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Dec. 14, 2015


Be an Astronaut: NASA Accepting Applications for Future Explorers

Recently named the best place to work in the federal government for the fourth year in a row, NASA is looking for the best candidates to work in the best job on or off the planet. The astronaut candidate application website now is live and accepting submissions through Feb. 18.

Qualifying U.S. citizens may apply at:


NASA astronaut Shannon Walker and astronaut selection manager Anne Roemer will answer questions about the job, and the application and selection processes, on Reddit.com beginning at 4 pm EST today. At that time, anyone may submit questions at:


The agency expects to announce final candidate selections in mid-2017. Those chosen may fly on any of four different U.S. spacecraft during their careers: the International Space Station, two commercial crew spacecraft currently in development by U.S. companies, and NASA’s Orion deep-space exploration vehicle.

“NASA is on an ambitious journey to Mars and we’re looking for talented men and women from diverse backgrounds and every walk of life to help get us there,” said NASA Administrator and former astronaut Charles Bolden. “Today, we opened the application process for our next class of astronauts, extraordinary Americans who will take the next giant leap in exploration. This group will launch to space from U.S. soil on American-made spacecraft and blaze the trail on our journey to the Red Planet.”

NASA astronauts will again launch to the International Space Station from Florida’s Space Coast on American-made commercial spacecraft -- Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and the SpaceX Crew Dragon. These spacecraft will allow NASA to add a seventh crew member to each station mission, effectively doubling the amount of time astronauts will be able to devote to research in space, expanding scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies.

Astronauts also will lift off again from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard the Orion spacecraft, launched on the agency’s Space Launch System rocket, to unprecedented missions in lunar orbit. There, the space agency will learn more about conducting complex operations in a deep space environment before moving on to longer duration missions as it progresses on its journey to Mars.

To help accomplish this work, NASA will select qualified astronaut candidates from a diverse pool of U.S. citizens with a wide variety of backgrounds, including engineers, scientists and physicians. According to the professional networking site LinkedIn, some 3 million of the site’s members working in the United States appear to meet the minimum academic eligibility requirements for the job.

“NASA’s mission, and what we need from the astronauts helping to carry it out, has evolved over the years,” said Brian Kelly, director of Flight Operations at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “Some people would be surprised to learn they might have what it takes. We want and need a diverse mix of individuals to ensure we have the best astronaut corps possible.”

Astronaut candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science or mathematics. An advanced degree is desirable. Candidates also must have at least three years of related, progressively responsible professional experience, or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. Astronaut candidates must pass the NASA long-duration astronaut physical.

“The Office of Personnel Management is proud to support NASA’s efforts to recruit our country’s next generation of astronauts,” said Beth Cobert, acting director of OPM. “One of this agency's primary goals is to help attract, recruit, hire and retain the best and most talented workforce to serve the American people. We stand ready to help NASA find and support the talent it needs to fulfill its exciting mission to Mars. I’m proud to help agencies across government shape the federal workforce of the future by providing such tools as USAJOBS, our one-stop source for federal job and employment information.” 

For more information about a career as an astronaut, and application requirements, visit:


Follow NASA on LinkedIn, and find more NASA jobs, at:



Stephanie Schierholz
Headquarters, Washington

Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters / Brandi Dean
Johnson Space Center, Houston
nicole.cloutier-1@nasa.gov / brandi.k.dean@nasa.gov

Last Updated: Dec. 15, 2015

Editor: Karen Northon

Tags:  Space Launch System,

NASA Kennedy

Sept. 23, 2015

Science Wows Kids, Families at Community Day

Dr. Goia Massa, shows the Veggie experiment to children during Community Day at Kennedy Space Center.

Credits: NASA

Rachel Power demonstrates evaporation for a group using liquid nitrogen and warm water to generate clouds.

Credits: NASA

By Steven Siceloff,
NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

The research, tools and theories of spaceflight and science took center stage Saturday afternoon at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as children and families took part in the center's Community Day.

From an educator dazzling children by making clouds of nitrogen erupt from a bucket to robotics demonstrations to a helicopter and MRAP display, people had lots of competition for their curiosity. Not to mention a show from astronaut Bob Cabana, Kennedy's director, detailing his adventures in orbit assembling the first elements of the International Space Station. There was even a snake, courtesy of the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge.

"Anytime you can present science and technology and math to children it's worthwhile," said Mike Tillema, chief of Flight Operations at Kennedy. Answering questions about his helicopter and posing for photos with kids as they sat in the pilot seat, Tilemma said the students show interest from the moment they see the NASA logo-emblazoned Huey. "The young people's look – you can see that interest, the excitement."

The helicopter and MRAP armored vehicle parked by the rocket garden highlighted some of the infrastructure involved with operating NASA's primary spaceport. The helicopters are used in numerous operations year-round including wildlife surveys in addition to launch day work. The MRAPs are relatively new to the center and are being fitted for use as emergency evacuation vehicles for the next generation of human-rated rockets and spacecraft.

Inside the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit area, hundreds of visitors talked space lettuce with the scientists of Veggie whose experimentation produced the first space-grown vegetables consumed by astronauts in space. Children and their parents peered at the leafy plants that were grown on Earth under identical conditions to those on the station, but with gravity of course. The researchers also discussed the importance of growing even a small amount of food in space during long voyages such as those required of the astronauts who will make a journey to Mars.

It wasn't always the people that got the attention during the event. A few robots gathered crowds around them as they and their operators showed off abilities such as shooting basketballs. The robots are part of the FIRST competition that requires students to design and build their own machines for competitions.

"The students are always excited as soon as soon as they see the robots," said James Rallo, a mentor for the Boeing Combbat 21 team. "They want to build the biggest, baddest robot. So we show them where to start and what it can lead to."

Students had plenty of chances to make things and take home creations, too. Paper airplanes and rockets along with scores of coloring pages and collector cards filled NASA shopping bags as the children made their way between the Community Day stations. All of Kennedy's programs were represented, along with NASA's variety of disciplines. Each stop usually ended with a similar message from agency experts: study science and math carefully and you can do this one day.

