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Jan 26, 2012
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In December 2011, NASA public affairs photographer Sean Smith climbed aboard a Coast Guard helicopter and captured a series of 32 new aerial photographs of the Center. Here's an overhead view of NASA Langley's Hydro Impact Basin. The Basin team spent much of 2011 testing Orion crew vehicle test articles, but they still found time to be the highlight of Langley's first-ever Tweetup. › Orion › Hydro Impact Basin › Langley Tweetup More aerial images are available...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-2011aerials.html
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Jan 26, 2012
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NASA photographer Sean Smith hitched a ride with the U.S. Coast Guard to get this aerial view of NASA Langley Research Center on December 7, 2011. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
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Jan 26, 2012
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Testing continues at NASA Langley Research Center as the 18,000-pound (8,164.6 kg) Orion test article took its seventh splash into the Hydro Impact Basin Dec. 1. Orion, NASA's next deep space exploration vehicle, will carry astronauts into space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel, and ensure safe re-entry and landing. The testing, which began in this summer, simulates different water landing scenarios and takes into account different velocities, parachute...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-orion-droptest-dec01.html
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Jan 26, 2012
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A former US Coast Guard jet has arrived at NASA Langley in hopes of being used for future science missions and other possible experiments. The HU-25C Guardian is equivalent to a Falcon business jet built by Dassault Aircraft. The jet, which was built in 1981 and had been stationed at a Coast Guard base in Cape Cod, Mass., flew into Langley from Elizabeth City, N.C. The HU-25 will not be flown again until it has completed the aircraft acceptance process and has authorization to operate. It...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-hu25c.html
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Jan 26, 2012
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Nov. 8, 2011 -- More than 40 people from as far away as Maine and Wisconsin converged on Hampton, Va., for NASA Langley Research Center's first tweetup. Using an array of gadgets -- smart phones, tablets, laptops, chargers and cameras -- they shared the experience of a day-long VIP tour with the "Twitterverse." Here, one of the attendees captures video of astronaut Susan Kilrain on an iPad. › Video Coverage › Read More › View Slideshow Credit:...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-tweetup.html
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Jan 26, 2012
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Engineers conducted the first test as part of Phase 1 of the Orion boilerplate test article at NASA's Langley Research Center, on Oct. 18. The 18,000-pound (8,165 kg) test article -- representative of the Orion -- was drop tested at a 43-degree relative pitch angle and a 30-degree roll angle and traveled at 27 mph (43 kph) horizontal velocity before splashing down in the Hydro Impact Basin. › Read More Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-hib-2011Oct18.html
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Jan 26, 2012
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At Belvedere Plantation in Fredericksburg, Va., mixed in with the corn stalks, pumpkins and hay was a healthy dose of space. Belvedere is one of seven farms across the U.S. taking part in a project called Space Farm -- a collaboration between NASA and members of MAiZE Inc., A Utah-based company that helps farmers design and create mazes. The organization creates mazes each year, and this time decided to spotlight NASA. At Belvedere, a vast crop of corn stalks was transformed into an 8-acre...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-spacefarm.html
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Jan 26, 2012
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October 11: X-15 flown to more than 40 miles into space, 217,000 feet, and a speed of 3,647 miles per hour (5,869 kph), piloted by Major Robert White, Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB), CA. Major Robert M. White next to the X-15 aircraft after a research flight in February 1961. White was one of the initial pilots selected for the X-15 program, representing the Air Force in the joint program with NASA, the Navy, and North American Aviation. Between 13 April 1960 and 14 December 1962, White made 16...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-x15-white.html
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Jan 26, 2012
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Thirteen engineers, technicians, and observers from the NACA's Langley Research Center, Va., were assigned to assist the X-l flight test program at the U.S. Air Force Muroc test station in CA. This was the beginning of the Dryden Flight Research Center of NACA and NASA. Credit: NASA
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Jan 26, 2012
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Demolition of the 8-Foot Transonic Pressure Tunnel (8-Ft TPT), nearly completed. The 8-Ft TPT was completed in 1953 to make full use of the capabilities of the then-new "slotted throat" wind tunnel design. The tunnel could operate at pressures between 0.1 and 2.0 atmospheres, and the air speed in the test section was continuously variable up to Mach 1.2 depending on the size of the model being tested. In 1958, a new plenum section was added, increasing testing capability to Mach 1.3....
