Tag Archives: NASA

Looking for the new Lt. Ripley?

NASA this week posted a job opening for a Planetary Protection Officer, a title that requires the holder to “the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.”  Organic?  Biological contamination?  In space!  Does this position sound tailor-made for Sigourney Weaver? Actually, it is all about the tiny biota, bacteria and …

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Juno, winning the race, pole to pole

NASA’s Juno probe is beginning to return data from its close-up views of Jupiter.  Entering orbit around the gas giant on July 4, 2016, the craft maneuvered into its current pole-to-pole transits on August 27, achieving a low altitude of 4,200 kilometers (2,600 miles) above the Jovian cloud tops.  Now, NASA has published the first …

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Growing oceans in the shadow of the magnetic balloon

Matt Williams on the Universal Science website has reported that a NASA study of terraforming Mars presented at the Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop suggests that a major factor in restoring an atmosphere and, eventually, oceans, could be an inflatable, magnetic-field generating structure placed at the Lagrange L1 point, gravitationally balanced on the line between …

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Go up and out, young one!

For exhibit in the Kennedy Space Flight Center’s Visitors Complex, NASA in 2009 commissioned a set of recruitment posters for the Mars Explorer Corps.  Now, the posters are available for download on-line, in high-resolution JPEG or TIF files, suitable for reproduction at full size (30″ x 48″).

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Climate change most extreme

If the current state of climate debate here on planet Earth seems a bit fraught with pending disaster, NASA has been studying the past history of our neighbor (and nearest partner in climate) Mars, and they are ready to proclaim that what is past is not quite prologue to what is present.  An entire ocean, …

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