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Timeline Photos 11/23/2021

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The James Webb Space Telescope’s target launch date is moving from Dec. 18 to no earlier than Dec. 22, following a recent incident that occurred during launch preparations.

During operations at the satellite preparation facility in Kourou, French Guiana, a clamp band that secures Webb to the launch vehicle adapter was unexpectedly released, causing a vibration throughout the observatory. Additional testing is required to determine with certainty that the incident did not damage any components.

NASA and its mission partners — ESA - European Space Agency, Canadian Space Agency & launch vehicle provider Arianespace — will provide an update when the testing is completed at the end of this week.

More details: https://go.nasa.gov/3r1tW38

955 Years Ago: Halley’s Comet and the Battle of Hastings 10/15/2021

955 Years Ago: Halley’s Comet and the Battle of Hastings

955 Years Ago: Halley’s Comet and the Battle of Hastings Through the ages, people have attributed meaning to unusual celestial apparitions such as comets. Such is the case for perhaps the most famous comet, the one named after British astronomer Edmond Halley, who determined that periodic sightings of a comet were in fact of the same object.

10/06/2021

World Space Week 2021: Women in Space Day Day Two: Katherine Johnson. In 1952 that a relative told Katherine Johnson about open positions at the all-black West Area Computing section at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’ (NACA’s) Langley laboratory. A wife and mother, Johnson had a degree in mathematics and quickly became an essential member of the Langley team that eventually became part of NASA. She did trajectory analysis for Alan Shepard’s May 1961 suborbital mission, America’s first human spaceflight and co authored a report laying out the equations describing an orbital spaceflight in which the landing position of the spacecraft is specified. It was the first time a woman in the Flight Research Division had received credit as an author of a research report. In 1962, as NASA prepared for the orbital mission of John Glenn, Johnson was called upon to do the work that she would become most known for. Although Glenn’s flight was run by several IBM computers across the world, he would not launch until Johnson ran the same numbers through the same equations that had been programmed into the computer, but by hand, on her desktop mechanical calculating machine. #worldspaceweek2021
Read more . https://www.nasa.gov/content/katherine-johnson-biography

10/06/2021

World Space Week 2021: Women in Space Day One (A Day Late Due to FB Outage): Annie Jump Cannon. Cannon was hired by Harvard College Observatory in 1896 to analyze astronomical photographic prints, a task deemed untechnical and tedious (and could therefore be done by women). Cannon took earlier star classification systems, simplified them, and created the system that is still used today based on a star’s temperature. Her classification had just seven letters arranged by decreasing temperature: OBAFGKM and she created this device to remember it “Oh! Be A Fine Girl, Kiss Me!” During her career she used her system to classify over 350,000 stars at a rate, legend has it, of just 3 seconds a star! #worldspaceweek2021
Read more about Cannon: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Annie-Jump-Cannon

How The James Webb Space Telescope Will Hunt For Exoplanets | Digital Trends 09/13/2021

How The James Webb Space Telescope Will Hunt For Exoplanets | Digital Trends

How The James Webb Space Telescope Will Hunt For Exoplanets | Digital Trends The James Webb Space Telescope is set to launch in the coming months, and when it does, it will completely revolutionize how we hunt for habitable planets.

Astronomy For Everyone - Episode 146 - Get Ready For The James Webb Space Telescope 08/29/2021

Astronomy For Everyone - Episode 146 - Get Ready For The James Webb Space Telescope

Astronomy For Everyone - Episode 146 - Get Ready For The James Webb Space Telescope http://www.fordastronomyclub.comAstronomy For Everyone is a TV series of monthly TV shows developed by members of the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club (FAAC) targ...

Nancy Roman (1925-2018) | Astronomer / "Mother of Hubble" – NASA Solar System Exploration 05/16/2021

Nancy Roman (1925-2018) | Astronomer / "Mother of Hubble" – NASA Solar System Exploration

Meet the Mother of Hubble, Nancy Roman, born on May 16, 1925.

Nancy Roman (1925-2018) | Astronomer / "Mother of Hubble" – NASA Solar System Exploration "If you enjoy puzzles, science or engineering may be the field for you. Scientific research and engineering is a continuous series of solving puzzles."

