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GOES-R Satellite “Brain” and “Body” Are Mated

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September 18, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

The System Module and Core Module subassemblies were successfully mated and now form the GOES-R spacecraft.

Paging Paige: ICESat-2’s Penguin Mascot Named

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September 18, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

The penguin mascot for NASA’s upcoming ICESat-2 mission now has a name, thanks to a group of second graders.

MAVEN’s Arrival at Mars, Explained

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September 18, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

This image shows an artist concept of the trajectory of NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission as it approaches the Red Planet. On Sept. 21, 2014, MAVEN will enter orbit around Mars, completing an interplanetary journey of 10 months and 442 million miles (711 million kilometers). Launched in November 2013, the mission will explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind. Scientists will use MAVEN data to determine the role that loss of volatiles from the Mars atmosphere to space has played through time, giving insight into the history of Mars' atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability. MAVEN is part of NASA's Mars Scout program, funded by NASA Headquarters and managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.  Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

King Fire Burning in the Eldorado National Forest in California

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September 18, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

The King Fire burning in the canyon of the South Fork of the American River north of the community of Pollock Pines has grown to more than 70,000 acres due to extreme fire behavior, steep terrain, inaccessibility and variable wind direction. Overnight the fire advanced over 10 miles to the north with spot fires observed up to three miles ahead of the main fire front. More than 3500 firefighters are battling this blaze as many communities remain under mandatory evacuation orders. This image from NOAA View was taken by the NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite's VIIRS instrument around 2107 UTC (5:07 p.m. EDT) on September 17, 2014. Credit: NOAA Viz Lab/NASA

NASA HS3 Mission Time Lapse Highlights Cameras Over Tropical Systems

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September 18, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

Time-lapse video from one of NASA's unmanned Global Hawk aircraft shows the plane's view of two tropical systems in the Atlantic Ocean in early September 2014.

NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

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September 17, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.

Hubble Helps Find Smallest Known Galaxy Containing a Supermassive Black Hole

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September 17, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place -- a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known.

Public Invited to NASA Goddard Nimbus Satellite Program 50th Anniversary

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September 17, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will mark 50 years since the launch of the first Nimbus satellite with a free event on Oct. 8.

California’s King Fire East of Sacramento

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September 17, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

California's King Fire tripled in size from Monday, September 15 to Tuesday morning, September 16, and current weather conditions are doing nothing more than helping it along.  The hot, drought conditions and winds have produced over 12 major fires that still burn all over California.  The King Fire is just one of them.  It is located east of Sacramento in the Pollock Pines community.  Residents have been given mandatory evacuation orders and over 1,600 homes are currently threatened by this fire.  It began Saturday September 13 and has spread rapidly through the area fueling itself with heavy timber and undergrowth.  The fire is expected to spread to the east, north and west with the fire well-established in several canyon bottoms burning uphill to the ridges above. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  It is currently 5% contained. This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on September 16, 2014. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenner with information from Inciweb

DFAC – Nourishing Andrews’ Airmen

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September 16, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

The Freedom Hall Dining Facility at Joint Base Andrews has the task of serving an average of 700 people a day with a variety of food choices.

Donny Walker, a dining facility second cook, said that the team starts prepping food four hours before the beginning of a shift. Walker's passion for cooking came from his time in the Army from 1986-1993.

"I didn't know I liked to cook until the Army," Walker said. "When I got out, I wanted to continue to do it."

Walker isn't the only worker at the DFAC with a military background and an interest for food. Honre Batie, Freedom Hall food service officer, retired from the Navy in 2009 as a culinary specialist.
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Judith N. Bruner – Serving Our Country in the Navy and at NASA – Part 2

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September 16, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

Judith N. Bruner successfully blended a career at Goddard with a career in the Navy. She is Goddard’s director of the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, a retired Navy captain and a pioneer in Naval aviation.

NASA’s HS3 Mission Covers Transition of Hurricane Cristobal

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September 16, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

NASA's Global Hawk 872 aircraft flew over Hurricane Cristobal on August 28 and 29 and gathered data on the storm as it was becoming extra-tropical.

Dry Conditions and Lightning Strikes Make for a Long California Fire Season

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September 16, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

The fire season in California has been anything but cooperative this year.  Hot conditions combined with a state-wide drought and dry lightning makes for unpleasant conditions and leads to an abundance of forest fires. On August 12, lightning struck and started the fire that grew into the Happy Camp Complex.   Currently over 113,000 acres have been affected and the fire is only 55% contained as of today.  Strong winds tested fire lines yesterday (8/15), and are expected to do so again today. Despite the high winds, existing fire lines held with no spotting or expansion outside current containment lines. The south end of the fire continued backing slowly toward Elk Creek in the Marble Mountain Wilderness. The Man Fire joined with the Happy Camp Complex yesterday and will be managed by California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 as of 6:00am on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.  Nearby the Happy Camp Complex, near Mt. Shasta and the town of Weed, another fire erupted that fire officials said quickly damaged or destroyed 100 structures Monday (8/15).  Hundreds of firefighters were trying to contain that fire.  A California Fire spokesman said more than 300 acres were scorched and more than 100 structures damaged or destroyed in just a few hours.  The blaze, dubbed the Boles Fire, also led to the closure of Interstate 5 and U.S. 97.  Weed is in Siskiyou County, about 50 miles south of the California-Oregon border.  With strong winds, the fire was able to rage into the community before firefighters could get equipment to the blaze.  About 1,500 to 2,000 residents were being evacuated to the Siskiyou County fairgrounds.  An evacuation center was set up at the county fairgrounds in Yreka. NASA's Aqua satellite collected this natural-color image with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, MODIS, instrument on September 15, 2014. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC. Caption by Lynn Jenner with information from Inciweb and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

36 Pit Fire in Oregon

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September 16, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

The 36 Pit Fire began on September 13, 2014.  The fire is human-caused and  is still under investigation.  It is currently over 2,300 acres in size and is mostly  being fueled by grass and timber.  The 36 Pit Fire was calm Monday night due to higher humidity.   Yesterday (8/15), firefighters made progress in establishing an anchor point and beginning to construct a fireline on the West and North sides of the fire. The following resources are working on the fire: 7 20-person Crews 4 Hot Shot Crews 1 large Type 1 Helicopter 2 medium Type 2 Helicopter 2 bulldozer 17 engines, including 2 Strike Teams from Oregon State Fire Marshall's Office 2 Water Tenders This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite on September 14, 2014. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red.  NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenner

Smoke Wafts Over the Selway Valley in Idaho

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September 16, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

Smoke from the fires in the Selway Complex is wafting into the Selway River valley in this image taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite on September 15, 2014.  Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red.  All the fires began between August 10 and August 25, 2014 by lightning strikes.  The following fires are part of the Selway Complex:  Raven Creek, Elevator Mountain, Eagle Creek, Vance Mountain, Nick Wynn, and Jerusalem fires. The Johnson Bar fire is also contributing to the smoke in the valley.  This fire began with a lightning strike on August 03, 2014.  It is currently just over 9,600 acres in size and is 55% contained at this time.  Smoke still spews from the Johnson Bar fire and is co-mingling with the smoke from the Selway Complex and settling into the Selway River valley in this Terra satellite image.  NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenner with information from Inciweb

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