NASA – Jenam 2011 Wed, 23 Nov 2022 04:30:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NASA – Jenam 2011 32 32 Pratt HS graduate plays key role in NASA’s Artemis 1 mission Wed, 23 Nov 2022 03:01:00 +0000

PRATT, Kan. (KWCH) – Pratt, Kansas has a connection to NASA’s latest moon mission. Last week, NASA launched Artemis 1 into space, guided by a team that includes Tobin Melroy, a flight planner who graduated from Pratt High School in 1995.

The highly anticipated launch of Artemis 1 to the moon took place on Wednesday, November 16. The historic launch brings pride to the Pratt community with Melroy serving as the Flight Activities Officer for the Artemis 1 program, writing flight plans for the mission. On Tuesday, Melroy’s parents said working for NASA was Tobin’s dream.

His mother, Jane Melroy, said Tobin was in third grade in January 1986 when the Challenger crash happened on live television. That tragic moment, she said, was part of the start of her interest in NASA.

“Once we moved to Kansas, he went to the cosmosphere and went through space camp,” she said.

Artemis 1 successfully completes its mission in lunar orbit, but there have been difficulties along the way and many launch attempts have been postponed.

Tobin Melroy’s father, Dennis Melroy, said his son thought the mission was going well.

“It’s going absolutely perfectly. He told us [Monday]it’s amazing how well it’s going,” said Dennis Melroy.

Last month, Tobin Melroy was inducted into Pratt High School’s Hall of Fame for his role in launching Artemis 1.

“When you have someone like Tobin, who’s the flight plan director for Artemis, he’s clearly a young man who’s excelled,” said Melroy High School English teacher Suzan Patton. “Perseverance and resilience and righteousness, dedication. You can do it, and Tobin is an example of someone who worked very hard.

NASA’s Perseverance rover investigates an intriguing Martian bedrock Thu, 17 Nov 2022 18:47:49 +0000

After collecting a sample from Yori Pass, Perseverance will drive 745 feet (227 meters) southeast to a mega sand ripple. Located in the middle of a small field of dunes, the undulation – called “Observation Mountain” by the science team – will be where the rover will collect its first samples of regolith, or crushed rock and dust.

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A key focus of Perseverance’s mission to Mars is astrobiology, including caching samples that may contain signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s past geology and climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rocks and regoliths.

Subsequent NASA missions, in cooperation with ESA, would send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed samples from the surface and return them to Earth for further analysis.

The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is part of NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration approach, which includes Artemis missions to the Moon that will help prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.

JPL, which is managed for NASA by Caltech, built and manages operations of the Perseverance rover.

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Asteroid today: NASA shows menacing space rock hurtling towards Earth at a frightening speed of 35,176 km/h Mon, 14 Nov 2022 08:05:21 +0000 The asteroid alert has been issued! A menacing space rock is heading towards Earth today. Know its details, according to NASA.

Another day, another asteroid should pass very close to Earth. NASA has issued an asteroid warning against a space rock hurtling towards Earth. Although these asteroids pass Earth from a relatively safe distance, they are still classified as potentially hazardous objects due to their proximity to Earth. NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office is responsible for keeping an eye on the skies for rogue asteroids that could potentially threaten Earth. The organization has now reported this space rock as it heads for a close approach to the planet today.

Key facts about asteroid 2022 UH16

NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office has issued an alert for an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 UH16. The 68-foot-wide asteroid is expected to fly past Earth closely today, Nov. 14, at a distance of 5.6 million miles. The asteroid is already on its way to Earth, traveling at a staggering 35,176 kilometers per hour. Although this asteroid should not impact the Earth, a slight deviation from its trajectory due to interaction with the gravitational field of the planet could modify its trajectory with catastrophic consequences.

According to, asteroid 2022 UH16 belongs to the Apollo asteroid group. It was discovered as recently as October 23. This asteroid takes 1427 days to complete one orbit of the Sun during which its maximum distance from the Sun is 597 million kilometers and the closest distance is 145 million kilometers.

Has an asteroid ever hit Earth?

Although asteroids have been safely passing Earth in recent months, that doesn’t mean a collision with Earth isn’t on the cards. In fact, an asteroid was responsible for the extinction of one of the largest species on the planet almost 65 million years ago: the dinosaurs.

According to Alvarez’s hypothesis, the extinction was caused by a huge asteroid that crashed into Earth over 65 million years ago. The asteroid terraformed the planet and is likely the cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs. Scientists even found the asteroid’s impact crater at Chicxulub, near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

And a few years ago the Chelyabinsk incident happened, and long before that, the Tunguska event. Of course, the biggest asteroid to hit Earth was around 2 billion years old, and it left behind the carter of Vredefort near Johannesburg.

