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NASA eClips™ are short, relevant educational video segments. These videos inspire and engage students, helping them see real world connections.



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In this NASA video segment discover how NASA is redesigning the space vehicle that will carry astronauts back to the moon. This design includes three components: the ARES rocket, the ALTAIR Lunar Lander; and the ORION space capsule. The ORION capsule will house four to six astronauts during lift-off and landing. This video segment takes a look at early tests using a mock-up of Orion.
Topics: astronauts, ARES, ALTAIR, Lunar Lander, Orion, aviation, space
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NASA is currently testing potential equipment that can be used on missions back to the moon. Moses Lake, Washington, the site for the tests, has a surface similar to that of the moon. This segment introduces two advanced pieces of equipment that NASA is developing: the All Terrain Hex-Legged Extra Terrestrial Explorer, or ATHLETE, and the Chariot. ATHLETE is a rover with six wheels that will be able to transport up to 450 kg of cargo at a rate of 10 km/h. The Chariot, the new moon buggy, is...
Topics: Chariot, ATHLETE, moon, NASA, exploration, Moses Lake
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In this NASA video segment learn how NASA experts use a gantry to test the design of aircraft and spacecraft returning to Earth. The gantry is 240 ft. high and 240 ft. long. NASA has used the gantry to crash test airplanes. Using the data from these experiments, airplane manufacturers redesign aircraft for emergency landings or crashes. This segment also describes the design of ORION, the crew exploration vehicle planned for NASA's return to the moon.
Topics: gantry, spacecraft testing, design, Orion, exploration vehicle, aviation, airplane testing
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This NASA segment focuses on the importance of air travel in today’s society. Currently, over 600 million people travel on airplanes and it is expected that over a billion people will use air transportation in the near future. Attention is turning to ways to improve what is an already crowded transportation system. A unique government and commercial plan develops the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NGATS. The Joint Planning Development Office (JPDO) is designing a multi-stage...
Topics: air travel, transportation system, NGATS, JPDO, aviation safety
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This NASA video segment explains the use of plasma for rocket propulsion. The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) is being tested as one new way form of propulsion. This video segment reviews the four states of matter while it reviews the make-up of atoms, electric and magnetic fields, and radiation.
Topics: aviation, variable, VASIMR, Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, propulsion, state of matter, atoms,...
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NASA has plans to set up an outpost on the moon and one of the issues they are facing is how to dig dirt on the moon. Unlike dirt found here on Earth, moon dirt is razor sharp and very fine so researchers must figure out a way to design a machine that can dig moon dirt without destroying the machine. This NASA video takes you behind the scenes at the NASA lunar backhoe competition where researchers compete to find out who has made the most efficient machine.
Topics: moon, surface, regolith, excavator
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This NASA video segment introduces Earth System Science. Examples are provided that explain how systems are created by parts interconnecting with other parts to make a whole. Color animation and examples of systems model how they work. The use of graphs, charts, and drawings to communicate thinking is emphasized in this segment.
Topics: representation, earth system science, graphs, charts, earth
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In this NASA video segment learn the relationship between energy and work. You will also explore ways people try to overcome Earth’s gravity in order to do work.
Topics: energy, work, gravity, explore, earth
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Episode 3 features: NASA's new crew capsule and launch abort system; NASA tech in IndyCar; Living on the moon in a basketball; NASCAR's and NASA tech.
Topics: NASA 360 Vodcast, What -- Moon
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/nasa360/nasa360-0103.html
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Learn about the chemical reaction that occurs when liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen are combined to operate the space shuttle's three main engines. See how this controlled explosion moves the shuttle up into orbit.
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In this NASA video segment explore how flight simulators are one of the most effective tools for pilots and engineers to experminent on aircraft. NASA flight simulators are designed as exact replica of aircrafts enabling engineers to run tests and experiments without risking pilot safety. This segment discusses NASA's use of flight simulators when developing new engineering concepts. NASA flight simulators are also compared to other flight simulators.
