Posted tagged ‘NASA’

Solar Storms Hit Earth

March 8, 2012

Take cover!!!!!!!

Just kidding. It’s not like that!

The largest solar storm in five years has hit the Earth, but scientists say that we’ve lucked out (so far).

The storm arrived Thursday morning and scientists say that the “peacefulness” of it could change as the storm spends the day shaking the planet’s magnetic field.

From ZDNet:

NASA reports that the  two new solar flares were ejected from the sun on Wednesday March 6 and reached Earth at 5:45 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 8. The two flares were traveling at 1,300 and 1,100 miles per second.

Even though there was a larger solar flare last  year, magnetic, radio and radiation emissions could create a larger impact on Earth. Early reports say the impact was weaker than anticipated but the intensity of the storm could pick up.

Wind, Hail Batter Space Shuttle Launch Pad

March 31, 2011

NASA crews will perform a full survey of the space shuttle Endeavour today, just one day after high winds and hail battered the launch pad.

From CNN:

“No one was injured and initially no obvious damage was observed. The storm moved through the area quickly,” a NASA press release said.

Endeavour is scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station on April 19th. The space shuttle’s six astronauts are at the Kennedy Space Center for their launch dress rehearsal.

5 Earth-Sized Planets Found in Milky Way

February 3, 2011

NASA scientists have announced that the Kepler space telescope has spotted five planets about the size of Earth, orbiting stars in the Milky Way.

Man! That must have been hard on their teeth! Oh wait…the Milky Way Galaxy. Whew!

From CNN:

These planets are orbiting in what is known as the habitable zone, which puts them at a distance from their suns where liquid water could exist. Liquid water is a key ingredient for life to form.

“In a generation we have gone from extraterrestrial planets being a mainstay of science fiction, to the present, where Kepler has helped turn science fiction into today’s reality,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

The Kepler science team also announced the telescope found six planets, all larger than Earth, orbiting a single sun-like star.

Remembering Challenger: 25 Years Ago Today

January 28, 2011

Twenty-five years ago today and only seconds into their mission, seven NASA astronauts perished in the greatest space disaster ever witnessed.

I remember that I was in either 2nd or 3rd grade. I was home sick from school to watch the shuttle take off. I also remember the minute that it exploded and the reactions on television around the world. I can’t believe that it’s been 25 years!

Where were you on January 28, 1986?

From CBS News:

Just 68 seconds into the flight, Scobee uttered the last words anyone would ever hear from the Challenger crew: “Go with throttle up.”

Bob Sieck, shuttle operations manager at Kennedy Space Center, said, “We knew as soon as we saw the fireball that the explosion that we didn’t have a chance of getting the crew back alive.”

The space shuttle — America’s symbol of technical prowess — was brought down because cold weather had caused rubber O ring seals in the rocket boosters to weaken and fail. Seven people lost their lives — as a nation looked on.

That evening, President Reagan consoled the country, saying, “We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.'”

NASA Confirms Water Discovered on Moon

November 13, 2009

NASA scientists who crashed two spacecraft into a crater on the moon announced today that they found water in the dust they kicked up.

Scientists are currently working to find out more about the discovery.

Exciting news! Now…where are the moon people??? 🙂

Better yet, I’m sure there are some of you out there who would love to send accused murderer Casey Anthony there! Maybe her attorneys and family as well?

From the New York Times:

“Indeed yes, we found water,” Anthony Colaprete, the principal investigator for NASA’s Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, said in a news conference.

The confirmation of scientists’ suspicions is welcome news both to future explorers who might set up home on the lunar surface and to scientists who hope that the water, in the form of ice accumulated over billions of years, could hold a record of the solar system’s history.

The satellite, known as Lcross (pronounced L-cross), slammed into a crater near the Moon’s south pole a month ago. The impact carved out a hole 60- to 100-feet wide and kicked up at least 24 gallons of water.

“We got more than just whiff,” said Peter H. Schultz, a professor of geological sciences at Brown University and a co-investigator of the mission. “We practically tasted it with the impact.”

NASA’s Ares 1-X Booster Takes Off

October 28, 2009

NASA’s newest rocket blasted off on a brief test flight this morning, taking the first step in a back-to-the-moon program.

The rocket took off through some clouds from a former shuttle launch pad at 11:30 a.m., approximately 3 1/2 hours late because of the bad weather.

From the Associated Press:

The 327-foot Ares I-X rocket resembled a giant white pencil as it shot into the sky, delayed a day by poor weather.

Nearly twice the height of the spaceship it’s supposed to replace — the shuttle — the skinny experimental rocket carried no passengers or payload, only throwaway ballast and hundreds of sensors. The flight cost $445 million.

“Oh, man. Well, how impressive is that,” said Jeff Hanley, manager of NASA’s space frontier program, known as Constellation. “You’ve accomplished a great step forward for exploration,” he told launch controllers.

It was the first time in nearly 30 years that a new rocket took off from Kennedy Space Center. Columbia made the maiden voyage for the shuttle fleet back in 1981.

NASA Takes on the Moon…And It’s a Draw!

October 9, 2009

NASA crashed two spacecrafts into the lunar south pole early this morning in a search for hidden ice.

Instruments confirm that a large empty rocket hull barreled into the moon at 7:31 a.m., followed four minutes later by a probe with cameras taking pictures of the first crash.

From the Associated Press:

But the big live public splash people anticipated didn’t quite happen. Screens got fuzz and no immediate pictures of the crash or the six-mile plume of lunar dust that the mission was all about. The public, which followed the crashes on the Internet and at observatories, seemed puzzled.

NASA officials touted loads of data from the probe and telescopes around the world and in orbit. But most of the photos they showed during a Friday morning press conference were from before the crash. The crash photos and videos were few and showed little more than a fuzzy white flash.

Still, NASA scientists were happy.

“This is so cool,” said Jennifer Heldmann, coordinator for NASA’s observation campaign. “We’re thrilled.”

“This is going to change the way we look at the moon,” NASA chief lunar scientist Michael Wargo said at the news conference.

Expectations by the public for live plume video were probably too high and based on pre-crash animations, some of which were not by NASA, project manager Dan Andrews told The Associated Press Friday morning 80 minutes after impact.

From CNN:

“We have the data we need to actually address the questions we set out to address,” said Anthony Colaprete, principal investigator for the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, mission.

It will be awhile before all the data from the satellite can be analyzed to determine if there is water on the moon, according to LCROSS project manager Dan Andrews.

Andrews said that “the spacecraft performed beautifully.”

NASA crashed the rocket and a satellite into the moon’s surface on Friday morning in a $79 million mission.

NASA televised live images of the LCROSS as it crashed into a crater near the moon’s south pole.