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  • Sat, 04 Oct 2014 19:50:43 +0000

    NASA’s Latest Space to Ground 10/3/14

    Latest from NASA’s weekly updates on the ISS.  In this 2 minute episode:

    • Space walk prep
    • New weather monitoring tool
    • Pants!

    Direct link: Space to Ground 10/3/14 (opens Youtube video in a new window).

    Credit: NASA

  • Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:46:28 +0000

    CASIS Extends Support for Space Station Academy

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    Oct 1, 2014 – The Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) announced that it will extend its financial and operational support for the Space Station Academy, to help middle school students learn how to work with astronaut photos of Earth.  These images have such rich power to support learning in science, geography and related STEM fields.

    Space Station Academy (SSA) is a web site and online educational course that takes students on simulated missions to the International Space Station. They experience life on ISS, learn how to do Earth observations, and gain a fresh perspective on home planet Earth.  SSA is being developed by The Virtual High School, an educational non-profit serving students throughout the world.  SSA is directly affiliated with Windows on Earth, and uses the same images and tools available on Windows on Earth.

    CASIS is a NASA-funded non-profit that manages science research and education on the International Space Station. CASIS gave seed money for the Windows on Earth project, and is now providing matching funds and technical support to the Space Station Academy.

    Click here to learn more about Space Station Academy.

  • Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:43:16 +0000

    Astronaut movies show night lights, storms and stars

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    Oct 1, 2014 — Over the past few weeks, Astronauts on the ISS have taken dozens of movies, mostly at night. They fix mount the camera in the Cupola window, set the timer, and let ‘er rip.  And now we’ve posted them here for you to enjoy!

    One movie shows the stars rotating brightly above the Earth.  Another shows lightning storms flashing below.  And its always fascinating to see the night lights of cities, each telling its own stories and settlement patterns.

    Remember, it takes 92 minutes to orbit the Earth, 46 minutes in day light, 46 minutes at night.  So when we say “at night”, we mean one of these 46 minute night time passes.

    The movie clips are accelerated about 10 times.

    We’ll keep on adding movies, so keep on coming back to our movie gallery.

  • Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:42:09 +0000

    Astronaut Tom Jones highlights his favs


    Smiling Tom Jones in Space

    Astronaut Tom Jones, veteran of 4 shuttle missions, has selected some of favorite images. They range from stark glaciers, to forest fires, spectacular aurora and a dramatic hurricane. Tom has combined the scientific description with his own reflections on the emotional power of this view of Earth.

    On photographing Mt Everest: “I learned before my first flight how to find Everest from space: follow the left branch of the V-shaped valley at lower right center, and it leads one straight to Everest. I once woke up at “3 am” ship’s time, using my watch alarm, to make sure I spotted Everest after leaving the Space Station–the view is that spectacular.”

    Flying over aurora: “My Endeavour crew was awed by our night-time flights through the shifting curtains of the Aurora Australis, off the southern coasts of Australia and New Zealand. We felt like we were riding on the tip of a needle, piercing the vertical curtains of glowing green light.”

    Perusing Chesapeake Bay: “This is my stomping grounds, the region where I grew up, and I can see my entire youthful experience in this single photo, from the Appalachians to the Atlantic Coast.

    Tom did a lot of work in space, but seeing Earth was a very special experience.

    Click here to see more of Tom Jones’ favs!

  • Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:20:54 +0000

    NASA’s Latest Space to Ground 9/26/14

    Latest from NASA’s weekly updates on the ISS.  In this 2 minute episode:

    • SpaceX Dragon delivery
    • 3 new astronauts/cosmonauts!
    • how a capsule “catches up to” the ISS

    Direct link: Space to Ground 9/26/14 (opens Youtube video in a new window).

    Credit: NASA

  • Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:01:10 +0000

    WinEarth Astronaut Photo Collection Featured on the Weather Channel

    The Weather Channel has featured some of the Windows on Earth collection of astronaut cloud photos complete with expert commentary by one of their meteorologists!  See ‘Windows on Earth’ Project Allows Us to See Our Planet’s Weather From a New Angle.

  • Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:32:02 +0000

    Chris Hadfield TED talk: What I Learned from Going Blind in Space

    Check out Chris Hadfield’s March 2014 TED talk: What I Learned from Going Blind in Space
    (opens in a new window).

  • Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:51:41 +0000

    NASA’s Latest “Space to Ground” 4/4/14

    In this 2 minute episode:

    – new crew members get oriented
    – cargo delivery
    – astronaut spit? (it’s part of an immune system study)
    – ISS solar power production

    Direct link: Space to Ground 4/14/14 (opens Youtube video in a new window).

    Credit: NASA

  • Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:46:28 +0000

    ISS Dodges Space Debris

    Or rather performs a “Pre-Determined Debris Avoidance Maneuver” last Thursday: http://www.nasa.gov/content/station-conducts-debris-avoidance-maneuver/

  • Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:39:07 +0000

    NASA’s Latest “Space to Ground” Weekly Video 3/28/14

    In this 2 minute episode:

    – new crew
    – ISS view of the launch
    – docking issues
    – no refrigerators on the ISS?

    Direct link: Space to Ground 3/28/14 (opens Youtube video in a new window).

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