic textiles (e-textiles) for application in health care, military and first-responder uniforms, and entertainment.

  • NASA Langley Reorganizes to Meet Exploration Challenges

    07.07.04 - Roy D. Bridges Jr., Director of NASA's Langley Research Center, and Lesa B. Roe, Deputy Director, today announced reorganization plans to better position the Center to implement the Vision for Space Exploration and meet aerospace exploration challenges of the future.

  • Langley Director to Outline Transformation

    07.06.04 - Roy D. Bridges Jr., Director of NASA’s Langley Research Center, and Lesa B. Roe, Deputy Director and Chair of the Reorganization Kick Start Team, will meet with news media at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, to discuss the Center's reorganization.

  • Bridges Statement on NASA Transformation

    06.24.04 - NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, mandated by the President in January, provides a clear focus for the agency. The NASA Administrator today announced a transformation to reshape the agency to implement the goal.

  • NASA Chief to Discuss Agency Transformation

    06.22.04 - NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe will outline the agency's Transformation, an important component of the final report from the Commission on Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy, at a news conference Thursday, June 24.

  • Wignall Earns NASA Scholarship

    06.14.04 - Jessica Wignall, a graduating senior at Grafton High School, is one of five students nationwide to receive a 2004-2005 NASA Scholarship.

  • NASA Names Roe Langley Deputy Director

    06.09.04 - Roy D. Bridges Jr., Director of NASA's Langley Research Center (LaRC), Hampton, Va., today named Lesa Roe as Deputy Director. Roe will assist in the general management of the Center and act with the authority of the Director in his absence.

  • NASA Aviation Turbulence Detection System to Be Flown by Airline

    06.08.04 - A NASA developed technology that can automatically alert pilots of potentially dangerous turbulence will soon make its first evaluation flights on a commercial airliner.

  • NASA Langley Forecast - June 2004

    06.01.04 - Returning Space Shuttle to flight. New ideas for managing air traffic. "Flying wing" to be tested. Raising aircraft IQ.

  • X-43 - Breaking the Hypersonic Barrier

    05.27.04 - The desire to explore and expand our boundaries has been a key element in NASA's development of hypersonic air-breathing engine systems.

  • News Release

    05.19.04 - NASA's White House Liaison, J.T. Jezierski, will visit Mount View Middle School at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 21, to share the agency's vision for space exploration with the next generation of explorers.

  • NASA Invites Media to New Air Traffic Management Concept Simulation

    05.13.04 - Airline pilots will link up with air traffic controllers by computer in NASA laboratories on opposite sides of the country this summer to evaluate new air traffic management technology.

  • McMaster Receives Presidential Rank Award

    05.14.04 - Leonard R. McMaster has been selected to receive the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive.

  • New NASA Safety Organization Reports on Initial Assessments

    05.12.04 - The NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) reported on the results of its initial assessments to senior NASA officials today.

  • NASA Updates Media on Initial NESC Assessments

    05.10.04 - The NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC), created to serve as an independent technical resource for the agency, will be making its first report to NASA leadership on May 12.

  • Discovering the Secrets of the Wright Brothers

    04.29.04 - Ken Hyde formed The Wright Experience to discover and preserve the secrets of the Wright Brothers, hoping to inspire future generations.

  • Clouds Caused by Aircraft Exhaust May Warm the U.S. Climate

    04.27.04 - NASA scientists have found that cirrus clouds, formed by contrails from aircraft engine exhaust, are capable of increasing average surface temperatures enough to account for a warming trend in the United States that occurred between 1975 and 1994.

  • NASA to Share Exploration Vision With Students

    04.13.04 - NASA's White House Liaison, Jeffrey Jezierski, will visit Radcliff Middle School at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, to share the agency's vision for space exploration with the next generation of explorers.

  • NASA to Share Exploration Vision With Students

    04.13.04 - NASA's White House Liaison, Jeffrey Jezierski, will visit Lee County Middle School at 9 a.m. Friday, April 16, to share the agency's vision for space exploration with the next generation of explorers.

