In late 2016, the Cassini spacecraft will begin a completely new type of mission at Saturn. During its final months, its orbit will carry it high above the planet’s north pole and then send it plunging between the planet and the innermost edge of its dazzling rings. What should we call this exciting phase of Cassini’s mission? Help name this final phase by choosing a name from a list of suggestions or submit your own.
The Space Studies Board Annual Report 2013 published by the National Academies Press (2014) is now available. A free pdf can be downloaded at the National Academies Press website.
The 2014 Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Earth Day Photo & Essay Contest encourages students to discover the world and its ongoing changes through the lens of a camera, taking note of the shifting landscape around them. Students in grades 5 – 8 are invited to take a photograph of something that is changing in their local natural environment and write a short essay about the photograph. The photo can be taken anytime April 14 and 25. Entries and entry forms must be received by email or postmarked by May 16, 2014.
From the rudimentary but effective Apollo Guidance and Navigation System that landed the first humans on the lunar landscape to the code used to manage robotic missions to explore other planets, software has always been at the core of NASA’s mission successes. When NASA develops this software, we know the code may have uses beyond the original mission. One of our missions is to ensure that the technologies we create for aeronautics and space missions, including software, have the opportunity to be turned into new products and processes that can benefit the lives of people on Earth. Technology transfer allows us to offer added value to taxpayer investment in cutting edge research and development.
Much of this NASA-developed code will be available for public use through starting April 10. With over 1,000 codes organized into fifteen broad subject matter categories, the new software catalog offers a large portfolio of software products for a wide variety of applications. These codes represent NASA’s best solutions to a wide array of complex mission requirements. Find out more online at the NASA Technology Transfer Portal.
The British Geological Survey’s myVolcano is a crowd-sourcing app that will enable you to keep an eye on the active volcanoes of the world and help volcano research. Take this app with you on your travels to learn about volcanoes and volcanic eruptions from the Global Volcanism Program of the Smithsonian Institution.
The main United States Geological Survey (USGS) will change over to a new “beta” website in 21 days. Feedback on the beta website is welcome.
The Scale of Discovery is a dynamic, multi-site workshop taking place Saturday, April 26. This professional development workshop will feature presentations by mission scientists and engineers, hands-on events, and resource materials. Can’t make it to one of the workshop locations? Watch presentations via the event’s free webinar. Register online by April 15.
NASA will conduct a public workshop on April 10-11, 2014 to inform and involve the broader community in updates related to the second iteration of the Global Exploration Roadmap, a publication of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group, released in August 2013. The workshop will also provide the latest status regarding NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission studies and many other related topics toward a human Mars mission in the 2030s. Registration for on-site and virtual attendance is open now.
A pdf of the Global Exploration Roadmap (August 2013) is available online.
The deadline for uploading LPSC e-posters via the USRA Meeting Portal has been extended to this Friday, April 4, 2014. Take advantage of this opportunity to increase the visibility of your research.
The release of Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) data on the Planetary Data System Geosciences Node covers both the primary and extended mission phases and includes version 4 of Lunar Gravity Ranging System (LGRS) Experiment Data Record and Calibrated Data Record data, along with revisions to some Raw Radio Science (RSS) Experiment Data Record data. It is also the first release of RSS EDR data from all other mission phases.