Help Save NASA’s ISSLive! Website!

Live Telemetry screen from the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA

Live Telemetry screen from the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA

Frequent visitors to the NASA Live ISS Telemetry website ( http://spacestationlive.nasa.gov/ ) have spotted an official notice stating the site will be shutting down in two weeks.

I can’t stress how incredibly awesome the ISS live site is. With a few clicks of a mouse, visitors can get real-time telemetry from the solar arrays, communications systems, propulsion, and other systems. It’s kind of like looking at the bridge displays on Star Trek!

The notice suggests that people concerned about the site deactivation contact Jennifer B. Price at [email protected] with “ISS Live Web Site” in the Subject. If you value this incredibly unique (and educational) website, I suggest you drop an email to Jennifer, and express your support in a courteous, professional manner. You can also contact your congressperson, as congress is responsible for NASA’s budget.

If you decide to contact your congressperson, keep in mind that e-mails are usually the lowest priority. If you can, call or fax their office. Failing that, type up a letter and mail it to their office.

Human space exploration has been an incredible source of inspiration for my scientific career, and I’m sure there are countless others who draw inspiration from all of NASA’s educational efforts, including the ISSLive! site. Let’s work together and try to save this incredible resource!.

UPDATE – 03/27/2014 : Due to the incredible show of support, the ISS Live! site will be continuing to operate for the time being. Be sure to drop by the site and share your suggestions on how project managers can improve the site.

Carnival of Space #345

Welcome to the latest episode of The Carnival of Space! Here’s some highlights of space and astronomy news from the past week. We’ve got great stories on citizen science, gravity waves, SpaceX, and more!

Leading off this week’s Carnival of Space are my friends at Cosmoquest with a trio of articles. First up, Crater Counters Rejoice! Big news from the citizen science site CosmoQuest, where amateur crater mappers are shown to do just as well as the experts. Learn more at: http://cosmoquest.org/x/blog/2014/03/crater-counters-rejoice/

Next up from Cosmoquest, Is it Earth or is it Not? CosmoQuest’s educational game exploring planetary surface features makes it to iOS. Check out Cosmoquest’s newest educational app at: http://cosmoquest.org/x/blog/2014/03/earth-or-not-earth-for-ios-is-here/

Learn how a great resource for educational materials from NASA gets some new upgrades at: http://cosmoquest.org/x/educatorszone/2014/03/14/access-nasa-education/

Buddhist deity w/ night sky. Credit: Astronomy club Toutatis/S. Lamoureux

Buddhist deity w/ night sky
Credit: Astronomy club Toutatis/S. Lamoureux

Next up, follow Links Through space on their Astronomy trip through Cambodia – A series of 6 posts on Astronomy in Cambodia. Check out part 4 of the virtual journey at: http://linksthroughspace.blogspot.fi/2014/02/cambodia-2014-southern-night-sky-stars.html

The Chandra Blog asks: “What Makes An Astronomical Image Beautiful?” learn more at: http://chandra.si.edu/blog/node/491

Europa or bust: A possible mission to the icy moon of Jupiter in fy 2015 budget proposal. The Meridiani Journal has coverage at: http://themeridianijournal.com/2014/03/europa-bust-possible-mission-icy-moon-fy-2015-budget-proposal/

Astronomers have announced Nobel Prize-worthy evidence of primordial gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime — providing the first direct evidence the universe underwent a brief but stupendously accelerated expansion immediately following the big bang.

Universe Today has an in-depth article with all you need to know on this discovery, and the implications for cosmology at: http://www.universetoday.com/110360/landmark-discovery-new-results-provide-direct-evidence-for-cosmic-inflation/

The Venus Transit shares information on Sunspots and how to photograph them. Check it out at: http://www.thevenustransit.com/2014/03/sunspots.html

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NASA/JPL “What’s Up” for March 2014

Check out the latest NASA/JPL “What’s Up” video, featuring starlight blocked by a passing asteroid, planets marching across the sky and a lunar eclipse preview.

Infographic: International Relations in Space

Infographic: International Relations in Space. Image Credit: Joe Shervell

Infographic: International Relations in Space. Image Credit: Joe Shervell

Here’s a new infographic for your reading enjoyment. This Infographic covers the tremendous international cooperation in space exploration, as well as information onspace missions performed by all the space-faring nations in the world.

Additionally, the Infographic shows numerous ground-breaking events in space exploration, political issues, and highlights efforts to promote the sense of community in outer space.

Follow the “Continue Reading” link to check out the full Infographic!

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Carnival of Space #340

Welcome to the latest installment of The Carnival of Space! Here’s some highlights of space and astronomy news from the past week. We’ve got great stories on the M82 Supernova, NASA’S LADEE mission, the “mystery” Mars rock, and more!

First off, Next Big Future has a trio of articles covering some awesome new innovations coming out of NASA. First up is a conceptual solution to asteroid impacts by “fragmenting” the asteroid. Read more at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/02/nasa-institute-advanced-concepts-look.html

Next up are more NASA NIAC conference updates, learn more about Spiderfab, and “photonic” thrusters which use no propellant at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/02/nasa-niac-robert-hoyt-spiderfab-and.html

Last up from Nextbigfuture, Skybox was founded out of the CubeSat community and they are ardent believers in the power of commodity, commercial electronics to change the cost of doing business in space. Traditional satellites capable of taking imagery at better than 1 meter resolution weigh thousands of kilograms, which makes it prohibitively expensive to launch enough of them to capture timely imagery. Check out the full article on Skybox at:

Next up is a pair of articles from my good friends at Cosmoquest:

First up, What’s in an Asteroid? Asteroid Itokawa reveals a strange interior in new observations spanning 12 years. Learn more at: http://cosmoquest.org/x/blog/2014/02/whats-in-an-asteroid/

Next from Cosmoquest, M82 Supernova Update: The VLA doesn’t see the afterglow, but it does create a lovely new map of the central regions of the galaxy.
Full article at: http://cosmoquest.org/x/blog/2014/02/m82-supernova-update/

Keep reading for more awesome stories from the past week in space news!

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