  • National Institute of Aerospace Welcomes First Langley Professor

    04.08.04 - The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) has appointed the first of six Langley Professors. Dr. Alan Wilhite will become Langley Professor in Advanced Aerospace Systems Architecture for the Georgia Institute of Technology, one of the six founding member universities of NIA.

  • Going Back to the Moon and on to Mars

    04.01.04 - The Moon and Mars represent a fundamental cornerstone in building an understanding of our home planet. What have we learned from the Moon and Mars, how did we learn it and what else do we need to know?

  • NASA'S X-43A Vehicle Ready for Flight

    03.24.04 - Hyper-X is inherently a high-risk program. No vehicle has ever flown at hypersonic speeds powered by an air-breathing scramjet engine.

  • NASA Sponsors Robotics Competition

    03.02.04 - Hampton, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va., students will join thousands of high school students from around the world to design and build an original robot in the 2004 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.

  • New State SATSLab Added to Small Aircraft Technology Partnership

    02.25.04 - A NASA/FAA/industry partnership working to develop technologies and new operating capabilities that could enable a Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) has gained more support from aviation enthusiasts in the Midwest.

  • NASA Langley Celebrates Historic Decision

    02.24.04 - A half-century ago, the Supreme Court agreed with a black welder from Topeka, Kansas, that his children shouldn't have to walk through railroad switching yards, ride a bus for 30 minutes, then wait outside an all-black school for another half-hour before the doors opened.

  • NASA Director to Share Exploration Vision with Students

    02.13.04 - Former astronaut and current Director of NASA's Langley Research Center Roy D. Bridges Jr. will visit Newberry Middle School at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, to share the agency's vision for space exploration with the next generation of explorers.

  • NASA Conference Encourages Future Educators

    02.05.04 - NASA Langley Research Center's Office of Education and Norfolk State University’s (NSU) School of Science and Technology are gearing up to provide future teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to be more effective in the classroom.

  • Students From Hampton and London Connect for Lesson on Future of Transportation

    02.05.04 - Whether it's the U.S. or the U.K., transportation is a key issue. NASA is bridging the ocean to give fourth and fifth grade students a lesson on the engineering design process of transportation.

  • Clouds Shield Pollutants Going Out to Sea

    02.03.04 - NASA scientists have the first evidence more regional pollution lurks in clouds than in clear skies off the Asian coastline.

  • NASA to Hold Briefing on FY 2005 Budget Tuesday

    02.02.04 - Administrator Sean O'Keefe will preview the agency's fiscal year 2005 budget proposal on Tuesday, Feb. Feb. 3, at 1 p.m.

  • NASA Selects Tennessee Firm to Provide Operations, Maintenance and Engineering Services

    01.30.04 - NASA selected Jacobs Sverdrup, Tullahoma, Tenn., to provide operations, maintenance and engineering services in support of research and institutional facilities at the Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.

  • Building the Third Fastest Supercomputer

    01.29.04 - The idea of System X was conceived in March 2003 and designed in July of that year. By October 2003, it had achieved a sustained performance of 10.28 Teraflops (a trillion bytes of information), making it the third fastest supercomputer in the world today.

  • NASA Langley media availability after second Mars landing

    01.21.04 - The second of two Mars Exploration Rover (MER) spacecraft, "Opportunity," will land on the surface of Mars at 12:05 a.m. EST on Jan. 25 after a seven-month trip from Earth.

  • NASA Hopes to Predict the Next 'Perfect Storm'

    01.21.04 - NASA scientists hope a new international field experiment based along coastal regions of the North Atlantic Ocean will improve weather predictions for those affected by powerful winter storms.

  • NASA Langley Director to Hold Media Briefing

    01.15.04 - Roy D. Bridges, Jr., Director of NASA’s Langley Research Center, will meet with news media at 11 a.m. Friday, January 16, to discuss President Bush's recently announced vision of exploration for the nation.

  • Twisting in the Wind, Without Losing Shape

    01.07.04 - Excessive twisting can cause big trouble for airplanes, bridges and buildings. Many of nature's beams and columns seem, by design, to have low twisting stiffness compared to their flexural stiffness.

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