Topics: flight simulator, safety, aircraft, experiments, simulator, aviation, space
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In this NASA video segment get an inside scoop from astronaut Michael Foal about what it is like to eat in space. Foal describes changes he's experienced while in space and how food and water help counteract some of these changes. Learn about available food choices on the International Space Station and the importance of social time during eating for astronauts.
Topics: International Space Station, astronauts, aviation, space food
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This NASA video segment focuses on food studies and research preparing for long-term crewed missions. A mission to Mars may last about 3 years. NASA must find a way to provide enough food for astronauts that could fit into very limited space. The food must be safe, nutritious, and provide a variety for astronauts. This segment takes a closer look at new techniques in food processing and hydroponics.
Topics: hydroponics, astronauts, mars, space food, mars, aviation
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Episode 5 features the Hubble Space Telescope, the Earth-sun relationship, NASA oceanography and their connections to NASA Mars exploration missions.
Topics: NASA 360 Vodcast, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Earth, What -- Sun, What -- Mars
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/nasa360/nasa360-0105.html
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This NASA video segment discusses the role people play in causing global warming. People burn more and more fossil fuels everyday, causing the greenhouse effect to intensify. This keeps more of the sun's heat and energy within Earth's atmosphere causing temperatures on Earth to rise. This video explains the effect warmer temperatures are playing on Earth and what people can do to reduce these effects. Dr. James Hansen from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center provides examples of ways that...
Topics: environment, global warming, fossil fuel, heat, temperature, space
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Episode 2 features: Dr. James Hansen talks about global warming and what we can do about it; green homes at the Solar Decathlon; zero to 60 in three seconds in the all-electric Wrightspeed X1.
Topic: NASA 360 Vodcast
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/nasa360/nasa360-0102.html
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Go behind the scenes with a mechanical engineer to learn how elevators operate. This video segment explains how balance, counter weight, and traction all play an important role in the operation of elevators.
Topics: mechanics, elevators, traction, mechanical engineering, balance, counter weight
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This NASA video segment discusses gears and how they work together as a simple machine. A demonstration is used to explain primary and follower gears and how different-sized gears affect rotational speeds. Multiplication and division is used to determine the force produced by meshed gears.
Topics: mechanics, simple machine, rotational speed, gears, calculations, meshed, force, axel, speed
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In this NASA video segment a NASA expert explains the inner workings of the Global Positioning System (GPS). Learn more about trilateration and how four satellites work together to identify exact locations on Earth with the help of a two-dimensional model.
Topics: satellite, global positioning system, GPS, technology, aviation
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This NASA video segment highlights NASA's reduced gravity program. The reduced gravity program runs experiments in reduced gravity environments and simulated weightlessness. An expert provides details of an experiment to create unique materials using polymerization techniques. This segment also explains polymers, monomers, and several types of convection. Slopes and ratios help explain a relationship between gravity and convection.
Topics: reduced gravity, molecules, microgravity, experiments, polymers, monomers, slope, ratios, convection
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This video explains how NASA uses a new satellite called Jason 2 to measure ocean heights.
Topics: ocean, satellites, NASA
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This NASA video segment describes how Indy car engineers use NASA technologies to design safer race cars. Indy car Senior Tech Director, Les McTaggaret, discusses the precautions used to maximize safety and explains how the aerodynamics of the race car has improved due to new technologies. In addition, this segment also describes how NASA is utilizing Indy car crash data to minimize the risks associated with space vehicle re-entry into Earth's atmosphere and landing. Color animation is used to...
Topics: aerodynamics, aviation, engineering, race cars, technology
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In this NASA video segment learn how oil spills affect our planet. Toxins in oil cling to animals and plants suffocating them. During and after large oil spills, the EPA and Coast Guard map the location. Weather and current data is used to predict the path of the oil. Color animation is used to help support this segment.
Topics: environment, oil spills, toxins, EPA, Coast Guard, weather, data
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In this NASA video segment an aerospace engineer explains how pulleys work and how they are used to lift and transport the space shuttle.
