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NASA Goddard Technologists and Scientists Prepare for a New Era of Human Exploration

 

Written by Lori Keesey
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – NASA scientists, engineers, and technologists are preparing for a new era of human exploration at the Moon, which includes a new launch system, capsule, and lunar-orbiting outpost that will serve as the jumping-off point for human spaceflight deeper into the Solar System.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is playing a vital role in these initiatives, particularly in the areas of communications and instrument development as evidenced by the recent award of five proposals under NASA’s Development and Advancement of Lunar Instrumentation (DALI) to advance spacecraft-based instrument for use in lunar-landing missions.

The technologies needed for sustainable exploration at the Moon will have to be powerful, multipurpose, and fast, said Jake Bleacher, Chief Scientist for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.

Goddard will provide laser communications services to NASA’s Orion vehicle, shown in this artist concept. (NASA)

Goddard will provide laser communications services to NASA’s Orion vehicle, shown in this artist concept. (NASA)

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AAA says Cold Temperatures Cut Electric Vehicle Range Nearly in Half

 

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AAAOrlando, FL – As freezing temperatures plague much of the country, electric vehicle owners may experience a decrease in driving range, compounded by the use of the vehicle’s interior climate control.

New research from AAA reveals that when the mercury dips to 20°F and the HVAC system is used to heat the inside of the vehicle, the average driving range is decreased by 41 percent. This means for every 100 miles of combined urban/highway driving, the range at 20°F would be reduced to 59 miles.

AAA research finds HVAC use in frigid temperatures causes substantial drop in electric vehicle range. (AAA)

AAA research finds HVAC use in frigid temperatures causes substantial drop in electric vehicle range. (AAA)

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NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope sees galaxies merging into one

 

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NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Three images from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope show pairs of galaxies on the cusp of cosmic consolidations. Though the galaxies appear separate now, gravity is pulling them together, and soon they will combine to form new, merged galaxies.

Some merged galaxies will experience billions of years of growth. For others, however, the merger will kick off processes that eventually halt star formation, dooming the galaxies to wither prematurely.

This image shows the merger of two galaxies, known as NGC 7752 (larger) and NGC 7753 (smaller), also collectively called Arp86. In these images, different colors correspond to different wavelengths of infrared light. Blue and green are wavelengths both strongly emitted by stars. Red is a wavelength mostly emitted by dust. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This image shows the merger of two galaxies, known as NGC 7752 (larger) and NGC 7753 (smaller), also collectively called Arp86. In these images, different colors correspond to different wavelengths of infrared light. Blue and green are wavelengths both strongly emitted by stars. Red is a wavelength mostly emitted by dust. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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AAA reports United States Gas Price Averages Inching Up Amid Rising Demand

 

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AAATampa, FL – Many motorists filling up across the country are noticing gas prices that are increasing slightly. While nearly 25 states’ averages increased on the week, the national average is only a penny more than a week ago at $2.26.

The fluctuating national and state gas price averages come alongside an increase in gasoline demand and reflect the higher crude oil prices as of late, but it’s likely not to be a long-term trend.

While nearly 25 states’ averages increased on the week, the national average is only a penny more than a week ago. (AAA)

While nearly 25 states’ averages increased on the week, the national average is only a penny more than a week ago. (AAA)

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AAA reports National Gas Price Average Inches Up for First Time in Three Months

 

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AAATampa, FL – At a penny more expensive on the week, the national gas price average ($2.25) increased for the first time since October. Despite the increase, today’s average is still cheaper month-over-month (-14 cents) and year-over-year (-28 cents).

“The price of crude oil has been slowly, but steadily increasing since the beginning of the year, which is starting to push up pump prices,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

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NASA Telescopes used to study unusual Flash of Light nicknamed “The Cow”

 

Written by Jeanette Kazmierczak
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – A brief and unusual flash spotted in the night sky on June 16th, 2018, puzzled astronomers and astrophysicists across the globe. The event – called AT2018cow and nicknamed “the Cow” after the coincidental final letters in its official name – is unlike any celestial outburst ever seen before, prompting multiple theories about its source.

Over three days, the Cow produced a sudden explosion of light at least 10 times brighter than a typical supernova, and then it faded over the next few months.

AT2018cow erupted in or near a galaxy known as CGCG 137-068, which is located about 200 million light-years away in the constellation Hercules. This zoomed-in image shows the location of the "Cow" in the galaxy. (Sloan Digital Sky Survey)

AT2018cow erupted in or near a galaxy known as CGCG 137-068, which is located about 200 million light-years away in the constellation Hercules. This zoomed-in image shows the location of the “Cow” in the galaxy. (Sloan Digital Sky Survey)

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AAA says Gasoline Demand Hits Lowest Level in Nearly Two Years Pushing Pump Prices Even Cheaper

 

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AAATampa, FL – The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) data registers gasoline demand at 8.6 million b/d for the week ending December 28th – the lowest level on record since February 2017.

Despite record motor vehicle travel for the holiday, demand was down nearly 900,000 bbl, suggesting that demand this winter could be lower than expected.

Prices at the Gas Pump continue to drop. (AAA)

Prices at the Gas Pump continue to drop. (AAA)

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AAA says 2019 Rings in Cheapest New Year Gas Prices Since 2016

 

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AAATampa, FL – The New Year has ushered in the cheapest national gas price average in three years. To boot, at $2.25 today’s national average is even one cent cheaper than on January 1st, 2019 and trends indicate that pump prices will likely remain cheap for at least the first half of the month.

Today, 29 state gas price averages are at or below the national average of $2.25 with Missouri touting the cheapest at $1.83. Hawaii ($3.34) carries the most expensive average.

AAA expects prices to remain the same despite OPEC production cuts. (AAA)

AAA expects prices to remain the same despite OPEC production cuts. (AAA)

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AAA reports Prices Fall Below $2.00 Per Gallon in Nine States

 

AAA

AAATampa, FL – Nearly 20 percent of states are currently enjoying prices below $2.00 per gallon. Nationally, retail averages have dropped ­­­83 of the past 90 days. The national average for regular unleaded gasoline currently sits at $2.30 per gallon, which is six cents less than one week ago, 24 cents less than one month ago and 16 cents less than at the same time last year.

Heading into 2019, gasoline demand is expected to dwindle during the month of January, an expected change following the busy holiday travel season.

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Soldiers to share holidays with Flat Stanleys for Northeast Middle School

 

Written by Maria Yager
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Public Affairs

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from Fort Camopbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) received a homework assignment over the holidays from Partner in Education students at Northeast Middle School.

Soldiers and federal employees will be taking a Flat Stanley home for the holidays and documenting his experiences in a letter for the students to read when their Flat Stanley is returned in the new year.

Northeast Middle School teacher Jennifer Parrish gives Blanchfield Army Community Hospital medic and Partner in Education volunteer Staff Sgt. Jamie Hendzel Flat Stanley paper dolls made by her students.  (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

Northeast Middle School teacher Jennifer Parrish gives Blanchfield Army Community Hospital medic and Partner in Education volunteer Staff Sgt. Jamie Hendzel Flat Stanley paper dolls made by her students. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

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