That Was The Week That Was, December 5-10, 2010. . . A Digest of Goddard People, Science, & Media, PLUS Historical Tidbits and Our Best Stuff in the Blogpodcastotwitterverse
SUNDAY December 5: The Smithsonian AirSpace blog features Robert Goddard, the namesake of our center.
Ocean bloom: A large springtime bloom colored the ocean near the Chatham Islands, New Zealand. The Aqua satellite captured a stunning image of this colorful event today.
MONDAY December 6: On the NASA What On Earth blog, a new “what on Earth is that?” puzzler to solve.
Northern jewel: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Turns 50 today. Here’s NASA Earth Observatory’s Image of the Day: a NASA/Aqua portrait of this unique wildlife area.
TUESDAY December 7: On this day 15 years ago, the Galileo spacecraft released a probe into Jupiter’s atmosphere. Also today, in 2001, NASA launched the Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) mission. TIMED is studying a region of Earth’s upper atmosphere that has never been the subject of a comprehensive, long-term scientific investigation.
Sneaky sun: Harvard scientists use STEREO spacecraft to count space weather “sneak attacks” from sun.
Snowy isle: NASA’s Aqua satellite images a snow-blanketed Ireland after a powerful winter storm hit much of northern Europe in early December
Oh Snap! A Week in the Life of Goddard: Here are some of the more than 700 photographs submitted by Goddard employees, documenting life and work “on Center.”
Cool finding: Computer model shows tree growth could help cool a world with doubled atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.
WEDNESDAY December 8: Solar Dynamics Observatory snaps the spaced out smiley face of our home star.
Goddard filmfest: Employees use ballots to vote for their favorite NASA science and mission videos.
Diamond planet: Scientists announce discovery of a carbon-rich, possibly diamond-littered world previously hypothesized by Goddard exoplanet researcher Marc Kuchner and others.
Good attitude: Read a Q&A with Goddard’s Melissa Vess, an engineer who worked on the attitude control system for Solar Dynamics Observatory mission.
Midwest mantle: Snow covers the U.S. Midwest in this new Terra satellite image.
Deadly flood: Goddard scientists use their satellite fleet to map the heavy rainfalls in Venezuela, Colombia, and Costa Rica in late November and early December 2010 that killed more than 190 people.
THURSDAY December 9: Try to focus: A new video takes viewers behind the Webb’s mirrors to investigate “actuators,” one component that will help Webb focus on some of the earliest objects in the universe.
FRIDAY December 10: On this day in 1974, NASA launches Helios 1, a joint project of Goddard Space Flight Center and the Federal Republic of Germany — NASA’s first such project with that nation.
What’d he call it? On the NASA Blueshift blog, Goddard astrophysicist Koji Mukai writes about the mystery of Hanny’s Voorwerp.
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