NASA News

Rob Wyman
NASA Langley Research Center
757-864-6120 / 757-912-2973
rob.wyman@nasa.gov
09.15.11
 
RELEASE : 11-078
 
 
NASA Langley Forecast September - December 2011
 
 
EDITOR'S NOTE: Below is a chronological collection of some of the upcoming events and operations conducted by NASA Langley personnel. If you have any questions please contact the listed POC, or for general questions about NASA Langley contact the Center's news chief, Rob Wyman, at (757) 864-6120 or rob.wyman@nasa.gov

MEASURING OFFSHORE WINDS
Later this month NASA scientists will begin using a laser instrument to measure wind speeds and turbulence up to 10 miles away off the coast of Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va. The results will be turned over to the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium and universities that are exploring the possibility of building a commercial wind farm. The research will take place from late September through October.
For more information, contact Michael Finneran at (757) 864-6110 or michael.p.finneran@nasa.gov

NASA BRINGS SPACE EXPLORATION DOWN TO EARTH AT "PARADE OF HOMES"
NASA Langley will highlight dozens of spinoff technologies and products used by private industry during the upcoming Parade of Homes event at Buckroe Beach in Hampton, Va., Sept. 17 - Oct. 2. On Sept. 18, NASA Langley will host the "Space Exploration and Education Day" to engage visitors of all ages through interactive exhibits, hands-on activities and will have free informational materials about NASA spinoffs. Virginia Air and Space Center, NASA Langley's official visitor center, will educate visitors with an exciting science demonstration titled "Space Freeze," using liquid nitrogen.
For more information, contact Chris Rink at (757) 864-6786 or christopher.p.rink@nasa.gov

NASA ADMINISTRATOR TO SPEAK IN VIRGINIA BEACH
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is scheduled to open the first ever "New Horizons in Aviation Forum," a two-day conference focused on the future of aviation, Sept. 22, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Bolden will highlight NASA's aeronautics research efforts to develop technologies making aircraft faster, safer, quieter, more efficient and environmentally friendly. Other NASA presenters include NASA Langley's Director, Lesa Roe, and Vicki Crisp, the head of NASA Langley's Aeronautics Research Directorate. The event is sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.
For more information, contact Kathy Barnstorff at (757) 864-9886 or kathy.barnstorff@nasa.gov

FUTURE SPACEFLIGHT TESTING CONTINUES AT LANGLEY
During October media will have the opportunity to attend a drop test of a 22,000 pound Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle test article at Langley's new Hydro Impact Basin. Located at Langley's historic gantry, the 115-feet wide and 20-feet deep Hydro Impact basin is being used to further the knowledge and testing of space vehicle landing systems like NASA's Orion MPCV. The Orion MPCV will serve as the exploration vehicle to carry crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.
For more information, contact Amy Johnson at (757) 864-7022 or amy.johnson@nasa.gov

NASA'S "LE&RN" PROJECT TAKES THE GREEN FLAG WITH NASCAR
NASA Langley educational personnel will share the principles of aerodynamics, Newton's Laws, and other science, technology, engineering and math activities with NASCAR fans of all ages during the October NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 14 - 16. The new Rockets to Racecars exhibit and interactive display will highlight how NASCAR has incorporated NASA technologies into the sport of racing. NASA has also teamed up with "Ten80," NASCAR's STEM education initiative, to bring STEM education content to teachers and students during the week prior to the race.
For more information, contact Amy Johnson at (757) 864-7022 or amy.johnson@nasa.gov

SPACE FARM 7 MISSION -- GET LOST IN SPACE
The Belvedere Plantation in Fredericksburg, Va., is one of seven farms across the nation celebrating 50 years of human spaceflight by carving NASA-themed images into their corn mazes, and by highlighting NASA-themed exhibit content for children and families visiting the farms. During the Oct. 15 - 16 event, NASA Langley personnel will host games and activities to reinforce the educational missions of the space program, and the Johnson Space Center's "Driven to Explore" exhibit will also be available to the public.
For more information, contact Michael Finneran at (757) 864-6110 or michael.p.finneran@nasa.gov

SOARING 100 -- THE 100TH CELEBRATION OF ORVILLE WRIGHT'S FLIGHT
During the Soaring 100 event, Oct. 21 - 24 at the Wright Brother's National Memorial and Jockey's Ridge State Park in Kitty Hawk, N.C., NASA Langley will host a variety of activities and exhibits including "Driven to Explore" and "Exploration Experience." An astronaut, as well as two moon rocks, will also be available to the public during the event.
For more information, contact Kathy Barnstorff at (757) 864-9886 or kathy.barnstorff@nasa.gov

SATELLITE LAUNCH TO INCLUDE LANGLEY-DEVELOPED INSTRUMENT On the Oct. 25 scheduled launch of an Earth-observing satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, one of the passengers will be the latest of the NASA Langley-developed "CERES" instruments that have studied the Earth's climate for nearly 30 years. The first CERES instrument -- which stands for Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System -- launched in 1997. For 27 years the instruments have returned a vast amount of critical data about the solar energy reflected and absorbed by Earth, the heat the planet emits, and the role of clouds in that process.
For more information, contact Michael Finneran at (757) 864-6110 or michael.p.finneran@nasa.gov

MARS SCIENCE LABORATORY ROCKETS TO THE RED PLANET
About nine months after the scheduled Nov. 25 launch of the Mars Science Laboratory, the Mini Cooper-sized Curiosity rover will land on the Martian surface. Engineers and technicians from NASA Langley have played an instrumental role in the mission -- not only did they develop a temperature and atmospheric pressure instrument for the laboratory's heat shield, but they will also lead the entry, descent and landing simulation team during the spacecraft's high-speed, extremely hot entry into the Martian atmosphere.
For more information, contact Kathy Barnstorff at (757) 864-9886 or kathy.barnstorff@nasa.gov

SPEAKER SERIES
Daytime presentations to employees at NASA Langley are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Reid Conference Center. Media are invited to interview speakers at a news conference at 1:15 p.m. prior to the talk. The public is invited to similar free presentations at 7:30 at Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton.
For more information, contact Chris Rink at (757) 864-6786 or christopher.p.rink@nasa.gov
Dec. 6 -- "40th Anniversary Colloquium Video Retrospective, Narrated by Keith Henry." Retired NASA Langley employee and former news chief, Keith Henry, will share highlights of 40 years of the Langley Colloquium monthly lecture series. Beginning with Werner von Braun speaking about "The U.S. Space Program Through the 70s," the lectures are intended to stimulate the creative processes of Langley employees and provide more opportunities for learning. The presentation will feature audio and video recordings from some of the most memorable speakers through the years.

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