NASA Explorers | Season Two: Apollo
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During the Apollo program, the Moon became a part of the human domain. Twelve astronauts walked on the lunar surface, conducted research there and collected Moon rocks to bring back to Earth for study. Fifty years after humanity’s first steps on the Moon, today’s lunar scientists are searching for answers to the big questions: How did the Moon form? How did our solar system evolve? Did the Moon help life on Earth get its start?
Meet a Moon detective, scientists who study space rocks and people from all over the world whose lives were shaped by the epic adventures of the Apollo program. You can listen to NASA Explorers: Apollo on:
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NASA Explorers | Season Three: Fires
Nov. 6, 2019, 7 p.m.Read more
Complete transcript available. It’s not rockets and satellites that make NASA soar. It’s people. NASA Explorers is a new digital series that takes you inside the space agency and follows the pioneers, risk-takers and experts at the front line of exploration. Earth is a planet marked by fire. Summer wildfires rage across the western United States and Canada, Australia and Europe. In early spring, agricultural fires blanket Southeast Asia and burn throughout the dry season in central and southern Africa and Brazil. Fire is a natural part of many ecosystems. In season 3 of NASA Explorers, “Fires,” join researchers from the Canadian Arctic to Southeast Asia studying fire and how it changes with the planet. Complete transcript available. Episode One: Seeing Through SmokeTo understand fires on Earth, you need a broad view — spanning from the poles to the equator and looking from high above the planet to down deep under the soil. That’s where NASA Explorers come in! With satellites, with airplanes, with their own hands and with a data record spanning decades, Explorers are studying how our planet burns… and how that burning changes with the climate. This season, we’re headed to the western Pacific Ocean to the Northwest Territories and beyond to look fires on Earth. Complete transcript available. Episode Two: Follow that Plume!Chasing smoke is a round-the-clock business. Wildfire smoke can travel long distances and over several days, so NASA Explorers with the Fire Influence on Regional to Global Environments and Air Quality (FIREX-AQ) mission took to the field to find where it goes. From a plane directly above the Shady Fire in the middle of the afternoon to a valley in the Sawtooth Mountains at 1 in the morning, explorers are gathering important data about how fire smoke affects communities near and far. Complete transcript available. Episode Three: Thee Carbon Problem In the Arctic, fires are a natural part of the ecosystem. But as the climate changes, fires are burning longer and hotter, releasing long-buried carbon from the soil. NASA Explorers are looking from high in the sky to deep below the ground to better understand how a warming climate affects fires in the Arctic…and how fires in the region will contribute to climate change in the future. Complete transcript available. Episode Four: Chasing Clouds Earth science is a subject far too big for one country, one agency, to tackle all by itself.” So NASA Explorers team up with researchers from around the country and the planet to answer some big questions about fires, clouds and climate from the Western Pacific, where we still have a lot to learn about the interaction between fires and cloud formation. Complete transcript available. Episode Five: The New NormalAs the planet warms, fire seasons burn year-round and more areas are becoming flammable. NASA Explorers are studying how fires are changing with the climate, and tracking how landscapes change after fires. With satellite data, people on the ground and partners with communities and agencies around the planet, NASA Explorers are helping prepare for the “new normal” of fires on Earth.
Apollo 11: This Is Goddard
July 30, 2019, 8 p.m.Read more
On July 24, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission concluded with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. This 1969 documentary showcases how NASA s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, supported the historic mission.Throughout Apollo 11, Goddard control centers monitored and operated the worldwide complex of ground stations that made Apollo mission communications possible. This network was charged with furnishing reliable and near-instantaneous contact with the astronauts, from liftoff, to the giant leap, to splashdown. Goddard is proud of its role in keeping Apollo’s lines of communications open — a task we continue to support with today’s astronauts.As the Apollo 11 mission unfolded, Goddard scientists eagerly awaited Moon rock samples to analyze, and we’re excited now for the chance to study other Apollo-era samples that have been sealed since that time, to benefit from analysis techniques and technologies today that didn’t exist in 1969.Watch this video, preserved and digitized by the US National Archives, and flash back to 1969, to relive Apollo 11 as it happened, as Goddard saw it!
