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NASA Hosts Earth Science Social Media Event

This view of Earth comes from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Terra satellite.Photo Credit: NASA

One-hundred people from 22 U.S. states and some foreign countries will attend a two-day NASA Social on Nov. 4 and 5 at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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Pluto's Unnamed Moons Given Names by IAU

Two newly discovered moons orbiting Pluto have been given official names by the International Astronomical Union. Image Credit: NASA / STSci

Two of Pluto’s small moons, previously known just as P4 and P5, have been given official names by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Pluto is the god of the underworld in classical mythology, [...]

Undiscovered Country: Of New Horizons and the Kuiper Belt

Neptune’s largest moon, Triton, seen here in an image from the Voyager 2 flyby, is thought to be a captured Kuiper Belt Object. Photo Credit: NASA.

Starting at about the orbit of Neptune and stretching out to roughly 50 astronomical units (1 AU = Earth-Sun distance), or 7.5 billion kilometers from the Sun, is [...]

Chris Hadfield Reflects on His ISS Mission

Photo Credit: NASA

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield gathered a remarkable following during his time in space, with his demonstration videos, song recordings, and photographs going viral throughout his five-month spaceflight. But ask him what he’s most proud of accomplishing during this mission, and he’ll happily tell you about the amazing science he and his crew accomplished, the [...]

Chris Hadfield Brings David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' to the ISS

Video courtesy of NASA / CSA

In what is being called the first music video recorded in space, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield posted his own version of David Bowie’s classic hit “Space Oddity” (1969) on YouTube last Sunday. It was his last day as commander on the International Space Station, and he ended his stay there with [...]

NASA's Twitter Account Wins Back-to-Back Shorty Awards

Photo Credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech

WASHINGTON — NASA’s official Twitter feed, @NASA, has won its second consecutive Shorty Award for the best government use of social media.

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Remotes, Tweetups, and Rockets: Preparing for Launch

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Covering the space program is an amazing experience. There is a tremendous amount of effort that has to go on behind the scenes to bring the sheer power, the thrill, and the spectacle of launch to the public. Do not think for [...]

NASA Official: Rumors Wrong, New 'Socials' to Be Planned, Held

Image Credit: NASA

A re-post of a NASA memo that appeared on NASA Watch, SpaceRef, and later Universe Today suggested NASA will not be creating new versions of the highly-popular social media events known as “Socials.” This created a bit of an uproar from fans of these events. The belief that “Sequestration will Cancel [...]

ULA Hosts First Tweetup, Prepares to Launch Atlas Rocket

United Launch Alliance hosted the first half of its two-day “Tweetup” today. The second half will take place tomorrow during launch activities for the Atlas V 401 rocket carrying the SBIRS GEO-2 spacecraft. Photo Credit: Jeffrey J. Soulliere

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance (ULA) conducted its first “Tweetup” today at Cape Canaveral Air [...]

Curiosity Lauded By Smithsonian, South by Southwest

The NASA team behind the Mars Science Laboratory rover has received an award acknowledging its social media efforts and will receive another award for their accomplishments on sending the one-ton rover to the surface of Mars. Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert / Wired4Space

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” has received nods for social media [...]