CubeSat Will Study Link Between Lightning, Terrestrial Gamma
Massive energy releases occur every day in the upper reaches of
Earth's atmosphere. Lightning may give rise to these bursts of
radiation. However, unlike the well-known flashes of light and
peals of thunder familiar to Earth-dwellers, these energy releases
are channeled upward and can be detected only from space. Our
atmosphere protects us from the effects of this radiation, but the
mechanisms at work can impact Earth's upper atmosphere and its
And here, we thought the idea of wireless connectivity onboard a commercial
airliner was a nifty idea. NASA announced this week it
successfully tested the first deep space communications network
modeled on the Internet.
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility will be recognized by the
Commonwealth of Virginia for its contributions to aerospace
research during a historical marker unveiling ceremony Saturday,
November 22, at the NASA Visitor Center.