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NASA looks at the Super Bowl – 5 Things Football has in Common with Space

 

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NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – As Super Bowl LI in Houston Texas approaches and players, coaches and a host of personnel behind the scenes prepare for the big game in Space City, NASA remains on the cutting edge of human space exploration, setting its sights on the journey to Mars.

A football player’s journey to the end zone, though, has a lot more in common to space exploration than one might think.

Here are five similarities.

Five Things Space and Football Have in Common

Five Things Space and Football Have in Common

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NFL, American Heart Association, Discovery Education to host Virtual Field Trip Live from Super Bowl LI

 

Free Virtual Class to be Live-Streamed in Classrooms Nationwide

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – The NFL and American Heart Association, together with Discovery Education, will host the first-ever AHA-NFL PLAY 60 Challenge Virtual Field Trip (VFT) live from Houston on Tuesday, January 31st at 12:00pm CT during the NFL Experience Driven by Genesis.

The free virtual class will be live-streamed in classrooms across the country, reaching thousands of students. Houston Texans players Whitney Mercilus and Christian Covington and the American Heart Association’s Mercedes Carnethon, Ph.D. will teach students the science behind cardio and strength exercises that NFL players use to stay fit and active.

Whitney Mercilus from the Houston Texans and AHA volunteer Mercedes Carnethon, Ph.D. will teach students the science behind cardio and strength exercises that NFL players use to stay fit and active during the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge Virtual Field Trip. (American Heart Association)

Whitney Mercilus from the Houston Texans and AHA volunteer Mercedes Carnethon, Ph.D. will teach students the science behind cardio and strength exercises that NFL players use to stay fit and active during the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge Virtual Field Trip. (American Heart Association)

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Tennessee Titans last game against Houston Texans

 

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Tennessee TitansHouston, TX – In their first AFC South division matchup of 2016, the Tennessee Titans rallied from a double-digit deficit to draw even with the Houston Texans in the third quarter but were unable to finish the comeback, taking a 27-20 loss to Houston at NRG Stadium.

Running back DeMarco Murray led the offense once again, recording 119 all-purpose yards and two rushing scores—Tennessee’s only touchdowns of the day—to mark his third-consecutive game with over 100 yards from scrimmage.

Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) dives for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on October 2nd, 2016. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) dives for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on October 2nd, 2016. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

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NASA Scientists develop Food Bars for Orion Spacecraft Astronauts

 

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Washington, D.C. – When astronauts in the Orion spacecraft travel beyond the moon to explore deep space destinations, they’ll need a robust diet to keep them healthy and sharp.

While crew members aboard the International Space Station can choose from approximately 200 items for their meals and have the space to stow an array of options, feeding the crew on deep space missions presents several unique challenges that NASA scientists are working to tackle.

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Tennessee Titans series history against Houston Texans

 

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Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans-Houston Texans rivalry is in its 15th year since the expansion Texans began play and the AFC South was formed in 2002. In 28 games, the Titans are 15-13 against the Texans, including an 8-6 mark at Nissan Stadium and a 7-7 record at NRG Stadium.

While the Titans have the advantage in the series, the Texans have won seven out of the last eight battles, including a current four-game streak.

The last time the teams met at NRG Stadium was November 1st, 2015, when quarterback Zach Mettenberger (22-of-31 for 171 yards and an interception) started for an injured Marcus Mariota (knee).

Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium November 1st, 2015. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium November 1st, 2015. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans head to Houston to take on the Texans

 

Tennessee Titans (1-2) at Houston Texans (2-1)

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 | Noon CDT
Houston, TX | NRG Stadium | TV: CBS

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans (1-2) play their first of two consecutive road games this week, traveling to Houston to face the reigning AFC South Champion Texans (2-1). Kickoff at NRG Stadium (capacity 71,795) is scheduled for noon CDT on Sunday, October 2nd.

This week’s game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy will call the action alongside analyst Adam Archuleta.

The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will carry the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, analyst Frank Wycheck, gameday host Rhett Bryan and sideline reporter Jonathan Hutton.

Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) intercepts a pass intended for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Titans 17-10. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) intercepts a pass intended for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Titans 17-10. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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AAA reports Pipeline Outage causes Gasoline Shortages and Rising Prices

 

AAATampa, FL A pipeline leak has led to a major problem for motorists along the eastern United States. Georgia and Tennessee are among six states that have declared a state of emergency after a leak was detected along the Colonial Pipeline. Pump prices in these states are rising, while some stations have reportedly run out of gasoline. 

The Colonial Pipeline transports more than 100 million gallons of petroleum products like gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel a day, to markets between Houston and New York City.

Colonial Pipeline outage causes Gas Prices to Rise in Tennessee.

Colonial Pipeline outage causes Gas Prices to Rise in Tennessee.

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft on it’s way to asteroid Bennu

 

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NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – NASA’s first asteroid sampling mission launched into space at 7:05pm EDT Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, beginning a journey that could revolutionize our understanding of the early solar system.

“Ee celebrate a huge milestone for this remarkable mission, and for this mission team,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “We’re very excited about what this mission can tell us about the origin of our solar system, and we celebrate the bigger picture of science that is helping us make discoveries and accomplish milestones that might have been science fiction yesterday, but are science facts today.”

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft was launched into space at 7:05pm EDT Thursday, September 8th from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (NASA)

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft was launched into space at 7:05pm EDT Thursday, September 8th from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (NASA)

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NASA’s ISS-RapidScat instrument being looked at after two power anomalies

 

Written by Alan Buis
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Mission managers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, are assessing two power system-related anomalies affecting the operation of NASA’s ISS-RapidScat instrument aboard the International Space Station. RapidScat measures surface wind speeds and directions over the ocean.

RapidScat is currently deactivated and in a stable configuration. A RapidScat project anomaly response team has been formed, working in conjunction with the space station anomaly response team. RapidScat will remain deactivated as the investigation continues.

Artist's rendering of NASA's ISS-RapidScat instrument (inset), which launched to the International Space Station in 2014 to measure ocean surface wind speed and direction and help improve weather forecasts, including hurricane monitoring. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Johnson Space Center)

Artist’s rendering of NASA’s ISS-RapidScat instrument (inset), which launched to the International Space Station in 2014 to measure ocean surface wind speed and direction and help improve weather forecasts, including hurricane monitoring. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Johnson Space Center)

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover finds Volcanic Mineral on Mars

 

Written by Guy Webster
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Scientists have discovered an unexpected mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater on Mars, a finding that may alter our understanding of how the planet evolved.

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, has been exploring sedimentary rocks within Gale Crater since landing in August 2012. In July 2015, on Sol 1060 (the number of Martian days since landing), the rover collected powder drilled from rock at a location named “Buckskin.” Analyzing data from an X-ray diffraction instrument on the rover that identifies minerals, scientists detected significant amounts of a silica mineral called tridymite.

This low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called "Buckskin." Bright powder from that July 30, 2015, drilling is visible in the foreground. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

This low-angle self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called “Buckskin.” Bright powder from that July 30, 2015, drilling is visible in the foreground. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

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