NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System-1 Preparing for Launch

The first satellite in NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System is at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California preparing for its upcoming liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. Launch is slated for November 10. NOAA's JPSS-1 satellite arrived Sept. 1 at the Astrotech Processing Facility at Vandenberg, where it Read full post

Posted Sep 22, 2017 at 10:05 am on Joint Polar Satellite System-1

Damage Maps May Aid Mexico Quake Response

A NASA-produced map of areas likely damaged by the Sept. 19 magnitude 7.1 Raboso earthquake near Mexico City has been provided to Mexican authorities to help responders and groups supporting the response efforts. The quake, which struck 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, caused significant loss of life and property Read full post

Posted Sep 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm on NASA Disaster Response

ISS Daily Summary Report – 9/21/2017

Sarcolab-3: After successfully completing three days of the ankle configuration exercises, today USOS and Russian subjects conducted the knee protocol for Sarcolab-3. The subjects ingressed the Muscle Atrophy Research & Exercise System (MARES) chair, installed the knee Electromyography (EMG) electrodes and began the knee exercise protocol, while an operator collected Read full post

Posted Sep 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

A Very Tough Month for Natural Disasters

When major disasters strike, NASA mobilizes to aid disaster response and recovery efforts by bringing the power of space – data from science satellites circling the globe or from the International Space Station – to responders on the ground. Tapping the terabytes of global environmental data streaming down every day from Read full post

Posted Sep 21, 2017 at 1:26 pm on NASA Disaster Response

Spacewalk VR Training, Muscle and Bone Research Today

The Expedition 53 crew is getting ready for a trio of spacewalks next month while helping scientists understand what living in space does to the human body. NASA astronauts Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei trained for a spacewalk emergency today wearing virtual reality gear. The spacewalkers practiced maneuvering specialized jet Read full post

Posted Sep 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm on Space Station

NASA Education Express Message -- Sept. 21, 2017

  Former Classroom Teacher Living on Board the International Space Station Audience: All Educators and Students Contact:  Educators: You have a colleague in space! Joe Acaba, an astronaut and former classroom teacher, launched into space Sept. 12 and will call the International Space Station home for the next five months. Check out this Read full post

Posted Sep 21, 2017 at 8:55 am on NASA Education EXPRESS

ISS Daily Summary Report – 9/20/2017

Marrow:  Today a 51S crewmember collected breath and ambient air samples for the Marrow investigation which 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 that are Read full post

Posted Sep 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

Making It Work in the Field with ORACLES

by Kristina Pistone / NASA Ames Research Center / I’m not gonna lie: field work is probably my favorite part of the job as a scientist. Aside from my personal interest in visiting new places and cultures, having firsthand experience in data collection is valuable for when we return home and start Read full post

Posted Sep 20, 2017 at 11:11 am on NASA Earth Expeditions

NASA Education "Science WOW!" Message -- Sept. 20, 2017

Check out the latest edition of NASA Education's "Science WOW!" -- your source for NASA opportunities in science education delivered "Weekly On Wednesday." Science Always Starts With a Question … This Week's Question: What Causes the Seasons? Autumn officially begins with the autumnal equinox on Sept. 22. Temperatures are starting to cool, and Read full post

Posted Sep 20, 2017 at 8:55 am on NASA Education 'Science WOW!'

One Sun, One Moon, One Nation

On August 21, the first total solar eclipse across the continental U. S. in almost a century moved our nation to hit the pause button of our hectic lives, to look upwards, and be part of a celestial moment provided by nature to all of us. As the leader of Read full post

Posted Sep 20, 2017 at 8:54 am on Dr. Thomas Z