NASA http://nhpr.org en Sky Guys: An Astronomy Update http://nhpr.org/post/sky-guys-astronomy-update <p>We’ll check in about the latest from the International Space Station, talk about new planet finds by NASA, and look ahead to some highlights coming up to watch out for in the night sky.</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong><strong>S:</strong></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 44878 at http://nhpr.org Sky Guys: An Astronomy Update Lunar Conservation: Protecting America's Archeological History On The Moon http://nhpr.org/post/lunar-conservation-protecting-americas-archeological-history-moon <p>China’s lunar rover, <a href="http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/01/03/cool-photos-while-chinas-jade-rabbit-sleeps-nasa-watches-overhead/" target="_blank">Jade Rabbit</a>, landed on the moon to study the satellite’s terrain, geology, and lava flows. What else might it find? Dirty laundry, golf balls, bags of human waste, and an American flag.&nbsp; There are loads of items left on the moon by NASA’s Apollo missions -- still perfectly preserved because the moon lacks a destructive atmosphere. With a handful of countries announcing plans for future lunar missions, a number of scientists are arguing that <a href="http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/01/03/cool-photos-while-chinas-jade-rabbit-sleeps-nasa-watches-overhead/" target="_blank">moon trash is an archeological treasure that should be preserved and studied by future generations.</a> But with no laws or lunar governing body to protect, say, the first footprint on the moon, some worry that America’s lunar heritage could be destroyed by a new generation of explorers rushing to reach the moon. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:59:26 +0000 Virginia Prescott 41311 at http://nhpr.org Lunar Conservation: Protecting America's Archeological History On The Moon Pirate Joe's, Hollywood Animal Fails, And Abolishing Tips http://nhpr.org/post/pirate-joes-hollywood-animal-fails-and-abolishing-tips <p>A montage of new ideas, picked fresh from the Word of Mouth vault:</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/life/culturebox/2013/08/tipless_restaurants_the_linkery_s_owner_explains_why_abolishing_tipping.html" target="_blank">Abolishing tips</a>:&nbsp; usually, the debate around gratuity revolves around whether to leave 15 or 20 %.... Head of the Sustainable Restaurant Project at the University of Guelph , <strong>Bruce McAdams,&nbsp; </strong>is in favor of getting rid of tips altogether.</li><li>Balloon Brigade: the career aptitude test video game.&nbsp; <a href="http://knack.it/" target="_blank">A new startup</a> designs mobile games that could help match fresh grads with job opportunities.&nbsp;</li><li>The science behind the buzz: journalist and science writer <strong>Joseph Stromberg</strong> explains <a href="http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/08/this-is-how-your-brain-becomes-addicted-to-caffeine/" target="_blank">caffeine addiction</a>.</li></ul><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:07:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39390 at http://nhpr.org Pirate Joe's, Hollywood Animal Fails, And Abolishing Tips Balloons...In...Space! http://nhpr.org/post/balloonsinspace <p>And now for a project that sounds more like something from a Pixar movie than the next big thing in space exploration…the <a href="http://arxiv.org/pdf/1205.2957v1.pdf" target="_blank">High Altitude Lensing Observatory</a>, or HALO, could be the Hubble telescope’s successor in deep space imaging – but instead of orbiting earth from space, <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/07/the-next-big-thing-for-exploring-the-distant-universe-balloons/277509/" target="_blank">scientists are hoping</a> to hang this giant telescope from a great…big…balloon.</p><p>One of the scientists working on the project is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Massey" target="_blank"><strong>Dr. Richard Massey</strong></a>, an astronomer at The Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, Scotland.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:24:54 +0000 Virginia Prescott 31393 at http://nhpr.org Balloons...In...Space! Diary Of A Space Zucchini: An Astronaut Imagines His Vegetable's Voice http://nhpr.org/post/diary-space-zucchini-astronaut-imagines-his-vegetables-voice <p>NASA’s <strong>Don Pettit</strong> has been back from his last mission aboard the International Space Station for over a year, but his blog “<a href="http://blogs.airspacemag.com/pettit/">Letters to Earth</a>” remains one of the most fascinating and profound windows into the creative and emotional life of an astronaut.&nbsp; While in space he penned and published poetry, <a href="http://blogs.nasa.gov/letters/2012/06/27/post_1340836750669/">An Astronaut’s Guide to Space Etiquette</a>, and the series, “Diary of a Space Zucchini”, which detailed life on the ISS from the unusual perspective of Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:03:08 +0000 Taylor Quimby & Sean Hurley 35057 at http://nhpr.org Diary Of A Space Zucchini: An Astronaut Imagines His Vegetable's Voice NASA To Test Effects Of Space Travel On Twin Astronauts http://nhpr.org/post/nasa-test-effects-space-travel-twin-astronauts <p>Astronauts &nbsp;Mark and Scott Kelly are the only siblings who have both traveled in space. The fact that they are identical twins makes them unique test subjects for a new scientific experiment being conducted by NASA to study the effects of long term space travel on the human body.</p><p><strong>Jacob Aron </strong>is a technology reporter for New Scientist and creator of the website, “Just a Theory.” He <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23999-astronaut-twins-could-reveal-genetics-of-space-health.html#.Uh-MAX8iySo">wrote about the Kelly brothers</a> “Twin Mission” in the latest issue of New Scientist magazine.