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NASA sees the wind knocked out of Tropical Storm John

IMAGE: On Aug. 9, 2018 at 5:10 a.m. EDT (0910 UTC) NASA's Aqua satellite revealed cloud top temperatures in strongest storms were north of John's center of circulation. Those temperatures were... view more  Credit: NASA/NRL NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Eastern Pacific Ocean on Aug. 10 and found that Tropical Storm John had the "wind knocked out of it" as a result of moving over…

NASA eyes Tropical Storm Kristy’s strong core

IMAGE: On Aug. 10, 2018, at 4:45 a.m. EDT (0845 UTC) NASA's Aqua satellite found coldest temperatures of strongest thunderstorms (red) in Tropical Storm Kristy were as cold as or colder... view more  Credit: NRL/NASA NASA's Aqua satellite found strong storms circling the center of Tropical Storm Kristy. On Aug. 10. Infrared data from NASA's Aqua satellite provided forecasters with temperature data that showed strong storms.…

NRL’s sun imaging telescopes fly on NASA Parker Solar Probe

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's unique expertise in sun-viewing telescopes will be an integral part of the historic NASA Parker Solar Probe mission scheduled to launch Aug. 11 to better understand how the Sun affects our solar system. The mission to "touch the Sun" is 60 years in the making and will bring a spacecraft carrying a suite of instruments the closest ever…

ASU astrophysicist helps discover that ultrahot planets have starlike atmospheres

IMAGE: These simulated views of the ultrahot Jupiter WASP-121b show what the planet might look like to the human eye from five different vantage points, each illuminated to different degrees by... view more  Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Vivien Parmentier/Aix-Marseille University (AMU) Recent observations by NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes of ultrahot Jupiter-like planets have perplexed theorists. The spectra of these planets have suggested they have exotic -- and…

NASA Astronaut to Speak with Students, Parents, Teachers at YouthSpark

Students attending Microsoft’s YouthSpark event will have the opportunity to speak with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station next week as part of NASA’s Year of Education on Station.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is about to lift off

At 3:33 a.m. EDT on Aug. 11, while most of the U.S. is asleep, NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will be abuzz with excitement. At that moment, NASA's Parker Solar Probe, the agency's historic mission to touch the Sun, will have its first opportunity to lift off. Launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, Parker Solar Probe will make its journey all…

NASA’s Terra Satellite finds Shanshan’s strength sapped

IMAGE: NASA's Terra satellite observed Tropical Storm Shanshan just east of Japan on Aug. 9 at 9:10 a.m. EDT (1310 UTC). Terra observed Shanshan in infrared light that revealed cloud top... view more  Credit: NASA/NRL NASA's Terra satellite caught an infrared view of former typhoon Shanshan off the east coast of Japan and saw the storm fading. On Aug. 9 at 9:10 a.m. EDT (1310 UTC)…

Scientist begins developing instrument for finding extraterrestrial bacteria

IMAGE: NASA scientist Melissa Floyd holds her 3D-printed FISHbot prototype, which she is advancing to search for bacterial life on Mars and other solar system targets. view more  Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Bill Hrybyk A NASA scientist wants to create a planetary robot that would mimic what biologists do every day in terrestrial laboratories: look through microscopes to visually identify microbial life living in samples.…

NASA sees Hector’s large eye after passing Hawaii

IMAGE: On Aug. 9 at 8:25 a.m. EDT (1225 UTC) NASA's Aqua satellite found coldest cloud top temperatures of strongest thunderstorms in Hurricane Hector were in its western quadrant. Temperatures were... view more  Credit: NRL/NASA Hurricane Hector continued to move west through the Central Pacific Ocean when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and saw the storm's large eye that was a result of eyewall replacement. Now…

Ph.D. student develops spinning heat shield for future spacecraft

IMAGE: This is Rui Wu on location testing his heat shield. view more  Credit: Rui Wu, The University of Manchester A University of Manchester PhD student has developed a prototype flexible heat shield for spacecraft that could reduce the cost of space travel and even aid future space missions to Mars. Heat shields are essentially used as the brakes to stop spacecraft burning up and crashing…
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