Category Archives: New and Noteworthy

NASA Women of STEM

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March is Women’s History Month. Women at NASA embody this year’s theme ”Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” through their accomplishments and dedication to their jobs. They serve as role models to young women in their pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Read about the accomplishments of some of NASA’s women engineers, scientists, educators, interns and others at the NASA Women of STEM website.

NASA & Planetary Resources Asteroid Data Hunter App

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The NASA & Planetary Resources Asteroid Data Hunter App is a software application based on an algorithm created by a NASA challenge that has the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries by amateur astronomers. Analysis of images taken of our solar system’s main belt asteroids between Mars and Jupiter using the algorithm showed a 15 percent increase in positive identification of new asteroids. There is also a desktop version developed by NASA in partnership with Planetary Resources, Inc., of Redmond, Washington. The application is based on an Asteroid Data Hunter-derived algorithm that analyzes images for potential asteroids. The tool can be used by amateur astronomers and citizen scientists.

NASA at the SXSW 2015 Interactive Festival

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NASA returns to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival beginning today, March 13, through March18 in Austin, Texas, to share with festival attendees how technology drives exploration, how we are exploring Earth, the solar system and beyond, updates on the journey to Mars, and how anyone can get involved with NASA. Eleven sessions will feature a range of space-related topics including a look at life on the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope turning 25, and NASA prizes and challenges.

X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge

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NASA’s Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge is designed to engage college students directly in the design, research and development of functional components of future space habitats. The challenge also helps develop strategic partnerships with universities to increase knowledge in critical exploration capabilities and technology risk reduction activities. Applications for the challenge will be accepted through April 30.

Exhibits During LPSC

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Don’t forget to stop by the Town Center Exhibit Area during the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference to check out the many commercial, scientific, and educational organizations displaying their products and services. The exhibit area will be open from Monday, March 16, through Thursday, March 19, including evening hours on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. A list of exhibitors can be found online.