Silicon Republic: NASA, ESA and JAXA’s new tool shows our climate changed by Covid-19

Silicon Republic: NASA, ESA and JAXA’s new tool shows our climate changed by Covid-19. “NASA, ESA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have unveiled a new tool designed to give researchers and policymakers access to planet-wide changes in the environment and human society following the largest pandemic in a generation. The Covid-19 Earth Observation Dashboard integrates multiple satellite data records with analytical tools to allow user-friendly tracking of changes in air and water quality, climate change, economic activity, and agriculture.”

Space: NASA needs your help teaching its Curiosity rover how to drive on Mars

Space: NASA needs your help teaching its Curiosity rover how to drive on Mars. “NASA is asking for your help to guide its Curiosity rover around sand traps, sharp rocks and other obstacles on the Red Planet. A new online tool called AI4Mars, hosted on Zooniverse, allows anyone to label parts of the terrain in the landscape surrounding Curiosity, which has been roving on Mars since 2012.”

NASA: NASA Fosters Innovative Ways to Understand Biodiversity

NASA: NASA Fosters Innovative Ways to Understand Biodiversity. “To study and monitor changes in Earth’s biodiversity, or the immense volume of organisms in the world, scientists and citizen scientists record their sightings in the field. At the same time, sensors on the ground and on board satellites and aircraft monitor flora and fauna on a regional to global scale. NASA has funded four projects to create new, virtual portals that bring into focus this wealth of biodiversity information to help inform scientists, land managers and decision makers around the world regarding the status and health of terrestrial ecosystems.”

NASA Mars Exploration Program: NASA’s Mars Rover Drivers Need Your Help

NASA Mars Exploration Program: NASA’s Mars Rover Drivers Need Your Help. “You may be able to help NASA’s Curiosity rover drivers better navigate Mars. Using the online tool AI4Mars to label terrain features in pictures downloaded from the Red Planet, you can train an artificial intelligence algorithm to automatically read the landscape.”

Neowin: NASA’s ventilator prototype approved for use by the FDA

Neowin: NASA’s ventilator prototype approved for use by the FDA. “Many firms and organizations across the world have responded to a possible, upcoming shortage of ventilators due to COVID-19. Recently, we’ve seen companies like Tesla, Maingear, and others, venture into the domain. NASA too has been active in taking action in the fight against the global pandemic. Now, the space agency has made a ventilator that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat severe cases of COVID-19.”

Science Alert: What Did Hubble Capture on Your Birthday? New NASA Tool Lets You Find Out

Science Alert: What Did Hubble Capture on Your Birthday? New NASA Tool Lets You Find Out. “Every hour, seven days a week, 365 days a year, Hubble is busy doing something. Which means the telescope’s back catalogue would have something cool for every day of the year. For Hubble’s 30th anniversary, NASA has created a fun feature. On the space telescope’s website, there’s now a function that allows you to type in the day and month of your birth, and see what Hubble captured on one of your past birthdays.”

CNET: NASA created a game that lets you help map the ocean’s coral reefs

CNET: NASA created a game that lets you help map the ocean’s coral reefs. “Specifically, researchers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California have spent years canvassing the ocean floor using special cameras mounted to drones and aircraft. The unique lenses on the cameras give the researchers a clear view of the ocean floor, including coral and other wildlife with 3D imagery from locations in places like Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa. Now, NASA has a huge job on its hands — combing through those images and identifying everything that’s in them. NASA’s solution? A new game for Mac and iOS called NeMO-Net, which you can play right now (an Android version is still in the works).”

New Atlas: NASA’s first global groundwater maps reveal drought in remote areas

New Atlas: NASA’s first global groundwater maps reveal drought in remote areas. “While a drought may quickly become evident in inhabited regions that depend on regular rain, when remote parts of the world undergo a dry spell it might not become obvious for a long time, if ever. To build a more complete picture of drought-stricken areas, NASA has developed its first global groundwater map, which it hopes will become useful way of monitoring water supplies as the world contends with ever-hotter temperatures.”

NASA: #NASAatHome – Let NASA Bring the Universe to Your Home

NASA: #NASAatHome – Let NASA Bring the Universe to Your Home. “NASA at Home offers something for the whole family. It brings together a repository of binge-worthy videos and podcasts, engaging E-books on a variety of topics, do-it-yourself projects, and virtual and augmented reality tours, which include the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station, as well as an app that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a NASA aircraft.”

The Verge: This website lets you relive Apollo 13 in real time through historical transcripts, footage, and audio

The Verge: This website lets you relive Apollo 13 in real time through historical transcripts, footage, and audio. “The 50th anniversary of NASA’s infamous Apollo 13 mission is almost here, and a new website just went live today that will let you relive the heart-wrenching journey as if it were happening live. The website, called Apollo 13 in Real Time, provides transcripts, video footage, and audio recordings surrounding the historical flight, posting the material at the exact times they were created half a century ago.”

Slashgear: NASA wants the public to help track light pollution from VLEO satellites

Slashgear: NASA wants the public to help track light pollution from VLEO satellites. “NASA wants the public to help it track very-low Earth orbit (VLEO) satellites and the potential light pollution issues they may cause. The space agency launched a public science project that anyone can participate in, stating that it only requires a tripod, smartphone, and the use of a website that reveals when satellites will be overhead.”

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.”