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NASA measures rainfall rates in two American Samoa Tropical Cyclones

There are two tropical cyclones affecting American Samoa in the South Pacific Ocean on Feb. 21. Tropical Storm Vicky has triggered warnings, while Tropical Cyclone 18P continues to develop. The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM satellite provided a look at the rainfall rates occurring in both storms.
Tags: Science, Nasa, South Pacific Ocean, Samoa, American Samoa Tropical Cyclones, Tropical Storm Vicky

NASA sees tropical cyclone 18p form near American Samoa

The low-pressure area that has been lingering west-northwest of American Samoa for several days has organized into a tropical depression. NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Southern Pacific Ocean and provided forecasters with a visible image of Tropical Depression 18P.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Southern Pacific Ocean, Terra, American Samoa

Betelgeuse mystery solved? New deep-space image stirs up fresh theories behind dimming star

One of the biggest and brightest stars in the night sky has left astronomers puzzled after it has faded dramatically over the last year. Some have speculated that this is a sign of an impending supernova explosion, but new observations are pointing toward two new theories.Betelgeuse is a red supergiant star located around 700 light years away from Earth that can be found glowing orange in the well-known constellation of Orion. It is so massive that if it were placed in the center of our solar sy...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Belgium, Orion, Jupiter, Accuweather, Eso, Mesa, KU Leuven, Betelgeuse, Evan Bauer, Andy Howell, Jared Goldberg, DirecTV Frontier, Montarges

NASA is crowdsourcing a sensor that can survive Venus

Venus is hostile to just about everything, including probes -- and while NASA thinks it has Venus-resistant electronics, that doesn't mean future rovers are ready to touch down on the planet's hellish surface. To that end, NASA wants your help. It's teaming with HeroX on a crowdsourced competition to develop an obstacle avoidance sensor that could survive on the Venus-bound AREE explorer. A total of $30,000 in prizes will go to the top three sensors that can navigate rough terrain...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Venus, Aree

SpaceX and a new partner announce space tourism launches on Dragon starting as early as 2021

SpaceX has a new partner for commercial private astronaut flights aboard its Dragon spacecraft: Space Adventures, a private space tourism company that has already launched private astronauts including Anousheh Ansari, Guy Laliberté and Mark Shuttleworth to space. Space Adventures has worked with seven clients across eight separate missions to the International Space Station (ISS) for private paying commercial space missions, using paid seats on the Russian Soyuz rocket to get its clients t...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Flight, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace

SpaceX and new partner announce space tourism launches on Dragon starting as early as 2021

SpaceX has a new partner for commercial private astronaut flights aboard its Dragon spacecraft: Space Adventures, a private space tourism company that has already launched private astronauts including Anousheh Ansari, Guy Laliberté and Mark Shuttleworth to space. Space Adventures has worked with seven clients across high serrate missions to the International Space Station (ISS) for private paying commercial space missions, using paid seats on the Russian Soyuz rocket to get its clients to ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Flight, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace

Inside the High Stakes Missions of NASA’s Oldest Deep-Space Probes

On Aug. 20, 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 2 probe on a mission to explore the outer planets of our solar system.Twelve years later, having scanned Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, the 1,600-pound spacecraft completed its initial mission.But it kept going. And going. And going. Nursed farther and farther into space by a small team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, Voyager 2 is now more than 11 billion miles from Earth, making it the second-most-distant man-made object from ...
Tags: Science, California, Nasa, Earth, The Daily Beast, Neptune, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Stern, Alan Stern, Calla Cofield, Cofield

NASA finds wind shear doing in Tropical Storm Gabekile

Winds outside of Tropical Storm Gabekile are ripping the storm apart. NASA's Aqua satellite provided a visible image of the storm that showed strong northwesterly wind shear was adversely affecting the storm.
Tags: Science, Nasa

Max Q: Spacex gets ready for first human flight

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This week turned out to be a surprisingly busy one in space news – kicked off by the Trump administration’s FY 2021 budget proposal, which was generous to U.S. space efforts both in science and in defense. Meanwhile, we saw significant progress in SpaceX’s commercial crew program, and plenty of activity among startups big and small. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon arrives in Florida The spacec...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Alabama, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, United States, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Satellite

