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    NASA Breaking News

  • NASA Program Enhances Climate Resilience at Agency Facilities

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    A new study in the latest issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society provides an in-depth look at how NASA facilities have been affected by climate extremes and climate change in recent years and how the agency is preparing for the future.
  • NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Completes Initial Assessment after Orbital Launch Mishap

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Wallops Incident Response Team completed today an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff at 6:22 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
  • NASA Statement Regarding Oct. 28 Orbital Sciences Corp. Launch Mishap

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The following statement is from William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, regarding the mishap that occurred at Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia during the attempted launch of Orbital Sciences Corp’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft at 6:22 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.
  • NASA Wallops Preparations on Track for Tonight’s Orbital Sciences Launch to International Space Station

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ahead of the third U.S. commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station by Orbital Sciences Corp., NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia continues to enable successful launches from the Eastern Shore. Orbital’s Antares rocket carrying 5,000 pounds of NASA cargo aboard the company’s Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to liftoff at 6:22 p.m. EDT this evening from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops.
  • NASA Seeks Proposals to Develop Capabilities for Deep Space Exploration, Journey to Mars

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA is soliciting proposals for concept studies or technology development projects that will be necessary to enable human pioneers to go to deep space destinations such as an asteroid and Mars.
 
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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

  • Vance (was 21E - Eastern Pacific)

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Halloween morning, Tropical Storm Vance was haunting the waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
  • Nilofar (Arabian Sea)

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Wind shear has caused the demise of former Tropical Cyclone Nilofar in the northern Arabian Sea
  • Nuri (Western Pacific Ocean)

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tropical Depression Nuri formed on Halloween morning, October 31, and is haunting the waters of the western North Pacific Ocean.
  • Hanna (was TD9 - Atlantic Ocean)

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Terra passed over Tropical Storm Hanna on Oct. 27 when it made landfall near the northern Nicaragua and southern Honduras border.
  • Ana (Central Pacific)

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NOAA's GOES-West captured an image of Ana's remnant clouds raining on British Columbia, Canada Oct. 28.
 
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    Goddard News

  • NASA's Webb Telescope Pathfinder Telescope Fully Assembled

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Inside a giant clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the pathfinder telescope, a practice section of the James Webb Space Telescope, stands fully assembled. Teams of engineers built and aligned the pathfinder telescope to rehearse assembly and testing before the actual telescope is built. After the team installs the test sensors and completes their final close out, the pathfinder telescope will be shipped to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas for cryo-optical testing. Text credit: NASA/Laura Betz Image credit: NASA/Chris Gunn
  • NASA-Funded Sounding Rocket to Gather 1,500 Sun Images in 5 Minutes

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In early November 2014, the RAISE sounding rocket is scheduled to launch with the ambitious goal of gathering 1,500 images of the sun over five minutes.
  • Goodbye to Rainy Days for US, Japan’s First Rain Radar in Space

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    After 17 years of groundbreaking 3-D images of rain and storms, the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission will come to an end next year.
  • NASA Program Enhances Climate Resilience at Agency Facilities

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    A new study in the latest issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society provides an in-depth look at how NASA facilities have been affected by climate extremes and climate change in recent years and how the agency is preparing for the future.
  • 2014 Antarctic Ozone Hole Holds Steady

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size on Sept. 11, according to scientists from NASA and NOAA.
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    New NASA STI

  • ISS Squat and Deadlift Kinematics on the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Abstract: Visual assessment of exercise form on the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) on orbit is difficult due to the motion of the entire device on its Vibration Isolation System (VIS). The VIS allows for two degrees of device translational motion, and one degree of rotational motion. In order to minimize the forces that the VIS must damp in these planes of motion, the floor of the ARED moves as well during exercise to reduce changes in the center of mass of the system. To help trainers and o...
  • Inflight Treadmill Exercise Can Serve as Multi-Disciplinary Countermeasure System

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Abstract: The goals of the Functional Task Test (FTT) study were to determine the effects of space flight on functional tests that are representative of high priority exploration mission tasks and to identify the key underlying physiological factors that contribute to decrements in performance. Ultimately this information will be used to assess performance risks and inform the design of countermeasures for exploration class missions. We have previously shown that for Shuttle, ISS and bed rest subjects,...
  • Pilot Sensorimotor and Cardiovascular Results from the Joint Russian/U.S. Field Test

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Abstract: The primary goal of this research is to determine functional abilities associated with long-duration space flight crews beginning as soon after landing as possible (< 2 hours) with an additional two follow-up measurements sessions on the day of landing. This goal has both sensorimotor and cardiovascular elements, including evaluations of NASA's new anti-orthostatic compression garment and the Russian Kentavr garment. Functional sensorimotor measurements will include, but are not limited to, a...
  • Treadmill Exercise with Increased Body Loading Enhances Post Flight Functional Performance

