5 Things You Didn’t Know About Astronaut Shane Kimbrough!
After years of training NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough is launching to the International Space
Station on Wednesday, so there’s not much left to say, right? Wrong! Here are five
secrets about his past that the Texas native and retired Army officer
hasn’t told us, until now.
1. Shane went to elementary school in Germany
But his family returned to the U.S. where he attended middle and high school.
2. Life is Smyrna, Georgia
Shane attended middle and high school in the Atlanta suburb of Smyrna with movie star Julia Roberts!
3. Shane had an accomplished military career
A retired Army colonel, Shane graduated from West Point, after which he became an Army aviator. He later became a jumpmaster and has had a long and distinguished military career.
The International Space Station (ISS) is a fantastic viewpoint for our planet. Astronaut Karen Nyberg caught this fantastic shot of the Zagros mountains and posted it on twitter. It clearly demonstrates the crumpled mountain ranges of southwest Iran, bordering the Persian gulf. The Zagros mountains are formed from the collision of the Arabian and Eurasian continental plates, as discussed previously on The Earth Story. The black spots seen on these corrugated mountain ranges are salt domes pushing up through the crust.
Image: Karen Nyberg’s photo of the Zagros Mountains from the ISS, NASA.
NASA’s $1 Billion Jupiter Probe Has Suffered 2 Big Problems In 2 Days
NASA’s tennis court-size Juno probe is in a bit of a sticky situation 600 million miles from Earth.
Just days before Juno swooped by Jupiter on Wednesday morning — its second 130,000 mph flyby since August 27 — the spacecraft experienced two significant glitches.
One of those problems prevented the $1.1 billion probe from taking new photos, recording auroras,
and logging other crucial data about the gas giant, mission managers
said during an American Astronomical Society (AAS) press briefing on
An illustration of NASA’s Juno spacecraft flying through the radiation belts of Jupiter. NASA/JPL-Caltech
“On the way in [Tuesday] night, the spacecraft went into safe mode,”
Scott Bolton, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute
in San Antonio and the Juno mission’s leader, said during the AAS
“It detected a condition that was not expected … and it did exactly what it was supposed to do,” Bolton said
He noted that a space probe’s safe mode is an act of
self-preservation, and in this case the software turned off Juno’s
cameras and other science instruments, pointed itself toward the sun,
and waited “for direction from the humans back home.”
Fortunately, NASA said in an Oct. 19 press release, the probe is healthy and its Earth-based operators are working to restore Juno to a full functionality.
What caused the spacecraft to reset itself?
Bolton told Business Insider and other reporters who tuned into the conference that he wasn’t sure.
“It’s too early to take a guess,” Bolton said, later adding: “My
instinct is that it wasn’t caused by the intense radiation belts that
we’re so fearful of,” since the glitch occurred some 13 hours from
Juno’s closest approach to the cloud tops of Jupiter.
Sticky engine valves
Like an automobile on a blisteringly cold morning, Juno is having engine troubles, too.
A firing of the probe’s main engine on October 19 was supposed to
dramatically shorten Juno’s 53-day elliptical orbits around Jupiter to
just 2 weeks — a move that would have sped up NASA’s study of Jupiter by
However, during a routine test, the spacecraft’s operators noticed a
problem: Two valves that pressurize the engine before firing were
operating sluggishly, Bolton told reporters on Wednesday.
“Maybe the valves were a little sticky,” he said. “We decided to
postpone and delay that burn” to find the source of the problem, Bolton
Aside from regaling reporters on Juno’s troubles, which seem
recoverable, if not a little bit annoying, researchers took a moment to
highlight new research from Juno’s first pass by the gas giant on August
The above image is a visualization of data gathered by Juno’s
microwave radiometer, when is designed to “peel the layers back as if
Jupiter is an onion,” Bolton said.
He emphasized that this beyond-surface level view of Jupiter, let
alone any gas giant, is unprecedented in the history of space
“The structures of the zones and belts still exist deep down into
Jupiter,” Bolton said, but noted they seem to be twisting and evolving.
“That came as a surprise to many scientists. We didn’t know if this was
skin-deep. … Deep down, Jupiter is similar but also very different
than what we see on the surface.”
In addition to sharing the new image, Candice Hansen, an imaging
scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, showed
off a few Juno images that “citizen scientists” processed using raw
This view, which its creator dubbed “Jupiterrise,” shows a false-color view of Jupiter’s South Pole that helps its roiling cyclones stand out:
Scientists scrambling to understand current climate and pollution trends are peering centuries into the past, long before the dawn of the industrial age. Late this past summer researchers and engineers from France, Italy and Russia extracted three ice cores from France’s Col du Dôme Glacier in a race to preserve valuable information about climate change before rising temperatures wash it away.
There is ample reason for concern. According to NASA’s September 2016 climate data, the previous 10 months have been the hottest on record for each of those months out of the last 136 years—since modern weather recording started. In fact, for a few days in July 2015, the Col du Dôme’s surface temperature rose above freezing, causing alarm among weather scientists.
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‘Fight for Space’ is more than a historical examination of America’s space program; it provides non-partisan insight into the last 50 years of NASA: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the questionable future ahead. We are grateful to have a host of notable individuals - Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, Lawrence Krauss, to name a few - who’ve lent their time and voice on this project to our everyone’s benefit. Many personal sacrifices were made to accomplish this film; and it’s with tremendous pleasure that we are finally able to share it with the world.
As the title implies, we must fight, by all means necessary: online activism through locally and globally-directed social events; petitions to call for action; campus/community clubs and organizations to engage and educate; write to and sit down with local/state officials, representatives and governmental leaders in Congress; art/film projects like ours that extend beyond the contents to take it further and address all we didn’t; join space activist organizations like the Space Foundation, Space Frontier Foundation, New Worlds Institute, SEDS, The Mars Society and Explore Mars, Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation, The Planetary Society, and (many others) to become involved and visible in the space community; anything to carry on the fight until and beyond we achieve an active, spacefaring society worthy of the ambitions and efforts of those who paved the way for us, and for subsequent generations beyond our lives.
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I’m not sure if it’s your area of interest, but the Jet Propulsion Laboratory does a lectures series, and the entire thing is archived online so you can watch it! It’s awesome. Here’s the link: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures.php
Holy crap, that is so fucking cool. Heck *yes* this is in my area of interest, thank you so much!
Titan, also known as the mermaid moon, is the largest satellite of Jupiter. It is the only known moon in our solar system that has a dense atmosphere, and the only object other than Earth where evidence of surface liquid has been found; however, the liquid on Titan is made of methane, not water.