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Space Communications From Dial-Up To DSL - OPALS
2014-06-19 03:30:28

Dr. Tony Phillips, Science@NASA Anyone who remembers dialup internet can sympathize with the plight of NASA mission controllers. Waiting for images to arrive from deep space, slowly downloading line by line, can be a little like the World Wide Web of the 1990s. Patience is required. A laser on the International Space Station (ISS) could change all that. On June 5th, 2014, the ISS passed over the Table Mountain Observatory in Wrightwood, California, and beamed an HD video to researchers...

Saturns moon Titan
2014-06-18 08:25:43

Preston Dyches, Jet Propulsion Laboratory As NASA’s Cassini spacecraft zooms toward Saturn’s smoggy moon Titan for a targeted flyby on June 18, mission scientists are excitedly hoping to repeat a scientific tour de force that will provide valuable new insights into the nature of the moon's surface and atmosphere. For Cassini’s radio science team, the last flyby of Titan, on May 17, was one of the most scientifically valuable encounters of the spacecraft’s current extended...

Cosmic Ring
2014-06-13 05:47:06

Whitney Clavin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a weird ring of dusty material while obtaining one of the sharpest scans to date of a huge cloud of gas and dust, called NGC 7538. The observations have revealed numerous clumps of material, a baker's dozen of which may evolve into the most powerful kinds of stars in the universe. Herschel is a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions. "We have looked at NGC 7538 with Herschel...

NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory
2014-06-09 16:20:38

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will hold a media briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 12, at the NASA Headquarters James E. Webb Auditorium in Washington to discuss the upcoming Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The briefings will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website. OCO-2, NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to studying carbon dioxide, is set for a July 1 launch...

NASA Helps Marvel's Avengers Exhibit Bring The Science And Technology
2014-06-04 03:48:54

Preston Dyches, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A new exhibit steeped in the cinematic world of "The Avengers" provides a super-powered dose of science and technology from NASA. The unique, interactive educational display premiered at Discovery Times Square in New York City on May 30, 2014, for a six-month engagement. Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. -- an acronym for Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network -- is an immersive experience in which visitors can...

LDSD Rocket-powered Test Vehicle
2014-06-02 16:20:30

Due to weather conditions, there will be no launch of the LDSD test vehicle Tuesday, June 3. Other potential launch dates include June 5, 7, 9, 11 and 14. Launch decision for Thursday, June 5 will be made on Wednesday, June 4. Check back with us for updates. WASHINGTON, June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's flying saucer-shaped test vehicle is ready to take to the skies from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, for its first engineering shakeout flight....

Serpens Cloud Core Hatches New Stars
2014-05-29 03:50:16

By Whitney Clavin, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Stars that are just beginning to coalesce out of cool swaths of dust and gas are showcased in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). Infrared light has been assigned colors we see with our eyes, revealing young stars in orange and yellow, and a central parcel of gas in blue. This area is hidden in visible-light views, but infrared light can travel through the dust, offering a peek inside...

UAVSAR Focuses On Andean Volcanoes
2014-05-27 03:35:07

Beth Hagenauer, NASA Volcanoes in Central and South America were the primary focus of a four-week Earth science study in late April and early May 2014 using a NASA-developed airborne synthetic aperture imaging radar. The Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar, or UAVSAR, developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, was carried in a specialized pod on NASA's C-20A. The 29-day deployment ended May 6 when the aircraft returned to its base in...

Unclouding Our View Of Future Climate
2014-05-22 03:58:27

[ Watch The Video: Atmospheric General Circulation Changes Due To Increased Greenhouse Gases ] Carol Rasmussen, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory If we had a second Earth, we could experiment with its atmosphere to see how increased levels of greenhouse gases would change it, without the risks that come with performing such an experiment. Since we don’t, scientists use global climate models. In the virtual Earths of the models, interlocking mathematical equations take the place...

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Captures Images Of Big New Crater
2014-05-22 14:29:15

[ Watch The Video: Mars Weathercam Helps Find Big, New Crater ] NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Researchers have discovered on the Red Planet the largest fresh meteor-impact crater ever firmly documented with before-and-after images. The images were captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The crater spans half the length of a football field and first appeared in March 2012. The impact that created it likely was preceded by an explosion in the Martian sky caused by...


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