“NASA has just released it’s 2017-2018 software catalog, which includes hundreds of free, royalty-free applications for a wide variety of uses. The catalog itself is pretty wide ranging, covering everything from drone aerodynamics to video compression.”
“Charlie Bolden is nearing the end of his tenure as administrator of NASA—he will likely leave the agency after the presidential election this year or early in 2017.”
“The International Space Station now has a door that will let crews float in from the commercial space taxis that SpaceX and Boeing are building, thanks to a nearly six-hour spacewalk.”
“NASA’s new artificial intelligence — capable of running on a cellphone — could soon put Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana to shame.”
“Shooting-star seekers heading out to watch the Perseid meteor shower Aug. 11 and 12 may see a much better show than in past years. That’s because the Earth will collide with more material than usual from Comet Swift-Tuttle, which is the source of the Perseids.”
“Jerrie Cobb kicked off her black pumps and crossed her stockinged feet on the floor. It was an unusual thing to do during a public hearing before a special subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics, but natural for Cobb. And it was a relaxed gesture that belied her stress.”
“Source code from NASA’s Apollo 11 flight software is now available to tear through on GitHub”
Did you know the ball used for the 2014 World Cup has a name? It’s called the Brazuca. And it is much better than the Jabulani that was used in 2010. Well, at least from a goal tender’s point of view. The Brazuca flies much better than the Jabulani which had a tendency to not spin and be unpredictable in the air.
Real world examples of things people can grasp like the game of soccer (aka football) make for nice teaching tools.
“Sports provide a great opportunity to introduce the next generation of researchers to our field of aerodynamics by showing them something they can relate to,” said Rabi Mehta, chief of the Experimental Aero-Physics Branch at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.