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Engineers at the gantry conducted a successful first drop test of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) boilerplate test article, or BTA, on Tuesday, July 12. The Orion MPCV is based on the Orion design requirements for traveling beyond low Earth orbit. Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. The BTA, which weighs...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-mpcv-bta-hib.html
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Nov 28, 2010 NASA
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As the leaves change, the new Hydro Impact Basin takes shape. Construction on the new facility is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topic: Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
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Nov 21, 2010 NASA
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LARSS participants Jake and Jacqueline were part of a multidisciplinary student research team establishing a robotics lab that can address swarming problems for autonomous air and ground vehicles. Their team, mentored by Garry Qualls, combined commercial radio control vehicles, low cost microcontrollers, a commercial motion capture system and software they wrote themselves to get the lab up and running. The primary aircraft currently operating in the lab are quadcopters. These small-scale...
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Nov 19, 2010 NASA
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Engineers performed a series of tests in the 20-ft. Vertical Spin Tunnel recently that measured the aerodynamics of a 6.25 percent model of the Orion crew module with deployed drogue parachutes. The purpose of the test was to compare how the model performed in simulated flight versus a free-flight flight test in the tunnel. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topic: What -- Orion
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Nov 19, 2010 NASA
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The Orion Launch Abort System, or LAS, pathfinder returned home to NASA Langley on Monday for a short stay as it makes its way to NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The hardware was built at Langley and was used in preparation for the highly successful launch abort system flight test, called Pad Abort, at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The LAS pathfinder has made several stops on its cross-country trek in an effort to excite the public about space exploration. This Friday,...
Topics: What -- Orion, What -- Launch Abort System (LAS), Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Where -- New...
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Nov 6, 2010 NASA
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Research pilot Dan Murri controls the remotely piloted AirSTAR (Airborne Subscale Transport Aircraft Research) generic transport model from inside a specially equipped control room on wheels. Looking on is flight test director Kevin Cunningham. During these and other flight tests at Fort Pickett, near Blacktone, Va., the AirSTAR team successfully demonstrated computer software and control systems that may some day prevent airliners from going into steep dives and other extreme conditions....
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Nov 6, 2010 NASA
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Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) Catherine Breen and Jordan Schafer study a model of the planet Mars. The scholars, who worked on a team tasked with planning a mission to Mars, were two of 48 students selected to take part in a weeklong academy held at NASA Langley June 26-July 2. The next VASTS academy begins Sat. July 10 and runs through July 16. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topics: What -- Mars, Where -- Virginia, Where -- Jordan
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Nov 6, 2010 NASA
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A red-tail hawk peeks down from his perch on a tree at NASA Langley. This bird of prey is one of six species of hawks that nests in Virginia. This bird's image will be used in a education piece that teaches children about wildlife at various NASA centers. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topic: Where -- Virginia
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Nov 6, 2010 NASA
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On July 20, NASA and industry partners Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Lockheed Martin Space Systems met in Boulder, Colo., for a demo of the flight hardware that will be tested on shuttle mission STS-134 scheduled for February 2011. In addition to the demo, the astronaut crew of flight mission STS-134 received training from lead engineers who have worked on the project for the past 14 months. Here, Tom Johnson (left), the avionics lead for the Sensor Test for Orion Relative...
