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Earth Day Every Day at NASA

How’s your day going?

NASA’s Earth Science Mission seeks to understand Earth’s systems and their responses to natural and anthropogenic (human-made) changes.  A fleet of satellites in NASA’s Earth Observing System gives scientists the global, long-term measurements they need to connect the atmosphere (air), lithosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), cryosphere (snow/ice), and biosphere (life) as a single system.

Earth is currently in a period of warming. Over the last century, Earth’s average temperature rose about 1.1°F (0.6°C).  In the last two decades, the rate of our world’s warming accelerated and scientists predict that the globe will continue to warm over the course of the 21st century. Is this warming trend a reason for concern?  After all, our world has witnessed extreme warm periods before, such as during the time of the dinosaurs.  Earth has also seen numerous ice ages on roughly 11,000-year cycles for at least the last million years. So, change is perhaps the only constant in Earth’s 4.5-billion-year history.

NASA's Fleet

NASA’s Fleet

The greatest minds of the last century perceived wondrous things about the universe itself—the Big Bang and black holes, dark matter and dark energy, and the nature of space and time.  Their theories challenge NASA to use its presence in space to put them to the test.  NASA’s Great Observatories are taking us to the limits of the theories proposed by Einstein, Hubble, Spitzer and Chandrasekhar.  We are now poised to move beyond.  Having measured the age of the universe, we now seek to explore its ultimate extremes—its stupendous birth, the edges of space and time near black holes, and the darkest space between galaxies.  Having exploited nearly the full spectrum of light, we will explore using gravitational waves in space-time.  Seeking to understand the relationship between the smallest of subatomic particles and the vast expanse of the cosmos.  Having discovered more than a hundred giant planets around other stars, we now seek to find Earth-like planets in other solar systems.  This is NASA’s science vision: the scientific exploration of our planet, other planets and planetary bodies, our star system in its entirety, and the universe beyond.  In so doing, we lay the intellectual foundation for the robotic and human expeditions of the future.  What follows is NASA’s plan for turning this vision into scientific discovery.

The Mission

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Our Outlook Thanks Columbia

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It’s been 10 years since the Shuttle Columbia disaster,  (Jan 16 2003)  in this video Remembering Columbia “In Their Own Words”  Payload Specialist Astronaut Ilan Roman who was Israel’s first Astronaut to fly in space,  speaks of looking out over the Earth and seeing a planet with no boarders, could you imagine?   What is it any way that keeps us from having free range like a Mustang pony running a ridge,  wild and free.  We’re not free and our economic monetary system is an illusion for most part for many are with out where everything is around you.  If we were to remove all this Jack Wagon crap from our society as in a me, me, me world there would be more to go around and develop better technology without strings attached.  Take for instance NASA always having to work with a budget like any entity today and making space flight affordable,  think if their budget was limitless?  Where would we be?  Science and R&D always has its hands tied to a budget that only limits our capabilities,  for the planet has the resources but we are limited from those resources at a price.  Remove money from this equation and our limits are unlimited,  were going to have to come to a conclusion that wealth does not fuel our existence.  It is not there for everyone who lives on the planet so what good is it but to count and stack or polish.

Many Astronauts’ say while in space and looking down on the planet gives you a new perspective of who we are on Earth and that is one.  One planet with all life upon it is a larger number than the money in the world today,  its slowing us down not enough to go around.  We have to rethink everything,  the needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few or the one.  The planet needs house keeping not owners,  she don’t even know she has been sold to the highest bidder and if she did,  well probably be as mad and tiered as we are getting with what doesn’t work with the rules and regulations laid out that are not followed anyway by the makers of such restraints.

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Space Travel Mars and Beyond for Humans?

Space travel is a constant push, through NASA and several sources out there  a new problem has arise  for long duration in space.  The problem is not only engine propellant and cosmic radiation exposure but out of the 300 astronauts surveyed 30% reported gradual blurry vision after a two-week mission aboard the Space Shuttle.

Also 35% surveyed after six month shifts aboard the ISS (space station) reported the same short fall of vision effects of prolong weightlessness in space.  Once the astronaut returns to Earth the problem most often goes away but a study by the National Academies noted there had been “some lingering substantial effects on vision,” and that astronauts were “not always able to re-qualify for subsequent flights” at least not immediately.   Dr. Bruce Ehni, a neurosurgeon at the Baylor College of Medicine said “No one has been in space long enough to know how bad this papilledema can get,”  papilledema can lead to blindness if left unchecked, which is why Ehni said solving the issue was paramount for NASA.

“When NASA start going to long-distance destinations like Mars, you can’t end up having a bunch of blind astronauts.”

One astronaut reported that after three months aboard the ISS he could only see earth clearly through the bottom of  his prescription reading glasses. In the mean time NASA has flown special glasses to the space station produced by Superfocus that can help adjust this vision failure.  If that isn’t enough you have loss of bone mass because of the micro gravity, notice when the return of a mission or long duration the astronauts are carried from the capsule.

