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arctic ice and clouds
2014-10-16 03:00:37

Provided by Dr. Tony Phillips Science@NASA Climate change is a global phenomenon, yet Earth scientists are keeping a wary eye on one place in particular - the Arctic. "Polar regions are important for us to study right now," explains Tom Wagner of NASA's Earth Science Division in Washington DC. "They are changing rapidly." One of the most visible of signs of warming is the retreat of Arctic sea ice. Every year, sea ice waxes and wanes in a normal response to the changing of seasons;...

2014-10-16 08:37:25

Hip-hop physics show to reach 55 schools in 30 stops across the United States MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE:HON) and NASA are celebrating 10 years of collaboration with FMA Live! Forces in Motion, an award-winning, hip-hop physics education program that inspires middle school students to learn and enjoy math and science in a compelling, fun and memorable way. The popular show, which will visit its 1,000(th) school during this special tour, is in high...

Kuiper Belt object
2014-10-16 05:54:06

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Three new Kuiper Belt objects (KPOs) that could possibly be visited by the New Horizons spacecraft have been uncovered by the Hubble Space Telescope. The KBO visit could happen after the spacecraft flies by Pluto in July 2015 as part of its primary mission. The New Horizons search team was awarded dedicated telescope time with Hubble to specifically search for such KPOs, which led to the current discovery. “This has been a very...

2014-10-15 16:21:46

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A NASA spacecraft designed to track Earth's water in one of its most important, but least recognized forms -- soil moisture -- now is at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, to begin final preparations for launch in January. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft arrived Wednesday at its launch site on California's central coast after traveling from NASA's Jet...

2014-10-15 16:20:34

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Peering out to the dim, outer reaches of our solar system, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) the agency's New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The KBOs were detected through a dedicated Hubble observing program by a New Horizons search team that was awarded telescope time for this purpose....

2014-10-15 08:20:33

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The NASA and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) will fly three Defense Department experimental hosted payloads when it launches in 2016. GPIM's mission will validate a non-toxic fuel for future satellite missions, which could replace hydrazine and provide additional performance benefits. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20141012/152200 The Department of Defense (DOD) Space Experiments Review Board...

astronaut Cady Coleman
2014-10-15 08:14:10

Provided by NASA For decades, women have played critical roles in spaceflight. From the early Human Computers at NASA Langley Research Center to today’s student engineers, women contribute to the mission. In an upcoming documentary, several NASA astronauts and scientists will be included in the PBS MAKERS episode "Makers: Women in Space." Among those featured will be the center director of NASA Johnson Space Center and former astronaut Ellen Ochoa and astronauts Peggy Whitson, Anna...

2014-10-14 16:21:15

HOUSTON, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five young scientists have received First Award Fellowships from the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). Through this two-year program, they will conduct research with the eventual aim of protecting astronaut health during long-duration spaceflights. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130611/DC29942LOGO In addition to receiving mentorship from a faculty member at their home institution, the Fellows will become...

2014-10-14 16:20:58

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, produced unprecedented ultraviolet images of the tenuous oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon coronas surrounding the Red Planet, and yielded a comprehensive map of highly-variable ozone in the atmosphere underlying the coronas. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO...

MAVEN Spectrograph
2014-10-14 13:58:49

Provided by Dwayne Brown, Nancy Jones, and Bill Steigerwald / NASA NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, produced unprecedented ultraviolet images of the tenuous oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon coronas surrounding the Red Planet, and yielded a comprehensive map of highly-variable ozone in the atmosphere underlying the coronas. The spacecraft, which entered Mars' orbit Sept....


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Stephanie Wilson
2012-10-29 14:17:00

Stephanie Wilson is an American engineer, a NASA astronaut, and the second African American woman to go into space. She was born Stephanie Diana Wilson on September 27, 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts. An astronomy professor she interviewed during middle school became her first inspiration to pursue a career in space. She graduated from Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1984, and then attended Harvard University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering...

Stephen Frick
2012-10-27 14:05:11

Stephen Nathaniel Frick is an American astronaut having flown two Space Shuttle missions. Frick was also appointed as a United States Naval officer and qualified as an F/A-18 fighter pilot. Frick was born on September 30, 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania in 1982. After receiving his high school diploma, Frick went on to the United States Naval Academy in 1986 to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace...

James Shelton Voss
2012-10-27 14:01:58

James Shelton Voss is a retired NASA astronaut as well as a retired United States Army Colonel. Voss now serves as the Vice President of Engineering at SpaceDev. On March 3, 1949, Voss was born in Cordova, Alabama but later moved to Opelika, Alabama to live and be raised by his grandparents. He went on to join the wrestling team at Opelika High School and after graduating, he went on to join the wrestling at Auburn University. There, he also was elected as Chapter President of the Theta Xi...

Janice Voss
2012-10-27 13:58:18

Janice Elaine Voss was a NASA astronaut as well as an American Engineer whom flew in space five times placing her at first for holding the record for American women. Voss was born on October 8, 1956 in South Bend, Indiana. She attended Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Massachusetts and graduated in 1972. She then attended Purdue University to receive her bachelor’s degree in engineering while concurrently working at the Johnson Space Center. After Purdue University, Voss...

Lodewijk van den Berg
2012-10-27 13:54:11

Lodewijk van den Berg is a naturalized American chemical engineer born in the Netherlands whom was rather dedicated to crystal growth and also rode aboard as a payload specialist on the 1985 Space Shuttle Challenger mission. He was born in Sluiskil, Netherlands on March 24, 1932. He worked to get his Engineer’s degree in chemical engineering at the Delft University of Technology in Netherlands from 1949 to 1961. After moving to the United States, Van den Berg continued his education to...

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