Daily Archives: December 9, 2011

Would You Like to Become an Astronaut? – Applications Accepted Until January 27, 2012

Astronaut Piers Sellers, STS-121 mission specialist

NASA seeks qualified applicants for future space missions

Have you always dreamed of going to space? Don’t miss your chance. NASA is accepting applications for the Astronaut Candidate Program!

Qualified individuals can submit their applications through the federal government’s USAJobs.gov website. Those selected will be among the first to pioneer a new generation of commercial launch vehicles and travel aboard a new heavy-lift rocket to distant destinations in deep space.

1. At least bachelor’s degree in engineering, science or mathematics (advanced degrees are preferred)
2. At least three years of relevant professional experience
3. Extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft is a plus
4. Educators teaching kindergarten through 12th grade with these minimum degree requirements also are encouraged to apply

NASA will accept applications through Jan. 27, 2012. After applicant interviews and evaluations, the agency expects to announce the final selections in 2013. Training will begin that summer.

For more information about astronaut application and selection and to follow the latest news via NASA accounts on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, visit http://www.nasa.gov/flynasa

2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Video Contest – Register by January 17, 2012

NASA has opened registration for the 2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Contest. Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader of the popular TRANSFORMERS brand, the contest highlights spinoffs from NASA technologies that are used on Earth. The goal is to help students understand the benefits of NASA technology to their daily lives. Last year’s contest was open to students in grades 3-8 and resulted in 76 video submissions from over 190 students in 31 states.

For 2011, the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Contest has been expanded to include students in grades 3-12. Each student, or group of students, will submit a three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technology listed in NASA’s 2010 “Spinoff” publication. Videos must demonstrate an understanding of the NASA spinoff technology and the associated NASA mission, as well as the commercial application and public benefit associated with the spinoff technology.

Participants must register for the contest by Jan. 3, 2012. Video entries are due Jan. 17, 2012.

Video entries will be posted on the NASA YouTube channel, and the public will be responsible for the first round of judging. The top five submissions from each of the three grade groups (Elementary [3rd-5th], Middle [6th-8th] and High School [9th-12th]) will advance for final judging. A NASA panel will select a winning entry from each group. Among other prizes, a crystal OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Trophy will be given to winners at a special awards ceremony being held in Florida in April 2012. The innovators associated with the NASA technology highlighted in the winning videos also will receive trophies, as will their commercial partners.

For more information, visit the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award website at http://ipp.gsfc.nasa.gov/optimus


Live Video Chat for Students and Educators: Satellites and Space Junk – Dec 13, 2011

Space Debris in Orbit Around the Earth

There is a considerable amount of debris orbiting the Earth!

Did you know there are approximately 19,000 man-made objects orbiting Earth that serve no useful purpose? And those are just the objects having a diameter of 10 centimeters (4 inches) or larger. The estimated population of objects between 1 and 10 cm in diameter is closer to 500,000! Now, think about launching new spacecraft or satellite into space without hitting any of these objects and you can appreciate the kind of work Danielle Margiotta does as an engineer for NASA. Join us at noon EST on Dec. 13, 2011, to ask Danielle questions about the ins and outs of contamination engineering, or how to help a spacecraft and satellites navigate and manage their inevitable encounters with space junk.

Submit questions during the chat through a chat window, or send them to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

To learn more about NES, visit the http://explorerschools.nasa.gov website.

To view the video chat or for more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/space-junk-chat.html

ROSES-11 Amendment 33: Solar and Heliospheric Science

The Solar and Heliospheric Physics (SHP) program has as its objective the comprehensive study of all five solar and heliospheric research areas, namely: Solar interior, Solar photosphere, Solar chromospheres, transition region, and corona, Inner heliosphere and Outer heliosphere and the interstellar boundary. This program has four main research thrusts: nonflight Supporting Research; a Guest Investigator Program; Instrument and Technology Development (ITD) that may be carried out in the laboratory and/or observatory; and payloads on balloons, sounding rockets, or as secondary, rocket-class payloads on flights of opportunity that are generically referred to as low cost access to space.

This Amendment both expands the content of the program and also changes the due dates and submission process. Please read carefully.

First, there is a change in the Heliophysics Guest Investigator Program (HGIP). In order to streamline the proposal process (submission, evaluation, and administration), for FY 2012 we will be competing the HGIP as an embedded element within the SR&T programs. Specifically, the HGIP funds will be split to the relevant Solar and Heliosphere related portion (in this element, B.4) and the Geospace related portion (see ROSES 2012 element B.3). See section 1.3 for details. Second, the Notice of Intent is now replaced with a “Step-1 proposal.” The Step-1 proposal is now required and the Title and Team are binding, see Section 2.1 of Appendix B.4 for details. Third, to give time for the community to react to these changes to the program, the due dates are deferred by a couple of months; Step-1 proposals will be due March 16, 2012, and Step-2 proposals will be due May 18, 2012. Because of the time of year, this moves B.4 from ROSES-2011 to ROSES-2012. Since ROSES-2012 has not yet been released, this is a draft element and the final version will come out in ROSES 2012 in mid-February 2012. All proposals to Appendix B.4 must be submitted to the ROSES 2012 NRA.

On or about December 9, 2011, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2011” (NNH11ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select “Solicitations” then “Open Solicitations” then “NNH11ZDA001N”). You can now track amendments, clarifications, and corrections to ROSES-11 and subscribe to an RSS feed at: http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2011

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