Last Updated: Oct. 2, 2015

Editor: Steven Siceloff

Tags:  Kennedy Space Center,

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Benefits to You

Sept. 22, 2015


NASA’s 'Space to Ground' to be Released in Spanish During National Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, NASA is releasing four Spanish-language episodes of its weekly web series “Space to Ground.”

Titled “Espacio a Tierra,” the Spanish-language videos will provide a weekly look at the events taking place aboard the International Space Station. Each will be available in high definition on Mondays beginning today and ending Oct. 12.

These efforts are part of NASA’s Commitment to Action for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.

“Space to Ground” is a short wrap-up of the week's activities aboard the space station that showcases the diversity of activities taking place aboard the world’s only orbiting laboratory. The videos are posted to the agency's social media accounts and encourage the public to follow along and engage with NASA’s work off the Earth that benefits those of us living on the Earth.

The International Space Station is a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that enables us to demonstrate new technologies and make research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. It has been continuously occupied since November 2000 and, since then, has been visited by more than 200 people and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft. The space station remains the springboard to NASA's next giant leap in exploration, including future missions to an asteroid and Mars.

To learn more about the White House Initiative, visit:


To watch the first episode of “Espacio a Tierra,” visit:


For the complete catalog and future episodes, visit:



Kathryn Hambleton
Headquarters, Washington

Dan Huot
Johnson Space Center, Houston

Last Updated: Sept. 22, 2015

Editor: Gina Anderson

Tags:  Benefits to You, International Space Station (ISS),

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Expedition 44

Aug. 11, 2015


NASA Astronauts Speak with Challenger Center Conference from Space Station

Students, members of the public and attendees at the Challenger Center’s International Conference will speak with Expedition 44 crew members aboard the International Space Station at 9 a.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 13.

The 20-minute Earth-to-space call will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

Media interested in covering the event must contact Lisa Vernal at 412- 337-3880 or lvernal@challenger.org. The event will be held in the McAllister Auditorium at San Antonio College located at 1300 San Pedro Ave. in San Antonio. The time of the call is subject to change depending on real-time operations.

Students will have the opportunity to speak live with NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Scott Kelly. Lindgren arrived on July 23 for his first six-month mission aboard the space station. Kelly is four months into a yearlong mission. During the mission, Lindgren, Kelly and other crew members will conduct more than 250 science investigations in fields, such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences, and technology development.

Attendees also will hear from current and former NASA astronauts, including Kent Rominger, Joe Acaba and Scott Kelly’s brother, Mark, along with Dr. Graham Scott, chief scientist for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI).

This in-flight education downlink is an integral component of the NASA Education Office to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in the United States. Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides them with an authentic, live experience of space exploration, space study and the scientific components of space travel and possibilities of life in space.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit:


To learn more about the one-year crew and mission, visit:



Sarah Ramsey
Headquarters, Washington

Ashle Harris
Johnson Space Center, Houston

Last Updated: Aug. 11, 2015

Editor: Sarah Ramsey

Tags:  Expedition 44,

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Journey to Mars

Aug. 6, 2015


New online Exploring Tools Bring NASA's Journey to Mars to New Generation

A screen capture from NASA's new Experience Curiosity website shows the rover in the process of taking its own self-portrait. Users can view Mars through the eyes of the rover, using the window in the lower, right corner. The control panel at left helps users navigate the rover itself, and relive some of its actual expeditions on Mars. Visit the website online at: http://eyes.nasa.gov/curiosity/ .

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On the three-year anniversary of the Mars landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover, NASA is unveiling two new online tools that open the mysterious terrain of the Red Planet to a new generation of explorers, inviting the public to help with its journey to Mars.

Mars Trek is a free, web-based application that provides high-quality, detailed visualizations of the planet using real data from 50 years of NASA exploration and allowing astronomers, citizen scientists and students to study the Red Planet’s features.

A panorama combining images from both cameras of the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows diverse geological textures on Mount Sharp. Three years after landing on Mars, the mission is investigating this layered mountain for evidence about changes in Martian environmental conditions.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Experience Curiosity allows viewers to journey along with the one-ton rover on its Martian expeditions. The program simulates Mars in 3-D based on actual data from Curiosity and NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), giving users first-hand experience in a day in the life of a Mars rover.

A NASA team already is using Mars Trek to aid in the selection of possible landing sites for the agency’s Mars 2020 rover, and the application will be used as part of NASA’s newly-announced process to examine and select candidate sites for the first human exploration mission to Mars in the 2030s. 

“This tool has opened my eyes as to how we should first approach roaming on another world, and now the public can join in on the fun,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division in Washington. “Our robotic scientific explorers are paving the way, making great progress on the journey to Mars. Together, humans and robots will pioneer Mars and the solar system."

Mars Trek has interactive maps, which include the ability to overlay a range of data sets generated from instruments aboard spacecraft orbiting Mars, and analysis tools for measuring surface features. Standard keyboard gaming controls are used to maneuver the users across Mars’ surface and 3-D printer-exportable topography allows users to print physical models of surface features.

Mars Trek was developed by NASA's Lunar Mapping and Modeling Project, which provides mission planners, lunar scientists and the public with analysis and data visualization tools for our moon. LMMP is managed by NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.

Experience Curiosity also uses real science data to create a realistic and game-ready rover model based entirely on real mechanisms and executed commands. Users can manipulate the rover’s tools and view Mars through each of its cameras.

NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover drilled this hole to collect sample material from a rock target called "Buckskin" on July 30, 2015, about a week prior to the third anniversary of the rover's landing on Mars. The diameter is slightly smaller than a U.S. dime.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

"We've done a lot of heavy 3-D processing to make Experience Curiosity work in a browser. Anybody with access to the web can take a journey to Mars," said Kevin Hussey, manager of the Visualization Applications and Development group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, which manages and operates the Curiosity rover.

Curiosity's adventures on the Red Planet began in the early morning hours of Aug. 6, 2012, Eastern time (evening of Aug. 5, Pacific time), when a landing technique called the sky-crane maneuver deposited the rover in the 96-mile-wide Gale Crater. From there, the rover began investigating its new home, discovering it had landed near an ancient lakebed sprinkled with organic material. Billions of years ago, fresh water would have flowed into this lake, offering conditions favorable for microbial life.

