Monthly Archives: June 2012

NASA DEVELOP Program For High School and College Students – Application Deadline July 23, 2012

NASA's DEVELOP Program for High School and College Students

NASA DEVELOP Internship Program – Application Deadline – July 23, 2012

NASA’s DEVELOP Program – 2012 Fall Session

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and development of students in the atmospheric and geosciences. The DEVELOP Program extends the application of NASA Earth Science research and technology to meet societal needs.

Students conduct projects that focus on the practical application of NASA’s Earth Science research and demonstrate how results can benefit partner organizations and local communities. Advisors and mentors, from NASA and partner institutions, provide guidance and support for the program. Students gain experience using NASA science and technology in a professional setting.

Students from high school through doctoral levels are selected through a competitive application process. Students chosen by DEVELOP work on teams onsite at 10 locations nationwide. Activities are conducted during three 10-week terms per year: spring, summer and fall. To apply to a DEVELOP center at a NASA location, applicants must be a citizen of the U.S. However, international students currently registered at an accredited school in the U.S. are eligible to apply to DEVELOP regional locations. International applicants must already have a visa that permits them to work in the U.S.

Applications for the fall 2012 session are due July 23, 2012.

For more information about this unique internship opportunity, please visit the DEVELOP website at

Human Body: Space Adaptations Web Seminar – June 28, 2012


The human body changes in space.

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on June 28, 2012, at 2 p.m. EDT. Space is a harsh environment. When an astronaut goes into space, his or her body immediately begins to change, causing the astronaut to feel and even look slightly different. During this seminar, you will get information about the effects of microgravity on astronauts. You also will be guided through three student activities, which provide a first-hand look at the effects of reduced gravity on bones, the fluid shifts in the body and the amount of oxygen needed to survive.

For more information and to register online, visit

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Best of “Earth as Art” Contest from Landsat – Voting Deadline July 6, 2012

Malaspina Glacier

The tongue of the Malaspina Glacier, the largest glacier in Alaska, fills most of this image. The Malaspina lies west of Yakutat Bay and covers 1,500 sq mi (3,880 sq km). This image is one of many you can vote for in the Earth as Art celebration!

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Landsat Program on July 23, 2012, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey would like your help in selecting the top five “Earth as Art” images from the more than 120 scenes in our collection.

For 40 years Landsat satellites have been acquiring images of the land cover of the planet. The satellites have provided spectacular views of mountains, valleys, coastal areas, islands, volcanic fields, forests and patterns on the landscape. By highlighting some of those features and creatively crafting the colors, the series of “Earth as Art” perspectives reveal the artistic side of Landsat.

Voting closes on July 6, 2012. The Top five “Earth as Art” images will be announced on July 23 in Washington, D.C., at a special event commemorating the launch of the first Landsat satellite.

To view the images and vote for your favorites, visit .

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New STEM on Station Page for Educators and Students

STEM on Station Website

Have you ever wondered what kind of STEM activities occur on the International Space Station? Follow astronauts in this series of videos as they demonstrate STEM concepts that students investigate in grades 5-12.

NASA Education is launching a new Web resource for students and educators titled STEM on Station. The new pages present videos that were filmed on the space station about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Students can follow astronauts as they demonstrate principles such as Newton’s Laws of Motion, surface tension and advances in technology. NASA lesson plans and other resources supplement the STEM videos.

STEM on Station is part of the Teach Station site that is the platform for space-station-focused education resources, science and research information for students and teachers, crew updates and current education news. Visit often and watch for opportunities to connect with the expedition crew members and for other NASA education opportunities.

Visit STEM on Station at

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Free OMSI Star Party – Portland, OR Area – June 30, 2012

OMSI Star Party

Join OMSI in the Portland area for free star parties throughout the summer!

(From our friends at OMSI)

OMSI Star Party: Summer Solstice Celebration
June 30, 9:30 pm at Rooster Rock State Park or L.L. Stub Stewart State Park
Cost: Free with $5 parking per vehicle fee

Astronomers will celebrate the beginning of summer with a free Star Party! Join us at Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, weather permitting. From beginners to experts of all ages, here’s your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescope and binoculars. Viewing highlights includes Mars, Saturn, the moon, several clusters, and more! On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, 503.797.4610 #3 then #5, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site for possible weather-related cancellations.

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ROSES-12 Amendment 9: Airborne Instrument Technology Transition (AITT)

ROSES-12 Amendment 9: Final text for Appendix A.29, Airborne Instrument Technology Transition (AITT).

AITT seeks to upgrade mature instruments developed under NASA’s Instrument Incubator Program, or by similar NASA programs or activities, for operation from various platforms supported by the Airborne Science Program. This opportunity provides for engineering activities leading to the integration of instruments to airborne platforms that will deploy them as part of organized airborne science campaigns which typically involve multiple instruments and/or platforms. The goal is to upgrade existing operating instruments to campaign-ready airborne configuration(s). No funding is available for research and development of new instrumentation.

