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Satellite Data Brought To African Agriculture
2014-04-30 03:47:59

Kate Ramsayer, NASA From hundreds of miles in orbit, NASA satellites can measure how much rain falls in Niger or detect plant health in Mali. But on the ground, many African farmers and food distributors don't have good information about the growing conditions a few dozen miles down the road. A new program is bringing together scientists in two branches of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., as well as an African non-profit organization in order to get relevant...

2014-04-28 20:20:34

HAMPTON, Va., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA today announced that Stephen G. Jurczyk has been named director of NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., succeeding Lesa Roe who served in that capacity since October 2005. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA Administrator Charles Bolden made the announcement April 28 in an agency-wide email to employees. (Jurczyk image available at...

NASA Satellite Data Show Drought May Take Toll On Congo Rainforest
2014-04-24 03:15:45

[ Watch The Video: Drought Effects On Congo Rainforest Cover Shown By NASA Satellites ] NASA A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade. The study, led by Liming Zhou of University at Albany, State University of New York, shows between 2000 and 2012 the decline affected an increasing amount of forest area and intensified. The...

Looking At Earth From Orbit: 2013
2014-04-22 10:58:27

[ Watch The Video: NASA Sees Earth From Orbit: 2013 ] NASA A fleet of orbiting satellites monitors Earth constantly. The satellites from NASA and other space agencies give us a fresh, wide perspective on things that we can see from the ground – and things that we can’t. A look back at Earth in 2013 from the viewpoint of orbit reveals the kind of data gathering and technical achievement that are the reason NASA puts Earth-observing satellites in space. A visualization of...

2014-04-18 08:20:35

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO LADEE lacked fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit or continue science operations and was intentionally...

2014-04-16 12:22:31

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has announced the appointment of six new members to the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). The group advises NASA's senior leadership on challenges and solutions facing the agency as it unfolds a new era of exploration. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The six new members are Wanda Austin, Wayne Hale, Scott Hubbard, Miles O'Brien, Thomas Young, and Kathryn Schmoll. The group has a...

OSIRIS-REx
2014-04-11 03:30:50

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's team that will conduct the first U.S. mission to collect samples from an asteroid has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities. This determination was made Wednesday after a successful Mission Critical Design Review (CDR) for NASA's Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx). The CDR was held...

2014-04-09 12:21:18

Newly-Developed Camera Will Help Astronomers Peer Into Deepest Reaches of the Universe PALO ALTO, Calif., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] and the University of Arizona have delivered the primary imaging instrument of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The new Near Infrared Camera, or NIRCam, has been successfully integrated within the heart of the telescope, known as the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM)....

Satellite Time-Lapse Animation Shows US East Coast Snowy Winter
2014-03-28 12:05:26

[ Watch The Video: GOES Satellite Movie of 2014 Winter Storms ] Rob Gutro, NASA A new time-lapse animation of data from NOAA's GOES-East satellite provides a good picture of why the US East Coast experienced a snowier than normal winter. The new animation shows the movement of storms from January 1 to March 24. NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites or GOES-East imagery from January 1 to March 24 was compiled into three videos made by NASA/NOAA's GOES Project...

2014-03-25 23:36:36

Unique Collaboration to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube Ottawa, Canada and London, UK (PRWEB) March 25, 2014 The Rubik Learning Initiative (RLI), a global platform for revolutionary and engaging educational tools, programs and expertise that foster the development of creative and multilateral thinking, announced today Cubes In Space™, a no-cost global design competition for students aged 11-14 years old to develop STEM-based experiments for launch into space. The...


Latest Goddard Space Flight Center Reference Libraries

sts-61
2012-05-12 09:14:38

Endeavour launched from Kennedy Space Center on December 2, 1993 at 4:27 AM EST and landed at Kennedy on December 13 at 12:25 AM EST. The shuttle orbited 163 times at an altitude of 321 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.45 degrees and travelled 4.4 million miles. The mission lasted 10 days, 19 hours, 58 minutes, and 37 seconds. This was the first mission to repair and maintain the Hubble Space Telescope. It involved the second longest spacewalk to date at nearly 8 hours. The final...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) -- The SOHO (Solar & Heliospheric Observatory) project is being carried out by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a cooperative effort between the two agencies in the framework of the Solar Terrestrial Science Program (STSP) comprising SOHO and CLUSTER, and the International Solar-Terrestrial Physics Program (ISTP), with Geotail (ISAS-Japan), Wind, and Polar. SOHO was launched on...

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Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'