All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘NASA’

NASA Announces Multiplayer Facebook Game

NASA has announced a launch of a different kind today. The space agency’s first online multiplayer game, Space Race Blast Off, is available on Facebook today. The game tests players knowledge of science, technology, space-related pop culture, NASA’s history, and more. Players compete against up to two competitors in a race to the top of the launch pad. Every question …

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Newt Gingrich Wants a Moon Base

As the political season heats up, the presidential candidates are campaigning harder to earn your vote. All kinds of promises have been made, hands have been shook, and negative ads have been created. Most of the content being the same stuff we’ve heard before. Luckily, Newt Gingrich made things a little more interesting when talking about his plans for America’s …

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NASA’s U.S. Tree Map: Woody Biomass Density Never Looked So Cool

NASA is awesome for a variety of reasons, most prominently their role in everything space related. But NASA is also a great source of wonders of the more terrestrial persuasion, as is demonstrated in this new project about trees. Key takeaway: If you really love trees, just stay away from the middle of the United States. Although most of you …

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NASA To Host ‘Tweetup’ With Astronaut Ron Garan

You will probably never go to outer space, so the next best thing is to get to know somebody who has been to outer space. That’s essentially what NASA is offering Twitter users next month when it will host a Tweetup with astronaut Ron Garan on Valentine’s Day. In case you’re unfamiliar with what exactly a Tweetup is, think of …

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NASA’s Code Laid Bare

NASA’s code has now gone open source – cue homebrew rocket ships. Open source development is a great thing. With NASA opening a new open source software-dedicated Web site, it allows street coders to access and improve the source code that NASA is working on. This can lead to new discoveries that the professional engineers at NASA could possibly never …

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An Asteroid Almost Ended Your Life Yesterday

While you were going about your daily business, maybe sitting in traffic or making dinner, a giant asteroid whizzed by your head, and you narrowly escaped the cold bite of death. Ok, when I say “whizzed by your head” I mean about 202,000 miles away and when I say “narrowly escaped death” I mean that NASA scientists knew that it …

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NASA Tweetup Wants To Give You Access To The Mars Curiosity Rover Launch

Do you follow @NASA on Twitter? If you don’t, you should, because followers of NASA are about to get the chance to hang around Kennedy Space Center and hobnob with all the awesome NASA people on November 23rd-25th. Oh, and at the end of that you’ll get a front row seat at the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity …

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UARS Satellite Is Big On the Internet

Now that the season has changed to fall, most thoughts turn to leaves changing color and falling off of their trees. However, thanks to the UARS (Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite) vehicle and its return to Earth, for the next little while, we should also watch for falling pieces of satellite as well as red/orange leaves that moved on for the …

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9/11 Attacks, Ground Zero As Captured From Space

On September 11th, 2001, Astronaut Frank Culbertson was the only American not on the planet Earth. He was aboard the International Space Station, the only American on the crew. He happened to be flying over the New York City area when the World Trade Center attack went down, and he decided to document the events from above. The result is …

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Hurricane Irene: The View From Space

It’s always interesting how natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes that bring such devastation and destruction can also have a type of amazing, terrible beauty. And there’s nothing like a view from space to make us all aware of the true size of natural phenomena. The International Space Station has captured some footage of Hurricane Irene that is simply stunning. …

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Hurricane Irene: She Makes Great Internet Content

Hurricane Irene is not only growing in size as a storm–potential Category 4 by the time it hits the United States, something that’s sure to make the countries that have already dealt with Irene feel better–she’s also a big hit for people in the U.S. who like to talk about popular items on Twitter. One can only imagine what it …

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Tracking Hurricane Irene On Twitter

That Atlantic ocean side of the United States is in the middle of its hurricane season–June 1st through November 30th–and there’s a storm of interest heading towards the Floridan coast called Hurricane Irene. While she hasn’t hit landfall in the United States, Irene has been picking up strength, and has, in fact, already struck Puerto Rico as she heads towards …

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Video of The Last Atlantis Landing

