Tuesday, June 18

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NASA — Tiny BurstCube’s Tremendous Travelogue
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NASA — Tiny BurstCube’s Tremendous Travelogue

ALTMeet BurstCube! This shoebox-sized satellite is designed to study the most powerful explosions in the cosmos, called gamma-ray bursts. It detects gamma rays, the highest-energy form of light.BurstCube may be small, but it had a huge journey to get to space.ALTFirst, BurstCube was designed and built at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Here you can see Julie Cox, an early career engineer, working on BurstCube’s gamma-ray detecting instrument in the Small Satellite Lab at Goddard.BurstCube is a type of spacecraft called a CubeSat. These tiny missions give early career engineers and scientists the chance to learn about mission development — as well as do cool science!ALTThen, after assembling the spacecraft, the BurstCube team took it on the road to conduct a bunch...
Kuva Space wins ESA hyperspectral contract
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Kuva Space wins ESA hyperspectral contract

SAN FRANCISCO – Finnish startup Kuva Space will provide hyperspectral data to the European Space Agency under a 1.8 million euro ($1.93 million) contract announced April 29. Kuva Space will develop onboard data processing and rapid communications links to support Finnish government agencies focused on border security, wildfires and landslides. The three-year research and development program will culminate with Kuva Space rapidly delivering hyperspectral data to detect illegal activities along the Baltic Sea area between Finland, Estonia and Sweden, according to the news release. Kuva Space will, for example, issue alerts when a maritime vessel turns of its Automatic Identification System signal. Civil Security The contract was awarded by ESA’s Civil Security from Spa...
An Inclusive Learning Destination Center for All
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An Inclusive Learning Destination Center for All

Celebrating Autism Acceptance Month Did you know an eclipse has sound? Thanks to innovative technology, guests can listen to the sonification of an eclipse using a LightSound box which converts data (light intensity) into sound. Guests are shown experiencing the October 2023 Annular Solar Eclipse at Space Center Houston using a sound machine box.  (Photo Courtesy, Aaron Rodriguez). Space Center Houston is a destination to explore the marvels of space and human spaceflight bringing people and space closer together, and this includes individuals with disabilities to fully immerse themselves in the wonders of space.   As a Certified Autism Center by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), the science center is the first Autism-...
Saturn to Reach Opposition Aug. 14 – NASA Blogs
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Saturn to Reach Opposition Aug. 14 – NASA Blogs

Saturn will have one of its best viewing opportunities of the year in the period surrounding Sunday, Aug. 14. Or it would, if the nearly Full Moon doesn’t spoil our fun. On that date, Saturn will reach opposition – the point where it lies directly opposite the Sun in our night sky – around midnight local time for most stargazers, with the constellation Capricornus behind it. Saturn will be visible for much of the night, rising above the southeastern horizon and lingering high in the southern sky. This will occur during Saturn’s perigee – its closest approach to Earth – making it even larger and brighter than usual. An illustration of NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn, where it documented the ringed planet in 2017. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) But as previously noted the last blog, ...