Monday, April 29, 2013
Images capture the sun as it approaches its peak of solar activity.
In 2010, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) began capturing incredible images of the sun as it ascends towrds "solar maximum," the peak of solar activity in the sun's 11-year cycle. The SDO has been photographing the sun every 12 seconds, in 10 different light wavelengths, then "stitches" the frames together to produce amazing composite images, which it released to the public.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
NASA Kepler's mission found two planetary systems with Earth-like planets more than 1,200 light years away.
If space tourism becomes as popular as summer vacations to the nearest beach town, two destinations on any traveler's list may be two new planetary systems recently discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. According to NASA, three planets are super Earth-sized and in a "habitable zone"—meaning they are just far enough away from a star where the surface temperature of the orbiting planet may allow for liquid water. The planets are located in Kepler-62 and Kepler-69, more than 1,200 light years away from Earth—Kepler-62e, 62f and 69c are the super-Earth-sized planets. "The discovery of these rocky planets in the habitable zone brings us a bit closer to finding a place like home," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of the Science …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Goddard engineer received the award for his work with the SpaceCube in Greenbelt, MD.
Thursday, March 21
Contributed by NASA Goddard's Office of Communications NASA engineer Tom Flatley received the William Randolph Lovelace II award at the 51st Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium held in Greenbelt, Md. The American Astronautical Society (AAS) award was presented to Flatley in recognition of his outstanding contributions to space science and technology through his work with SpaceCube. SpaceCube is a compact, reconfigurable, hybrid-computing platform that is being used for flight science data processing applications. It was designed for space applications that require extreme processing capability at a much higher level than current radiation-hardened space technology can handle. SpaceCube uses radiation-tolerant processing components and can…
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Image of capital region at night was taken from the International Space Station.
NASA is known for supplying some of the most engaging images of planets, asteroids, galaxies, stars and other celestial bodies. Now, Canada’s space agency is enthralling us with images of our planet. Chris Hadfield, who later this month is to become the first Canadian to take command of the International Space Station, released a stunning image Feb. 25 via Twitter of the Washington area from a height of 230 miles. In the image, you can clearly make out the convergence of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, as well as some details of the infamous street layout of the city. The image is among the latest in a series of Earth-focused images from space. In November, 2012, NASA released a book, “Earth as Art,” a series of 75 images that feature …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Jobs and an internship available in Greenbelt, MD this week.
Several jobs are available in Greenbelt at NASA Goddard this week as well as ones at retailers, nonprofits and the legal field.
Friday, December 28, 2012
A list of jobs open in Greenbelt and the surrounding region.
Want to start off the new year with a new job? Here are just some of the job openings in Greenbelt, MD and other parts of Prince George's County. The job information was compiled via indeed.com. Guest Service Representative, Marriott in Greenbelt, MD Greet guests, organize and book guest check-ins and outs as well as a number of other duties. Compliance Specialist, American Bank in Greenbelt, MD Would complete compliance reviews and complete quality control audits on loan files. Program Specialist, National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Greenbelt, MD Salary: $62,467 to $81,204 per year Receiving Assistant/Stocker, MOM's Organic Market in College Park, MD Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Will help receive produce and …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Planetary nebula called NGC 5189 that looks a lot like a glass-blown holiday ornament.
Do they celebrate the holidays in space? Looks like it. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a nearby planetary nebula called NGC 5189 that looks a lot like a glass-blown holiday ornament with a glowing ribbon entwined.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Where and when to look for the last major meteor shower of 2012.
The Geminid meteor shower 2012, the final major meteor shower of every year and likely to be the best, peaks overnight this Thursday and Friday, and you may be able to see a great show on either side of those dates. NASA reports that the Geminids are a relatively young meteor shower, with the first sightings occurring in the 1830s with rates of about 20 per hour. Over the decades the rates have increased, regularly spawning between 80 and 120 per hour at its peak on a clear evening. Earthsky.org reports the Geminids peak might be around 2 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, because that’s when the shower’s radiant point is highest in the sky as seen around the world. "With no moon to ruin the show, 2012 presents a most favorable year for watching…
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Though the swirling magnetic tendrils look like art—they are actually giant coronal loops, according to C. Alex Young, Ph.D., an associate director with NASA Goddard.
Monday, July 23, 2012
The first American woman in space died today after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Best known for being the first American woman in space, Sally Ride died today in her home in La Jolla, CA after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, according to her company, Sally Ride Science. She was 61-years-old. Ride became a role model for girls all around the country when she rode the space shuttle Challenger into space on June 18, 1983 as a mission specialist, reported La Jolla Patch. Locally, a school and a learning center in Germantown are named after Ride. "Sally Ride broke barriers with grace and professionalism, and literally changed the face of America's space program," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "The nation has lost one of its finest leaders, teachers and explorers. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sally…