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NASA Plans Another Busy Year for Earth Science Fieldwork

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Field experiments are an important part of NASA’s Earth science research. Scientists worldwide use the agency’s field data, together with satellite observations and computer models, to tackle environmental challenges and advance our knowledge of how the Earth works as a complex, integrated system.   “At NASA we are always pushing the boundaries of what can be done from space to advance science and improve lives around the world,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “Thes... Read More »

Space Laser Reveals Boom-and-Bust Cycle of Polar Ocean Plants

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“It’s really important for us to understand what controls these boom-and-bust cycles, and how they might change in the future so we can better evaluate the implications on all other parts of the food web,” said Michael Behrenfeld, a marine plankton expert at Oregon State University in Corvallis.   Phytoplankton also influence Earth’s carbon cycle. Through photosynthesis, they absorb a great deal of the carbon dioxide dissolved in the upper ocean and produce oxygen, which is vital for life on Earth. This reduces the amount of carbon d... Read More »

NASA Administrator Remembers NASA Scientist, Astronaut Piers Sellers

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“The entire NASA family mourns the passing of scientist and astronaut Piers Sellers.   “Piers was dedicated to all facets of exploration. His curiosity and drive to uncover new knowledge was generously shared with audiences around the world, both from space and in wide travels to reach as many people as possible with an essential understanding of our fragile planet.   “Piers devoted his life to saving the planet. As a climate scientist, his work in computer modeling of the climate system, satellite remote sensing studies a... Read More »

NASA Television to Air Programs Celebrating Space Pioneer John Glenn

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Visitors will pay their respects to Glenn from 4 to 7 p.m. EST Friday at the Ohio Statehouse rotunda, where he will lay in repose under the Ohio State seal, guarded for 24 hours by the U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard. Saturday, Ohio State University in Columbus will host John Glenn: Celebrating a Life of Service at 2 p.m., during which NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will pay tribute to Glenn’s early contributions to human spaceflight and enduring legacy. Both programs will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s website. One of NASA's origi... Read More »

NASA Television to Air International Space Station Cargo Ship Launch, Docking

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The unpiloted Russian Progress 65 will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft is set to dock to the rear port of the space station’s Zvezda Service Module at 11:43 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. NASA TV coverage of rendezvous and docking will begin at 11 a.m. The Progress 65 will spend more than six months docked to the station before departing in June for its deorbit into the Earth’s atmosphere. ... Read More »

NASA Selects Launch Services for Global Surface Water Survey Mission

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The total cost for NASA to launch SWOT is approximately $112 million, which includes the launch service; spacecraft processing; payload integration; and tracking, data and telemetry support.   Designed to make the first-ever global survey of Earth’s surface water, in addition to high-resolution ocean measurements, the SWOT mission will collect detailed measurements of how water bodies on Earth change over time. The satellite will survey at least 90 percent of the globe, studying Earth's lakes, rivers, reservoirs and oceans, at least ... Read More »

NASA Successfully Launches NOAA Advanced Geostationary Weather Satellite

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NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) lifted off at 6:42 p.m. EST on its way to boost the nation’s weather observation capabilities, leading to more accurate and timely forecasts, watches and warnings.   “The launch of GOES-R represents a major step forward in terms of our ability to provide more timely and accurate information that is critical for life-saving weather forecasts and warnings,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “It also con... Read More »

NASA Receives Sixth Consecutive Clean Audit Opinion

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The auditor's unmodified opinion is that NASA's financial statements fairly present the agency's financial position and results of operations. An unmodified opinion is the highest audit opinion that may be received from an external auditor.   “This sixth consecutive ‘clean’ audit opinion reflects NASA’s continued commitment to excellence in financial management and effective stewardship of taxpayer dollars,” said NASA Chief Financial Officer David Radzanowski.   The AFR highlights NASA's progress toward meeting its strateg... Read More »

NASA Awards Contract for Atmospheric Science, Data Assimilation Support

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This is a hybrid, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a core requirement and an indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) requirement with the ability to issue task orders. The core portion of this contract has a one-year base period beginning March 1, 2017 and four one-year options that total approximately $10 million. The IDIQ portion of the contract has a maximum value of approximately $170 million. The period of performance runs through Feb. 28, 2022. The contractor will support the full range of activities for the Earth Science Divis... Read More »

NASA Awards Contract for Flight Operations Support

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The selected companies are: American Systems Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia ATA Engineering, Inc., of San Diego, California Bastion Technologies, Inc., of Houston Engineering and Software System Solutions, Inc., of Clearfield, Utah Flight Test & Mechanical Solutions, Inc., of Huntsville, Alabama Oceaneering International, Inc., of Houston Rothe Enterprises, Inc., of Houston Southern Research Institute of Birmingham, Alabama ZIN Technologies, Inc., of Middleburg Heights, Ohio   The contracts are multiple-aw... Read More »

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