Topics: mechanics, aerospace, space shuttle, transportation, engineer
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This NASA video segment explains the how engineers and scientists are working to develop more efficient batteries. Batteries are used in space to store energy received from the sun. These batteries must be durable and long-lasting. This video segment introduces the design of the electric car, which operates on lithium ion batteries. The segment compares the efficienciy of the electric car to traditional fuel-based cars.
Topics: environment, lithium batteries, ion, electric cars, technology
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This NASA eClips video describes the outer shell material of the Hubble Space Telescope.  Because Hubble is exposed to extreme temperatures in space, NASA scientists had to find a way to protect the telescope from the harsh environment. This video explains what material is used and how the thermal material helps protect the telescope.  
Topics: Hubble, telescope, temperatures, extreme environments, NASA
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This NASA video segment focuses on how scientists use satellites to collect data. This data is then analyzed and used to predict storms.
Topics: hurricane, national data collection, air pressure, wind, temperature, moisture
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This NASA video segment gives an inside look at another useful NASA technology, Doppler radar. Between mid-1960 and mid-1980 airplane fatalities were often due to the effects of hazardous wind shears during a plane's landing and take off. These winds, also known as microbursts, occur when a column of sinking air rapidly cools, creating intense downbursts of powerful winds. This video segment describes how NASA's Wind Shear Program and the FAA worked together to invent a sensor to warn pilots...
Topics: doppler radar, microburst, hazardous wind shears, technology, FAA, aviation
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See how 21 hours, 38 minutes and 21 seconds changed history. Learn more about the challenges of landing on the moon, the science involved in the first moon walk and the artifacts left behind for future explorers.
Topics: NASA, NASA eClips, NIA, Launchpad, high school, secondary, video, science, Apollo, moon, Armstrong,...
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Relive the event that 20% of the world's population watched in awe on July 20, 1969. Learn more about the historic Apollo 11 mission and hear what President Obama had to say about the incalculable benefits of the Apollo Program.
Topics: NASA, NASA eClips, NIA, Launchpad, high school, secondary, video, science, Apollo, Armstrong,...
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Join the Teaching From Space Team on-orbit to learn about Bernoulli's Principle. See how the relationship between pressure and speed is characteristic of all fluids, not just liquids and how the Bernoulli effect impacts us in everyday life.
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Join the Teaching From Space Team on-orbit to learn about Bernoulli's Principle. See how the relationship between pressure and speed is characteristic of all fluids, not just liquids and how the Bernoulli effect impacts us in everyday life.
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Join the Teaching From Space Team on-orbit to learn about special properties of water. Use a simple eyedropper to examine the strong cohesive bond of water. See how adhesion helps the astronaut on the International Space Station form a glove of water around his hand.
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Join the Teaching From Space Team on-orbit to learn about special properties of water. Use a simple eyedropper to examine the strong cohesive bond of water. See how adhesion helps the astronaut on the International Space Station form a glove of water around his hand.
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Discover the everyday applications of cryogenics from magnetic scans to high-tech space telescopes like the new James Webb. Learn about absolute zero and the Kelvin temperature scale.
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Explore the differences between science fiction and science fact related to cryogenics. See how NASA uses cold storage for liquid oxygen and hydrogen used to propel rockets and how this may be used in cars of the future.
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Learn about the chemical reaction that occurs when liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen are combined to operate the space shuttle’s three main engines. See how this controlled explosion moves the shuttle up into orbit.
Topics: NASA, NASA eClips, NIA, Launchpad, secondary, video, education, engineering, technology, science,...
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See how scientists are using spectroscopy to identify methane plumes on Mars. Learn about the biological and geological processes that form methane on Earth and the implications for astrobiologists who are looking for life beyond Earth.
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Is Mars a living planet, either geologically or biologically? See how NASA scientists are investigating the recent discovery of water ice and methane plumes on Mars to test their hypotheses about the similarities between Earth and Mars.