04/08/2021

NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover: I will watch over you, baby!
Sol 0046 (April 7, 2021)

🎬 360VR video 8K: https://youtu.be/3HNZUEHsNcs with real sounds from the surface
🔎 360VR photo 20K: http://bit.ly/perseverance-sol0046

NASA's Mars Exploration Program
Source images credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Stitching and retouching: Andrew Bodrov / 360pano.eu

#Mars360 #Video360 #360VR #Mars #Sol0046 #Perseverance

Perseverance's Landing ... Seen From Orbit! - Universe Today 03/05/2021

Perseverance's Landing ... Seen From Orbit! - Universe Today

Landing of Perseverance photographed by MRO

Perseverance's Landing ... Seen From Orbit! - Universe Today The HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has done it again. The imaging team was able to capture the Perseverance rover as it descended through the Martian atmosphere, hanging under its parachute. Stunning. If you feel you’ve seen something like this before, you have. HiRISE (High Reso...

02/27/2021

Perseverance Rover’s Descent and Touchdown on Mars (Official NASA Video)

LIVE: Landing of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover 02/18/2021

LIVE: Landing of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover

https://www.nasa.gov/content/live-landing-of-the-mars-2020-perseverance-rover

LIVE: Landing of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

NASA's Perseverance rover faces 'seven minutes of terror' before it lands on Mars 02/17/2021

NASA's Perseverance rover faces 'seven minutes of terror' before it lands on Mars

NASA's Perseverance rover faces 'seven minutes of terror' before it lands on Mars Despite having bridged a gap of nearly 300 million miles between Earth and Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover still has its most perilous moments ahead.

Watch Online: Mars Landing 02/12/2021

Watch Online: Mars Landing

Watch Online: Mars Landing Information on how to watch the landing of the Perseverance rover.

Japan's Martian moon mission may reveal clues to Mars' past 02/08/2021

Japan's Martian moon mission may reveal clues to Mars' past

https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/world/mars-moon-phobos-mission-scn/index.html

Japan's Martian moon mission may reveal clues to Mars' past Phobos, one of the Martian moons, may actually hold key information about what Mars was like in the past, according to new research, because it was right in the path of the Martian atmosphere as it escaped out into space.

Largest asteroid to fly past Earth in 2021 "potentially hazardous"—here's why 02/06/2021

Largest asteroid to fly past Earth in 2021 "potentially hazardous"—here's why

Largest asteroid to fly past Earth in 2021 "potentially hazardous"—here's why The giant space rock will make a close approach to our planet on March 21. About 25,000 near-Earth objects have been identified so far, according to NASA.

Second Earth Trojan Asteroid Discovered - Sky & Telescope 02/05/2021

Second Earth Trojan Asteroid Discovered - Sky & Telescope

Second Earth Trojan Asteroid Discovered - Sky & Telescope A recently discovered asteroid appears to be an Earth Trojan, orbiting a gravitationally stable area with only one other known occupant.

Reminder: NASA Lends Moon Rock for Oval Office Display 01/26/2021

Reminder: NASA Lends Moon Rock for Oval Office Display

Reminder: NASA Lends Moon Rock for Oval Office Display ‌ ‌ ‌ A Moon Rock Now Sits in the Oval Office of the White House A Moon rock from the Lunar Sample Laboratory at our Johnson Space Center is on loan to the White House. The Moon rock went on display i

space.com 11/26/2020

See the moon and Mars shine close together on Thanksgiving eve tonight

space.com See the moon and Mars rendezvous in the evening sky this Wednesday (Nov. 25).

sciencealert.com 11/23/2020

We're About to Witness a Super-Rare Planetary Alignment Not Seen in 800 Years

The closest alignment between Jupiter and Saturn in 800 years will happen on December 21, 2020.

sciencealert.com Star-gazers are in for a treat over Christmas, as Jupiter and Saturn will get closer to each other in Earth's night sky than they have been for nearly 800 years. Set up your telescope, hope for a clear night, and get ready.

cnet.com 11/12/2020

Spellbinding Earthshine will make the moon glimmer with a ghostly glow in November

cnet.com NASA shared the prime viewing times for an "eerily beautiful glow" of light bouncing off the moon this month.

sciencealert.com 11/01/2020

A Rare Hybrid of a Comet And an Asteroid Is Showing Off Its Cometary Traits

A hybrid of a comet and an asteroid

sciencealert.com Centaurs are rare celestial objects that can combine some of the different features of asteroids and comets. They're basically rocky in nature, like asteroids, but can also throw out clouds of dust and gas as their exteriors vaporize, like comets.

