Tech & Science

NASA-UCI Study Indicates Loss of West Antarctic Glaciers Appears Unstoppable

May 12, 2014

A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.

NASA Highlights 2014 National Small Business Week

May 12, 2014

NASA this week joins with President Obama, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and other federal agencies in recognizing all that our nation’s small businesses have accomplished. NASA has a strong relationship with the small business community which is vital in assisting the agency in reaching its mission goals. National Small Business Week kicks off Monday.

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference on West Antarctic Ice Sheet Findings

May 9, 2014

NASA will host a media teleconference at 12:30 p.m. EDT Monday, May 12, to discuss new research results on the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its potential contribution to future sea level rise.

NASA Administrator and Media to See MMS Mission Progress

May 9, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will get a firsthand look at work being done on the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft during a visit to the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Monday, May 12.

NASA Simulator Successfully Recreates Space Dust

May 7, 2014

A team of scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., has successfully reproduced, right here on Earth, the processes that occur in the atmosphere of a red giant star and lead to the formation of planet-forming interstellar dust.

NASA's Chandra Observatory Delivers New Insight into Formation of Star Clusters

May 7, 2014

Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and infrared telescopes, astronomers have made an important advance in the understanding of how clusters of stars come into being.

NASA Hosts Multiple Student Rocketry Challenge Events in May

May 6, 2014

More than 20 American college and university teams will gather on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats Saturday, May 17 to launch rockets they designed.

NASA, NSBRI Select 26 Proposals to Support Crew Health on Deep Space Missions

May 6, 2014

NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) will fund 26 proposals to help investigate questions about astronaut health and performance on future deep space exploration missions. This research may help protect astronauts as they venture farther into the solar system than ever before to explore an asteroid and, eventually, Mars.

NASA Television to Air Expedition 39 Crew's Return from Space Station

May 6, 2014

Three crew members currently aboard the International Space Station are scheduled to end more than six months on the orbiting laboratory Tuesday, May 13 (U.S. time), and NASA Television will provide complete coverage of their return to Earth, from farewells to landing.

NASA Administrator to Discuss Third National Climate Assessment in California

May 6, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will visit the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., Thursday, May 8, to discuss findings in the Third National Climate Assessment, released Tuesday by the White House.

NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman Available for Interviews before Space Station Mission

May 2, 2014

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman of Baltimore, Md., who is making final preparations for a May launch to the International Space Station, will be available for live satellite interviews from 6 to 7 a.m. EDT Friday, May 9.

NASA Extends Media Accreditation for Next Orbital Sciences Cargo Resupply Mission to International Space Station

May 2, 2014

Media accreditation has been extended for the launch of the second NASA contracted cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station from Virginia.

NASA-CNES Move Forward with Global Water and Ocean Surface Mission

May 2, 2014

NASA and the French space agency Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) have agreed to jointly build, launch, and operate a spacecraft to conduct the first-ever global survey of Earth's surface water and to map ocean surface height with unprecedented detail.

International Space Station Crew to Connect Live with Idaho Students

May 2, 2014

NASA astronauts and Expedition 39 Flight Engineers Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson, currently orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station, will speak with students and educators at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, Tuesday, May 6, at 11:55 a.m. EDT. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

Hubble Astronomers Use Supernovae to Gauge Power of Cosmic Lenses

May 1, 2014

Distant exploding stars observed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are providing astronomers with a powerful tool to determine the strength of naturally-occurring "cosmic lenses" that are used to magnify objects in the remote universe.

NASA Invests in Hundreds of U.S. Small Businesses to Enable Future Missions

April 30, 2014

Recognizing the critical role of American small businesses and research institutions play as innovation engines for new space technologies that will enable future space exploration, NASA has selected 383 research and technology proposals for negotiations that may lead to contracts worth a combined $47.6 million.

NASA TV to Air U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony May 3

April 30, 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the 2014 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 3 p.m. EDT Saturday, May 3. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, a 2006 hall of famer, and Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, in 2008, will deliver remarks at the event.

NASA Selects Partners for U.S. Commercial Lander Capabilities

April 30, 2014

NASA announced Wednesday the selection of three U.S. companies to negotiate no-funds exchanged partnership agreements with the agency to advance lander capabilities that will enable delivery of payloads to the surface of the moon, as well as new science and exploration missions of interest to NASA and scientific and academic communities.

NASA's Carbon-Counting Spacecraft Arrives at Launch Site

April 30, 2014

A NASA spacecraft designed to make precise measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere is at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final preparations for launch.

Texas Music Students to Perform Live with Space Station Astronaut

April 29, 2014

Expedition 39 commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, currently aboard the International Space Station, will make space-to-Earth musical connections with students in Texas this week to share and explore the relationship between the arts and space exploration.

NASA Spinoff 2013 Shows How Much Space is in Our Lives

April 28, 2014

Water filtration bottles, comfortable car seats and remote medical monitoring devices all have one thing in common -- they all have benefited from NASA technology.

NASA Seeks to Evolve Space Station for New Commercial Opportunities

April 28, 2014

As part of NASA's continuing effort to open low-Earth orbit to commercial space opportunities, the agency is seeking feedback on ways it can help create greater access to and use of the International Space Station for research and commercial activities.

Indianapolis Students to Connect Live with International Space Station Crew

April 25, 2014

Students and educators from Butler University in Indianapolis will at gather at Children's Museum Indianapolis for a live conversation with astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station.

High School Students Create Winning Design for NASA's First Flight of Orion

April 25, 2014

After a year-long competition among high school teams across the country, evaluators from NASA, Lockheed Martin and the National Institute of Aerospace have selected Team ARES, from the Governor’s School for Science and Technology in Hampton, Va., as the winner of the high school portion of the Exploration Design Challenge (EDC).