STS-135, otherwise known as the Atlantis Shuttle, made its final landing early Thursday morning around 6:00am. It was a successful mission that ended on a sad note, because it signified the end of the space shuttle era, one that lasted more than 30 years. With that in mind, it’s hard not to feel a sense of melancholy. Granted, we should …

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WATCH: Space Shuttle Atlantis’ Final Flight

Earlier today, 11:26 A.M. EST Friday to be exact, space shuttle Atlantis launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center headed toward the International Space Station. Today’s launch signified the end of an era, as it was the final of Atlantis’ career. The shuttle is caring Commander Chris Ferguson and crewmates Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim …

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Philly Inquirer Confuses Atlantis With Challenger on Twitter

Earlier today space shuttle Atlantis launched into space, which marked the end to NASA’s 30-year space program. As with anything else, people flocked to social media to discuss the monumentos, yet sad, event. Mere moments after the countdown clock hit all zero’s, and Atlantis was on it’s way, the Philadelphia Inquirer made a head scratching mistake. They confused Atlantis with …

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Endeavour Shuttle Launch Pic Brings Twitter Fame to One Woman

The argument for what constitutes a journalist is becoming more heated as technology and social media are turning everyone into an amateur news-maker. We recently heard the amazing story of the Pakistani man who live tweeted the Osama bin Laden raid. Today, we get another example of how one tweet can turn a normal person into a someone who documents …

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NASA Endeavour Shuttle Launch To Be Followed By YouTube / Google Moderator Interview with Crew

The space shuttle Endeavour launched today, beginning a 16-day mission that will see it heading to the International Space Station. In attendance was U.S. Reprsentative Gabrielle Giffords, whose husband Mark Kelly is commanding the mission. For the event, Google partnered with NASA and PBS to set up a YouTube/Google Moderator-based interview with the crew, to be emceed by Miles O’Brien …

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NASA Tweetup Registration Opens Today

Space nerds alert! NASA’s latest Tweetup contest is set to begin today at 3pm EST.  It will run for 24 hours, closing Wednesday at 3pm. NASA’s integration with the social media service began in 2009, when the first Tweetup allowed winners to visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Later that year, NASA headquarters held its first Tweetup.  Since then, Kennedy Space …

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OpenStack Open Source Cloud Project Sees Rapid Growth

Rackspace Hosting just announced the six-month anniversary of OpenStack, the open source cloud project started by Rackspace and NASA, and that it has already grown to include 40 companies working on fighting against the emergence of proprietary cloud stacks and creating a standard way to deploy applications and connect clouds. 

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NASA And The White House Tops In Social Media

NASA and the White House lead other public sector organizations when it comes to social media and online strategy, according to a new report from The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) and digital think tank.

Authored by the dean of GWSB, Doug Guthrie, NYU professor Scott Galloway and team from L2, the report looked at the effectiveness of an organization’s site, digital marketing, social media and mobile platforms.

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NASA Holding Tweetup For Space Shuttle Launch

NASA said today it will give 50 of its Twitter followers the chance for a closer look at the next space shuttle mission during a Tweetup Tuesday, November, 9, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center. Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to launch on an 11-day mission to the International Space Station on Nov. 1 at 4:40 p.m. EDT.

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Space: No Longer the Final Frontier for Foursquare

It seems that Space is no longer the final frontier when talking about Foursquare check-ins. Douglas Wheelock, a NASA astronaut, has checked into the International Space Station using the location-based app. For this simple feat, Wheelock was "awarded" the very first NASA Explorer Badge. Bow before it Foursquare geeks.

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NASA And Gowalla Partner On Virtual Search For Moon Rocks

NASA has partnered with Gowalla to create new ways for people to learn more about space exploration and the agency in general.

The partnership populates Gowalla with NASA-related information and four virtual items — moon rocks, a NASA patch, a spacesuit and a space shuttle — that can be found at agency-related venues.

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NASA Launches App HD For iPad

NASA has introduced a new free mobile application for the iPad called NASA App HD.

NASA App HD features live streaming video from NASA Television, an interactive map with links to all of its centers, quick links to feature stories and launch schedules, a scrolling “alerts banner,” and a NASA Featured” link.