"At three years old, Curiosity already has had a rich and fascinating life. This new program lets the public experience some of the rover's adventures first-hand," said Jim Erickson, the project manager for the mission at JPL.

NASA has been on Mars for five decades with robotic explorers, and August traditionally has been a busy month for exploration of the planet. Viking 2 was put into orbit around Mars 39 years ago on Aug. 7, 1976, making NASA’s second successful landing on the Martian surface weeks later. MRO was launched on Aug. 12, 2005 and still is in operation orbiting Mars. And, Tuesday, Aug. 4 marked the eight-year anniversary of the launch of the Phoenix mission to the north polar region of the Red Planet.

NASA’s orbiters and rovers have changed the way we look at Mars and enable continued scientific discoveries that one day will pave the way for astronauts to explore the Red Planet.

More information about NASA's journey to Mars is available online at:


For more information about Curiosity, visit:


To download and print a 3-D model of Curiosity, go to:



Dwayne Brown / Laurie Cantillo
Headquarters, Washington                                                                      
202-358-1726 / 202-358-1077
dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov / laura.l.cantillo@nasa.gov

Guy Webster / Whitney Clavin
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
818-354-6278 / 818-354-4673
guy.w.webster@jpl.nasa.gov / whitney.clavin@jpl.nasa.gov

Darryl Waller
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Last Updated: Aug. 6, 2015

Editor: Gina Anderson

Tags:  Ames Research Center, Journey to Mars, Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity),

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Space Launch System

June 26, 2015


NASA Invites Media, Social Media to a Space Launch System RS-25 Engine Test

Media and social media followers are invited to watch as NASA tests an RS-25 engine like those that will power the rocket that launches astronauts on missions to an asteroid and to Mars. The test will take place Thursday, August 13, at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Four RS-25 engines will power the core stage of NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS), the rocket that will launch the agency’s Orion crew capsule on deep space missions. The RS-25 engine is a modified space shuttle main engine, which powered missions into low-Earth orbit for 30 years. Remaining space shuttle main engines are being upgraded to provide the additional thrust needed for the SLS vehicle.

The test will verify that the RS-25 developmental engine is performing as needed. Engineers especially are focused on verifying the performance of the new RS-25 engine controller component, or “brain.” The controller monitors and regulates engine performance during an engine firing. Testing of RS-25 engines that will be used for flight is expected to begin this fall at Stennis.

Media wishing to attend the test must contact Valerie Buckingham at 228-688-3898 or valerie.d.buckingham@nasa.gov to request credentials.

Forty social media participants will be selected to view the test firing, tour Stennis facilities and interview NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne officials as part of a NASA Social event at the test. Interested participants can apply for social media accreditation at:


All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The application process closes at 5 p.m. EDT Monday, July 6. Because portions of this event may take place in restricted areas, registration is limited to U.S. citizens.

Stennis will test all of the RS-25 engines used on early SLS missions, including those that will launch the vehicle’s first uncrewed mission, Exploration Mission-1. Stennis also is preparing to test the SLS core stage, which will involve firing four RS-25 engines simultaneously.

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages the SLS Program for the agency.

For more information about SLS, visit:


For information about Stennis Space Center, visit:



Stephanie Schierholz
Headquarters, Washington

Valerie Buckingham
Stennis Space Center, Bay St. Louis, Miss.

Kim Henry
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Last Updated: July 31, 2015

Editor: Sarah Ramsey

Tags:  Space Launch System,

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Space Station

June 18, 2015


NASA Astronauts Headline Public Events in Washington, Virginia, Maryland, online

NASA astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Reid Wiseman are seen here aboard the International Space Station, in October 2014, the day before they performed EVA-28 tomorrow -- the first U.S. spacewalk since November 2008 to feature an all-Navy crew.

Credits: NASA

NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Barry “Butch” Wilmore will be making several stops in the Washington area June 22-26 to share with many audiences their experiences aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The following events are open to the media and public:

Monday, June 22

My other workshop is the space station: Wilmore will tour the Arlington, Virginia TechShop, a do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio for makers. The public is invited to join Wilmore from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. EDT, during which he will talk about being a maker in space, what it’s like to spend six months in an orbiting laboratory, and NASA’s plans for the future of space exploration and how the public can be involved.

A question-and-answer session will follow his presentation. To register for this event, go to http://go.nasa.gov/1BgQb6L. Media who would like to cover the tour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. or the Q&A session must contact Kelly Austin at kelly.austin@techshop.ws no later than 5 p.m. today. TechShop is located at 2110-B Crystal Dr.

Monday and Tuesday, June 22 and 23

Astronaut Q&A on Facebook: The U.S. Navy invites the public to post questions for the astronauts to the Navy’s official Facebook page. Wilmore and Wiseman, both Navy officers, will answer these questions on video and the Navy will post the videos throughout the week. To participate, visit the Navy's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/USNavy.

Tuesday, June 23

Inside Talk at NASA: NASA Television will air live at 11 a.m. a discussion between Wiseman and employees at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The event also will stream live on NASA’s website.

Navy Heritage Center Event: The U.S. Navy Memorial Naval Heritage Center will host a public event 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday featuring Wilmore, who is also a U.S. Navy captain. Wilmore will give a presentation about his time in space and answer questions from visitors.

Wilmore also will be a guest at a free public concert at the Navy Memorial at 7:30 p.m. The Concerts on the Avenue series features the United States Navy Band and Navy Ceremonial Guard and highlights naval history and heritage, honors the Navy fleet and pays tribute to our nation’s veterans. The center and memorial are located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest in Washington.

Science Channel Talks to Wiseman: Wiseman, who gained a large following on social media while sharing the wonders of space exploration, will talk about his experience at a live event with Science Channel at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdayat Science Channel Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

This event is open to the public, however, interested individuals must register at https://nvite.com/SciSpaceLive/b7bd, as space is limited. The event also will air live on Science Channel and NASA websites. Those who cannot attend may still join the discussion on Twitter using the hastags #SciSpaceLive and #AskReid.

Wednesday, June 24

Moving Beyond Earth: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington will host a public event 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 24 in its Moving Beyond Earth Gallery, featuring Wiseman. The astronaut will give a presentation to museum visitors on his stay aboard the space station. For those who cannot attend in person, the event will air on NASA TV and stream live at http://airandspace.si.edu/events/webcasts.cfm. The museum is located at Independence Ave. and 6th St. Southwest.