Topics: What -- STS-134, What -- Orion
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Nov 6, 2010 NASA
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Langley researchers have been testing the Boeing Aerodynamic Efficiency Improvement Joined Wing Wind Tunnel Model in the Transonic Dynamics Tunnel. They're working with the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop technologies for future high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft. The joined wing model ''flew'' in the tunnel so engineers could check out surfaces and sensors that help control the aircraft. Credit: NASA Langley/Sean Smith
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Nov 6, 2010 NASA
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Amanda Cichoracki wanted to create something that would make a bold, engaging statement about the innovative work being conducted at NASA Langley Research Center. So, with her creative inspiration she drew upon common elements from various projects applicable to all the science missions for her latest painting. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topic: Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
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Nov 5, 2010 NASA
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Exhibit Specialist Dustin Hitt mans the touchscreen table inside the newly updated NASA Exploration Experience trailer during NASA Exploration Days at Busch Gardens. The trailer offers a 3-D journey through the past, present and into the future of space travel and educates visitors on how technologies developed for space exploration are improving our lives on Earth. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topic: What -- Earth
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Nov 5, 2010 NASA
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The parking lot near Building 1202 became a wading pool for this ROME truck as a result of flooding from the past week's monsoon. In some areas, even the water was underwater. Rainfall from Sunday to the morning of Friday, Oct. 1, totalled 10 to 14.5 inches, according to Langley's Flight Service Office weather report. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
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Jun 28, 2010 NASA/Sean Smith
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Photographer Sean Smith has an eagle's eye view of the progress at the site where the new Hydro Impact Basin will be constructed. Since last week's groundbreaking ceremony workers have removed tree branches and have cut on the inside left and right tree lines to get the side ready for excavation. Installation of silt fencing environmental controls started inside and along the left tree line. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-gantry2010.html
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Jun 14, 2010 NASA/Sean Smith
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A picture-perfect day greeted employees, guests, contractor partners and elected officials who attended the Hydro Impact Basin Groundbreaking Ceremony at NASA Langley's Landing Impact and Research Facility, also known as the Gantry, Tuesday, June 8. The water basin will be 115 feet 35 m long, 90 feet 27.4 m wide and 20 feet 6.1 m deep and will be built at the west end of the Gantry, where Neil Armstrong trained for walking on the moon. The new facility will serve to validate and certify that...
Topics: Who -- Neil A. Armstrong, What -- Moon, What -- Orion, What -- Mercury, Where -- Virginia, Where --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-impactbasin-groundbreaking.html
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May 7, 2010 NASA/Sean Smith
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Sprint girl Amanda Wright visited NASA's ''From Rockets to Race Cars'' exhibit at Richmond International Raceway on Friday. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
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Topic: Where -- Richmond
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Apr 28, 2010 NASA/Sean Smith
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Work continues on the fabrication of the Orion Crew Module KSC Ground Operations pathfinder in building 1232A at NASA Langley. The pathfinder will be shipped to Kennedy Space Center in September so ground operation crews there can practice lifting and moving it. The purpose of the pathfinder is to give crews experience in developing vehicle processing methods such as access, transportation, interfaces, clearances, and integration prior to working with the actual flight Orion Crew Module....
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-pathfinder2010.html
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Apr 14, 2010 NASA/Sean Smith
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Team members of the Landing and Descent Deceleration Earth Recovery System (LaDDERS) Advanced Development Project celebrated their Center Team Award Thursday, March 25, at the Track Lab in Building 1262. In 2006, the LaDDERS team formed to lead the development of the Orion landing system. In three years, the team conducted 117 landing impact tests and delivered 80 technical reports. The LaDDERS team accepted the award for technical excellence last month. ''This team has really cranked out a lot...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Orion
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-ladders.html
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Apr 7, 2010 NASA
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Researcher David Wing of the Crew Systems & Aviation Operations Branch takes notes during a simulation in the Air Traffic Operations Laboratory. The lab is used to test technologies to help improve air traffic management and prepare the U.S. for a predicted growth in air travel over the next few decades.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-atol.html
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Mar 23, 2010 Copyright, The McGraw-Hill Companies. Used with permission. Original Image: NASA/Sean Smith
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The December, 2009, drop test of an MD-500 helicopter at Langley's Landing Impact Research Facility graced a recent cover of Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. AvWeek Story Credit: Copyright, The McGraw-Hill Companies. Used with permission. Original Image: NASA/Sean Smith
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-avweekcover.html
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Mar 23, 2010 NASA/Sean Smith
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At the CIAA Career Day in Charlotte, N.C., Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS )manager Debbie Murray spoke with Dominique Lashley, a freshman at Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina who is interested in computer programming. Lashley said she's always had an interest in space and is considering applying for an internship at NASA. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topic: Where -- North Carolina
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-careerday.html
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Mar 23, 2010 NASA/Sean Smith
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To build confidence in a design tool that could be used to analyze how the structural design of a spacecraft would be impacted during a water-landing scenario, engineers have been performing a series of subscale water drop tests at NASA Langley's Elemental Water Impact facility. Here, engineers prepare to drop a 20-inch (50.8 cm) hemisphere from five feet (1.5 m) into a four-foot (1.2 m) deep pool. This testing is part of a building block approach that will help engineers generate test data...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-dtbasin.html
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Mar 11, 2010 NASA/Sean Smith
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From Left to Right, NASA Knight team members Matt Reno, Chris Hunt, Mitchell Ferris, Dave Holloway, and Juliana Wu put the finishing touches on the robot they are building for the FIRST Robotics competition in Richmond March 18-20. With the help of NASA Langley Researcher Center, the NASA Knights team has participated in the competition for the past 13 years. The team has about 50 students from schools all over Hampton Roads, including homeschooled students. They gather in the new robotics lab...