Science News Roundup: New NASA moon rocket tested in hurricane-force winds on Florida launch pad; COP27: Israel harnesses DNA from past wild crops to improve food supply and more Fri, 11 Nov 2022 05:03:04 +0000

Here is a summary of current scientific news.

NASA’s new moon rocket tested in hurricane-force winds on Florida launch pad

NASA’s new $4 billion moon rocket endured high winds and heavy rain early Thursday as it rode through Hurricane Nicole at its launch pad in Florida, apparently with only minor damage, according to a first NASA inspection following the storm. Sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (136.8 km per hour) were measured by launch site sensors hundreds of feet above the ground, with gusts exceeding 100 mph, testing the design limits of the 32-story rocket and posing additional risks for a spacecraft already plagued by technical issues that delayed its first launch.

COP27: Israel harnesses DNA from bygone wild crops to improve food supply

Could the key to securing the world’s food supply for the future be hidden in the DNA of cultures from the distant past? Israeli scientists are creating a gene bank from the seeds of local wild crops, some of which have survived for thousands of years since the birth of agriculture and which could help farmers cope with a harsher climate in the decades to come.

Divers discover the wreckage of the space shuttle Challenger off the coast of Florida

Divers from a documentary team searching for WWII plane wreckage off the coast of Florida have found a 20ft section of the space shuttle Challenger, which exploded and crashed is shattered shortly after its launch in 1986, NASA announced Thursday. Divers contacted NASA after spotting a large, clearly modern object mostly covered in sand on the ocean floor and bearing the distinctive shuttle tiles, the space agency said in a written statement.

Hubble Telescope Reveals Huge Star Explosion Piecemeal

About 11.5 billion years ago, a distant star about 530 times larger than our sun died in a cataclysmic explosion that blew its outer layers of gas into the surrounding cosmos, a supernova documented by astronomers at the time. per stroke. Researchers said Wednesday that NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope managed to capture three separate images spanning an eight-day period beginning just hours after the detonation – an achievement all the more remarkable given the time and distance at which it occurred.

A drone taxi makes its first turn in air traffic near Paris

A multi-rotor electric helicopter made its first flight in conventional air traffic near Paris on Thursday as it prepares for commercial flights from 2024. The Volocopter test plane, which looks like a big eight-powered drone rotors, took off with a passenger on board from Pontoise-Cormeilles airfield outside Paris and briefly circled while other aircraft were nearby.

Explainer-What the Latest UN Science Says About Climate Change

At the COP27 conference in Egypt, delegates have decades of research on warming trajectories published by the United Nations climate science agency at their disposal to inform their decisions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produces reports approximately every five years that represent a global scientific consensus on climate change, its causes and impact. Last year’s report touched on the main drivers of global warming and the fundamentals of climate science.

(With agency contributions.)

South Africa’s new ground station to help NASA track spaceflight Tue, 08 Nov 2022 23:07:00 +0000

MATJIESFONTEIN, South Africa, Nov 8 (Reuters) – A new deep-space ground station being built in South Africa’s semi-desert Karoo region will come online by 2025 to help track NASA’s historic missions to the Moon and beyond, space agency officials said Tuesday.

Through its Artemis program, which aims to land the first woman or person of color on the moon by 2025, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is aiming for the maiden launch of its rocket this month. generation, delayed for weeks by technical setbacks and bad weather.

“Next week, we should expect to launch the first flight of Artemis,” said Badri Younes, deputy associate administrator and head of NASA’s Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) unit.

“It’s not until 2025 that we’re going to send the third Artemis and the third Artemis will land astronauts on the moon, and…the first person to land on the moon (this time) will be a woman of color” , Younes told Reuters.

“It will be one of three stations supporting communication with all of our astronauts on and around the Moon and providing viable services to our entire Moon to Mars program,” Younes said at a ceremony to signature in the small village of Matjiesfontein, 237 km (147 miles) north of Cape Town.

Matjiesfontein, which is only the third main site developed in the world, will be part of a network of other ground stations in the United States and Australia. Designed with an antenna array, including a 20-meter (22-yard) diameter three-stage dish purchased by NASA, the station will help improve coverage and redundancy to support critical missions to the moon, Mars and beyond, officials said.

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) will establish, operate and maintain the station.

Close to the main communication and transport infrastructures, the isolated site was chosen because of its geographical location with clear skies and low radio interference.

South Africa has committed an initial amount of 70 million rand ($3.93 million) to build the infrastructure and communications needed to prepare the site, as part of the government’s investment in construction its space infrastructure and research base.

