NASA en Repairs Done, Astronauts Wrap Up Spacewalk Spacewalking astronauts have successfully replaced a failed coolant pump on the International Space Station.<p>NPR's Joe Palca reports that American spacewalkers Michael Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio had to bolt the massive pump in place (on the ground, it weighs 780 pounds), connect four ammonia lines and plug in five electrical cables. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 16:18:37 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 9433 at Repairs Done, Astronauts Wrap Up Spacewalk UT Engineering Students Develop Drone Software for NASA <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New unmanned aerial vehicles – better known as drones – could soon roam over the Arctic and Polar regions of the planet. And at the University of Texas, engineering students aren’t working on the planes themselves, but rather the autonomous flight capability of the unmanned aircraft.</span></p><p>UT grad students at the <a href="">Cockrell School of Engineering</a> recently headed out to an open field with a movable sensor – called a rover –and a small drone aircraft to perform a test flight. The drone was programmed with an operating system that charts a path for performing a task, also known as an algorithm. It instructed the drone to follow the rover, which acted as a moving target.</p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:25:00 +0000 Matthew Alvarez 9023 at UT Engineering Students Develop Drone Software for NASA UT Joins Forces With NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab <p>The University of Texas has inked a deal with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to work together in areas such as robotics, miniature satellites and high-precision mapping. The director of UT’s Center for Space Research, Byron Tapley&nbsp;says it will ultimately help to advance space exploration.</p><p>“The activities we’re talking about here are built more about the unmanned, or the robotic exploration programs, both of the earth and of the planets themselves," said Tapley. "I would say the excitement of that is every bit, if you look at the excitement generated with the recent landing of the Mars science laboratory.”</p><p>The project manager of the team that landed that Curiosity Rover was a graduate of UT. &nbsp;</p><p>The head of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Charles Elachi&nbsp;says the new partnership with UT is a logical extension of JPL’s existing relationship with the university.</p><p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:52:34 +0000 Matt Largey 5350 at UT Joins Forces With NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab Neil Armstrong, First Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies Former astronaut Neil Armstrong, known for his <a href="">words</a>, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," has died. The first man ever to walk on the moon was 82.<p><strong>Update at 5:15 p.m. ET:</strong><p>Armstrong's family has released a statement, saying he died following cardiovascular procedures. <a href="">NASA published it here</a>. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 22:31:49 +0000 Korva Coleman, NPR 4951 at Neil Armstrong, First Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies Astronaut Sally Ride Dies <p>Sally Ride&nbsp;&ndash; the first American woman in space &ndash; has passed away at the age of 61.</p><p>Ride rocketed into space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983. As NPR&nbsp;<a href="">notes in its eulogy</a>, Ride died in&nbsp; La Jolla, California, following a 17-month fight with pancreatic cancer.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:43:04 +0000 Wells Dunbar 4742 at Astronaut Sally Ride Dies NASA Unveils Next Generation 'Monster' Space Rocket If things go without a hitch NASA announced that its new Space Launch System could take its first manned test flight in 2017.<p>The new design looks a lot like the Apollo era rockets that took American astronauts to the moon, but NASA said the new spacecraft is much more powerful than any other rocket they've made before and could set up astronauts for deep space exploration. The SLS will be NASA's first exploration-calss vehicle since the Saturn V took astronauts to the moon.<p>At the unveiling of the plans Sen. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 18:17:27 +0000 Eyder Peralta 2514 at NASA Unveils Next Generation 'Monster' Space Rocket Texan’s Embroidery Art Enters Space Aboard Shuttle Atlantis <p>Imagine that your two biggest passions are crafting and outer space. What would be the most awesome way to send off the final launch of the Shuttle Atlantis? For former Austinite <a href="">Rachel Hobson,</a> it was having a print of <a href="">her embroidery</a> hitch a ride on the spacecraft that went into orbit this morning. She also got to <a href="!/avgjanecrafter/status/89362204473835520">witness the launch in person.</a></p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 17:25:26 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1908 at Texan’s Embroidery Art Enters Space Aboard Shuttle Atlantis A 'Faceful Of Earth': Astronauts Recall Shuttle Highs There are 30 years between the bookends of the first and last NASA space shuttle flights. In those three decades, the shuttles Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour flew well over 100 missions.<p>But this summer, the program draws to a close to allow the space agency to dedicate more funding and energy to exploring the farther reaches of space. In the process, NASA hands over greater responsibility to private space companies.<p>It's a moment that American astronauts Leroy Chiao and Cady Coleman describe as sad, but essential. Thu, 07 Jul 2011 20:54:07 +0000 1899 at A 'Faceful Of Earth': Astronauts Recall Shuttle Highs Last Shuttle Mission Means Fewer Space Jobs <p>The Space Shuttle <em>Atlantis</em> will lift off Friday - the last shuttle mission for NASA.</p><p>Contractors who work on the shuttle program have been getting pink slips for the past year and a half, as the program winds down. But thousands more in Florida, Alabama and Texas will be out of a job after the final mission.&nbsp;</p><p>USA Today <a href="">reports</a> on how Florida&#39;s Space Coast economy will be impacted by the end of the program.</p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 16:59:08 +0000 Matt Largey 1875 at Last Shuttle Mission Means Fewer Space Jobs Top Morning Stories February 24, 2011 <p><strong>Discovery Launching Final Time Without Austin Astronaut</strong></p><p>All eyes will be on the sky on this historic day for space flight.&nbsp; Austin Astronaut Timothy Kopra is not taking part in Discovery&rsquo;s final flight.&nbsp; Kopra suffered injuries from a bicycle accident last month.&nbsp; NASA replaced him with another astronaut for the mission.&nbsp; <a href="">Discovery&rsquo;s launching this afternoon </a>from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.</p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 12:06:44 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 843 at Top Morning Stories February 24, 2011