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TESS Shares First Science Images!

by Dr. Lisa Will, Resident Astronomer at the Fleet Science Center

This week, the NASA spacecraft TESS released its first science images.  Launched in April 2018, TESS stands for “Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.” The goal of its planned two-year mission is to discover small, Earth-like planets using the “transit” method of planet detection, looking for small dips in the light of a star due to a planet passing in between it and our perspective from Earth.

Organic Compounds on Mars

Mars Curiosity Rover

by Dr. Lisa Will, Resident Astronomer at the Fleet Science Center

 

The latest news from Mars Curiosity is awesome!

On Thursday, June 7, 2018, NASA announced the Mars Curiosity rover discovered evidence of organic compounds in the soil of Mars and methane in the Martian atmosphere. The Curiosity rover is a mobile chemistry laboratory, capable of measuring chemicals in the soil and atmosphere. It’s been doing measurements in Gale Crater since August 2012.

A few things to note:

Launch Delay for the James Webb Space Telescope

By Dr. Lisa Will, Fleet Science Center's Resident Astronomer

 

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has long been described as the “successor” to the Hubble Space Telescope. Because Hubble won’t last forever, JWST has been designed to push beyond the boundaries of what we’ve learned from Hubble and is planned for launch before Hubble loses functionality .

 

Goodbye to Cassini

By Dr. Lisa Will, Resident Astronomer at the Fleet Science Center.

US Postal Service to Unveil a Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever Stamp at the Fleet Science Center

Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever Stamp
By Nathan Young
 
On Wednesday, August 2, at 6 p.m., the U.S. Postal Service will unveil the Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever Stamp during a ceremony at the Fleet Science Center.
 
The Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp is the first U.S. stamp to use thermochromic ink, which reacts to the heat of your touch. Placing your finger over the black disc on the stamp causes the ink to change from black to clear to reveal an underlying image of the moon.
 

Astronaut Mark Polansky at the Fleet

Astronaut Mark Polansky
By Nathan Young
 
The Fleet is excited to host a special guest on Tuesday, August 15, astronaut Mark Polansky. He will be talking to girls in the Fleet's BE WiSE program, attendees of the Fleet's Science Summer Camps and also making two public appearances where you can have the chance to meet him yourself! 
 

America's New Astronauts

After evaluating a record number of applications, NASA will introduce its new astronaut candidates on Wednesday, June 7, at noon (local time) from the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The announcement will be broadcast on NASA TV, and you can also watch it live at https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive/.

NASA Lectures, Live Online

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers monthly lectures on fascinating topics. And you don't have to drive to Pasadena to enjoy them! The lectures are live-streamed so that you can watch them from home on your electronic device. Visit their web page to see what topics are coming up. You can also visit the archives to catch past lectures. February's talk is by NASA glaciologist Alex Gardner.  

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