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    Kepler News and Features

  • NASA's Planet-hunting Kepler and K2 Missions Take Your Questions on Reddit

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Scientists and engineers from NASA's planet-hunting Kepler and K2 missions will answer questions about the missions on Reddit.com on Monday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. PDT.
  • NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA’s extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19.
  • NASA Telescopes Find Clear Skies and Water Vapor on Exoplanet

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Astronomers using data from three of NASA's space telescopes -- Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler -- have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest planet from which molecules of any kind have been detected.
  • Mission Manager Update: C1 data on the ground; C2 underway

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The K2 mission has successfully completed its first official science observations and the data are on the ground! Campaign 2 is underway.
  • K2 Campaign 0 "Postage Stamp"

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The image is a mosaic of "postage stamp" regions taken during the engineering test run this spring by NASA's Kepler spacecraft operating in the two-wheel K2 mode. Highlighted in the image are two open clusters Messier 35 (top) and NGC 2158 (bottom). The shape of the image is due to the fact that K2, like Kepler, only brings back "postage stamp" regions surrounding targets of interest. For single stars, the postage stamps are small, but for clusters, it is often the case that large super apertures are used and placed together to collect light in a large grouping of pixels, often of odd…
 
 
 
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    Hurricane Breaking News

  • Ana (Central Pacific)

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA's TRMM satellite saw that Tropical Storm Ana was still generating moderate rainfall is it pulled away from Hawaii. T
  • TD9 (Atlantic Ocean)

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NOAA's GOES-East satellite has been keeping an eye on the remnants of Tropical Depression 9.
  • Fay (Atlantic Ocean)

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA used TRMM and other satellite data to calculate rainfall from Atlantic Hurricane Fay.
  • Gonzalo (Atlantic Ocean)

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA used TRMM and other satellite data to calculate rainfall from Atlantic Hurricane Gonzalo.
  • Hudhud (Northern Indian Ocean)

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Cyclone Hudhud brings snowfall to India as the moisture from it moves over the Himalayas.
 
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    Goddard News

  • NASA Identifies Ice Cloud Above Cruising Altitude on Titan

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA scientists have identified an unexpected ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles.
  • MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of Comet Siding Spring’s Hydrogen Coma

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft obtained this ultraviolet image of hydrogen surrounding comet Siding Spring on Friday, Oct. 17, two days before the comet’s closest approach to Mars. The Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument imaged the comet at a distance of 5.3 million miles (8.5 million kilometers). The image shows sunlight that has been scattered by atomic hydrogen, and is shown as blue in this false-color representation. Comets are surrounded by a huge cloud of atomic hydrogen because water (H2O) vaporizes from the icy nucleus, and solar…
  • Cygnus Cargo Load for Orbital CRS-3

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Orbital Sciences Corp. completed final cargo load of the Cygnus cargo spacecraft Oct. 23, 2014, in preparation for launch to the International Space Station, scheduled for 6:45 p.m. EDT, Monday, Oct. 27, from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. The spacecraft is mated to the company's Antares rocket with roll-out to the launch pad scheduled for Friday, Oct. 24. This mission is the third of eight Orbital flights NASA contracted with the company to resupply the space station, and the fourth trip by a Cygnus spacecraft to the ISS. Cygnus will transport some…
  • NASA Creating a Virtual Telescope with Two Small Spacecraft

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Semper, Calhoun, and Shah are advancing the technologies needed to create a virtual telescope that they plan to demonstrate on two CubeSats.
  • How to Safely Watch the Oct. 23 Partial Solar Eclipse

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    During the late afternoon of Oct. 23, 2014, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from much of North America before sundown. However, it is never safe to look at the sun with the naked eye.
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    New NASA STI

  • Characterizing Cold Giant Planets in Reflected Light: Lessons from 50 Years of Outer Solar System Exploration and Observation

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Abstract: A space based coronagraph, whether as part of the WFIRST/AFTA mission or on a dedicated space telescope such as Exo-C or -S, will be able to obtain photometry and spectra of multiple gas giant planets around nearby stars, including many known from radial velocity detections. Such observations will constrain the masses, atmospheric compositions, clouds, and photochemistry of these worlds. Giant planet albedo models, such as those of Cahoy et al. (2010) and Lewis et al. (this meeting), will be ...
  • Physics-based Entry, Descent and Landing Risk Model

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Abstract: A physics-based risk model was developed to assess the risk associated with thermal protection system failures during the entry, descent and landing phase of a manned spacecraft mission. In the model, entry trajectories were computed using a three-degree-of-freedom trajectory tool, the aerothermodynamic heating environment was computed using an engineering-level computational tool and the thermal response of the TPS material was modeled using a one-dimensional thermal response tool. The model...
  • Design and Evolution of a Modular Tensegrity Robot Platform

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Abstract: NASA Ames Research Center is developing a compliant modular tensegrity robotic platform for planetary exploration. In this paper we present the design and evolution of the platform's main hardware component, an untethered, robust tensegrity strut, with rich sensor feedback and cable actuation. Each strut is a complete robot, and multiple struts can be combined together to form a wide range of complex tensegrity robots. Our current goal for the tensegrity robotic platform is the development of...
  • Analysis and Results from a Flush Airdata Sensing (FADS) System in Close Proximity to Firing Rocket Nozzles

