Liftoff of SpaceX’s CRS-17 Dragon Cargo Craft

From NASA A cool image as space exploration marches onward. ~ctm May 6, 2019 SpaceX’s Dragon lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, May 4, with more than 5,500 pounds of research, equipment, cargo and supplies that will support dozens…

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NASA’s Landmark Twins Study Reveals Resilience of Human Body in Space

From NASA Results from NASA’s landmark Twins Study, which took place from 2015-2016, were published Thursday in Science. The integrated paper — encompassing work from 10 research teams — reveals some interesting, surprising and reassuring data about how one human body adapted to — and recovered from — the extreme environment of space. The Twins…

UTSA tapped by NASA to help build homes on the moon and Mars

University of Texas at San Antonio (San Antonio, Apr. 10, 2019) — The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has been tapped by The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to join a team that will build homes for human habitation on the moon and Mars. As exploration missions beyond Earth become more ambitious,…

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Shutdown Demonstrates How “Vital” Government Scientists Are… NOT

  Guest laugh by David Middleton The laugh is the fact that an article demonstrating the nonessential nature of government scientists, is titled “The Shutdown Shows Just How Vital Government Scientists Are”… ERIC NIILER SCIENCE 01.08.19 THE SHUTDOWN SHOWS JUST HOW VITAL GOVERNMENT SCIENTISTS ARE   INSTEAD OF FIGURING out how many Pacific hake fishermen…

Giovanni: The Bridge Between Data and Science

  From Eos. Using satellite remote sensing data sets can be a daunting task. Giovanni, a Web-based tool, facilitates access, visualization, and exploration for many of NASA’s Earth science data sets. By Zhong Liu and James Acker 24 August 2017 Since the satellite era began, researchers and others have used data collected from Earth-observing satellites,…

Climate Science Double-Speak

A Quick Note from Kip Hansen   A quick note for the amusement of the bored but curious. While in search of something else, I ran across this enlightening page from the folks at UCAR/NCAR [The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research/The National Center for Atmospheric Research — see pdf here for more information]: “What is…

NASA flights gauge summer sea ice melt in the Arctic

  From NASA By Maria-Jose Viñas, NASA’s Earth Science News Team Earlier this year, Arctic sea ice sank to a record low wintertime extent for the third straight year. Now NASA is flying a set of instruments north of Greenland to observe the impact of the melt season on the Arctic’s oldest and thickest sea…

NASA to Test Fission Power for Future Mars Colony

By Irene Klotz, Space.com Contributor, Original Story on Space.com Here An artist’s impression of a nuclear power system, consisting of four separate fission reactors, for Mars habitats. Credit: NASA/Kilopower As NASA makes plans to one day send humans to Mars, one of the key technical gaps the agency is working to fill is how to…