NASA TV Coverage Reset for Launch of Newest Earth-Observing Mission

Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 30, 2015

NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive mission (SMAP) launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, now is scheduled for 6:20 a.m. PST (9:20 a.m. EST) Friday, Jan. 30, with a three-minute launch window. The launch of the United Launch Alliance/Delta II rocket was scrubbed Thursday due to a violation of upper-level wind constraints. Launch managers have initiated a 24-hour recycle. The weather —> Read More Here

How Being A Sports Fan Makes You Happier And Healthier

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It’s easy to be cynical about professional sports — especially the NFL. But despite the disturbing headlines the league earned this year, ranging from lax penalties for domestic violence to a growing awareness of the impact of traumatic brain injuries, there will always be at least one silver lining for professional football.

That would be the undisputed, research-supported evidence that there are very real mental health advantages to claiming a sports team as your own. Yes, there are studies that show blood pressure rises during games or testosterone plummets after a loss. But epic fandom is also linked to higher levels of well-being and general happiness with one’s social life, as well as lower levels of loneliness and alienation, according to research by sports psychology professor Daniel Wann of Murray State University.

Wann, author of the book Sport Fans: The Psychology And Social Impact Of Spectators, explains that there are two routes to feeling good through sports fandom.

“One would be following a successful team, and the second would simply be identifying with them,” Wann told The Huffington Post. “You can get these well-being benefits even if your team doesn’t do well; we’ve found this with historically unsuccessful teams —> Read More Here

Several Drives This Week Put Opportunity Near Marathon Distance

Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 30, 2015

Opportunity is on the west rim of Endeavour Crater heading towards “Marathon Valley,” a putative location for abundant clay minerals now about 984 feet (300 meters) away.

The project is operating the rover without using the Flash storage system to avoid reset problems and is using instead random access memory (RAM) for temporary storage of telemetry. The project is preparing to mask off th —> Read More Here

STRATCOM, Germany make arrangement to share space services, data

Offutt AFB NE (AFNS) Jan 30, 2015

U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) signed a technical arrangement with Germany to share Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services and information, Jan. 9.

The arrangement, signed by Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson, the STRATCOM director of Plans and Policy, and German army Brig. Gen. Dirk H. Backen, the defense attache at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, D.C., will —> Read More Here

NASA’s New Radiometer Tunes In to Soil’s Frequency

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jan 29, 2015

Whether it’s a parched field or a boggy marsh, the ground naturally emits microwave energy. Not much energy – but enough that NASA’s newest, more technologically advanced radiometer instrument can detect it from space, allowing scientists to study how much water is in the soil.

Soil moisture is an important measurement for weather forecasting, drought and flood predictions, agriculture, an —> Read More Here

NASA Engineer Advances New Daytime Star Tracker

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jan 29, 2015

Scientists who use high-altitude scientific balloons have high hopes for their instruments in the future. Although the floating behemoths that carry their instruments far into the stratosphere can stay aloft for days on end, data collection typically happens during the night when starlight can be detected. The instruments that operate during the day are limited in their field of view due to over —> Read More Here

Maintaining INF Treaty is Russian, US Interest

Washington DC (Sputnik) Jan 29, 2015

The United States should avoid escalating a response to Russia’s alleged violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and Moscow should assure Washington it will comply with treaty obligations, experts told Sputnik, pointing out the withdrawal of either party from the treaty would damage both countries’ security.

“The US, while continuing to insist that Russia adheres to —> Read More Here

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