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NASA's Kennedy Spaceport Magazine for September 2016
KSC September 2016 Spaceport Magazine (Free 27-Page PDF)
www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/spaceport-magazine.html
Direct Download:
www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/sept2016-v2.pdf

In the September 2016 issue:

· OSIRIS-REx prepped for mapping, sampling mission

· SAGE III to look back at Earth’s atmospheric ‘sunscreen’

· Engine test shows design ready for new era

· SpaceX conducts successful parachute system test

· Crew access arm installed for Starliner missions

· NASA orders second SpaceX Crew Mission to ISS

· NASA, Boeing simulate return from low-Earth orbit

· Commercial Crew astronauts discuss progress, training

· Orion crew module reaches processing milestone

· Multi-Payload Processing Facility provides ‘gas station’

· Pad 39B infrastructure upgrades support journey to Mars

· Agreement makes it easier to schedule prescribed burns

· Demanding Gemini XI mission flies on top of the world

Spaceport Magazine is a monthly NASA publication that serves Kennedy Space Center employees and the American public. The magazine’s wide topic variety mirrors Kennedy's diverse spaceport operations. From launch processing to center development and employee stories, Spaceport Magazine covers it all.

Credit: NASA/Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
Release Date: September 2, 2016

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How SpaceX's 2018 'Red Dragon' Mission Could Help NASA Put Boots on Mars | Space.com | Sept. 23, 2016: The California-based company aims to launch one of its uncrewed Dragon capsules toward the Red Planet in May 2018, to test out some of the technologies needed to make SpaceX's ambitious Mars-colonization goal a reality.

One of those technologies is "supersonic retropropulsion." Dragon will hit the Martian atmosphere going far faster than the speed of sound; the capsule will use its onboard SuperDraco thrusters, rather than parachutes, to slow down enough to land. NASA views the strategy as key to enabling human Mars missions, which will require putting extremely heavy payloads such as habitat modules down on the planet's surface. (NASA's 1-ton Curiosity rover, which touched down in August 2012, pretty much maxed out the agency's daring parachute-sky-crane landing system, agency officials have said.)

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www.space.com/34164-spacex-red-dragon-mars-mission-nasa.html

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Release Date: September 23, 2016

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SpaceX's planned 2018 Mars mission could pave the way for a few different types of boot prints on the Red Planet.
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Mars: Wind-Scoured Lava Flows of Pavonis Mons [Video] | NASA
This video shows a circular impact crater and an oval volcanic caldera on the southern flank of a large volcano on Mars called Pavonis Mons.

The caldera is also the source of numerous finger-like lava flows and at least one sinuous lava channel. Both the caldera and the crater are degraded by aeolian (wind) erosion. The strong prevailing winds have apparently carved deep grooves into the terrain.

When looking at the scene for the first time, the image seems motion blurred. However, upon a closer look, the smaller, young craters are pristine, so the image must be sharp and the “blurriness” is due to the processes acting on the terrain. This suggests that the deflation-produced grooves, along with the crater and the caldera, are old features and deflation is not very active today. Alternatively, perhaps these craters are simply too young to show signs of degradation.

This deeply wind-scoured terrain type is unique to Mars. Wind-carved stream-lined landforms on Earth are called “yardangs,” but they don’t form extensive terrains like this one. The basaltic lavas on the flanks of this volcano have been exposed to wind for such a long time that there are no parallels on Earth. Terrestrial landscapes and terrestrial wind patterns change much more rapidly than on Mars.

Video Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Narration: Tre Gibbs
Duration: 1 minute, 22 seconds
Caption Credit: Henrik Hargitai and Ginny Gulick
Release Date: September 21, 2016

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Mars: The Wind-Scoured Lava Flows of Pavonis Mons | NASA MRO
View 2: This image shows a circular impact crater and an oval volcanic caldera on the southern flank of a large volcano on Mars called Pavonis Mons.

The caldera is also the source of numerous finger-like lava flows and at least one sinuous lava channel. Both the caldera and the crater are degraded by aeolian (wind) erosion. The strong prevailing winds have apparently carved deep grooves into the terrain.

When looking at the scene for the first time, the image seems motion blurred. However, upon a closer look, the smaller, young craters are pristine, so the image must be sharp and the “blurriness” is due to the processes acting on the terrain. This suggests that the deflation-produced grooves, along with the crater and the caldera, are old features and deflation is not very active today. Alternatively, perhaps these craters are simply too young to show signs of degradation.

