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Analyzing Snowfall Data for GPM

This post was originally published by Goddard News

August 22, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

This summer, Jorel Torres compared ground snow measurements to satellite data from Global Precipitation Measurement mission as an intern at Goddard.

Hubble Sees a Silver Needle in the Sky

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August 22, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

This stunning new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows part of the sky in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). Although this region of the sky is not home to any stellar heavyweights, being mostly filled with stars of average brightness, it does contain five Messier objects and numerous intriguing galaxies — including NGC 5195, a small barred spiral galaxy considered to be one of the most beautiful galaxies visible, and its nearby interacting partner the Whirlpool Galaxy (heic0506a). The quirky Sunflower Galaxy is another notable galaxy in this constellation, and is one of the largest and brightest edge-on galaxies in our skies. Joining this host of characters is spiral galaxy NGC 4244, nicknamed the Silver Needle Galaxy, shown in this new image from Hubble. This galaxy spans some 65,000 light-years and lies around 13.5 million light-years away. It appears as a wafer-thin streak across the sky, with loosely wound spiral arms hidden from view as we observe the galaxy from the side. It is part of a group of galaxies known as the M94 Group.  Numerous bright clumps of gas can be seen scattered across its length, along with dark dust lanes surrounding the galaxy’s core. NGC 4244 also has a bright star cluster at its center. Although we can make out the galaxy’s bright central region and star-spattered arms, we cannot see any more intricate structure due to the galaxy’s position; from Earth, we see it stretched out as a flattened streak across the sky. A number of different observations were pieced together to form this mosaic, and gaps in Hubble’s coverage have been filled in using ground-based data. The Hubble observations were taken as part of the Galaxy Halos, Outer disks, Substructure, Thick disks and Star clusters (GHOSTS) survey, which is scanning nearby galaxies to explore how they and their stars formed to get a more complete view of the history of the Universe.   European Space Agency Credit: NASA & ESA, Acknowledgement: Roelof de Jong

NASA Awards Program Analysis and Control Bridge III Contract

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August 21, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

NASA has awarded the Program Analysis and Control (PAAC) III Bridge contract for support services to ASRC Research & Technology Solutions of Beltsville, Maryland.

Student Winners of OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest to Receive Scholarships

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August 21, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

The Innovative Technology Partnerships Office at Goddard is pleased to announce educational scholarships for top-placing students in NASA's most recent OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest.

Spare Off-the-Shelf Instrument Continues Solar Output Data with Excellent Results

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August 21, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

When the Total solar irradiance Calibration Transfer Experiment launched in November 2013, the solar science community was relieved a critical 36-year continuity of solar irradiance measurements was saved.

Electric Sparks May Alter Evolution of Lunar Soil

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August 21, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

Severe solar storms could generate enough electric charge in the top layer of the lunar surface to crack moon dust, altering its evolution.

NASA Scientists Watching, Studying Arctic Changes This Summer

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August 21, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

NASA scientists are watching the annual melting of the Arctic sea ice cap and leading field campaign to measure the impact of other climate-driven changes in the Arctic.

iWatch promotes antiterrorism awareness

This post was originally published by Ft. Meade SoundOff: News

August 21, 2014 in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland by clevine

With August recognized as Antiterrorism Awareness Month, the Army is promoting a campaign encouraging and training communities to become extensions of the service's overall force-protection plan. iWATCH is a nationwide, contemporary version of Neighborhood Watch developed by the Los Angeles Police Department to encourage and enable members of the community...

Kimbrough’s TRICARE Nurse Advice Line goes live

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August 21, 2014 in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland by clevine

Sometimes it is difficult to know if and when to seek medical help for acute health problems, so having professional help at a moment's notice is invaluable. The Military Health System's new Nurse Advice Line for TRICARE beneficiaries does just that. Earlier this year, the NAL phase-in began in various areas...

CSM Rodwell Forbes takes on role of garrison senior enlisted advisor

This post was originally published by Ft. Meade SoundOff: News

August 21, 2014 in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland by clevine

To say he has an outgoing personality would be an understatement. Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Rodwell L. Forbes certainly is extroverted. He is confident, has good manners and, most noticeably, has a way of making every person he meets feel important. Forbes' personality is a useful tool as he takes on...

How to appeal an evaluation report

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August 21, 2014 in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland by clevine

You've just received your evaluation report and you disagree with some of the characterizations of your work performance. Or perhaps the report contains a clerical or other administrative error. What should you do? The Army's Evaluation Report Redress Program resolves inaccurate or unfair information that is reflected on a Soldier's evaluation...

Reserve cooks take meals to the next level

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August 21, 2014 in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland by clevine

Thinking outside the box. That's how Reserve Sgt. Toni Hurlston described the afternoon's lunch menu as her cooks prepared grilled Mongolian specialties. "We take the Army Reserve's 21-meal plan and think outside the box," said Hurlston as Soldiers filed through the Mobile Kitchen Trailer during the 200th Military Police Command's monthly...

Community Crime Watch

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August 21, 2014 in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland by clevine

Aug. 10, Failure to obey traffic control device, displaying expired registration, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol: The Directorate of Emergency Services was notified that a vehicle entered the gate at a high rate of speed. A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle,...

Fort Meade works to resolve power outages

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August 21, 2014 in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland by clevine

Some Fort Meade residents recently experienced a power outage. And while temporary power outages are nothing new for Fort Meade housing areas, residents who live in the 3500 block of Patriot Ridge have frequently experienced more power outages than other post neighborhoods. The most recent power outage for the 3500...

Community News & Notes

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August 21, 2014 in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland by clevine

The deadline for Soundoff! community "News and Notes" is Friday at noon. All submissions are posted at the editor's discretion and may be edited for space and grammar. Look for additional community events on the Fort Meade website at www.ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade. For more...

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