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  • My name is onboard the "passenger list" for the next mission to Mars - Mars 2020! The robotic scientist will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet's climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration.

https://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/mars2020 #solarsystemambassador #mars #rover #nasa
  • My name is onboard the "passenger list" for the next mission to Mars - Mars 2020! The robotic scientist will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet's climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration.

    https://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/mars2020 #solarsystemambassador #mars #rover #nasa
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  • Such an epic day!!! As a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, I got to tour the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex today!!! I talked about the Deep Space Network (DSN) a few weeks ago with the newest antenna installed in Canberra, Australia. There are three locations that make up the DSN...The Mojave Desert in California...Madrid, Spain and Canberra. Each location (with a variety of antennas) is placed 120 degrees apart to provide constant communication with spacecraft as Earth rotates. Pretty clever, NASA! 😉

The Goldstone location has several stations with strategically placed arrays so the surrounding landscape can protect various aspects of the antennas. Some are currently in operation, some have been decommissioned. All are awe inspiring!

The Echo Station antenna (4th photo) is 34 meters in diameter and was built in 1959. It was decommissioned in 2012.

The Apollo Station (6th photo) consists of the “Beam Waveguide Cluster” antennas that are also 34 meters in diameter. They were built from 1992-1996. They can be combined with an additional 34 meter “High Efficiency” (HEF) antenna to provide even greater communications with deep space.

The Mars Station (8th photo, see if you can spot me!) is the mega antenna at a whopping 70 meters! Originally built as a smaller size in 1966, it was expanded in 1988 for the Voyager missions. The Mars Station is the central hub of all data for most spacecraft in space. They receive the information, then pass it on to the prospective team members for each mission around the world, partnering with various countries. If there’s ever a problem, they’re the first to know about it!

These are just a few of the stations for the entire complex and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to view these beauties up close and personal! I’m still processing such a lovely day (minus the high winds that nearly blew us over.) And each time I experience something awesome, my job is to share it with all of you! ❤️
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Photo Credit: Kelly Christopher
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#nasa #nasajpl #deepspacenetwork #goldstonedeepspacenetwork #milkyway #galaxies #cosmos #planets #exoplanets #nebulas #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  • Such an epic day!!! As a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, I got to tour the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex today!!! I talked about the Deep Space Network (DSN) a few weeks ago with the newest antenna installed in Canberra, Australia. There are three locations that make up the DSN...The Mojave Desert in California...Madrid, Spain and Canberra. Each location (with a variety of antennas) is placed 120 degrees apart to provide constant communication with spacecraft as Earth rotates. Pretty clever, NASA! 😉

    The Goldstone location has several stations with strategically placed arrays so the surrounding landscape can protect various aspects of the antennas. Some are currently in operation, some have been decommissioned. All are awe inspiring!

    The Echo Station antenna (4th photo) is 34 meters in diameter and was built in 1959. It was decommissioned in 2012.

    The Apollo Station (6th photo) consists of the “Beam Waveguide Cluster” antennas that are also 34 meters in diameter. They were built from 1992-1996. They can be combined with an additional 34 meter “High Efficiency” (HEF) antenna to provide even greater communications with deep space.

    The Mars Station (8th photo, see if you can spot me!) is the mega antenna at a whopping 70 meters! Originally built as a smaller size in 1966, it was expanded in 1988 for the Voyager missions. The Mars Station is the central hub of all data for most spacecraft in space. They receive the information, then pass it on to the prospective team members for each mission around the world, partnering with various countries. If there’s ever a problem, they’re the first to know about it!

    These are just a few of the stations for the entire complex and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to view these beauties up close and personal! I’m still processing such a lovely day (minus the high winds that nearly blew us over.) And each time I experience something awesome, my job is to share it with all of you! ❤️
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    Photo Credit: Kelly Christopher
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    #nasa #nasajpl #deepspacenetwork #goldstonedeepspacenetwork #milkyway #galaxies #cosmos #planets #exoplanets #nebulas #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  •  27  2  22 May, 2019

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  • Lastly, #SpaceShuttleAtlantis, located at @kennedyspacecenter, was first launched on October 3, 1985 from Kennedy Space Center, FL. Atlantis completed a total of 33 missions until it was decommissioned in 2011.

