NASA satellite spots stunning view of northern lights

WASHINGTON: Just hours after the winter solstice, a mass of energetic particles from the Sun smashed into the magnetic field around Earth stirring up a stunning display of northern lights, which was captured by a NASA satellite. With the “day-night band” (DNB) of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), the Suomi NPP satellite acquired … More NASA satellite spots stunning view of northern lights

NASA helping Russia investigate mystery cause of Progress spaceship mishap – media

The US space agency has joined Russia’s investigation into the accident involving the Progress M-04 cargo spaceship, which was lost just six minutes after launch on December 1, Russian media report. Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, decided to seek NASA’s assistance due to the complexity of the issue, Izvestia daily reports. The investigation has been underway … More NASA helping Russia investigate mystery cause of Progress spaceship mishap – media

NASA Preps for Space Station Power Upgrade Spacewalks

Expedition 50 crew members Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) and Peggy Whitson and Shane Kimbrough of NASA capture a quick selfie during robotics training inside the Cupola of the International Space Station. Credits: NASA Expedition 50 astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station at 7 a.m. EST Jan. 6 and 13 to … More NASA Preps for Space Station Power Upgrade Spacewalks

NASA Administrator Remembers NASA Scientist, Astronaut Piers Sellers

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Piers Sellers, who passed away Friday in Houston of pancreatic cancer: “The entire NASA family mourns the passing of scientist and astronaut Piers Sellers. “Piers was dedicated to all facets of exploration. His curiosity and drive to uncover new knowledge was generously shared with … More NASA Administrator Remembers NASA Scientist, Astronaut Piers Sellers

Space Laser Reveals Boom-and-Bust Cycle of Polar Ocean Plants

A new study using a NASA satellite instrument orbiting Earth has found that small, environmental changes in polar food webs significantly influence the boom-and-bust, or peak and decline, cycles of phytoplankton. These findings will supply important data for ecosystem management, commercial fisheries and our understanding of the interactions between Earth’s climate and key ocean ecosystems. … More Space Laser Reveals Boom-and-Bust Cycle of Polar Ocean Plants

NASA Television to Air Programs Celebrating Space Pioneer John Glenn

NASA Television will air two programs live from Ohio celebrating the life of U.S. Marine, NASA astronaut and Ohio senator John Glenn today and Saturday, Dec. 17. Visitors will pay their respects to Glenn from 4 to 7 p.m. EST Friday at the Ohio Statehouse rotunda, where he will lay in repose under the Ohio … More NASA Television to Air Programs Celebrating Space Pioneer John Glenn

New NASA Hurricane Tracking Mission on Track

Flying over the Atlantic Ocean offshore from Daytona Beach, Florida, a Pegasus XL rocket with eight Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, or CYGNSS, spacecraft is released from the Orbital ATK L-1011 Stargazer aircraft and the first stage ignites at 8:37 a.m. EST. The CYGNSS satellites will make frequent and accurate measurements of ocean surface winds … More New NASA Hurricane Tracking Mission on Track

NASA Reveals the Unknown in 2016

In 2016, NASA drove advances in technology, science, aeronautics and space exploration that enhanced the world’s knowledge, innovation, and stewardship of Earth. “This past year marked record-breaking progress in our exploration objectives,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “We advanced the capabilities we’ll need to travel farther into the solar system while increasing observations of our … More NASA Reveals the Unknown in 2016

NASA, 4-H Launch Expeditionary Skills For Life

Houston area 4-H students attended the Expedition 50/51 Crew News Conference on Aug. 30. They got the chance to ask astronaut and 4-H alum Peggy Whitson about living in space and the skills necessary to succeed in any venture in life. Credits: NASA Being an astronaut takes teamwork, resiliency, a strong awareness of self and … More NASA, 4-H Launch Expeditionary Skills For Life