NASA has selected 72 student teams to begin an engineering design challenge to build human-powered rovers that will compete next April at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, near the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2024, the Human Exploration Rover Challenge tasks high school, college, and university students to design, build, and test lightweight, human-powered rovers on an obstacle course simulating lunar and Martian terrain, all while completing mission-focused science tasks.
Participating teams represent 42 colleges and universities and 30 high schools from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 13 other nations from around the world. NASA’s handbook has complete proposal guidelines and task challenges.
“Throughout this authentic learning challenge, NASA encourages students to improve their understanding of collaboration, inquiry, and problem-solving strategies,” said Vemitra Alexander, rover challenge activity lead, Office of STEM Engagement at NASA Marshall. “Improving these critical real-world skills will benefit our students throughout their academic and professional careers.”
Throughout the nine-month challenge, students will complete design and safety reviews to mirror the process used by NASA engineers and scientists. The agency also incorporates vehicle weight and size requirements encouraging students to consider lightweight construction materials and stowage efficiency to be replicate similar payload restrictions of NASA launch operations.
Teams earn points throughout the year by successfully completing design reviews and fabricating a rover capable of meeting all criteria while completing course obstacles and mission tasks. The teams with the highest number of points accumulated throughout the project year will win their respective divisions. The challenge will conclude with an event April 19 and April 20, 2024, at the U.S. Rocket and Space Center.
This competition is one of nine Artemis Student Challenges and reflects the goals of NASA’s Artemis program, which includes landing the first woman and first person of color on the Moon. It is managed by NASA’s Southeast Regional Office of STEM Engagement at Marshall. NASA uses challenges and competitions to further the agency’s goal of encouraging students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
For more information about the challenge, visit:
NASA Leadership to Participate in Global Climate Change Conference
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and other agency leaders will participate in the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) beginning Thursday, Nov. 30, through Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
This global conference brings together countries committed to addressing climate change, which is a key priority for the Biden-Harris Administration and NASA. For the first time, a NASA administrator will attend, joining an expected 70,000 participants, world leaders, and representatives from nearly 200 countries.
Throughout the conference, parties will review the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and, also for the first time, provide a comprehensive assessment of progress since adopting the Paris Agreement.
In addition to Nelson, NASA participants in the conference include:
- Kate Calvin, NASA’s chief scientist and senior climate advisor
- Susie Perez Quinn, NASA’s chief of staff
- Karen St. Germain, director, NASA Earth Science Division
- Nadya Vinogradova Shiffer, program scientist, ocean physics, NASA Earth Science Division
- Laura Rogers, associate program manager, ecological conservation, NASA Langley Research Center
- Wenying Su, senior research scientist, climate science, NASA Langley Research Center
- Ben Hamlington, research scientist, sea level and ice, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
During the conference, Nelson will participate in the first Space Agency Leaders’ Summit, which aims to demonstrate a collective commitment toward strengthening global climate initiatives and promoting sustainable space operations.
Throughout the conference, NASA leaders also will participate in additional events and presentations at the NASA Hyperwall, a main attraction at the U.S. Center showing how the agency’s climate science and research helps model and predict ocean health, heat waves, wildfires, hurricanes, floods, and droughts, among its other Earth-related research. NASA will provide a hyperwall presentation every day, some with interagency partners, between Sunday, Dec. 3, and Monday, Dec. 11.
Climate adaptation and mitigation efforts require robust climate observations and research. NASA’s unique vantage point from space provides critical information to advance understanding of our changing planet. With more than two dozen satellites and instruments in orbit, NASA’s climate data – which is openly and freely available to anyone – provides insight on how the planet is changing and measure key climate indicators, such as greenhouse gas emissions, rising sea level and clouds, and precipitation.
A full schedule of U.S. Center events at COP28 is available at:
Unveiling the Mysteries of Cosmic Rays: Rare Ultra-High-Energy Particle Traced Beyond the Milky Way
Scientists detect rare ultra-high-energy particle from beyond the Milky Way, unraveling cosmic mysteries. Cosmic rays, space exploration, scientific breakthrough.
In a groundbreaking discovery, space scientists have made an astonishing observation that sheds light on the perplexing origins of cosmic rays. The findings, recently published in the renowned journal Science, unveil the detection of an exceptionally rare and ultra-high-energy particle believed to have journeyed to Earth from beyond our own Milky Way galaxy. This remarkable breakthrough opens up new avenues for understanding the vast cosmos and the forces that shape it.
Cosmic Rays: Nature’s Mysterious Messengers:
Cosmic rays are energetic particles that traverse the vast expanse of space before reaching our planet. While low-energy cosmic rays can be attributed to our sun, the presence of high-energy cosmic rays has long puzzled scientists. These highly charged particles are believed to originate from distant galaxies and extragalactic sources, but their precise origins have remained elusive.