Proposals submitted to this announcement shall support the objectives of one or more of the Earth science Focus Areas. Earth science focus areas include: Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems, Climate Variability and Change, Water and Energy Cycle, Atmospheric Composition; Weather, and, Earth Surface and Interior (see Appendix A.1 for descriptions of the focus areas). Relevance to these focus areas is indicated by the degree to which instrument products (i.e. science and engineering data) support the goals and activities of existing and future field campaigns sponsored by the NASA Research and Analysis program; it may also be demonstrated by relevance to the goals and activities of NASA’s Applied Science Program. Examples of previous field campaigns can be found at the Airborne Science Website.

This Amendment presents the final text of Appendix A.29, AITT, which replaces the draft version in its entirety. Notices of Intent to propose are requested by July 23, 2012. Proposals are due on September 24, 2012.

On or about June 26, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2012 (NNH12ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity home page at and will appear on the RSS feed at: .

Questions concerning the Airborne Science Program may be addressed to Randy Albertson, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, P.O. Box 273, Edwards, CA 93523-0273. Telephone: (661) 276-7540; Email: Randal.T.Albertson (at)

For Earth Science Technology information contact Eduardo Torres-Martinez, Code 407, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771. Telephone: (301) 286-7166; email: Eduardo.Torres-Martinez-1 (at)

NASA point of contact for programmatic questions regarding this solicitation is Jared Entin, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Email: Jared.K.Entin (at); Telephone: 202-358-0275.

New NASA App to Follow The International Space Station and Mission Control

New free ISSLive! app from NASA

Get ISSLive! and many other free apps from NASA

NASA has updated their list of free apps to include a new release, ISSLive!

Space Station Live! includes a web experience and free mobile ISSLive! app for smart phones and tablet computers accessible on NASA’s website. The app also is available through the Google Play and iTunes app stores.

Special features of the Space Station Live! web and mobile app experience include:
— live streaming data from various space station systems
— live streaming data from actual crew and science timelines with social media links
— descriptions and educational material that describe how the space station works
— educational lessons using the live content
— 3-D virtual mission control
— 3-D virtual space station using live streaming data to correctly position the sun, Earth, moon and the station’s solar arrays
— 3-D model of the space station with labels and colored by the international partner contributions to its assembly
— links to NASA’s five international partner space agencies’ mission information.

To use Space Station Live!, visit:
To download ISSLive! and other NASA mobile apps, visit:

Other free apps available through NASA include:

Sector 33: Air Traffic Control Game
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an Air Traffic Controller? Test your skills at navigating air traffic through your section of air space – Section 33.

3D Sun for iPhone
A major solar flare erupts on the sun. Before long, your phone chirps in your pocket to let you know! Pulling out your phone, you see a 3D view of the sun — a digital reconstruction of satellite images freshly downloaded from NASA’s “STEREO” satellites.

3D Sun for iPad
“3D Sun” lets you carry a virtual window onto today’s sun, right in your pocket. Open this iPad-ready app anytime to see when major solar flares erupt on the sun’s surface or to track sunspots that reveal the churning activity inside the sun’s fiery inferno.

Aquarius for iPhone
Be on the front lines of Aquarius / SAC-D Mission with the Aquarius iPhone app by viewing mission relevant data including news, images, and animations. View the stages of the construction of Aquarius from JPL to it’s launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Ascent: Commemorating Shuttle for iPad
This compilation of film and video presents the best-of-the-best ground-based Space Shuttle motion imagery from the STS-114, STS-117, and STS-124 missions.

AstroApp: Space Shuttle Crew for iPhone
Get to know all the space travelers who flew on the unique vehicle, the Space Shuttle. You can sort by astronaut name and mission. The “Suit Me Up” feature allows you to become a Space Shuttle astronaut yourself.

AstroApp: Space Shuttle Crew for iPad
Get to know all the space travelers who flew on the unique vehicle, the Space Shuttle. You can sort by astronaut name and mission. The “Suit Me Up” feature allows you to become a Space Shuttle astronaut yourself.

AstroApp: Space Station Crew for iPhone
Did you know humans live and work off-planet 24/7? You can explore the crew members of this orbital outpost by name and mission. The “Suit Me Up” feature allows you to become a Space Station crew member. Share your space profile with friends and family.

AstroApp: Space Station Crew for iPad
Did you know humans live and work off-planet 24/7? You can explore the crew members of this orbital outpost by name and mission. The “Suit Me Up” feature allows you to become a Space Station crew member. Share your space profile with friends and family.

Cassini for iPhone
The Cassini app was designed to give an overview of the spacecraft’s current activities, starting with the latest dramatic images.

Comet Quest for iPhone and iPad
The Rosetta spacecraft approaches Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Using its thrusters, Rosetta goes into orbit around the comet nucleus. Now you, the player, get to take over the spacecraft in its mission to learn about the mysterious comet.

Earth-Now for iPhone
NASA’s Earth Now is an application that visualizes recent global climate data from Earth Science satellites, including surface air temperature, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, and water vapor as well as gravity and sea level variations.

