13th Oct 2014
I’m at the JPL NASA Social for comet 67P and comet Siding Spring! Follow my updates on Twitter @AstroChristine!

I’m at the JPL NASA Social for comet 67P and comet Siding Spring! Follow my updates on Twitter @AstroChristine!

6th Oct 2014

I’m Attending Two NASA Socials Next Week!

Next week I will be attending two exciting NASA events!

On October 13, I will be spending the day at the NASA Social Comet Flyby event at JPL. During this event, the other participants and I will tour the facility and listen to presentations on the Rosetta mission, comet Siding Spring’s close pass by Mars, and various Mars missions. The presentations will be streaming here starting at 2 PM PT.

It’s an interesting event that I’m excited to participate in. I will post during the event here and on Twitter at @AstroChristine. Also, follow the hashtags #NASASocial#MarsComet, and #67P.

The second event I will be attending is the Ames 75th Anniversary Open House on October 18. This event includes a tour of the facility and information booths about the various missions. This is also an exciting event because it’s the first open house for Ames in 17 years. The hashtag for this event is #Ames75.

Get ready for some awesome science!

14th Jul 2014
This month is the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing and NASA will celebrate with many events to mark the occasion during the next two weeks.
During the event, NASA will share photos and video footage of the moon landing, both on their website and on NASA TV. In addition, NASA TV will broadcast some panel discussions with scientists and astronauts about the future of space exploration and other interesting topics.
There are also two NASA Social events, one in Virginia and one in Florida, for those interested in signing up to attend. The deadline to register is July 15th at 5 PM EDT.
For the whole lineup of events, visit this NASA press release and follow the hashtags #NextGiantLeap and #Apollo45.

This month is the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing and NASA will celebrate with many events to mark the occasion during the next two weeks.

During the event, NASA will share photos and video footage of the moon landing, both on their website and on NASA TV. In addition, NASA TV will broadcast some panel discussions with scientists and astronauts about the future of space exploration and other interesting topics.

There are also two NASA Social events, one in Virginia and one in Florida, for those interested in signing up to attend. The deadline to register is July 15th at 5 PM EDT.

For the whole lineup of events, visit this NASA press release and follow the hashtags #NextGiantLeap and #Apollo45.

18th Jun 2014
generalelectric:

On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Her first mission was on the space shuttle Challenger for STS-7, NASA’s seventh Space Shuttle mission, which she completed at age 32. Today, she remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space. 

generalelectric:

On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Her first mission was on the space shuttle Challenger for STS-7, NASA’s seventh Space Shuttle mission, which she completed at age 32. Today, she remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space. 

11th Apr 2014
Name the Final Phase of the Cassini Mission
In 2016, Cassini will dive between Saturn and it’s rings! By doing this, Cassini will be able to make detailed maps of Saturn’s gravity and magnetic fields. We will also learn more about the alluring rings.
The Cassini team has decided to let the public help come up with a name for this mission. If you have an idea for a name that describes this exciting mission, you can participate by submitting a name suggestion, or by selecting your favorite from a list. Both options can be done here.
Cassini’s final mission, before journeying into Saturn’s atmosphere, is “inspiring, adventurous and romantic – a fitting end to this thrilling story of discovery" (source). Let’s give it a name that shows just how thrilling this story actually was!
Image from the Cassini mission page (source).

Name the Final Phase of the Cassini Mission

In 2016, Cassini will dive between Saturn and it’s rings! By doing this, Cassini will be able to make detailed maps of Saturn’s gravity and magnetic fields. We will also learn more about the alluring rings.

The Cassini team has decided to let the public help come up with a name for this mission. If you have an idea for a name that describes this exciting mission, you can participate by submitting a name suggestion, or by selecting your favorite from a list. Both options can be done here.

Cassini’s final mission, before journeying into Saturn’s atmosphere, is “inspiring, adventurous and romantic – a fitting end to this thrilling story of discovery" (source). Let’s give it a name that shows just how thrilling this story actually was!

Image from the Cassini mission page (source).

14th Mar 2014
Pi in the Sky

Pi isn’t just a fancy number. It actually powers NASA spacecraft, keeps the Mars rover’s wheels spinning, lets us peer beneath the clouds of Jupiter and gives us new perspectives on Earth. You might say pi is flying all over our skies. Can you solve these stellar math problems that keep NASA spacecraft doing what they do best? Hint: Pi guides the way.

