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Programs & Events
- NASA Survey Suggests Earth-Sized Planets Are Common
- NASA Trapped Mars Rover Finds Evidence of Subsurface Water
- Two NASA Spacecraft Begin New Exploration Assignments
- Scientists Watch for a “Hartley-ID” Meteor Shower
- Solar Shield-Protecting the North American Power Grid
- NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Takes Pulse of Distant Stars
- International Team of Astronomers to Discuss Kepler Findings
- NASA’s Airborne Science Campaign Begins Antarctic Sequel
- NASA Missions Uncover the Moon’s Buried Treasures
- NASA Spacecraft Hurtles Toward Active Comet Hartley 2
- NASA Study of Haiti Quake Yields Surprising Results
- Carbon Dioxide Controls Earth’s Temperature
- NASA’s Hubble Captures First Images of Aftermath of Possible Asteroid Collision
- NASA Mission to Asteroid Gets Help From Hubble Space Telescope
- Hubble Astronomers Uncover an Overheated Early Universe
- NASA Partnership Sends Earth Science Data to Africa
- NASA Loosens GRIP on Atlantic Hurricane Season
- NASA’s WMAP Project Completes Satellite Operations Mission: Observed Universe’s Oldest Light
- NASA, USAID Expand Web-Based Environmental Monitoring System
- NASA’s WISE Mission Warms Up But Keeps Chugging Along
Oct. 28 – Nearly one in four stars similar to the sun may host planets as small as Earth, according to a new study funded by NASA and the University of California.
Oct. 28 – The ground where NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit became stuck last year holds evidence that water, perhaps as snow melt, trickled into the subsurface fairly recently and on a continuing basis.
Oct. 27 – Two NASA spacecraft have been assigned a new mission after successfully completing their original science objectives earlier this year. The new mission is called ARTEMIS, or Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence, and Electrodynamics of Moon’s Interaction with the Sun.
Oct. 27 – A pair of unusual fireballs over Canada and the southeastern USA have experts wondering if Comet Hartley 2 might produce a meteor shower in early November.
Oct. 26 – A new NASA project called “Solar Shield” could help protect the North American power grid from damage caused by solar storms.
Oct. 26 – An international cadre of scientists that used data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft announced Tuesday the detection of stellar oscillations, or “starquakes,” that yield new insights about the size, age and evolution of stars.
Oct. 14 – The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that caused more than 200,000 causalities and devastated Haiti’s economy in January resulted not from the Enriquillo fault, as previously believed, but from slip on multiple faults – primarily a previously unknown, subsurface fault – according to a study published online this week in Nature Geoscience.
Oct. 14 – Water vapor and clouds are the major contributors to Earth’s greenhouse effect, but a new atmosphere-ocean climate modeling study shows that the planet’s temperature ultimately depends on the atmospheric level of carbon dioxide.
Oct. 6 – NASA wrapped up one of its largest hurricane research efforts after nearly two months of flights that broke new ground in the study of tropical cyclones and delivered data that scientists will be able to analyze for years to come.
Oct. 6 – After nine years of scanning the sky, the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) space mission has concluded its observations of the cosmic microwave background, the oldest light in the universe. The spacecraft has not only given scientists their best look at the remnant glow, but also established the scientific model that describes the history and structure of the universe.
Oct. 5 – NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have expanded their successful collaboration with international partners to launch an innovative, web-based environmental management system for the Himalayan region. The partners inaugurated this state-of-the-art regional monitoring system, known as SERVIR-Himalaya, at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Oct. 5.
Oct. 4 – After completing its primary mission to map the infrared sky, NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has reached the expected end of its onboard supply of frozen coolant. Although WISE has ‘warmed up,’ NASA has decided the mission will still continue. WISE will now focus on our nearest neighbors – the asteroids and comets traveling together with our solar system’s planets around the sun.
June 5 – Nominations Due – Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring http://1.usa.gov/15EHbqC
June 7 - Applications Due – NASA Airborne Research Experience for Educators http://bit.ly/17SrDRZ
June 12 - Earth System Science Resource Webinar for Middle and High School Educators http://svy.mk/194Setj
June 14 - Astronomy Festival on the National Mall http://bit.ly/Z00lDf
June 17-21 – CosmoQuest Lunar Surface Geology Workshop http://bit.ly/Zwp6m9
June 24-28 – Lunar Workshop for Educators http://1.usa.gov/14zZa0M
June 24-28 – Unknown Moon Institute http://bit.ly/H9zxTI
June 26 - SMAP-GPM Joint Mission Middle School Teacher Workshop http://1.usa.gov/12MYSAM
June 30 - Entries Due – SSEP Competition for Students http://bit.ly/16PDwrp
July 8-12 - Lunar Workshop for Educators http://1.usa.gov/14zZa0M
July 9 - ESIP Teacher Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers http://bit.ly/10Cn8Zh
July 20-21 - Workshop – Galileo Looks Beyond to Other Worlds http://bit.ly/11wgWi5
July 22-26 - Mars Revealed Professional Development Opportunity http://bit.ly/ZrkMrL
July 24 - MAVEN Workshop for Educators Grades 3-5 http://bit.ly/14RWgSd
Sept. 14-15 - New England Fall Astronomy Festival http://bit.ly/17SoIsE