Then there is the exposure of cosmic radiation, you can feel this on Earth when your out in the daylight the intensity of the sun.  Now move yourself to the outer limits of our atmosphere and the exposure is much greater where to the point your space ship cannot shield you from such radiation it goes right through the ship.  The reason it’s not so intense on Earth is because of the magnet poles on the planet it forms a force field around the planet not allowing all radiation to penetrate. (Northern Lights)

Well now seems to me we are not going anywhere soon, humans need the environment we live in to exist. With that in order to survive the harsh environment of space we need gravity, shielding, oxygen, food, water, climate control, power and not to mention engine propellant along with time (what the speed of light?)  to get you there.  You know something this will be generation and many technology advancements before were going to explore the next planet and even terraform Mars.

Enjoy these next videos of our quest for space travel into the Heavens.  I might add, coming soon but not at a theater near you.

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Travel

Interstellar travel will be much more difficult than interplanetary spaceflight; the distances between the planets in the Solar System are less than 30 astronomical units (AU = 93 million miles) whereas the distances between stars are typically hundreds of thousands of AU, and usually expressed in light-years.

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Manned Mission to Mars

Concept in how to take man to Mars, Project Constellation.

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Exploration Flight Test-1 Orion Animation

This animation depicts the proposed test flight of the Orion spacecraft in 2014.

During the test, which is called Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), Orion will launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., perform two orbits, reaching an altitude higher than any achieved by a spacecraft intended for human use since 1973, and then will re-enter and land in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of the United States.

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NASA makes their own rain clouds

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Assembly Facility:

Aerial view of NASA Dock at Michoud Assembly Facility with four barges, left to right, Paleamon, Promise, Poseidon and Orion. The barges ferried Saturn IB and Saturn V stages between the Marshall Space Center; the Michoud Assembly Facility; the Mississippi Test Facility, now Stennis Space Center; and the Kennedy Space Center.

From the test fire of the rocket engines at NASA 125,000 acres facility in Mississippi the results is a huge cloud of hydrogen and oxygen which causes it to rain!

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Asteroid News from NASA’s WISE Satellite Headlines the Latest Episode of This week at NASA

NASA Update:

A sky survey conducted by NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE satellite, has found there are fewer asteroids in Earth’s vicinity than previously believed and that NASA has already found more than 90% of 1 kilometer asteroids that are near Earth.

The news briefing held at NASA Headquarters in Washington on Sept. 29 also revealed that WISE has provided more accurate estimates of asteroid sizes for research.

Deputy Administrator Lori Garver delivers keynote at Space Launch System Industry Day; flight teams compete for the title, most fuel-efficient aircraft in the world, James Webb Space Telescope gets a new coat and more. Watch the full video 34 min. on Wise where are these  asteroids.

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Landing Day Wake Up Song and Greeting

Kate Smith’s rendition of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” woke Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim. But unlike most wakeup songs, which are played in honor of a particular crew member, this one was dedicated to all the men and women who have worked for the Space Shuttle Program in the past three decades.

OK here we go, need a push America for I just got done watching Inside Job. Knew this shit was going on just hadn’t watch the film yet. If this doesn’t piss you off about the Jack Wagons out there you are one of them. So with that said this wake up call from NASA to Atlantis on her final landing is not only dedicated to the crew and team but for all of us on this planet that steer in the right direction or at lease try.

Like all the effort put into the Shuttle program and it was a world effort and shows that humans can go above and beyond the call no matter what flag you are under. The Shuttle proved that maybe we were learning something even greater than the design and building of the ISS and that is to get along with one another. Do you think?

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STS-135 Atlantis- Ascent Imagery Highlights

Space shuttle Atlantis and the STS-135 crew begin the journey to the International Space Station on July 8, 2011.

I don’t know about you but NASA is one of the few things that keep me going in the right direction that pulls us together and builds What’s Right With The Ship. This video clip is one of the best NASA has produced along with many others that resembles human effort in the right direction. The relationship with the Shuttle Program for the World is 30 years old an old friend to say the lease. The determination to put this together and make it work is in our history books today but not only for what she built after flying herself but the complicity of putting us together and helping humanity fly I feel is her greatest accomplishment.

Now is the time to push even further in the right direction and NASA is going to pave the way. Other corporate entities are going to succeed in adding to the continuation of servicing the ISS so NASA can afford with their funding to put us back in the driver seat and that is to explore. Hang on another great ride coming to a launch pad near you.

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The Future of NASA’s Human Space Flight Program

A quick look set to music of current and future NASA human space flight activities.

This will pump you up yeah OK things don’t look good from the financial crisis and has even affected NASA but you cannot keep a good man down. If you look at what this institution has done for the world you can be sure it will bring us to our feet again to cheer on the next ride.

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New Heavy-Lift Rocket to Take Humans Far Beyond Earth

Animation depicting the design of NASA’s new Space Launch System that will take the agency’s astronauts farther into space than ever before, create high-quality jobs here at home, and provide the cornerstone for America’s future human space exploration efforts.

This new heavy-lift rocket will be America’s most powerful since the Saturn V rocket that carried Apollo astronauts to the moon and will launch humans to places no one has gone before.

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