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NASA Hails Success of Commercial Space Program Private Space Station Resupply Underway, Plans Readied for Astronauts

November 13, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Wednesday hailed the success of the agency’s public-private partnership with American companies to resupply the International Space Station and announced the next phase of contracting with U.S. companies to transport astronauts is set to begin next week.

NASA Brings Earth Science 'Big Data' to the Cloud with Amazon Web Services

November 12, 2013

NASA and Amazon Web Services Inc. of Seattle, Wash., are making a large collection of NASA climate and Earth science satellite data available to research and educational users through the cloud.

NASA Cassini Spacecraft Provides New View of Saturn and Earth

November 12, 2013

NASA has released a natural color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible.13-331

NASA Continues Workshop to Discuss Asteroid Initiative Ideas

November 12, 2013

NASA has rescheduled its Asteroid Synthesis Workshop, a public forum to examine and synthesize 96 of the ideas submitted to a Request for Information (RFI) about the agency's asteroid initiative. The workshop will be held Nov. 20 - 22 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, and is a continuation of the workshop originally scheduled for Sept. 30 – Oct. more»

Space Station Crew Lands with Olympic Torch; Finishes 166 Days in Space

November 10, 2013

Expedition 37 crew members Karen Nyberg of NASA, Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency have returned to Earth from the International Space Station, landing at 9:49 p.m. EST Sunday, Nov. 10 (8:49 a.m. Kazakhstan time, Nov. 11), after spending 166 days in space.

NASA Sets MAVEN/Atlas V Launch Events Coverage

November 8, 2013

NASA's next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN), is set to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket Monday, Nov. 18.

NASA Administrator Bolden to Hail Success of Commercial Cargo Program

November 8, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will discuss the success of the agency's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) initiative during a televised news briefing at 11:30 a.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Study Finds Climate Link to 'Atmospheric River' Storms

November 8, 2013

A new NASA-led study of "atmospheric river" storms from the Pacific Ocean may help scientists better predict major winter snowfalls that hit West Coast mountains and lead to heavy spring runoff and sometimes flooding.

NASA Opens Media Accreditation for December Orbital Sciences Cargo Resupply Mission to International Space Station

November 7, 2013

Media accreditation is open for the launch of the first contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from Virginia.

NASA's Orion Sees Flawless Fairing Separation in Second Test

November 7, 2013

The three massive panels protecting a test version of NASA's Orion multipurpose crew vehicle successfully fell away from the spacecraft Wednesday in a test of a system that will protect Orion during its first trip to space next year.

NASA TV to Air Russian Spacewalk Featuring the Olympic Torch

November 7, 2013

Two Russian cosmonauts will carry the Olympic torch when they venture outside the International Space Station Saturday, Nov. 9, for a six-hour spacewalk to perform maintenance work on the orbiting laboratory.

NASA's Hubble Sees Asteroid Spouting Six Comet-Like Tails

November 7, 2013

Astronomers viewing our solar system's asteroid belt with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have seen for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it like spokes on a wheel.

NASA, Bigelow Aerospace to Hold Media Availability

November 6, 2013

Representatives of NASA and Bigelow Aerospace will discuss the North Las Vegas, Nev., company's completed and upcoming projects for the agency in a media availability Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Washington.

NASA Hosts Teleconference Today to Discuss Asteroid Research

November 6, 2013

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 3:30 p.m. EST (12:30 p.m. PST) today to discuss research findings from the February Chelyabinsk meteor incident and update the agency's progress in searching, detecting, tracking and characterizing near-Earth objects (NEOs).

New Crew Launches to Space Station with Olympic Torch Aboard

November 6, 2013

Three crew members representing the United States, Russia and Japan are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:14 p.m. EST Wednesday, 10:14 a.m. Nov. 7, Kazakh time.

NASA and International Researchers Obtain Crucial Data from Meteoroid Impact

November 6, 2013

A team of NASA and international scientists for the first time have gathered a detailed understanding of the effects on Earth from a small asteroid impact.

NASA Selects Research Teams for New Virtual Institute

November 5, 2013

NASA has selected nine research teams from seven states for a new institute that will bring researchers together in a collaborative virtual setting to focus on questions concerning space science and human space exploration.

