Thursday, August 11

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NASA — Next Gen @ NASA: Celebrating National Intern Day
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NASA — Next Gen @ NASA: Celebrating National Intern Day

After completing more than two years of basic training, our graduating class of astronauts is eligible for spaceflight. Assignments include the International Space Station, Artemis missions to the Moon, and ultimately, missions to Mars.The class includes 11 astronauts, selected in 2017 from a record-setting pool of more than 18,000 applicants. This was more than double the previous record of 8,000 applicants set in 1978.Meet the graduates:Kayla Barron“If you don’t love what you’re doing, you’re not going to be good at it. I think it’s a combination of finding things that you really love that will also be really challenging and will force you to grow along the way.”This Washington native graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering. As a Gates Cambri...
India’s new SSLV rocket suffers “data loss” in maiden flight; satellites’ status unaccounted for
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India’s new SSLV rocket suffers “data loss” in maiden flight; satellites’ status unaccounted for

SEOUL, South Korea — The Aug. 6 maiden flight of India’s newly developed Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) went awry with “some data loss” that occurred in the terminal stage of the mission.  India’s space agency ISRO is analyzing data to know what happened and also checking the status of the two satellites deployed from the rocket. In an unscheduled post-launch announcement, ISRO leader S. Somanath said all stages had performed as expected, but “some data loss” had occurred in the final phase of the flight. He didn’t give further details. In a separate announcement, ISRO said the rocket hit a problem “about 12 minutes into its flight,” which, based on the flight sequence announced before liftoff, could be somewhere between the satellite injection module’s ignition and the ...
Perseids Meteor Shower on the Way – NASA Blogs
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Perseids Meteor Shower on the Way – NASA Blogs

The Perseids are back! Well… sort of. Usually bringing one of the most vivid annual meteor showers visible in Earth’s night sky, commonly delivering 50-100 “shooting stars” per hour at its height, the Perseids will peak Aug. 12 and 13. There’s just one problem: the full Moon. A shower of Perseid meteors lights up the sky in 2009 in this NASA time-lapse image. (NASA/JPL) “Sadly, this year’s Perseids peak will see the worst possible circumstances for spotters,” said NASA astronomer Bill Cooke, who leads the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “Most of us in North America would normally see 50 or 60 meteors per hour,” he said, “but this year, during the normal peak, the full Moon will reduce that to 10-20 per hour at best.” The Moon i...
NASA — “It’s Summer Camp for Aviation Geeks”: NASA…
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NASA — “It’s Summer Camp for Aviation Geeks”: NASA…

As a child fascinated with aviation, Michael Jorgensen, Public Affairs Specialist for the Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration project, attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (“Oshkosh” for short) multiple times. Now, he represents us there, sharing what we’ve been working on. Read on to see what going to Oshkosh is like as Michael takes us on a tour—and join us next time!MICHAEL:Every year, Wittman Regional Airport in the town of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, swells from 67,000 to 600,000 people, becoming a hotspot for aviation in the United States. The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) began AirVenture in 1953 and is a ‘Must Do’ for any aviation geek.My story with EAA AirVenture began in the late 1990s. As a fan of everything aviation, and having grown up near Chicago, Oshkosh was always on ...
Congress passes NASA authorization bill
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Congress passes NASA authorization bill

WASHINGTON — Congress has passed the first NASA authorization bill in more than five years, formally extending operations of the International Space Station and backing NASA’s Artemis exploration effort. The House passed on a 243–187 vote July 28 the “Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) and Science Act,” a day after the Senate passed the bill on a 64–33 vote. President Biden has stated he supports the bill and will sign it into law. The bill was primarily a vehicle for supporting domestic manufacturing of semiconductors, but one portion of the bill included NASA authorization legislation. That portion, released last week, extends NASA’s authorization to operate the ISS from 2024 to 2030. It also formally authorizes a “Moon to Mars Program” that include...