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  • NASA Invites Public to Participate in #SkyScience for Earth Science Week

    NASA Breaking News
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA is inviting people around the globe to step outside during Earth Science Week, Oct. 12-18, observe the sky and share their observations as citizen scientists.
  • Running the Race to Cure Cancer From Space

    ISS Status Reports
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The race to find answers for cancer is a marathon, not a sprint. Testing aboard the International Space Station is supporting this universal cause.
  • NASA Telescopes Find Clear Skies and Water Vapor on Exoplanet

    Kepler News and Features
    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.
  • WASP-18b: A 'Hot Jupiter'

    Chandra X-ray Observatory Images
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
  • NASA TV Previews, Broadcasts U.S. Space Station Spacewalks

    Space Shuttle and International Space Station News
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Three astronauts of the International Space Station Expedition 41 crew will conduct two spacewalks outside the orbiting laboratory Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Wednesday, Oct. 15 to replace a failed power regulator and relocate a failed cooling pump. NASA Television will provide comprehensive coverage, beginning with a preview briefing Friday, Oct. 3.
 
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    ISS Status Reports

  • Running the Race to Cure Cancer From Space

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The race to find answers for cancer is a marathon, not a sprint. Testing aboard the International Space Station is supporting this universal cause.
  • Milky Way Viewed From the International Space Station

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this image from the International Space Station and posted it to social media on Sept. 28, 2014, writing, "The Milky Way steals the show from Sahara sands that make the Earth glow orange." Aboard the space station, the six-person Expedition 41 crew is currently preparing for two spacewalks set for Oct. 7 and 15. During the first six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk, slated to begin on Oct. 7 around 8:10 a.m. EDT, Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst will transfer a previously uninstalled pump module from its temporary stowage location to…
  • Station Crew Checks Out Spacesuits, Conducts Research

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The station's crew was hard at work Wednesday supporting research with down-to-Earth benefits and gearing up for a series of spacewalks.
  • Station Crew Gears Up for Next Week’s Spacewalk

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    With the first Expedition 41 spacewalk just a week away, the station’s six-person crew spent Tuesday preparing tools and equipment.
  • NASA TV Previews, Broadcasts U.S. Space Station Spacewalks

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Three astronauts of the International Space Station Expedition 41 crew will conduct two spacewalks outside the orbiting laboratory Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Wednesday, Oct. 15 to replace a failed power regulator and relocate a failed cooling pump. NASA Television will provide comprehensive coverage, beginning with a preview briefing Friday, Oct. 3.
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    Kepler News and Features

  • 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.
  • 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…
  • 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.
  • Kepler Mission Manager Update: K2 collecting data

    8 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    K2, the two-wheel operation mode of Kepler, officially began collecting data on May 30 and performance has been spectacular.
  • The Most Precise Measurement of an Alien World's Size

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have made the most precise measurement yet of the size of a planet beyond our solar system.
 
 
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    Universe News

  • 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.
  • Hubble Finds Supernova Companion Star after Two Decades of Searching

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered a companion star to a rare type of supernova.
  • NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed “Sparky,” is a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate.
  • NASA's RXTE Satellite Decodes the Rhythm of an Unusual Black Hole

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Astronomers have uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare type of black hole 12 million light-years away by sifting through archival data from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite.
  • NASA's NuSTAR Sees Rare Blurring of Black Hole Light

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has captured an extreme and rare event in the regions immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole. A compact source of X-rays that sits near the black hole, called the corona, has moved closer to the black hole over a period of just days.
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    Earth News

  • 2014 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Sixth Lowest on Record

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Arctic sea ice coverage continued its below-average trend this year as the ice declined to its annual minimum on Sept. 17, according to the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • NASA Airborne Campaigns Focus on Climate Impacts in the Arctic

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to three times faster in the Arctic. As the region’s summer comes to a close, NASA is hard at work studying how rising temperatures are affecting the Arctic.
  • NASA Awards Cross-track Infrared Sounder Instrument for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Mission

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Exelis, Inc., Geospatial Systems, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission.
  • Space Station Crew Members Tour NASA Facility, Talk Earth Science

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Astronauts Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Koicha Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will tour NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, at 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 17. Reporters are invited to join the tour.
  • International Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Data Goes Public

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The most accurate and comprehensive collection of rain, snowfall and other types of precipitation data ever assembled now is available to the public. This new resource for climate studies, weather forecasting, and other applications is based on observations by the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint mission of NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), with contributions from a constellation of international partner satellites.
 
