October 20, 2014 7:17 PM ET

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Company Overview of National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Company Overview

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is a U.S. government agency that researches, develops, conducts, and tests civilian and military aerospace systems, satellites, and space probes for space exploration, research, technology, and peaceful purposes. NASA’s projects and missions include moon landings, the orbiting Skylab space station, the Voyager 2 mission, Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the manned space shuttle Columbia of 1981. National Aeronautics and Space Administration was established in 1958 and is headquartered in Washington, District Of Columbia. It has additional centers and field facilities in Moffett Field, Pasadena, and Edwards, California; Cleveland, Ohio; Green...

300 East Street S.W.

Washington, DC 20546-0001

United States

Founded in 1958

Phone:

202-358-0000

Fax:

202-358-3251

Key Executives for National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Administrator
Age: 67
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Education Officer
Chief Scientist
Deputy Chief of Staff
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Key Developments

Hobart Brothers Company and NASA Announces to Develop A New Innovative Filler Metal

Hobart Brothers Company announced that is excited to release its newest “It’s the tie that binds” brand campaign video featuring the unique opportunity to collaborate with NASA on one of the most exciting space exploration projects, the James Webb Space Telescope. The new telescope is the most powerful ever built and for the coming decade will be a principal observantory, allowing astronomers to see deep into space and gather information never before accessible. Hobart and NASA worked closely together to develop a new innovative filler metal that was needed to bind the alloys of the telescope’s test fixture to make sure its trip into space is a success. True to the other partnerships featured in the brand campaign, this collaboration reflects the tie that binds science and people with the creation of some of the most distinctive and instrumental things that impact the world in which live making world a more secure, more dynamic and more exciting place.

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Arrives at Martian Mountain

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination. The decision to head uphill sooner, instead of continuing to Murray Buttes, also draws from improved understanding of the region's geography provided by the rover's examinations of several outcrops during the past year. Curiosity currently is positioned at the base of the mountain along a pale, distinctive geological feature called the Murray Formation. Compared to neighboring crater-floor terrain, the rock of the Murray Formation is softer and does not preserve impact scars, as well. As viewed from orbit, it is not as well-layered as other units at the base of Mount Sharp. Curiosity made its first close-up study last month of two Murray Formation outcrops, both revealing notable differences from the terrain explored by Curiosity during the past year. The first outcrop, called Bonanza King, proved too unstable for drilling, but was examined by the rover's instruments and determined to have high silicon content. A second outcrop, examined with the rover's telephoto Mast Camera, revealed a fine-grained, platy surface laced with sulfate-filled veins. While some of these terrain differences are not apparent in observations made by NASA's Mars orbiters, the rover team still relies heavily on images taken by the agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) to plan Curiosity's travel routes and locations for study. For example, MRO images helped the rover team locate mesas that are over 60 feet (18 meters) tall in an area of terrain shortly beyond Pahrump Hills, which reveal an exposure of the Murray Formation uphill and toward the south. The team plans to use Curiosity's drill to acquire a sample from this site for analysis by instruments inside the rover. The site lies at the southern end of a valley Curiosity will enter this week from the north. Though this valley has a sandy floor the length of two football fields, the team expects it will be an easier trek than the sandy-floored Hidden Valley, where last month Curiosity's wheels slipped too much for safe crossing. Curiosity reached its current location after its route was modified earlier this year in response to excessive wheel wear.

Renuell Int'l, Inc Enters into Additional Exclusive Agreement with National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Technology Applications International Corporation announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Renuell Int'l Inc. has signed an additional exclusive licensing agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The company reported that in addition to their original agreement, they now have exclusive usage rights, for cosmetics and hair care products, of an electromagnetic field (EMF) rotating-walled (RW) bioreactor, for commercial production of three-dimensional (3-D) expanded plant and mammalian cell cultures, including but not limited to cultures and co-cultures of human dermal cells, induced pluripotent cells, mammalian stem cell extracts and plant stem cell extracts.

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