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NASA To Hold Tweetup For Next Shuttle Launch

NASA said today it will give 150 of its Twitter followers an inside look at its space program and the chance to view a space shuttle launch in person.

Stephanie-Schierholz The third shuttle launch Tweetup, scheduled for October 31 through November 1, will take place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Court Ruling Raises Fair Use Questions Around DRM

Elecronista reports that a new court ruling could set a legal precedent to allow the bypassing of DRM for fair use purposes. "The decision could impact the media industry as it may allow breaking DRM for music, movies and other formats as long as the material isn’t pirated," says Electronista.

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Rackspace Teams Up with NASA on Open Source Cloud Project

Rackspace and NASA are collaborating on an open source cloud platform aimed at "fostering the emergence of standards and cloud interoperability." The platform is called OpenStack.

Rackspace is donating the code that powers its Cloud Files and Cloud Servers products, and NASA is contributing its Nebula Cloud Platform. From there, the two will actively collaborate on joint technology development.

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Bing Takes Users to Mars

Microsoft has added Mars imagery to Bing Maps and to its WorldWide Telescope project. The imagery comes straight from NASA itself.

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NASA Invites Its Twitter Followers To Tweetup

NASA is inviting its Twitter followers to a special Tweetup with astronaut T.J. Creamer at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 29.

The event will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, Washington.

While in space, Creamer set up the International Space Station’s live Internet connection. He posted updates about the mission to his Twitter account and sent the first live tweet from the orbiting outpost.

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NASA Launches Free Online Moon Game

NASA has released a new free online video game called Moonbase Alpha.

Moonbase Alpha has single and multiplayer options that allow users to play the role of an exploration team member in a futuristic 3-D lunar settlement.  Players must work to repair systems and oxygen flow after a meteor strike damages a solar array and life support equipment.  Resoruces include an interactive command center, a lunar rover, mobile robotic repair units and an equipment shed.


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NASA Adds New Features To Its Website

NASA has introduced new features to its website in an effort to offer better navigation and make it easier for users share information on Facebook and Twitter.




The new features on include:

*We added images to the ‘What are people interested in?’ box on the homepage.

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NASA Will Fly Your Face In Space

NASA is inviting people to send photos of their faces into orbit aboard one of the final remaining space shuttle missions.

Visitors to the "Face in Space" website can upload their picture to fly with the astronauts aboard shuttle Discovery’s STS-133 mission or Endeavour’s STS-134 mission. Participants will receive a special certificates from the Face in Space website once the mission is over.

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NASA To Hold Tweetup At The World Science Festival

NASA and the World Science Festival said today they are inviting Twitter followers to a behind-the-scenes Tweetup at 2 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 5, in New York City.

The event will bring together 100 Twitter users with some of the world’s brightest scientific minds.

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NASA Invites Twitter Followers To Space Center In Houston

NASA is offering its Twitter followers a chance to personally get an up close look of a space shuttle mission at the agency’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston.

NASA is hosting a Tweetup on Wednesday, May 19 during Atlantis’ STS-132 mission to the International Space Station. Atlantis will launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, May 14 at 1:20 p.m. CST.

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NASA Invites Twitter Users To Next Shuttle Launch

During the next space shuttle mission, NASA will host two Tweetups to give people an up close look at the space program.

For the second time, NASA Twitter followers are invited to a view a shuttle launch in person at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA is hosting the Tweetup May 13-14. Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch at 2:19 p.m. EDT, May 14 on its mission to the International Space Station.

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NASA Connects Twitter Users To Space Shuttle Crew

NASA is inviting the public to send questions for its astronauts via Twitter during the space shuttle Endeavour’s upcoming mission to the International Space Station.

Astronaut Mike Massimino will take questions for the crew from the public via his Twitter account until Thursday, February 11. Massimino will be a spacecraft communicator, at NASA’s Mission Control in Huston during Endeavour’s flight, scheduled for launch February 7.

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NASA Astronaut Sends First Real Tweet From Space

NASA said today astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have received a special software upgrade that allows access to the Internet and the World Wide Web via the "ultimate wireless connection."

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