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Abstract: The goals of the Functional Task Test (FTT) study were to determine the effects of space flight on functional tests that are representative of high priority exploration mission tasks and to identify the key underlying physiological factors that contribute to decrements in performance. Ultimately this information will be used to assess performance risks and inform the design of countermeasures for exploration class missions. We have previously shown that for Shuttle, ISS and bed rest subjects ...
  • Human Outer Solar System Exploration via Q-Thruster Technology

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Abstract: Propulsion technology development efforts at the NASA Johnson Space Center continue to advance the understanding of the quantum vacuum plasma thruster (QThruster), a form of electric propulsion. Through the use of electric and magnetic fields, a Q-thruster pushes quantum particles (electrons/positrons) in one direction, while the Qthruster recoils to conserve momentum. This principle is similar to how a submarine uses its propeller to push water in one direction, while the submarine recoils t...
 
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    New NASA STI Report Series

  • Frequency of Specific Categories of Aviation Accidents and Incidents During 2001-2010

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the types of accidents or incidents that are most important to the aviation safety risk. All accidents and incidents from 2001-2010 were assigned occurrence categories based on the taxonomy developed by the Commercial Aviation Safety Team/International Civil Aviation Organization (CAST/ICAO) Common Taxonomy Team (CICTT). The most frequently recorded categories were selected within each of five metrics: total accidents, fatal accidents, total injuries...
  • Swept-Wing Ice Accretion Characterization and Aerodynamics

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Abstract: NASA, FAA, ONERA, the University of Illinois and Boeing have embarked on a significant, collaborative research effort to address the technical challenges associated with icing on large-scale, three-dimensional swept wings. The overall goal is to improve the fidelity of experimental and computational simulation methods for swept-wing ice accretion formation and resulting aerodynamic effect. A seven-phase research effort has been designed that incorporates ice-accretion and aerodynamic experime...
  • Aerodynamic Classification of Swept-Wing Ice Accretion

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Abstract: The continued design, certification and safe operation of swept-wing airplanes in icing conditions rely on the advancement of computational and experimental simulation methods for higher fidelity results over an increasing range of aircraft configurations and performance, and icing conditions. The current state-of-the-art in icing aerodynamics is mainly built upon a comprehensive understanding of two-dimensional geometries that does not currently exist for fundamentally three-dimensional geom...
  • Aerodynamic Characterization of a Thin, High-Performance Airfoil for Use in Ground Fluids Testing

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Abstract: The FAA has worked with Transport Canada and others to develop allowance times for aircraft operating in ice-pellet precipitation. Wind-tunnel testing has been carried out to better understand the flowoff characteristics and resulting aerodynamic effects of anti-icing fluids contaminated with ice pellets using a thin, high-performance wing section at the National Research Council of Canada Propulsion and Icing Wind Tunnel. The objective of this paper is to characterize the aerodynamic behavio...
  • Computational Study of the CC3 Impeller and Vaneless Diffuser Experiment

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Abstract: Centrifugal compressors are compatible with the low exit corrected flows found in the high pressure compressor of turboshaft engines and may play an increasing role in turbofan engines as engine overall pressure ratios increase. Centrifugal compressor stages are difficult to model accurately with RANS CFD solvers. A computational study of the CC3 centrifugal impeller in its vaneless diffuser configuration was undertaken as part of an effort to understand potential causes of RANS CFD mis-predi...
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    NASA 360 Vodcasts

  • NASA 360 Presents - From Science Fiction to Science Fact

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
  • 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
 
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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 Audio

  • This Week @ NASA, October 31, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
  • 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...
 
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    NASACast: This Week @NASA Audio

  • This Week @ NASA, October 31, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” SpaceX Dragon returns The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule was recently detached from the International Space Station for its return to Earth, just over a month after delivering about 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the ISS. Dragon safely returned to Earth with more than 3,200 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples – completing the company’s fourth resupply mission to the station.
  • 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
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    NASA Image of the Day