“NASA wouldn’t come to South Africa if they didn’t feel we have the capabilities to do the work in partnership with them,” said Phil Mjwara, director general of the South African Department of Science and Innovation. .

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Apptronik signs partnership with NASA for humanoid robots Thu, 03 Nov 2022 11:00:09 +0000

Apptronik, an Austin, USA-based company specializing in the development of versatile mobile robotic systems, has entered into a partnership with NASA to accelerate the commercialization of its new humanoid robot.

The robot, called Apollo, will be one of the first humanoids available in commercial markets.

At Apptronik’s headquarters in Austin, Texas, the first Apollo prototype is now complete, with the expectation of wider commercial availability in 2023.

Images of Apollo have yet to be released and we’ve used another of Apptronk’s humanoid robots, Valkyrie, as the main image above.

Unlike special purpose robots which are only capable of a single repetitive task, Apollo is designed as a general purpose robot capable of performing a wide range of tasks in dynamic environments. Apollo will benefit workers in industries ranging from logistics, retail, hospitality, aerospace and beyond.

NASA is known worldwide for its contributions to the advancement of robotics technology. NASA first partnered with Apptronik in 2013 during the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), where the founders were selected to work on NASA’s Valkyrie robot.

The government agency has now chosen Apptronik as a business partner to launch a new generation of versatile robots, starting with Apollo.

Jeff Cardenas, CEO and Co-Founder of Apptronik, said, “NASA’s continued investment validates the work we’re doing at Apptronik and the inflection point we’ve reached in robotics. The robots we’ve all dreamed of are now here and ready to release into the world.

“These robots will first become tools for us here on Earth, and ultimately help us reach beyond and explore the stars.”

In addition to its work with NASA, the Apptronik team has partnered with leading automotive OEMs, major transportation and logistics companies, and government agencies.

Boasting notable names including Dr. Nicholas Paine, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Apptronik and Dr. Luis Sentis, Co-Founder and Scientific Advisor, its team is respected as one of the best in the world.

A growing robotics hub, the Austin-based company continues to recruit top talent looking to bring their innovations to market now.

Apptronik is recognized for its focus on human-centered design, building beautifully designed and user-friendly robotic systems.

As part of this commitment, he chose leading design company argodesign as its design partner for Apollo with the goal of creating robots that can work alongside humans in our most critical industries. The team is now focused on scaling Apollo so it can be ready for the customer in 2023.

On Halloween, NASA and intelligence agencies that study UFOs appear to be gearing up to downplay them Mon, 31 Oct 2022 23:30:27 +0000

Just in time for Halloween, US intelligence agencies were due to deliver a classified UFO status report to Congress on Monday, along with an unclassified summary of the report that should be released. posted later this week. Earlier this month, NASA also announced the 16 members of its new unclassified independent team, made up of eminent scientists, an astronaut and a science journalist, to examine the phenomenon from a “point of view”. scientific view”.

Monday’s report comes after Congress called for the creation of a permanent office to study UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, the government’s new improved term for UFOs) at the Pentagon last year, then held its first public hearing on the subject in more than 50 years this spring. This hearing discussed an unclassified report released by a Department of Defense task force in 2021.

There is precedent for the Department of Defense with scientists and the media downplaying UFO reports rather than prioritizing a truly open scientific investigation.

Many proponents of the UFO investigation like myself were disappointed by the Pentagon’s 2021 unclassified report, which offered an explanation for just one of the 144 incidents the department said were under investigation. But at least he correctly acknowledged that he couldn’t rule out any explanation, including extraterrestrial origins. After all, in some of the incidents, Navy pilots have publicly stated that they encountered exotic objects that were “not of this world” and “accelerated like I had never seen”.

But leaked details and communications from officials ahead of Monday’s report and the announcement of NASA’s new team suggest some in government are eager to resolve the issue without a full and open-minded investigation – just like during the last open attempt. to get to the bottom of the phenomena in the 1960s.

It’s especially frustrating that NASA seems to be jumping to conclusions before it’s even really started. In his tweet announcing UAP panel members 10 days ago, NASA said: “There is no evidence to support the idea that UAPs are of extraterrestrial origin.” This statement seems to prematurely signal its findings, so no one will be surprised when the final report repeats the same finding.

Meanwhile, the headline of a New York Times article published on Friday based on what it said was classified information from the intelligence report read: “Many military UFO reports are just spying alien or airborne waste”. Nodding at Halloween time, the article’s author, Julian Barnes, tweeted what might have been the subtext: UFOs are nothing”scary or hypersonic” — in other words, just ordinary stuff, there’s nothing to see here and it’s time to move on.