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    Hurricane Breaking News

  • Phanfone (Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    An intensifying typhoon called Phanfone that originated east of Guam on September 28, 2014 is headed toward southern Japan.
  • Rachel (Eastern Pacific)

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Rachel is spinning down west of Mexico's Baja California, and another tropical low pressure area developing dwarfs the tropical storm.
  • Kammuri (Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tropical Storm Kammuri continues to appear more like a cold front on satellite imagery as it transitions into an extra-tropical storm over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.
  • Fung-Wong (was 16W - NW Pacific)

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tropical Depression Fung-Wong looked more like a cold front on infrared satellite imagery from NASA than it did a low pressure area with a circulation.
  • Odile (Eastern Pacific)

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Odile produced heavy rainfall that caused dangerous flooding over Mexico's Baja California peninsula and southwestern United States.
 
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    Goddard News

  • NASA Awards Enterprise-Wide Procurement Contracts

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA has awarded 56 contracts under the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V. Twenty-three contracts were awarded in the Computer Based Systems, Group A, and 33 contracts were awarded in the Networking/Security/Video and Conference Tools, Group D.
  • Sounding Rocket Launches Successfully - Six Minutes to Study Solar Heating

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    On Sept. 30, 2014, a sounding rocket launched into the sky for a 15-minute journey to study what heats up the sun's atmosphere.
  • NASA HS3 Global Hawk Celebrates 100th Flight SEPT, 30, 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Scientists, engineers and support personnel from NASA, NOAA, NCAR, the Naval Research Lab, University of Wisconsin, Penn State University and other organizations stand in front of NASA Global Hawk No. 872 in the hangar at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, before its 100th flight back to NASA Armstrong in California on Sept. 30. The Global Hawk was part of NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission during August and September 2014. Credit: NASA
  • Alexander Marshak - "Cloud and Snow" Scientist Hails From Above the Arctic Circle - Part Two of Two

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Growing up with “blowing snow days” in a town above the Arctic Circle, physical scientist Alexander Marshak now studies blowing snow, clouds and aerosols through satellite images.
  • NASA's HS3 Looks Hurricane Edouard in the Eye

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Scientists on NASA's HS3 mission got lucky on September 17 when the remotely piloted Global Hawk dropped a sonde that fell in Hurricane Eduoard's eye and spun all the way down to the surface.
 
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    New NASA STI Report Series

  • Evaluating Daily Load Stimulus Formulas in Relating Bone Response to Exercise

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    Abstract: Six formulas representing what is commonly referred to as "daily load stimulus" are identified, compared and tested in their ability to relate skeletal mechanical loading to bone maintenance and osteogenic response. Particular emphasis is placed on exercise- induced skeletal loading and whether or not the formulas can adequately capture the known experimental observations of saturation of continuous cyclic loading, rest insertion between repetitions (cycles), recovery of osteogenic potential ...
  • Investigation of Sideband Index Response to Prototype Gear Tooth Damage

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:42 am
    Abstract: The objective of this analysis was to evaluate the ability of gear condition indicators (CI) to detect contact fatigue damage on spiral bevel gear teeth. Tests were performed in the NASA Glenn Spiral Bevel Gear Fatigue Rig on eight prototype gear sets (pinion/gear). Damage was initiated and progressed on the gear and pinion teeth. Vibration data was measured during damage progression at varying torque values while varying damage modes to the gear teeth were observed and documented with inspec...
  • NASALIFE - Component Fatigue and Creep Life Prediction Program

