Nasa Definition and 152 Discussions

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA ) is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and space research.NASA was established in 1958, succeeding the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The new agency was to have a distinctly civilian orientation, encouraging peaceful applications in space science. Since its establishment, most US space exploration efforts have been led by NASA, including the Apollo Moon landing missions, the Skylab space station, and later the Space Shuttle. NASA is supporting the International Space Station and is overseeing the development of the Orion spacecraft, the Space Launch System, and Commercial Crew vehicles. The agency is also responsible for the Launch Services Program, which provides oversight of launch operations and countdown management for uncrewed NASA launches.
NASA's science is focused on better understanding Earth through the Earth Observing System; advancing heliophysics through the efforts of the Science Mission Directorate's Heliophysics Research Program; exploring bodies throughout the Solar System with advanced robotic spacecraft such as New Horizons; and researching astrophysics topics, such as the Big Bang, through the Great Observatories and associated programs.

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    The James Webb Space Telescope

    Maybe this is more general discussion, but I am excited / nervous about the upcoming launch of the JWST. I can't wait to see the observations this endeavor will bring!
  2. nomadreid

    NASA NASA connection to EM drive research

    The following is a five-year-old post on one of NASA's websites. It exposes the holes in the state of affairs at that moment -- first, the article...
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    Physics Is a physics career's main focus Discovery and not Invention?

    Is the main focus of the physics career discovery, leading invention for the engineers? I mean in the hypothetical situation of the building of a rocket, would the physicist spend their time discovering new ways of making combustion or discovering new materials for a spaceship, and the...
  4. scottdave

    New robot on the ISS

    behavior on the ISS.
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    NASA NASA Challenge - CO2 Conversion

    NASA is looking for a process to use CO2 as a Carbon source on Mars; ultimate goal is to use the Carbon in the synthesis of other products. $50,000 prize. Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and U.S. business entities, work must be done in the U.S...
  6. xaratustra

    NASA NASA's Ephemerides

    I was wondering, how does NASA actually calculate their super exact Ephemerides?
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    Is it possible to pour concrete in a vacuum?

    One idea for a moon base would be reinforced concrete domes, but is pouring concrete in a total vacuum even possible? Wouldn't the water just evaporate, or is there another material we could use instead of water? Are the ingredients of concrete plentiful on the moon, or could we synthesize them...
  8. BlackholeGirl

    NASA [NASA] Cosmological projects instead of space exploration

    NASA decided to stop *WFIRST and concentrate on Mars project (send humans to Mars). What do you think about it? In my opinion, since a lot of ventures have begun space developments such as SpaceX and this proves that rockets make money, NASA should tackle WFIRST. Generally, we cannot earn...
  9. H

    Designing a Spacecraft any tips?

    I've been working on this passion project for a couple of years now and was wondering if you guys have any tips all I can say right now is.Its lunar capable,going to carry 8-10 crew and 2 landers or cargo,reusable,and easily modifiable for Earth orbit operations.
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    I Particle calculation during a solar proton event

    Trying to figure out how many particles would bombard an astronaut during a solar proton event. Given that the most possible is around 43,000 particle flux units (pfu) according to NASA. First calculating steradians, assuming a person is 1m^2, 1/(1E9)^2=1E-18. My calculation yields (43000...
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    How to work for NASA

    Hello those who are reading! I have just graduated with my undergraduate Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering with a 3.4 GPA. I currently work for a large civil construction company as a field engineer. I have written and published a Children's book about engineering. I am looking to start...
  12. Greg Bernhardt

    NASA Test Your NASA Knowledge - Comments

    TheAdmin submitted a new PF Insights post Test Your NASA Knowledge Continue reading the Original PF Insights Post.
  13. Kaura

    EmDrive Real?

    There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the EmDrive and it supposedly being a reaction-less drive Many have pointed out that this goes against the conservation of momentum I have seen videos of a couple people dismissing the notion and outlining the apparent issues with the physics I am...
  14. Lars Hansen

    B Voyager 1

    For how long will we still be able to communicate with the amazing Voyager 1?
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    Insights Your Software is Never Perfect - Comments

    d-h submitted a new PF Insights post Your Software is Never Perfect Continue reading the Original PF Insights Post.
  16. mfb

    NASA NASA: 1284 more planets from Kepler

    Source: NASA to Announce Latest Kepler Discoveries During Media Teleconference Livestream Time conversion reference: this post was posted at 7:45 pm EDT. My guess: various roughly Earth-sized exoplanets around dwarf stars, probably at least one in the habitable zone. Edit: More than 1000...
  17. Newtonfalls

    Make Water Behave Like In Space -- Video

    Hi, just came across a video on CNN showing how to make water behave like it would in space: <link to video deleted> My question about that video is: what height do i need to get a free fall time of 10 sec? best regards
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    Chemistry How do I get a chemistry job in NASA?