I had the privilege of meeting Jean Wright, Aerospace Composite Tech of Soft Goods for NASA’s Space Shuttle program. Ms. Wright is one of 18 seamstresses dubbed “The Sew Sisters”, operating the critical role of using machine and hand stitching to build, create and repair thermal protection flight hardware and parachutes for NASA. She has worked on Endeavor, Atlantis, and Discovery, and is now a docent at KSCVC! 🧶👩‍💼🚀
(3/3) #solarsystemambassador #kuiperkatdoeskscvc #kennedyspacecenter #jointhejourney
  • Lastly, #SpaceShuttleAtlantis, located at @kennedyspacecenter, was first launched on October 3, 1985 from Kennedy Space Center, FL. Atlantis completed a total of 33 missions until it was decommissioned in 2011.

    I had the privilege of meeting Jean Wright, Aerospace Composite Tech of Soft Goods for NASA’s Space Shuttle program. Ms. Wright is one of 18 seamstresses dubbed “The Sew Sisters”, operating the critical role of using machine and hand stitching to build, create and repair thermal protection flight hardware and parachutes for NASA. She has worked on Endeavor, Atlantis, and Discovery, and is now a docent at KSCVC! 🧶👩‍💼🚀
    (3/3) #solarsystemambassador #kuiperkatdoeskscvc #kennedyspacecenter #jointhejourney
  •  32  0  20 May, 2019

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  • COSMIC MONDAY!! This stunning image of The Veil Nebula, taken by the Hubble Telescope, is the debris from one of the best-known supernova remnants 8,000 years ago. The entire nebula is 110 light-years across, but this close-up view is roughly two light-years across.
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It shows wisps of gas, which are all that remain from a star that was 20 times more massive than our sun. The fast-moving blast wave from the explosion is plowing into a wall of cool, denser interstellar gas, emitting light. I'm simply mesmerized by the beautiful colors and am always blown away by the idea that when one thing is destroyed, something else takes shape!
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Photo Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team
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#nasa #nasajpl #veilnebula #hubbletelescope #milkyway #cosmos #galaxies #nebulas #planets #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  • COSMIC MONDAY!! This stunning image of The Veil Nebula, taken by the Hubble Telescope, is the debris from one of the best-known supernova remnants 8,000 years ago. The entire nebula is 110 light-years across, but this close-up view is roughly two light-years across.
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    It shows wisps of gas, which are all that remain from a star that was 20 times more massive than our sun. The fast-moving blast wave from the explosion is plowing into a wall of cool, denser interstellar gas, emitting light. I'm simply mesmerized by the beautiful colors and am always blown away by the idea that when one thing is destroyed, something else takes shape!
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    Photo Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team
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    #nasa #nasajpl #veilnebula #hubbletelescope #milkyway #cosmos #galaxies #nebulas #planets #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  •  48  2  20 May, 2019