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Learn about the effects the moon has on Earth. See what the difference is between an apogee moon and a perigee moon and what role the moon's orbit plays in both. Compare the moon illusion to its angular size.
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Visit Biosphere 2, operated by the University of Arizona, to find out how scientists are working with NASA to discover more about the effects of global climate change could have on key biomes. Learn about the characteristics that divide Earth into unique terrestrial biomes.
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Visit Biosphere 2, operated by the University of Arizona, to find out how scientists are working with NASA to discover more about the effects of global climate change could have on key biomes. Learn about the characteristics that divide Earth into unique terrestrial biomes.
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Put on your 3-D glasses and get a new perspective on NASA's Desert RATS, or Research and Technology Studies. See how NASA uses locations like Arizona to simulate living in space for an extended time to test both technology performance and human factors.
Topics: NASA, NIA, eClips, launchpad, secondary, video, education, technology, science, exploration, analog...
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Join NASA scientists who study the History of Winter to learn about phase changes and the unique properties of water. Find out why ice floats and why this is important to life on Earth. See what pressure and temperature have to do with making snowballs.
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Join NASA to learn more about solar eclipses, especially the awe-inspiring phenomenon of total eclipses. Find out about the unique geometry and the distances and sizes of the sun and moon as seen from Earth that allow us to witness the sun's corona or actually be in the path of totality.
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Join NASA to learn more about solar eclipses, especially the awe-inspiring phenomenon of total eclipses. Find out about the unique geometry and the distances and sizes of the sun and moon as seen from Earth that allow us to witness the sun's corona or actually be in the path of totality.
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Join the Teaching From Space Team on-orbit to learn about surface tension. Learn why water drops form perfect spheres and how the mutual attraction of water molecules forms a tight skin on water surfaces.
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Join the Teaching From Space Team on-orbit to learn about surface tension. Learn why water drops form perfect spheres and how the mutual attraction of water molecules forms a tight skin on water surfaces.
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Find out how you can get involved in NASA's Teaching From Space Program to learn about experiments conducted on board the International Space Station, or ISS. Learn about arachnids in space or how to use a straw on the ISS. Find out about the physics of a boomerang.
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Find out how you can get involved in NASA's Teaching From Space Program to learn about experiments conducted on board the International Space Station, or ISS. Learn about arachnids in space or how to use a straw on the ISS. Find out about the physics of a boomerang.
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Join NASA astronauts at Kitt Peak National Observatory in their search for exoplanets. Find out how the two-meter telescope is calibrated to locate giant planets orbiting stars in far off solar systems. Learn about the infrared signature of a transit.
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Join teacher scientists as they learn what ice can tell us about the history of winter. Find out why NASA studies ice and what thin ice sections observed through polarizing filters can help us learn. See how to use bubble patterns in ice core samples to show long-term weather patterns.
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Discover how scientists used the last Venus transit and a geometric technique called parallax to verify the distance between sun and Earth. Find out what scientists hope to learn the next time Venus makes a shadow on the face of the sun.
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This NASA video segment provides a problem that reviews the procedure to calculate kinetic energy. You will also learn about the Law of Conservation of Energy and how energy changes from potential energy to kinetic energy.
Topics: mechanics, conservation, energy, Law of Conservation, kinetic energy, potential energy
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In this NASA video segment astronauts in orbit compare living conditions in space to life on Earth.
Topics: astronauts, living conditions, space, earth
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In this NASA video segment, find out about different structures being considered for living on the moon.
Topics: moon, lunar, habitat, inflatable, outpost, living conditions
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In this NASA video segment, find out about different structures being considered for living on the moon.
Topics: moon, lunar, habitat, inflatable, outpost, living conditions
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In this NASA video segment, find out about different structures being considered for living on the moon.
