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Actor/producer/writer Seth Green joins forces with NASA

You might need to give NASA some kudos for the comfortable high-tech seats in your ride. NASA has made great strides in long distance travel in space as well as here on Earth. NASA’s Technology Transfer Program is responsible for finding the widest possible applications for the agency’s research. “NASA technologies improve our everyday lives, including providing us with safer, cleaner modes of transportation, supporting millions of passengers and packages traveling by air and ground everyday with efficiencies, comfort and safety,” said Daniel Lockney, NASA’s Technology Transfer Program executive,... Read More →

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Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech - A saucer-shaped test vehicle designed to hold equipment for landing large payloads on Mars set to launch in June

NASA prepares to launch saucer-shaped aircraft

It looks like some alien flying saucer, but it did not come from outer space. NASA’s saucer-shaped test vehicle is the creation of experts at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in nearby La Cañada Flintridge. Scientists hope it will lead to future missions on Mars involving human exploration. The aircraft is called the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project. It’s designed for a number of functions including  “… the delivery of the supplies and materials needed for long-duration missions to the Red Planet.” Final assembly of the rocket-powered vehicle has just been completed at the ... Read More →

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NASA, California drought, and stormy weather

As the Southland gets ready for that second, much more powerful storm, there is still a lot of concern about the California drought. So now NASA is lending a helping hand. The space agency  partnering with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) “… to apply advanced remote sensing and improved forecast modeling to better assess water resources, monitor drought conditions and water supplies, plan for drought response and mitigation, and measure drought impacts.” “Over the past two decades, NASA has developed capabilities to measure and provide useful... Read More →

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Photo: NASA/SDO, AIA -- The transit of Venus across the face of the sun June 5, 2012

NASA: The transit of Venus 2012

NASA’s orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory got some fantastic images of that once-in-a-lifetime solar happening — the transit of Venus across the face of the sun June 5-6, 2012. NASA says this celestial wonder occurs “…  in pairs eight years apart that are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117.” More incredible photos of this heavenly event here.

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Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls --Lunar eclipse over Arlington, Virginia December 21, 2010

Photo Gallery: A rare cosmic event

Thick storm clouds blocked the total lunar eclipse here in the Southland last night, but it was seen elsewhere. The NASA photo above shows the eclipse in the skies over Arlington, Virginia. A lunar eclipse occurs only at night when there is a full moon. It happens when the Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun rays and casting a shadow on the moon, according to the NASA website. During the eclipse, the Earth’s atmosphere turns the regular gray color of the moon to a... Read More →

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Photo Gallery: NASA astronauts meet space robot R2

 The Shuttle Discovery is scheduled to begin its final flight into space on November 1, 2010.  Preparations are in full swing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for Discovery’s last journey to the International Space Station. This week, the astronauts for that flight got a chance to meet and learn about the special features of Robonaut 2, or R2, as it’s called. The astronauts will be delivering the giant robot with the gold helmet to the space station along with spare parts and other hardware. More about Discovery’s last flight and the preps... Read More →

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Space shuttle Atlantis touches down on Kennedy

Photo Gallery: Atlantis– A perfect ending to a successful career

Photo: Carl Winebarger/NASA — Atlantis touches down at Kennedy Space Center in Florida yesterday, May 26, 2010, ending its final scheduled flight “It was smooth as silk,” is how Commander Ken Ham described the entry into Earth’s orbit and landing of Atlantis. Yesterday’s touchdown in Florida, at 8:48 a.m. EDT, wrapped up a busy 12-day mission to the International Space Station. A fine farewell for a space shuttle that has traveled more than 120 million miles in 25 years of service. For more on Atlantis and the shuttle’s last mission click over to the Read More →

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Photo Gallery: Space Shuttle Endeavour makes a rare nighttime landing

Photo: Tom Farrar Jr./NASA — Space Shuttle Endeavour glides threw the dark onto a lit runway for a rare nighttime landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Commander George Zamka and his five member crew returned home after a two week mission to deliver and install the final U.S. Module and “a room with a view” to the International Space Station. The perfect landing occurred at 7:20 p.m. Pacific Time tonight. More on the shuttle crew and their mission on the NASA website.

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Welcome home space shuttle Endeavour

NASA TV   Strong crosswinds and thunderstorms in Florida forced a change of plans for the space shuttle landing today. So this afternoon, Endeavour returned to Earth with what NASA called a “safe and successful” landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California’s Mojave desert. Years ago, I was a TV news field producer assigned to cover the landing of a space shuttle at this base. I will never forget what an incredible sight it was to see the shuttle appear in the sky, float down, and land like a giant bird. Oh, a... Read More →

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