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    Kepler News and Features

  • 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.
  • Astronomers Confounded By Massive Rocky World

    2 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Astronomers have discovered a rocky planet that weighs 17 times as much as Earth and is more than twice as large in size. This discovery has planet formation theorists challenged to explain how such a world could have formed.
  • Kepler Mission Manager Update: K2 Has Been Approved!

    16 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    The two-wheel operation mode of the Kepler spacecraft observing in the ecliptic is a "go"!
  • Kepler Mission Manager Update: Leadership Change

    2 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today the team announces a change in project management.
  • Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size Planet in the Habitable Zone

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f , the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone—a range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the planet's surface. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that Earth-size planets exist in the habitable zones of other stars and signals a significant step closer to finding a world similar to Earth. The size of Kepler-186f is known to be less than ten percent larger than Earth, but its mass, composition and density are not known. Previous research suggests that a planet the size of Kepler-186f is…
 
 
 
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    Hurricane Breaking News

  • Matmo (was 10W - Northwest Pacific Ocean)

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA's Terra satellite passed over Typhoon Matmo when it was moving through the Taiwan Strait for its final landfall in mainland China.
  • TD2 (Atlantic Ocean)

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured imagery of the Atlantic Ocean's Tropical Depression 2 is it degenerated into a tropical wave on July 23.
  • Rammasun (was 09W - Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    TRMM measured up Super Typhoon Rammasun's rainfall rates, rainfall totals, and cloud heights providing a look at the inner workings and aftermath of the storm.
  • Wali (Central Pacific)

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    On July 19, NOAA noted that Wali didn't even make it to the Big Island, but moisture associated with the storm did.
  • Neoguri (Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Super Typhoon Neoguri weakened to a tropical storm when it dropped heavy rainfall over southern Japan during the week of July 7, 2014.
 
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    Goddard News

  • NASA Team Lays Plans to Observe New Worlds

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Missions can take years to get from concept to launch. If approved, an infrared telescope first proposed in the early 2000s could launch in the 2020s.
  • Discover the "X-Factor" of NASA's Webb Telescope in "Behind the Webb" Video

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA's James Webb and Chandra have something in common: a huge test chamber used to simulate the hazards of space and the distant glow of starlight.
  • TD2 (Atlantic Ocean)

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured imagery of the Atlantic Ocean's Tropical Depression 2 is it degenerated into a tropical wave on July 23.
  • NASA's HS3 Mission Spotlight: The HIRAD Instrument

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Hurricane Imaging Radiometer will fly aboard a Global Hawk aircraft during the Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel mission from Wallops August 26 - September 29.
  • Carlton Fire Complex, Washington - July 22, 2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Carlton Complex fires started on July 14, 2014, by lightning from a weather system that moved through the Methow Valley. The Carlton Complex consists of four fires: Stokes Fire, Gold Hikes Fire, French Creek Fire and the Cougar Flat. The Stokes and Gold Hikes fires are now one larger fire. The fires are burning in timber and grass and the area burning is currently over 243,000 acres in size.  The present fire situation continues to rapidly change due to the high fire danger. Public and firefighter safety is the priority on the Carlton Complex fires.  Thirty-five primary residences were…
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    New NASA STI

  • Magnetic Field Dependence of the Critical Current in S-N Bilayer Thin Films

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Abstract: Here we investigate the effects a non-uniform applied magnetic field has on superconducting transition-edge sensors (TESs) critical current. This has implications on TES optimization. It has been shown that TESs resistive transition can be altered by magnetic fields. We have observed critical current rectification effects and explained these effects in terms of a magnetic self-field arising from asymmetric current injection into the sensor. Our TES physical model shows that this magnetic self...
  • Coarsening in Solid-liquid Mixtures: Overview of Experiments on Shuttle and ISS