This deeply wind-scoured terrain type is unique to Mars. Wind-carved stream-lined landforms on Earth are called “yardangs,” but they don’t form extensive terrains like this one. The basaltic lavas on the flanks of this volcano have been exposed to wind for such a long time that there are no parallels on Earth. Terrestrial landscapes and terrestrial wind patterns change much more rapidly than on Mars.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Caption Credit: Henrik Hargitai and Ginny Gulick
Release Date: September 21, 2016

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Aurora Borealis over Yellowknife
"Northern Lights in Yellowknife on Thursday night, Sept. 22. Although it was kp 0 and 1 during the night, we got two great displays of lights during the night."

Credit: AT Frosted Lens
Location: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Image Date: September 22, 2016

Technical details: Nikon D800, 16mm fisheye, 2500ISO, f2.8, 6sec

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A Tour of Pluto | NASA Chandra
During the summer of 2015, scientists and the public alike were treated to a flood of images and discoveries about Pluto as the New Horizon spacecraft made an unprecedented flyby of the dwarf planet.

Credit: NASA/Chandra
Duration: 2 minutes
Release Date: September 16, 2016

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Aurora over Abisko, Sweden
A calm Aurora Borealis over Abisko Mountain Station

Credit: Niklas Hjort
Image Date: September 24, 2016

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Aurora over Tromsø, Norway
"A short drive from downtown Tromsø I got to experience this Northern Lights show from a small hill. Great view this lovely autumn evening!"

Credit: Kristin Berg
Image Date: September 20, 2016

#Astronomy #Space #Science #Aurora #Borealis #NorthernLights #Stars #Astrophotography #Art #STEM #Education #Earth #Norway #Tromsø #Europe #Panorama
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Ilulissat, Greenland Aurora
"Incredible dance above Ilulissat (although the purples were only picked up by the camera, as was the red moonset above town)"

Common question: Do the Northern Lights really look as they do in the photos?

Answer: "At the mid-latitudes, such as here in Banff National Park, almost never. The camera simply picks up a lot more than the human eye can see."

"It's a different story at the high latitudes however. Around the Arctic Circle, it's common for the night sky to look very much like what the camera renders."

Credit: Paul Zizka
Location: Ilulissat, Greenland
Paul's website: https://zizka.ca
Release Date: September 24, 2016

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Venus Rising over Canary Islands
"Venus rising next to Roque Nublo, an enormous basalt monolith of 80 meters, located in the center of the island of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) to 1800 meters. On the right the Roque Bentaiga, place of worship for the ancient natives of the island. In the background the Teide volcano seen on the island of Tenerife, about 106 km away, the highest point in Spain to 3718 meters."

Credit: Frank A. Rodriguez
Frank's website: www.astroeduca.com
Location: Canary Islands (Gran Canaria)
Image Date: September 20, 2016

Technical details: Canon 700D. ISO 800, 10s exposure

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#Archipelago #Monolith #RoqueNublo #Teide #Volcano #Tenerife #Spain #Atlantic #Ocean #España
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Mars: The Wind-Scoured Lava Flows of Pavonis Mons | NASA MRO
View 1: This image shows a circular impact crater on the southern flank of a large volcano on Mars called Pavonis Mons.

The crater has been degraded by aeolian (wind) erosion. The strong prevailing winds have apparently carved deep grooves into the terrain.

When looking at the scene for the first time, the image seems motion blurred. However, upon a closer look, the smaller, young craters are pristine, so the image must be sharp and the “blurriness” is due to the processes acting on the terrain. This suggests that the deflation-produced grooves, along with the crater and the caldera, are old features and deflation is not very active today. Alternatively, perhaps these craters are simply too young to show signs of degradation.

This deeply wind-scoured terrain type is unique to Mars. Wind-carved stream-lined landforms on Earth are called “yardangs,” but they don’t form extensive terrains like this one. The basaltic lavas on the flanks of this volcano have been exposed to wind for such a long time that there are no parallels on Earth. Terrestrial landscapes and terrestrial wind patterns change much more rapidly than on Mars.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Caption Credit: Henrik Hargitai and Ginny Gulick
Release Date: September 21, 2016

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#Pavonis #Mons #Volcano #Lava #Basaltic #Caldera #Aeolian #Wind #Erosion #Geology #Landscape #Geoscience #MRO
#Reconnaissance #Orbiter #Spacecraft #HiRISE #Camera #JPL #STEM #Education
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Milky Way Homecoming
"First time shooting the Milky Way. This is the second exposure I took..."

Credit: Robert Alexandersen
Location: Harstad, Norway
Image Date: September 24, 2016

Technical details: Canon 6D, Samyang 12mm fisheye. ISO 3200

#Astronomy #Space #Science #Stars #MilkyWay #Galaxy
#Astrophotography #Panorama #Art #SolarSystem #Earth #Harstad #Norway #Norge #Europe #STEM #Education
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