    Getting into NASA would be my greatest achievement. Presently, I am a chemistry graduating student. Do I need to study something to get qualified there? (I am not a US citizen)
  19. RooksAndBooks

    Possible Evidence of a New 9th Planet

    Caltech astronomers have published evidence recently of a possible new planet. You can read about the full story here. I have also submitted a video on what NASA says about it. What do you guys think? I think it'd be cool to see a new ninth planet come out. Also, I wonder what it will be named...
  20. tesselate

    James Webb space telescope and fundamental physics

    Does JWST has any significance in fundamental physics research? What kind of questions would we get answers to?
  21. vinicius0197

    Pathways for MechE in aerospace

    Hi everyone! I'm at the end of the second semester in an mechanical engineering undergraduate course. I love spacecraft s, rocketry, aircraft and all that aerospace stuff, so I'm decided that, so long I finish my undergraduate, I'm going to pursue a major in aerospace (maybe something related...
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    Getting a Job at NASA

    Hi everyone I am currently a freshman in college planning on applying to the School of Engineering next fall. I want to be an Astronautical Engineer but my school doesn't even have Aerospace so I was planning on doing Mechanical. I would like to work for NASA as an Astronaut but I would also be...
  23. R

    Rocketry Education

    Hi! So I'm a college student and I was looking at trying to get together a group to compete in NASA's student launch initiative. However I don't really know anything about rocketry and don't know where to start. I'm currently studying mechanical engineering and planning on emphasizing in...
  24. Bumpeh

    I want to work with NASA Spacecraft like Voyager

    So, I did a little searching around on these forums before I posted this, and I do see lots of threads about working for NASA but not something about my specific situation. I'm currently attending a college working on my AA. After that, I'm probably going to transfer to a University, where I'll...
  25. Dr.Physics

    NASA NASA Mars Manned Mission

    I am very interested in the Astronautical area of science; however I am still in high school so I don't get a lot of time to read up on the latest news about this future mission. This is why I am eager to be filled in on the latest news about the mission. I am looking to know about the...
  26. quantumfunction

    How many Hubble Spheres are in the universe?

    From what I understand, our Hubble's sphere is just relative to Earth and has a diameter of 93 billion light years putting the edge of the observable universe at 46-47 billion light years away. So every object in space will essentially have it's own Hubble's sphere and objects near the edge of...
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    Movement within an Orbit

    Can someone please give a step by step explanation of an orbital rendezvous by a spacecraft for a target that is orbiting the body it launched from? And if possible, can you explain how mission control is involved and what part computers play? When the RCS is active is it changing the...
  28. GiantSheeps

    Is a warp drive possible? How long until we develop one?

    Is a warp drive actually possible to create? If so, how long until we can develop one? Is it at all possible that they could be developed during our lifetimes? I'm asking because of this article...
  29. EternusVia

    Does the space industry hire mathematicians?

    Hi all, I'm currently an applied mathematics student in my third year, and I plan to attend graduate school for pure or applied math. Physics and engineering deeply interest me, so I'm naturally drawn to the aerospace industry. Dazzling leaders like NASA and SpaceX are truly inspiring, and it...
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    In depth Mars flight trajectory studies

    Can anyone point me in the direction of any published scientific work involving the study of Earth to Mars flight trajectories? I am thinking of researching this topic for a project and I would like to know about the work that has already been done.
  31. J

    Need help on designing a conceptual HALE UAV

    Hi everyone, I am a High School student (final year) and am doing an extra-curricular project. Having complete autonomy on what we do the project on, I choose to design a High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE) UAV, such as the QinetiQ Zephyr [] or...
  32. duhuhu

    Access to unedited photo/video archive of moon landings

    Hey guys, Lately I have been getting really really into the moon landings, and I want to take a look at some of the image archives to get a better look at what all they did and saw on the moon. Unfortunately, no mater how much I search, all I can seem to find is the same hundred or so photos...
  33. B0b-A

