Draconid Meteor Shower Peaks October 8

A Draconid disappears behind a tree in this image taken by a Canadian all sky camera (Credit: UWO Meteor Physics Group)..

The Draconids are an “occasional” shower - they are either in outburst, with a fair number of meteors, or are so few the casual observer would not notice them. Rates this year are expected to be about 10 per hour on the night of October 8 into the early morning Read full post

Posted Oct 8, 2015 at 2:50 pm on Watch the Skies

Cubesat Checks, Cable Work and Human Research Onboard Station Today

Moscow, Russia Underneath an Aurora

Payload controllers are exploring why two Cubesats were unable to deploy this week from the Kibo lab module so they can be released later. Meanwhile, the six-member Expedition 45 crew is finalizing cable work for the next Cygnus cargo mission, unloading cargo from a new Progress 61 (61P) resupply ship Read full post

Posted Oct 8, 2015 at 1:09 pm on Space Station

Dream Chaser Nears Second Free-Flight Test

A full-scale engineering test article of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spacecraft is nearing completion leading to a second round of atmospheric evaluations at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. The flight testing, which calls for the Dream Chaser to be released high over California’s Rogers Dry Lakebed Read full post

Posted Oct 8, 2015 at 10:27 am on Commercial Crew Program

Supporting the People of South Carolina

The hearts of the entire NASA family go out to our friends, family, colleagues and countrymen and women in South Carolina.  While the people of my home state have seen our share of tough times (including severe weather events), I cannot recall, in all my years growing up in the Read full post

Posted Oct 8, 2015 at 10:10 am on NASA Administrator

NASA Education Express -- Oct. 8, 2015

Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ NEW THIS WEEK! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Free "NASA’s Journey to Mars" Planetarium/Dome Show Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators "Space to Ground" Episodes Available in Spanish Audience: All Educators and Students NIFS Virtual Career Fair Audience: Higher Education Students Event Date: Oct. 8, 2015, from 1- Read full post

Posted Oct 8, 2015 at 9:04 am on NASA Education Express

ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/7/15

NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD) Operations:  Yesterday evening two Dove cubesats were launched successfully from Deployer #5.  However, an overnight attempt to launch an additional two cubesats from Deployer #6 was not successful.  Subsequently, two cubesats from Deployer #7 were launched this morning.  Ground teams are investigating the launch failure for Read full post

Posted Oct 7, 2015 at 4:47 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

Event Oct. 14 to Introduce CubeSat Launch Providers

NASA will host a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to announce the outcome of the Venture Class Launch Service competition. The news conference will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. The participants are: Garrett Skrobot, Educational Read full post

Posted Oct 7, 2015 at 3:22 pm on Kennedy Space Center

Cubesat Pair Deployment on Hold as Spacewalks Preps Underway

Japanese Astronaut Kimiya Yui

The deployment of this week’s final two Cubesats from the Kibo lab module is on hold today. Also, the crew is preparing a pair of spacesuits for an Oct. 28 maintenance spacewalk. More Cubesats were released overnight and this morning from a deployer mechanism attached to the Kibo lab module. However, Read full post

Posted Oct 7, 2015 at 12:04 pm on Space Station

ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/6/15

NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD) #6 Operations:  Yesterday, two Danish cubesats and the first 4 Dove cubesats of the “Flock 2” fleet of satellites were launched.  This morning an additional 4 Dove cubesats were launched and the final 6 Dove cubesats will be launched tonight.  The Dove nanosatellites enable imagery of Read full post

Posted Oct 6, 2015 at 4:44 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

U.S. Cable Work, Russian Science and Cubesat Deployments Today

Cubesat Deployment

The astronauts in the U.S. segment of the International Space Station continued more cable work and life support maintenance. The cosmonauts conducted a wide array of Russian science experiments studying human research and physics. More Cubesats were deployed today from a deployer mechanism attached to Japan’s Kibo lab module. Wednesday will Read full post

Posted Oct 6, 2015 at 12:11 pm on Space Station