North Carolina Students To Talk Live With NASA Space Station Astronaut

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North Carolina Students To Talk Live With NASA Space Station Astronaut

WASHINGTON — Students and teachers from the Triangle area of North Carolina will speak with NASA Expedition 34 flight engineer Tom Marshburn aboard the International Space Station at 10:15 a.m. EST, Tuesday, Feb. 5. The space-to-ground conversation will be open to news media and carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Students will gather at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to ask astronaut Marshburn questions about life, work and research aboard the orbiting laboratory, where he arrived in December and will remain until May. Marshburn previously flew aboard space shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-127 in 2009.

To attend the event, reporters must contact Jonathon Pishney at jonathon.pishney@naturalsciences.org or 919-733-7450, ext. 304. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is located at 11 West Jones St. in Raleigh.

NASA activities have been incorporated into classes at local schools in preparation for the conversation with the space station astronaut. Linking students directly to the astronauts aboard the station provides them with an authentic, live experience of space exploration, space study and the scientific components of space travel and possibilities of life in space. The museum also has crafted educator professional development activities for the teachers participating in the event.

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the United States and abroad to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics teaching and learning. It is an integral component of NASA’s Teaching From Space education program, which promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

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North Carolina Students To Talk Live With NASA Space Station Astronaut

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North Carolina Students To Talk Live With NASA Space Station Astronaut

WASHINGTON — Students and teachers from the Triangle area of North Carolina will speak with NASA Expedition 34 flight engineer Tom Marshburn aboard the International Space Station at 10:15 a.m. EST, Tuesday, Feb. 5. The space-to-ground conversation will be open to news media and carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Students will gather at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to ask astronaut Marshburn questions about life, work and research aboard the orbiting laboratory, where he arrived in December and will remain until May. Marshburn previously flew aboard space shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-127 in 2009.

To attend the event, reporters must contact Jonathon Pishney at jonathon.pishney@naturalsciences.org or 919-733-7450, ext. 304. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is located at 11 West Jones St. in Raleigh.

NASA activities have been incorporated into classes at local schools in preparation for the conversation with the space station astronaut. Linking students directly to the astronauts aboard the station provides them with an authentic, live experience of space exploration, space study and the scientific components of space travel and possibilities of life in space. The museum also has crafted educator professional development activities for the teachers participating in the event.

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the United States and abroad to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics teaching and learning. It is an integral component of NASA’s Teaching From Space education program, which promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

For NASA TV schedule and video streaming information, visit

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

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http://www.nasa.gov/station

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NASA Increases Value of Bioastronautics Contract

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NASA Increases Value of Bioastronautics Contract

HOUSTON — NASA has increased the value of a contract with Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group of Houston to provide continuing support to the Human Health and Performance Directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The modification increases the not-to-exceed indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity value of the contract by $49 million, from $914.5 million to $963.5 million. This value is just a portion of the contract. The overall value of the contract with this change is $1.2 billion. Wyle has held the cost-plus-award-fee contract since May 1, 2003. The contract ends April 30. A follow-on competition, known as the Health and Human Performance Contract (HHPC), is under way.

Services provided under the current contract support the International Space Station and Orion programs. Work includes medical services, research, technology development, engineering, operations and flight hardware development to support the health, safety and productivity of crews living and working in space. Wyle maintains readiness of facilities and laboratories and provides services for program integration, habitability and environmental factors, human adaptation and countermeasures, space medicine, flight hardware development and human research.

Work under the contract is performed at Johnson and Ellington Field in Houston, as well as NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, N.M.

Major subcontractors include Lockheed Martin Space Operations, Barrios Technology Inc., Enterprise Advisory Services Inc., Bastion Technologies and Muniz Engineering Inc., all in Houston, and Futron Corporation in Bethesda, Md.

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NASA Solicits Ideas for International Space Station Research

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NASA Solicits Ideas for International Space Station ResearchWASHINGTON — NASA wants to know how you can improve the International Space Station as a technology test bed.

NASA’s International Space Station National Laboratory and Technology Demonstration offices are asking for proposals on how the space station may be used to develop advanced or improved exploration technologies. NASA also is seeking proposals about how new approaches, technologies and capabilities could improve the unique laboratory environment of the orbiting outpost.

The NASA Research Announcement, “Soliciting Proposals for Exploration Technology Demonstration and National Lab Utilization Enhancements,” may be viewed at:

http://go.nasa.gov/Uqkccz

 

The annoucement will provide successful proposers access to the space station’s microgravity environment, crew support and robotic servicing. It closes Sept. 30.

“The space station is a world-class facility and critical to NASA’s plan to extend humanity’s presence beyond low-Earth orbit,” said Andrew Clem of the Technology Demonstration Office in the International Space Station Program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “This is an opportunity for researchers, inventors and designers to demonstrate a technology needed for future human spaceflights or to improve an existing space station capability.”

