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NASA’s Hubble Telescope Makes First Atmospheric Study of Earth-Sized Exoplanets


Specifically, they discovered that the exoplanets TRAPPIST-1b and TRAPPIST-1c, approximately 40 light-years away, are unlikely to have puffy, hydrogen-dominated atmospheres usually found on gaseous worlds.   “The lack of a smothering hydrogen-helium envelope increases the chances for habitability on these planets,” said team member Nikole Lewis of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore. “If they had a significant hydrogen-helium envelope, there is no chance that either one of them could potentially support life be... Read More »

NASA, Industry Boost Opportunities for Small Businesses with Mentor-Protégé Agreement


Participants include: Glenn Delgado, associate administrator of NASA’s Office of Small Business Programs Robert Cabana, Kennedy center director Joyce McDowell of Kennedy’s Small Business Office John Mulholland, vice president and program manager of Boeing Commercial Programs Kathryn Lueders, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program   Media should arrive at Kennedy’s Press Site no later than 8:15 a.m. EDT. Media buses will depart at 8:30 a.m. Return to the Press Site is targeted for 10:30 a.m. Attendees must wear long pan... Read More »

This August, as the Olympic torch dims, The Global Summit will light up its 5th biennial Social, Economic, and Environmental Forum


After years of local issues being side-lined by mega events, 'THE GLOBAL SUMMIT V: Empowering Humanity through Transparency', will illuminate solutions around climate change, economic models that preserve ecosystems, to housing and health care, to better nutrition and transportation and equal access to education. Rio de Janeiro - August 23-26 at the Museu de Ciências da Terra, a California based social innovation forum called The Global Summit will convene 200 community, business and cultural leaders with a focus on the most pressing social,... Read More »

New Crew Members, Including NASA Biologist, Launch to Space Station


Kate Rubins of NASA, Soyuz Commander Anatoly Ivanishin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are traveling in an upgraded Soyuz spacecraft. They’ll spend two days -- and 34 Earth orbits – testing modified systems before docking to the space station’s Rassvet module at 12:12 a.m. EDT Saturday, July 9.   NASA TV coverage of docking will begin at 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 8. Hatches are scheduled to open about 2:50 a.m. Saturday, July 9, with NASA TV coverage starting at 2:30 a.m... Read More »

NASA Awards Grants to Nine Informal Learning Institutions


The organizations include two botanical gardens, five museums, one foundation and one NASA visitor center. The selected projects include botany experiments focused on growing food in space, technology challenges using caves as an analog environment for other planets, hands-on aviation exhibits, and a traveling exhibit focusing on life in Earth’s extreme environments. “A highly educated and well-prepared workforce has been and continues to be critical to the success of the agency’s mission. NASA’s investment in education is directly linked to... Read More »

NASA TV News Conference, Media Availability With Next Space Station Crew


Kimbrough and cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhikov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will launch to the space station Sept. 23 aboard the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The trio will round out Expedition 49, and return to Earth in February as part of the Expedition 50 crew. B-roll video of crew training will air before the news conference, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Media who wish to participate by telephone should call Johnson's newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later than 1:45 p.m. Those following t... Read More »

NASA Administrator Bolden and Transportation Secretary Foxx to Announce New Technology at Charlotte International Airport


The leaders will discuss the technological innovations the partnership will develop. They’ll also discuss NASA’s 10-year aeronautics budget proposal and New Aviation Horizons Initiative, President Obama’s 21st Century Clean Transportation Initiative, and USDOT’s plan to modernize air traffic management, called the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The ribbon-cutting ceremony will open a new Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) research laboratory at the Charlotte airport.   The event will take place at 10 a.... Read More »

NASA Uploads App for Apple TV


The agency released on Tuesday its popular NASA app for a new platform, the fourth-generation Apple TV. This version joins the app’s other versions available for iOS in iPhone and iPad versions, Android and Fire OS. The NASA app has been downloaded more than 17 million times across all platforms.   “The NASA app has been a fantastic way for the public to experience the excitement of space exploration from their mobile devices,” said David Weaver, NASA associate administrator for Communications. “Now, users with the latest Apple TV ca... Read More »

NASA Hybrid Electric Research Plane Gets X Number, New Name


NASA Administrator Charles Bolden highlighted the agency’s first X-plane designation in a decade during his keynote speech Friday in Washington at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) annual Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition, commonly called Aviation 2016. “With the return of piloted X-planes to NASA’s research capabilities – which is a key part of our 10-year-long New Aviation Horizons initiative – the general aviation-sized X-57 will take the first step in opening a new era of aviation,” Bolden said. ... Read More »

NASA Spacecraft Closing in on Jupiter, Media Briefing to Discuss July 4 Arrival


The briefing will be held in the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, Washington, and broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website. The solar-powered spacecraft will perform a suspenseful Jupiter orbit insertion maneuver -- a 35-minute burn of its main engine -- which will slow Juno by about 1,200 mph (542 meters per second) so it can be captured into the gas giant’s polar orbit. Juno will loop Jupiter 37 times during 20 months, skimming to within 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers) above its swirling cloud t... Read More »

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