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NASA Tweetup for STS-129: Day 1


Posted By on Nov 15, 2009

It’s morning and none of us have had enough coffee, but the approximately 100 of us in a conference room in the Rocket part are wide awake. Jon Cowart, Ares 1X deputy mission director, is currently going from table to table asking us to identify mystery items in a run morning mixer. Earlier this morning (which at 8:18am is a scary concept), after checking in and getting badges and goody bags (and taking the goody bags back to...

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STS-129 NASA Tweetup, Day 0


Posted By on Nov 14, 2009

A few weeks ago one of my students pointed out, OMG THE NASA TWEETUP PAGE WENT UP EARLY! While most of us in the room had alarms set off to go off at noon to register for this special event, it wasn’t yet noon, and in a rush of adrenaline and typing we went to the sign in page and used are various autocomplete software to fill out the sign up page as soon as possible. We were all chasing one thing: The chance to attend one of...

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If all goes well, next week a team of well trained astronauts will be working to refurbish the first of the Great Observatories. Astronomers all across the world will be holding their breath in anticipation of the word that all is A-OK and a first glimpse of the first downloaded images. In Tuscaloosa, AL, a few of these astronomers and members of the public will be waiting with BBQ baited breath. Dr. William Keel of the University of...

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One of the many random listserves I belong to is a NASA list that sends me announcements about new calls for proposals and requests for information. Last week I received one of these emails and it is actually a request that is really cool, and that isn’t usually true – it’s usually the programs that are funded that are cool. In Solicitation Number NNH08ZDA005L NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is requesting...

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LPSC Audio Files: Dusty NASA Pig Skin


Posted By on Mar 24, 2008

The following interview is from what was by far the funniest poster I’ve ever seen that was legitimate. [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/starstryder/StarStryder-080311-DustCotton.mp3] Here is a link to her science: Paper

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Quick notes, often copied from PowerPoints. Attempts to write in full paragraphs not made. Jim Green, Director of Planetary Science Division at NASA State of the State of NASA Planetary Science Division (PSD) 18 months ago PSD had these problems: The Reserarch and Analysis budget had been cut 15%. This below life support levels! With this level of cuts, professors began telling students not to go into Planetary Science. Astrobiology...

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