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Scientists Release Global Maps Of Soil Moisture
2014-07-08 03:28:01

[ Watch The Video: Aquarius Returns Global Maps Of Soil Moisture ] Maria-José Viñas, NASA Scientists working with data from NASA's Aquarius instrument have released worldwide maps of soil moisture, showing how the wetness of the land fluctuates with the seasons and weather phenomena. Soil moisture, the water contained within soil particles, is an important player in Earth's water cycle. It is essential for plant life and influences weather and climate. Satellite readings of soil...

Hidden Cycles Of Sea Winds To Be Revealed By NASA's RapidScat
2014-07-08 03:19:00

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Ocean waves, the hot sun, sea breezes -- the right combination makes a great day at the beach. A different combination makes a killer hurricane. The complex interactions of the ocean and the air above it that can create such different outcomes are not yet fully known. Scientists would especially like to understand the role that the daily heat of the sun plays in creating winds. In a few months, NASA will send an ocean wind-monitoring instrument to a...

Voyager 1 Entering Interstellar Space
2014-07-08 03:45:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new “tsunami wave” generated by the sun has helped NASA scientists confirm that Voyager 1 is currently traveling through interstellar space, or the area between the stars that is filled with charged particles known as plasma, the US space agency reported on Monday. Waves like these are what initially led astronomers to conclude that the spacecraft had escaped the magnetic bubble surrounding the sun and planets known as the...

2014-07-07 16:20:36

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is renaming one of its iconic facilities in honor of legendary astronaut and the first person to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Media are invited to attend the ceremony at the Operations and Checkout Building at 9 a.m. EDT, Monday, July 21. The event will include remarks from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Kennedy Center...

2014-07-07 16:20:34

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- College and university students from across the country are taking science to greater heights thanks to a new NASA program. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The Undergraduate Student Instrument Program (USIP) is an educational flight opportunity sponsored by NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by providing a hands-on Earth or space science flight...

2014-07-07 16:20:32

HAMPTON, Va., July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, July 8, at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, former NASA engineer and Eagle Aeronautics Director for Projects Domenic Maglieri will present "Sonic Boom: A Review of Six Decades of Research" at 2 p.m. in the Reid Conference Center. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Maglieri will take a look back at how 60 years of aeronautics research has helped to understand the sonic boom,...

Latest Student Science Heads For Space
2014-07-07 03:33:25

Melissa Gaskill, NASA Astronauts on future missions may nibble on lettuce and grow their own antibiotics, depending on the results of research that student scientists plan to conduct on the International Space Station. Mission 5 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is scheduled to launch to the space station on July 11. A total of 1,344 proposals yielded 15 selected investigations for the flight. These investigations represent a diversity of subject matter from...

University Of Colorado Boulder Students Developing Robotic Gardening Technology
2014-07-07 03:25:08

By Bob Granath, NASA For more than a half-century, NASA has made the stuff of science fiction into reality. Researchers are continuing that tradition by designing robots to work in a deep-space habitat, tending gardens and growing food for astronaut explorers. It sounds like a concept from Star Wars, but a team of graduate students from the University of Colorado Boulder is now developing the innovative technology to make it possible. As astronauts explore beyond Earth, they will need...

Former Astronauts Reboot NASA ISEE-3 Probe For Original Mission
2014-07-07 12:46:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a 27-year slumber, NASA’s International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3) spacecraft has reawakened – firing its thrusters on July 2 in preparation for a major course change. As part of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project being run by former NASA astronauts, the firing of the rockets caused the craft to increase its rotation rate from 19.16 revolutions per minute (rpm) to 19.76 rpm. “All in all, a very good day,” wrote project...

2014-07-07 11:35:55

NASA NASA Chief Technologist David Miller and Dorothy Rasco, NASA's deputy associate administrator for Space Technology, will be on hand Saturday, June 14, at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) for this year's Sample Return Robot Challenge awards ceremony. The event will take place at 10 a.m. EDT, during the TouchTomorrow technology festival on campus, showcasing teams and robots, as well as NASA and WPI exhibits in science, robotics and space technology. Eighteen teams of...


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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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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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