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NASA Whats Up for October

NASACast: What's Up? Video Podcasts

What's Up? -- A monthly video that gives tips for where you can find the moon, planets and stars in the night sky. Also includes amateur astronomy news and updates on NASA missions.

FaviconWhat's Up - September 2023

Posted on: 1 Sep 2023, 6:07 pm

Enjoy the bright beacon of Venus on September mornings, end the month with a Harvest Moon, and seek the elusive zodiacal light under dark skies.

ESO European Southern Observatory ESOcast

ESOcast SD

ESOcast is a video podcast series dedicated to bringing you the latest news and research from ESO, the European Southern Observatory. Here we explore the Universe's ultimate frontier.

FaviconThe furthest ever galactic magnetic field (ESOcast 267 Light)

Posted on: 6 Sep 2023, 11:00 am

Using ALMA, astronomers have detected the magnetic field of a galaxy so far away that its light has taken more than 11 billion years to reach us. Never before had we detected a galaxy’s magnetic field this far away. This video summarises the discovery.


Hubblecast HD

The latest news about astronomy, space and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope presented in High Definition is only for devices that play High Definition video (not iPhone or iPod). To watch the Hubblecast on your iPod and/or iPhone, please download the Standard Definition version also available on iTunes.

FaviconHubblecast 133: Spectroscopy with Hubble

Posted on: 16 Dec 2020, 4:00 am

CBS News Sunday Morning article Preserving the starry starry night



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FaviconNASA Selects Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition Contractors 2 Oct 2023, 4:00 pm

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Credits: NASA

NASA has selected seven companies to provide commercial data in support of the agency’s Earth science research.

The Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition Program will acquire Earth observation data and related services from commercial sources for NASA. This fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract will be effective for a period of five years with an option to extend services an additional six-months. The maximum potential value is cumulatively $476 million among all contractors selected.

The following companies were selected as part of this full and open competition:

  • Airbus DS Geo, Inc. of Herndon, Virginia
  • Capella Space Corp. of San Francisco
  • GHGSat, Inc. of Montreal
  • Maxar Intelligence, Inc. of Westminster, Colorado
  • Space Sciences and Engineering (dba PlanetiQ) of Golden, Colorado
  • Spire Global Subsidiary, Inc. of Vienna, Virginia
  • Umbra Lab, Inc., of Santa Barbara, California

The contract serves as a flexible method for NASA to acquire data from commercial sources that support NASA’s Earth science research and application activities. An emphasis will be placed on data acquired by commercial satellite constellations, affording the means of complementing NASA’s Earth observations data with higher resolutions, increased temporal frequency or other novel capabilities.

This contract will provide a cost-effective means to complement the suite of Earth observations acquired by NASA and other U.S. government agencies, as well as international partners and agencies. NASA will require end user license agreements to enable broad levels of dissemination and shareability of the commercial data. There is a set of government-defined license tiers associated with all contracts and task orders awarded for scientific non-commercial use.

For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:


Abbey Donaldson
Headquarters, Washington

FaviconJennifer L. Turner 2 Oct 2023, 2:22 pm

Environmental Portrait of Jennifer L. Turner for Faces of NASA Project.
Environmental Portrait of Jennifer L. Turner for Faces of NASA Project.
NASA / James Blair

“I can almost directly trace my entire career back to [my extracurriculars] in high school and a mentor I had. My first foray into engineering was this high school program called the Robotics Science Academy. It was basically my high school’s attempt to put together a curriculum that was designed specifically to prepare students for an engineering track in college. But since it was the first year of trying this program, there were only about eight of us. The high school teacher leading the robotics track, Mr. Donelson, was always [encouraging] about trying new things and getting out of our comfort zone. And I think that always really helped me.”

“So I owe a lot to him, for sure. He would stay after school with us and walk us through our assignments, and ended up encouraging us to enter an underwater robotics competition. Because we were fairly landlocked – which is obviously not great for underwater robotics that are meant for deep sea missions — we sort of lucked our way into the international competition.”

“Even so, we ended up winning a “bang for your buck” award based on the amount of tasks we completed in the mission and the cost of our robot, because the cost was very, very low. It was just this Frankenstein monstrosity of PVC pipes and messy high schooler soldering and wiring. But no matter how it looked, I was lucky to have teachers like Mr. Donelson to push all of us forward.”

Image Credit: NASA / James Blair

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NASA Image Of The Day

NASA Image of the Day

The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

FaviconOrigin of Marshall Space Flight Center 2 Oct 2023, 1:51 pm

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was created on October 1, 1958, to perform civilian research related to space flight and aeronautics. President Eisenhower commissioned Dr. T. Keith Glennan, right, as the first administrator for NASA and Dr. Hugh L. Dryden as deputy administrator.

APOD for Today


Astronomy Picture of the Day


Sometimes lightning occurs out near space. Sometimes lightning occurs out near space.


A good place to see a ring-of-fire eclipse, it seemed, would be from a desert. A good place to see a ring-of-fire eclipse, it seemed, would be from a desert.

Astronomy News News Feed

Favicon SpaceX wins $70 million Space Force contract for Starshield military satellites

SpaceX has won its first contract with the United States Space Force for its new Starshield satellite constellation.

Favicon SpaceX fires up Falcon Heavy rocket ahead of Psyche asteroid mission launch

SpaceX fired up its powerful Falcon Heavy rocket on Saturday (Sept. 30) to get it ready to launch NASA's Psyche asteroid mission on Oct. 12.

Faces of the Moon A new book by ASNH member Bob Crelin Click the book below for information on the book

There Once Was A Sky Full Of Stars A new book by ASNH member Bob Crelin Click the book below for information on the book

The 100 Best Targets for Astrophotography A new book by ASNH member Ruben Kier Click the book below for a review from

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