TAG: NASA

NASA Climate Probe

Climate Probe

NASA is sending an aerial probe over the Pacific Ocean to study climate change. The Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX)  is scheduled to begin flights in between January 16 and March 15. The modified drones will fly 65,000 feet above the ocean and study “unexplored regions of the upper atmosphere for answers to how a warming climate is changing Earth.” The unmanned drones will take flight from Edwards Air Force Base in California, and will be operated by Dryden Flight Research Center. Each flight will take 30-hours. The NASA team is also planning to deploy drones to Guam and Australia… read more

Mission To Mars

Logo of the company Mars One

An ambitious project is currently underway that hopes to place a permanent colony on the Mars landscape by the year 2023. It’s called Mars One, and its purpose is to “establish the foundation of a permanent settlement from which we will prosper, learn, and grow.” The concept was first imagined in 2011 by Dutch entrepreneur, Bas Lansdorf. His dream of building a habitat on Mars is centered around the idea of the project becoming a reality show on the red planet, which would help fund the mission in its entirety through advertising revenue and sponsorship investments. In a promo video… read more

Rising Sea Temperature

Via Brian Burke on Flickr

Global warming caused by human activities that emit heat-trapping carbon dioxide has raised the average global temperature by about 1°F (0.6°C) over the past century. In the oceans, this change has only been about 0.18°F (0.1°C). This warming has occurred from the surface to a depth of about 2,300 feet (700 meters), where most marine life thrives. Coral and other organisms are affected by temperature change. Krill, ate by whales, may be an extremely important link at the base of the food chain. Krill produce in small numbers when the ocean temperatures rise.  The cascading effect can be a problem… read more

Plans for Airline Industry

Efficient airplanes

NASA has big plans for the airline industry. By the year 2025, they promise to have created eco-friendly replacements for the aging fleet of super-jets and other aircraft. The space agency, working with industry teams from three major airline companies, has designed rough outlines of how they plan on putting a green spin on future airplanes. It starts out with newer aerodynamic designs, meant to consume less fuel and travel faster. Some of the proposed solutions are blended wing designs, where the entire aircraft is(in essence) a giant wing. This means less moving parts, better handling of turbulence, and better… read more

The Earth At Night

NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC

The Earth’s artificial lights have been captured by NASA’s new Suomi NPP satellite. The main shot of the United States is a composite of high-resolution images taken in April and October 2012. It seems the East Coast needs to work on their energy saving habits. Many satellites are equipped to look at Earth during the day, when they can observe our planet fully illuminated by the sun. With a new sensor aboard the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite launched last year, scientists now can observe Earth’s atmosphere and surface during nighttime hours. The new sensor, the day-night band of… read more

NASA Moon Space Station

Orbiting base around the Moon

Since the 1960’s, when NASA successfully placed a man on the Moon, more ambitious plans have surfaced (and often died) in the so-called race to ensure humanity’s dominance of the cosmos. Recently, NASA has experienced a chaotic amount of budget cuts, management shifts, mission alterations, and more. However, a new deep-space plan with some logic and sense behind it may prove to be the next big thing in space travel. Once we returned from the Moon, the next project vision was that we should place a base on the Lunar surface for permanent colonization. It would also serve as a… read more

Life On Europa

One of Jupiter's moons, named Europa.

In early 2012, NASA announced that they may be planning to send a robot submarine to the oceans of Europa to discover if the lunar object contains extraterrestrial life. Europa is one of the largest of Jupiter’s 63 known moons, and is part of the four “Galilean Satellites”. The unfortunate news is that NASA’s decreased planetary research budget of $1.2 Billion, set by President Obama, isn’t enough to cover the costs of this endeavor. Steve Squyres, lead scientist for NASA’s Opportunity rover, places this venture at the top of his wish list, and believes it will receive the green light… read more

Viewing The Stars

Stargazing

We all enjoy a good stargazing session every once in awhile, though many of us live in the city, which makes it difficult to see through the lights, pollution, and skyscrapers. Fortunately, there are better solutions available than driving great distances to experience nature firsthand (although we recommend that also). Along with live stargazing resources, below are some terrific industry news websites for the space enthusiast in you. The first is called Spacevidcast. It’s a website with free live-streaming of celestial events, such as meteor showers, lunar eclipses, asteroid passes, and more. Whether you’re on break at work, or at… read more

NASA Nailed It

Effects of Hurricane Sandy

Six years ago, scientists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York warned the city of the vulnerability to hurricane impacts in a changing climate. It was calculated that with a 1.5 foot rise in sea levels, a worst-case-scenario Category 3 hurricane could submerge the vast majority of the city, including “the Rockaways, Coney Island, much of southern Brooklyn and Queens, portions of Long Island City, Astoria, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, lower Manhattan, and eastern Staten Island from Great Kills Harbor north to the Verrazano Bridge.” These findings came on the heels of the release of… read more

A Step Forward in Space

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It was a cloud nine moment for all scientists and people around the globe when NASA’s curiosity rover landed safely in planet Mars. This is a milestone in space exploration after decades old Armstrong’s visit to the moon. This news topped all the media headlines and had a viral spread through the internet. At the same time a “green” spacecraft which is one of its kind, failed during its test launch at Kennedy Space centre. Morpheus, the spacecraft which was being tested with “green” fuel was unsuccessful due to some hardware problem. The propellant (spacecraft fuel) used in Morpheus was… read more