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NASA’s Peggy Whitson to Host First Ever 4K Live Stream from Space

Peggy Whitson to Host First Ever 4K Live Stream from Space

NASA astronaut and Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson to take viewers 400 km away from earth. The first ever 4K video live streams from space to the International Space Station will be live on April 26. The broadcast will take place at 1:30 p.m. EDT (11:00 PM in india) during a session at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas.

“The US space agency is a pioneer in the application of advanced media — including 4K. By streaming real-time video that captures images four times the resolution of current HD technology, NASA is enhancing its ability to observe, uncover and adapt new knowledge of orbital and deep space,” the National Association of Broadcasters mentioned in a statement.

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The full effect can be experienced online with 4K UHD content devices. The US space agency streams the lower resolution live broadcast on the NASA television, NASA’s Facebook page, and the website.

The panel “Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood” will have a conversation with Whitson. The panel will explore about how the cloud technologies and advanced imaging are taking the filmmaking and scientific research to a next level. Carolyn Giardina, the technology editor for Hollywood Reporter, will moderate the same.

The panel is co-produced by NASA, NAB Show, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Whitson will speak with Sam Blackman, CEO of AWS Elemental during this event. Besides this, Peggy Whitson, soon to become the most experienced US astronaut in terms of time spent in space.

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NASA 2017-2018 Catalog of Free Software is now Available

NASA software catalog 2017-2018

A new NASA software catalog with thousands of codes is ready; anyone can download the software for free. NASA released its 2017-2018 software to the public. It offers software products for a wide variety of technical applications.

You can get the software code used on Shuttle Missions, Orion, and Curiosity.

The first edition of its software catalog was published in April 2014. Since then, NASA has shared thousands of its software programs with industry, students, individuals and other government agencies.

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Stephen Jurczyk, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington said, “The software catalog is our way of supporting the innovation economy by granting access to tools used by today’s top aerospace professionals to entrepreneurs, small businesses, academia and industry.”

NASA software is available in both hard copy and online, and you can browse the categories of NASA software such as, data processing/storage, operations, business systems, propulsion, aeronautics, Vehicle Management, Environmental Science, etc.

LEWICE program is included in the new NASA software catalog, which was developed to help study the effects of ice on an aircraft in flight. Many software packages are being presented for release and the each catalog entry is described with a plain language of what it does.

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Daniel Lockney, NASA’s Technology Transfer program executive, said, “Software has been a critical component of each of NASA’s mission successes and scientific discoveries. In fact, more than 30 per cent of all reported NASA innovations are software.”

“We’re pleased to transfer these tools to other sectors and excited at the prospect of seeing them implemented in new and creative ways,” Lockney said.

NASA Announces Press Conference over New Exoplanet Findings

NASA Exoplanets

NASA has hinted at discovery of something exciting related to planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets. The US space agency said it will hold a news conference to present the findings at the agency’s headquarters in Washington on Wednesday.

Prominent NASA scientists, astronomers and a professor of planetary science and physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology will participate at the briefing. NASA has also invited media and the public to ask questions during the briefing on Twitter using the hashtag #askNASA.

NASA Telescope Hears Stellar Heartbeat

Following the briefing, a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) about exoplanets will be held with scientists available to answer questions in English and Spanish, NASA said. It is rumored that the leading space agency has found exoplanets which might be similar to Earth and were able to get atmospheric data (possibly oxygen) from its observation.

If the speculations were found to be true, then it would be a huge achievement by NASA which can be called a great breakthrough in the history of space research. Details of these findings will also be published in the journal Nature on the same day NASA hosts the briefing.

Source:IANS

NASA Telescope Hears Stellar Heartbeat

spitzer planetary

NASA said its Spitzer space telescope has detected unusual heartbeat-like vibrations in the outer shell of a star called HAT-P-2. A closely orbiting planet, called HAT-P-2b, might be causing these vibrations each time it gets close to the star in its orbit, according to the scientists.

“We have discovered the first example of a planet that seems to be causing a heartbeat-like behaviour in its host star,” said Julien de Wit, postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.

ISRO World Record:Indian PSLV Rocket Lifts Off with 104 satellites

The star’s pulsations, detailed in Astrophysical Journal Letters, are the most subtle variations of light from any source that Spitzer has ever measured.

A similar effect had been observed in binary systems called “heartbeat stars” in the past, but never before between a star and a planet.

Weighing in at about eight times the mass of Jupiter, HAT-P-2b is a relatively massive planet. It’s a “hot Jupiter,” meaning an exoplanet that is extremely warm and orbits its star tightly.

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But this hot Jupiter is tiny in relation to its host star, which is about 100 times more massive.That size difference makes the pulsation effect all the more unusual.

“It’s remarkable that this relatively small planet seems to affect the whole star in a way that we can see from far away,” Heather Knutson, Assistant Professor at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, said.

Source:IANS

ISRO to Launch 104 Satellites on 15th of February From Sriharikota

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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is aiming for a world record by launching 104 satellites in one go on 15th of February.

In these three belongs to India and 101 satellites are from foreign nations like US, Germany, Israel, Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. The majority numbers of the Earth-observation satellites are from the US.

ISRO’s new record will break the record of 37 satellites launch record set by NASA in June 2014. This moment will be certainly a proud moment one for India

Its workhorse PSLV-C37 is ready to take all these satellites Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

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“We have tentatively decided to launch the satellites at one go around 9 a.m. into the sun-synchronous orbit, about 500 km above the earth,” the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) official.

He added that “A 320-tonne rocket — Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) — will launch all the satellites with a combined weight of 1,500 kg, including the 650 kg remote-sensing Cartosat-2 and two nano-satellites (IA and IB) weighing 15 kg each,”

Earlier ISRO Chief Director said that for India’s Space exploration mission’s 2016 mark as a good year and hopes 2017 also better one.