The two will make other appearances throughout their stay in the capitol region, including lunch with wounded service members, a visit with children of active duty service members at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, and a meeting with teachers of science, technology engineering and mathematics. These events are not open to the media or public.

Wilmore most recently commanded Expedition 42 aboard the space station, a 167-day mission during which he performed scientific research and technology demonstrations and completed a spacewalk with fellow astronaut Wiseman to replace a failed voltage regulator. Wilmore now has logged 25 hours and 36 minutes of spacewalking, and 178 days in space over two missions.

As a member of the ISS Expedition 41 crew, Wiseman began his stay aboard the orbiting laboratory in May 2014 and returned to Earth in November 2014. This mission was his first spaceflight and included almost 13 hours of spacewalking to perform work outside the orbital complex. He and his crewmates also spent hundreds of hours conducting valuable scientific research in areas such as human physiology, medicine, physical science, Earth science and astrophysics.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information, visit:


For more information about the research taking place on the International Space Station, visit:


For biographies of Wilmore and Wiseman, visit:





Lauren Worley / Karen Northon
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1288 / 202-358-1540
lauren.b.worley@nasa.gov / karen.northon@nasa.gov

Last Updated: July 31, 2015

Editor: Karen Northon

Tags:  Benefits to You, International Space Station (ISS),

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Benefits to You

June 17, 2015


NASA, UN Photo Competition Highlights Why Space Matters on Earth

Each month, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will announce the winning photo of the #whyspacematters competition by posting it to his Instagram account @StationCDRKelly.

Credits: UNOOSA

NASA and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) have launched a global photography competition to highlight how the vantage point of space helps us better understand our home planet, improve lives, and safeguard our future by aiding sustainable development on Earth.

To highlight the role of space-based science and technologies and their applications on Earth, NASA and UNOOSA are inviting the public to submit photos depicting why space matters to us all in our daily lives. To participate, post a picture and description on Instagram using the hashtag #whyspacematters and tagging @UNOOSA.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is three months into a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station, will announce the winning photo each month by posting it from his Instagram account @StationCDRKelly.

Kelly and Russian Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are spending a year in space to improve our understanding of the medical, psychological and biomedical challenges faced by astronauts during long-duration spaceflight. Kelly will set a single-mission record for a U.S. astronaut, and the joint expedition will be an important step in human space exploration and research into the effects of long-term space habitation as part of NASA’s journey to Mars.

“We learn something every time we go to space. And the International Space Station is one of the world’s greatest laboratories – where we are helping with advances in medicine, biology, chemistry and materials sciences,” said Kelly. “It is the pursuit of these advances off the Earth that help improve lives on Earth. And that is why I am so committed to space exploration and embarking on this year-long mission. I look forward to seeing the images from people around the world on how space technology has impacted them where they live.” 

UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo said it is “an honor to have Scott Kelly share his experience in space with the United Nations. This campaign will help to promote the use of space science and technologies in such areas as disaster risk reduction, tracking the effects of climate change and in the equality of access to education and telemedicine.”

With the recent installation of NASA’s International Space Station-Rapid Scatterometer (ISS-RapidScat) and the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instruments on the space station, the ISS is being used for full-fledged Earth science research.

Scientists worldwide use NASA data to tackle some of the biggest questions about how our planet is changing now and how Earth could change in the future. From rising sea levels to the changing availability of freshwater, NASA enables studies that unravel the complexities of our planet from the highest reaches of Earth’s atmosphere to its core.

The International Space Station is a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that enables us to demonstrate new technologies and make research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. It has been continuously occupied since November 2000 and, since then, has been visited by more than 200 people and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft. The space station remains the springboard to NASA's next giant leap in exploration, including future missions to an asteroid and Mars.

For more information about the International Space Station and its crews and research, visit:


For more information about the #whyspacematters competition, visit:



Stephanie Schierholz
Headquarters, Washington

Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters
Johnson Space Center, Houston

Last Updated: July 31, 2015

Editor: Karen Northon

Tags:  Benefits to You, International Space Station (ISS), One-Year Crew,

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Journey to Mars

June 15, 2015


NASA Celebrates Martian New Year in Mars, Pennsylvania

Spaceship landmark in Mars, Pennsylvania

Credits: Jon Dawson

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NASA will land in Mars, Pennsylvania Friday, June 19 to celebrate Mars’ New Year with Red Planet enthusiasts of the Keystone State for three days of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) activities. The goal is to encourage young people to pursue careers in in these critical fields of study that will enable NASA's journey to Mars.

At the invitation of the borough of Mars, NASA will provide exhibits, booths and outreach activities at the celebration. Mars expert Jim Green, NASA’s director of Planetary Science at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, will deliver a keynote talk Friday evening and again Saturday, June 20 about NASA's journey to Mars. Green served as a technical consultant on the upcoming Fox Entertainment movie “The Martian.”

The Martian New Year occurs about every two Earth-years and is timed to the Northern Hemisphere Spring Equinox on Mars. That equinox occurs this month on Earth.

To kick off the three-day, Red Planet extravaganza, NASA will participate in a media briefing at 3 p.m. EDT on Friday in front of the town's flying saucer sculpture, located at 16046 Pittsburgh Street.

Participants in the briefing will be:

·         Honorable Gregg Hartung, mayor of Mars

·         Jim Green

·         Mike Harvey, honorary chairman and meteorologist for WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh

After brief opening remarks and a question-and-answer session, media and social media will be given a preview walking tour of activities planned for the rest of the weekend celebration.

Green will be available for 10-minute interviews 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, and again 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. To reserve a one-on-one interview, media should contact Dave Steitz at 202-358-1730 or david.steitz@nasa.gov.

For a complete listing of activities planned for the Mars New Year celebration in Pennsylvania, visit;


For more information about NASA's #JourneyToMars, visit:



David E. Steitz
Headquarters, Washington

Sara DiBello
Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, Zelienople, Pa.

Last Updated: July 31, 2015

Editor: Karen Northon

Tags:  Journey to Mars, Mars,

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May 27, 2015


NASA Brings Science of Space Down to Earth for 2015 World Science Festival

Kids and adults alike got a kick out of the NASA mobile exhibit during the 2014 World Science Festival.

