Actor Jon Cryer Voices New NASA Film to Help Celebrate 50 Years of Spacewalks

On June 3, 1965, NASA astronaut Ed White became the first American to walk in space. NASA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United States’ first extravehicular activity (EVA) -- better known as a spacewalk -- through a number of commemorative features on NASA Television and NASA.gov.

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NASA Awards Contract for Facilities Maintenance Services at Ames

NASA has selected prime contractor Jacobs Technology, Inc., of Tullahoma, Tennessee, to provide facilities maintenance support services at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. This procurement was conducted as a full and open competition.

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Comet on 20 May 2015 – NavCam

This single frame Rosetta navigation camera image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken on 20 May 2015 from a distance of 163.6 km from the comet centre. The image has a resolution of 13.9 m/pixel and measures 14.3 km across.

The original image and more information is available on the blog: CometWatch 20 May

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Saint George Basin, Australia

This satellite image over the Kimberley region of Australia captures the Saint George Basin along the country’s northwestern coast.

The basin is a deep harbour connected to the sea by a narrow strait. It is bounded by steep cliffs with large expanses of tidal mud flats and mangroves.

The Prince Regent River flows into the basin from the lower-right corner, and the land north of this river is part of the Prince Regent National Park – a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Aboriginal Worora people are the traditional owners of this area, which is one of Australia’s most remote. It is mainly accessed by air or boat, since there are no roads.

The Japanese Advanced Land Observation Satellite captured this image on 16 June 2009. ALOS was supported as a Third Party Mission, which means that ESA used its multi-mission ground systems to acquire, process, distribute and archive data from the satellite to its user community.

In April 2011 the satellite abruptly lost power while mapping Japan’s tsunami-hit coastline.  

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NASA to Hold Media Call to Discuss Surprising Observations of Pluto’s Moons

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 3, to discuss the Hubble Space Telescope’s surprising observations of how Pluto’s moons behave, and how these new discoveries are being used in the planning for the New Horizons Pluto flyby in July.

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Orion Heat Shield Analysis Work Nears Conclusion at NASA’s Marshall Center

Technicians and engineers from three NASA centers have been working together at Marshall to remove the last charred material from the surface of the Orion heat shield, using state-of-the-art technology to preserve the material for analysis -- which could forever alter the way we fly human beings to other worlds.

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Herschel’s view of G47

The G47 filament seen by ESA’s Herschel space observatory. With a total mass of about 20 000 solar masses, this huge but slender structure of gas and dust extends over about 250 light-years in length, while its diameter is only about 10 light-years.

A winding thread of cooler gas and dust is seen in red and yellow, with temperatures as low as –256ºC. In the densest and coolest clumps, the seeds of new generations of stars are taking shape. This filament is about 14 000 light-years away.

The image is a composite of the wavelengths of 70 microns (blue), 160 microns (green) and 350 microns (red) and spans about 0.68x0.50º. The image is oriented with northeast towards the left of the image and southwest towards the right.

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