Author Archives: Linda Chappell

SkyFest in May

Join us for the next SkyFest event on Saturday, May 10. There will be night sky viewing at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in partnership with the JSC Astronomical Society. View Jupiter and Mars through telescopes and learn about the solar system through hands-on activities. This free public event will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 pm.

Help Name the Final Phase of Cassini’s Mission

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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.

IGES Earth Day Photo & Essay Contest

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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.

NASA Technology Transfer Program: Software Catalog

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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.

myVolcano App

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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.