NASA will review submissions throughout the year as they are received. The agency will cover launch and integration costs for selected proposals. Successful submissions also may be eligible for limited additional funding.

Proposed technologies should help advance exploration and research capabilities aboard the space station. Concepts must fit within existing NASA standards for mass and volume to meet requirements for current launch vehicles. Suggested areas include in-space propulsion; space power and energy storage; components of highly reliable, closed-loop, human health, life support and habitation systems; thermal systems; robotics, telerobotics, and autonomous systems; and human exploration destination systems.

Proposals for new exploration technologies could include strategies to reduce mass, maintenance and power requirements, while also increasing efficiency, reliability and safety. The idea could be a new technology or a new, improved use of existing space hardware. Proposals also may have the potential to yield benefits for humanity, such as testing a new material or stimulating economic growth.

Alternately, proposers could address improvements to the existing capabilities of the U.S. National Laboratory, such as new uses for existing experiment tools and infrastructure aboard the orbiting outpost, or potential efficiencies like advances in data communications. Other possibilities include ground equipment for space studies, in-orbit analytical tools, three-dimensional cell and tissue culture hardware, or improvements or new uses for existing station research resources.

The enhancements sought in this announcement will further efforts by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to promote research aboard the station’s U.S. National Laboratory.

For assistance with responding to the announcement, visit the Guidebook for Proposers Responding to a NASA Research Announcement or Cooperative Agreements Notice at:

http://go.nasa.gov/W3HlSe

 

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NASA, Bigelow Officials to Discuss Space Station Expandable Module

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NASA, Bigelow Officials to Discuss Space Station Expandable Module

WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide a new addition to the International Space Station. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will demonstrate the benefits of this space habitat technology for future exploration and commercial space endeavors.

“The International Space Station is a unique laboratory that enables important discoveries that benefit humanity and vastly increase understanding of how humans can live and work in space for long periods,” NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver said. “This partnership agreement for the use of expandable habitats represents a step forward in cutting-edge technology that can allow humans to thrive in space safely and affordably, and heralds important progress in U.S. commercial space innovation.”

Garver and Bigelow Aerospace Founder and President Robert Bigelow will discuss the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module program at a media availability at 1:30 p.m. EST (10:30 a.m. PST) Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Bigelow Aerospace facilities located at 1899 W. Brooks Ave. in North Las Vegas.

To attend, media representatives must contact Mike Gold at mgold@bigelowaerospace.com by 8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. PST) Jan. 15.

Journalists interested in a one-on-one interview with Garver should contact Sarah Ramsey at 202-215-9680 or sarah.ramsey@nasa.gov or Michael Cabbage at 202-549-8073 or mcabbage@nasa.gov.

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Iowa Students Speak Live With NASA Space Station Astronauts Jan. 25

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Iowa Students Speak Live With NASA Space Station Astronauts Jan. 25

WASHINGTON — Students in Davenport, Iowa, will speak with NASA Expedition 34 astronauts Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn, currently aboard the International Space Station, at 1 p.m. EST Friday, Jan. 25. This educational event will take place at the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science and be carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Media representatives are invited to attend and watch as students ask the astronauts questions about life, work and research aboard the orbiting laboratory. Interested media must contact Jenna Smith at smith@putnam.org or 563-324-1054 ext. 210. The Putnam Museum is located at 1717 W. 12th St. in Davenport.

NASA activities have been incorporated into classes at local schools in preparation for the air-to-ground conversation with the astronauts. Linking students directly to the astronauts aboard the station provides them with an authentic, live experience of space exploration, space study, and the science of space travel, and the possibilities of life in space.

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the United States to improve teaching and learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. It is an integral component of NASA’s Teaching From Space education program, which promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

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NASA, Ahoora Foundation Unite to Ignite Students’ Passion for Science, Space, and Technology

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NASA, Ahoora Foundation Unite to Ignite Students’ Passion for Science, Space, and Technology

WASHINGTON — Candy, soda and other everyday items will be the tools of the trade for teenage rocket makers competing in the What If? Live Student Design Challenge, which was kicked off Tuesday by NASA and the Ahoora Foundation of Plano, Texas. Registration is open through Feb. 28 for the worldwide contest, in which 14- to 18-year-old students will design experimental propulsion systems using materials that are cheap and easy to get.

What If? is designed to excite students about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The goal is to develop their creative and analytical abilities by learning about the growing need for green fuels and designing a vehicle propulsion system using commonly available materials, including sweet treats and carbonated beverages. Students in two age categories, 14-16 and 17-18, may work alone or in groups of as many as four. They must create a research plan, write a research paper, develop and build the propulsion system, make a video showing the vehicle in action, and submit the video to judges via YouTube.com.

