6 Ways NASA Space Communications Connect Astronauts to Earth
1. When Astronauts Phone Home, the Space Network Answers
Operated by our Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, this communications system enables all types of Earth-to-astronaut communication. The Space Network is a complex system of ground station terminals and satellites. The satellites, called ‘Tracking and Data Relay Satellites’ or TDRS, provide continuous communications for human spaceflight 24/7/365. The information this network relays includes astronaut communication with Mission Control in Houston, posting live video of spacewalks and live interviews with schools, even posting Tweets on Twitter and doing Facebook posts. The Space Network can even broadcast live 4K, ultra-HD video right from the station. You can now watch an astronaut eat a space taco in high definition. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!
2. The Space Network Also Communicates Science Data
Astronauts on the Space Station perform experiments on the station that will enable our Journey to Mars and other future human space missions. For example, astronaut Peggy Whitson works on a bone cell study that could lead to better preventative care or therapeutic treatments for people suffering bone loss as a result of bone diseases like osteopenia and osteoporosis, or for patients on prolonged bed rest. All that fantastic data is sent back to Earth via our Space Network for scientists around the world to analyze and build on.
3. The Space Network Transmits Spacecraft Health Data
The Space Network not only lets us communicate with the astronauts, it also tracks the ‘health’ of the spacecraft, be it the International Space Station where the astronauts are living, a cargo vehicle servicing the space station, or even, in the near future, crewed vehicles to other worlds. We deliver data on a spacecraft’s state of health, from power generation levels and avionics status to carbon dioxide and oxygen levels, and more to Mission Control 24/7/365.
4. The Space Network Helps Monitor Spacecraft Location
The International Space Station Is pretty big, but space is bigger. The Space Network enables flight controllers on the ground to provide a GPS-type service for the Space Station, letting them track the exact location of the space station at all times as it orbits the Earth. It also allows us Earth-bound folk to get real-time text updates when the Space Station is flying overhead. If you want to track the station, sign up here: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov
5. The Space Network Supports Launch Vehicles
Goddard’s Space Network also controls all the communications for all the missions that go to the space station. That includes command and telemetry services during launches, free flight, berthing and un-berthing to the station, as well as re-entry and landing back to Earth.
6. The Space Network Is Also Looking Toward the Future
It’s also helping to test vehicles that will carry astronauts to other worlds. Currently, they are working with teams for our Space Launch System and commercial crew vehicles. The first flights for these vehicles will occur in 2018 and 2019, setting us on the road to Journey to Mars! This image shows the Orion capsule that will aid in our continuous march into space.
What’s Next for the Space Network?
We’re continuing to grow! Watch out for the launch of a new TDRS spacecraft in August 2017! TDRS-M is coming. Check out more info here and join our countdown to TDRS launch: https://tdrs.gsfc.nasa.gov.
Post Craig’s Good Ending. Smashley accepts an invite to a cul-de-sac get together, eager to finally meet the person who’s taken her vacated spot in Craig’s heart. Craig x Dadsona ft. Hugo x Damien. ~2k.
yard was already bustling by the time Ashley pulled up at the end of
the drive. As soon as she climbed out of the car Briar and Hazel came
bounding up to her; each was gabbling over the other as they jumped
into her arms and she tried not to drop them.
woah, girls! Come on, you know I’m not your father, I can’t bench
press you both.”
let go, and she knelt down to pull them into a bear hug. It had
barely been two weeks since she’d seen them last, but they were still
in that stage where they were growing almost before her eyes.
girls, mom’s had a long drive and needs to take advantage of Mr.
Christansen’s excellent grillmanship, but after that you gotta
catch me up on all the gossip, yeah?”
dad and Lucien’s dad have been going on dates!” Hazel burst out.
Clearly she’d been waiting a long time to break that news to someone
hit her sister on the arm, “Shhh, we’re not supposed to know
they’re so obvious about it!” Hazel said indignantly. Ashley
scanned the crowd and spotted Hugo and Damien by the food table. They
were, indeed, cosied up rather more intimately than she was used to
seeing from them.
grinned and ruffled Hazel’s hair, “If they tell me I’ll act
surprised. Maybe you should too, huh? Now where’s your dad and your
sister? I should say hi before I dive into the snacks.”
pointed over the opposite side of the yard where Craig was deep in
conversation with another man. They were laughing about something,
but even from a distance Ashley could see something in Craig’s smile
that went deeper than some funny joke.
pulled her girls in close, “So is that him? Your dad’s new
Detroit Red Wings trade away entire team in exchange for a few draft picks and a taco.
“I’m so fucking done with this team,” GM Ken Holland said when asked about the trades. “No matter what, it’s never enough. So I just said fuck it. Trade the whole team. Just nuke it and start over. I’m just done. So done. Now, if you need me, I’ll be in my office eating my taco.”
I keep to an 80% to 20% rule. 80%, I maintain my
healthy lifestyle, but 20% of the time I relax, have some dessert and
eat tacos. I think it’s important to start now, as soon as possible, to
begin committing yourself to a fit and healthy lifestyle. You only have
one body, and one life, and you are fortunate to have that, it is
important to love it and take care of it.
Giving up is more heartbreaking to me than failing could ever be.
i feel like taco bell exists because the craving for shitty tacos is actually a thing like there is something hardwired into humanity that tells us, “this thing is shitty quality and not great and that is exactly why you want it right now.”
There’s too many people on this earth, we need a new plague.
Do you think that doing alcohol is cool?!
If I had a gun with two bullets and I was in a room with Hitler, Bin Laden, and___, I would shoot ___ twice.
