Videos: TMRO Orbit 11.17 – Women working in STEM + Orbit 11.16 – Making Space Accessible via Space Nation

Here is the most recent live program: Women working in STEM – Orbit 11.17 – TMRO

Holly Griffith, NASA Orion Vehicle Systems Engineer joins us this week to talk women working at NASA and in STEM. 

Recent launches and space news topics covered:

Sentinal-3B launches on Russian Rockot
Chinese Long March 11 launches Zhuhai-1 remote sensing satellites

Uranus smells like farts
Bridenstine sworn in as NASA Administrator


Here is the previous episode: Making Space Accessible via Space Nation – Orbit 11.16 – TMRO

Kalle Vähä-Jaakkola, co-founder of Space Nation joins us to talk Astronaut Training and making space accessible to mere mortals.

Launches and news topics covered:

Atlas V launches AFSPC 11
Falcon 9 launches TESS
Proton launches Blagovest No. 12L

Meteorite Diamonds!
New Orbital ATK Rocket
DARKNESS will hunt for planets


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Videos: “Space to Ground” ISS report – May.11.2018

The latest Space to Ground report from NASA on activities related to the International Space Station:

** In this video of a recent STEM in 30 program, NASA Astronaut Randy “Komrade” Bresnik and ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli answered questions about their recent six-month stay on the International Space Station:

** Destination Station is a program to inform the public about the benefits of the ISS:

** Newly confirmed NASA Administrator James Bridenstine spoke this week at the  the keynote address at the Humans to Mars Summit 2018 about his vision for the agency:


Mars: Update on the rovers + A sample return mission overview

Check out Bob Zimmerman’s latest update on what the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers on Mars have been up to: Mars rover update: April 27, 2018 | Behind The Black

Curiosity’s exploration of Vera Rubin Ridge is extended, while an attempt by Opportunity to climb back up Perseverance Valley to reach an interesting rock outcrop fails.


Here is an overview of NASA JPL’s goal of one day bringing back a sample of Martian soil to earth:


Videos: Watch US forests change over decades in satellite images + Access satellite imagery with EOSDIS app

Check out this interesting video from NASA Goddard showing the continual changes in the health and status of North America forests as seen with imagery from the Landsat satellites, which have carried out remote sensing from orbit since the 1970s:

(Via Video: Satellite imagery highlights changes in US forests – DCNewsroom.) 

If you want daily updates on the earth’s environment as monitored from space, check out NASA Goddard’s app: EOSDIS Worldview

This application allows you to interactively browse global satellite imagery within hours of it being acquired.

NASA’s Worldview app lets you explore Earth as it looks right now or as it looked almost 20 years ago. Through an easy-to-use map interface, you can watch tropical storms developing over the Pacific Ocean; track the movement of icebergs after they calve from glaciers and ice shelves; see wildfires spread and grow as they burn vegetation in its path. Pan-and-zoom to your region of the world to see not only what it looks like today, but to investigate changes over time. Worldview’s nighttime lights layers provides a truly unique perspective of our planet at night.

What else can you do with Worldview? Add imagery layers by discipline, natural hazard, or key word to learn more about what’s happening on this dynamic planet. View Earth’s frozen regions with the Arctic and Antarctic views. Take a look at current natural events like tropical storms, volcanic eruptions, wildfires and icebergs at the touch of a button using the “Events” tab. See a view you like? Take a snapshot and share your map with a friend or colleague. Want to track the spread of a wildfire? You can even create an animated gif to see change over time.