Topics: moon, lunar, habitat, inflatable, outpost, living conditions
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In this NASA video segment learn how inflatable structures may be used as living quarters for astronauts when NASA returns to the moon and then travels to Mars. This segment shows one inflatable habitat made of Kevlar, a lightweight material that allows structures to be stretched and folded for easy storage on spacecraft. A NASA expert compares the inflatable structure to a basketball, modeling how this structure can be sturdy and protective. The inflatable structure can be deflated and...
Topics: moon, lunar habitat, inflatable outpost, space, Kevlar
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Learn how scientists use a satellite called CERES to study the clouds and monitor Earth's climate changes.
Topics: aviation, space, satellites, clouds, climate
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NASA has plans to set up an outpost on the moon. One of the issues they are facing is how to dig dirt on the moon. Unlike dirt found here on Earth, moon dirt is razor sharp and very fine so researchers must design a machine that can dig moon dirt without destroying the machine. This NASA video takes you behind the scenes at the NASA lunar backhoe competition where researchers compete to find out who has made the most efficient machine.
Topics: moon, NASA, outpost, regolith, soil, excavation
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NASA is working on the building blocks to return humans to the Moon by 2020 and then send them onto Mars. It is part of the national Vision for Space Exploration established five years ago. Just what is America's plan and is it the right one? Four international experts addressed those questions and others in a special Moon-Mars Forum, March 17, from 7-9 p.m. at the Virginia Air & Space Center in downtown Hampton, Va. The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) and NASA Langley Research...
Topics: Moon, Mars, NIA, National Institute of Aerospace
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In this NASA eClips video learn about the different types of tools and equipment being tested for missions to the moon. Moses Lake, Washington has lunar-like landscape similar to the moon that experts use to test equipment on Earth. Future missions will keep astronauts on the moon for long periods of time. Because of space limitations aboard the spacecraft, the astronauts will need to use multifunctional tools and equipment.
Topics: Moses Lake, lunar landscape, Scarab, K10, rovers, LSMS, scale, mass, weight, gravity, exploration,...
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This is not your typical NASA program. NASA 360 discovers how technologies developed for Space, Aeronautics and general applications can help people here on Earth.
Topics: technology, aeronautics, space, aviation, NASA research
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NASA 360 discovers how technologies developed for Space, Aeronautics and general applications can help people here on Earth. What has NASA done for you lately? Watch and find out!
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NASA research is making auto racing safer by incorporating technologies used for space travel to the moon and Mars. Indycar and NASCAR are using these technologies to protect drivers on and off the track. Also, discover NASA's new inflatable habitats being developed for astronauts to live on the moon and Mars.
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From the Mayan ruins to Jamestown Virginia, current NASA technologies are helping archaeologists uncover exciting artifacts. NASA CAT scan technology helps dissect a 10 million year old dinosaur named Dakota. And the Lewis and Clark trail is uncovered from space using remote sensing technologies.
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This episode of NASA 360 contains updates on Mars. Highlights include: the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars, or CRISM, mission as it looks for evidence of water on Mars; using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to look at Earth and explore deep space; exploring the “final frontier” of Earth’s atmosphere; using satellites to measure the height of the oceans; and the impact of changing sea levels on human civilizations.
Topics: Mars, water, atmosphere, Hubble, telescope, satellites, oceans, sea levels, CRISM
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This episode of NASA 360 looks at how NASA tests the equipment needed for our return to the moon. Highlights include: the lunar truck Chariot, NASA's All Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer, or ATHLETE, the rover Scarab and new suits for astronauts.
Topics: NASA, episode, Chariot, ATHLETE, rovers, spacesuits, Scarab, cooling, testing, Moses Lake
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Episode 6 is all about lunar exploration, 21st century style.
Topic: NASA 360 Vodcast
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NASA, Desert RATS and other NASA analog testing.
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In episode 8, NASA 360 learns how to lunar soil into breathable oxygen and drinkable water, visits some of the world's most amazing observatories and discovers what NASA is doing to help us monitor volcanoes.
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Episode 7 asks how the mind and body work together with machines.
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Learn how NASA engineers are paving the way to new aeronautical breakthroughs and helping to make the future of flying safer and greener.
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