NASA http://www.kplu.org en Visualizing a world of data http://www.kplu.org/post/visualizing-world-data <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First released in 2004, NASA’s </span><a href="http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/index.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">World Wind</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is an open source, 3-D model of Earth generated from satellite imaging data.</span></p><p>It’s not just a fancy globe. The model is designed to accommodate all kinds of information about our planet that can be updated in real time.</p><p><a href="http://www.stratnews.com/" target="_blank">Strategic News Service</a> publisher and KPLU technology commentator Mark Anderson says World Wind is sparking a revolution in planetary data visualization. Anderson is so impressed by the technology that he made “Digitizing the Planet” the theme of his recent <a href="http://www.futureinreview.com/" target="_blank">Future in Review</a>, or FiRe, conference in southern California.</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:45:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 9154 at http://www.kplu.org Visualizing a world of data NASA captures stunning image of giant hurricane on Saturn http://www.kplu.org/post/nasa-captures-stunning-image-giant-hurricane-saturn <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What looks like a “deep red rose of giant proportions” is actually a huge hurricane on Saturn’s north pole, says NASA.</span></p><p>NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which has been orbiting Saturn for nine years, captured this image of the storm at the center of the planet’s north pole. The red tint indicates low clouds while the green hue indicates high clouds, thanks to a special filter.</p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:54:05 +0000 Martha Kang 8610 at http://www.kplu.org NASA captures stunning image of giant hurricane on Saturn UW astronomer discovers alien planet that seems ideal for life http://www.kplu.org/post/uw-astronomer-discovers-alien-planet-seems-ideal-life <p>A&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;University of Washington astronomer has discovered an alien planet where life might flourish.</span></p><p>Eric Agol, associate professor of astronomy at the University of Washington, found Kepler-62f, one of three so-called “Goldilocks” planets as a part of NASA’s Kepler space telescope mission. He co-authored the paper on the discoveries <span style="line-height: 1.5;">published in the journal Science Thursday.</span></p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:04:54 +0000 Martha Kang 8460 at http://www.kplu.org UW astronomer discovers alien planet that seems ideal for life Senator: NASA to lasso asteroid, park it near moon and explore it http://www.kplu.org/post/senator-nasa-lasso-asteroid-park-it-near-moon-and-explore-it <p></p><div class="articlePluckHidden" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;"><p itemprop="articleBody" style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">NASA is planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon for astronauts to explore, a top senator revealed Friday.</p></div><div class="articlePluckHidden" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;"><p itemprop="articleBody" style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">The robotic ship would capture the 500-ton 25-foot asteroid in 2019. Then using an Orion space capsule, now being developed, a crew of about four astronauts would nuzzle up next to the rock in 2021 for spacewalking exploration, according to a government document obtained by The Associated Press.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:26:24 +0000 The Associated Press 8321 at http://www.kplu.org Senator: NASA to lasso asteroid, park it near moon and explore it Amazon CEO recovers Apollo engines from Atlantic http://www.kplu.org/post/amazon-ceo-recovers-apollo-engines-atlantic <p><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Two mammoth rocket engines that helped boost Apollo astronauts to the moon have been fished out of the Atlantic.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>An expedition led by&nbsp;<font color="red">Amazon</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">CEO</font>&nbsp;Jeff Bezos pulled up the engines and is headed back to Cape Canaveral, Fla., after three weeks at sea.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:07:16 +0000 The Associated Press 8077 at http://www.kplu.org Washington companies could help NASA get humans to Mars http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-companies-could-help-nasa-get-humans-mars <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington companies could have a major role in future trips to the moon, an asteroid or Mars. NASA engineers are in Seattle this week meeting with contractors working on </span><a href="http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/index.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">the Orion program</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, designed to launch astronauts far into space, well beyond where the space shuttle traveled.</span></p><p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7867 at http://www.kplu.org Washington companies could help NASA get humans to Mars Mars and the value of science http://www.kplu.org/post/mars-and-value-science <p>The Mars rover <a href="http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/"><em>Curiosity</em>&nbsp;</a>has been making its first tentative drives on the&nbsp;surface of the Red Planet. Soon, it will make a quarter-mile journey away from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradbury_Landing#cite_note-flood-11">Bradbury Landing</a> to explore a site called <a href="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-246">Glenelg</a>, where it'll examine rock formations.</p><p>On this month's edition of The Digital Future, <a href="http://www.stratnews.com/">Strategic News Service</a> publisher Mark Anderson tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that the August 5th&nbsp;Mars landing is more than just another triumph for NASA; it's a reminder that <em>science is reality</em>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 6091 at http://www.kplu.org Mars and the value of science Seattle's space shuttle trainer getting new parts this weekend http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-space-shuttle-trainer-getting-new-parts-weekend <p>NASA is making a special delivery to Seattle this weekend. If you go to the <a href="http://www.museumofflight.org/">Museum of Flight </a>on Saturday morning, you&rsquo;ll see one of the world&rsquo;s biggest cargo planes land in the parking lot. It&rsquo;s carrying the cockpit and crew cabin of a<a href="http://www.museumofflight.org/space-shuttle-trainer"> full-sized space shuttle trainer</a>.</p><p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Lindsay Lowe 5418 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's space shuttle trainer getting new parts this weekend 'Blue Marble 2012': NASA's 'Most Amazing' High Def Image Of Earth So Far http://www.kplu.org/post/nasa-unveils-most-amazing-high-def-image-earth The <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/features/bm_gallery_1.html" target="_blank">"Blue Marble" image</a> of Earth snapped by the crew of Apollo 17 in 1972 is one of the most famous photos ever taken. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:17:20 +0000 Mark Memmott 3918 at http://www.kplu.org 'Blue Marble 2012': NASA's 'Most Amazing' High Def Image Of Earth So Far Will Seattle get a space shuttle? http://www.kplu.org/post/will-seattle-get-space-shuttle <p>April 12 is the day we&#39;ll learn if the Puget Sound region will become home to one of NASA&#39;s retiring space shuttles. There are 27 institutions vying for the three orbiters, and Seattle&#39;s <a href="http://www.museumofflight.org/">Museum of Flight</a> is one of the contenders.</p> Fri, 04 Mar 2011 22:36:53 +0000 Dave Meyer 934 at http://www.kplu.org Will Seattle get a space shuttle?