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:14:23 +0000 Logan Shannon 34056 at http://nhpr.org NASA To Test Effects Of Space Travel On Twin Astronauts One Of These Space Weather Events Is Not Like The Others http://nhpr.org/post/one-these-space-weather-events-not-others <p>As we<a href="http://nhpr.org/post/space-weather-could-be-coming-forecast-near-you"> learned from Joe Hanson</a>, space weather can be an amazing thing. As receiving real-time space weather forecasts is becoming more of a reality, it would be good to familiarize yourself with some of the weather events you can expect to see. We’ve compiled a list to test your space weather knowledge. All of these events sound fantastic and have been the fodder for many a Sci-Fi plot, but do you know which one of these 4 space weather events isn’t real?</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:57:07 +0000 Molly Donahue 32349 at http://nhpr.org One Of These Space Weather Events Is Not Like The Others Space Weather Could Be Coming To A Forecast Near You http://nhpr.org/post/space-weather-could-be-coming-forecast-near-you <p>It’s summer storm season, and before heading out of the house it’s not a bad idea to take a quick glance at your local Doppler Radar to avoid getting caught in a downpour.&nbsp; The breadth and scope of weather forecasting <a href="https://twitter.com/NASA_SDO">has advanced rapidly </a>in the past few decades – now, the United Kingdom’s National Weather Service is partnering with <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sdo/multimedia/gallery/gallery-index.html">NASA</a> and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to <a href="http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/">begin providing forecasts of space weather</a> in near real-time. We wanted to get a better idea of what a space forecast might sound like, so we called <strong>Joe Hanson -</strong> host and writer of the PBS digital studio’s <em><a href="http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com/">It’s Okay To Be Smart</a>.</em></p><p><em> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:55:41 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32280 at http://nhpr.org Space Weather Could Be Coming To A Forecast Near You Commercial Spaceport Is Being Threatened By History http://nhpr.org/post/commercial-spaceport-being-threatened-history <p>Florida’s Aerospace Economic Development Agency is making plans to build a new commercial spaceport not far from the Kennedy Space Center – home of NASA’s now retired shuttle program. There’s just one problem: the land is already occupied.&nbsp; To learn more, producer <strong>Taylor Quimby</strong> caught up with Tampa Bay Times reporter <strong>Craig Pittman</strong> – <a href="http://preps.tampabay.com/news/environment/archaeological-site-could-sink-commercial-spaceport-location/2129961">who wrote about Space Florida’s proposal </a>to build on top of an &nbsp;18<sup>th</sup> century sugar factory and archaeological site called the Elliott Plantation.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:48:50 +0000 Taylor Quimby 31465 at http://nhpr.org Commercial Spaceport Is Being Threatened By History Sequestration...In Space! http://nhpr.org/post/sequestrationin-space <p>Sequestration cuts to the NASA budget will likely result in&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2013/02/27/sequestration-shovels-money-to-the-russians/">hundreds of millions of&nbsp;dollars lost</a> to the Russian government. Joining us to discuss this "self-defeating cash transfusion to Moscow" is <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/author.cfm?id=1237">John Matson</a>. John is an associate editor who writes about space, physics and mathematics for Scientific American.</p><p></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22926 at http://nhpr.org Sequestration...In Space! The Science Of Peer Reviews: How Did The Controversial “Arseniclife” Study Get Such Glowing Reviews? http://nhpr.org/post/science-peer-reviews-how-did-controversial-arseniclife-study-get-such-glowing-reviews <p>Two years ago, a press conference was held at NASA headquarters, where it was declared that an alien life form had been discovered in Earth’s backyard. It wasn’t green and it didn’t say “take me to your leader”.&nbsp; But still, this tiny microbe dubbed “arsenic-life” caused quite a ruckus in the scientific community. <strong>Dan Vergano</strong> is a science correspondent for <em>USA Today</em> and he joins us to discuss <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/vergano/2013/02/01/arseniclife-peer-reviews-nasa/1883327/" target="_blank">his investigation into the study</a>.</p><p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:04:55 +0000 Virginia Prescott 21735 at http://nhpr.org Five Reasons NOT to Take That Trip to Mars http://nhpr.org/post/five-reasons-not-take-trip-mars <p>From the imagination of Ray Bradbury to the front pages of our newspapers, the&nbsp;prospect of traversing vast reaches of space and seeing Mars firsthand has long inhabited and excited the idealistic&nbsp;public consciousness. However, <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/mars500-experiment-sleeping-space">our recent talk with psychiatrist Mathias Basner</a> revealed that the&nbsp;odyssey comes with a number of physiological costs. Here are some of the most prominent known bodily&nbsp;effects of long-term space travel:</p><p><strong>1. “Puffy Face Syndrome”</strong></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:28:09 +0000 Bill Barry 20179 at http://nhpr.org Five Reasons NOT to Take That Trip to Mars The Mars500 Experiment: Sleeping in Space http://nhpr.org/post/mars500-experiment-sleeping-space <p>If you think it’s difficult to get enough sleep in an age of 24 hours news cycles and the allure of Facebook surfing, consider how hard it must be without the sun…or <em>gravity</em>. <a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/01/sleep-problems-mars-500/" target="_blank">The first of many studies on the Mars500 Project</a> have been released, and it documented the sleeping habits of five men isolated on earth for 520 days.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:48:30 +0000 Virginia Prescott 20173 at http://nhpr.org Germs...IN SPACE! http://nhpr.org/post/germsin-space <p></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 15895 at http://nhpr.org Germs...IN SPACE! NASA's Back in the Game http://nhpr.org/post/nasas-back-game <p>Thanks to the popularity of the Mars rover, Curiosity, NASA is back in the public eye for something other than budget cuts or program terminations.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:54:53 +0000 Virginia Prescott 11531 at http://nhpr.org NASA's Back in the Game