"NASA TV's This Week @NASA, July 23 2010"


 

 

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NASA TV's This Week @NASA, July 23 2010

New observations by the Hubble Space Telescopes Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS), confirm the existence of a giant scorched planet traveling extremely close to its star. Named HD 209458b, its being called by astronomers a "cometary planet" because it has the components of a planet - but with a trailing tail like a comet, possibly the result of strong stellar winds sweeping off its super heated atmosphere.

Eric Smith:

"Mass is being stripped of at the rate of about 100,000 cars per second. So, a typical big car plant on the Earth might make 100, 200, 300-thousand cars a year. Thats how many theyre making. This planets losing that much mass per second."

HD 209458B is 153 light years from Earth, weighs slightly less than Jupiter, and speeds around its star in about 3 and1/12 days, which means one of our weeks is equal to two of its years.

Eric Smith:

"Up to just recently in human history weve only known about the planets in our own solar system, and can study those and so we developed theories about how stars and planets formed based upon that. Now, there is just this incredible diversity of planet types, different stellar types, different orbits, and its causing us to have to rethink entirely how we believe stars and planets formed."


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SOFIAS SECOND FLIGHT SERIES DFRC
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NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, is currently conducting a second series of flight tests to prepare for the airborne observatorys early science missions.

This phase requires SOFIA to fly above 41,000 feet with the telescope assembly and aperture operating at its full range of vertical movement.

These tests will enable SOFIA to meet all airworthiness requirements during the flying observatory's 20-year operational life expectancy.

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ROCKET ENGINE - SSC
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An Aerojet AJ26 rocket engine was delivered to the Stennis Space Center and installed in its E-1 Test Stand. Thats where a series of tests will prove its readiness for use in the Taurus II space launch vehicle currently under development by Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va. Two AJ26 rocket engines similar to this test engine will provide first stage propulsion for the Taurus II and be flown in support of NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services, or COTS, cargo demonstration to the International Space Station.

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132 CREW VISITS MARSHALL - MSFC
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Members of the STS-132 crew visited the Marshall Space Flight Center. Commander Ken Ham, Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman and Piers Sellers showed video highlights from their May 14th mission to the International Space Station and participated in a question-and-answer session with Marshall employees.

We hear you during ascent talking back to people in the control room. How hard or difficult is that?

Ken Ham:

"In the video, you heard some hooting and hollering; thats on the internal communications system, (laughter) So, were having hooting and hollering, and when its time to talk, its important to get everybody to shut up." (laughter)
 


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