Jim Bridenstine has hit the ground running. The 42-year-old three-term former congressman from Oklahoma is NASA’s new administrator. He’s a Navy combat pilot with missions in Afghanistan and Iraq and has also flown with the Oklahoma Air National Guard.Just two weeks after his Senate confirmation, he told an audience of commercial contractors that he wants their help to put American astronauts back on the moon by the mid-2020s.From the time President John Kennedy said this nation was committed to putting a man safely on the moon — on May 25, 1961 — it took eight years before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin climbed out of the Eagle and took “one giant step for mankind” on July 20, 1969, 49 years ago.Referring to past efforts to return astronauts to the moon, Mr. Bridenstine said, “This will not be Lucy and the football again.”NASA Goddard Space Flight Center — 22 miles northwest of Annapolis, a half-hour ride — is vital to this … [Read more...] about John W. Van de Kamp: NASA Goddard takes the lead in in returning us to the moon
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WASHINGTON,DC-MAY1: (L-R) India Skinner, Mikayla Sharrieff, and Bria Snell, 11th graders from Banneker High School in Washington, DC, are finalists in a NASA youth science competition. They are the only team of all-black students. Their successes have been getting a lot of attention among black figures on social media. (Photo by Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images) (2018 The Washington Post) Three Washington D.C.-area high school students entered a competition supported by NASA, developing a way to purify lead-contaminated water in drinking fountains. Instead of being celebrated for being the only all-black, female team to be named as finalists, the trio were bombarded with racist comments by anonymous online trolls on the website 4chan, according to The Washington Post. The content that the trio entered was NASA Goddard’s Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge. The grand prize is a trip to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in … [Read more...] about Three black teens bombarded with racism due to success in NASA competition
Skip to main Content Alaska News Alaska Life Politics Outdoor/Adventure Opinions Sports Nation/World Local Anchorage | Anchorage 41°F Anchorage: 41°F Subscribe Obituaries Customer Service E-edition Feedback Sponsored Content Real Estate Nation/World Author: Perry Stein, The Washington Post India Skinner (from left), Mikayla Sharrieff and Bria Snell, 11th graders from the District of Columbia, are finalists in a NASA youth science competition. MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Evelyn Hockstein India Skinner (from left), Mikayla Sharrieff and Bria Snell, 11th graders from the District of Columbia, are finalists in a NASA youth science competition. MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Evelyn Hockstein Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Tumblr Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share on Google Plus Print … [Read more...] about ‘Hidden figures in the making’: NASA ends voting for prestigious science competition after racist attacks on students
WASHINGTON — The three District of Columbia students couldn't believe the news. They'd developed a method to purify lead-contaminated water in school drinking fountains, and NASA announced last month that they were finalists in the agency's prestigious high school competition - the only all-black, female team to make it that far."Hidden figures in the making," one of the teens wrote in a celebratory text message to her teammates and coaches, a reference to the 2016 movie about the true story of three African-American women who worked for NASA in the 1960s.The next stage of the science competition included public voting, and the Banneker High School students - Mikayla Sharrieff, India Skinner and Bria Snell, all 17-year-old high school juniors - turned to social media to promote their project.But while the teens were gaining traction on social media and racking up votes, users on 4chan - an anonymous internet forum where users are known to push hoaxes and spew racist and … [Read more...] about Three black teens are finalists in a NASA competition. Then hackers spewing racism tried to ruin their odds.
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments Speaking of Science by Sarah Kaplan by Sarah Kaplan Email the author April 18 at 7:02 PM Email the author An illustration of the TESS spacecraft in orbit. (NASA) This story has been updated. NASA's newest planet hunter was launched Wednesday evening on a Space X Falcon 9 rocket. At the moment the spacecraft lifted off, astronomers knew of nearly 4,000 alien worlds outside our solar system. During the … [Read more...] about NASA’s newest planet hunter launches successfully