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Abstract: NASALIFE is a life prediction program for propulsion system components made of ceramic matrix composites (CMC) under cyclic thermo-mechanical loading and creep rupture conditions. Although the primary focus was for CMC components, the underlying methodologies are equally applicable to other material systems as well. The program references empirical data for low cycle fatigue (LCF), creep rupture, and static material properties as part of the life prediction process. Multiaxial stresses are ac...
  • Low Energy Nuclear Reaction Aircraft- 2013 ARMD Seedling Fund Phase I Project

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    Abstract: This report serves as the final written documentation for the Aeronautic Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Seedling Fund's Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) Aircraft Phase I project. The findings presented include propulsion system concepts, synergistic missions, and aircraft concepts. LENR is a form of nuclear energy that potentially has over 4,000 times the energy density of chemical energy sources. It is not expected to have any harmful emissions or radiation which makes it extremely ap...
  • Secure Naming and Addressing Operations for Store, Carry and Forward Networks

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    Abstract: This paper describes concepts for secure naming and addressing directed at Store, Carry and Forward (SCF) distributed applications, where disconnection and intermittent connectivity between forwarding systems is the norm. The paper provides a brief overview of store, carry and forward distributed applications followed by an in depth discussion of how to securely: create a namespace; allocate names within the namespace; query for names known within a local processing system or connected subnet...
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    NASACast: This Week @ NASA Video

  • 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...
  • This Week @ NASA, September 19, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Returning human spaceflight to America, SpaceX CRS-4 mission previewed, Astronaut visits commercial partner and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, September 12, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Rocket welding tool ready, Orion moved for fueling, Curiosity to climb Martian mountain and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, September 5, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    GPM data released, earthquake data from the air, next ISS crew trains and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, August 29, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Space Launch System milestone, 3-D printed rocket injector test, SLS scale model test and more...
 
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    NASA Edge

  • 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.
  • NASA EDGE: SpaceX-3

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    29 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA EDGE checks out the experiments heading to the International Space Station and the CubeSats being launched during SpaceX's 3rd resupply mission.
  • NASA EDGE: MMS One Step Closer to Launch

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA EDGE talks with the MMS Team about the final tests for the satellites before they head to NASA Kennedy.
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    NASACast Video

  • What's Up for October 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    What's Up for October? A lunar eclipse, a solar eclipse and Mars has a close encounter with a comet.
  • 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...
  • Space to Ground: New Arrivals: 9/26/14

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dragon delivers science and a new Expedition 41 trio joins the station. Questions or comments? Use #spacetoground to talk to us.
  • Curiosity Rover Report: A Taste of Mount Sharp

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first sample from the base of Mount Sharp. The scientific allure of the layered mountain drew the team to choose this part of Mars as a landing site.
  • 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.
 
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    NASACast Audio

  • 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...
  • This Week @ NASA, September 19, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Returning human spaceflight to America, SpaceX CRS-4 mission previewed, Astronaut visits commercial partner and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, September 12, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Rocket welding tool ready, Orion moved for fueling, Curiosity to climb Martian mountain and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, September 5, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    GPM data released, earthquake data from the air, next ISS crew trains and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, August 29, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Space Launch System milestone, 3-D printed rocket injector test, SLS scale model test and more...
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    NASACast: This Week @NASA Audio

  • 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
  • This Week @ NASA, September 19, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Returning human spaceflight to America
  • This Week @ NASA, September 12, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Rocket welding tool ready
  • This Week @ NASA, September 5, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” GPM data released
  • This Week @ NASA, August 29, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Space Launch System milestone
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    NASA Image of the Day

  • Milky Way Viewed From the International Space Station

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this image from the International Space Station and posted it to social media on Sept. 28, 2014, writing, "The Milky Way steals the show from Sahara sands that make the Earth glow orange." Aboard the space station, the six-person Expedition 41 crew is currently preparing for two spacewalks set for Oct. 7 and 15. During the first six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk, slated to begin on Oct. 7 around 8:10 a.m. EDT, Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst will transfer a previously uninstalled pump module from its temporary stowage location to…
  • Fall Colors Arriving

