Year in Review and the look ahead

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Happy New Year!  2009 was a great year for NASA EDGE.  With your support, we were able to produce 16 video podcasts that covered a wide range of topics.  Here’s the short rundown of 2009.

• Highlighted the Desert RATS and analog field testing out at Black Point Lava Flow, AZ.
• Traveled to NASA Kennedy Space Center to cover the STS-125 launch (Last Mission to Hubble) and Ares I-X Flight Demonstration.   The Ares I-X Flight Demonstration was our first live broadcast out on NASA’s Digital Learning Network.
• Visited NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to showcase LRO/LCROSS and the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO).
• Hooked up with our Orion buddies at NASA JSC and Lockheed Martin to produce a vodcast on three Orion Simulators.
• Flew to New York City to catch up with Astronaut Mike Massimino and his Hometown Heroes tour.
• Rapped with Buzz Aldrin at NASA Headquarters for the Apollo 40th Anniversary video podcast.  “All you need is the rocket experience.” 
• Hung out with our friends at NASA Langley to highlight the Orion Crew Module/Launch Abort System (CM/LAS) for Ares I-X.
• Experienced the amazing shuttle tracking capability by the HYTHIRM (HYpersonic THermodynamic InfraRed Measurements) Team.
• And we can’t forget about the Superpressure Balloon team during the 2009 Mission Madness Tournament. Unbelievable!
A big kudos goes out to our fans for nominating us for the 5th Annual Podcast Awards in the ‘Best Video Podcast’ category.  Even though we didn’t win, our fan base increased based on the number of downloads we received each month.  From November 19 – December 18, 2009, NASA EDGE vodcasts were downloaded over 1.3 million times.  This was the first time we broke 1 million downloads in a month.  Thank you again!
What can you expect from NASA EDGE in 2010?  We have a ton of work ahead of us but here’s an initial rundown of topics for the new year.
• Mercury Mission Control Room
• Orion Launch Abort System
• Sun-Earth Day (Live from the Philadelphia Convention Center)
• Orion Pad Abort-1 test (Live from White Sands Missile Range, NM)
• NEEMO (Analog Field Testing)
• Lunabotics Mining Competition (Live from KSC) (still pending)
• Applied Earth Science Applications
• Last Space Shuttle Launch! (Live from the press site at KSC)
• Mission Madness 2010 (still pending) – Bring it on!
and much, much more!
And finally after all the red tape has been cut, we’ll finally will be able to release the Lunar Electric Rover (LER) iPhone app.  So stay tuned and keep following us on Facebook and Twitter (NASA_EDGE).  If you have an idea for a vodcast then please leave us a comment or a suggestion.  Who knows maybe one of our fans may appear on a NASA EDGE vodcast this year.  Just don’t tell the Co-host!
Happy New Space Exploration Year!
Chris
Host

25 thoughts on “Year in Review and the look ahead

  1. The Co-Host Post author

    I can’t believe that I have to read the blog to find out what we’re doing for the new year. Plus, there don’t seem to be clear plans to send me into space. 2010 looks like it will be a difficult year for my professional goals. Sigh.

    The Co-Host

  2. KaiYves Post author

    Will we have Mission Madness again this year?

    If we do, my New Year’s Resolution is not to make any stupid bets over the outcome.

    Last year I had to eat a Post-it note…

  3. guest Post author

    I wish NASA would use its technology to help find Abducted Children and Missing Adults.

    I know they have the means — and wonder why they have NOT implemented it

    There is a website dedicated to putting a workable system in Place

    = Stop Child Abductions Missing Woomen and Other Crimes

    Please take a look and then DO SOMETHING !!!!

    Bill Tomsick
    Cape Coral FL

  4. guest Post author

    Happy New Year to all of you in NASA! I hope its a brand new year filled with new discoveries!

  5. danny Skarka Post author

    What? Nothing at Ames? Don’t you have something you need tested in a wind tunnel? Mic clips? Hair spray?

  6. Kim Banker Post author

    “Great post guys. Keep up the good work :)”

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    Thanks,

    The Co-Host

  7. guest Post author

    “Aww man! I heard your budget was cut, that stinks!!! I know you guys will still have an amazing year.”

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    Thanks,

    The Co-Host

  8. guest Post author

    Thank you 🙂 I want you to give your attention on the fact that nearly 60% of Earth's surface is not properly investigated and people tend to investigate the space. Maybe you can find something more interesting here instead of trying to find aliens in space.

  9. Robert Koos Post author

    It was great article to read , I wish i can visit this site on regular basis to get some innovative study on further topics.

  10. guest Post author

    “please show us the new photoes of space and planets i`m very eager to see them.”

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    Thanks,

    The Co-Host

  11. guest Post author

    “You guys are doing a good job i am very proud of NASA!”

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    Thanks,

    The Co-Host

  12. Atyanov Alexander Post author

    “It was great article to read , I wish i can visit this site on regular basis to get some innovative study on further topics.

    Thank you :)”

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    Thanks,

    The Co-Host

  13. flora Post author

    hello
    nice testing .I expects it.
    thank you anytime.
    I wish love and peace in the world :-)8

    flora in tokyo

  14. guest Post author

    “Thank you for this very informative article of yours. You have explained everything well. I appreciate that you shared this to us.”

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    Thanks,

    The Co-Host

  15. chantal Post author

    To the P.R. public ,

    Monday at 3:00 AM ET, you talk about 2 wings but any planes have ONE wing. I’M electrician in aerospace and i know what i talk.

    All of planes have one big wing because they can’t fly with 2 wings. The reason of ONE wing it’s the air who maintain a plane in altitude.

    thank you for the pleasure we have.

    Chantal Benoit

  16. El Vesvas Post author

    I love NASA, you are a crazy team.

    EL Vesvas

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    The Co-Host

  17. Aamir Post author

    “This is a great idea! I hope it will work out and people in the community
    will not get frustrated if their question isn’t answered right away. I am sure it is going to take time to get used to. I guess this is why it is an experiment.
    regards,

    Aamir”

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    The Co-Host

  18. guest Post author

    “Good pictures and nice post from NASA.”

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    Thanks,

    The Co-Host

  19. guest Post author

    “I see most of the missions where excited and headed to completion. Good to see it.
    Vijeth Kumar”

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    Thanks,

    The Co-Host

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