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Abstract: This presentation presents information regarding the nose-cap flush airdata sensing (FADS) system on Orion's Pad Abort 1 (PA-1) vehicle. The purpose of the nose-cap FADS system was to test whether or not useful data could be obtained from a FADS system if it was placed in close proximity to firing rockets nozzles like the attitude control motor (ACM) nozzles on the PA-1 launch abort system (LAS). The nose-cap FADS systems use pressure measurements from a series of pressure ports which are arr...
  • An Evaluation of Operational Airspace Sectorization Integrated System (OASIS) Advisory Tool

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Abstract: In January 2013, a human-in-the-loop evaluation of the Operational Airspace Sectorization Integrated System (OASIS) was conducted in the Airspace Operations Laboratory of the Human Systems Integration Division (Code TH) in conjunction with the Aviation Systems Division (Code AF). The development of OASIS is a major activity of the Dynamic Airspace Configuration (DAC) research focus area within the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Airspace Systems Program. OASIS is an advisory t...
 
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    NASACast: This Week @ NASA Video

  • This Week @ NASA, October 24, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Images from comet’s Mars flyby, Partial solar eclipse, Space station spacewalk and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, October 17, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Power spacewalk, MAVEN’s “First Light”, Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, October 10, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    U.S. spacewalk on ISS, Comet’s Mars flyby, Brightest pulsar! and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, October 3, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Orion moved at KSC, Delta IV Heavy moved to pad, U.S. spacewalks previewed and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, September 26, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    New crew launches to ISS, Clinton Global Initiative, SpaceX Dragon arrives at ISS and more...
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    NASA 360 Vodcasts

  • NASA 360 Presents - STMD

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA 360 Presents - STMD, the NASA directorate responsible for developing crosscutting, pioneering new technologies for the future.
  • NASA 360 - Rise of the Rovers

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Join NASA 360 as they follow 18 teams of citizen inventors from across the globe advance technologies that will support the space missions of tomorrow. Their novel approaches bring new perspectives to NASA’s efforts and benefit not only NASA but the nation.
  • NASA 360 - Rise of the Rovers Teaser

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
  • NASA 360: Return of the Rovers

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    10 Sep 2013 | 9:00 am
  • NASA 360: Stories of the Solar System: Looking Forward

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    17 Jul 2013 | 9:00 am
 
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    NASA Edge

  • NASA EDGE: Talking MMS - Part 2

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Chris continues his talk with more members of the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) team.  Enthusiasm is high ahead of their upcoming launch.
  • NASA EDGE: Talking MMS - Part 1

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Chris sits down with members of the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) team to talk about their work, experiences and expectations for this groundbreaking engineering achievement and scientific mission.
  • NASA EDGE: Mission X 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA EDGE travels to Belgium for the Mission X 2014 International Closing Event.  Special guests include European Space Agency Astronaut Frank De Winne, Mission X Students and more!
  • NASA EDGE: The Future is Bright @NASA_KSC - an Interview with Bob Cabana

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA EDGE interviews NASA Kennedy Space Center Directer Bob Cabana during their coveage of SpaceX-3.  Find out about commercial space, future NASA launches and lounge singers!
  • NASA EDGE: OCO-2 Launch

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA EDGE webcasts live from Vandenberg AFB for the launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO) launch.
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    NASACast Video

  • This Week @ NASA, October 24, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Images from comet’s Mars flyby, Partial solar eclipse, Space station spacewalk and more...
  • Space to Ground: Spacewalks Continue: Oct. 24, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In this week's episode of Space to Ground a pair of cosmonauts complete a short spacewalk and a Dragon gets ready to leave.
  • NASA EDGE: Talking MMS - Part 2

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Chris continues his talk with more members of the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) team.  Enthusiasm is high ahead of their upcoming launch.
  • This Week @ NASA, October 17, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Power spacewalk, MAVEN’s “First Light”, Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy and more...
  • NASA 360 Presents - STMD

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA 360 Presents - STMD, the NASA directorate responsible for developing crosscutting, pioneering new technologies for the future.
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    NASACast Audio

  • This Week @ NASA, October 24, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Images from comet’s Mars flyby, Partial solar eclipse, Space station spacewalk and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, October 17, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Power spacewalk, MAVEN’s “First Light”, Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, October 10, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    U.S. spacewalk on ISS, Comet’s Mars flyby, Brightest pulsar! and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, October 3, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Orion moved at KSC, Delta IV Heavy moved to pad, U.S. spacewalks previewed and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, September 26, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    New crew launches to ISS, Clinton Global Initiative, SpaceX Dragon arrives at ISS and more...
 