Credits: NASA/Tara Ruttley

From mega space telescopes to space navigation, NASA is bringing a variety of interactive, hands-on activities and exhibits to the more than 100,000 visitors who will attend this year’s World Science Festival in New York Wednesday, May 27 through Sunday, May 31.

The public is invited to join NASA in celebrating the science and technology that will make possible the great discoveries of the future and astronauts’ journeys to destinations farther into our solar system than ever before, including Mars.

NASA’s activities and exhibits include:

Space Exploration: Reaching New Heights
When: Wednesday, May 27 – Friday, May 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Pier 86, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue
Ever wonder how rockets launch or spacecraft land when coming back from space? Curious about the technology that gives us those spectacular images of other planets and distant stars? Join NASA scientists and educators at the World Science Festival for answers with hands-on activities. Experiment with infrared cameras, make seltzer rockets, see models of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, and learn about future explorations to Mars and other parts of the solar system and the advancements in flight and technology that will help us explore space. This program is open to the public. Science on Site School Programs will also include a private tour of the Space Shuttle Pavilion. Schools interested in bringing classes to this exhibit should contact Jon Chang at jchang@worldsciencefestival.com.

NASA Orbit Pavilion
When: Wednesday, May 27 – Friday, May 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 30, noon to 4 p.m.; Sunday, May 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: New York University, Gould Plaza
Enter the NASA Orbit Pavilion, a massive, interactive sculpture premiering at the World Science Festival. Learn about Earth Science satellites that monitor our planet’s ever-changing pulse from their unique vantage points. Listen to sonic interpretations of the actual movements of satellites orbiting Earth, view our planet through the 3-D programs, and conduct hands-on activities with NASA scientists. Schools interested in bringing classes to this exhibit should contact Jon Chang at jchang@worldsciencefestival.com.

Pioneers in Science: Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist
When: Thursday, May 28, 10 to 11:15 a.m.
Where: Live-streamed at http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/pioneers
Great minds inspire greatness. The Pioneers in Science program offers high school students a path toward greatness through a rare opportunity to interact with world-renowned scientists. This year, students from around the globe will engage with NASA Chief Scientist and leading planetary geologist Ellen Stofan. Stofan is one of the premier experts on the terrain of Titan, Venus, Mars, and Earth. During this intimate gathering, students will have the opportunity to ask Stofan about her career, her inspirations, and NASA’s science programs.

Night Lights, Big City
When: Saturday, May 30, 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park
Join NASA for an evening of stargazing, discussions and demonstrations, including a talk by NASA astronaut Nicole Stott on spacewalks and the critical role of the spacesuit.

Scientific Sails: Under the Stars
When: Saturday, May 30, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park
NASA astronaut Nicole Stott will raise the sails on the Mystic Whaler schooner and talk to guests about how navigating a ship has evolved through the centuries from charting a course with a compass, the sea, and the stars, to relying on today’s radar, electronic charts, and GPS. This event is currently sold out.           

The Ultimate Science Street Fair
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Washington Square Park
World Science Festival 2015 turns Washington Square Park into an outdoor lab celebrating the fascinating science that shapes our lives. It’s a full day of hands-on activities, interactive experiments, installations, and demonstrations. Meet scientists and astronauts, and enjoy live performances. Run through the Mars rover obstacle course, and learn how scientists search for life on other planets. Suit up and train like an astronaut while suspended in the air, and much more.

Media interested in interviewing NASA personnel at the festival should contact Leslie McCarthy at leslie.m.mccarthy@nasa.gov or 212-678-5507, or Michael Cabbage at mcabbage@nasa.gov or 212-678-5516.

To take part in, or follow the conversation on Twitter, use the hashtag #WSF15.

For more information about the 2015 World Science Festival, visit:



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Last Updated: July 31, 2015

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May 19, 2015


Complete Winners and Awards for 2015 NASA Student Launch

NASA has announced the winners of the 2015 NASA Student Launch challenge, held April 11 near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Thirty-five teams from middle schools to universities demonstrated aerospace and engineering skills, while vying for prizes, awards and a lifetime of bragging rights. The top winners of this year’s challenge are:

First Place: Vanderbilt University, of Nashville, Tennessee
Second Place: The University of Louisville, of Kentucky
Third Place: The University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Rookie of the Year: The University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

Corporate sponsor Orbital ATK Aerospace Group, of Promontory, Utah, also presented preliminary awards during an April 10 banquet. Those winners and awards are:

Thirty-five teams from across the nation plus Puerto Rico launched single-stage rockets during the 2015 NASA Student Launch challenge.

Credits: NASA / MSFC / Emmett Given

Best Vehicle Design: The University of Louisville won with the most creative, innovative and safety-conscious rocket design.

Safety: The University of Louisville won for maximizing safety and science value in their design.

Project Review: The University of Louisville won by having the best combination of written preliminary design, critical flight readiness reviews and formal presentations.

Autonomous Ground Support Equipment: Vanderbilt University won with the best mechanical and electrical ground support system.

Education Engagement: Citrus College of Glendora, California, won by best informing others about rocketry and other space-related topics.

Best Web Designs:

·         High School Division: Durham Area Rocketry Team of North Carolina

·         College Division: Vanderbilt University

Altitude Awards:

·         High School Division: Spring Grove High School of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, won by reaching 5,291 feet, just 11 feet over the target altitude of 1 mile or 5,280 feet. 

·         College Division: The University of Arkansas of Fayetteville, came closest to the target goal of 3,000 feet at 3,014 feet.

Best-Looking Rocket Awards:

·         High School Division: The Durham Area Rocketry Team

·         College Division: Iowa State University of Ames

Team Spirit Awards:

·         High School Division: Krueger Middle School of San Antonio, Texas

·         College Division: The U.S. Naval Academy of Annapolis, Maryland

Rocket Fair Awards:

·         High School Division: Madison West Rocketry (Land-Imaging) of Madison, Wisconsin

·         College Division: The University of Alaska - Anchorage

New to this year’s Student Launch event was a partnership with the NASA Centennial Challenges program, which offered the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) Challenge as a parallel competition. Fifteen college and university teams competed for a total of $40,000 in potential prize money in the MAV Prize, To read about the MAV Prize and its winning teams, visit:


Student Launch is managed by Marshall’s Academic Affairs Office and supported by the NASA Office of Education, the Human Explorations Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Centennial Challenges, the Space Technology Mission Directorate and Orbital ATK Aerospace Group.