Why are you the way that you are?
Just poopin’, you know how I be.
And you know what’s going to be on your tombstone? Loser!
The Taliban is the worst … great heroin though.
Sometimes when I start a sentence, I don’t even know where it’s going, I just hope I find it along the way.
Suddenly, she’s not yo ho no mo’.
I hate looking at your face, I wanna smash it.
Well, well, well…How the turntables…
I ran over a turtle in the parking lot But then I saved him by gluing his shell back together. But I’m not that good at puzzles.
You are! She/he is! She/he is the devil! I’m in hell! - I’m burning. Help me.
Oh you’re paying way too much for worms, man. Who’s your worm guy?
As soon as he messes up, I swoop in like a sexual predator.
I’m always thinking one step ahead, like a carpenter that makes stairs.
So I put the money in my shoe, and then I forgot about it until now.
I am better than you have ever been or ever will be.
I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.
That’s what she said.
Look at me. Look at me! Look at this face. This is not the face of a performer. This is the face of a scary apparition you see before you die.
Its Britney, bitch.
What if we all get together and help each other and hire a new guy and then we all kill him, but first we take out, like, a $100,000 life insurance policy? I bet you guys like that idea, don’t you?
I don’t care what they say about me… I just want to eat.
You all took a life here today. The life of the party.
I decided to stay home, eat a bunch of tacos in my basement. Now my basement smells like tacos. You can’t air out a basement. And taco air is heavy. It settles at the lowest point.
I’ve done a lot more for a lot less.
Last time, you pulled my pants down, and then you tried to choke me with my shoelace.
Disposable cameras are fun, but it seems a little wasteful. You never get to see your pictures.
I never smile if I can help it. Showing one’s teeth is a submission signal in primates. When someone smiles at me, all I see is a chimpanzee begging for its life.
If that’s flashing, then lock me up.
I stepped on a piece of glass in the parking lot, which hurt.That got infected, even though I peed on it.
Hey, ___! This is Michael Jackson calling from Wonderland!
If I can’t scuba, then what’s this all been about?
Its like my life is buffering.
Whether it’s a Gremlin or Chucky the doll–the key is to throw it in something. Like a fireplace or a tub of electricity.
Kids, sometimes it pays to be gay.
If I don’t have some cake soon, I might die.
This is an environment of welcoming, and you should just get the hell out of here.
Occasionally, I’ll hit somebody with my car. So sue me!
___, I am in love with you. I don’t believe in much, okay? I don’t believe in horoscopes. I don’t believe in Christmas. I sure as hell don’t believe in God. But for all of the disbelief, I believe in us. I believe in love.
I am Beyoncé always.
Sometimes we play a game where we see who can fit the most m&m’s in their mouth.
I tried to talk to ___ and be his/her friend, but that is like trying to be friends with an evil snail.
My philosophy is basically this, and this is something that I live by, and I always have, and I always will: Don’t ever, for any reason, do anything, to anyone, for any reason, ever, no matter what, no matter where, or who, or who you are with, or where you are going, or where you’ve been, ever, for any reason whatsoever.
Just pretend we’re talking until the cops leave.
Ah, my favorite part of an ice cream party. The bagel chips.
We’re all homos: homosapiens.
I love inside jokes. Love to be a part of one someday.
mood: drinking 5 espressos and one red bull in less than three hours. bouncing my leg so much i accidentally hit the table and spill water all over my notes. i get up and walk around the house three times looking for something that i don’t know what. i give up and sit down again, only to realize i was looking for a towel to dry the table. the water is now dripping on the floor. i have a sudden urge to eat tacos.
A/N: Sooooo part 1 went over really well. Like WAY better than I ever
thought it would, which is so amazing. And a little fucking scary honestly. I
really hope you guys continue to like it. (Please let me know I’m a slut for
tumblr notifications) Thank you so much for reading!!! You’re all just
delicious little confidence boosting nuggets and I love you.
“Do you want me to find her?”
Sam looked across the diner’s
table at Cas. Nobody had spoken about the whole soulmate debacle since that
morning in the bunker. Two days. It had been two days, and even though they
were on a case it was all Sam could think about. Not talking though, was the
Winchester way so he kept his mouth shut.
“I don’t know Cas,” Sam answered
quietly, glancing over at Dean. “I mean, we find her, then what?”
Neither one answered.
“Guys I’m serious. I’m at a loss
“Look, all I know is we need to
make some kind of decision. I can barely think about this damn case. We’re
distracted, Sammy. Someone’s gonna get hurt if we keep this up.”
“Dean’s right. You’re both very
distracted by the whole situation. I will do whatever I can to help, no matter
what you choose to do, but you must choose something.”
“Ok. Ok, we find her. Just where
she’s at. Don’t kidnap her or anything. Maybe if we know where she’s at it’ll
help us know where to go from here?”
It shouldn’t be a question, but
Sam had no clue what would help and what would make everything worse.
“Well, you heard the man Cas. Go
look for Sam’s baby mama.”
After Cas left, Sam and Dean both
agreed to put a lid on that situation in order to finish the case in relatively
one piece. It was a salt and burn that shouldn’t be taking this long. They knew
that they had to put everything about Y/N aside, at least until the case was
done. They also knew they were both completely full of shit, and there was no
way either was going to stop thinking about it.
I love saying “gay culture is ____”. Its so innocent and pure??? But also the perfect way for me to rub my Dirty Gay Hands tm all over everything. Like?? Joggerpants??? Gay culture. Peach ice tea??? Whoops its gay now. Eating hard taco shells directly out of the box??? The Straights cant have it, its ours now.
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