NASA Kepler Results Usher in a New Era of Astronomy

November 4, 2013

Scientists from around the world are gathered this week at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., for the second Kepler Science Conference, where they will discuss the latest findings resulting from the analysis of Kepler Space Telescope data.

NASA TV Airs Discussion on Removing Barriers to Deep Space Exploration

November 1, 2013

NASA Television will air a roundtable discussion with aerospace industry leaders at 9 a.m. EST Tuesday, Nov. 12 about the progress being made toward sending humans into deep space.

Three Space Station Crews Answer Media Questions from Orbit

November 1, 2013

Nine International Space Station crew members will discuss their mission with reporters from around the world during a joint crew news conference to be broadcast live on NASA Television at 8:50 a.m. EST Friday, Nov. 8.

Next Space Station Launch to Be Shown on Times Square Toshiba Vision Screen

November 1, 2013

The Toshiba Vision screen in New York's Times Square will give the public a big-screen view of the next launch of three crew members to the International Space Station. Launch is scheduled for 11:14 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 6.

NASA Begins Airborne Campaign to Map Greenland Ice Sheet Summer Melt

October 31, 2013

For the first time, a NASA airborne campaign will measure changes in the height of the Greenland Ice Sheet and surrounding Arctic sea ice produced by a single season of summer melt.

Media Invited to View New Earth Science Satellite before Shipment to Japan

October 31, 2013

Media have the opportunity Friday, Nov. 15, to get a closer look at NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory satellite before it is shipped to Japan for launch in early 2014.

NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg Invites Quilters to Contribute a Star Block

October 31, 2013

International Space Station Expedition 37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA, a lifelong lover of sewing, is inviting fellow crafters to join her in stitching together a global community space quilt.

NASA Hosts Media Briefing To Discuss Kepler Results

October 31, 2013

NASA will video stream a news briefing at 10:15 a.m. PST (1:15 p.m. EST) Monday, Nov. 4, to announce new results from the agency's Kepler mission. The briefing, taking place during the Kepler Science Conference, will be in building 152 at NASA Research Park in Moffett Field, Calif.

Media Accreditation Open for ORS-3 Mission from Wallops in November

October 30, 2013

Media accreditation is open for the Nov. 19 launch of a U.S. Air Force Minotaur I rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad 0B at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Minotaur will launch the Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space Office's ORS-3 mission and 28 small cubesat satellites.

Three Space Station Crews Get Ready for Relocation, Launch, Landing

October 30, 2013

International Space Station crews commuting to and from their orbiting laboratory will be busy this November, and NASA Television will provide live coverage of their launches, landings and relocations.

NASA Administrator to Visit Langley Research Center Nov. 1

October 30, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will visit Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., on Friday, Nov. 1, to meet with employees and tour the facility.

NASA Seeking Student Science Experiments for Balloon Flight

October 30, 2013

NASA is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate university students to fly experiments to the edge of space aboard a high-altitude scientific balloon. This balloon flight competition is a joint project between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE) in Baton Rouge.

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Comes to Life

October 28, 2013

NASA's first-ever deep space craft, Orion, has been powered on for the first time, marking a major milestone in the final year of preparations for flight.

NASA Prepares to Launch First Mission to Explore Martian Atmosphere

October 28, 2013

A NASA spacecraft that will examine the upper atmosphere of Mars in unprecedented detail is undergoing final preparations for a scheduled 1:28 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 18 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Media Invited to NASA Google+ Hangout Briefing on Antarctic Ice Campaign

October 25, 2013

NASA will host a live Google+ Hangout news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. EDT about Operation IceBridge's upcoming airborne field campaign in Antarctica.

Antarctic Ozone Hole Slightly Smaller than Average This Year

October 25, 2013

The ozone hole that forms each year in the stratosphere over Antarctica was slightly smaller in 2013 than average in recent decades, according to NASA satellite data.

NASA Partner SpaceX Completes Review of 2014 Commercial Crew Abort Test

October 24, 2013

In preparation for a summer 2014 test, NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently laid out its plan to demonstrate the Dragon spacecraft's ability to carry astronauts to safety in the event of an in-flight emergency.

NASA's Great Observatories Begin Deepest Ever Probe of the Universe

October 24, 2013

NASA's Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes are teaming up to look deeper into the universe than ever before.