GRAIL Mission App for iPhone
Keep up with NASA’s GRAIL Mission to the moon, with daily mission updates, images and video. Later versions of the app will include images captured by MoonKAM.

Hubblesite for iPhone
HubbleSite, the online home of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, invites you to help choose the world’s most popular Hubble images. Get wallpaper, Hubble facts, and more.

International Space Station Live!
Get a look at what happens inside the orbiting outpost.

Lunar Electric Rover Simulator App for iPhone
You don’t need a driver’s license, but you still need to buckle up as the Simulator gives you a glimpse of what it might be like to support the activities of a functioning Lunar Outpost.

NASA App for Android
The NASA App collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated information, images and videos from various online NASA sources in a convenient mobile package on your Android.

NASA App for iPhone
The NASA App collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated information, images and videos from various online NASA sources in a convenient mobile package on your iPhone.

NASA App HD for iPad
The NASA App HD invites you to discover a wealth of NASA information right on your iPad. From satellite tracking to live NASA TV, the app delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated mission information, images, videos and Twitter feeds from NASA right on your iPad.

NASA Space Weather App for iPhone
The NASA Space Weather App provides access to space environment information from the sun to the earth, giving users a look at complex physical processes as they evolve, and how these processes affect the near earth space environment.

NASA Television for iPhone
The NASA Television App brings live and on-demand TV programming to your phone. Watch the latest NASA events unfold in real-time or select from a list of recently uploaded videos. Or plan your viewing up to a week in advance with the NASA TV schedule.

NASA Television for iPad
The NASA Television App brings live and on-demand TV programming to your iPad. Watch the latest NASA events unfold in real-time or select from a list of recently uploaded videos. Plan your viewing up to a week in advance with the NASA TV schedule.

Night Sky Network for iPhone
Want to see the moon, stars & planets through a telescope? Go StarGaze helps you find star parties and astronomy clubs in the USA. Knowledgeable people share their telescopes and guide you as you explore the universe!

Satellite Hunter
Satellite Hunter is an educational game that uses up-to-the-moment NASA Earth Satellite locations to teach the public about our Earth observer’s orbits and about the satellites themselves in an engaging manner. Satellite locations are calculated on the iPhone based on North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) orbital data.

Satellite Insight for iPhone
“Satellite Insight” was created for the GOES-R mission (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, R series), under development at Goddard Space Flight Center as a joint NASA and NOAA effort. Educational as well as entertaining, the game challenges players to keep up with the stream of data from GOES-R’s six main instruments.

Space Images for Android
NASAJPL’s Space Images app offers a unique view of the sky via hundreds of images taken by spacecraft studying planets, stars, galaxies, weather on Earth and more.

Space Images for iPhone
Stunning images of stars and planets — including Earth! — from spacecraft studying Mars, Saturn, our solar system and beyond are at your fingertips with Space Images from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Space Images for iPad
Discover stunning images and videos of space, stars and planets — including Earth and the sun! — at your fingertips with the Space Images app from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a leader in robotic exploration of the solar system.

Space Weather Viewer for iPhone
The Space Weather Media Viewer features near-real-time imagery from a wide variety of NASA missions, as well as video interviews with prominent scientists about the causes of space phenomena and NASA-created visualizations.

Visualization Explorer for iPad
NASA science: revealed! A direct connection to NASA’s extraordinary fleet of research spacecraft, this app presents Earth as you’ve never seen it before; travel to places otherwise unavailable to even the most intrepid explorers!

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Summer Solstice and the Reason for the Seasons – June 20, 2012

(from our friends at OMSI)

For the Pacific Time Zone, summer officially begins with the summer solstice on Wednesday, June 20 at 4:09 p.m. PDT.  The earth is tilted so that the north pole is at its closest point with the sun. (Yet, the earth will be at its farthest distance from the sun, called aphelion, on July 5)  As a result there will be more minutes of sunlight in the northern hemisphere than there are at any other time of the year.  The word “solstice” is derived from the Latin sol-stitium, for sun-standing.  The summer solstice is the time of the year when the sun stops its northern climb and stands briefly before turning back toward the equator. As seen from Portland, the sun will reach its highest northern point in the sky at 67.54 degrees from the horizon on June 21 at approximately 1:12 p.m.  From March 21 until September 24, there are more hours of daylight than darkness.  After June 21, the days will gradually grow shorter until December 21, the winter solstice.

Not everybody is celebrating. Far to our south, across the equator, winter has arrived. For people in the southern hemisphere, June 21st, will be the shortest day of the year. It also means the beginning of their winter.

Six months from now, when the earth has made half of its yearly trip around the sun, the northern hemisphere will experience that cold weather. December 21 will be winter solstice. That’s when we have the fewest hours of sunlight and winter officially begins.

Learn more about the reason for the seasons with this short video available from the NASA Explorer Schools Program:  Reasons for the Seasons

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