Smithsonian Magazine: Take a Trip Around Pluto and Charon With These New Animations

Smithsonian Magazine: Take a Trip Around Pluto and Charon With These New Animations. “Two years ago this month, New Horizons zipped by the dwarf planet Pluto, giving humanity its first close-up look at the icy world. Though the fly-by may be long over, scientists are still working through the trove of data beamed back during the venture. And to mark the anniversary, NASA released a new series of maps and videos to explore these distant bodies.”

TechCrunch: NASA finds real uses for VR and AR in astronomy and engineering

TechCrunch: NASA finds real uses for VR and AR in astronomy and engineering. “Studying the astronomical number of stars in our galaxy is generally done using legacy tools, scattered databases, perhaps even paper and pencil. And as such it can be hard to use that great multi-purpose pattern recognition engine, the human brain, to full effect on the information. Tom Grubb, an engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, has felt for years that VR and AR are valuable tools for exploring and working with this type of data, and his team has just presented its first paper directly resulting from using those technologies.”

Phys .org: NASA forest structure mission releases first data

Phys .org: NASA forest structure mission releases first data . “NASA’s Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation mission (GEDI) released its first publicly available data on January 21, 2020, giving researchers access to measurements of forests around the world.”

TechCrunch: New NASA app puts you in the pilot’s seat of Boeing’s Starliner or SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

TechCrunch: New NASA app puts you in the pilot’s seat of Boeing’s Starliner or SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. “NASA has a new app (or web-based game, if you’re on desktop) that provides a simplified simulation of what it’s like to plan and run a commercial crew mission — meaning one of the planned varieties of mission that will actually take place aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing Starliner once they begin flying crews next year.”

CNET: How to watch the first all-female spacewalk with NASA on the ISS

CNET: How to watch the first all-female spacewalk with NASA on the ISS. “We’re going to give this another try. NASA wisely scrubbed what was supposed to be the first all-female spacewalk in March after a spacesuit sizing problem meant the right suits weren’t available for the endeavor. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will now get a chance to make history as early as Thursday.”

Air & Space Magazine: Girl Scouts, Now You Can Earn a Badge in Space Science

Air & Space Magazine: Girl Scouts, Now You Can Earn a Badge in Space Science. “The Girl Scouts was just a year old when, in 1913, it began awarding badges to young women for electronics and aviation. More than a century later, it is challenging members to aim even higher, with the release this summer of three new space science badges encouraging girls to learn about astronomy and the exploration of other worlds.”

TechCrunch: NASA shares 3D Moon data for CG artists and creators

TechCrunch: NASA shares 3D Moon data for CG artists and creators. “If you want to set your movie or game on the Moon, it’s not hard to find imagery of our photogenic satellite. But NASA has just released a useful and beautiful new set of data just for creators that includes not just imagery but depth data, making it simple to build an incredibly detailed 3D map of the Moon.”