Taking the Pulse of the Reef: “It’s Algalicious”

by Alan Buis / OFF HERON ISLAND, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA / Bob Carpenter surveys the seafloor surrounding the research vessel Anthias as it glides over Blue Lagoon, the largest part of the reef that envelops Heron Island. He and his team, which is conducting the in-water validation of reef metabolism for NASA’s Coral Read full post

Posted Sep 26, 2016 at 4:34 pm on NASA Earth Expeditions

NASA and Orbital ATK Prepping for Mid-October Cargo Mission

Mission managers are targeting the Oct. 9-13 timeframe for the launch of the sixth Orbital ATK resupply mission to the International Space Station. A pair of astronauts onboard the station are also training for the robotic capture of the Cygnus resupply ship from Orbital ATK when it arrives about two Read full post

Posted Sep 26, 2016 at 1:22 pm on Space Station

See ya in 30-days: HERA 12 Mission begins

It is a jovial evening with family, friends, children, laughter, and of course…cake! The pizza sized countdown clock looms large in the background. In moments, four crew members will voluntarily lock themselves away in a modest two-floored habitat for 30-days, all in the name of advancing the science of space Read full post

Posted Sep 26, 2016 at 9:07 am on AnaBlogs: Blogs from Analog Missions

NASA’s New Neighbor on the National Mall: Reflections on the Opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tomorrow, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opens its doors to the public.  Located on the National Mall, the museum is less than a mile away from NASA’s Washington Headquarters.  Recently I spoke to NASA TV about the significance of this occasion, and you can watch a Read full post

Posted Sep 23, 2016 at 5:09 pm on NASA Administrator

ISS Daily Summary Report – 09/23/2016

NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD) Removal: FE-5 removed the NanoRack deployer from the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEMAL) Slide Table, following the successful deployments of 8 DoveSat satellites last week.  The next use of the JEMAL will be for Robotics External Leak Locator (RELL), which aims to Read full post

Posted Sep 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

Coral Reef Close-up: CORAL Goes Down Under Down Under

by Alan Buis / OFF HERON ISLAND, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA / It’s a warm and sunny morning in mid-September as Stacy Peltier and her colleagues on NASA’s Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) mission survey team prepare for their first day in the water at Heron Island, a 42-acre coral cay about 45 Read full post

Posted Sep 23, 2016 at 1:21 pm on NASA Earth Expeditions

ISS Daily Summary Report – 09/22/2016

Story Time From Space: FE-6 completed the video recording that was started yesterday that demonstrates how a balance scale can be used to exhibit balance in microgravity.  Story Time From Space combines science literacy outreach with simple demonstrations recorded aboard the ISS. Crew members read five science, technology, engineering and Read full post

Posted Sep 22, 2016 at 4:00 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

Eye Scans, Orbital Plumbing and Story Time for Crew

Astronauts Kate Rubins and Takuya Onishi are continuing more eye checks today in the middle of day-long orbital plumbing work. Commander Anatoly Ivanishin packed trash in a resupply ship and researched a variety of Earth and space phenomena. Rubins and Onishi scanned each other’s eyes today using an ultrasound. Doctors on Read full post

Posted Sep 22, 2016 at 1:10 pm on Space Station

NASA Education Express Message -- Sept. 22, 2016

Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below. New This Week! Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators Next Event Date: Sept. 22, 2016, at 4 p.m. EDT Free Educator Professional Development Workshops From NASA's Stennis Space Center Office of Education Audience: Read full post

Posted Sep 22, 2016 at 9:12 am on NASA Education Express

Kennedy Team Briefed on Juno Mission Progress

Since its arrival in orbit around Jupiter nearly three months ago, the Juno spacecraft already is impressing scientists with its observations of the gas giant. Employees at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida were briefed Sept. 20 on the status and the scientific promise of a mission many audience members Read full post

Posted Sep 22, 2016 at 8:25 am on Kennedy Space Center