NASA scientists fly over Greenland to track melting ice
Friday, 16 August 2019 The fields of rippling ice 500 feet below the NASA plane give way to the blue-green of water dotted with irregular chunks of bleached-white ice, some the size of battleships, some as tall as 15-story buildings. Like nearly every other glacier on Greenland, the massive Kangerlussuaq is melting. In fact, the giant frozen island has seen one of its biggest melts on record this year. NASA scientist Josh Willis is now closely studying the phenomenon in hopes of figuring out precisely how global warming is eating away at Greenland’s ice. Advertising Specifically, he wants to know whether the melting is being caused more by warm air or warm seawater. The answer could be crucial to...
If you've ever wondered what space smells like, you're not alone. According to Gizmodo, plenty of people are curious about what kind of scent may be out there. As od Sunday, a Kickstarter has received more than $321,000 for a NASA-Designed Perfume that smells like space. The campaign’s organizers say NASA designed the perfume decades ago for training purposes. "Eau de Space"’ has been a closely guarded NASA secret, but the Kickstarter organizers have acquired the recipe.
Would you travel to the edge of space in a giant balloon? A Florida-based company wants to do exactly that with adventurous travellers. Space Perspective plans to provide rides with eight passengers and a flight crew in a pressurised capsule suspended beneath a hydrogen-filled balloon the size of a football stadium. Passengers will embark on a six-hour journey to the edge of space and back, where only 20 people have been before. Each passenger could pay an estimated $125,000 for the trip. The balloon design is derived from technology that NASA has used for decades for flying large research telescopes. Next year, Space Perspective plans to complete an unmanned test flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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NASA has named their headquarters after ‘hidden figure’ Mary W. Jackson NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Wednesday (24 June) the agency's HQ building in Washington, D.C., will be named after Mary W. Jackson. She was the first African-American female engineer at NASA. Jackson started her NASA career in the segregated West Area Computing Unit of the agency's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The Mathematician and Aerospace engineer went on to lead programs influencing the hiring and promotion of women in NASA's science, technology engineering and mathematics careers.
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A unusually high number of wildfires were reported in Greenland in July and August as scientists expressed concern over rising temperatures in the Arctic Circle. This footage from Orla Joelsen, shows..