Topics: What -- New Horizons, Where -- Richmond
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-first2010.html
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Mar 11, 2010 NASA/Sean Smith
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(From left) NASA Langley associate director Cindy Lee, center director Lesa Roe and deputy director Steve Jurczyk congratulate Michelle Perez, a Goddard Space Flight Center researcher working on her doctorate from Virginia Tech, after Perez participated in a panel discussion about how to stimulate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. Looking on is panel member Devin Michel Pugh-Thomas. The panel was in the Capitol Building in Richmond on February 3, during NASA Langley's annual...
Topics: Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Where -- Virginia, Where -- Richmond
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-stempanel.html
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Feb 17, 2010 NASA/Sean Smith
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High in the sky; that's the usual destination for an aircraft that called NASA Langley home for two months. A WB-57, operated by Johnson Space Center and normally based at Ellington Field in Houston, was here until late December installing and integrating a new payload. The WB-57 is one of only two kinds of aircraft in which crews can fly over 50,000 feet. The other is the U-2. ''We usually fly about 60,000 feet,'' (18,288 m) said Joe Gerky, WB-57 manager. ''That's a big advantage for testing...
Topic: Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-wb57.html
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Feb 17, 2010 NASA
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NASA 360 crew -- (L to R, Mike Bibbo, Kevin Krigsvold, Tom Shortridge) -- shooting in the Langley Full Scale Tunnel for their latest program on NASA's commitment to Aeronautics. This program will feature stories on the X-48B BWB scale model, The Deployable Energy Absorber (Helicopter Drop Test), and a segment on Aircraft Safety. Look for Langley's Dr. Faye Collier, Anna McGowan, Full Scale Tunnel, Landing Impact Research Facility, and much more in this episode, due out in early February....
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-nasa360.html
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Feb 17, 2010 NASA/Sean Smith
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In December, a 5 percent scale model of the Orion Launch Abort Vehicle was installed in Langley's Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel for supersonic jet effects testing. The model was painted with a new pressure sensitive paint and illuminated to produce surface static pressure maps in the locations of the attitude control motor nozzles and the aft-body interaction regions. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topic: What -- Orion
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-orionlav.html
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Feb 17, 2010 NASA/Sean Smith
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A demolished area begins to show signs of new architecture as construction workers build NASA Langley's new headquarters building. The building will be 70,000 square feet (roughly 6,500 square meters) and is expected to be complete in 2010. It is the first of many buildings as part of the 15-year repair-by-replacement upgrade project known as New Town. After New Town's expected completion in 2020, NASA Langley will have six new buildings and two rehabilitated buildings. These buildings will be...