The Centennial Challenges program is part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and is managed at Marshall. Since 2005, the program has awarded more than $6 million for significant advances in technology.

For more information, visit:


Archived launch-day footage is available on the Marshall Center’s Ustream account:



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May 17, 2015


NASA Challenges Designers to Construct Habitat for Deep Space Exploration

Credits: NASA

NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, known as America Makes, are holding a new $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars.

The multi-phase 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge, part of NASA's Centennial Challenges program, is designed to advance the additive construction technology needed to create sustainable housing solutions for Earth and beyond.

Shelter is among the most basic and crucial human needs, but packing enough materials and equipment to build a habitat on a distant planet would take up valuable cargo space that could be used for other life-sustaining provisions. The ability to manufacture a habitat using indigenous materials, combined with material that would otherwise be waste from the spacecraft, would be invaluable.

The first phase of the competition, announced Saturday at the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, runs through Sept. 27. This phase, a design competition, calls on participants to develop state-of-the-art architectural concepts that take advantage of the unique capabilities 3-D printing offers. The top 30 submissions will be judged and a prize purse of $50,000 will be awarded at the 2015 World Maker Faire in New York.

"The future possibilities for 3-D printing are inspiring, and the technology is extremely important to deep space exploration," said Sam Ortega, Centennial Challenges program manager. "This challenge definitely raises the bar from what we are currently capable of, and we are excited to see what the maker community does with it."

The second phase of the competition is divided into two levels. The Structural Member Competition (Level 1) focuses on the fabrication technologies needed to manufacture structural components from a combination of indigenous materials and recyclables, or indigenous materials alone. The on-Site Habitat Competition (Level 2) challenges competitors to fabricate full-scale habitats using indigenous materials or indigenous materials combined with recyclables. Both levels open for registration Sept. 26, and each carries a $1.1 million prize.

Winning concepts and products will help NASA build the technical expertise to send habitat-manufacturing machines to distant destinations, such as Mars, to build shelters for the human explorers who follow. on Earth, these capabilities may be used one day to construct affordable housing in remote locations with limited access to conventional building materials.

"America Makes is honored to be a partner in this potentially revolutionary competition," said Ralph Resnick, founding director of America Makes. "We believe that 3D printing/Additive Manufacturing has the power to fundamentally change the way people approach design and construction for habitats, both on earth and off, and we are excitedly awaiting submissions from all types of competitors.”

America Makes is a public/private partnership of organizations focused on accelerating the capabilities and adoption of additive manufacturing technology.

The Centennial Challenges Program is managed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama for the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington.

For more information about the 3-D-Printed Habitat Challenge, visit:





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America Makes

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One-Year Crew

April 23, 2015


NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Kicks Off Geography Trivia From Space

Where over the world is NASA astronaut Scott Kelly? Kelly, who is working and living aboard the International Space Station on a one-year mission, wants to test your knowledge of the world with a geography trivia game on Twitter.

The first person to correctly identify the place depicted in his photos will win a copy of the picture signed by Kelly after he returns to Earth in March 2016. Kelly’s first game post is on Earth Day, April 22, and he plans to continue the game for the duration of his mission.

To see the first post, get updates from Kelly about his mission, and play Geography Trivia from Space, follow him on Twitter at:


Kelly launched to the space station along with Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka on March 27. Kelly and Kornienko are spending one year in space, twice the typical mission duration, to provide researchers the opportunity to advance their knowledge of the medical, psychological and biomedical challenges faced by astronauts during long duration spaceflight, in addition to developing countermeasures that would reverse those effects.

During Kelly's stay on station, part of his job is to capture a kaleidoscope of geographic locations for scientific analysis of our planet. The orbiting outpost and its six crew members circle Earth 16 times each day, traveling more than 200 miles above Earth at 17,500 mph.

"Expanding our geography knowledge is essential to our economic well-being, our relationships with other nations and the environment," Kelly said. "It helps us make sense of our world and allows us to make connections between people and places. Space exploration is a global endeavor, and the International Space Station is the result of these connections."

For complete rules of the Geography Trivia from Space and more information about the International Space Station, visit:


Follow the one-year mission on Twitter with the hashtag #YearInSpace, and at:


Find all the ways you can connect and collaborate with NASA at:



Stephanie Schierholz
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April 15, 2015


NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events, online Activities

NASA will celebrate the 45th annual Earth Day April 17-22 with a variety of live and online activities to engage the public in the agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet.

NASA uses the vantage point of space to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives and safeguard our future. The agency develops new ways to observe and study Earth's interconnected natural systems with long-term data records, shares this unique knowledge, and works with institutions around the world to gain new insights into how our planet is changing.

Earth Day in the Nation’s Capital

·         Friday, April 17 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT) and Saturday, April 18 (noon to 5 p.m.) -- Washington Monument grounds in Washington -- Public Earth Day celebration sponsored by the Earth Day Network featuring NASA exhibits, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and views of Earth from space. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will appear on stage at 3 p.m. on April 18 during the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event.

·         Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) -- Union Station main hall, 40 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Washington -- NASA Hyperwall and Science Gallery exhibits, hands-on activities and demonstrations. NASA scientists will give talks April 22 at the Hyperwall stage following the opening ceremony at 11 a.m., featuring NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan and John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

‘Our Planet Earth’ Exhibition

·         Thursday, April 16 through May -- Dulles International Airport, Dulles, Virginia, A Gate AeroTrain Station -- Display of striking large-format satellite images that reveal Earth’s natural beauty and demonstrate how NASA uses data from its fleet of Earth-observing satellites to study our home planet.