Want to solve some Pi problems to celebrate Pi Day? Well here’s your chance, thanks to NASA Education!

Pi in the Sky

Pi isn’t just a fancy number. It actually powers NASA spacecraft, keeps the Mars rover’s wheels spinning, lets us peer beneath the clouds of Jupiter and gives us new perspectives on Earth. You might say pi is flying all over our skies. Can you solve these stellar math problems that keep NASA spacecraft doing what they do best? Hint: Pi guides the way.

Want to solve some Pi problems to celebrate Pi Day? Well here’s your chance, thanks to NASA Education!

Source: jpl.nasa.gov
11th Mar 2014

kenobi-wan-obi:

Coders, NASA Will Pay You to Help Hunt Down Asteroids

NASA is calling on coders to help in the hunt for potentially dangerous asteroids. Over the next six months, the agency will be offering a total of $35,000 in prizes in a contest series that aims to improve the way telescopes detect, track, and analyze incoming space rocks.

NASA’s Near Earth Object Observation Program already harnesses telescopes around the world to be on the lookout for asteroids the fly past our planet. But the vast volumes of data created can’t be inspected by hand. Computers are helpful, but their algorithms are estimated to be only about 80 to 90 percent reliable and could be missing thousands of objects every year. According to NASA, winning solutions in their contests will “increase the detection sensitivity, minimize the number of false positives, ignore imperfections in the data, and run effectively on all computers.”

The Asteroid Data Hunter contest series, which begins on Mar. 17 and runs through August, is being run with asteroid mining company Planetary Resources. Both it and NASA have a vested interest in finding asteroids — NASA wants to send a human crew to visit one in the next decade and Planetary Resources hopes to exploit their metals and water for profit. Those interested in coding algorithms to help can sign up at the NASA Tournament Lab.

Totally going to try this. Data mine all the asteroids!

4th Mar 2014
The proposed NASA budget for 2015 has been released. In the presentation, available here, NASA breaks down budget highlights for the various research areas. Some outcomes include:
Extending life on the ISS until 2024
Continue work on JWST
The launch of some new missions: SMAP, MMS, SAGE III
One saddening outcome is that the SOFIA observatory could be grounded in 2015 if the proposed funding to keep it up could not be met.
This presentation also includes cost breakdowns for commercial spaceflight and science education.

The proposed NASA budget for 2015 has been released. In the presentation, available here, NASA breaks down budget highlights for the various research areas. Some outcomes include:

  • Extending life on the ISS until 2024
  • Continue work on JWST
  • The launch of some new missions: SMAP, MMS, SAGE III

One saddening outcome is that the SOFIA observatory could be grounded in 2015 if the proposed funding to keep it up could not be met.

This presentation also includes cost breakdowns for commercial spaceflight and science education.

Source: nasa.gov
5th Feb 2014

photojojo:

Way before Chris Hadfield was beaming back mind-blowing videos from space, NASA astronauts were photographing the new frontier in film. 

Breese Little Gallery in London rounded up over 100 rare prints from NASA’s early days, and they’re a sight to behold. 

NASA’s Early Days in Film Photography

via Cool Hunting

1st Dec 2013
WISE Catalog Just Got Wiser

NASA’s WISE mission has released a new and improved atlas and catalog brimming with data on three-quarters of a billion objects detected during two full scans of the sky.
WISE scanned the entire sky in infrared light in 2010, snapping a dozen pictures of every star and galaxy. NASA then decided to fund a second scan of the sky to look for asteroids and comets, in a project called NEOWISE.
But the images from that second sky scan were designed to catch moving asteroids, not stars and galaxies. Now NASA has funded a project called AllWISE to stack up all the WISE images, including those from the second sky scan, thereby doubling exposure times and making new stars and galaxies visible.
Read More.

WISE Catalog Just Got Wiser

NASA’s WISE mission has released a new and improved atlas and catalog brimming with data on three-quarters of a billion objects detected during two full scans of the sky.

WISE scanned the entire sky in infrared light in 2010, snapping a dozen pictures of every star and galaxy. NASA then decided to fund a second scan of the sky to look for asteroids and comets, in a project called NEOWISE.

But the images from that second sky scan were designed to catch moving asteroids, not stars and galaxies. Now NASA has funded a project called AllWISE to stack up all the WISE images, including those from the second sky scan, thereby doubling exposure times and making new stars and galaxies visible.

Read More.

Source: nasa.gov