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NASA to unveil some important finds at American Geophysical Union: Here’s how to watch

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The US space agency NASA continuously observes universe and collects previous data to reveal key information. Now, the American space agency will present the data and studies conducted in past one year at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union which is being held from December 12-16 in San Francisco. Scientists, astronomers and space enthusiasts can expect NASA to present study on wide range of topics including Earth and space missions.

AGU is a mothership of lead studies in the field of space science where scientists present their key finds. We can expect NASA to present studies on depleting ice sheets in polar regions, some key finds by Curiosity Mars rover, climate change, results obtains from Dawn spacecraft orbitting Jupiter and Cassini-Huygens spacecraft orbitting Saturn.

Here is the complete schedule as described by NASA on their website.

Friday, December 9, 8:00 a.m. – Coverage of the launch of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)cargo transfer spacecraft from Tanegashima, Japan. HTV-6 “KOUNOTORI6” will deliver cargo and supplies to the International Space Station. Launch is scheduled at 8:26 a.m. EST.

CYGNSS (Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System) Launch Events

Saturday, December 10, 1 p.m – CYGNSS prelaunch news conference at the Kennedy Press Site.

Saturday, December 10, 1:45 p.m – CYGNSS mission science briefing.

Monday, December 12, 5:45 a.m. – NASA EDGE prelaunch coverage of the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS)hurricane mission.

Monday, December 12, 6:45 a.m. – Coverage of launch of the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) hurricane mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The 90- minute launch window opens at 8:19 a.m.

American Geophysical Union fall meeting, Dec. 12-15

NASA researchers are presenting new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics:

  • Monday, Dec. 12, noon EST – How animals will fare in a changing climate
  • Monday, Dec. 12, 2:30 p.m. EST – Mapping the flow of ice around the globe
  • Monday, Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m. EST – Defending the home planet
  • Monday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. EST – The ocean’s hidden heat
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2:30 p.m. EST – News from Gale Crater: Recent findings from NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8 p.m. EST – Integrating scientific research into local decision making
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14, noon EST – New research on the ionosphere, our interface to space
  • Thursday, Dec. 15, 1:30 p.m. EST – Dawn science update

Other upcoming events:

Monday, December 12, 3:00 p.m. – NASA news conference at Kennedy Space Center with cast members from the 20th Century Fox motion picture Hidden Figures. Hidden Figures, based on the book of the same title by Margot Lee Shetterly, chronicles the lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson — African-American women working at NASA as “human computers,” who were critical to the success of John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission in 1962.

Tuesday, December 13, 4:30 a.m. – Coverage of the grapple of the JAXA HTV-6 “KOUNOTORI6” cargo spacecraft at the International Space Station. Capture of the spacecraft is scheduled for around 6:00 a.m.

Tuesday, December 13, 9:15 a.m. – Coverage of the installation of the JAXA HTV-6 “KOUNOTORI6” cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station’s Harmony module.

As per Wiki, the American Geophysical Union(AGU) is a nonprofit organization of geophysicists, consisting of over 62,000 members from 144 countries. AGU’s activities are focused on the organization and dissemination of scientific information in the interdisciplinary and international field of geophysics. The geophysical sciences involve four fundamental areas: atmospheric and ocean sciences; solid-Earth sciences; hydrologic sciences; and space sciences. The organization’s headquarters is located on Florida Avenue in Washington, D.C

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