Tag Archives: NASA

NASA to Launch High School Students' Satellite

NASA plans to launch a small satellite designed by students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia. Read More

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Have Geeklets, Will Travel: NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

Have Geeklets, Will Travel: NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

For 12 years, we’ve been holding Wallops Island as our rainy day activity. After year after year of cloudless sky, we wondered if we’d ever get to the NASA visitor’s center. But our last trip to Chincoteague, Virginia found us driving over the causeway with the window wipers going full blast as we finally cashed in to see what happens just a few miles from our favorite vacation spot. Read More

Hangout with Astronauts Today

Hangout with Astronauts Today

Today, May 23rd, from 3-4 PM EDT, you can join a NASA hosted Google+ hangout with three of the former International Space Station (ISS) astronauts. NASA astronauts Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn and Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency are back home in Houston, Texas, and undergoing physical rehabilitation after their recent return from their extended time in the nearly weightless environment. Read More

Welcome Home, Hadfield, Marshburn, and Romanenko!

Welcome Home, Hadfield, Marshburn, and Romanenko!

Last night, at 10:31 EDT, after spending 146 days in space — 144 of which were spent on board the International Space Station — and making 2,336 orbits around the planet, clocking close to 62 million miles, astronauts Chris Hadfield (Canada), Tom Marshburn (United States), and Roman Romanenko (Russia) touched down safely in southern Kazakhstan. Read More

ISS Crew Preparing for an Emergency Spacewalk

ISS Crew Preparing for an Emergency Spacewalk

For anyone interested in space and our space program, there is a little drama going on aboard the International Space Station. While the station’s astronauts are not in any danger, a coolant leak in one of the solar arrays has managers at NASA scrambling to reroute power to the other seven arrays and preparing for possible emergency spacewalk on Saturday. The leak is expected to force the shutdown of that solar array sometime this morning. The decision on doing a spacewalk will be made sometime late tonight. NASA TV has been covering these events on and off already, and if there is a spacewalk you will be able to watch it live. You can check in on their live stream here at GeekDad. Read More

Join the International Space Apps Challenge This Weekend, Possibly Save the World

Join the International Space Apps Challenge This Weekend, Possibly Save the World

The International Space Apps Challenge is a two-day technology development event collectively presented by NASA in collaboration with 100 partner organizations including the European Space Agency, TechShop, Raspberry Pi, and the National Science Foundation. Participants will work together, hackathon style, in a 48-hour sprint to solve challenges relevant to improving life on Earth–and in space. Read More

Yuri’s Night Is a Time to Celebrate and Reflect on Why We Must Go Into Space

Yuri’s Night Is a Time to Celebrate and Reflect on Why We Must Go Into Space

Fifty-two years ago today, Yuri Gagarin pierced the veil of Earth’s fragile atmosphere in his Vostok 1 space capsule, becoming the first human being to enter “outer space.” His trip was barely even dipping the tip of a toe into the ocean, but what he began should always be remembered in the annals of human history. In 2001 George and Loretta Whitesides (nee Hidalgo) threw a party to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Yuri’s flight. That party has grown into a yearly event, with over 300 parties around the world being held today and this weekend. Read More

Solar Conjunction Puts NASA’s Curiosity Rover, Orbiter In Communication Blackout

Solar Conjunction Puts NASA’s Curiosity Rover, Orbiter In Communication Blackout

Between April 4th and May 1st, the Mars Curiosity and Opportunity will be in minimal communication with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as it experiences a Mars solar conjunction. Click through to read more about what a solar conjunction is, and what impacts it will have on JPL’s communications with the fleet of Mars exploration vehicles. Read More

The Sky is Falling! Asteroids and Meteors on the Same Day!

So maybe the sky isn’t falling, but it’s quite the coincidence that an asteroid and a meteor both descended upon our little plot of the universe within about 15 hours of one another. While many skywatchers have been anxiously awaiting the close approach of Asteroid 2012 DA14, they were completely taken by surprise when a 500-ton meteor that streaked across the Russian Ural sky earlier the same day. Read More

Have you registered for the 19th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race?

Dreaming of being an astronaut is a phase just about everyone goes through at one point in their lives. It’s a much smaller amount of people who decide to peruse that dream when they grow-up. While not everyone might go into space, everyone has the opportunity to race on the moon…. well almost. For the last 19 years, NASA has given high school and college teams from across the globe a chance to compete against each other for the title of “Greatest Moonbuggy of the Year”. Read More