Rocket Lab will launch a NASA cubesat to the Moon

Rocket Lab will fulfill its dreams of launching payloads to the Moon. NASA has picked Rocket Lab to carry its CAPSTONE (Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment) cubesat into the Moon's orbit in early 2021. An Electron rocket will launch from NASA's Wallops facility in Virginia, with the Photon platform sending CAPSTONE into a trans-lunar injection. The cubesat will only handle the last stage, when it propels itself into a cislunar orbit.
Tags: Science, Virginia, Nasa, Capstone, Wallops

SpaceX delivers the Crew Dragon capsule to its launch site

The SpaceX Crew Dragon, which is slated to be the first spacecraft to carry humans to orbit from American soil since 2011, has arrived at its Cape Canaveral launch site. NASA and SpaceX are already preparing the vehicle for its first flight manned test and will put it through final testing and prelaunch processing over the next months. If all goes well, the first manned flight test will happen as soon as this spring -- Elon Musk previously revealed that the launch's working date is May 7th -...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Nasa, Cape Canaveral, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley

Using satellites and machine learning to protect food security in Eastern Africa

Dr. Catherine Nakalembe, Africa Program Lead for NASA Harvest, is helping countries there build systems to monitor crops based on NASA's and European Space Agency's free satellite data, allowing them to make life-saving decisions related to food security sooner and with a deeper evidence-base. Speaking at the AAAS meeting in Seattle on Saturday at 8, Convention Center room 611, Nakalembe will describe NASA's involvement in agriculture and new efforts to do crop health assessments using machine l...
Tags: Science, Africa, Nasa, European Space Agency, Seattle, AAAS, Eastern Africa, Catherine Nakalembe, Nakalembe

Rocket Lab will launch a satellite to the Moon for NASA to prepare for the Lunar Gateway

Launch startup Rocket Lab has been awarded a contract to launch a CubeSat on behalf of NASA for the agency’s CAPSTONE experiment, with the ultimate aim of putting the CAPSTONE CubeSat into cislunar (in the region in between Earth and the Moon) orbit – the same orbit that NASA will eventually use for its Gateway Moon-orbiting space station. The launch is scheduled to take place in 2021. The CAPSTONE launch will take place at Rocket Lab’s new Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) facility at Wallops Fligh...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Science, Virginia, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Satellite, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Spacecraft, Spaceport, Outer Space

Near-Earth Asteroid Sets Off Alert, Turns Out to Be Two Asteroids Hanging Out Together

An asteroid that whizzed within 3 million miles of Earth last week turned out to be two objects in a binary system, according to new observations.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Earth, Asteroids, Arecibo, Potentially Hazardous Asteroids

NASA Scientists Have Found Millions of Arctic Methane Hotspots

Scientists are taking to the skies to study methane emissions in the Arctic. In a series of more than 400 airplane rides in 2017, researchers with NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment discovered 2 million methane hotspots.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Arctic, Methane, Ice Ice Maybe, Arctic Methane Hotspots

Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot image is 30 years old today

Thirty years ago today, the Voyager 1 spaceprobe had completed its ncounters with the outer planets and was careening out of our solar system. The time came to shut off the probes' cameras to preserve power and memory for the other onboard scientific instruments. But before engineers flipped the switch, one last photo opportunity was not to be missed. From my liner notes to the Voyager Golden Record vinyl box set: Astronomer and educator Carl Sagan, a member of the Voyager Imaging Team,...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Carl Sagan, Sagan, Voyager, Voyager Imaging Team

NASA finds ex-Tropical Cyclone Uesi's rains affecting New Zealand

Although it is now an 'ex-tropical cyclone,' Uesi continues to generate some moderate rainfall, especially in its southern quadrant as it moves toward New Zealand.
Tags: Science, Nasa, New Zealand, Uesi

NASA catches the re-birth of zombie tropical cyclone Francisco

The low-pressure area that had once been Tropical Cyclone Francisco has been lingering in the Southern Indian Ocean since Feb. 6 when it weakened below tropical cyclone status. Since then, Francisco's remnants moved into an area of warm waters and low wind shear allowing the low-pressure area to re-organize, consolidate and re-form. NASA's Aqua satellite provided forecasters with a visible image of the zo
Tags: Science, Nasa, Francisco, Feb, Southern Indian Ocean

