Topic: washington d.c.
Written by Tony Phillips
Washington, D.C. – NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 10:24pm EDT Sunday, September 21st, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars.
“As the first orbiter dedicated to studying Mars’ upper atmosphere, MAVEN will greatly improve our understanding of the history of the Martian atmosphere, how the climate has changed over time, and how that has influenced the evolution of the surface and the potential habitability of the planet,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “It also will better inform a future mission to send humans to the Red Planet in the 2030s.”
Written by Alan Buis
Pasadena, CA – A new NASA mission that will boost global monitoring of ocean winds for improved weather forecasting and climate studies is among about 5,000 pounds (2,270 kilograms) of NASA science investigations and cargo now on their way to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft.
The cargo ship launched on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:52pm PDT Saturday, September 20th (1:52am EDT Sunday, September 21st).
Written by Terri Moon Cronk
Washington, D.C. – To combat the demands on the nation’s special operations forces, U.S. Special Operations Command has made its Preservation of the Force and Family initiative a priority, the program’s director said September 17th.
Speaking at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Resilience Summit in Falls Church, Virginia, Navy Capt. Thomas Chaby said the program for the joint command’s 67,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines centers on prevention by building resilience and giving troops the tools and strategies they need to navigate combat’s challenges. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by Izumi Hansen and Elizabeth Zubritsky
Greenbelt, MD – NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled September 21st insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles (711 million kilometers).
Flight Controllers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado, will be responsible for the health and safety of the spacecraft throughout the process. The spacecraft’s mission timeline will place the spacecraft in orbit at approximately 6:50pm PDT (9:50pm EDT).
Written by Tony Phillips
Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday morning, October 8th, not long before sunrise, the bright full Moon over North America will turn a lovely shade of celestial red. It’s a lunar eclipse—visible from all parts of the USA.
“It promises to be a stunning sight, even from the most light polluted cities,” says NASA’s longtime eclipse expert Fred Espenak. “I encourage everyone, especially families with curious children, to go out and enjoy the event.”
Written by Whitney Clavin
Pasadena, CA – Our Milky Way galaxy is littered with the still-sizzling remains of exploded stars.
When the most massive stars explode as supernovas, they don’t fade into the night, but sometimes glow ferociously with high-energy gamma rays. What powers these energetic stellar remains?
NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is helping to untangle the mystery. The observatory’s high-energy X-ray eyes were able to peer into a particular site of powerful gamma rays and confirm the source: A spinning, dead star called a pulsar.
Written by Elizabeth Landau
Pasadena, CA – The Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal ion thrusting after the thrusting unexpectedly stopped and the spacecraft entered safe mode on September 11th. That anomaly occurred shortly before a planned communication with NASA’s Deep Space Network that morning. The spacecraft was not performing any special activities at the time.
Engineers immediately began working to restore the spacecraft to its normal operational state. The team determined the source of the problems, corrected them, and then resumed normal ion thrusting on Monday night, September 15th.
Clarksville, TN – American Farmland Trust’s summer celebration of farmers markets has ended and the Clarksville Downtown Market has been recognized as the top farmers market in Tennessee. The Clarksville Downtown Market also came in 19th in the Top 100 Most Celebrated Farmers Markets in America for 2014.
The I Love My Farmers Market Celebration encouraged consumers to pledge to spend $10.00 at their local farmers market. Each pledge honored our nation’s hardworking farmers, our community, and the Clarksville Downtown Market. This year’s celebration helped put more than $400,000 directly into the pockets of family farmers.
Written by DC Agle and Dwayne Brown
Pasadena, CA – The European Space Agency’s Rosetta’s lander, Philae, will target Site J, an intriguing region on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the lander compared to the other candidate sites.
The 220-pound (100-kilogram) lander is scheduled to reach the surface on November 11th, where it will perform in-depth measurements to characterize the nucleus. Rosetta is an international mission spearheaded by the European Space Agency with support and instruments provided by NASA.
U.S. Senate Passes Legislation Co-sponsored by Lamar Alexander to Improve Emergency Medical Care for More than 600,000 Tennessee Children Every Year
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) announced that the Senate unanimously passed the Emergency Medical Services for Children Reauthorization Act, legislation he cosponsored to improve emergency medical services for more than 600,000 Tennessee children every year.
This year, the National Pediatric Readiness Assessment ranked Tennessee highest among all states in the ability of its hospital emergency departments to take care of children with emergency conditions.
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