Jack Davis, a 9-year-old New Jersey describes himself as a "Guardian of the Galaxy", and is hoping to land a job at NASA as a "Planetary Protection Officer". In a letter the agency posted online , Jack said that he has seen all the space and alien movies possible, and is great at video games. "We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us. At NASA, we love to teach kids about space and inspire them to be the next generation of explorers," said NASA Planetary Science Director James Green. Continue reading to see both the original letter to NASA and their response.
That's right, NASA is hiring a Planetary Protection Officer (PPO) with a salary of $124,406 - $187,000 depending on experience. "The Planetary Protection Officer (PPO) is responsible for the leadership of NASA's planetary protection capability, maintenance of planetary protection policies, and oversight of their implementation by NASAs space flight missions. The PPO also supports the Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Technical Authority and serves as a principal advisory resource for the Chief, SMA and other senior officials on matters pertaining to planetary protection," said NASA. Continue reading for another video and more information.
NASA is exploring manned missions to Mars, and the RS-25, in the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket system, will be what they use to get there. Their most recent tests had engineers fire the engine for 500-seconds to inspect the flight controller as the engine burned in place. The SLS will be powered by a total of four RS-25 engines, combined with solid rocket boosters, to produce 8-million pounds of thrust to propel the Orion spacecraft skyward. The Orion will be tested on an upcoming mission to orbit the moon. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of video games, casually explained.
NASA's Juno orbiter has transmitted stunning close-ups of Jupiter's Great Red Spot. It's been orbiting the massive planet for more than a year, but last weekend's flyby was the closest that the probe came to the solar system's most famous superstorm. The images were captured from as little as 2,200 miles above the cloud tops, while flying directly over the Great Red Spot at a distance of 5,600 miles. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Those who missed flying on the the Concorde can take heart because a new era of supersonic flight is just a few years away, as NASA says that its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) project has passed its preliminary design review (PDR). This paves the way for design and construction of the Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) X-plane. The most significant issue Lockheed Martin has to solve is finding a way to reduce or eliminate the window-cracking. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
These incredible space photos may appear to be from NASA's archives, but they're actually the work of photographer Adam Makarenko who specializes in miniatures. The planets are handcrafted from foam spheres and plaster, while the textured surfaces are created with other materials, such as ferric chloride, paint, cement. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Christian Stangl spent 18-months creating "Lunar," a project that uses digital effects - mainly stop-motion and panoramic stitching - to turn thousands of NASA images of the Apollo missions into a short film. "I was fascinated by the amount and the quality of the Pictures. They were thousands of that beautiful high-res photographies made by the famous Hasselblad-Moon camera. When I looked at the Archive, I knew immediately that I want to make a film with these photos," Stangl told Peta Pixel. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a faceless fish that hasn't been seen in 100-years.
Unveiled at the Kennedy Space Center, NASA's all-new Mars Rover weighs in at 6,000 pounds, and has room for 4 astronauts. All of its 6 wheels measure in at 50 inches in height, with treads designed specifically for Martian sand. It's powered by a 700 volt battery, and can hit speeds of 70 mph on Earth, and about 10-15 mph on Mars. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
NASA is set to launch the Parkar Solar Probe into the sun's scorching atmosphere to see how the star works and what can be done to better predict space weather events on Earth. The spacecraft needs to survive temperatures as high as 2,500° Fahrenheit, impacts by supersonic particles, and powerful radiation, as it circles as close as 4-million-miles to the sun. "We're going to be seven times closer (to the sun) than any other mission has ever been," said project scientist Nicola Fox. Continue reading for a video news report, and more information.
While many 18-year-olds are worrying about college, Rifath Shaarook from India spent his time building the world's lightest satellite, from scratch. Weighing a mere 64 grams, the device will now go on a four-hour mission aboard a sub-orbital NASA flight during which it will operate for around 12-minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space. "We did a lot of research on different cube satellites all over the world and found ours was the lightest," said Shaarook about his 3D-printed, carbon fiber small-scale satellite. Continue reading for more pictures and information.