“The James Webb Space Telescope: Mission, Design and Progress to Launch.” AIAA-Los Angeles-Las Vegas Dinner Meeting, August 2014

On August 21, Dr. Jonathan Arenberg of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems spoke on “The James Webb Space Telescope: Mission, Design and Progress to Launch.” The telescope will look back 13.8 billion years—farther than any other telescope—to find galaxies that existed shortly after the Big Bang. JWST’s infrared imaging instruments and giant mirror will also help us to see what happened just after the dark ages, at the first light and the deionization of hydrogen; to understand how stars and protoplanetary systems are born; and to determine the origins of life.

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NASA Television MAVEN Orbit Insertion Coverage

How and why has Mars been been losing its atmosphere over billions of years? This past November, NASA launched the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission to answer this question. And soon it will enter orbit!

NASA Television coverage of the MAVEN orbit insertion begins at 9:30 p.m. EDT and concludes at 10:45 p.m. on Sept. 21. The orbital insertion is targeted to begin at 9:37 p.m. The program will be carried on NTV-1 (Public) and NTV-2 (Education). A clean feed for media will be carried on NTV-3 (Media Channel). The media feed will contain views of the MAVEN Mission Support Area only, without graphics or interviews.

A post-orbit insertion news conference is targeted for about two hours after orbital insertion.

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For NASA Television downlink information, scheduling information and streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

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Neptune has another visit, 25 years later…

On Monday, August 25, New Horizons crossed the orbit of Neptune, 8 years and 8 months after launching…and just in time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Voyager 2′s visit. 

A cosmic coincidence?

Next stop: Pluto or bust!

Full story here

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What happens to an astronaut after coming back down to Earth?

A new sitcom may have some funny answers!

ABC just committed to the pilot production of An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth, based on astronaut Chris Hadfield’s memoir…read more

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When NASA launched Stardust, they had no idea how to retrieve its samples…

On August 14, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley announced an amazing discovery from NASA’s Stardust probe: During its deep space voyage, the probe had captured seven tiny pieces of interstellar rocks, making them the first confirmed samples of intact dust from beyond the Solar System.

However, most of us don’t appreciate how difficult it’s been for the researchers to dig those particles out of the probe, let alone figure out what they are…read more 

 

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See Cygnus Cargo Carrier’s successful return to Earth

On Sunday, August 17, Cygnus returned from its voyage to the ISS—in a triumphant streak of fireworks! Congratulations to Orbital Sciences!

Click here for the full story and some stunning photos.

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NASA Announces Science Instruments for Mars 2020 Rover Expedition to the Red Planet

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July 20, 1969, 20:18 (45 years ago today)

Space.com is reporting on all the events tonight to celebrate The Apollo 11 Moon Landing, especially a webcast by Slooh. Hustle on over to Space.com for all the info.

Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed.

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Mars day madness!

Mars Day 2014 was a load of fun for the general public who attended, especially the children. Our intrepid National Space Society OASIS volunteers who helped the Mars Society worked very hard, as did all the other volunteers. Congratulations to everyone on a job well done!

Mars Day volunteers setting up the activity: Driving a rover across Mars.

Mars Day volunteers setting up the activity

  I helped out on the driving a Mars rover activity, and it was a blast! The radio controlled cars used had 3D printed panels to make them look like the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, traversing an impressively sculpted landscape littered with impassable rocks. All ages had a go at a deceptively simple task; to navigate from the lower right starting point to two checkpoints (at craters) and finally to the giant Olympus Mons volcano on the center left.

 

If you missed Mars Day 2014, I strongly suspect from the positive response there will be a Mars Day 2015. If you can’t wait that long then we have some NEW EVENTS on the way, such as our picnic at the Shuttle Endeavor, and an OASIS sponsored talk on the awesome technology of Space Elevators – which is FREE!

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Opening: Apollo 11 Lunar Laser Ranging Simulator Exhibit

OASIS is honored to share a special announcement from Hildreth “Hal” Walker, co-founder and president of the A-MAN, Inc., STEM International Science Center in Inglewood.

We are very pleased to announce the opening of the Apollo 11 Lunar Laser Ranging Simulator Exhibit at the headquarters of A-MAN, Inc., STEM International Science Center in Inglewood.

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Lunar Laser Ranging System Exhibit

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