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  • “Day in History - Apollo 10 launched from Cape Kennedy on May 18, 1969. The mission encompassed all aspects of an actual crewed lunar landing, except the landing. It was the first flight of a complete, crewed Apollo spacecraft to operate around the Moon. Objectives included a scheduled eight-hour lunar orbit of the separated lunar module, or LM, and descent to about nine miles off the moon's surface before ascending for rendezvous and docking with the command and service module. Twelve television transmissions to Earth were planned. All mission objectives were achieved. Credits: NASA”
#solarsystemambassador #apollo10 #nasa
  • “Day in History - Apollo 10 launched from Cape Kennedy on May 18, 1969. The mission encompassed all aspects of an actual crewed lunar landing, except the landing. It was the first flight of a complete, crewed Apollo spacecraft to operate around the Moon. Objectives included a scheduled eight-hour lunar orbit of the separated lunar module, or LM, and descent to about nine miles off the moon's surface before ascending for rendezvous and docking with the command and service module. Twelve television transmissions to Earth were planned. All mission objectives were achieved. Credits: NASA”
    #solarsystemambassador #apollo10 #nasa
  •  19  0  18 May, 2019
  • Happy Friday!  It's Exoplanet time! NASA has been hard at work searching for and discovering thousands of exoplanets.  An exoplanet is basically any object that falls into the category of a planet outside our solar system.  To date, we have found over 3,700!! The first photo shows our sun and solar system in relation to our Milky Way galaxy. The white circle indicates the area where the majority of exoplanets have been found with current telescopes.
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The second photo shows billions of stars that light up a panorama of the Milky Way. Astronomers now believe that every single star in the galaxy has at least one planet.
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The third photo shows the closest exoplanet to Earth, only four light-years away, named Proxima Centauri b.  Its mass is 1.27 Earths and takes 11.2 days to complete one orbit of its star.
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The fourth photo is an artist concept diagram of the seven planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system with their orbital periods, distances, etc as compared to those of Earth. The "Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope" (TRAPPIST) in Chile, which discovered two of the seven planets and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, in collaboration with ground-based telescopes, confirmed the planets and uncovered the other five in the system.  Still so much to study out there, but 3,700 is a great place to start in finding other life out in the cosmos!
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Photo credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle/ESO/S. Brunier
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#nasa #nasajpl #caltech #exoplanet #trappist-1 #spitzerspacetelescope #milkyway #cosmos #galaxies #nebulas #planets #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  • Happy Friday! It's Exoplanet time! NASA has been hard at work searching for and discovering thousands of exoplanets. An exoplanet is basically any object that falls into the category of a planet outside our solar system. To date, we have found over 3,700!! The first photo shows our sun and solar system in relation to our Milky Way galaxy. The white circle indicates the area where the majority of exoplanets have been found with current telescopes.
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    The second photo shows billions of stars that light up a panorama of the Milky Way. Astronomers now believe that every single star in the galaxy has at least one planet.
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    The third photo shows the closest exoplanet to Earth, only four light-years away, named Proxima Centauri b. Its mass is 1.27 Earths and takes 11.2 days to complete one orbit of its star.
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    The fourth photo is an artist concept diagram of the seven planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system with their orbital periods, distances, etc as compared to those of Earth. The "Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope" (TRAPPIST) in Chile, which discovered two of the seven planets and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, in collaboration with ground-based telescopes, confirmed the planets and uncovered the other five in the system. Still so much to study out there, but 3,700 is a great place to start in finding other life out in the cosmos!
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    Photo credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle/ESO/S. Brunier
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    #nasa #nasajpl #caltech #exoplanet #trappist-1 #spitzerspacetelescope #milkyway #cosmos #galaxies #nebulas #planets #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  •  21  0  17 May, 2019
  • Remember our little mighty solar probe that could?!? The Parker Solar Probe, that launched last August, has been zooming around the sun (and Venus) collecting all kinds of data we will discuss in another post.  But today I thought I'd share the first few images the probe took as it was testing out its instruments before reaching the Sun. 
The second photo shows it's first-light data from the probe's Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe (WISPR) instrument suite.  The right side of this image — from the inner telescope — has a 40-degree field of view, with its right edge 58.5 degrees. The bright object slightly to the right of the image's center is Jupiter. The left side of the image is from the outer telescope, which has a 58-degree field of view and extends to about 160 degrees. It shows the galactic center of our beautiful Milky Way galaxy.
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In the third photo, we see Parker Solar Probe's view of Earth as it sped toward the first Venus gravity assist of the mission. Earth is the bright, round object visible on the right side of this image.  These types of images always inspire me because seeing all of those teeny points of light, it just shows the scale of our little place in the universe.
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Photo Credit: NASA/Naval Research Laboratory/Parker Solar Probe
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#nasa #nasajpl #parkersolarprobe #milkyway #cosmos #galaxies #nebulas #planets #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  • Remember our little mighty solar probe that could?!? The Parker Solar Probe, that launched last August, has been zooming around the sun (and Venus) collecting all kinds of data we will discuss in another post. But today I thought I'd share the first few images the probe took as it was testing out its instruments before reaching the Sun.
    The second photo shows it's first-light data from the probe's Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe (WISPR) instrument suite. The right side of this image — from the inner telescope — has a 40-degree field of view, with its right edge 58.5 degrees. The bright object slightly to the right of the image's center is Jupiter. The left side of the image is from the outer telescope, which has a 58-degree field of view and extends to about 160 degrees. It shows the galactic center of our beautiful Milky Way galaxy.
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    In the third photo, we see Parker Solar Probe's view of Earth as it sped toward the first Venus gravity assist of the mission. Earth is the bright, round object visible on the right side of this image. These types of images always inspire me because seeing all of those teeny points of light, it just shows the scale of our little place in the universe.
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    Photo Credit: NASA/Naval Research Laboratory/Parker Solar Probe
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    #nasa #nasajpl #parkersolarprobe #milkyway #cosmos #galaxies #nebulas #planets #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  •  40  1  16 May, 2019