NASA #NoPlaceLikeHome Social Media Event

·         Wednesday, April 22 – online -- NASA encourages people all over the world to step outside and celebrate environmental awareness through social media. Share photos or videos of your favorite places or sights on Earth. Post your images to Twitter, Instagram, Vine or Google+ using the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome, or to the event groups on Facebook and Flickr. Check in on Earth Day to see what people around the world are sharing. For details on how to participate, visit:


Google+ Hangout: Global Environmental Education

·         Wednesday, April 22 (10 to 11 a.m.) -- online -- The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program celebrates its 20th anniversary on Earth Day with an online conversation with GLOBE scientists and educators around the world. GLOBE, supported by NASA and the National Science Foundation, engages students and the public worldwide in collecting scientific data to advance our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. To join the hangout, visit:


NASA Center Activities

·         April 18-19 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) -- 43063 North 10th St. West, City Park, Lancaster, California -- NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center will provide an exhibit at the Poppy Festival featuring the #NoPlaceLikeHome social media activity, displays on NASA aeronautics and scientific research, and pilot autographs.

·         April 22 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) -- 230 R.T. Jones Road, Mountain View, California – NASA’s Ames Research Center will provide an exhibit on Earth science research at the U.S. Army Reserve’s 63rd Regional Support Command Earth Day Fair free family event.

For more information about NASA's Earth science activities, visit:



Steve Cole
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April 14, 2015


NASA to Host Human Exploration Rover Challenge

The annual NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge will take place April 17-18 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

NASA Television will provide coverage of both days’ races from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT. NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s UStream channel will broadcast the races and the awards ceremony, which will take place at 5 p.m. CDT on April 18 in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration in Huntsville.

This year’s competition will feature more than 80 high school and college teams from 18 states, Puerto Rico and international teams from Germany, India, Mexico and Russia racing against the clock in this engineering design competition.

The Rover Challenge requires students to design, construct, test and race human-powered rovers through an obstacle course simulating the terrain potentially found on distant planets, asteroids or moons. Teams race to finish the three-quarter-mile-long obstacle course in the fastest time, vying for prizes in various divisions. The event concludes with a ceremony where corporate sponsors will present awards for best design, rookie team and other accomplishments.

Hosted by Marshall, the Rover Challenge highlights NASA’s goals for deep-space exploration. The challenge is inspired by the Lunar Roving Vehicles of the Apollo moon missions. The competition challenges students to solve engineering problems, while highlighting NASA's commitment to inspiring new generations of scientists, engineers and explorers.

Media interested in attending should contact Angela Storey of the Marshall Public and Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 no later than 4 p.m., April 15. Visitor parking is available in front of the Davidson Center.

To view the 2015 list of teams, visit:


For more event details, race rules, information on the course, contributors and photos from previous competitions, as well as links to social media accounts providing real-time updates, visit:


For live coverage of the races, visit:





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Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

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New Horizons

April 6, 2015


NASA Extends Campaign for Public to Name Features on Pluto

Artist’s concept of the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, in July 2015. The craft's miniature cameras, radio science experiment, ultraviolet and infrared spectrometers and space plasma experiments will characterize the global geology and geomorphology of Pluto and Charon, map their surface compositions and temperatures, and examine Pluto's atmosphere in detail. The spacecraft's most prominent design feature is a nearly 7-foot (2.1-meter) dish antenna, through which it will communicate with Earth from as far as 4.7 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) away.

Credits: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI)

The public has until Friday, April 24 to help name new features on Pluto and its orbiting satellites as they are discovered by NASA’s New Horizons mission.

Announced in March, the agency wants to give the worldwide public more time to participate in the agency’s mission to Pluto that will make the first-ever close flyby of the dwarf planet on July 14.

The campaign extension, in partnership with the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Paris, was due to the overwhelming response from the public.

“Due to increasing interest and the number of submissions we’re getting, it was clear we needed to extend this public outreach activity,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. “This campaign not only reveals the public’s excitement about the mission, but helps the team, which will not have time to come up with names during the flyby, to have a ready-made library of names in advance to officially submit to the IAU.”

The IAU is the formal authority for naming celestial bodies. Submissions must follow a set of accepted themes and guidelines set out by the IAU’s Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature. After the campaign concludes, NASA’s New Horizons team will sort through the names and submit its recommendations to the IAU. The IAU will decide whether and how the names will be used.

The campaign allows the public of all ages to submit names for the many new features scientists expect to discover on Pluto following the encounter.

"I’m impressed with the more than 40,000 thoughtful submissions,” said Mark Showalter, scientist New Horizons science team co-investigator, and SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, which is hosting the naming website. “Every day brings new lessons in the world's history, literature and mythology. Participation has come from nearly every country on Earth, so this really is a worldwide campaign.”

New Horizons already has covered more than 3 billion miles since it launched on Jan. 19, 2006. Its journey has taken it past each planet’s orbit, from Mars to Neptune, in record time, and now it’s in the first stage of an historic encounter with Pluto that includes long-distance imaging, as well as dust, energetic particle and solar wind measurements to characterize the space environment near Pluto.

The spacecraft will pass Pluto at a speed of 31,000 mph taking thousands of images and making a wide range of science observations. At a distance of nearly 4 billion miles from Earth at flyby, it will take approximately 4.5 hours for data to reach Earth.

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) manages the New Horizons mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), is the principal investigator. SwRI leads the science team, payload operations and encounter science planning. New Horizons is part of the New Frontiers Program, managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. APL designed, built and operates the spacecraft for NASA.

To find out more information about how to participate in the Pluto naming contest, visit:


Detailed IAU guidelines for acceptable names submissions are available online at:


For images and updates on the July 14 Pluto flyby, visit:





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Lars Lindberg Christensen
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Last Updated: July 31, 2015

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April 6, 2015


NASA Celebrates Earth Day with #NoPlaceLikeHome Event

This Earth Day, April 22, NASA is asking people around the world to share pictures and videos on social media that show there is no place like home – planet Earth.

NASA’s Earth Day #NoPlaceLikeHome project seeks to get the public involved in highlighting the great diversity of the places, landscapes and ecosystems of our home planet. Participants are invited to post photos and videos that answer a simple question: What is your favorite place on Earth?

Images can be shared using the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome on Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr. Leading up to Earth Day, NASA will participate by posting its own images and videos.

