Friday, December 23, 2011

NASA's Highlights in Space 2011


Also in space news, Nasa posted this summary of their efforts in spaceflight in 2011, and where that vision may take us one day. It’s a pretty accurate summary of progress being made when many people are only aware of the passing of the space shuttle program.


Its been a challenge to the already strapped economy in Florida’s Space Coast region, but there are signs of progress and future prosperity as many of the private space efforts turn to the manpower and assets available in the region.


NASA ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR HUMAN EXPLORATION OF
DEEP SPACE, FOSTERS COMMERCIAL SPACEFLIGHT AND
MAKES MAJOR DISCOVERIES IN 2011



WASHINGTON -- In 2011, NASA began developing a heavy-lift rocket for the human exploration of deep space, helped foster a new era of commercial spaceflight and technology breakthroughs, fully utilized a newly complete space station, and made major discoveries about the universe we live in, many of which will benefit life on Earth.


"The year truly marks the beginning of a new era in the human exploration of our solar system," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "Just as important are the ground-breaking discoveries about Earth and the universe, as well as our work to inspire and educate a new generation of scientists and engineers, and our efforts to keep the agency on a firm financial footing with its first clean audit in nine years. It's been a landmark year for the entire NASA team."


Here are some of NASA's top stories for the past calendar year.



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