A Particle of Unprecedented Energy:
The research team, composed of space scientists from around the world, has now detected an ultra-high-energy particle that has surpassed all previous records. The energy of this subatomic particle defies comprehension, described by the researchers as equivalent to dropping a brick on your toe from waist height. This astonishing particle rivals the famed “Oh-My-God” particle, which was first discovered in 1991 and held the title of the most energetic cosmic ray ever observed until now.
Unveiling the Cosmic Origins:
The detection of this rare ultra-high-energy particle provides a crucial piece of evidence in unraveling the cosmic puzzle. By analyzing its trajectory and energy signature, scientists can glean invaluable insights into the mechanisms and environments responsible for its creation. This breakthrough not only expands our understanding of cosmic rays but also offers a glimpse into the immense cosmic forces at play beyond our galactic home.
Advancing Scientific Knowledge:
The implications of this discovery extend far beyond the realm of cosmic rays. By studying these particles, scientists hope to unlock the mysteries of the universe, including the nature of dark matter, the formation of galaxies, and the evolution of cosmic structures. The identification of an ultra-high-energy particle from beyond the Milky Way represents a significant milestone in our quest for knowledge about the universe’s origins.
Collaboration and Technological Innovations:
The detection of this exceptional particle is the result of a collaborative effort among scientists utilizing cutting-edge observational and data analysis techniques. Advanced detectors and observatories, such as ground-based observatories and space-based telescopes, have played a pivotal role in capturing and analyzing the elusive cosmic rays. This research highlights the importance of international collaboration and technological advancements in pushing the boundaries of scientific exploration.
The discovery of an ultra-high-energy particle originating from beyond the Milky Way marks a monumental achievement in the field of space science. By unraveling the enigmatic origins of cosmic rays, scientists inch closer to understanding the vast cosmic tapestry that surrounds us. This remarkable finding paves the way for further discoveries, fueling our insatiable curiosity about the universe and reinforcing the importance of ongoing scientific exploration. As we continue to explore the depths of space, we can only wonder what other cosmic secrets await our discovery.
Unveiling the Mystery: The Holloman Air Force Base UFO Incident
Uncover the truth behind the Holloman Air Force Base UFO incident: unidentified flying objects, alien entities, government secrecy, and more.
The enigmatic world of UFO sightings has captivated the imaginations of people around the globe for decades. Among the notable cases, the Holloman Air Force Base incident of May 1965(?) stands out as one of the most intriguing and controversial. Recently, filmmaker James Fox shed light on this incident, revealing the existence of full video footage that allegedly captured the landing of UFOs and the presence of alien entities. However, the government’s failure to release the complete footage has only added to the enigma surrounding this historic event.
The Holloman Incident: A Significant UFO Sighting:
Holloman Air Force Base, established in 1942 and located in New Mexico, became the epicenter of an extraordinary alleged event in May 1965. According to James Fox, the filmmaker behind the revelation, three unidentified flying objects landed at the base, leaving witnesses in awe. This encounter quickly gained attention due to the potential evidence it provided regarding extraterrestrial life.
The Promise of Authentic Footage:
Albert “Al” Emenegger, a filmmaker working on a documentary about UFOs, was promised access to the authentic footage of the Holloman incident by United States Air Force officials. Emenegger claimed that the footage depicted alien visitors emerging from the craft and interacting with the US military. Although initially skeptical, Emenegger was assured by the Air Force that the footage was genuine. However, he was only allowed to retain a mere eight seconds of the footage.
Government Secrecy and Controversy:
Despite the promises made, the US government failed to release the full footage of the Holloman incident. Speculation suggests that the Nixon Administration, eager to appear strong in the scientific field for the upcoming 1972 re-election campaign, initially allowed the footage to be used in Emenegger’s documentary. However, as the Watergate controversy deepened, the government pulled back, keeping the complete footage hidden from public view.
The Intriguing Documentary and the Mysterious Eight Seconds:
The resulting documentary, “UFOs Past Present Future,” released in 1974, captivated audiences with its exploration of unidentified flying objects. After subsequent updates and edits, the film was re-released as “UFOS: It has Begun” in 1976 and 1979, featuring Rod Serling as the host. The documentary showcased reenactments and illustrations, aiming to tell the story of the Holloman incident. However, it is the elusive eight seconds of footage that have fueled much speculation. Some claim that the object seen in these seconds is one of the UFOs, capturing the moment of its descent towards the base.
Continued Enigma and Independent Investigations:
To this day, the full video footage of the Holloman incident, including the alleged sighting of alien entities, remains unreleased. The government’s decision to withhold this evidence only amplifies the mystery and controversy surrounding the event. However, independent researchers and UFO enthusiasts continue their quest for the truth. Notably, the YouTube channel “Here Suddenly” has conducted impressive research and analysis of the available details, shedding new light on the Holloman incident.
The Holloman Air Force Base UFO incident of the mid-60s continues to fascinate and perplex both believers and skeptics alike. The promise of authentic footage, the subsequent government secrecy, and the ongoing search for answers have turned this event into an enduring enigma. While the complete truth may still elude us, the Holloman incident remains a significant chapter in UFO history, reminding us of the enduring allure and mystery surrounding unidentified flying objects.
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