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July 31, 2014 in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland by clevine

The one thing Nathan Crane loves about the theater is that he can make people laugh. "I'm more introverted, but I can be more extroverted and animated," said Nathan, a home-schooled student who lives in Severn. "You have to be confident in what you're doing when you're on stage....

NASA, Small Business Administrators and U.S. Sen. Cardin to Announce Results of 2013 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard

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July 30, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will join Small Business Administrator (SBA) Maria Contreras-Sweet and U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Friday, Aug. 1 at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to announce the results of the 2013 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard.

NASA’s IceCube No Longer On Ice

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July 30, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

The tiny satellite known as IceCube or Earth-1 could help advance scientists’ understanding of ice clouds and their role in climate change.

Revolutionary Microshutter Technology Hurdles Significant Challenges

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July 29, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope.

Christine Cottingham – Working the Thermal Program is Cool!

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July 29, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

Thermal engineer Christine Cottingham thinks it’s cool to work on Goddard’s thermally hottest program.

NASA’s SDO Observes a Lunar Transit

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July 28, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

On July 26, 2014, the moon crossed between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and the sun, a phenomenon called a lunar transit.

Measuring Gravitational Waves with eLISA

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July 28, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

Puffs of smoke waft from a circuit board as interns solder tiny circuits for the Evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna.

Reporters Invited to NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission Media Day at Wallops

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July 28, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

Media are invited to learn about NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) airborne mission from scientists and pilots and see the remotely-piloted aircraft used in the study from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 11, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

NASA Selects Environmental Test and Integration Services II Contract

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July 28, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

NASA has awarded the Environmental Test and Integration Services II (ETIS II) contract to Sierra Lobo, Inc of Fremont, Ohio. The contract will support the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Lead Pollution Beat Explorers to South Pole, Persists Today

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July 28, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole in 1911, but new research shows that industrial air pollution arrived long before any human.

NASA-funded X-ray Instrument Settles Interstellar Debate

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July 28, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

New findings have resolved a decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky.

NASA’s Webb Sunshield Stacks Up to Test!

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July 25, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

The Sunshield on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is the largest part of the observatory—five layers of thin membrane that must unfurl reliably in space to precise tolerances. Last week, for the first time, engineers stacked and unfurled a full-sized test unit of the Sunshield and it worked perfectly. The Sunshield is about the length of a tennis court, and will be folded up like an umbrella around the Webb telescope’s mirrors and instruments during launch. Once it reaches its orbit, the Webb telescope will receive a command from Earth to unfold, and separate the Sunshield's five layers into their precisely stacked arrangement with its kite-like shape. The Sunshield test unit was stacked and expanded at a cleanroom in the Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, California. The Sunshield separates the observatory into a warm sun-facing side and a cold side where the sunshine is blocked from interfering with the sensitive infrared instruments. The infrared instruments need to be kept very cold (under 50 K or -370 degrees F) to operate.   The Sunshield protects these sensitive instruments with an effective sun protection factor or SPF of 1,000,000 (suntan lotion generally has an SPF of 8-50). In addition to providing a cold environment, the Sunshield provides a thermally stable environment. This stability is essential to maintaining proper alignment of the primary mirror segments as the telescope changes its orientation to the sun. The James Webb Space Telescope is the successor to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. It will be the most powerful space telescope ever built. Webb is an international project led by NASA with its partners, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency. For more information about the Webb telescope, visit:  www.jwst.nasa.gov or www.nasa.gov/webb For more information on the Webb Sunshield, visit:  http://jwst.nasa.gov/sunshield.html Photo Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn Rob Gutro NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Hubble Serves a Slice of Stars

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July 25, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

The thin, glowing streak slicing across this image cuts a lonely figure, with only a few foreground stars and galaxies in the distant background for company. However, this is all a case of perspective; lying out of frame is another nearby spiral. Together, these two galaxies make up a pair, moving through space together and keeping one another company. The subject of this Hubble image is called NGC 3501, with NGC 3507 as its out-of-frame companion. The two galaxies look very different — another example of the importance of perspective. NGC 3501 appears edge-on, giving it an elongated and very narrow appearance. Its partner, however, looks very different indeed, appearing face-on and giving us a fantastic view of its barred swirling arms. While similar arms may not be visible in this image of NGC 3501, this galaxy is also a spiral — although it is somewhat different from its companion. While NGC 3507 has bars cutting through its center, NGC 3501 does not. Instead, it's loosely wound spiral arms all originate from its center. The bright gas and stars that make up these arms can be seen here glowing brightly, mottled by the dark dust lanes that trace across the galaxy.   European Space Agency  Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Nick Rose

Amber Straughn – Drawn to the Sky

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July 25, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

Initially drawn to the sky through the stars, astrophysicist Amber Straughn now flies through it as a private pilot.

NASA’s Mars Spacecraft Maneuvers to Prepare for Close Comet Flyby

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July 25, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

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