Hubble and Going Forward to the Moon
July 15, 2019, 5:55 a.m.Read more
We are going forward to the Moon by 2024, but did you know that back in 2005, Dr. Jim Garvin and his team of scientists pointed the Hubble Space Telescope at our nearest celestial neighbor for a very important reason? The Hubble team used the telescope’s powerful instruments to work as a prospector for the Moon’s surface, searching for resources that would help future human-led missions mine and utilize those materials to “live off the land” of the Moon. Hubble’s lunar research led the way for future missions, such as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, helping men and women to go forward to the Moon by 2024!For more information, visit https://nasa.gov/hubble.Credit: NASA Killer Tracks Production Music. “Insights” by Axel Coon [GEMA], Ralf Goebel [GEMA] Killer Tracks Production Music. “Transitions” by Ben Niblett [PRS], Jon Cotton [PRS] Killer Tracks Production Music. “Interstellar Spacecraft” by JC Lemay [SACEM] Killer Tracks Production Music. YouTube Long VersionHorizontal version with longer runtime. This is for use on any platform where you want to display the video horizontally. Facebook Short VersionHorizontal version with shorter runtime. This is for use on any platform where you want to display the video horizontally. IGTV VersionVertical version. This is for use on any platform where you want to display the video vertically.
NASA’s 50th Anniversary Of The Apollo 11 Moon Landing Live Shots
July 9, 2019, 1:50 a.m.Read more
B-roll and canned interviews to be added by July 16 at 5:00 a.m. EST NASA’s 50th Anniversary of the First Small Step on the Moon, with Giant Leaps to ComeHow The Apollo Missions Changed The World Forever.On July 16th, NASA invites you to go outside and look up at the full moon, remembering that nearly 50 years ago, humans landed on the lunar surface for the first time.With just days until the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, we look back at how Apollo altered the course of space exploration while looking ahead toward NASA’s upcoming plans to go back to the Moon with the Artemis program, then Mars.Chat with NASA scientists on Tuesday July 16 from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST about the past, present and future of lunar and solar system exploration. “Starting with Apollo 11 and continuing to today’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the Moon has always beckoned as a destination and ‘learning spot’,” says NASA Goddard Chief Scientist, Jim Garvin. Since the Apollo missions, LRO has provided new detailed data of the Moon’s landscape for future robotic and human exploration. Recently celebrating 10 years in space, LRO is helping to lay the foundation for our next generation of lunar explorers with NASA’s Artemis program, which will launch the first woman and the next man where no human has gone before: the Moon’s South Pole.To schedule an interview, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/KjBxBE7Cy7kYqB7o6suggested questions1. Today is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11. With the Moon landing anniversary just a couple days away, how is NASA looking back on this momenuntal moment?2. In the next couple of months, NASA will be opening Moon rock samples sealed since the Apollo missions. What do we want to learn from these samples? 3. NASA currently has a mission orbiting the Moon, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary. What are some of the surprising things we’re learning about the Moon from this mission? 4. Tell us about NASA’s next mission to the Moon, Artemis, and why we’re choosing to bring the first woman and the next man to the Moon’s South Pole. 5. Where can people share their stories about Apollo and learn more? satellite coordinates HD Satellite Coordinates for G17-K18/Lower: Galaxy 17 Ku-band Xp 18 Slot Lower| 91.0 ° W Longitude | DL 12051.0 MHz | Vertical Polarity | QPSK/DVB-S | FEC 3/4 | SR 13.235 Mbps | DR 18.2954 MHz | HD 720p | Format MPEG2 | Chroma Level 4:2:0 | Audio Embedded Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-286-2740 if you have any questions. B-roll for the live shots OUT NOW! NASA Explorers: Apollo is an audio series that tells stories of the Moon and the people who explore it. Listen on Apple Podcast, SoundCloud and YouTube. As a celebration of this anniversary, NASA invites YOUR VIEWERS your viewers to submit their memories of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and reflections on future space exploration to an oral history project. We invite your audience to go to nasa.gov/apollostories for the chance to be a part of NASA’s interactive world map of audio stories. For More InformationSee [https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-celebrates-50th-anniversary-of-historic-moon-landing-with-live-tv-broadcast](https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-celebrates-50th-anniversary-of-historic-moon-landing-with-live-tv-broadcast)
NASA Kicks Off A Lunar Summer: Share Your Apollo Stories Live Shots
June 14, 2019, 11 a.m.Read more
