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Trump budget would ax 2 climate missions led by NASA Langley. President Donald Trump released his official budget plan for fiscal year 2018 last week designating $19.1 billion for NASA and its space work — but signaling less enthusiasm for the agency's efforts in education and climate science.

Trump budget would ax 2 climate missions led by NASA Langley

In fact, the president wants to zero out NASA's Office of Education and get rid of four earth science missions being developed to better understand the extent and impact of climate change. Two of those four missions are being led out of NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton and represent millions of dollars and years of effort. One mission in particular is intended to "monitor the pulse of the Earth to better understand climate change" by providing an "unprecedented level of absolute accuracy" in global satellite observations, according to NASA.

These benchmark measurements are to improve climate models and enable sound policy decisions. When U.S. "This is more like a sports car — we're currently flying buses and trucks," Wielicki said at the time. NASA Fast Facts. CNN Library (CNN) -- Here's a look at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), the United States government agency that conducts research into space.

NASA Fast Facts

There are ten major NASA installations, including the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Timeline:October 4, 1957 - The Soviets launch Sputnik 1, the world's first artificial satellite. October 1, 1958 - The official start of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). October 7, 1958 - NASA announces Project Mercury. April 9, 1959 - The Mercury Seven are introduced as the first US astronauts: Scott Carpenter, L. May 5, 1961 - Freedom 7, the first piloted Mercury spacecraft carrying Astronaut Alan B.

February 20, 1962 - John Glenn becomes the first American to circle the Earth, making three orbits in the Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft. March 23, 1965 - The first operational mission of Project Gemini takes place, under the command of Mercury astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom. NASA's mission to Mars includes a year-long stay on the moon. Boiling Blood and Radiation: 5 Ways Mars Can Kill.

Radiation exposure is among the top health risks for Mars astronauts, but the Red Planet poses many other dangers as well.

Boiling Blood and Radiation: 5 Ways Mars Can Kill

NASA Astronaut: Space Lessons of Scott Kelly's Year in Orbit. By Scott Kelly A year ago, astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth after the longest time spent in orbit by an American.

NASA Astronaut: Space Lessons of Scott Kelly's Year in Orbit

On his trip, with Russian cosmonaut Misha Kornienko, he executed experiments designed to examine mysteries of the human body and mind. His discoveries often reached beyond science. TRAPPIST-1 Comparison to Solar System and Jovian Moons. SpaceX Launches 1st Private Rocket from Historic NASA Pad — Then Sticks a Landing. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has launched the first private rocket from the same historic site that saw some of NASA's greatest space missions, then landed a booster nearby in a resounding success.

SpaceX Launches 1st Private Rocket from Historic NASA Pad — Then Sticks a Landing

The California-based company's Falcon 9 rocket launched a robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station today (Feb. 19) at 9:39 a.m. EST (1439 GMT) from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center — the same pad that once hosted Apollo moon missions and space shuttle launches. "Liftoff of the Falcon 9 to the space station on the first commercial launch from Kennedy Space Center's historic Pad 39a! " said NASA commentator George Diller. Science Mission Directorate. Solar System, Sky Watching, Meteor Showers Earth will pass through a stream of debris from comet 2003 EH1 on January 3, 2017, producing a shower of meteors known as the Quadrantids.

Science Mission Directorate

A three-year NASA field expedition to examine Earth’s coral reefs is now underway, giving scientists the opportunity to study reefs ecology and condition. A new NASA study on the International Space Station is investigating how different light spectra can be used to effect astronauts' sleep, or lack of sleep. Observations by NASA's IRIS spacecraft suggest that "heat bombs" are going off in the sun's outer atmosphere, helping to explain why the solar corona is so mysteriously hot. How 1-Year Space Mission Affected Astronaut Twin Scott Kelly: Early Results. Spending a year in space affected former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly's body in subtle but potentially significant ways, new research suggests.

How 1-Year Space Mission Affected Astronaut Twin Scott Kelly: Early Results

Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko flew the first-ever yearlong mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), wrapping up the flight with a touchdown on the steppes of Kazakhstan last March. The goal of the project — which is ongoing, in the data-analysis phase — is to gauge the physiological and psychological impacts of long-duration spaceflight, to help prepare for crewed missions to Mars and other distant destinations. Part of this work involves Scott Kelly's identical twin brother Mark — a former NASA astronaut who flew on four space shuttle missions. Mark stayed on the ground during Scott's yearlong flight, serving as an experimental control that would allow scientists to detect genetic changes that spaceflight induced in Scott. [By the Numbers: Astronaut Scott Kelly's Year-in-Space Mission] Gemini XII Crew Masters the Challenges of Spacewalks.

Elon Musk: The World's Raddest Man. This is Part 1 of a four-part series on Elon Musk’s companies.

Elon Musk: The World's Raddest Man

PDF and ebook options: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing (see a preview here), and an ebook containing the whole four-part Elon Musk series: Last month, I got a surprising phone call. Elon Musk, for those unfamiliar, is the world’s raddest man. I’ll use this post to explore how he became a self-made billionaire and the real-life inspiration for Iron Man’s Tony Stark, but for the moment, I’ll let Richard Branson explain things briefly: Whatever skeptics have said can’t be done, Elon has gone out and made real.

So no, that was not a phone call I had been expecting. A few days later, I found myself in pajama pants, pacing frantically around my apartment, on the phone with Elon Musk. For me, this project was one of the biggest no-brainers in history. . – “electric vs hybrid vs gas cars, deal with tesla, sustainable energy” – “spacex, musk, mars?? So it was on. Zeus would have been less stressful. Mm hm. How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars. This is Part 3 of a four-part series on Elon Musk’s companies.