10/22/2020

Orionids, one of the best meteor showers of the year, peaks tonight

Watch the Oriionids meteor shower after midnight

Skywatchers have the chance to see a spectacular meteor shower this week, as Earth passes through the debris from Halley's Comet.

nasa.gov 10/11/2020

NASA's Perseverance Rover Will Peer Beneath Mars' Surface

nasa.gov The agency's newest rover will use the first ground-penetrating radar instrument on the Martian surface to help search for signs of past microbial life.

10/01/2020

NASA's Johnson Space Center

50 years ago: James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise, after their safe return from the harrowing Apollo 13 mission, embarked on the Aquarius European Presidential Goodwill Tour. ✈️🌍

Read more about their 15-day trip to six countries: https://go.nasa.gov/3icG2OI

07/30/2020

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

LIVE NOW: Tune in to our pre-launch update on our Mars rover Perseverance.

06/15/2020

NASA's Johnson Space Center

50 years ago, the Apollo 13 Review Board released its report on the accident that occurred en route to the Moon. They described the event a "result of an unusual combination of mistakes coupled with a somewhat deficient and unforgiving design." https://go.nasa.gov/2Bfkf92

06/03/2020

NASA's Johnson Space Center

Spacewalks were critical to the construction of the International Space Station and are crucial in its maintenance. As we observe the #SpaceStation20th anniversary this year, learn more about the history of spacewalks: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/space-station-20th-spacewalking-history

05/31/2020

NASA's Johnson Space Center

#ICYMI: NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley aboard the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour arrived at the International Space Station to join Expedition 63 Commander and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

The crew members first opened the hatch between the space station and Dragon Endeavour at 1:02 p.m. ET today, May 31, 2020, allowing Hurley and Behnken to enter their new home in space as the fourth and fifth members of Expedition 63.

05/19/2020

NASA's Johnson Space Center

Help us prepare for the future of human space exploration.

We’re looking for U.S. citizens who speak English and Russian to participate in the next spaceflight simulation study. Think you have what it takes? Check the details and requirements: https://go.nasa.gov/2Z6cTyR

05/01/2020

NASA's Johnson Space Center

LIVE NOW: Tune in to nasa.gov/live to learn about the details of our May 27 NASA Commercial Crew Program launch with #SpaceX, the first crewed launch from America since 2011! 🚀

04/27/2020

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Have you heard about an asteroid close-approach happening on April 29? Asteroid 1998 OR2 poses no threat to our planet, but we can still learn a lot by studying it. Don't miss a special Planetary Defense episode of NASA Science Live on Monday, April 27 at noon PT (3 p.m. ET, 1900 UTC) to learn how we find, track and monitor asteroids and near-Earth Objects.

04/23/2020

NASA's Johnson Space Center

#LetsBuildTogether! From vintage to pristine (with lots of creativity in between!), some of our employees shared photos of their creations reflecting human spaceflight, our focus at NASA Johnson. Get involved this #EarthDayatHome: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2020/earthdayathome-with-nasa/

04/17/2020

NASA's Johnson Space Center

50 years ago today, #Apollo13 landed safely after an explosion on their spacecraft while en route to the Moon. Mission Control celebrated after nonstop work to conserve crew consumables and ensure the astronauts were on the proper trajectory to return. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/50-years-ago-apollo-13-crew-returns-safely-to-earth/

04/11/2020

NASA's Johnson Space Center

50 years ago today, the #Apollo13 crew lifted off on their historic mission to the Moon. Two days later, their chance of a lunar landing was lost when an oxygen tank exploded, and the only priority became returning to Earth. Listen to the mission in real time: https://apolloinrealtime.org/13/

04/11/2020

NASA's Johnson Space Center

On this day in 2019, the findings from Scott Kelly’s mission were published! The publication provided the most comprehensive & molecular view of Kelly from his nearly one-year stay on the International Space Station. The research was managed by NASA’s Human Research Program: nasa.gov/twins-study

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