  • Happy Hump Day, everyone! Let’s get into some factoids!!The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launched in 2005 to study the history of water on the red planet. It also serves as a communications link between Mars and Earth for past, present and future missions. It was designed to last 2 years to complete it’s original mission, but with NASA and JPL, they tend to build spacecraft that outlast their intended lifespan. 💪🏼 It just completed it’s 60,000th loop around Mars!! It communicates with Earth via the Deep Space Network antennas in two different radio waves, X-band and Ka-band. Data is transmitted at about 0.5 to 4 megabits per second and to this point. As long as she’s healthy, NASA will continue to use her well into the future. Go MRO!!!
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Photo Credit: NASA
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#nasa #nasajpl #marsreconnaissanceorbiter #mars #missiontomars #deepspacenetwork #milkyway #planets #galaxies #nebulas #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  • Happy Hump Day, everyone! Let’s get into some factoids!!The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launched in 2005 to study the history of water on the red planet. It also serves as a communications link between Mars and Earth for past, present and future missions. It was designed to last 2 years to complete it’s original mission, but with NASA and JPL, they tend to build spacecraft that outlast their intended lifespan. 💪🏼 It just completed it’s 60,000th loop around Mars!! It communicates with Earth via the Deep Space Network antennas in two different radio waves, X-band and Ka-band. Data is transmitted at about 0.5 to 4 megabits per second and to this point. As long as she’s healthy, NASA will continue to use her well into the future. Go MRO!!!
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    Photo Credit: NASA
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    #nasa #nasajpl #marsreconnaissanceorbiter #mars #missiontomars #deepspacenetwork #milkyway #planets #galaxies #nebulas #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  •  14  0  15 May, 2019
  • Iceberg you say?  This is the Getz Ice Shelf in West Antarctica!! NASA's Operation IceBridge mission, started in 2009, is the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever flown.  It researches and builds a record of the changes in our polar environments.  The Getz Ice Shelf in the first photo has been experiencing one of the highest melt rates and scientists at NASA"s Goddard Space Flight Center needed to document the changes.  They have been mapping the shape and depth of the seafloor below the ice shelf (called the bathymetry), the ice surface and the bedrock that is upstream. 2019 is the final year of the entire mission.  The second image taken in April shows the land ice over Devon Island, Canada.  The IceBridge mission has paved the way to such discoveries as finding water aquifers hidden within snow in southeast Greenland, the first map indicating where the base of the massive Greenland Ice Sheet is thawed, to detailed information of the evolving Arctic sea ice cover and the thickness of the overlying snow.  Beyond impressive!  The more we know about our home planet, the more we can protect it.
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Photo Credit: NASA/Jeremy Harbeck, Eugenia De Marco
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#nasa #nasajpl #icebridge #goodardspaceflightcenter #icebergs #planetearth #earthscience #milkyway #cosmos #galaxies #nebulas #planets #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  • Iceberg you say? This is the Getz Ice Shelf in West Antarctica!! NASA's Operation IceBridge mission, started in 2009, is the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever flown. It researches and builds a record of the changes in our polar environments. The Getz Ice Shelf in the first photo has been experiencing one of the highest melt rates and scientists at NASA"s Goddard Space Flight Center needed to document the changes. They have been mapping the shape and depth of the seafloor below the ice shelf (called the bathymetry), the ice surface and the bedrock that is upstream. 2019 is the final year of the entire mission. The second image taken in April shows the land ice over Devon Island, Canada. The IceBridge mission has paved the way to such discoveries as finding water aquifers hidden within snow in southeast Greenland, the first map indicating where the base of the massive Greenland Ice Sheet is thawed, to detailed information of the evolving Arctic sea ice cover and the thickness of the overlying snow. Beyond impressive! The more we know about our home planet, the more we can protect it.
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    Photo Credit: NASA/Jeremy Harbeck, Eugenia De Marco
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    #nasa #nasajpl #icebridge #goodardspaceflightcenter #icebergs #planetearth #earthscience #milkyway #cosmos #galaxies #nebulas #planets #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  •  27  0  14 May, 2019
  • COSMIC MONDAY!!! This stunning close-up image of cosmic clouds and stellar winds features the "LL Orionis" star (lower left), interacting with the Orion Nebula flow. Adrift in this stellar nursery and still in its formative years, LL Orionis produces a solar wind more energetic than the wind from our own middle-aged Sun. As the faster wind runs into slow moving gas, a shock front is formed, just like the wave of a boat moving through water.  The small, arcing, graceful structure just above and left of center is LL Orionis's cosmic bow shock, measures about half a light-year across.  This is all part of a larger mosaic view of the complex nursery in Orion, filled with a myriad of fluid shapes associated with star formation.
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Photo Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team
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#nasa #nasajpl #orion #milkyway #cosmos #galaxies #nebulas #planets #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  • COSMIC MONDAY!!! This stunning close-up image of cosmic clouds and stellar winds features the "LL Orionis" star (lower left), interacting with the Orion Nebula flow. Adrift in this stellar nursery and still in its formative years, LL Orionis produces a solar wind more energetic than the wind from our own middle-aged Sun. As the faster wind runs into slow moving gas, a shock front is formed, just like the wave of a boat moving through water. The small, arcing, graceful structure just above and left of center is LL Orionis's cosmic bow shock, measures about half a light-year across. This is all part of a larger mosaic view of the complex nursery in Orion, filled with a myriad of fluid shapes associated with star formation.
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    Photo Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team
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    #nasa #nasajpl #orion #milkyway #cosmos #galaxies #nebulas #planets #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  •  16  0  13 May, 2019
  • HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! In honor of all types of moms out there in our cosmos, here is an interstellar rose, courtesy of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This rosebud-shaped (and rose-colored) cloud of gas & dust, categorized as a nebula, is filled to the brim with 130 bright, newly formed stars. This nebula is located about 3,300 light years away. Spritzer has an instrument that is sensitive to invisible infrared light. In this four-color composite image, it detected infrared light in wavelengths of blue, green, orange, and red. The universe has some incredible sights out there!
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Photo credit: NASA
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#nasa #nasajpl #spitzer #spitzerspacetelescope #mothersday #milkyway #cosmos #nebulas #galaxies #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  • HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! In honor of all types of moms out there in our cosmos, here is an interstellar rose, courtesy of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This rosebud-shaped (and rose-colored) cloud of gas & dust, categorized as a nebula, is filled to the brim with 130 bright, newly formed stars. This nebula is located about 3,300 light years away. Spritzer has an instrument that is sensitive to invisible infrared light. In this four-color composite image, it detected infrared light in wavelengths of blue, green, orange, and red. The universe has some incredible sights out there!
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    Photo credit: NASA
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    #nasa #nasajpl #spitzer #spitzerspacetelescope #mothersday #milkyway #cosmos #nebulas #galaxies #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  •  14  0  12 May, 2019