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    Abstract: The microgravity environment on the Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS) provides the ideal condition to perform experiments on Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures (CSLM) as deleterious effects such as particle sedimentation and buoyancy-induced convection are suppressed. For an ideal system such as Lead-Tin in which all the thermophysical properties are known, the initial condition in microgravity of randomly dispersed particles with local clustering of solid Tin in eutectic liq...
  • Performance Evaluation of an Actuator Dust Seal for Lunar Operation

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Abstract: Exploration of extraterrestrial surfaces (e.g. moon, Mars, asteroid) will require durable space mechanisms that will survive potentially dusty surface conditions in addition to the hard vacuum and extreme temperatures of space. Baseline tests with lunar simulant were recently completed at NASA GRC on a new Low-Temperature Mechanism (LTM) dust seal for space actuator application. Following are top-level findings of the tests completed to date in vacuum using NU-LHT-2M lunar-highlands simulant....
  • SEDS: The Spitzer Extended Deep Survey. Survey Design, Photometry, and Deep IRAC Source Counts

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Abstract: The Spitzer Extended Deep Survey (SEDS) is a very deep infrared survey within five well-known extragalactic science fields: the UKIDSS Ultra-Deep Survey, the Extended Chandra Deep Field South, COSMOS, the Hubble Deep Field North, and the Extended Groth Strip. SEDS covers a total area of 1.46 deg(exp 2) to a depth of 26 AB mag (3sigma) in both of the warm Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) bands at 3.6 and 4.5 micron. Because of its uniform depth of coverage in so many widely-separated fields, SEDS ...
  • NASAs EDSN Aims to Overcome the Operational Challenges of CubeSat Constellations and Demonstrate an Economical Swarm of 8 CubeSats Useful for Space Science Investigations

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    Abstract: Operators of a constellation of CubeSats have to confront a number of daunting challenges that can be cost prohibitive, or operationally prohibitive, to missions that could otherwise be enabled by a satellite constellation. Challenges including operations complexity, intersatellite communication, intersatellite navigation, and time sharing tasks between satellites are all complicated by operating with the usual CubeSat size, power, and budget constraints. EDSN pioneers innovative solutions to...
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    New NASA STI Report Series

  • Atmospheric Research 2012 Technical Highlights

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    Abstract: This annual report, as before, is intended for a broad audience. Our readers include colleagues within NASA, scientists outside the Agency, science graduate students, and members of the general public. Inside are descriptions of atmospheric research science highlights and summaries of our education and outreach accomplishments for calendar year 2012.The report covers research activities from the Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Laboratory, the Climate and Radiation Laboratory, the Atmospheric ...
  • Buckling Design and Analysis of a Payload Fairing One-Sixth Cylindrical Arc-Segment Panel

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Abstract: Design and analysis results are reported for a panel that is a 16th arc-segment of a full 33-ft diameter cylindrical barrel section of a payload fairing structure. Six such panels could be used to construct the fairing barrel, and, as such, compression buckling testing of a 16th arc-segment panel would serve as a validation test of the buckling analyses used to design the fairing panels. In this report, linear and nonlinear buckling analyses have been performed using finite element software f...
  • NASA's Single-Pilot Operations Technical Interchange Meeting: Proceedings and Findings

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Abstract: Researchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center and Langley Research Center are jointly investigating issues associated with potential concepts, or configurations, in which a single pilot might operate under conditions that are currently reserved for a minimum of two pilots. As part of early efforts, NASA Ames Research Center hosted a technical interchange meeting in order to gain insight from members of the aviation community regarding single-pilo...
  • VAB Temperature and Humidity Study

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Abstract: In 2012, 17 data loggers were placed in the VAB to measure temperature and humidity at 10-minute intervals over a one-year period. In 2013, the data loggers were replaced with an upgraded model and slight adjustments to their locations were made to reduce direct solar heating effects. The data acquired by the data loggers was compared to temperature data provided by three wind towers located around the building. It was found that the VAB acts as a large thermal filter, delaying and reducing t...
  • Turbulence Intensity at Inlet of 80- by 120-Foot Wind Tunnel Caused by Upwind Blockage

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Abstract: In order to estimate the magnitude of turbulence in the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC) 80- by 120-Foot Wind Tunnel (80 x 120) caused by buildings located upwind from the 80 x 120 inlet, a 150th-scale study was performed that utilized a nominal two-dimensional blockage placed ahead of the inlet. The distance of the blockage ahead of the inlet was varied. This report describes velocity measurements made in the plane of the 80 x 120 model inlet for the case of zero ambient (atmo...
 