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Feb 17, 2010 NASA/Sean Smith
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Gene Adams of the Flight Dynamics branch helps install a five-foot span unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) model in the 14-by-22 Foot Subsonic Tunnel. Engineers tested the UCAV model in a wind tunnel in Germany and here at NASA Langley to help develop computational fluid dynamics methods for predicting aircraft flight dynamics. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topic: Where -- Germany
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Feb 17, 2010 NASA/Sean Smith
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Mick Hartzheim of the Fabrication Development Technology Branch is busy populating the DC-DC Converter Board which is part of the Power Distribution Unit for the Orion Navigation Sensor Detailed Test Objective (DTO). Langley's role in the Orion Navigation Sensor DTO is to provide system integration, testing, system engineering and overall project management. The project is about reducing risks associated with the first use of the navigation sensors on the Orion crew capsule that will dock with...
Topics: What -- Orion, What -- International Space Station (ISS)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-orion-nav-sensor.html
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Feb 17, 2010 NASA/Sean Smith
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The Ares I-X awaits it flight test on pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The flight test will gather important data for future space vehicles and is the first test of a vehicle in this configuration of solid booster at bottom and liquid propellant as upper stage. There will be 700 sensors on the vehicle collecting more than 900 measurements, providing engineering data to help correlate computer models and analysis with real world data. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topic: Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
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Feb 17, 2010 NASA
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Many members of the NASA Langley support team stand in the Hangar with the Crew Module and Launch Abort System built by the Center's fabrication shop for use on Ares I-X. The hardware later was outfitted with sensors and stacked atop Ares I-X for the October 28 launch from Kennedy Space Center in what proved to be a resounding success. NASA/George Homich
Topic: Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-ares-ix-team.html
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Dec 2, 2009 NASA
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Mysterious chalkings have been reported throughout NASA Langley Research Center. The puzzling messages appeared overnight and urge employees to take bizarre actions, such as smile, dance through crosswalks and skip to work. Safety officials tested the chalk and have confirmed that it presents no problem to employees. Langley spokesperson Marny Skora says management encourages employees to take risks, noting that as one chalking indicates, "Every noble work is at first impossible."...
Topic: Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/chalkings-teachers.html
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Dec 2, 2009 NASA
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Mysterious chalkings have been reported throughout NASA Langley Research Center. The puzzling messages appeared overnight and urge employees to take bizarre actions, such as smile, dance through crosswalks and skip to work. Safety officials tested the chalk and have confirmed that it presents no problem to employees. Langley spokesperson Marny Skora says management encourages employees to take risks, noting that as one chalking indicates, "Every noble work is at fi rst impossible."...
Topic: Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/chalkings-smile-dman.html
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Dec 2, 2009 NASA
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Mysterious chalkings have been reported throughout NASA Langley Research Center. The puzzling messages appeared overnight and urge employees to take bizarre actions, such as smile, dance through crosswalks and skip to work. Safety officials tested the chalk and have confirmed that it presents no problem to employees. Langley spokesperson Marny Skora says management encourages employees to take risks, noting that as one chalking indicates, "Every noble work is at first im possible."...
Topic: Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/chalkings-skip.html
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Dec 2, 2009 NASA
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Mysterious chalkings have been reported throughout NASA Langley Research Center. The puzzling messages appeared overnight and urge employees to take bizarre actions, such as smile, dance through crosswalks and skip to work. Safety officials tested the chalk and have confirmed that it presents no problem to employees. Langley spokesperson Marny Skora says management encourages employees to take risks, noting that as one chalking indicates, "Every noble work i s at first impossible."...
Topic: Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/chalkings-lifeisgood.html
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Dec 2, 2009 NASA
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Mysterious chalkings have been reported throughout NASA Langley Research Center. The puzzling messages appeared overnight and urge employees to take bizarre actions, such as smile, dance through crosswalks and skip to work. Safety officials tested the chalk and have confirmed that it presents no problem to employees. Langley spokesperson Marny Skora says management encourages employees to take risks, noting that as one chalking indicates, "Every noble work is at firs t impossible."...
Topic: Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/chalkings-noble.html
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Dec 2, 2009 NASA
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Mysterious chalkings have been reported throughout NASA Langley Research Center. The puzzling messages appeared overnight and urge employees to take bizarre actions, such as smile, dance through crosswalks and skip to work. Safety officials tested the chalk and have confirmed that it presents no problem to employees. Langley spokesperson Marny Skora says management encourages employees to take risks, noting that as one chalking indicates, "Every noble work is at fi rst impossible."...