NASA Hosts NASA TV News Briefing on Upcoming Mars Mission

October 23, 2013

NASA will host a news briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 28, to discuss the upcoming launch of the agency's next mission to Mars and the first devoted to understanding the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet.

NASA Awards Bridge Contract for Multidisciplinary Engineering and Technical Services

October 23, 2013

NASA has awarded a bridge contract to AS and D Inc. of Greenbelt, Md., for continued multidisciplinary engineering and technical services until a follow-on contract is awarded at the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center, also in Greenbelt.

NASA Administrator Visits Stennis to Commend Employee Efforts

October 23, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited Stennis Space Center in Mississippi Wednesday to welcome employees back to work after the U.S. government shutdown and thank them for their ongoing commitment to the nation’s space program.

NASA Laser Communication System Sets Record with Data Transmissions to and from Moon

October 22, 2013

NASA's Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) has made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over the 239,000 miles between the moon and Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits per second (Mbps).

NASA Astronaut Available for Interviews on Eve of Space Station Mission

October 21, 2013

NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, a Waterbury, Conn., native who is making final preparations for a launch to the International Space Station, will be available for live satellite interviews from 6-7 a.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 25.

NASA Space Station Astronaut Calls Home to Speak with Minnesota Students

October 21, 2013

NASA astronaut and Expedition 37 flight engineer Karen Nyberg, currently orbiting aboard the International Space Station, will speak with students in Henning, Minn., near her hometown, this week.

NASA Administrator to Visit Goddard in First Trip to a Field Center Post-Shutdown

October 21, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will visit the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Tuesday, Oct. 22 -- his first visit to a NASA center since the end of the government shutdown. The visit is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. EDT.

NASA TV Coverage Set Cygnus and ATV Departures, Soyuz Launch Preparations

October 18, 2013

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of the newest U.S. commercial cargo spacecraft to deliver supplies to the International Space Station and undocking of the fourth European Space Agency cargo vehicle.

Montour Preserve Winter 2012 Newsletter

2 years 14 weeks ago

Sky Watch
January brings a brief but intense meteor shower on the 4th. The Quadrantid meteor shower will be best seen between moonset and twilight (from about 3-6 a.m.) if skies are clear.

Winter Solstice Meets Lunar Eclipse

3 years 17 weeks ago

A very rare lunar eclipse occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 21, giving those who could stay awake a spectacular--yet eerie--display of the heavens.

According to the website, lunar eclipses are common in winter, but the date on which the event occurred made the eclipse even more special. more»

My Mother and her iPad - update

December 31, 1969

My Mother had been keeping her distance from the iPad. I thought we were going to have a breakthrough when we found a Shirley Temple movie on NetFlix that she seemed interested in. We started watching the movie together, but it soon became clear that her hearing was not good enough for using an unamplified iPad. more»

What an iPad App needs to consider for seniors

December 31, 1969

First, an App needs to be tailored for the iPad, not an iPhone app running on the iPad. The screen size is just too small.

Next let's have nice big, high contrast text for navigation labels and instructions.

No Ads. It's too easy to tap them by mistake and get taken away from the App.

Easy to adjust music volume. more»

Introducing a senior to the iPad (my Mother)

December 31, 1969

After having the Apple iPad for just a day, I took it along on a Mom visit. Although I had put just a couple of apps I still felt it could be a positive meeting of the two. more»

iPad arrives - my first impressions

December 31, 1969

My Mother's iPad arrived Tuesday. Fed Ex mis-delivered it to the wrong address, but that was remedied quickly via a live chat on their web site. Just slight panic on my part when I checked the tracking and saw DELIVERED as the package status, but knew it wasn't delivered here. All is well now. more»

My Mother's iPad

3 years 30 weeks ago

The journey begins. I ordered an iPad from Apple for my 80+ year old, not a computer user, Mother.

I tried to introduce her to computing through several decades. I've had a computer since the late 70s. more»

Why choose the iPad for a senior?

December 31, 1969

I've used Windows and Mac computers. I have a Kindle and an iPhone. Video games at my house include an Xbox 360, a Wii and Wii Fit and Nintendo DS handheld games. So, why did I choose an iPad for my  80 plus year old Mom? more»

I ordered an iPad for my Mother

December 31, 1969

My Mothers iPad Author, more»

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