    [Gold] fish-eye view
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    Travel time for apollo to the moon with Kepler's thirs law

    Hi everyone, For one of my project in school, i need to calculate the travel time to the moon. To do that, I thought to use Kepler's third law which is : (2(pi) / P )2 * a3 = GM where : P : period of travel a : major semiaxes (not sure in english, but it is the half the longest radius of the...
  35. J

    Fly wheel saturation

    Are there existing tests that NASA specifies that determines the saturation point of a fly wheel? Or must the test be catered specifically to each individual flywheel? -Sorry I'm a bit of a newbie at Aersospace engineering!
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    Career at NASA

    What is the best way for me to reach nasa?i am doing from calcutta university,INDIA.please some one help me.
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    Working for NASA

    Hi, I'm a fourteen year old kid, currently studying mathematics at ANU (Australian National University every Friday after school) and in Year 9 doing Mathematics advanced extended. We don't do physics at high-school yet (late Year 9 - 10), but I heard it is basic. I do physics as a hobby at...
  38. J

    Pursuing a Career in NASA? (or related careers)

    Hi everyone. I'm making this post as a graduating senior in high-school, who's unsure of the careers that are out there for physics and astronomy, and how to pursue them. Any feedback is amazing :) Just a quick background about myself: I've always loved science, pretty much any kind other...
  39. Simfish

    NASA Research Centers and NSF funded centers

    So... NASA has 10 research facilities: "Research and test facilities: Ames Research Center · Dryden Flight Research Center · Glenn Research Center · Goddard Institute for Space Studies · Goddard Space Flight Center · Independent Verification and Validation Facility · Jet Propulsion...
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    NASA Connections

    After attending a 4 year university, I'm interested in joining the AirForce. The AirForce is connected with NASA, I'm assuming, and I was wondering if this would make it easier to get a job at NASA. Is this true?
  41. Aaronvan

    NASA NASA cancels Laser Interferometer Space Antenna

    Bad news:
  42. C

    IBM vs NASA Internship

    I'm in a tough situation and need help. I have the amazing opportunity to choose between and internship at IBM and an internship at NASA this summer. I know I'm in an great situation and probably can't go wrong either way, but I would still like to make the best choice and not just wing it. I...
  43. D

    Question about recent NASA artical

    I have a question about a recent NASA article Titled" [Broken]. Is it safe to assume that when hypothesis talk about a low density bubble that they mean a density lower than expected? Meaning that they have taken into...
  44. D H

    NASA NASA's job? Not research. It's landscaping and janitorial services

    The US Senate made a counterproposal to the budget cuts proposed by the House. From [Broken] At this level, NASA will not be provided any funds for requested but new long-range space technology...
  45. mugaliens

    NASA Scientist claims to have found concrete evidence for extraterrestial life". Snippet:
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    NASA NASA Scientist Claims Evidence of Alien Life on Meteorite When you consider the intergalactic scale and that there are something like 3x10^24 stars it seems so probable that life would exist--even in more complex forms. I heard that other labs...
  47. P

    Nasa is lame?

    No its not but why do they not hire physicists? All the jobs are for engineers and astrobiologists. Don't they need scientists for research? For like the Hubble telescope or the new James Webb telescope? If I'm wrong tell me but I was just doing research and found no info on it.
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    NASA's future

    So I'm confused. I understand that the Shuttle Program is coming to an end, which was expected. I'm a high schooler who really wants to become an astronaut, (I know, I'm silly) but I'm not exactly understanding what Obama has done to NASA, so could someone please elaborate? Are the Ares I and V...
  49. F

    MIT, Grades and NASA

    Hello guys, I have a few Q's So I'm a sophomore in high school and I'm seriously thinking about my future, just like I have been for the past 4 years. I really want to get into a good college to study math or physics. My problem is that I got a 'C+' in my Honors US History class. I hate to...
  50. N

    NASA NASA Photos: Global Eruption Rocks the Sun

    "Dec. 13, 2010: On August 1, 2010, an entire hemisphere of the sun erupted. Filaments of magnetism snapped and exploded, shock waves raced across the stellar surface, billion-ton clouds of hot gas billowed into space. Astronomers knew they had witnessed something big. It was so big, it may...