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Washington, Sep 30 (Canadian-Media): NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, currently aboard the International Space Station, will answer questions posed by high school students from across the nation this week. The educational downlink event will air live at 12:25 p.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 2, on NASA Television and the agency’s website, NASA reports said.
Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy prepares an Astrobee free flying robotic system for Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Remote Power Controller Operations. Credits: NASA
Cassidy will answer prerecorded questions selected from high school students participating in the Society for Science & the Public’s Science News in High Schools program, which provides access to Science News magazine to more than 5,000 schools nationwide. The society, which seeks to expand scientific literacy and research through STEM competitions, journalism, outreach, and equity programs, is coordinating the question and answer session. Participating students will use news articles and related educational resources to learn about collaborative research studies completed by astronauts on the space station to prepare questions for the event.
Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance, and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Astronauts living in space on the orbiting laboratory communicate with NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston 24 hours a day through the Space Network’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS).
For nearly 20 years, astronauts have continuously lived and worked on the space station, testing technologies, performing science and developing the skills needed to explore farther from Earth. Through NASA’s Artemis program, the agency will send astronauts to the Moon in 2024, with eventual human exploration of Mars. Inspiring the next generation of explorers – the Artemis Generation – ensures America will continue to lead in space exploration and discovery.
Washington, Sep 25 (Canadian-Media): NASA has selected AECOM Technical Services Inc. of Orlando, Florida; Infrastructure Solution Service of Viera, Florida; and Jones Edmunds & Associates Inc. of Titusville, Florida; to provide architecture-engineer services for civil engineering infrastructure, equipment, and facilities at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and other locations throughout the agency.
The Architect-Engineer Services for the Design and Other Professional Services Necessary to Rehabilitate, Modernize, and Develop New or Existing Civil Infrastructure and Facilities is a firm-fixed price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract and has a maximum potential value of $150 million. The performance period begins Friday, Sept. 25, and will last five years.
The contract includes providing architectural-engineering services throughout the life cycles (study, design, construction, and activation) of projects of a predominantly civil engineering nature. Project examples include, but are not limited to, geotechnical/foundations, facilities, utilities infrastructure, site planning, stormwater management, transportation engineering, solid waste management, coastal and intra-coastal waterway management, and security systems including force protection.
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Washington, Sep 25 (Canadian-Media): NASA released Friday the results of its first-ever agencywide economic impact report. The report shows that, through all NASA activities, the agency generated more than $64.3 billion in total economic output during fiscal year 2019, supported more than 312,000 jobs nationwide, and generated an estimated $7 billion in federal, state, and local taxes throughout the United States.
“In this new era of human spaceflight, NASA is contributing to economies locally and nationally, fueling growth in industries that will define the future, and supporting tens of thousands of new jobs in America,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
“With an investment of just one-half of 1% of the federal budget, NASA generates significant total economic output annually. This study confirms, and puts numbers, to what we have long understood – that taxpayer investment in America’s space program yields tremendous returns that strengthen our nation on several fronts – a stronger economy, advances in science and technology, and improvements to humanity.”
The agency commissioned an economic impact study to better understand how the U.S. economy benefited in FY2019 from America’s lunar and Mars exploration efforts.
The study found the agency’s Moon to Mars exploration approach generated more than $14 billion in total economic output and supported more than 69,000 jobs nationwide in fiscal year 2019.
Additional key findings of the study include:Every state in the country benefits economically through NASA activities. Forty-three states have an economic impact of more than $10 million. Of those 43 states, eight have an economic impact of $1 billion or more.The agency’s Moon to Mars initiative, which includes the Artemis program, supports more than 69,000 jobs, $14 billion in economic output, and $1.5 billion in tax revenue.
The agency’s Moon to Mars programs provided about 22 percent of NASA’s economic impact. These figures are expected to double in 2021.NASA has more than 700 active international agreements for various scientific research and technology development activities in FY2019.
The International Space Station is a significant representative of international partnerships – representing 15 nations and five space agencies and has been operating for 20 years. NASA spinoff technologies provide an impact on American lives beyond dollars and jobs. The agency has recorded more than 2,000 spinoffs since 1976. For example, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed, in just 37 days, a ventilator specifically for coronavirus patients and, after securing an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, made the design available to select manufacturers at no cost.
Scientific research and development – which fuels advancements in science and technology that can help improve daily life on Earth and for humanity – enjoys the largest single-sector impact, accounting for 16% of the overall economic impact of NASA’s Moon to Mars program.The study was conducted by the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement at the University of Illinois at Chicago. UIC has worked with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center on economic impact reports conducted for the center and the Voorhees Center is widely recognized as one of the foremost organizations conducting economic impact studies for corporations, communities, and government agencies.
#NASA, #NASAAquaSatellite; # SQFComplexOffiresImage; #California; #EOSDIS; #INCIWEB
California, Sep 5 (Canadian-Media): NASA's Aqua satellite flew over California on Sep. 04, 2020 and captured this image of the SQF Complex of fires that began during the mid-August spate of lightning strikes that numbered over 12,000.
Even though the SQF Complex, which encompasses the Castle and Shotgun fires, was not reported until August 24, 2020, it is assumed that the fires began during the lightning strike event. Fighting any fires in California is a top priority but due to the fact that so many fires were reported at once after the lightning storm, prioritization of the fires has been necessary due to the sheer numbers. As always, protecting life is the first priority and then property and infrastructure.
The SQF Complex is currently 46,328 acres and is 1% contained. Weather continues to be the main issue with fighting the fires as that continues to provide perfect conditions for the fires to grow. A high pressure system over the area persists bringing hot and dry conditions. Relative humidity remains low, potentially dropping into the single digits, which can contribute to extreme fire conditions. Increasing southeast winds with gusts to 20 mph are expected in the afternoon which significantly contributes to fire movement and growth. An extreme heat warning will extend through Labor Day weekend, with critical fire weather to persist in the area for the foreseeable future, according to Inciweb. Another astounding detail from Inciweb is the following: "California has approximately 5,000 USFS personnel available for incidents in the state. Additionally, approximately 13,300 firefighters – across all agencies – out of approximately 22,400 firefighters across the United States, are currently assisting California fires."
NASA’s satellite instruments are often the first to detect wildfires burning in remote regions, and the locations of new fires are sent directly to land managers worldwide within hours of the satellite overpass. Together, NASA instruments detect actively burning fires, track the transport of smoke from fires, provide information for fire management, and map the extent of changes to ecosystems, based on the extent and severity of burn scars. NASA has a fleet of Earth-observing instruments, many of which contribute to our understanding of fire in the Earth system. Satellites in orbit around the poles provide observations of the entire planet several times per day, whereas satellites in a geostationary orbit provide coarse-resolution imagery of fires, smoke and clouds every five to 15 minutes.
NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Worldview application provides the capability to interactively browse over 700 global, full-resolution satellite imagery layers and then download the underlying data. Many of the available imagery layers are updated within three hours of observation, essentially showing the entire Earth as it looks "right now.” Actively burning fires, detected by thermal bands, are shown as red points. Image Courtesy: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). Caption: Lynn Jenner with information from Inciweb.