Protecting Wildlife on our Planet

From left to right:  Russ Lowers, IHA Biologist; Stephanie Weiss, IHA Biologist; Don Dankert, NASA Natural Resources Specialist; and on the bottom is an 8ft female American Alligator.  The Kennedy Space Center Ecological Program ensures that NASA programs do not harm the environment and a key part of this Program is the Alligator monitoring project.   Being the top of the food-chain in the 140,000 acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, the health of the Alligator at KSC is a very good indicator of the health of the surrounding ecosystem.  KSC environmental contractor (IHA) biologists capture 15-20 per month to tag, extract various blood and tissue samples, and gather other physical dimensions.  Great care is taken in the methods used to capture these animals so that they are not harmed in the process of gathering these data.  The KSC Alligator monitoring project has the highest re-capture rate in the wild of any Alligator monitoring program to date.

 

Oh, The Things We'll See!

Mark Belz, a Goddard Space Flight Center Electrical Integration and Test Engineer, in front of the James Webb Space Telescope’s electronics compartment.  The Telescope will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide by studying every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System.

 

Developing NASA Leaders

NASA’s Mid-Level Leader Program – the Agency’s leadership development program for GS 13-14 engineering, science, and administrative professionals – recognizes the critical role of the NASA mid-level leader in accomplishing our mission. This program provides significant leadership development for a diverse, Agency-wide group of individuals who have high potential for assuming greater leadership responsibilities in formal management or program/project management roles.

Meeting the International Space Apps Challenge!

This year’s record breaking International Space Apps Challenge brought together over 9,000 people around the world to solve challenges applicable to both life on Earth and life in space over a 48-hour period.  Kennedy Space Center hosted the first Space Apps Challenge location held at a NASA center and on the first day participants were visited by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and KSC Center Director Bob Cabana.