NASA: NASA Sets Coverage, Invites Public to Virtually Join Lucy Launch

NASA: NASA Sets Coverage, Invites Public to Virtually Join Lucy Launch. “Lucy is scheduled to launch no earlier than 5:34 a.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 16, on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Live launch coverage will begin at 5 a.m. EDT on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. NASA will hold a prelaunch briefing Wednesday, Oct. 13, and science and engineering briefings Oct. 14.”

NASA: Take a 3D Spin on Mars and Track NASA’s Perseverance Rover

NASA: Take a 3D Spin on Mars and Track NASA’s Perseverance Rover. “Two online interactive experiences let you check out Jezero Crater – the landing site and exploration locale for NASA’s Perseverance rover – without leaving our planet. One new experience, called ‘Explore with Perseverance,’ allows you to follow along with the rover as though you were standing on the surface of Mars. Another interactive – ‘Where Is Perseverance?’ – shows the current location of the rover and Ingenuity Mars Helicopter as they explore the Red Planet.”

Phys .org: Largest virtual universe free for anyone to explore

Phys .org: Largest virtual universe free for anyone to explore. “Forget about online games that promise you a ‘whole world’ to explore. An international team of researchers has generated an entire virtual universe, and made it freely available on the cloud to everyone. Uchuu (meaning ‘outer space’ in Japanese) is the largest and most realistic simulation of the universe to date.”

CNET: Astronomers 3D-print stellar nurseries you can hold in your hand

CNET: Astronomers 3D-print stellar nurseries you can hold in your hand. “Nia Amara is both an astrophysicist and an artist. Those two passions have united in a project that’s helping scientists visualize stellar nurseries, the massive clouds of dust and gas where stars are born. Amara and her team 3D-printed polished, baseball-size orbs that look like oversized marbles with swirling patterns inside.”

Engadget: NASA says the Mars Perseverance rover has collected its first sample

Engadget: NASA says the Mars Perseverance rover has collected its first sample. “After initially failing to capture a rock sample, NASA has confirmed that Perseverance succeeded in its second attempt. The space agency has verified that a pencil-width core of rust-colored rock is safely trapped in the rover’s sample tube tube, ready to be processed and sent back to Earth, CNET has reported.”

Northern Arizona University News: Astronomer recruiting volunteers in effort to quadruple number of known active asteroids

Northern Arizona University News: Astronomer recruiting volunteers in effort to quadruple number of known active asteroids. “The study of active asteroids is a relatively new field of solar system science, focusing on objects that have asteroid-like orbits but look more like comets, with visual characteristics such as tails…. Through funding from a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award in 2018, doctoral student Colin Orion Chandler in Northern Arizona University’s Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science launched an ambitious new project, Active Asteroids, which is designed to engage volunteers in the search for more of these enigmatic objects.”

COVID-19 oxygen demand delaying launches from SpaceX and ULA (Click Orlando)

Click Orlando: COVID-19 oxygen demand delaying launches from SpaceX and ULA. “Despite a breakneck cadence of launches during the first half of the year, neither Cape Canaveral Space Force Station nor Kennedy Space Center have hosted a mission since June 30. Had the cadence held, the spaceport was well on its way to approaching a record-breaking 40 to 50 launches in 2021. But changing demands for oxygen have forced suppliers to prioritize hospitals overrun with COVID patients – and high-priority customers like launch providers are not immune to seeing their tanks slowly lose pressure.”

CNET: If NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover used Google Photos, it would look like this

CNET: If NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover used Google Photos, it would look like this. “Perhaps one day when we humans finally get to Mars, we’ll take our Android phones and the Google Photos albums and montages we’ve created. Until then, we can live vicariously through a Google video that imagines what it would be like if NASA’s Perseverance rover used the photo-wrangling system.”

Launch Back to School With NASA: Student and Educator Resources for the 2021-2022 School Year (NASA)

NASA: Launch Back to School With NASA: Student and Educator Resources for the 2021-2022 School Year. “As students across the country are saying goodbye to the summer and the new school year is kicking off, NASA is gearing up to engage students in exciting activities and thought-provoking challenges throughout the year ahead…. Below, NASA has prepared a long list of mission-related resources and opportunities for students, educators, and families to utilize during the 2021-2022 school year. Follow NASA STEM on Twitter and Facebook social media channels using the hashtags #BacktoSchool and #NASASTEM for additional content and updates.”

Ubergizmo: It Looks Like Space Won’t Be Safe From Ads

Ubergizmo: It Looks Like Space Won’t Be Safe From Ads. “Whether you’re driving down the street, reading a newspaper, checking your mail, or browsing the web on your phone, you’re bound to come across an ad or two. However, it seems that even the deep, dark recesses of space won’t be spared by advertisers because that’s what SpaceX and Geometric Energy Corporation are planning to do.” Enjoy your majestic-views-of-space-sans-billboards while they last.

Digital Trends: How to watch Northrop Grumman launch its 16th cargo mission to the ISS this week

Digital Trends: How to watch Northrop Grumman launch its 16th cargo mission to the ISS this week. “This Tuesday, August 10, an uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft will be launched on a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), packed with scientific research and supplies for the crew. NASA will be streaming the launch of the craft so you can watch along live at home, and we’ve got all the details.”

Emory News Center: New Emory digital learning hub marks Apollo 15 moon mission’s 50th anniversary

Emory News Center: New Emory digital learning hub marks Apollo 15 moon mission’s 50th anniversary. “In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 15 Mission, the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) has launched a new digital learning hub that assembles, preserves and makes available primary source records of Apollo 15 for research, education, history and as an example of a unique human endeavor. The hub will offer access to a digital archive of Apollo 15 onboard materials, an interactive 3D model of the lunar module and links to reliable primary sources of Apollo history.”