What the Times headline ignores are the specific cases that are, well, actually scary and hypersonic. Of the 144 incidents, the Pentagon identified 18 incidents that exhibited unusual flight characteristics. Five observables, elucidated by Lue Elizondo, the whistleblower who until 2017 was in charge of a secret Pentagon program studying UFOs, are sudden, instantaneous acceleration with no visible signs of propulsion, anti-gravity lift, signatureless hypersonic speeds, low observability (or cloaking), and trans-medium travel (going from the ocean straight into the air, for example).

Unfortunately, there is precedent for the Department of Defense with scientists and the media downplaying UFO reports rather than prioritizing a truly open scientific investigation. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Air Force created a UFO task force named Project Blue Book and commissioned an independent scientific study of the phenomenon. Led by Professor Edward Condon of the University of Colorado, the study’s final report published in 1969 concluded that UFOs warranted no further study; the headlines it generated were used as justification for shutting down Project Blue Book later that year.

But Northwestern University professor J. Allen Hynek, a key consultant to Project Blue Book, stepped forward to say that much of the project’s work was to debunk UFO reports rather than understand them. Hynek attacked the Condon report, saying its findings were “singularly biased” because it only looked at easily explained cases. Moreover, more than a third of the cases remained legitimately unexplained.

The accusation of data-gathering has been repeated by others, including famed atmospheric scientist James McDonald, who accused the committee of being primarily a whitewash, continuing a disinformation process started by the CIA in the 1950s to convince the public and scientists that UFOs were nonsense. . McDonald also pointed to a leaked memo from the project administrator that assured colleagues that the conclusion was predetermined.

There is now a danger that the NASA study, which is also intended to be objective, will not live up to this scientific ideal. For one thing, the NASA study only looks at unclassified data. “Most of the interesting data from the past is classified,” Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb told me in an email. Loeb is the head of the Galileo project, one of the few university projects that tries to generate new data on UFOs. (Disclosure: I am an advisor to Project Galileo and other UFO-related projects, although I receive no financial return from them.)

While some NASA brass top and study team members tried to reassure the public that they had no pre-conclusions, others have already raised concerns. Loeb points out: “Some panel members expressed explicit opinions against scientific research on UAP. Their selection raises concerns about the neutrality of the panel.

For example, panelist Nadia Drake, a science journalist, made her position clear in a tweet thread before she was nominated for the panel: “I don’t buy for a second that anyone involved reasonably expects to find evidence of extraterrestrial technology here.”

Seriously objective scientific inquiry would welcome different viewpoints and should not rule out any possible explanation. This includes the possibility that these objects did not come from a foreign adversary and could represent extraterrestrial or non-human technology: “We are quite convinced that this is not Russian or Chinese technology,” Elizondo said, and a former Pentagon staffer told CNN the technology could be 100 to 1,000 years ahead of us.

Members of Congress, the former Director of National Intelligence, President Barack Obama and even a former CIA chief have said the same thing: that there is something not yet explainableand dare I say it on this Halloween, even scary, flying around our night sky. Einstein himself used the scary term when confronted with a science he didn’t understand or believe in – quantum entanglement, which turned out to be real and this year was rewarded with a Nobel Prize.

In order for the NASA panel to avoid stigmatizing the study of UFOs and to stimulate the science needed for thorough investigation, my request to the members is simple: please try not to prejudge the conclusions of the study, which is what any science should be. Also, at some point, NASA will need access to classified data.

It is often said that those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. If the government and academia don’t do it with UFOs, we could end up with another independent scientific group in 50 years, but we won’t be any closer to the truth.

]]> Ray of joy: NASA captures image of ‘smiling’ sun | NASA Sat, 29 Oct 2022 10:26:00 +0000

A NASA satellite captured an image of what appeared to be a happy face pattern on the sun earlier this week, prompting the US space agency to say the sun was seen “smiling”.

The agency posted the image on Twitter on Wednesday, writing, “Today Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the sun ‘smiling.’ Seen in ultraviolet light, these dark spots on the sun are known as coronal holes and are regions where the fast solar wind shoots out into space.

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the Sun “smiling” today. Seen in ultraviolet light, these dark spots on the Sun are known as coronal holes and are regions where the fast solar wind shoots out into space.

— NASA Sun, Space & Scream 🎃 (@NASASun) October 26, 2022

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is an agency mission to study how solar activity is created and determines space weather. First launched on February 11, 2010, the observatory’s spacecraft measures the sun’s interior, atmosphere, magnetic field and energy output.

