Space And Aeronautics And Space Association Essays

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There a many current NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Association) missions taking place or being researched. For those who may not know exactly what NASA is, it is a government agency that was started by Congress in 1958. NASA’s main purpose is to explore space and aeronautics, or research about flight. There are four Exploration Missions taking place. One being DLRE (Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment), MER (Mars Exploration Rover-
Opportunity), Mars Odyssey, and MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter). There are two
International Space Station Missions taking place, ISS-RapidScat and OPALS (Optical Payload for
Lasercomm Science). There is one Aeronautic Mission, which is Dawn. There are four
Technology Missions, which are DRS (Disturbance Reduction System), OPALS (Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science), ASE (Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment), and WISE (Wide-field
Infrared Survey Explorer). Lastly, there are six Science Explorations going on right now. They are
MSL (Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover), WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer),
OCO-2 (Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2), ASE (Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment), OPALS
(Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science), and AVIRIS (Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging
Spectrometer). Actually, a lot more than I originally expected when first look up this topic.
There are so many missions going on therefore, I will pick one from each category and tell you more about it, that way you have a little more background…

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