NASA’s mission includes exploring beyond Earth and using the vantage point of space to improve our understanding of the most complex planet we’ve seen yet. The agency’s Earth-observing satellites, airborne research and field campaigns are designed to observe our planet’s dynamic systems – oceans, ice sheets, forests and atmosphere – and improve our ability to understand how our planet is changing and could change.

For more information on the #NoPlaceLikeHome project, visit:



Steve Cole
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March 31, 2015


NASA Administrator, President’s Science Advisor to Speak with Astronaut on Yearlong Space Station Mission

The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft is seen as it launches to the International Space Station with Expedition 43 NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, Russian Cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, and Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) onboard Saturday, March 28, 2015, Kazakh time (March 27 Eastern time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. As the one-year crew, Kelly and Kornienko will return to Earth on Soyuz TMA-18M in March 2016.

Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will be joined by John Holdren, science advisor to President Obama and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and former astronaut Mark Kelly for the first public conversation with astronaut Scott Kelly from the International Space Station on Monday, March 30.

The event will air live on NASA Television at 2:45 p.m. EDT.

Kelly launched Friday on the first-ever yearlong mission to the International Space Station. His mission will help scientists better understand how the human body reacts and adapts to the harsh environment of space, and is critical to advancing NASA’s plans to send humans on a journey to Mars.

Mark Kelly, who flew four space shuttle missions and commanded the final flight of space shuttle Endeavour, will participate in biomedical studies on the ground while his twin is on board the orbiting laboratory.

More information about the International Space Station and its crews is available at:


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For Scott Kelly's full biography, visit:


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March 4, 2015


NASA, Honeywell Bring Hip-Hop Education Show to Northeast U.S. Schools

NASA and Honeywell kicks off the spring 2015 tour of "FMA Live! Forces in Motion" Monday with shows at Talley Middle School in Wilmington, Delaware, marking the 11th year of this innovative collaboration designed to ignite students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

FMA Live! is a high-energy, live stage show that features actors, hip-hop dance, music videos, interactive scientific demonstrations and video interviews with NASA scientists to teach Sir Isaac Newton's three laws of motion and universal laws of gravity. The name of the show comes from Newton’s second law of motion: force = mass x acceleration.

"This innovative collaboration between NASA and Honeywell has been immensely successful over the past decade," said Donald James, NASA’s associate administrator for Education. "The combination of exciting, NASA-unique content and a dynamic stage performance is a proven formula for helping students grasp the fundamentals of physics. Together, we are inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers."

Research shows interactive, experiential learning is the most effective way to engage students in STEM studies. A major goal of FMA Live! is to compel middle school students to pursue STEM academic coursework and ultimately seek careers in STEM-related fields.

Since its inception in 2004, FMA Live! has reached more than 400,000 middle school students across the United States, as well as students in Canada and Mexico.

Over the course of the next 10 weeks, the show, under the direction of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, will travel to 30 public, private and Department of Defense-affiliated  middle schools in 10 states: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.  FMA Live! will return in the fall with a tour of Midwest states.

"As a technology-based company, it’s our goal to prepare the next generation of engineers, scientists and innovators, but to do that, you have to capture a student’s interest," said Mike Bennett, president of Honeywell Hometown Solutions. "With FMA Live! Forces in Motion, students are actually experiencing science and technology firsthand, rather than reading about it in a text book. This show helps students understand how science and technology apply to their everyday lives."

NASA is committed to using the agency's unique assets, programs and facilities to inspire students to pursue STEM studies and careers. NASA’s Office of Education collaborates with a wide variety of organizations from academia, industry and government to reach learners and educators across the United States.

To learn more about FMA Live! and the 2015 tour, visit:


To learn more about NASA's educations program, visit:



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NASA Langley

Feb. 11, 2015


Online Space Game Aims to Help Teens Learn STEM Principles

Students tested out a new alternate reality game called DUST during a kick-off event at Brigham Young University in Utah. Two NASA engineers are part of the team that developed DUST.

Credits: BYU Laycock Center/Michael Boren

A just-released alternate reality game called DUST is trying to encourage teens, especially girls and minorities, to get excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The premise of DUST is one that might appeal to middle and high school-aged students. In the game, adults worldwide fall unconscious because of mysterious dust from a meteor shower. It is up to the players, whose target ages are 13-17, to save the world (and their parents' lives) by the end of seven weeks of play.

Over the course of the game, players receive new parts of the story and science clues two to three times a week through social media, email and game apps. They work as a community to add their own input, guide the action, do research and provide solutions to help rescue the adult characters.

"In DUST there are no fixed outcomes," said Bill Cirillo, the NASA Langley Research Center aerospace engineer who started working with the game's developers almost two years ago. "It's up to the students to move the story along and do problem solving using the scientific method and critical thinking skills."

Alternate reality games are interactive networked stories that use the real world as a backdrop. Players sign onto a website to interact directly with characters in the game and use a variety of media platforms, such as the Web; social media apps including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram; email; cell phones; museums and even printed materials to collaborate with each other and solve mysteries or puzzles.

DUST was developed by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, the University of Maryland, in College Park, and Tinder Transmedia, also in Provo, with help from engineers at NASA Langley in Hampton, Virginia and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. It is the first of two games being developed as part a $2-million grant from the National Science Foundation's Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program.

Students from different majors, including physics, biology, information technology, advertising, film, graphic design and illustration, contributed to the game's design, art and programming. Teen co-designers and beta testers from Sousa and Stuart-Hobson Middle Schools in Washington D.C., Dixon Middle School in Provo, and other locations also tested some of DUST's mobile apps and its player community website.

DUST's developers hope during the course of the game that players will learn more about science, develop skills needed to form and test theories, and become more adept at collecting and analyzing data, communicating their ideas and proposing solutions. Each DUST scenario will include one or more player activities that support Next Generation Science Standards based on the K-12 Science Education Framework created by the National Research Council.

"It's nice to be involved in an innovative gaming effort that embraces scientific complexities," said Mark Lupisella, the engineer at Goddard who has also worked on DUST for a year.

Plus the game serves another purpose, according to BYU Professor and game team lead Derek Hansen. "Researchers on the project are studying how alternate reality games can serve as novel learning platforms that promote STEM learning and encourage teenagers to pursue STEM careers," said Hansen.

For more about the NASA Langley directorate that is working with the game developers, go to:


For more information about DUST, go to:



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