Topic: Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/chalkings-eschew.html
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Dec 2, 2009 NASA
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Mysterious chalkings have been reported throughout NASA Langley Research Center. The puzzling messages appeared overnight and urge employees to take bizarre actions, such as smile, dance through crosswalks and skip to work. Safety officials tested the chalk and have confirmed that it presents no problem to employees. Langley spokesperson Marny Skora says management encourages employees to take risks, noting that as one chalking indicates, "Every noble work is at firs t impossible."...
Topic: Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/chalkings-fire.html
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Mysterious chalkings have been reported throughout NASA Langley Research Center. The puzzling messages appeared overnight and urge employees to take bizarre actions, such as smile, dance through crosswalks and skip to work. Safety officials tested the chalk and have confirmed that it presents no problem to employees. Langley spokesperson Marny Skora says management encourages employees to take risks, noting that as one chalking indicates, "Every noble work is at first impossible."...
Topic: Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/chalkings-beautiful.html
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Mysterious chalkings have been reported throughout NASA Langley Research Center. The puzzling messages appeared overnight and urge employees to take bizarre actions, such as smile, dance through crosswalks and skip to work. Safety officials tested the chalk and have confirmed that it presents no problem to employees. Langley spokesperson Marny Skora says management encourages employees to take risks, noting that as one chalking indicates, "Every noble work is at first impos sible."...
Topic: Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/chalkings-dance.html
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Dec 2, 2009 NASA
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Jim Dimascio demonstrates the Virtusphere inside the Reid Center as Ray Latypov looks on. The Virtusphere is a locomotion platform that allows users to be completely immersed into their interactive virtual experience. Latypov and Dimascio, owners of Virtusphere, Inc. based in New York, brought the 10-foot (3 m) high structure to Langley Oct. 1 for a demonstration in the Reid Center. Jeff Antol with the Space Mission Anaylsis Branch arranged the visit to show employees how NASA Langley is...
Topics: What -- USERS, What -- Mars, Where -- New York
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-virtusphere.html
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Wind tunnel manager Frank Quinto explains how a model of the NASA Ares I rocket will be tested in the 14 x 22 Foot Subsonic Tunnel. The test series will help confirm that the Ares I can safely withstand winds while sitting on the launch pad. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topic: What -- Ares Launch Vehicles
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-ares1.html
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A half-scale model of the Orion Crew Module is lifted at the Landing and Impact Research (LandIR) Facility Tuesday, Sept. 22, at NASA Langley Research Center in preparation for a pendulum swing test where it will land on Kennedy Space Center simulated sand. The test helps engineers understand how a contingency land landing on sand would impact the crew module after a launch pad abort scenario. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topics: What -- Orion, Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC), Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-orion-landir.html
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An historic wind tunnel at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., is helping test the prototype of a new, more fuel-efficient, quieter aircraft design. Boeing Research & Technology, Huntington Beach, Calif., has partnered with NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to explore and validate the structural, aerodynamic and operational advantages of an advanced hybrid wing body concept called...
Topics: What -- Mercury, Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC), Where -- Ohio, Where -- Dryden Flight...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-x48c.html
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Denise Lineberry is an editor for NASA Langley's newspaper. She also uses her expertise to fight illiteracy in Hampton Roads.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/about/uws-lineberry.html
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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- A successful NASA flight test has shown that a spacecraft returning to Earth can use an inflatable heat shield to slow and protect itself as it enters the atmosphere at hypersonic speeds. This was the first time anyone has successfully flown an inflatable reentry capsule, according to engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center. The Inflatable Re-entry Vehicle Experiment, or IRVE, was vacuum-packed into a 15-inch diameter payload "shroud" and launched on a small...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Mars, Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC), Where -- Wallops Flight...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-irvelaunch.html
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At the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay is a unique instrument platform: the Coast Guard's Chesapeake Lighthouse. Taking advantage of it's open ocean location far from typical land-based factors, Science Directorate researchers use the lighthouse to maintain a suite of instruments that provide continuous radiation measurements and validate or provide ground truth for the satellite-based CERES instruments. Collectively, the suite of instruments is called the CERES Ocean Validation Experiment (COVE)....