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    NASACast: This Week @NASA Audio

  • This Week @ NASA, October 24, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Images from comet’s Mars flyby
  • This Week @ NASA, October 17, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Power spacewalk
  • This Week @ NASA, October 10, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” U.S. spacewalk on ISS
  • This Week @ NASA, October 3, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    "Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Orion moved at KSC
  • This Week @ NASA, September 26, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” New crew launches to ISS
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    NASA Image of the Day

  • Hinode Captures Images of Partial Solar Eclipse

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    A partial solar eclipse was visible from much of North America before sundown on Thursday, Oct.23. A partial eclipse occurs when the moon blocks a portion of the sun from view. The Hinode spacecraft captured images of yesterday’s eclipse as it passed over North America using its X-ray Telescope.  During the eclipse, the new moon eased across the sun from right to left with the Sun shining brilliantly in the background.  And as a stroke of good luck, this solar cycle’s largest active region, which has been the source of several large flares over the past week, was centered on the sun’s…
  • Illusions in the Cosmic Clouds

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data. There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space. When an image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory of PSR B1509-58 -- a spinning neutron star surrounded by a cloud of energetic particles --was released in 2009, it quickly gained attention because many saw a hand-like structure in the X-ray emission. In a new image of the system, X-rays from Chandra in gold are seen along with infrared data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey…
  • James Webb Space Telescope's Heart Survives Deep Freeze Test

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) and its sensitive instruments, emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum chamber at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The Webb telescope's images will reveal the first galaxies forming 13.5 billion years ago. The telescope will also pierce through interstellar dust clouds to capture stars and planets forming in our own galaxy. At the telescope's final destination in space, one million…
  • Hubble Sees Turquoise-Tinted Plumes in Large Magellanic Cloud

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The brightly glowing plumes seen in this image are reminiscent of an underwater scene, with turquoise-tinted currents and nebulous strands reaching out into the surroundings. However, this is no ocean. This image actually shows part of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small nearby galaxy that orbits our galaxy, the Milky Way, and appears as a blurred blob in our skies. The NASA/European Space Agency (ESA) Hubble Space Telescope has peeked many times into this galaxy, releasing stunning images of the whirling clouds of gas and sparkling stars (opo9944a, heic1301, potw1408a). This image…
  • Extreme Ultraviolet Image of a Significant Solar Flare

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The sun emitted a significant solar flare on Oct. 19, 2014, peaking at 1:01 a.m. EDT. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which is always observing the sun, captured this image of the event in extreme ultraviolet wavelength of 131 Angstroms – a wavelength that can see the intense heat of a flare and that is typically colorized in teal. This flare is classified as an X1.1-class flare. X-class denotes the most intense flares, while the number provides more information about its strength. An X2 flare is twice as intense as an X1, and an X3 is three times as intense. Solar flares are powerful…
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    NASA Image of the Day

  • Hinode Captures Images of Partial Solar Eclipse

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    A partial solar eclipse was visible from much of North America before sundown on Thursday, Oct.23. A partial eclipse occurs when the moon blocks a portion of the sun from view. The Hinode spacecraft captured images of yesterday’s eclipse as it passed over North America using its X-ray Telescope.  During the eclipse, the new moon eased across the sun from right to left with the Sun shining brilliantly in the background.  And as a stroke of good luck, this solar cycle’s largest active region, which has been the source of several large flares over the past week, was centered on the sun’s…
  • Illusions in the Cosmic Clouds

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data. There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space. When an image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory of PSR B1509-58 -- a spinning neutron star surrounded by a cloud of energetic particles --was released in 2009, it quickly gained attention because many saw a hand-like structure in the X-ray emission. In a new image of the system, X-rays from Chandra in gold are seen along with infrared data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey…
  • James Webb Space Telescope's Heart Survives Deep Freeze Test

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) and its sensitive instruments, emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum chamber at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The Webb telescope's images will reveal the first galaxies forming 13.5 billion years ago. The telescope will also pierce through interstellar dust clouds to capture stars and planets forming in our own galaxy. At the telescope's final destination in space, one million…
  • Hubble Sees Turquoise-Tinted Plumes in Large Magellanic Cloud

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The brightly glowing plumes seen in this image are reminiscent of an underwater scene, with turquoise-tinted currents and nebulous strands reaching out into the surroundings. However, this is no ocean. This image actually shows part of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small nearby galaxy that orbits our galaxy, the Milky Way, and appears as a blurred blob in our skies. The NASA/European Space Agency (ESA) Hubble Space Telescope has peeked many times into this galaxy, releasing stunning images of the whirling clouds of gas and sparkling stars (opo9944a, heic1301, potw1408a). This image…
  • Extreme Ultraviolet Image of a Significant Solar Flare

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The sun emitted a significant solar flare on Oct. 19, 2014, peaking at 1:01 a.m. EDT. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which is always observing the sun, captured this image of the event in extreme ultraviolet wavelength of 131 Angstroms – a wavelength that can see the intense heat of a flare and that is typically colorized in teal. This flare is classified as an X1.1-class flare. X-class denotes the most intense flares, while the number provides more information about its strength. An X2 flare is twice as intense as an X1, and an X3 is three times as intense. Solar flares are powerful…
 
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