WATCH LIVE NOW: NASA's Asteroid-Capture Mission Up Close
NASA to Detail Asteroid-Capture Mission Plans
NASA will hold a series of presentations at its main headquarters in Washington today (June 18) to provide updates on the U.S. space agency's Asteroid Initiative - an ambitious plan to capture a small asteroid and tow it into an orbit around the moon so that it can be explored by astronauts. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT) and will be webcast live online.
NASA's Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will lead the presentations and be joined by several senior NASA officials during the program. The briefings are part of NASA's Asteroid Inititative Industry and Partner Day. The presentations will run from 9:30 a.m. EDT to 11:30 a.m. EDT (1530 GMT). You can follow them live in the window above or directly from NASA here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-hq.
In addition to Garver and NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot, mission directorate associate administrators William Gerstenmaier, John Grunsfeld, and Michael Gazarik will give an overview of the work being done on NASA's asteroid mission. Jason Kessler, representing the agency's chief technologist, will talk about how NASA plans to increase partnerships and citizen science participation in NASA's effort to find and plan for all asteroid threats.
REPLAY: NASA's New Astronaut Class: Google+ Hangout
NASA hosted a Google+ Hangout about the space agency's new class of potential astronauts today (June 17) at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT).
You can submit questions via Twitter and Google+ by using the hashtag #askNASA. Before the webcast, social media users can also submit questions through a thread on Facebook.
NASA officials will discuss the training processa nd selection criteria for the astronaut canidates during the webcast. The hangout will also include video introductions from each member of the new class as well.
LISTEN LIVE: Third Rock Radio
Third Rock - America's Space Station is set to launch with a New Rock/Indie/Alternative format on Monday, Dec. 12. The station is being developed and operated at no cost to the government through a Space Act Agreement. Third Rock can be reached from NASA's home page, www.nasa.gov, and is available through NASA iPhone and Droid mobile applications.
NASA TV is available in continental North America, Alaska and Hawaii on AMC-18C. A Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) is needed for reception. Below are parameters for each channel:
Uplink provider = AMC 18 C
Transponder = 3C
105 degrees W
Downlink Frequency: 3760 MHz
Downlink Polarity: Vertical
Transmission Format = DVB-S, 4:2:0
FEC = ¾
Data Rate = 38.80 Mbps
Symbol Rate = 28.0681
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