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GIRL SCOUT COOKIES IN SPAAAAAACE! We were totally hoping those awesome Girl Scouts would extend the cookie delivery to us hard-working NASA social media desks as well... Maybe next year, Scouts? =)
Investigations involving nanosatellites, Girl Scouts and Charlie Brown will help create a better world here on Earth.
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THIS WEEK IN THE MARSHALL STAR: The core stage of NASA's Space Launch System passes its Critical Design Review (hurray!); a mysterious X-ray signal picked up by the Chandra X-ray Observatory has perplexed and intrigued astronomers; some key Marshall-managed programs are showcased in the latest video edition of "This Week@NASA"; and we say farewell to rocket scientist Fred Ordway, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 87. Ordway worked with Dr. Wernher von Braun during the early years of the Apollo program at Marshall, and later advised director Stanley Kubrick on the making of "2001: A Space Odyssey." Indeed, a life well lived! Read about his life, and much more, in this week's Star!
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Understanding the sun from afar isn't easy. How do you figure out what powers a solar flare – the intense burst of radiation caused by the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots – when you must rely on observing only the light and particles that make their way to near-Earth’s orbit? Two NASA research orbiters are offering new insights...
NASA's MESSENGER -- which orbits Mercury, and so is as close as 28 million miles from the sun versus Earth's 93 million miles -- is near enough to the sun to detect solar neutrons that are created in solar flares.
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THE LIFE OF A HURRICANE, OBSERVED IN FULL: The five passes over Tropical Storm Arthur by NASA's new Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory are the first time a precipitation-measuring satellite has been able to follow a hurricane through its full lifecycle. Read the full story here...
The five GPM passes over Arthur are the first time a precipitation-measuring satellite has been able to follow a hurricane through its full life cycle with high-resolution measurements of rain and ice.
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Huntsville Times writer Leada Gore looks back at the history of Redstone Arsenal (which the Marshall Center calls home) as it celebrates its 73rd birthday!
Redstone Arsenal probably didn't have a birthday cake this month but it sure has some large candles at its disposal if it wanted one.
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As anybody who has started a campfire by rubbing sticks knows, friction generates heat. Now computer modeling by NASA scientists shows that friction could be the key to survival for some distant Earth-sized planets traveling in dangerous orbits. Details at the link!
Friction generates heat, and new models show tidal friction could help some Earth-sized planets survive more dangerous orbits.
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Businesses seeking to connect with NASA? Entrepreneurs bursting with inventive solutions to novel technological challenges? Young inventors wondering if there's any way to get your ideas in front of leading aerospace experts? All of you may want to bookmark this link, and take part in a NASA-led Webinar focused on the right way to pursue an innovative idea, design or technology solution. It's called "Challenge, Contract or Grant?" and will be held July 29 from noon to 1 p.m. Sam Ortega, manager of NASA's NASA Centennial Challenges Program, will lead the discussion. Online registration is now open! Click the link for more details...
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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured stunning images of Super Typhoon Neoguri in early July as it approached Japan. Check out this stunning Flickr photo gallery... (Images: NASA)
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For more NASA hurricane images, visit this Flickr collection: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasamarshall/sets/72157624837650141/
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ISS COUNTRY-FINDER! Our Webmaster has created a Flickr gallery of images taken by NASA's ISERV camera and other imagers on the International Space Station, depicting nearly every country on Earth at various ranges. Many of these are tied to environmental research; others just reflect the sheer beauty of the planet below. Find your country -- and let us know of ones we're lacking. Enjoy! #iss #earthrightnow  
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FRESH VEGGIES, ANYONE? The latest edition of AVIATION WEEK showcases an exciting new plant-growth chamber delivered to the International Space Station by the most recent SpaceX Dragon flight. Developed by the company Orbitec in Madison, Wisconsin, the "Veggie" unit is a very small farm -- just 11.5 inches by 14.5 inches -- that will allow the crew to grow red romaine lettuce. Researchers will be able to evaluate new farming techniques with potential value to growers here on Earth... and ISS crew members will have a delicious, fresh addition to their menus. Full story at the link!
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As the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 draws nearer, here's a piece from al.com about Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin's recent Reddit "Ask Me Anything" chat, including Buzz's thoughts on the movie GRAVITY and the necessity of continuing our space exploration mission -- particularly sending human expeditions to Mars. Read more here!
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NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity, has driven out of the 4-mile-by-12-mile ellipse that was mapped as safe terrain for its 2012 landing inside Gale Crater. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed the rover on June 27 at the end of a drive that put Curiosity right on the ellipse boundary. An image from that observation is online at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA18399
A recent image from a telescopic camera orbiting Mars caught NASA's Curiosity Mars rover reaching the edge of its landing ellipse
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