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August 6, 2011 By smadget

The IT behind Alan Shepard's space flight

Alan Shepard became the first U.S. astronaut 50 years ago today. The mission set off a 50-year string leading to companies like Space-X and Virgin Galactic that are aiming to commercialize space. Here's a look at the computers behind NASA in 1961 and what counted as "high-speed" data transmission.

May 4, 2011 by

Exploring Mars with Java

At the JavaOne conference in San Francisco, James Gosling, Sun Microsystems vice president and fellow, talks to Arizona State University geological sciences professor Phil Christensen about the school's geospatial software, JMARS. The open-source project is available to the public and used by NASA to find and gather scientific data for analysis.

May 9, 2008 by

NASA chief: Air safety data needs to be scrubbed before release

You might remember that NASA conducted a survey on airline safety and the results were so upsetting that the space agency opted not to make the results public. NASA refused the AP's Freedom of Information Act request for the results, saying:Release of the requested data, which are sensitive and safety-related, could materially affect the public confidence in, and the commercial welfare of, the air carriers and general aviation companies whose pilots participated in the survey.

November 1, 2007 by

Under pressure, NASA vows to release air safety data

NASA's damage control machine has been reeling since the Associated Press reported Monday that the space agency conducted an extensive survey of pilots but is refusing to release the data. According to the AP, the survey found that near collisions and runway interference occur far more frequently than previously recognized but the information is being withheld out of fear it would upset air travelers and hurt airline profits.

October 23, 2007 by

NASA checks coastal waters from space

Using NASA satellite imagery, researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) in St. Petersburg have found that it is possible to monitor coastal water quality. This means that water quality can be checked daily rather than monthly as done by traditional methods which involves expensive boat surveys. This information can be crucial for resource managers devising restoration plans for coastal water ecosystems. According to the researchers, this method can be applied to coastal waters worldwide with little changes -- providing that resource managers have access to data from NASA satellites.

August 30, 2007 by

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