Four Shortlisted NASA Missions Would Explore the Nastiest Places in the Solar System

As part of its ongoing Discovery Program, NASA has selected four possible missions that would involve some of the most hostile and enigmatic places in the solar system.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Space Exploration, Planetary Science

NASA Releases Remixed Version of Iconic ‘Pale Blue Dot’ Photo

A humbling photo of Earth taken by the Voyager 1 probe from a distance of 3.7 billion miles has been reprocessed by NASA to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the image. Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Space Exploration, Carl Sagan, Space Photography, Pale Blue Dot, Hey I Can See My House From Here

NASA's iconic 'Pale Blue Dot' photograph turns 30 on Friday. It shows Earth in the void of space from nearly 4 billion miles away.

Thirty years ago, Voyager 1 snapped its iconic "Pale Blue Dot" photograph of the Earth from nearly 4 billion miles away.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth

NASA picks missions to Venus, Triton and Io as finalists for Discovery funding

NASA has selected four proposed Discovery-class interplanetary missions to receive $3 million to flesh out their concepts, with the aim of choosing one or two of them next year for further funding. Two of the proposed missions focus on Venus: DAVINCI+ (Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging Plus), which would send an spherical probe through Venus' atmosphere to study the cloud-covered planet's atmosphere all the way down to the surface; and VERITAS (Ve...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Venus, Venus Triton

How a space snowman called Arrokoth is shedding new light on planetary origins

The space snowman that was the focus of a close encounter with NASA's New Horizons probe last year is helping scientists answer a cosmic question: How did the building blocks of the solar system get their start? "This is a game-changer," said Alan Stern, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute and principal investigator for the New Horizons mission. Stern and other members of the New Horizons science team shared their latest findings about the snowman-shaped object now know...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Seattle, New Horizons, Stern, Alan Stern, American Association, Southwest Research Institute

Nasa 're-masters' classic 'Pale Blue Dot' image of Earth

The US space agency reprocesses the Voyager probe's iconic "Pale Blue Dot" picture of Planet Earth.
Tags: Science, US, Nasa, Earth

NASA astronaut Christina Koch said she 'felt like a baby' — and was craving chips and salsa — after her record 11-month trip to space

The NASA astronaut Christina Koch returned to Earth after 328 days in space, the longest mission by a woman.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Christina Koch

NASA finds wind shear affecting tropical cyclone Uesi

NASA satellite imagery revealed that vertical wind shear appears to be affecting Tropical Cyclone Uesi in the Southern Pacific Ocean.
Tags: Science, Nasa

Electric solid propellant -- can it take the heat?

Electric solid propellants are being explored as a safer option for pyrotechnics, mining, and in-space propulsion because they only ignite with an electric current. But because all of these applications require high heat, it's important to understand how the high temperatures change the propellants' chemistry. Researchers from the University of Illinois, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and NASA simulated the thermochemical properties to predict the thermochemistry of a new high-pe...
Tags: Science, Nasa

"I feel great": Astronaut Christina Koch on record stay in space

NASA astronaut Christina Koch talks to Norah O'Donnell about her 328-day mission in space and whether she's up for a trip to the moon.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Christina Koch, NORAH O DONNELL

NASA is hiring astronauts to go to the moon and Mars. Here's what candidates need on their resumes.

You can apply to be in NASA's new class of astronauts. The missions could involve setting up a station on the moon and traveling to Mars.
Tags: Science, Nasa

Blue Canyon Technologies chosen by Made in Space for orbital manufacturing demo mission

In-orbit manufacturing startup Made in Space has tapped Colorado’s Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) to help support its Archinaut One demonstration mission contracted by NASA, which is currently set to take place in 2022. The mission will see Made in Space show off the assembly of two ten-meter solar arrays on orbit, which will then be used to power an ESPA-class satellite, providing up to five times more power than is available via power sources used for those satellites not assembled in orbit. B...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Colorado, Tech, Nasa, Satellite, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Solar Sail, Spacecraft, Additive Manufacturing, Northrop Grumman, Jpl, Cubesats, Crum

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