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NASA to Host Media Briefing on New Ice-Monitoring Mission
NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 22, to discuss the upcoming launch of the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat-2), which will fly NASA’s most advanced laser altimeter to measure Earth’s changing ice.
NASA Awards Contract for Construction of New Research Support Building
NASA has selected Walsh Construction Company II, LLC of Chicago to build a new Research Support Building (RSB) at the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.
NASA, ULA Launch Parker Solar Probe on Historic Journey to Touch Sun
Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida Sunday to begin its journey to the Sun, where it will undertake a landmark mission. The spacecraft will transmit its first science observations in December, beginning a revolution in our understanding of the star that makes life on Earth possible.
NASA Awards $2.3 Million in Grants to Minority Serving Institutions to Expand STEM Education
NASA's Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) Aerospace Academy (MAA) has selected seven Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) for cooperative agreement awards totaling nearly $2.3 million.
NASA Astronaut to Speak with Students, Parents, Teachers at YouthSpark
Students attending Microsoft’s YouthSpark event will have the opportunity to speak with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station next week as part of NASA’s Year of Education on Station.
NASA Television to Air Russian Spacewalk at International Space Station
Russian cosmonauts living and working on the International Space Station will venture outside Wednesday, Aug. 15, for a spacewalk expected to last about six hours. Live coverage of the excursion will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
NASA Invests in Concepts for a Vibrant Future Commercial Space Economy
In an ongoing effort to foster commercial activity in space, NASA has selected 13 companies to study the future of commercial human spaceflight in low-Earth orbit, including long-range opportunities for the International Space Station.
NASA Announces New Partnerships to Develop Space Exploration Technologies
NASA is partnering with six U.S. companies to develop 10 “tipping point” technologies that have the potential to significantly benefit the commercial space economy and future NASA missions, including lunar lander and deep space rocket engine technologies.
NASA Invites Media to View Launch of ICESat-2 from West Coast
Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, with a 40-minute window opening at 8:46 a.m. EDT (5:46 a.m. PDT).
NASA Awards $15 Million to Small Businesses for Competitive Research and Development Program
NASA has selected 20 research and technology proposals -- valued at $15 million -- from 19 American small businesses.


Image of the Day

Happy Birthday, Mr. Kranz!
Wishing legendary NASA flight director Gene Kranz the happiest of birthdays!
Sun's Magnetic Field Portrayed
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) scientists used their computer models to generate a view of the Sun's magnetic field on August 10, 2018. The bright active region right at the central area of the Sun clearly shows a concentration of field lines, as well as the small active region at the Sun's right edge.
Auroras: 'Mind-blowing Every Time'
Ever wondered what auroras look like from space?
Mendocino Complex Fire Shrouds California in Smoke
The largest fire in California's history, the Mendocino Complex, is still spewing clouds of smoke across the state.
Parker Solar Probe Launches to 'Touch the Sun'
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket launches NASA's Parker Solar Probe on a mission to touch the Sun, on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Parker Solar Probe Ready for Launch on Mission to the Sun
Inside the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket payload fairing on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, the Parker Solar is slated to launch at 3:33 a.m. EDT, Saturday, August 11.
Mary Ross: A Hidden Figure
Who was Mary Ross? Another 'hidden figure,' a mathematician and engineer.
40 Years Ago, Pioneer Venus Multiprobe Launched to Study the Cloud-Shrouded Planet Venus
40 Years Ago, Pioneer Venus Multiprobe Launched to Study the Cloud-Shrouded Planet Venus
World of Change: Columbia Glacier, Alaska
The Columbia Glacier descends from an ice field 10,000 feet and into a narrow inlet that leads into Prince William Sound in southeastern Alaska.
California Fires as Seen From the Space Station
The Earth, in all its majesty and its tragedy, is the subject of images taken aboard the International Space Station. This image of the Carr and Ferguson fires was captured from the station on August 3, 2018, by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst.


Science News

Greenhouses for Mars
When humans go to the Moon or Mars, they'll probably take plants with them. NASA-supported researchers are learning how greenhouses work on other planets.
Electric Border Collie
Using electric fields, NASA-supported researchers are learning to herd microbes for the benefit of astronauts and Homeland Security.
The Hidden Life of Thunderstorms
Scientists are sending unmanned aircraft into electrical storms to learn more about their mysterious inner workings.
Storm Warnings
A new device onboard two NASA satellites could improve 3- to 12-hour forecasts of severe weather.
Mercury Transits Sun
Mark your calendar: On Wednesday, November 8, the planet Mercury will pass directly in front the Sun.
Houston, We Have a Solution
New research aboard the space station aims to adapt a tried-and-true repair tool to weightlessness.
Membranes on Mars
New membranes developed by NASA-funded researchers could help people go to Mars--and clean the air here on Earth.
Spooky Atomic Clocks
NASA-supported researchers hope to improve high-precision clocks by entangling their atoms.
A New Form of Matter: II
NASA-supported researchers have discovered a weird new phase of matter called fermionic condensates.
Resilient Rockets
Spacecraft and automobiles could benefit from a new NASA technology that protects the insides of scorching-hot engines.