Ask an Astronomer: What's a Supermoon?

The second supermoon of 2019 happens Feb. 19. But what's a supermoon? We asked NASA astronomer Mitzi Adams what's really going on here. Here's her answer! Like the orbits of all bodies in the solar system, the Moon's orbit around Earth is not circular, it has an oval or elliptical shape, Read full post

‘Artists Inspire Astronauts’ Contest

NASA is holding an art contest to fill the hallowed halls of the Astronaut Crew Quarters at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This iconic hallway is where past Apollo and space shuttle astronauts took some of their last steps on Earth before heading to the Moon and the Read full post

Gelena (Southern Indian Ocean)

Feb. 15, 2019 - NASA Catches Tropical Cyclone Gelena’s Post-Tropical Transition Tropical cyclones can become post-tropical before they dissipate, meaning they can become sub-tropical, extra-tropical or a remnant low pressure area.  As Tropical Cyclone Gelena transitioned into a subtropical storm, NASA’s Aqua satellite provided a visible image of the storm. On Feb Read full post

Oma (Southern Pacific Ocean)

Feb. 15, 2019 - NASA Tracks Tropical Cyclone Oma as Warnings Remain for Vanuatu Tropical Cyclone Oma continued to stay just west of Vanuatu in the Southern Pacific Ocean as NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead and captured an image of the tropical storm. Tropical Cyclone Warning Number 26 was issued by Read full post

Time Perception Studies, Free-Flying Robotics on Station Schedule

The Expedition 58 crew is helping scientists today understand how astronauts perceive time and orient themselves when living in space. The orbital residents are also working on CubeSat and free-flying robotics hardware aboard the International Space Station. Astronauts Anne McClain and David Saint-Jacques wore virtual reality gear for the Time Perception Read full post

Science: A Deeply Emotional Affair

In many popular movies scientists are cold, analytical men and women who run almost exclusively on the left side of their brains. Often, scientists and engineers are considered loners and the successful ones do not make mistakes. I believe that such perceptions are not only dead wrong, but also discouraging to Read full post

ISS Daily Summary Report – 2/14/2019

Marrow: Today the crew collected breath, ambient air, and blood samples in support of the Marrow investigation.  Marrow looks at the effect of microgravity on bone marrow. It is believed that microgravity, like long-duration bed rest on Earth, has a negative effect on the bone marrow and the blood cells Read full post

Gelena (Southern Indian Ocean)

Feb. 14, 2019 - NASA's Aqua Satellite Finds Winds Battering Tropical Cyclone Gelena Tropical Cyclone Gelena is being battered by outside winds, and that's weakening the storm. Visible imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite revealed the bulk of clouds in Tropical Cyclone Gelena were pushed away from the center. On Feb. 14, 2019 Read full post

Oma (Southern Pacific Ocean)

Feb. 14, 2019 - NASA's Aqua Satellite Eyes Tropical Cyclone Oma Near Vanuatu Visible imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite revealed the center of Tropical Cyclone Oma was just northwest of the island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean. Vanuatu consists of roughly 80 islands that stretch about 808 miles (1,300 kilometers). The Read full post

Research into How Space Impacts Humans and Physics Continues

The three residents onboard the International Space Station today worked with a diverse array of science hardware. The trio continues to explore what living in space is doing to their bodies and helped scientists promote healthier humans in space and on Earth. Astronauts have reported increased head and eye pressure during Read full post