  • I collect space related stickers and patches, but in order to get this one you have to be a solar system ambassador. Today I spent time out in the park letting others view my solar scope and educating them about the solar system. I take this patch and position seriously!! Let's learn together! 
Happy #astronomyday 
#astronomy #space #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador #nasa
  • I collect space related stickers and patches, but in order to get this one you have to be a solar system ambassador. Today I spent time out in the park letting others view my solar scope and educating them about the solar system. I take this patch and position seriously!! Let's learn together!
    Happy #astronomyday
    #astronomy #space #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador #nasa
  •  27  1  11 May, 2019
  • Prepared jointly by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA,
Space Weather Prediction Center.
UPDATED 2019 May 11 0030 UTC
24 hr Summary:
“Solar activity was at very low levels. Region 2740 (N08W13, Hax/alpha)
was stable and inactive over the reporting period. Region 2741 (N06E25,
Hsx/alpha) produced low level B-class flaring but maintained its simple, unipolar magnetic structure. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available satellite imagery.”
#solarsystemambassador #solaractivity #solarastronomy #sun #sunspots
  • Prepared jointly by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA,
    Space Weather Prediction Center.
    UPDATED 2019 May 11 0030 UTC
    24 hr Summary:
    “Solar activity was at very low levels. Region 2740 (N08W13, Hax/alpha)
    was stable and inactive over the reporting period. Region 2741 (N06E25,
    Hsx/alpha) produced low level B-class flaring but maintained its simple, unipolar magnetic structure. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available satellite imagery.”
    #solarsystemambassador #solaractivity #solarastronomy #sun #sunspots
  •  29  0  11 May, 2019
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex - This Saturday, May 11, you'll have the chance to meet J. L. Pickering and John Bisney, authors of the recently released "Picturing Apollo 11" book!
You can purchase the book at the Space Shop or bring your own copy to be autographed by the authors.
#solarsystemambassador #kscvc #apollo11 
Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2vOPr9f
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex - This Saturday, May 11, you'll have the chance to meet J. L. Pickering and John Bisney, authors of the recently released "Picturing Apollo 11" book!
    You can purchase the book at the Space Shop or bring your own copy to be autographed by the authors.
    #solarsystemambassador #kscvc #apollo11
    Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2vOPr9f
  •  14  0  10 May, 2019
  • Let's talk Voyager!  Both probes, which launched in 1977, were designed to last 5 years and study the planets in our solar system. They had different trajectories and eventually, Voyager 1 (despite launching 16 days after Voyager 2) made it to Interstellar Space first in 2012.  But Voyager 2 finally reached that milestone (mile marker?!?) around November of last year!!!!! Instruments onboard the probe measured a change in plasma surrounding it (or "solar wind") coming from our sun.  This graphic shows the position of the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes relative to the heliosphere, a protective bubble created by our Sun's solar wind that extends well past the orbit of Pluto. Voyager 2 now is slightly more than 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) from Earth.  Get this...it takes 16.5 hrs for the data to reach Earth and that's traveling at the speed of light!  Lastly, in addition to all of the science and data we've received from the probes, they both carry that famous gold record. Once the probes are out of power, they will continue to roam for potentially billions of years.  And just in case any intelligent life form in the cosmos finds them, they'll know we're here (or we WERE here.)
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#nasa #nasajpl #voyager #heliosphere #heliopause #heliosheath #interstellarspace #solarwind #milkyway #cosmos #galaxies #nebulas #planets #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  • Let's talk Voyager! Both probes, which launched in 1977, were designed to last 5 years and study the planets in our solar system. They had different trajectories and eventually, Voyager 1 (despite launching 16 days after Voyager 2) made it to Interstellar Space first in 2012. But Voyager 2 finally reached that milestone (mile marker?!?) around November of last year!!!!! Instruments onboard the probe measured a change in plasma surrounding it (or "solar wind") coming from our sun. This graphic shows the position of the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes relative to the heliosphere, a protective bubble created by our Sun's solar wind that extends well past the orbit of Pluto. Voyager 2 now is slightly more than 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) from Earth. Get this...it takes 16.5 hrs for the data to reach Earth and that's traveling at the speed of light! Lastly, in addition to all of the science and data we've received from the probes, they both carry that famous gold record. Once the probes are out of power, they will continue to roam for potentially billions of years. And just in case any intelligent life form in the cosmos finds them, they'll know we're here (or we WERE here.)
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    #nasa #nasajpl #voyager #heliosphere #heliopause #heliosheath #interstellarspace #solarwind #milkyway #cosmos #galaxies #nebulas #planets #solarsystem #solarsystemambassador
  •  22  4  9 May, 2019
  • NASA has been using CubeSats for a while now.  In fact, they started the "CubeSat Launch Initiative" which provides opportunities for small satellite payloads built by universities, high schools and non-profit organizations to fly on upcoming launches. CubeSats help in so many ways, including the first-ever deep space flight of the MarCo One and Two CubeSats along with the InSight mission to Mars in 2018.  The CubeSats trailed InSight on its journey and as it began to descend into the Martian atmosphere, the CubeSats relayed information about the vehicle back to Earth.  It wasn't essential to the mission, but NASA wanted to test out small spacecraft communications from deep space.  And they worked perfectly.  The last two images show the MarCo units as a concept drawing and a real-time photo of Mars from high above after InSight safely landed. (They are currently drifting out into space since their tiny mission is complete.)
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NASA and JPL will be doing a live talk on CubeSats tomorrow (May 9th) if you'd like to tune in! 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET, 0200 UTC): https://go.nasa.gov/2V84cOF
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  • NASA has been using CubeSats for a while now. In fact, they started the "CubeSat Launch Initiative" which provides opportunities for small satellite payloads built by universities, high schools and non-profit organizations to fly on upcoming launches. CubeSats help in so many ways, including the first-ever deep space flight of the MarCo One and Two CubeSats along with the InSight mission to Mars in 2018. The CubeSats trailed InSight on its journey and as it began to descend into the Martian atmosphere, the CubeSats relayed information about the vehicle back to Earth. It wasn't essential to the mission, but NASA wanted to test out small spacecraft communications from deep space. And they worked perfectly. The last two images show the MarCo units as a concept drawing and a real-time photo of Mars from high above after InSight safely landed. (They are currently drifting out into space since their tiny mission is complete.)
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    NASA and JPL will be doing a live talk on CubeSats tomorrow (May 9th) if you'd like to tune in! 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET, 0200 UTC): https://go.nasa.gov/2V84cOF
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  •  12  0  9 May, 2019
  • From NASA’s History page:
“The prime crew of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission relaxes on the deck of the NASA Motor Vessel Retriever prior to participating in water egress training in the Gulf of Mexico. Left to right, are astronauts Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot; Neil A. Armstrong, commander; and Michael Collins, command module pilot. In the background is Apollo Boilerplate 1102 which was used in the training exercise.” link:https://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/apollo/apollo11/hires/s69-34882.jpg

