That Was The Week That Was, June 28-July 2, 2010 . . . A Digest of Goddard People, Science, & Media, PLUS Historical Tidbits and Our Best Stuff in the Blogopodcastotwittersphere
MONDAY JUNE 28: Goddard scientific data visualizer Helen-Nicole Kostis talks about the video she created explaining the effect of air pollution on clouds.
Fifty years ago today, on June 28, 1960, the Smithsonian Institution awarded the Langley Medal posthumously to Robert H. Goddard.
NASA Blueshift’s Weekly Awesomeness Roundup ticks off the most blogolicious NASA science and images of the week.
Meanwhile, back at the What On Earth blog, writer Adam Voiland serves up the latest NASA Earth Buzz of “the most fascinating, surprising, and thought-provoking Earth science we stumble across.” Goddard bloggers: reliably blogolicious and NEVER decaffeinated.
And introduciiiiinnnnggggg: The newly renamed NASA Center for Climate Simulation. For a taste of NCCS high tech, visit the Supercomputer Down the Hall.
TUESDAY JUNE 29: A critical component of the James Webb Space Telescope called a microshutter assembly ships off to Europe for installation into the observatory’s near-infrared spectrograph.
Cynthia Tonn, a “junior” engineer working on a gas-sniffing instrument bound for Mars, is profiled in a short video.
NASA Goddard’s Flickr site uploads the latest satellite video of Tropical Storm Alex, whirling in the Gulf of Mexico. Three cheers for Goddard’s Mistress of Imagery, Rebecca Roth, who keeps the Flickr site well stocked with blogolicious pix.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 30: Hurricane Alex howls ashore this evening about 100 miles south of the Tex-Mex border. A NASA satellite was watching earlier as then-tropical storm Alex intensified to became the first hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic Ocean Hurricane Season.
On the NASA Blueshift blog, globe-trotting Goddard intern Faith Tucker visits a smorgasbord ancient astronomical cultural sites like the “megacool megalith” Stonehenge.
Gogblog raves with almost embarrassing enthusiasm about the upcoming International Observe the Moon Night. What will you be watching Saturday September 18 — Earth’s sole natural satellite or “Dancing With The Stars?”
Nine years ago today, the Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) roared into space. . . .Later renamed The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), it measured the temperature of the cosmic background radiation over the full sky with unprecedented accuracy and helped resolve some major cosmic mysteries. See you at the 10-year anniversary.
The National Capital Area Disks meeting brings exoplanet scientists to Goddard to discuss the origin and formation of alien worlds. . . . SURVEY SAYS! Did you know that — so far — about 20 percent of stars surveyed have planets or planetary systems? Pretty good odds for life in the universe, eh?
What does sooty air pollution have to do with climate change? In a new airborne experiment, NASA scientists are trying to figure it out.
DEEP BREATH: Writer Laura Layton explains how oxygen ends up on the surface of the saturnian moon Titan.
FRIDAY JULY 2: The new and nationwide Know Your Earth campaign launches. . . “It takes a look at understanding our planet and climate change through a fun, lighthearted, and engaging three-minute video segment that has been released in almost 300 nationwide movie theaters as part of National CineMedia’s Lobby Entertainment Network.” Watch the video in theater lobbies in 40+ states. Just follow the bouncing astronaut. . . . SPOOKY: Don’t miss this Know Your Earth campaign video, if only for the cool Harry Potter-esque soundtrack. . . NASA Reveals Most Unusual Planet.
HEINLEIN’S CRATER: The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s LOLA instrument snags a look at Mare Crisium, the location of Luna City in Robert Heinlein’s science fiction novel, “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,” about a lunar colony’s revolt against rule from Earth
HOT NEW SITE: There’s a new comprehensive Sun Earth System website about the sun and its connections to Earth. . . . One stop shopping for NASA solar science.
OH AND DID I MENTION? All opinions and opinionlike objects in this blog are mine alone and NOT those of NASA or Goddard Space Flight Center.