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Q&A on NOAA’s DSCOVR Mission

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February 4, 2015 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

NOAA’s DSCOVR satellite is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Feb. 8 at 6:10 p.m. EDT and is a joint mission with NASA and the U.S. Air Force.

Satellite Animation Shows February Return of the Pineapple Express

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February 4, 2015 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

The "Pineapple Express" has set up again and is bringing wet weather to the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

NASA’s LRO Discovers Lunar Hydrogen More Abundant on Moon’s Pole-Facing Slopes

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February 4, 2015 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

Lunar hydrogen deposits could be mined to produce water and rocket fuel if they are sufficiently abundant. Recent observations by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft indicate these deposits may be slightly more abundant on crater slopes in the southern hemisphere that face the lunar South Pole.

Chicago’s Snowy Aftermath Seen by Satellite

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February 3, 2015 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured an image of the snow left behind from the fifth-largest blizzard to hit Chicago on Monday. A visible picture captured at 1445 UTC (9:45 a.m. EST) showed a large band of snow on the ground in the Great Lakes Region, from west to east, from Iowa through Illinois, passing right through Chicago and east into Indiana.      To create the image, NASA/NOAA's GOES Project used cloud data from NOAA's GOES-East satellite and overlaid it on a true-color image of land and ocean created by data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites. The National Weather Service (NWS) at O'Hare International Airport reported that 16.2 inches of snow fell in 24 hours, ending February 2. During the storm, the maximum wind speed reached 40 mph at O'Hare. The NWS at Rockford, Illinois reported maximum winds to 43 mph, and a total snowfall of 10.5 inches. Other snow totals included 16.5 inches in Aurora, Illinois and 16 inches in DeKalb, Illinois. The snow that fell added to the previous snow on the ground, bringing totals to 19.3 inches in Chicago by 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, according to the NWS. NWS noted that it was the city's fifth largest snowstorm ever. GOES-East provides visible and infrared images over the eastern U.S. and the Atlantic Ocean from its fixed orbit in space. NOAA's GOES satellites provide the kind of continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis. Geostationary describes an orbit in which a satellite is always in the same position with respect to the rotating Earth. This allows GOES to hover continuously over one position on Earth's surface, appearing stationary. As a result, GOES provide a constant vigil for the atmospheric triggers for severe weather conditions such as tornadoes, flash floods, hail storms and hurricanes. For updated information about the storm system, visit NOAA's NWS website:  www.weather.gov For more information about GOES satellites, visit: www.goes.noaa.gov/ or goes.gsfc.nasa.gov/ Rob Gutro NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Lori Mooney – Cleanliness Is Next to Space Readiness – Part 1 of 2

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February 3, 2015 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

NASA Goddard’s Martha Stewart, contamination control technician Lori Mooney ensures that cleanliness makes for successful launches.

Max Impact kicks-off Super Bowl Sunday

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February 2, 2015 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

The U.S. Air Force premier rock band, Max Impact, performed for Super Bowl XLIX fans at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Arizona, Feb. 1, 2015.

Thousands of football fans listened to the 30-minute concert as they passed through the restaurants and stores of Westgate. The dining and entertainment district is less than a half-mile from The University of Phoenix Stadium, where Super Bowl XLIX was held.

They played a single show, ranging from class rock to country, at the district, just hours before the kick-off of Super Bowl XLIX.
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Preparing DSCOVR for Launch

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February 2, 2015 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

Preparations to launch NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft, or DSCOVR, near completion in the Building 1 high bay of the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Florida, near NASA's Kennedy Space Center. DSCOVR is a partnership between NOAA, NASA and the U.S. Air Force. DSCOVR will maintain the nation's real-time solar wind monitoring capabilities which are critical to the accuracy and lead time of NOAA's space weather alerts and forecasts. Launch is targeted for no earlier than Feb. 8 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 v 1.1 launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. For different photo sizes, visit: http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/detail.cfm?mediaid=71616 For all of NASA Kennedy Space Center's DSCOVR photos, visit: http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=278 To learn more about DSCOVR, visit http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/DSCOVR. NASA Kennedy Space Center

Hubble’s View of the Polar Ring of Arp 230

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January 30, 2015 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