Apollo 11, May 24, 1969. source/image-credit: NASA-JSC.
#solarsystemambassador #nasa #moonlanding #apollo11
  • From NASA’s History page:
    “The prime crew of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission relaxes on the deck of the NASA Motor Vessel Retriever prior to participating in water egress training in the Gulf of Mexico. Left to right, are astronauts Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot; Neil A. Armstrong, commander; and Michael Collins, command module pilot. In the background is Apollo Boilerplate 1102 which was used in the training exercise.” link:https://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/apollo/apollo11/hires/s69-34882.jpg

    Apollo 11, May 24, 1969. source/image-credit: NASA-JSC.
    #solarsystemambassador #nasa #moonlanding #apollo11
  •  26  2  8 May, 2019
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Apollo program continues! Here we see the safe return of the Apollo 7 astronauts in 1968.  This mission was the first one with a crew too!! Commander Walter Schirra (left), command module pilot Donn Eisele (middle) and lunar module pilot Walter Cunningham (right) spent 11 days in space and achieved all research/testing goals to prove the spacecraft was capable of making the planned 8 day trip to land on the moon and return.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Apollo program continues! Here we see the safe return of the Apollo 7 astronauts in 1968. This mission was the first one with a crew too!! Commander Walter Schirra (left), command module pilot Donn Eisele (middle) and lunar module pilot Walter Cunningham (right) spent 11 days in space and achieved all research/testing goals to prove the spacecraft was capable of making the planned 8 day trip to land on the moon and return.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  •  27  1  7 May, 2019
  • ELON MUSK
Elon Musk leads Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), where he oversees the development and manufacturing of advanced rockets and spacecraft for missions to and beyond Earth orbit.