How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars

For an explanation of why this series is happening and how Musk is involved, start with Part 1. Pre-Post Note: I started working on this post ten weeks ago. When I started, I never intended for it to become such an ordeal. But like the Tesla post, I decided as I researched that this was A) a supremely important topic that will only become more important in the years to come, and B) something most people don’t know nearly enough about.

Astronomy picture of the day. NASA Unveils New Public Web Portal for Research Results. Public access to NASA-funded research data now is just a click away, with the launch of a new agency public access portal.

NASA Unveils New Public Web Portal for Research Results

The creation of the NASA-Funded Research Results portal on NASA.gov reflects the agency’s ongoing commitment to providing broad public access to science data. “At NASA, we are celebrating this opportunity to extend access to our extensive portfolio of scientific and technical publications,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman. “Through open access and innovation we invite the global community to join us in exploring Earth, air and space.” NASA now requires articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings be publicly accessible via the agency’s PubSpace: PubSpace is an archive of original science journal articles produced by NASA-funded research and available online without a fee.

“Making our research data easier to access will greatly magnify the impact of our research,” said NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan. This Space Available: Space Myths Busted: How Skylab Nearly Was Lost. With rising internal temperatures and a trickle of electrical power, it became apparent shortly after Skylab’s launch on May 14th, 1973 that America’s first space station was in serious trouble. During the Skylab panel at Spacefest VII conducted on June 10th, 2016, astronauts Rusty Schweickart (Skylab 2’s backup commander) and Paul Weitz (Skylab 2’s pilot) discussed the fixes that were required to restore Skylab back to health after it had been severely crippled by several launch anomalies. Schweickart (along with backup crew members Dr. Space Radiation Devastated the Lives of Apollo Astronauts. A startling new study has revealed that a troubling number of the lunar astronauts from NASA’s Apollo program are suffering high mortality rates due to heart disease.

The cause? Exposure to high levels of deep space radiation during their trip to the Moon. This is the first time research has been done into the mortality of the Apollo astronauts and it was published in Scientific Reports by Professor and Dean of the college of Human Sciences at Florida State University, Michael Delp. The conclusions drawn from studying the deaths of the only humans that have ventured into deep space casts an immense shadow on the manned missions to Mars being planned by both NASA and SpaceX. “We know very little about the effects of deep space radiation on human health, particularly on the cardiovascular system,” said Delp in an official release. Our Spaceflight Heritage: Apollo 11 then and now.

Collin Skocik July 24th, 2016 Buzz Aldrin salutes the U.S. flag on the Moon. (Click to enlarge) Photo Credit: NASA. The Eagle has landed: 11 amazing facts about Apollo 11. Apollo 11 Launch Mission Control Tribute. Apollo 11 Images. Google Image Result for. Search by image Related images: View more Images may be subject to copyright.Send feedback. NASA Space Place. NASA. 30 Years of the Space Shuttle - Interactive Graphic. Challenger Disaster 30 Years Ago Shocked the World, Changed NASA. Thirty years ago today, NASA suffered a spaceflight tragedy that stunned the world and changed the agency forever. On Jan. 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded just 73 seconds after blasting off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, killing all seven astronauts on board — including New Hampshire educator Christa McAuliffe, a civilian who had been selected to fly via NASA's "Teacher in Space" program.

NASA astronauts had died on the job before — Apollo 1 crewmembers Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee were lost when a fire broke out inside their command module during a launchpad exercise on Jan. 27, 1967 — but the Challenger disaster was something different altogether. It can be a bit complicated to get to my workstation, but I wouldn't trade the commute for the world. Windows on Earth. Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos to Fly Rockets from Florida.

November 14th, 1969, Apollo 12 is struck by lightning on take off, loses main power, and faces missi. On Gagarin “He Called Us All Into Space…” “Less than a year after he landed on the moon, Neil Armstrong visited Star City [in Moscow], and described the Apollo 11 landing to a packed audience in the auditorium. He told them how he had left medals commemorating Yuri Gagarin and Vladimir Komarov on the lunar surface. Valentina Tereshkova, acting as one of the social hosts, noted how much Armstrong’s round face and innocent smile reminded her of the much-missed Yuri. Relive SpaceX's rocket launch and landing in GIFs. SpaceX made history today when its Falcon 9 rocket epically landed on a drone ship in the ocean. Plans to upgrade Kennedy Space Center reach new milestone. The Future Of Astronomy: The Giant (25 Meter!) Magellan Telescope. Giant Magellan Telescope.

ISS Assembly. NASA Earth Observatory : Home. Five Nice NASA Resources for Teachers and Students. This is the Largest Galaxy in the Known Universe. A Year In Space Photos 2015: Pluto First Look, Water On Mars, EPIC View Of Earth And More. Space exploration re-entered the public consciousness in a big way in 2015. The Tragedy of Apollo 1 Reshaped the Future of NASA. This is the Most Detailed Map to Date of Our Place in the Universe. Blue Origin re-flies New Shepard used on Nov. 2015 flight. Planetarium - Interactive star map and virtual sky. Apollo 8's Christmas Eve Message. Stage one has landed. Universe's Ordinary Matter Detailed in New Study. Dec 03, 2015 10:14 AM EST By Russell Westerholm, UniversityHerald Reporter (r.westerholm@universityherald.com) Whereas the universe is made up mostly of dark matter, which is only detectable when it interacts with other objects, another material ever-present is ordinary matter.

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