Remotely Piloted PTERA Bridges Gap Between Wind Tunnel and Crewed Flight-Testing

On October 22, researchers from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and Area-I, Inc., of Kennesaw, Georgia, successfully conducted the maiden flight of a remotely piloted test bed for cutting edge aviation and space technologies.

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Young people build antennas at Goonhilly

Young people build antennas at GoonhillyYear 11 students have been spending a week’s work experience at Goonhilly Earth Station learning about radio and satellite receivers. They researched and built a low-cost receiver using the FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Software Defined Radio.

Watch the video How to listen to the International Space Station

Goonhilly Earth Station http://www.goonhilly.org/

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ SDR http://FUNcubeDongle.com/

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Rosetta’s detection of molecular oxygen

Rosetta has made the first detection of molecular oxygen at a comet. The results presented in this graphic are based on data collected by the Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis Double-Focusing Mass Spectrometer (ROSINA-DFMS) between September 2014 and March 2015 when Rosetta was still on the approach to the Sun along its orbit.

Top middle: high-resolution measurements allowed molecular oxygen (O2) to be distinguished from other species like sulphur (S) and methanol (CH3OH). The detection of the coma gases is stronger closer to the comet nucleus, as expected. The contribution to the detection from contamination from the spacecraft thruster firings during manoeuvres is very low.

Top right: the strong correlation of molecular oxygen abundance with water vapour indicates a shared origin and release mechanism from the nucleus.

Bottom middle: the O2/H2O ratio does not vary significantly over the study period. Short-lived strong variations are attributed to the decrease of the O2 ratio for occasionally higher H2O abundances linked to the daily water-ice cycle. The overall consistent level implies that O2 is not produced today by solar wind or UV interaction with surface ices, otherwise it would rapidly decrease due to the comet's increased activity. Instead the O2 must have been incorporated into the comet's ices during its formation in the early Solar System, and is being released with the water vapour today.

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Team 5-0 members support children at Good Grief Camp

Service members from Schriever Air Force Base and other military installations around Colorado Springs volunteered as mentors at a National Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp Oct. 10 - 11, 2015, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The camp was hosted and sponsored by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, a not-for-profit organization that has held grief counseling camps across the nation for more than a decade.

According to their website, http://www.taps.org/about, "The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones."
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Colors After the Storms

Damaging heavy rains fell on South Carolina in the southeastern United States at the beginning of October 2015. Much of that water had, by mid-October, flowed into the Atlantic Ocean bringing with it heavy loads of sediment, nutrients, and dissolved organic material. The above VIIRS image shows the runoff as it interacts with ocean currents.

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Colors After the Storms

Damaging heavy rains fell on South Carolina in the southeastern United States at the beginning of October 2015. Much of that water had, by mid-October, flowed into the Atlantic Ocean bringing with it heavy loads of sediment, nutrients, and dissolved organic material. The above VIIRS image shows the runoff as it interacts with ocean currents.

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SAP hosts ‘Motion Commotion’

As part of its ongoing science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiative, the Schriever School Age Program held a "Motion Commotion" event here Oct. 23.

"Motion Commotion" is the 2015-2016 STEM theme for 4-H and its focus is to help students understand the dangers of distracted driving through science.

"It's teaching kids about the dangers of distracted driving through experiments dealing with reactions, motion and distraction," said Regina Lee, SAP assistant.
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