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Earth, Where -- Chesapeake Bay
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-cove.html
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The spirit of volunteerism is a marriage of two periods in Walt Baskin's life. One provided material for the show, the other showed a sense of reward that comes from helping the children that see it. From that, Baskin, who works in the Atmospheric Science Data Center, has spun a life away from Langley that includes time in classrooms spent teaching aeronautics and physics by combining instruction with entertainment. The Cub Scouts and, now, Boy Scouts, appreciate it, too. The first period of...
Topics: What -- Spirit, What -- YES, Where -- Virginia, Where -- Madison
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/about/uws-baskin.html
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Karen Steele and her husband, Bill Pardue, prefer to be "doers" and not just "sayers." They have made themselves living examples for years by helping just about anywhere their help was needed. They wanted to aid worthy causes, and if they couldn't help financially they just donated their time and effort. Steele works at NASA Langley with the contracts group for ROME. Her husband is a Chrysler technician in Smithfield. They live in Gates County, N.C. Many of their nights and...
Topic: Where -- Rome
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/about/uws-ksteele.html
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The most successful of the pre-Apollo probes, Lunar Orbiter photographically mapped the equatorial regions of the moon. These maps, compiled at Langley, provided the detailed topographical information needed to pinpoint the best landing sites on the moon, including the exact spot in the Sea of Tranquility chosen for Apollo 11. Credit: NASA
Topics: What -- Apollo 11, What -- Lunar Orbiter, What -- Moon
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/home/Road2Apollo-09.html
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On July 13, Pennsylvania State University's Dr. Anne Thompson arrived at NASA Langley with her research team to set up their NATIVE (Nittany Atmospheric Trailer & Integrated Validation Experiment) mobile research facility. During their stay, the researchers will be measuring air quality from the trailer in support of NASA's GEO-CAPE (Geostationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events) mission, a next-generation Earth-observing satellite. The NATIVE facility will use its suite of instruments and...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Pennsylvania
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/multimedia/iotw-native.html
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After Mercury came Gemini, the project that would put to the test the maneuvers that would be required if Apollo was to be successful. Gemini astronauts would have to practice the rendezvous and docking techniques necessary to link two spacecraft. Langley researchers built the Rendezvous Docking Simulator giving astronauts a routine opportunity to pilot dynamically-controlled scale-model vehicles in an environment that closely paralleled that of space. Credit: NASA
Topics: What -- Mercury, What -- Gemini, What -- Opportunity
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/home/road2apollo-08.html
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In the opinion of many space historians, Langley's most important contribution to the Apollo program was its development of Lunar Orbit Rendezvous (LOR). Here, John Houbolt explains the critical weight-saving advantage of the LOR concept. The basic premise was to fire an assembly of three spacecraft into Earth orbit on top of a single powerful rocket. Without this successful mission concept, the United States may still have landed humans on the moon, but it probably would not have happened by...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Moon, Where -- United States of America
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/home/roadtoapollo-07.html
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A full-scale model of the Mercury capsule was tested in the Langley 30- by 60-Foot Full-Scale Wind Tunnel. Managed at Langley Research Center, the objectives of the Mercury program were quite specific -- to orbit a crewed spacecraft around the Earth, to investigate the ability of humans to function in space and to recover both human and spacecraft safely. Project Mercury accomplished the first orbital flight made by an American, astronaut John Glenn. Credit: NASA
Topics: Who -- John H. Glenn, What -- Mercury, What -- Earth, Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/home/road2apollo-05.html
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As project Mercury began in the late 1950s, Langley was thrust full force into the national spotlight with the arrival in Hampton of the original seven astronauts. Under the tutelage of the Space Task Group, (from left front row) Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Scott Carpenter, Donald "Deke" Slayton, Gordon Cooper, (back row) Alan Shepard, Walter Schirra and John Glenn were trained at Langley to operate the space machines that would thrust them beyond the protective environment of...