Here B-roll for 50th anniversary of first moon landing. Canned interview with NASA Scientist Dr. Noah Petro. TRT 6:10. Answers are separated by a slate. Canned interview in Spanish with NASA Scientist Dr. Geronimo Villanueva. Answers are separated by a slate Live now!!! NASA Explorers ApolloMore on Twitter HERE For More InformationSee [https://www.nasa.gov/apollostories](https://www.nasa.gov/apollostories)
Apollo Landing Sites with Moon Phases
March 28, 2019, 8 p.m.Read more
The six Apollo landing sites are revealed chronologically as the phase and libration of the Moon is shown throughout the Apollo era. Annotations describe the landing sites and the durations on the lunar surface. The NASA Apollo missions landed at six sites on the Moon between 1969 and 1972. As seen in this visualization, all of the sites are near the equator on the near side (the side facing the Earth), and all of the landings took place fairly soon after local sunrise, when the lunar surface was cool and the shadows threw the terrain into high relief, making navigation easier.Between each landing, the Moon is shown going through its monthly cycle of phases. The time between landings is especially long between Apollo 12 and 14, since Apollo 13 suffered a major equipment failure and was unable to land. The text includes the total number of hours that the Lunar Module (LM, pronounced ) was on the surface along with the number of hours that the astronauts were actually outside extravehicular activity or EVA in astronaut speak.The precise landing site coordinates are those recently determined from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) narrow angle camera images of the sites. The coordinates are listed here and in Coordinates of anthropogenic features on the Moon by Wagner et al. in the February, 2017 Icarus. The surface times are from Apollo by the Numbers by Orloff. Also see the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, a complete and thoroughly annotated transcript of astronaut activities on the Moon.The amount of time that the astronauts were able to stay on the surface increased with each mission. Distance traveled during EVAs on the last three missions were greatly extended by a lunar rover, a battery-powered dune buggy that allowed the astronauts to visit and sample places several kilometers away from the LM. The six Apollo landing sites are revealed chronologically as the phase and libration of the Moon is shown throughout the Apollo era. Annotations are omitted. A still image of the final frame of the animation.
Earthrise in 4K
Dec. 21, 2018, 4 a.m.Read more
On December 24, 1968, Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders became the first humans to witness the Earth rising above the moon Earthrise and 8 Homeward by the International Astronomical Union to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission.
Tour of the Moon 4K Redux
April 9, 2018, 6 a.m.Read more
The camera flies over the lunar terrain, coming in for close looks at a variety of interesting sites and some of the LRO data associated with them. Includes narration, music, feature titles, research sources, and the location and scale of the image center. Music Provided By Killer Tracks: Scott Goodman.Watch this video on the NASA Goddard YouTube channel.This video is also available on the SVS YouTube channel. In the fall of 2011, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission released its original Tour of the Moon, a five-minute animation that takes the viewer on a virtual tour of our nearest neighbor in space. Six years later, the tour has been recreated in eye-popping 4K resolution, using the same camera path and drawing from the vastly expanded data trove collected by LRO in the intervening years.The tour visits a number of interesting sites chosen to illustrate a variety of lunar terrain features. Some are on the near side and are familiar to both professional and amateur observers on Earth, while others can only be seen clearly from space. Some are large and old (Orientale, South Pole-Aitken), others are smaller and younger (Tycho, Aristarchus). Constantly shadowed areas near the poles are hard to photograph but easier to measure with altimetry, while several of the Apollo landing sites, all relatively near the equator, have been imaged at resolutions as high as 25 centimeters (10 inches) per pixel.The new tour highlights the mineral composition of the Aristarchus plateau, evidence for surface water ice in certain spots near the south pole, and the mapping of gravity in and around the Orientale basin. The camera flies over the lunar terrain, coming in for close looks at a variety of interesting sites and some of the LRO data associated with them. Includes feature titles, research sources, and the location and scale of the image center. Comparisons of certain frames from the original 2011 tour (bottom) and the 2018 version (top). The data gathered by LRO in the intervening years is reflected in the improved quality of the newer images. The tour as rendered, without titles. The frames contain an alpha channel. The background stars visible in the first 14 seconds of the tour. The animated location and scale display. The title slides, including keys (color bars) for the gravity, elevation, and Christiansen feature data overlays.