This image shows Arp 230, also known as IC 51, observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Arp 230 is a galaxy of an uncommon or peculiar shape, and is therefore part of the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies produced by Halton Arp. Its irregular shape is thought to be the result of a violent collision with another galaxy sometime in the past. The collision could also be held responsible for the formation of the galaxy’s polar ring. The outer ring surrounding the galaxy consists of gas and stars and rotates over the poles of the galaxy. It is thought that the orbit of the smaller of the two galaxies that created Arp 230 was perpendicular to the disk of the second, larger galaxy when they collided. In the process of merging the smaller galaxy would have been ripped apart and may have formed the polar ring structure astronomers can observe today. Arp 230 is quite small for a lenticular galaxy, so the two original galaxies forming it must both have been smaller than the Milky Way.  A lenticular galaxy is a galaxy with a prominent central bulge and a disk, but no clear spiral arms.  They are classified as intermediate between an elliptical galaxy and a spiral galaxy. European Space Agency Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Flickr user Det58

Agricultural Fires Stretch Completely Across Africa

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January 30, 2015 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

Four different passes by the Aqua satellite over the course of a day results in this stitched together image of the fires that span across central Africa.  The polar orbit of the Aqua satellite takes swaths of images which are then stitched together to provide this interesting image of the continent.  Most likely these fires are agricultural in nature owing to the time of year they are occurring.  This is one of Africa's agricultural seasons and farmers use fire to clear lands of unwanted plants and detritus as well as to return nutrients to the soil. While fire helps enhance crops and grasses for pasture, the fires also produce smoke that degrades air quality. In central Africa, the agricultural burning season usually runs from January, after the year’s primary crops are harvested, through April or May, when the next growing season begins. NASA's Aqua satellite collected this natural-color image with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, MODIS, instrument on January 30, 2015. 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

NASA TV Coverage Set for NOAA DSCOVR Launch Feb. 8

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January 30, 2015 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) is scheduled to launch at 6:10 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 8 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. A backup launch opportunity is available at 6:07 p.m. on Feb. 9, if needed.

Hubble Spies a Loopy Galaxy

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January 29, 2015 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

This NASA Hubble Space Telescope photo of NGC 7714 presents an especially striking view of the galaxy's smoke-ring-like structure. The golden loop is made of sun-like stars that have been pulled deep into space, far from the galaxy's center. The galaxy is located approximately 100 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Pisces. The universe is full of such galaxies that are gravitationally stretched and pulled and otherwise distorted in gravitational tug-o'-wars with bypassing galaxies. The companion galaxy doing the "taffy pulling" in this case, NGC 7715, lies just out of the field of view in this image. A very faint bridge of stars extends to the unseen companion. The close encounter has compressed interstellar gas to trigger bursts of star formation seen in bright blue arcs extending around NGC 7714's center. The gravitational disruption of NGC 7714 began between 100 million and 200 million years ago, at the epoch when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. The image was taken with the Wide Field Camera 3 and the Advanced Camera for Surveys in October 2011. The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the telescope. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore conducts Hubble science operations. STScI is operated for NASA by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., in Washington, D.C. For images and more information about Hubble, visit: http://hubblesite.org/news/2015/04 http://www.nasa.gov/hubble http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1503

Exceptional Family Member Program lends helping hand

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January 29, 2015 in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland by clevine

Staff Sgt. Chandler Lee of the 902nd Military Intelligence Group and his wife, Natalie, are grateful for Fort Meade's Exceptional Family Member Program. The couple have two children -- Marin, 3, and Jack, 2. Jack has spina bifida and requires 24-hour care. Natalie is Jack's primary caregiver and through EFMP she...

ACS details options for repaying student loans

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January 29, 2015 in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland by clevine

The federal government provides more than $150 billion each year in student loans. This fact, along with information on federal financial aid programs, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and income-driven student loan repayment plans, was presented Monday morning at Army Community Service's two-hour "Repaying Student Loans" course. "There's a lot...

Tax tips for the military family

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January 29, 2015 in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland by clevine

Now that the new year is upon us, it is time to begin thinking about income taxes. A taxpayer awaiting the W-2 form is wise to get a jump-start on the upcoming filing season by gathering the necessary receipts and supporting documents for tax credits and exemptions. W-2's should arrive in...

Making tax season less taxing

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January 29, 2015 in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland by clevine

Active-duty service members, retirees and their family members with a valid military or retiree ID card are all eligible to receive free tax preparation services at Fort Meade's Joint Installation Tax Center. The center, located at 4217 Morrison St. on the first floor of the Office of the Staff Judge...

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