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Climate Change: HOPE It’s Human Influenced

“Years of Living Dangerously” is airing starting this weekend on Showtime; regardless of what is often said by talking heads, the fact remains that this is CONSENSUS science; those that claim it’s not human caused had better hope it is – at least that means we can change and begin reversing it. Check out the trailer – give the series a watch and make up your own mind.

GOCE: End Of A Mission


The ESA satellite, Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer, (GOCE), has reached the end of it’s natural life and will be de-orbiting sometime in the next few days. The ESA currently does not have a projection as to where the satellite will reenter Earth’s atmosphere at this time however, as the de-orbit progresses, they will post approximate location(s).

More about GOCE and it’s amazing mission:

An Astronaut’s Guide To Life

Today, I received my copy of Col. Chris Hadfield’s book, “An Astronaut’s Guide To Life”. I’ve been posting the short YouTube videos of the same name thinking “cute”. I now realize they are part of one of the most brilliant stealth marketing campaigns EVER…watch here and have a good chuckle.

Deep Space Comes One Step Closer

The first deep space craft for the United States, Orion, has powered up for the first time, in preparation for it’s first test launch scheduled for fall of 2014.

Orion is a new type of craft designed to move both both crew and cargo further into space than any human has ever been before paving the way for human exploration of Mars and asteroid research.  

Although this initial test launch, EFT-1, will be from a Delta IV Heavy, NASA has in development, an all new rocket, Space Launch System, that will be the workhorse of the new program scheduled to begin in 2017 with Exploration Mission-1.


For more about Orion:


Image credit: Lockheed Martin

Sites we like: Monday Edition

Sites we like: Monday Edition

Missing your shark fix now that Shark Week is in the rear view mirror?  Check out OCSEARCH!  OCSEARCH tags and releases Great White Sharks to further research into this little understood creature. Follow their live posts and track individual sharks!

It’s Like ‘Gravity’ only it’s real….

It’s Like ‘Gravity’ only it’s real….

Using actual space images, this short film, set to the theme of the current hit film, ‘Gravity’ is all the more stunning because it’s real. 

Check out HiRise!

While we wait out the Government shutdown, it’s time to acknowledge a few great sites!

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, HiRISE, is a camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter built by Ball Aerospace at the direction of the University of Arizona to provide a detailed view of the surface of Mars.  The images produced by HiRISE are stunning and well worth taking a look.

New Image From Curiosity’s MAHLI Cam

New Image From Curiosity’s MAHLI Cam

A fantastic image from the MAHLI cam onboard the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity showing the penny that is mounted on the calibration target.

Spotting the International Space Station During Overflights


Our clear summer nights offer up great opportunities to gather ’round the family and neighbors to spot some easily seen man-made satellites.  We spent this evening with our neighbors and their young children watching our local overflight of the International Space Station; instant awe!  

One of the most easily seen objects in the night or early morning sky is the International Space Station.  Traveling at 17,000 miles per hour, the ISS is generally one of the brightest objects in the night sky and easily seen with the naked eye making it an excellent opportunity to introduce even quite young children to sky watching and the concept(s) of space and how close “space” really is; after all, if there was a road, you literally could drive there in a day.  

There are several APPs available for tracking near earth objects, I like the ease of “Star Walk” available for iPhone and iPad as it allows you to track man made objects as well as constellations and planets. However, for tracking the International Space Station (ISS), there is a NASA notification system that will send you an email notification or a text message when the ISS visible in your area: 

Alternately, you can access NASA’s Human Space Flight page to find information regarding each ISS Mission, science, photographs, Mission Control updates and history as well as an option that allows you to select viewing opportunities from most geographic locations.  It’s a great page with a wealth of information about manned space flight:


Last, but certainly not least, NASA has an APP that has information on most of the current and past missions as well as Press Releases, a Consolidated Launch Schedule, videos and so much more!  Available in the App Store and on the main NASA website, 

NASA – New NASA Online Science Resource Available for Educators and Students

NASA – New NASA Online Science Resource Available for Educators and Students.

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