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Date: June 1, 2012 3:18:00 PM PDT
Subject: News about Space-Related Events
(This isn’t an official NASA announcement email; these are just items that I think are interesting and I want to share. Feel free to forward.)
With the annular eclipse (May 20, 2012), the splash-down of Dragon (May 31, 2012), and the going-up of NuSTAR (June 13, 2012), there are a lot of eyes on the skies. But wait, there’s more! A Partial Lunar Eclipse (June 4), the Transit of Venus (June 5), a LANDSAT contest (which closes on June 6) and JPL’s Open House (June 9 and 10, 2012).
PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
Partial eclipse of the Moon before and during dawn Monday morning for central and western North America. The partial eclipse begins at 3:00 a.m. PDT; mid-eclipse (with 38% of the Moon's diameter in shadow) is at 4:03 a.m. PDT; partial eclipse ends at 5:07 a.m. PDT. For details see June 4th's Partial Eclipse of the Moon. (Sky & Telescope)
Tuesday is Venus transit day -- that hole-in-the-sun journey taken by our neighboring planet -- and unlike the last time this occurred, the event will be visible to all of North America. Not that you should look at it.
As NASA notes, Venus is too minuscule to block the blinding glare of the sun. You need a filter. NASA suggests No. 14 welder's glasses.
On June 5, 2012 at 6:03 PM EDT, the planet Venus will do something it has done only seven times since the invention of the telescope: cross in front of the sun. This transit is among the rarest of planetary alignments and it has an odd cycle. Two such Venus transits always occur within eight years of each other and then there is a break of either 105 or 121 years before it happens again. You can watch this on the web: http://venustransit.gsfc.nasa.gov/.
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is being prepared for the final journey to its launch pad on Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean. The mission will study everything from massive black holes to our own sun. It is scheduled to launch no earlier than June 13.
"We will see the hottest, densest and most energetic objects with a fundamentally new, high-energy X-ray telescope that can obtain much deeper and crisper images than before," said Fiona Harrison, the NuSTAR principal investigator at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., who first conceived of the mission 20 years ago.
LANDSAT CONTEST OFFERS VIEW OF LOCAL LANDSCAPE CHANGE FROM SPACE
WASHINGTON -- To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the United States' Landsat Earth-observing program, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are holding a contest that will offer winners customized satellite views of changing local landscapes.
All U.S. citizens are eligible to enter the "My American Landscape: A Space Chronicle of Change" contest. Winners will be announced on July 23 at a Landsat Program anniversary news conference in Washington, which will be carried live on NASA Television. The submissions deadline is Wednesday, June 6.
The Landsat Program has created the longest continuous global record of the Earth's surface observed from space. The images are a critical ingredient in decision making for agriculture, climate research, disaster mitigation, ecosystems, forestry, human health, and water management.
To enter the contest, send NASA an email describing the local landscape changes you are interested in where you live, and what you hope to learn about them from Landsat's four decades of observations from space. Scientists will review the Landsat data archive for the six areas selected and show the changes observed at the July 23 event.
For more information on the contest and details on how to enter,
The first Landsat satellite rocketed into space on July 23, 1972. The Landsat Program was our nation's first step toward studying in a comprehensive way what was happening across the American landscape and around the world. Landsat satellites have documented our planet ever since in great detail, giving us valuable information about Earth's surface, its ecosystems and the impacts of human activity and natural disasters. NASA is preparing to launch the next Landsat satellite in 2013, which will be turned over to USGS for operations and data distribution.
For more information about the Landsat Program, visit:
JPL OPEN HOUSE
News release: 2012-136 May 15, 2012
JPL Invites all Earthlings to Annual Open House
The full version of this story with accompanying images is at:
PASADENA, Calif. – NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., invites the public to its annual Open House on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, themed "Great Journeys," will take visitors on a "ride" through the wonders of space. Highlights include a life-size model of Mars Science Laboratory, the NASA/JPL spacecraft currently bound for Mars; demonstrations from numerous space missions; JPL’s machine shop, where robotic spacecraft parts are built; and the Microdevices Lab, where engineers and scientists use tiny technology to revolutionize space exploration.
The Earth Science Center, the most recent addition to JPL, will show 3-D videos of our home planet and JPL’s Earth science missions. Upon entering, visitors will pass an Earth globe with data from NASA’s Earth-orbiting satellites projected onto the sphere.
JPL Open House appeals to kids and adults, with plenty of hands-on activities and opportunities to talk with scientists and engineers. For the first time ever, JPL invites cell phone users with text message capabilities to take part in a mobile scavenger hunt. Participants in “The Voyage” scavenger hunt can search for secret capsules hidden across JPL and unlock secret codes. (Please note that message and data rates may apply.) Scavenger hunt instructions will be available at Open House in the handout map.
Guests are also invited to ask questions, invite friends, and post photos and videos on our Facebook Open House event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/325861567482245/ . Visitors using Twitter are encouraged to use the #JPLOpen hashtag.
JPL is located at 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, Calif., 91109. Admission to Open House is free. Parking is also free, but is limited. To get to JPL, take the Berkshire Avenue/Oak Grove Drive exit from the 210 Freeway in La Canada/Flintridge. All visitors should wear comfortable shoes -- no buses will be provided from JPL parking lots. JPL will provide vans for mobility-challenged guests.
Vehicles entering NASA/JPL property are subject to inspection. Visitors cannot bring these items to NASA/JPL: weapons, explosives, incendiary devices, dangerous instruments, alcohol, illegal drugs, pets, all types of skates including skateboards, Segways and bicycles. No bags, backpacks or ice chests are allowed, except small purses and diaper bags.
More information, and photos of Open House from previous years are online at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/open-house.cfm .
Media wishing to cover the event should RSVP to: Priscilla Vega at Priscilla.r.vega@... or 1-818-354-1357, or Elena Mejia at Elena.mejia@... or 1-818-393-5467 .
Priscilla Vega 818-354-1357 / Elena Mejia 818-393-5467
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
priscilla.r.vega@... / Elena.Mejia@...
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