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NASA Celebrates ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary W. Jackson With Building Naming Ceremony

NASA Celebrates ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary W. Jackson With Building Naming Ceremony

On Friday, NASA celebrated the agency’s first African American female engineer, Mary W. Jackson, with a ceremony to formally name the agency’s headquarters building in Washington in her honor. Jackson began working at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) – the forerunner of NASA – in April 1951. From her initial role as a “human computer” […]

NASA to Honor ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary W. Jackson During Headquarters Naming Ceremony

NASA to Honor ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary W. Jackson During Headquarters Naming Ceremony

Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk will lead a ceremony at 1 p.m. EST Friday, Feb. 26, officially naming the NASA Headquarters building in Washington in honor of Mary W. Jackson. The event will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website and will livestream on the agency’s Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, as well as the NASA app.   Mary Winston Jackson (1921–2005) successfully […]

NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Provides Front-Row Seat to Landing, First Audio Recording of Red Planet

NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Provides Front-Row Seat to Landing, First Audio Recording of Red Planet

Editor’s Note: This release was updated on Feb. 22 to correct the metric unit for the speed at which the rover’s wheels made contact with the surface to kph. New video from NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover chronicles major milestones during the final minutes of its entry, descent, and landing (EDL) on the Red Planet on […]

NASA Releases Perseverance Rover’s First Photos Of Mars

NASA Releases Perseverance Rover’s First Photos Of Mars

THOMAS CATENACCI CONTRIBUTOR   The National Aeronautics and Space Administration released the first photos taken by its Perseverance rover on Mars after it became just the fifth rover to ever successfully complete the landing. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) photos released Saturday showed Mars’s vast landscape and rocky terrain. On Thursday, Perseverance successfully completed its landing on the […]

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Sends Sneak Peek of Mars Landing

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Sends Sneak Peek of Mars Landing

Less than a day after NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover successfully landed on the surface of Mars, engineers and scientists at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California were hard at work, awaiting the next transmissions from Perseverance. As data gradually came in, relayed by several spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet, the Perseverance team […]

Touchdown! NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Safely Lands on Red Planet

Touchdown! NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Safely Lands on Red Planet

The largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world touched down on Mars Thursday, after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles (472 million kilometers). Confirmation of the successful touchdown was announced in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California at 3:55 p.m. EST (12:55 p.m. PST). Packed with groundbreaking technology, the […]

California’s Rising and Sinking Coast

California’s Rising and Sinking Coast

Global sea level has been rising at a rate of 0.1 inches (3.3 millimeters) per year in the past three decades. The causes are mostly the thermal expansion of warming ocean water and the addition of fresh water from melting ice sheets and glaciers. But even as the sea takes up more space, the elevation of the land is also […]

NASA’s Terra Satellite Reveals Burn Scars From California’s Two Largest Fires

NASA’s Terra Satellite Reveals Burn Scars From California’s Two Largest Fires

By Lynn Jenner NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center On Aug. 26, 2020, NASA’s Terra satellite was able to image the two areas in California where the fires have been most active and using the false color reflectance bands on the MODIS (Moderate Resolution Infrared Spectroradiometer) instrument aboard. Using these bands, the burned areas or fire-affected areas are characterized by […]

What We Know About the ‘Election Day’ Asteroid Heading Near Earth

What We Know About the ‘Election Day’ Asteroid Heading Near Earth

BY JACK PHILLIPS The object has a .04 percent chance of hitting Earth, would disintegrate if it reaches atmosphere NASA on Saturday said that a small asteroid is headed toward Earth one day before Election Day in November, although the object has around a 0.40 percent chance of actually hitting the planet. If the object entered Earth’s atmosphere, it […]

NASA Shares Incredible Image of Jupiter’s Polar Cyclones That Looks Like ‘Pepperoni Pizza’

NASA Shares Incredible Image of Jupiter’s Polar Cyclones That Looks Like ‘Pepperoni Pizza’

BY MICHAEL WING NASA’s Juno space probe is on a multi-year mission to explore the origins and evolution of the gas giant Jupiter—it’s serious science. But Instagrammers have shared some rather unserious observations of Juno’s highly detailed infrared image posted on the space agency’s Instagram page. You could say their comments are way out to lunch—but way out for pizza would be more […]

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