A panel of scientists, astronauts and educators will judge the entries and select finalists. There will be one winning design in each age category. Winners will be announced in May and receive special recognition from NASA and Ahoora.

To register, submit research, and learn more about vehicle design, the official rules and other information about the What If? Live Student Design Challenge, including view a two-minute video of the propulsion system in action, visit:

http://www.whatifprize.org

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NASA Administrator to Tour Seattle Museum of Flight Jan. 15

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NASA Administrator to Tour Seattle Museum of Flight Jan. 15

WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden will tour the Space Shuttle Trainer Crew Compartment in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at the Seattle Museum of Flight on Tuesday, Jan.15.

News media are invited to join Bolden, who will be touring the facility with Doug King, president and CEO of the Museum of Flight, at 1:30 p.m. PST. News media interested in covering this event should contact Ted Huetter at 206-768-7105 by 4 p.m. PST today to confirm media credentials.

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NASA Announces Space Station Science Challenge Winners

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NASA Announces Space Station Science Challenge Winners

HOUSTON — Students from two schools, one in Iowa and the other in New York, are the winners of the International Space Station (ISS) Science Challenge, NASA announced Friday.

Challenge winners from North Tama Elementary in Traer, Iowa, and Madison Elementary in Massena, N.Y., are being inspired to learn more about the space station’s cutting-edge research by designing programs to teach others about specific experiments and what scientists are hoping to learn. This pilot program was created by Darcie Fregoe and Lisa Chizek, contributing teachers with NASA’s Endeavour Science Teaching Certificate Project. The program is part of the Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience (INSPIRE).

“I believe it is my responsibility as a middle school Earth science and astronomy teacher to educate students about the very valuable contributions ISS science has made in their lives,” Fregoe said. “I want them to get excited about NASA and the International Space Station, and I want them to start thinking about possible futures working for NASA.”

The participants were students in grades 5 through 12. Their mission was to review science investigations performed on the space station and choose one on which to focus. Once they completed their research, students developed and submitted a project to teach others about the investigation. Projects included the development and creation of a Web page, a slide presentation, an audio or video podcast or a written report.

The winners chose investigations to highlight in the areas of Earth and space science, biology and biotechnology, human research, physical science and technology. Investigations included cell culturing, diagnostic ultrasound, robotics, treadmill kinematics, soldering in microgravity, Earth observations, combustion and possible exercise countermeasures for bone and muscle loss.

“The ISS Science Challenge gives students the opportunity to learn about the research happening on the ISS in depth,” said Dynae Fullwood, Teaching From Space education specialist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “It develops the creative, cognitive and presentation skills of students while producing useful material for their peers and the public to understand the work of ISS research.”

The program is a collaboration between Teaching From Space, the International Space Station National Laboratory, the International Space Station Program Science Office and INSPIRE.

For more information on student programs, visit the NASA Science for Researchers Student Programs website.

http://go.nasa.gov/riwMzC

For list of winners, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/SeBtWb

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Armstrong Burial at Sea

Armstrong Burial at Sea

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Paul Nagy, USS Philippine Sea, and Carol Armstrong, wife of Neil Armstrong, commit the cremated remains of Neil Armstrong to sea during a burial at sea service held onboard the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in the Atlantic Ocean.

Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, died Saturday, Aug. 25. He was 82.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA Offers Opportunity to Use Communications Testbed on Space Station

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NASA Offers Opportunity to Use Communications Testbed on Space Station

WASHINGTON — NASA is announcing opportunities for academia, industry and government agencies to develop and carry out research and technology demonstrations on the International Space Station using the newly installed Space Communications and Navigation (SCAN) testbed.

There are two announcements of opportunity. The SCAN Testbed Experiment Opportunity invites industry and other government agencies to enter into Space Act Agreements with NASA to use the space station’s SCAN platform. The SCAN Testbed Cooperative Agreement Notice invites academia to develop proposals to use the orbiting laboratory’s SCAN testbed research capabilities. NASA expects the first demonstrations by late 2013 or early 2014.

These opportunities will allow researchers to develop new software according to the Space Telecommunications Radio Standard (STRS) architecture for radios and reconfigure how radios communicate in space.

Experiments will provide waveforms and software components to the STRS waveform repository and enable future hardware platforms to use common reusable software modules. These new capabilities could enable greater scientific return from future NASA missions.

The SCAN testbed is a communications, navigation and networking demonstration platform based on the STRS. The experimental platform began its initial checkout activities on the space station Aug. 13 and will operate for as long as three years.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland leads the SCAN testbed multi-center team, which includes the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.; and Johnson Space Center in Houston. General Dynamics of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Fla., developed software-defined radios under cooperative agreements with NASA. The testbed is managed by the SCAN Program Office within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

For the SCAN Testbed Cooperative Agreement Notice and Experiment Opportunity, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/QLp37U

For more information about the SCAN testbed, visit:

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