Founded in 2002, SpaceX’s mission is to enable humans to become a spacefaring civilization and a multi-planet species by building a self-sustaining city on Mars. In 2008, SpaceX’s Falcon 1 became the first privately developed liquid-fuel launch vehicle to orbit the Earth. Following that milestone, NASA awarded SpaceX with contracts to carry cargo and crew to the International Space Station (ISS). A global leader in commercial launch services, SpaceX is the first commercial provider to launch and recover a spacecraft from orbit, attach a commercial spacecraft to the ISS and successfully land an orbital-class rocket booster. By pioneering the development of fully and rapidly reusable rockets and spacecraft, SpaceX is dramatically reducing the cost of access to space, the first step in making life on Mars a reality in our lifetime.
www.spacex.com #solarsystemambassador #spacex
  • ELON MUSK
    Elon Musk leads Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), where he oversees the development and manufacturing of advanced rockets and spacecraft for missions to and beyond Earth orbit.

    Founded in 2002, SpaceX’s mission is to enable humans to become a spacefaring civilization and a multi-planet species by building a self-sustaining city on Mars. In 2008, SpaceX’s Falcon 1 became the first privately developed liquid-fuel launch vehicle to orbit the Earth. Following that milestone, NASA awarded SpaceX with contracts to carry cargo and crew to the International Space Station (ISS). A global leader in commercial launch services, SpaceX is the first commercial provider to launch and recover a spacecraft from orbit, attach a commercial spacecraft to the ISS and successfully land an orbital-class rocket booster. By pioneering the development of fully and rapidly reusable rockets and spacecraft, SpaceX is dramatically reducing the cost of access to space, the first step in making life on Mars a reality in our lifetime.
    www.spacex.com #solarsystemambassador #spacex
  •  19  0  7 May, 2019
  • From Space Center Houston - Watch “For All Mankind” 7pm, May 24th.
Experience the Apollo missions like the astronauts who flew aboard them with this visually compelling documentary. Hear stories and commentary straight from the Apollo astronauts themselves, woven amongst original Apollo film.
https://tickets.spacecenter.org/ #solarsystemambassador #apollo #moonlanding #spacecenterhouston
  • From Space Center Houston - Watch “For All Mankind” 7pm, May 24th.
    Experience the Apollo missions like the astronauts who flew aboard them with this visually compelling documentary. Hear stories and commentary straight from the Apollo astronauts themselves, woven amongst original Apollo film.
    https://tickets.spacecenter.org/ #solarsystemambassador #apollo #moonlanding #spacecenterhouston
  •  11  0  7 May, 2019
  • COSMIC MONDAY!! Powerful gushers of energy from stars can sculpt eerie figures with long, flowing veils of gas and dust. Case in point is "the Ghost of Cassiopeia," officially known as IC 63, located 550 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen.  Cassiopeia was always my favorite constellation to find in the night sky as a young astronomer.
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  • COSMIC MONDAY!! Powerful gushers of energy from stars can sculpt eerie figures with long, flowing veils of gas and dust. Case in point is "the Ghost of Cassiopeia," officially known as IC 63, located 550 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen. Cassiopeia was always my favorite constellation to find in the night sky as a young astronomer.
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  •  13  0  6 May, 2019
  • From JPL: “
Now Mars 2020 Can Phone Home
Mars 2020 engineers and technicians prepare the high-gain antenna for installation on the rover's equipment deck. The antenna is articulated so it can point directly at Earth to uplink or downlink data.