Since it was posted, the Nasa photo has garnered a slew of responses online, with many comparing the image to a sculpted Halloween. pumpkina lion and the Sun featured on the children’s show Teletubbies.

An user replied: “Is this the face of the Stay Puf[t] Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters? »

Another one compared the sun to BN Mini Chocolate Cookies which also feature smiley faces.

Despite its friendly appearance, experts warn that the sun’s coronal holes could mean a solar storm will hit Earth on Saturday. said: “The happy mein [sic] spits a triple stream of solar wind towards the Earth.

Solar storms are a variety of eruptions of mass and energy from the solar surface which in turn distort the earth’s magnetic field. As a result, these storms increase the visibility of the aurora, also known as auroras, in the northern and southern hemispheres.

Bosnian bank ASA Banka Nasa i Snazna launches tender offer for Bamcard Tue, 25 Oct 2022 10:04:00 +0000

SARAJEVO (Bosnia and Herzegovina), October 25 (SeeNews) – Bosnian lender ASA Banka Nasa i Snazna has announced that it has launched a takeover bid on local clearing house Bamcard [SAJ:BMCDRK2]targeting stocks representing a 70.3575% stake.

ASA Banka Nasa i Snazna is offering 155.20 marka (78.3/79.4 euros) per Bamcard share in the tender offer, the offeror said in a filing with the Sarajevo Stock Exchange on Friday. (SASE).

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The offer is open for a period of 28 days.

In the offer, ASA Banka Nasa i Snazna acts together with its owner, local ASA Banka. The shares that will be acquired under the takeover bid will be held by ASA Banka Nasa i Snazna.

Currently, ASA Banka Nasa i Snazna holds 8,870 shares, representing a 20.0312% stake in Bamcard, while ASA Banka holds 4,256 shares, representing a 9.6113% stake.

Bamcard’s share capital of 2.4 million marks is divided into 44,284 shares, each with a nominal value of 55 marks.

Bamcard shares last traded on SASE on August 26, when they closed down 0.13% at 155 marka.

ASA Banka Nasa i Snazna bought its stake in Bamcard from ZiraatBank BH, a unit of Turkish lender Ziraat Bankasi, in late August for 1.37 million marka, according to earlier data from the Sarajevo Stock Exchange.

ASA Banka Nasa i Snazna operated as Sberbank BH until March. ASA Banka acquired it from Austria-based Sberbank Europe, controlled by Russian Sberbank, for an undisclosed amount, and renamed it ASA Banka Nasa i Snazna.

(1 euro = 1.95583 marks)

Household chores, space research conclusion station work week – Space Station Fri, 21 Oct 2022 18:01:45 +0000
Expedition 68 crew members participate in a conference with ground mission controllers before the astronauts depart from SpaceX Crew-4.

Chores and science ended the week for the Expedition 68 crew aboard the International Space Station. Orbital residents will also see a supply ship leave the orbital lab on Sunday.

NASA flight engineer Frank Rubio spent Friday afternoon rearranging cargo inside the Zarya module to maximize stowage space in the 24-year-old module. Station hardware and other cargo are constantly moved around station modules to support science experiments and maintenance activities. With cargo missions coming and going to the station, it’s necessary for astronauts to keep track of where everything is and keep gear tidy for easy access.

NASA astronaut Nicole Mann spent her day performing orbital plumbing tasks, testing water samples for microbes and inspecting ammonia canisters. Mann has also spent time on human research activities collecting his blood samples, participating in hearing and cognitive testing, and setting up wrist-worn devices that monitor a crew member’s sleep-wake cycle, or rhythm. circadian.

NASA flight engineer Josh Cassada worked throughout Friday maintaining the life support system inside the Harmony and Tranquility modules. Cassada checked the thermal control system components in both modules and collected fluid samples from the life support devices for analysis on Earth. The space flyer for the first time also took part in a standard hearing test.

Working in the laboratory module of Columbus, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) flight engineer Koichi Wakata recirculated fluids and fed vegetables for the XROOTS space botany study. The Agricultural Survey explores hydroponic and aeroponic methods, soilless techniques, for growing crops in space to keep crews further away from Earth.

Two cosmonauts, flight engineers Anna Kikina and Dmitri Petelin, started Friday morning with a heart search. The duo attached electrodes to monitor their heart bioelectrical activity and understand how microgravity affects their heart function. Kikina then spent the rest of the day on lab maintenance work. Petelin joined Commander Sergey Prokopyev and closed the hatch of the ISS Progress 80 cargo craft before its departure on Sunday, ending an eight-month mission docked to the Poisk module.

Learn more about the station’s activities by following the space station blog, @space station and @ISS_Research on Twitter, as well as the ISS Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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