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    NASACast: This Week @ NASA Video

  • This Week @ NASA, July 18, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Apollo 11 yesterday, Next Giant Leap tomorrow, Science instruments for Europa mission, and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, July 11, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Aquarius maps soil moisture, SLS Core Preliminary Design Review, and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, July 4, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Carbon observing mission launches, Saucer-shaped vehicle tested, and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, June 27, 20214

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA, 50 years after The Civil Rights Act, Orion Chute Test, Cryogenic tank and 3D printer and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, June 20, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Orion spacecraft taking shape, Hunting for asteroids, Russian spacewalk, and more...
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    NASACast Video

  • This Week @ NASA, July 18, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Apollo 11 yesterday, Next Giant Leap tomorrow, Science instruments for Europa mission, and more...
  • Space to Ground: Special Delivery

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Cygnus delivers cargo, upgrades for Robonaut and playing with fire. Questions or comments? Use #spacetoground to talk to us.
  • This Week @ NASA, July 11, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Aquarius maps soil moisture, SLS Core Preliminary Design Review, and more...
  • Space to Ground: 5,000 and Counting

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Cygnus launch preps, tracking storms and an exciting milestone for station. Questions or comments? Use #spacetoground to talk to us.
  • This Week @ NASA, July 4, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Carbon observing mission launches, Saucer-shaped vehicle tested, and more...
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    NASACast: What's Up? Video Podcasts

  • What's Up for July 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Spot Pluto and see the Milky Way and planets all month long.
  • What's Up for June 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Moon and planet pairings at dawn and dusk. Spot elusive Mercury. Some comets. And more.
  • What's Up for May 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    30 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    What's up for May. Great views of Saturn and Mars all night long. And a possible new meteor shower
  • What's Up for April 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Mars at opposition, a lunar eclipse and April's Lyrid meteor shower.
  • What's Up for March 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    4 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Watch starlight get blocked by a passing asteroid, planets march across the sky and a lunar eclipse preview.
 
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    NASACast Audio

  • This Week @ NASA, July 18, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Apollo 11 yesterday, Next Giant Leap tomorrow, Science instruments for Europa mission, and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, July 11, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Aquarius maps soil moisture, SLS Core Preliminary Design Review, and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, July 4, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Carbon observing mission launches, Saucer-shaped vehicle tested, and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, June 27, 20214

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA, 50 years after The Civil Rights Act, Orion Chute Test, Cryogenic tank and 3D printer and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, June 20, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Orion spacecraft taking shape, Hunting for asteroids, Russian spacewalk, and more...
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    NASACast: This Week @NASA Audio

  • This Week @ NASA, July 18, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Apollo 11 yesterday, Next Giant Leap tomorrow “Houston, Tranquility Base here – the Eagle has landed.”
  • This Week @ NASA, July 11, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Orbital-2 mission underway
  • This Week @ NASA, July 4, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Carbon observing mission launches
  • This Week @ NASA, June 27, 20214

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” NASA, 50 years after The Civil Rights Act
  • This Week @ NASA, June 20, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Orion spacecraft taking shape
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    NASA Image of the Day

  • Fifteen Years Ago, Chandra X-Ray Observatory Deployed by Space Shuttle Crew

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    On July 23, 1999, a little more than seven hours after Space Shuttle Columbia and its five astronauts were launched from the Kennedy Space Center, NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory was successfully deployed by the STS-93 crew. Chandra was spring-ejected from a cradle in the shuttle’s cargo bay at 6:47 a.m. Central time, as Columbia flew over the Indonesian island chain. Commander Eileen Collins, the first female Shuttle Commander, maneuvered Columbia to a safe distance away from the telescope as an internal timer counted down to the first of a two-phase ignition of the solid-fuel Inertial…
  • President Obama Meets With Crew of Apollo 11