The image was taken on April 19, 2019, in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility's High Bay 1 clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California.

JPL is building and will manage operations of the Mars 2020 rover for the NASA Science Mission Directorate at the agency's headquarters in Washington.

For more information about the mission, go to:

https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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  • From JPL: “
    Now Mars 2020 Can Phone Home
    Mars 2020 engineers and technicians prepare the high-gain antenna for installation on the rover's equipment deck. The antenna is articulated so it can point directly at Earth to uplink or downlink data.

    The image was taken on April 19, 2019, in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility's High Bay 1 clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California.

    JPL is building and will manage operations of the Mars 2020 rover for the NASA Science Mission Directorate at the agency's headquarters in Washington.

    For more information about the mission, go to:

    https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
    #solarsystemambassador #JPL #mars
  •  17  0  4 May, 2019
  • Challenger Center - “All four of Christa McAuliffe’s lessons, filmed by Educator Astronaut Ricky Arnold are complete! View the videos and accompany classroom lessons here:” https://www.challenger.org/challenger_lessons/christas-lost-lessons/?fbclid=IwAR3DVeyLfKKSz_h8FI3RdeHSogFc-rD_r3sX9KExPKI8O3fdrcUEIs-IaRk .
#solarsystemambassador #nasa #challengercenter
  • Challenger Center - “All four of Christa McAuliffe’s lessons, filmed by Educator Astronaut Ricky Arnold are complete! View the videos and accompany classroom lessons here:” https://www.challenger.org/challenger_lessons/christas-lost-lessons/?fbclid=IwAR3DVeyLfKKSz_h8FI3RdeHSogFc-rD_r3sX9KExPKI8O3fdrcUEIs-IaRk .
    #solarsystemambassador #nasa #challengercenter
  •  19  0  3 May, 2019
  • Scary, yet historical!  Astronaut Bruce McCandless II was the first astronaut to float in space UNTETHERED from the space shuttle in 1984.  The first photo was one of the most sought after images from NASA back then, but it's the second photo that takes my breath away as he flew further away from the shuttle. He was testing the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU - aka "jet pack"). The tension was high at mission control that he would make it back safely, but he did and the rest is history!! I would love to float in space myself if I ever had the opportunity.  I've been skydiving before and loved that, so this would be next level amazing (and no doubt terrifying for a non-astronaut!)!
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  • Scary, yet historical! Astronaut Bruce McCandless II was the first astronaut to float in space UNTETHERED from the space shuttle in 1984. The first photo was one of the most sought after images from NASA back then, but it's the second photo that takes my breath away as he flew further away from the shuttle. He was testing the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU - aka "jet pack"). The tension was high at mission control that he would make it back safely, but he did and the rest is history!! I would love to float in space myself if I ever had the opportunity. I've been skydiving before and loved that, so this would be next level amazing (and no doubt terrifying for a non-astronaut!)!
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  •  35  0  3 May, 2019

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  • What’s up Space Lovers 🌟😘 I am so honored to announce to you all,  that I have renewed my contract with NASA JPL to continue to work as Solar System Ambassador. I will work harder and educate my community (Long Island, NY and Sri Lankan followers) about ongoing NASA missions and Explorations. 
Thank you so much Space Lovers for giving me your maximum support through out last year 🌟 I cherish all your support. Let’s work together and educate ourselves in space sciences 💪🏻🚀✨🛰🌎 Here’s a big cheer for the new year 💫🙈😘🙏🏻🌟 #NASA #JPL #SolarSystemAmbassador #SSA #NewYear2019 #SpaceLovers
  • What’s up Space Lovers 🌟😘 I am so honored to announce to you all, that I have renewed my contract with NASA JPL to continue to work as Solar System Ambassador. I will work harder and educate my community (Long Island, NY and Sri Lankan followers) about ongoing NASA missions and Explorations.
    Thank you so much Space Lovers for giving me your maximum support through out last year 🌟 I cherish all your support. Let’s work together and educate ourselves in space sciences 💪🏻🚀✨🛰🌎 Here’s a big cheer for the new year 💫🙈😘🙏🏻🌟 #NASA #JPL #SolarSystemAmbassador #SSA #NewYear2019 #SpaceLovers
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