Friday, April 19, 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 …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The flight, set for 5 p.m., is a test run for a system that could eventually resupply the International Space Station.
The test flight for a space capsule system intended to help resupply the International Space Station is scheduled to launch from the Virginia coastline on Wednesday. If weather conditions are favorable, the craft should be visible from parts of Maryland as it ascends into orbit. The Antares rocket, developed by Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corporation, is expected to launch at 5:00 p.m.—though the launch window extends until 8:00 p.m., should weather or other factors require a delay. The Los Angeles Times reports that it will be carrying a roughly four-ton dummy payload intended to simulate the company's Cygnus space capsule, which NASA and the company hope will soon be transporting materials to the space station. Orbital, whose …
Monday, March 4, 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 …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Sources described a likable engineering student with a strong academic record—and a mental illness.
On Tuesday afternoon, Prince George's County police identified the alleged shooter from an early morning murder-suicide in College Park as 23-year-old Dayvon Maurice Green. According to police, Green was an engineering graduate student at the University of Maryland. Speaking to reporters outside the scene of the shooting, UMD President Wallace Loh said he believed Green had been at the university for about a year. Green earned his undergraduate degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, officials said. The Baltimore Sun reports that he was a member of Phi Beta Sigma's Gamma chapter and maintained a grade point average above 3.5. Green also participated in the NASA Student Ambassador program and worked at the NASA Goddard Space …
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.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
NASA is hosting several public viewings of the Curiosity Mars Rover as it touches down on the Red Planet.
Want to land on Mars? Well, you can't. Not yet. But early Monday uou can get a feel for what it might look like to land on the Red Planet when NASA broadcasts the landing of the Curiosity Mars Rover across the country. A lot of people are holding their breath. Curiosity has been on its way to Mars since Nov. 26, 2011, when it launched from Cape Canaveral. It will descend into the thin Martian atmosphere, using a new landing method consisting of rocket guided entry, parachute descent, more rockets and a “sky crane,” which is as fantastic as it sounds. The shell of the rover will use its rockets to hover above the surface as the science lab is lowered down the surface by an “umbilical cord.” There’s a lot going on here. “On a scale of one…
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…
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Over rooftops, schools and monuments - kids, school teachers, moms and fans came outside to see and photograph Discovery in its D.C. area flyover.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Who will inspire the children to dream of space?
What do you want to be when you grow up? What kid hasn't been asked that question? Adults impulsively ask children of their dreams from the moment they can talk. Maybe it’s because so many adults aren’t following their own dreams, or maybe what they wanted to be when they were 4-years-old was ludicrous in terms of financial stability. Last time I checked, fairies didn’t get a 401K plan. My oldest son is on the Autism Spectrum, and when asked the age-old question during his Thomas the Train phase, he would look very serious and answer, “engineer.” My heart would feel relieved because the reality is he’d be very good as an engineer. He can be socially awkward since it is a very solitary job. His obsessive compulsiveness of needing things in …
Monday, June 13, 2011
Little bites of news that you just can't live without.
Happy Monday, College Park. We hope that you enjoyed your weekend and are feeling rejuvenated. To help you kick off the week, here's today's list of five things you need to know: 1. We've got a gorgeous day on tap. The forecast is a beaut: sunny skies with low humidity and temperatures in the low 80s. If you have an opportunity, step outside and enjoy this late spring day. 2. Marc Bashoor, acting chief for the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department, was on ABC's Good Morning America early this morning talking about the dangers of ceramic fire pots that burn gel fuel. A live demo illustrated how quickly a T-shirt ignited from the flames of a burning pot. 3. This piece of news may make the day even brighter for some of you. According to …