  • Specular Spectacular

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This near-infrared, color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the sun glinting off of Titan's north polar seas. While Cassini has captured, separately, views of the polar seas (see PIA17470) and the sun glinting off of them (see PIA12481 and PIA18433) in the past, this is the first time both have been seen together in the same view. The sunglint, also called a specular reflection, is the bright area near the 11 o'clock position at upper left. This mirror-like reflection, known as the specular point, is in the south of Titan's largest sea, Kraken Mare, just north of an island…
  • Fifteen Years of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This Chandra X-ray Observatory image of the Hydra A galaxy cluster was taken on Oct. 30, 1999, with the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS) in an observation that lasted about six hours. Hydra A is a galaxy cluster that is 840 million light years from Earth. The cluster gets its name from the strong radio source, Hydra A, that originates in a galaxy near the center of the cluster. Optical observations show a few hundred galaxies in the cluster. Chandra X-ray observations reveal a large cloud of hot gas that extends throughout the cluster. The gas cloud is several million light years…
  • The Warm Glow of Mach 3

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Flight Loads Laboratory at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center is celebrating 50 years. It sprang into existence during the era of the X-15 rocket plane and the YF-12 and SR-71 Blackbirds, and was dedicated to testing the latest in high-speed flight. In this image from 1971, the YF-12 forebody's radiant heating system is being tested at the Flight Loads Laboratory under conditions experienced at Mach 3, or three times the speed of sound, over 2,000 miles an hour. Eventually the entire airframe was tested in the lab, always with the goal to collect data, validate parts and reduce risk…
  • Sunrise From the International Space Station

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman posted this image of a sunrise, captured from the International Space Station, to social media on Oct. 29, 2014. Wiseman wrote, "Not every day is easy. Yesterday was a tough one. #sunrise" Wiseman was referring to the loss on Oct. 28 of the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft, moments after launch at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with about 5,000 pounds of supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew…
  • Here’s Looking at You: Spooky Shadow Gives Jupiter a Giant Eye

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This trick that the planet is looking back at you is actually a Hubble treat: An eerie, close-up view of Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system. Hubble was monitoring changes in Jupiter’s immense Great Red Spot (GRS) storm on April 21, 2014, when the shadow of the Jovian moon, Ganymede, swept across the center of the storm. This gave the giant planet the uncanny appearance of having a pupil in the center of a 10,000 mile-diameter “eye.” For a moment, Jupiter “stared” back at Hubble like a one-eyed giant Cyclops. Click on the image to view Jupiter from a distance. Image…
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    NASA Image of the Day

  • Specular Spectacular

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This near-infrared, color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the sun glinting off of Titan's north polar seas. While Cassini has captured, separately, views of the polar seas (see PIA17470) and the sun glinting off of them (see PIA12481 and PIA18433) in the past, this is the first time both have been seen together in the same view. The sunglint, also called a specular reflection, is the bright area near the 11 o'clock position at upper left. This mirror-like reflection, known as the specular point, is in the south of Titan's largest sea, Kraken Mare, just north of an island…
  • Fifteen Years of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This Chandra X-ray Observatory image of the Hydra A galaxy cluster was taken on Oct. 30, 1999, with the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS) in an observation that lasted about six hours. Hydra A is a galaxy cluster that is 840 million light years from Earth. The cluster gets its name from the strong radio source, Hydra A, that originates in a galaxy near the center of the cluster. Optical observations show a few hundred galaxies in the cluster. Chandra X-ray observations reveal a large cloud of hot gas that extends throughout the cluster. The gas cloud is several million light years…
  • The Warm Glow of Mach 3

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Flight Loads Laboratory at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center is celebrating 50 years. It sprang into existence during the era of the X-15 rocket plane and the YF-12 and SR-71 Blackbirds, and was dedicated to testing the latest in high-speed flight. In this image from 1971, the YF-12 forebody's radiant heating system is being tested at the Flight Loads Laboratory under conditions experienced at Mach 3, or three times the speed of sound, over 2,000 miles an hour. Eventually the entire airframe was tested in the lab, always with the goal to collect data, validate parts and reduce risk…
  • Sunrise From the International Space Station

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman posted this image of a sunrise, captured from the International Space Station, to social media on Oct. 29, 2014. Wiseman wrote, "Not every day is easy. Yesterday was a tough one. #sunrise" Wiseman was referring to the loss on Oct. 28 of the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft, moments after launch at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with about 5,000 pounds of supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew…
  • Here’s Looking at You: Spooky Shadow Gives Jupiter a Giant Eye

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This trick that the planet is looking back at you is actually a Hubble treat: An eerie, close-up view of Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system. Hubble was monitoring changes in Jupiter’s immense Great Red Spot (GRS) storm on April 21, 2014, when the shadow of the Jovian moon, Ganymede, swept across the center of the storm. This gave the giant planet the uncanny appearance of having a pupil in the center of a 10,000 mile-diameter “eye.” For a moment, Jupiter “stared” back at Hubble like a one-eyed giant Cyclops. Click on the image to view Jupiter from a distance. Image…
 
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