NASA's Spitzer and WISE Telescopes Find Close, Cold Neighbor of Sun

April 25, 2014

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest "brown dwarf" known -- a dim, star-like body that, surprisingly, is as frosty as Earth's North Pole.

Astronomical Forensics Uncover Planetary Disks in NASA's Hubble Archive

April 24, 2014

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have applied a new image processing technique to obtain near-infrared scattered light photos of five disks observed around young stars in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes database. These disks are telltale evidence for newly formed planets.

NASA Exploration Forum to Showcase Human Path to Mars

April 23, 2014

NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other agency leadership will showcase NASA’s human exploration path to Mars at an Exploration Forum from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 29.

NASA Satellites Show Drought May Take Toll on Congo Rainforest

April 23, 2014

A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

NASA Astronauts to Call Colorado Students from Space

April 23, 2014

Cadets and students from the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy Magnet School in Colorado will gather at 11:50 a.m. EDT Thursday, April 24, to speak live with astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station.

NASA Hubble Instruments Highlight New National Air and Space Museum Exhibit

April 23, 2014

Two instruments that played critical roles in discoveries made by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope now are on display in an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

NASA Featured Prominently at USA Science and Engineering Festival April 25-27

April 22, 2014

Media are invited to join a host of NASA scientists, engineers and managers at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, April 25-27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, Washington.

NASA Selects Commercial Crew Program Manager

April 21, 2014

NASA has selected Kathy Lueders as program manager for the agency's Commercial Crew Program (CCP). Lueders, who has served as acting program manager since October 2013, will help keep the nation's space program on course to launch astronauts from American soil by 2017 aboard spacecraft built by American companies.

NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon's Surface

April 18, 2014

Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17.

NASA, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Announce Media Opportunities at Hubble Anniversary Reception

April 18, 2014

Media are invited to attend a breakfast reception at 8:30 a.m. EDT April 23 to celebrate the 24th anniversary of Hubble Space Telescope's launch into space with the opening of the "Repairing Hubble" exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, located at 600 Independence Ave. SW in Washington.

NASA Innovative Advanced Concept Program Seeks Phase II Proposals

April 18, 2014

NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program is seeking proposals for technologies that could be used on future exploration missions. The new proposals will build on the most promising ideas developed in the program's first phase.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events, Online Activities

April 18, 2014

NASA will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day with a variety of live and online activities April 21-27 to engage the public in the agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet.

NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission

April 18, 2014

Nearly 2.5 tons of NASA science investigations and cargo are on the way to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft.

NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'

April 17, 2014

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

NASA Administrator and Senior Leaders to Outline NASA's "Path to Mars"

April 17, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will outline NASA's human exploration path to Mars during a keynote address at the Humans to Mars Summit 2014 at 9 a.m. ET, Tuesday, April 22. The conference, sponsored by Explore Mars, will be held April 22-24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lisner and Betts Auditoriums at George Washington University in Washington and will be carried live on NASA TV.

NASA Sets Preview Briefing, TV Schedule for Space Station Spacewalk

April 17, 2014

Two NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station will conduct a spacewalk in the coming week to replace a failed backup computer relay system on the space station's truss. The activity, designated U.S. EVA 26, will be broadcast live on NASA Television and previewed in a briefing at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston at 9:30 a.m. EDT Friday, April 18.

SpaceX Launch of NASA Cargo to Space Station Set for Friday, Spacewalk Wednesday

April 16, 2014

NASA and SpaceX are targeting a 3:25 p.m. EDT launch on Friday, April 18, of SpaceX's third cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

NASA Names Six New Members to Advisory Council

April 16, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has announced the appointment of six new members to the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). The group advises NASA's senior leadership on challenges and solutions facing the agency as it unfolds a new era of exploration.

NASA Administrator to Tour Space Lab, Speak at University of Colorado-Boulder

April 15, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will tour the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and speak with students and faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder on Friday, Apr. 18.

NASA Signs Agreement with SpaceX for Use of Historic Launch Pad

April 15, 2014

NASA Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A, the site from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site.

NASA Astronauts Will Breathe Easier With New Oxygen Recovery Systems

April 15, 2014

For NASA's long-duration human spaceflight missions, travelers will need to recycle as much breathable oxygen in their spacecraft environments, as possible.

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Announce Latest Kepler Discovery

April 15, 2014

NASA will host a news teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 17, to announce a new discovery made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope.

NASA Cassini Images May Reveal Birth of New Saturn Moon

April 14, 2014

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet's known moons.

NASA Holds Space Tech Mission Directorate Media Teleconference Wednesday

April 14, 2014

NASA will host a media teleconference at noon EDT Wednesday, April 16, to discuss the status of ongoing projects and the road ahead for the agency's Space Technology Mission Directorate.

NASA Hosts Launch Complex 39A Status Update

April 13, 2014

NASA will provide a status update on Launch Complex 39A at 2:30 p.m. EDT, Monday, April 14 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The update, which will be held at pad 39A, will not be carried live on NASA Television.

NASA TV to Air SpaceX-3 Status Update at Noon EDT April 13

April 12, 2014

NASA Television will air a news conference at noon EDT on Sunday, April 13 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Powers through First Integrated System Testing

April 11, 2014

NASA's Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft's readiness for its first flight test -- Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) -- later this year. EFT-1 will send the spacecraft more than 3,600 miles from Earth and return it safely.

NASA to Provide Live Coverage and Commentary of April 15 Lunar Eclipse

April 11, 2014

The public will have the opportunity to view and learn more about the Tuesday, April 15 total lunar eclipse on NASA television, the agency’s website, and social media.

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