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Living Underwater to Prepare for Life in Space
NASA will send an international crew to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean this summer to prepare for future deep space missions during the 14-day NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 20 expedition slated to begin July 20. http://www.nasa.gov/neemo
NASA Joins North Sea Oil Cleanup Training Exercise
Using radar to monitor oil spills is useful not only for telling where oil is present, but also may be able to distinguish between different types of oil and its thickness on the water. This information will allow disaster response to be directed at the highest environmental impact areas first.
#EarthRightNow More Storms
Scientists have detected a trend in the Western Pacific — annual rainfall has been increasing since the late 1990s. A new NASA study offers some insight into why this might be happening: Large thunderstorms are organizing in the atmosphere more frequently than in the past, bringing more total rain.
Last Up-close Look at Hyperion
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its final close approach to Saturn's large, irregularly shaped moon Hyperion on Sunday, May 31. The Saturn-orbiting spacecraft will pass Hyperion at a distance of about 21,000 miles (34,000 kilometers) at approximately 6:36 a.m. PDT (9:36 a.m. EDT). Mission controllers expect images from the encounter to arrive on Earth within 24 to 48 hours.
Spot The Station
NASA’s Spot The Station service gives you a list of upcoming sighting opportunities for thousands of locations worldwide and will let you sign up to receive notices. The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, but it is dozens of times higher than any airplane and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster. It is bright enough that it can even be seen from the middle of a city!