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    A few days after autumn showed up on the calendar in the Northern Hemisphere, it showed up on the landscape of North America. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this view of fall colors around the Great Lakes on Sept. 26, 2014. The changing of leaf color in temperate forests involves several causes and reactions, but the dominant factors are sunlight and heat. Since temperatures tend to drop sooner and sunlight fades faster at higher latitudes, the progression of fall color changes tends to move from north to south across North…
  • Rocket Boosters Prepared For Orion Spacecraft's First Flight

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Engineers took another step forward in preparations for the first test flight of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft in December. At the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF), at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, the three primary core elements of the ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket recently were integrated, forming the first stage of the launch vehicle that will send Orion far from Earth to allow NASA to evaluate the spacecraft’s performance in space. The three common booster cores are 134 feet in length and 17 feet in diameter. Each has an RS-68 engine that uses…
  • Expedition 41 Crew Launches to the International Space Station

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Soyuz TMA-14M rocket is launched with Expedition 41 Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Flight Engineer Elena Serova of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore of NASA, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Samokutyaev, Serova, and Wilmore will spend the next five and a half months aboard the International Space Station. Serova will become the fourth Russian woman to fly in space and the first Russian woman to live and work on the station. Image Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky
  • Looking for Comets in a Sea of Stars

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    On a July night this summer, a 5,200-pound balloon gondola hangs from a crane and moves toward the open doors of a building at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Md. The telescopes and instruments carried by the gondola, which are part of NASA’s Balloon Observation Platform for Planetary Science (BOPPS), are calibrated by taking a long look at the stars and other objects in the sky. This photo was created from 100 separate 30-second-exposure photos, composited together to make the star trail that "spins" around Polaris, the North Star. BOPPS is a high-altitude,…
 
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    NASA Image of the Day

  • Milky Way Viewed From the International Space Station

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this image from the International Space Station and posted it to social media on Sept. 28, 2014, writing, "The Milky Way steals the show from Sahara sands that make the Earth glow orange." Aboard the space station, the six-person Expedition 41 crew is currently preparing for two spacewalks set for Oct. 7 and 15. During the first six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk, slated to begin on Oct. 7 around 8:10 a.m. EDT, Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst will transfer a previously uninstalled pump module from its temporary stowage location to…
  • Fall Colors Arriving

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    A few days after autumn showed up on the calendar in the Northern Hemisphere, it showed up on the landscape of North America. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this view of fall colors around the Great Lakes on Sept. 26, 2014. The changing of leaf color in temperate forests involves several causes and reactions, but the dominant factors are sunlight and heat. Since temperatures tend to drop sooner and sunlight fades faster at higher latitudes, the progression of fall color changes tends to move from north to south across North…
  • Rocket Boosters Prepared For Orion Spacecraft's First Flight

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Engineers took another step forward in preparations for the first test flight of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft in December. At the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF), at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, the three primary core elements of the ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket recently were integrated, forming the first stage of the launch vehicle that will send Orion far from Earth to allow NASA to evaluate the spacecraft’s performance in space. The three common booster cores are 134 feet in length and 17 feet in diameter. Each has an RS-68 engine that uses…
  • Expedition 41 Crew Launches to the International Space Station

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Soyuz TMA-14M rocket is launched with Expedition 41 Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Flight Engineer Elena Serova of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore of NASA, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Samokutyaev, Serova, and Wilmore will spend the next five and a half months aboard the International Space Station. Serova will become the fourth Russian woman to fly in space and the first Russian woman to live and work on the station. Image Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky
  • Looking for Comets in a Sea of Stars

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    On a July night this summer, a 5,200-pound balloon gondola hangs from a crane and moves toward the open doors of a building at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Md. The telescopes and instruments carried by the gondola, which are part of NASA’s Balloon Observation Platform for Planetary Science (BOPPS), are calibrated by taking a long look at the stars and other objects in the sky. This photo was created from 100 separate 30-second-exposure photos, composited together to make the star trail that "spins" around Polaris, the North Star. BOPPS is a high-altitude,…
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