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    President Barack Obama meets with Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins, seated left, Buzz Aldrin, Carol Armstrong, widow of Apollo 11 commander, Neil Armstrong, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and Patricia “Pat” Falcone, OSTP Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs, far right, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, during the 45th anniversary week of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
  • Orion Crew Module at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building, Kennedy Space Center

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA's Orion spacecraft crew module has been stacked on the service module inside the Operations and Checkout Building at Kennedy Space Center -- renamed on July 21, 2014 as the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building in honor of the legendary astronaut and first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong. The Operations and Checkout Building was built in 1964. The facility has played a vital role in NASA’s spaceflight history. The high bay was used during the Apollo program to process and test the command, service and lunar modules. The facility is being used today to process and…
  • NASA Officials and Astronauts Tour Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA officials and Apollo astronauts tour the refurbished Operations and Checkout Building, newly named for Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon. Viewing the Orion crew module stacked on top of the service module from left, are Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana, Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, Apollo astronaut Jim Lovell, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. The building's high bay is being used to support the agency's new Orion spacecraft, which will lift off atop the…
  • The Eagle Prepares to Land

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle, in a landing configuration was photographed in lunar orbit from the Command and Service Module Columbia. Inside the module were Commander Neil A. Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin. The long rod-like protrusions under the landing pods are lunar surface sensing probes. Upon contact with the lunar surface, the probes sent a signal to the crew to shut down the descent engine. Image Credit: NASA   if(typeof(dstb)!= "undefined"){ dstb();}
 
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    NASA Image of the Day

  • Fifteen Years Ago, Chandra X-Ray Observatory Deployed by Space Shuttle Crew

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    On July 23, 1999, a little more than seven hours after Space Shuttle Columbia and its five astronauts were launched from the Kennedy Space Center, NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory was successfully deployed by the STS-93 crew. Chandra was spring-ejected from a cradle in the shuttle’s cargo bay at 6:47 a.m. Central time, as Columbia flew over the Indonesian island chain. Commander Eileen Collins, the first female Shuttle Commander, maneuvered Columbia to a safe distance away from the telescope as an internal timer counted down to the first of a two-phase ignition of the solid-fuel Inertial…
  • President Obama Meets With Crew of Apollo 11

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    President Barack Obama meets with Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins, seated left, Buzz Aldrin, Carol Armstrong, widow of Apollo 11 commander, Neil Armstrong, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and Patricia “Pat” Falcone, OSTP Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs, far right, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, during the 45th anniversary week of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
  • Orion Crew Module at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building, Kennedy Space Center

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA's Orion spacecraft crew module has been stacked on the service module inside the Operations and Checkout Building at Kennedy Space Center -- renamed on July 21, 2014 as the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building in honor of the legendary astronaut and first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong. The Operations and Checkout Building was built in 1964. The facility has played a vital role in NASA’s spaceflight history. The high bay was used during the Apollo program to process and test the command, service and lunar modules. The facility is being used today to process and…
  • NASA Officials and Astronauts Tour Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA officials and Apollo astronauts tour the refurbished Operations and Checkout Building, newly named for Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon. Viewing the Orion crew module stacked on top of the service module from left, are Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana, Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, Apollo astronaut Jim Lovell, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. The building's high bay is being used to support the agency's new Orion spacecraft, which will lift off atop the…
  • The Eagle Prepares to Land

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle, in a landing configuration was photographed in lunar orbit from the Command and Service Module Columbia. Inside the module were Commander Neil A. Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin. The long rod-like protrusions under the landing pods are lunar surface sensing probes. Upon contact with the lunar surface, the probes sent a signal to the crew to shut down the descent engine. Image Credit: NASA   if(typeof(dstb)!= "undefined"){ dstb();}
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