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    Extreme Science on Earth's Highest Lakes

    This past October 29th, Nathalie Cabrol and her team traveled to the highest volcanic lakes in the world to continue her work on the NAI funded High Lakes Project (HLP). This is the 6th year of the project and they are, right now, busy collecting data to characterize the response of these lakes to climate variability in one of the best terrestrial environmental analogs to early Mars.

    To share in the ongoing adventure, see this project’s blog, read up on the science and enjoy some great pictures.

    NASA Celebrates Moffett Field Birthday, Airship's Return

    NASA Ames Center Director, Dr. S. Pete Worden, Brian and Alexandra Hall, and Colonel (USMC Retired) William Moffett III enjoyed the celebration of Airship Ventures Dedication at the Moffett Field 75th Anniversary. NASA Ames Director S. Pete Worden, Airship Ventures Founders Brian and Alex Hall, and Retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Colonel William Moffett III, grandson of U.S. Navy Adm. Moffett, enjoy Moffett Field's 75th anniversary celebration as they walk away from the newly named "Eureka" Zeppelin airship.

    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – Hundreds of people today helped NASA Ames Research Center celebrate the 75th anniversary of Moffett Field and the historic return of the airship to Moffett Field.

    "NASA is proud to be a part of aviation history today as the airship returns to Moffett Field on its 75th anniversary," said Ames Director S. Pete Worden. "This new era holds great promise for cleaner, more efficient transportation for tourism, law enforcement, scientific and other applications. NASA welcomes Airship Ventures and its new Zeppelin airship to Moffett Field and NASA Research Park."

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    Moffett Field 75th Anniversary video
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    See video from the event.

    NASA Supercomputer Ranks Among World's Fastest

    Image of Pleiades supercomputer. Photo Credit: NASA Ames Research Center / David Robertson

    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – NASA’s newest supercomputer at Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., has garnered the number three spot on the Top500 list of the world’s most powerful computers. The announcement was made Nov. 17, 2008 at the International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC08) in Austin, Texas.

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    NASA Restores Historic Lunar Orbiter Image

    Image of Earth from Moon from lunar orbiter 1.
    Image Credit: NASA / LOIRP

    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- NASA released a newly restored 42-year-old image of Earth on Thursday. The Lunar Orbiter 1 spacecraft took the iconic photograph of Earth rising above the lunar surface in 1966. Using refurbished machinery and modern digital technology, NASA produced the image at a much higher resolution than was possible when it was originally taken. The data may help the next generation of explorers as NASA prepares to return to the moon.

    In the late 1960s, NASA sent five Lunar Orbiter missions to photograph the surface of the moon and gain a better understanding of the lunar environment in advance of the Apollo program. Data were recorded on large magnetic tapes and transferred to photographic film for scientific analysis. When these images were first retrieved from lunar orbit, only a portion of their true resolution was available because of the limited technology available.

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    Download video about the LOIRP project.

    NASA Ames-Developed Software Launches with Space Shuttle

    Image of STS-126 launch. Space shuttle Endeavour roared off Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on a spectacular tower of smoke and flames. The STS-126 mission is an extremely ambitious undertaking, highlighting four spacewalks and delivering the heaviest payload in shuttle history.
    Image Credit: NASA / Kennedy Space Center

    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- News media and the public are invited to observe the live televised broadcast of STS-126 space shuttle Endeavour from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Friday, Nov. 14, in the Exploration Center at NASA Ames Research Center.

    In addition to the broadcast, former NASA astronaut Karol "Bo" Bobko will narrate the launch; Alonso Vera, lead for the Ames Human-Computer Interaction Group, will present a demonstration of NASA Ames' software contributions to NASA's Space Shuttle Program; and Jack Boyd, senior advisor to the center director, will discuss NASA Ames' contributions during NASA's first 50 years.

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    Read NASA's STS-126 Launch Blog
    Read NASA's Post-Launch Press Release

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