Category: NASA

Auroras: ‘Mind-blowing Every Time’…

Auroras: ‘Mind-blowing Every Time’ via NASA https://ift.tt/2MK7og6

Clyde Foster : In June 1975, Marshall manageme…

Clyde Foster : In June 1975, Marshall management named Clyde Foster to the position of director of the Equal Opportunity Office where he directed and administered a comprehensive program to assure equal opportunity in the conduct of all operations undertaken by the Center and its contractors. (via NASA)

Mendocino Complex Fire Shrouds California in S…

Mendocino Complex Fire Shrouds California in Smoke via NASA https://ift.tt/2vDktBt

Enceladus in Silhouette : One of our Solar Sys…

Enceladus in Silhouette : One of our Solar System’s most tantalizing worlds, Enceladus is backlit by the Sun in this Cassini spacecraft image from November 1, 2009. The dramatic illumination reveals the plumes that continuously spew into space from the south pole of Saturn’s 500 kilometer diameter moon. Discovered by Cassini in 2005, the icy plumes are likely connected to an ocean beneath the ice shell of Enceladus. They supply material directly to Saturn’s outer, tenuous E ring and make the surface of Enceladus as reflective as snow. Across the scene, Saturn’s icy rings scatter sunlight toward Cassini’s cameras. Beyond the rings, the night side of 80 kilometer diameter moon Pandora is faintly lit by Saturnlight. via NASA

Parker Solar Probe Launches to ‘Touch th…

Parker Solar Probe Launches to ‘Touch the Sun’ via NASA https://ift.tt/2P7ftNI

An Icy Heart : Operation IceBridge, NASA’s lon…

An Icy Heart : Operation IceBridge, NASA’s longest running survey of the state of polar ice, shattered records in 2017. (via NASA)

In the Heart of the Heart Nebula : What&rsquo…

In the Heart of the Heart Nebula : What’s that inside the Heart Nebula? First, the large emission nebula dubbed IC 1805 looks, in whole, like a human heart. It’s shape perhaps fitting of the Valentine’s Day, this heart glows brightly in red light emitted by its most prominent element: hydrogen. The red glow and the larger shape are all created by a small group of stars near the nebula’s center. In the heart of the Heart Nebula are young stars from the open star cluster Melotte 15 that are eroding away several picturesque dust pillars with their energetic light and winds. The open cluster of stars contains a few bright stars nearly 50 times the mass of our Sun, many dim stars only a fraction of the mass of our Sun, and an absent microquasar that was expelled millions of years ago. The Heart Nebula is located about 7,500 light years away toward the constellation of the mythological Queen of Aethiopia (Cassiopeia). via NASA

Preparing for Space : In this image from 2009,…

Preparing for Space : In this image from 2009, NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson is attired in a training version of her shuttle launch and entry suit. (via NASA)

Parker Solar Probe Ready for Launch on Mission…

Parker Solar Probe Ready for Launch on Mission to the Sun via NASA https://ift.tt/2B0VSvs

Car Orbiting Earth : Last week, a car orbited…

Car Orbiting Earth : Last week, a car orbited the Earth. The car, created by humans and robots on the Earth, was launched by the SpaceX Company to demonstrate the ability of its Falcon Heavy Rocket to place spacecraft out in the Solar System. Purposely fashioned to be whimsical, the iconic car was thought a better demonstration object than concrete blocks. A mannequin clad in a spacesuit – dubbed the Starman – sits in the driver’s seat. The featured image is a frame from a video taken by one of three cameras mounted on the car. These cameras, connected to the car’s battery, are now out of power. The car, attached to a second stage booster, soon left Earth orbit and will orbit the Sun between Earth and the asteroid belt indefinitely – perhaps until billions of years from now when our Sun expands into a Red Giant. If ever recovered, what’s left of the car may become a unique window into technologies developed on Earth in the 20th and early 21st centuries. via NASA