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NASA: 166985main FS-2006-10-124-LaRC

NASA: 166985main FS-2006-10-124-LaRC



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elcome to NASA Langley Re-search Center in Hampton,Virginia.I hope you’ll enjoy getting acquainted inthe ollowing pages as we highlight our ac-complishments as one o NASA’s 10 eld centers. We’ve had an exciting time helping urther the ex-ploration o space, making new scientic discover-ies about our home planet, and conducting break-through research in aeronautics to make air travelsaer and better or us all. What has made the past year so exciting atLangley? We have become an important part o the nation’squest to explore the solar system – NASA’s Visionor Space Exploration to the moon, Mars, and be-yond. Langley is helping to develop a space shuttlereplacement system, which includes two launchvehicles and the crew capsule known as Orion. Aspart o this eort, we are evaluating designs or alaunch-abort system that will provide crew escapei the vehicle malunctions during lito. We’realso helping with designs o Orions heat shield andlanding system – and so much more as you’ll nd inthe Exploration section o this update.In aeronautics, Langley is hard at work contrib-uting to NASA initiatives to make air travel saer,quieter, and more ecient through a program thatincludes work in undamental aeronautics, aviationsaety and airspace systems. An example o this isthe research being done toward next-generationaircrat – such as the blended wing body, a sig-nicantly more uel ecient and environmentally riendly design than current airplanes. Langley alsocontinues to advance developments in supersonicand hypersonic fight. Read the Aeronau-tics section or a more comprehensive re-view o this eort.In science, NASA Langley has partnered with researchers around the world tostudy Earth rom space so we may advance under-standing o our home planet. Our newest mission was launched in April 2006: the Cloud-Aerosol Li-dar and Inrared Pathnder Satellite Observations(CALIPSO). Tis mission will help us learn moreabout clouds and airborne particles called aerosolsso that scientists may understand how they aectour air quality, weather, and climate. We’re alsostudying the atmospheres on other planets in thesolar system – such as Mars – so that we can saely explore those planets. As a key part o our research and development e-orts, Langley has ormed strategic relationships with organizations throughout the private and pub-lic sectors. Tese partnerships and collaborationsnot only help us achieve challenging missions, they also enable the commercialization and availability – to you – o NASA technologies and services. Tiscollaboration also contributes to the economy o the region and the nation, a subject touched on inthe Economic Impact section o this document.Letting you know about our work here at Langley is part o our mission. Tis update illustrates howyour tax dollars are being put to use or the beneto all.
Lesa B. Roe
DirectorNASA Langley Research Center

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