Topics: Who -- Scott Carpenter, Who -- Gordon Cooper, Who -- Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Who -- John H. Glenn,...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/home/R oad2Apollo-04.html
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The Scout program began in 1957 to build an inexpensive sounding rocket to carry small research payloads to high altitudes. Scout would eventually assist the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs by testing reentry materials, evaluating methods of protecting spacecraft from micrometeoroids, and examining ways of overcoming radio blackouts as a space capsule reentered the atmosphere. The first Scout launched at Wallops Island July 1, 1960. Credit: NASA
Topics: What -- Mercury, What -- Gemini
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/home/Road2Apollo-02a.html
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Project Fire explored the intense heat of atmospheric reentry and its effects on would-be spacecraft materials. Although the ultimate tests involved Atlas rockets carrying recoverable reentry packages, the flight tests from Cape Canaveral were preceded by a series of important wind-tunnel tests at Langley. Here technicians ready materials for a high-temperature wind tunnel test. Credit: NASA
Topic: What -- Atlas
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/home/road2apollo-03.html
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Even before the Space Task Group was formally organized, Langley had begun to develop the concept of the "Little Joe" test vehicle that became the workhorse of the nation's initial humans-in-space program -- Mercury. Little Joe, a solid fuel rocket, carried instrumented payloads to various altitudes and allowed engineers to check the operation of the Mercury capsule escape rocket and recovery systems. Here Langley technicians construct the Little Joe capsules in-house in Langley's...
Topic: What -- Mercury
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/home/Roa d2Apollo-06.html
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Almost 40 years have passed since July 20, 1969, when the lunar module "Eagle" carrying Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin gingerly made its way down to the Sea of Tranquility, landing humans on the moon for the first time. "From launch to splashdown, there was no aspect of the Apollo mission that scientists, engineers and technicians at NASA's Langley Research Center had not helped to develop in one way or another," said historian James R. Hansen, author of...
Topics: Who -- Neil A. Armstrong, Who -- Buzz Aldrin, What -- Apollo 11, What -- Moon, Where -- Langley...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/home/Road2Apollo-00.html
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The challenge: fly humans a quarter of a million miles, make a pinpoint landing on a strange planet, blast off and return home safely after an eight-day voyage through space. This photograph of Lunar Excursion Module pilot Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface was taken by Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong. Credit: NASA
Topics: Who -- Buzz Aldrin, Who -- Neil A. Armstrong, What -- Apollo 11, Apollo 11
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/home/Road2Apollo-01.html
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Scientists from the Science Directorate at NASA's Langley Research Center, including Marty Mlynczak, Bruce Doddridge and Lin Chambers, participated in a series of "Ask a Scientist" panels for the public at EarthFest. Colleagues from the Virginia Institute for Marine Science and from the College of William and Mary also participated as panelists. The space also served as a gallery for Earth art, photographs and data images of our home planet from space. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topics: Ask A Scientist, What -- Earth, Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC), Where -- Virginia
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/earthfest2008-10.html
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Guests at EarthFest were able to learn about NASA Langley's scientific research through many activities. Here, Nancy Holloway from the Fabrication Technology Development Branch and her daughter, Hannah, discover scientific benefits to society, like advances in aviation safety and coastal management. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topics: Discovery Kiosk, What -- Discovery
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/earthfest2008-09.html
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Kate Coleman, daughter of Lisa Coleman of the Science Directorate, watches and listens to science videos and podcasts at EarthFest. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topic: EarthFest Podcasts
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/earthfest2008-08.html
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Aug 19, 2009 NASA
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Christopher Newport University students, Christine Allen, left, and Sheena Clift, right, staff a dispCNlay for the CNU Chemistry Club at EarthFest. The students show off lab-produced bio-diesel fuel as well as information on "green" cleaning products. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topic: CNU Chemistry Club, EarthFest 2008, Christopher Newport University, CNU, bio-diesel, fuel, display,...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/earthfest2008-07.html