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NASA recognizes UK graduate student James Tyler Nichols for ‘Excellent Work’ on Hercules Project

By Lindsey Piercy and Kel Hahn University of Kentucky Laying the groundwork for a new era of space exploration — that’s exactly how James Tyler Nichols, a graduate student at the University of Kentucky, is spending his summer. Nichols is one of four UK students, from a total of 16, who were selected for the highly competitive NASA Academy at NASA Langley Research Center. The academy is an intense...

Climate Change: A look at the latest National Climate Assessment report — and a heads up

Staff report Thirteen federal agencies released findings this week in a 1,600-page report on climate change. The U.S. Global Change Research Program is a consortium of 13 federal agencies that include the Department of Defense, NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency. The fourth National Climate Assessment is the latest of required reports on federal research into climate change. Mandated by...

Aviation Museum opens exhibit on X-15 research plane, flown by Neil Armstrong

The X-15 research plane, considered the most productive research plane in American aerospace history, is the subject of a new exhibit now open at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport. Neil Armstrong The X-15 was delivered in October 1958 and conducted 199 flights until its retirement in December 1968. The program included three aircraft and pursued research in the hypersonic region,...

Planetary scientist Hansen to discuss JunoCam observations of Jupiter in free event at UofL

The NASA space probe Juno contains many scientific instruments but there’s one camera-telescope that’s on board, primarily for public science and outreach. Planetary scientist Candice Hansen will speak Oct. 26 at the University of Louisville about the clouds, storms and other results that JunoCam has revealed since arriving at Jupiter’s orbit last year. Candice Hansen Hansen will discuss “JunoCam:...

Morehead’s growing aerospace industry focus of visit by NASA administrator Lightfoot

NASA’s acting administrator visited the Morehead State Space Science Center this week to learn about the growing aerospace industry in Morehead. Robert Lightfoot was joined by Congressman Harold Rogers and MSU President Dr. Jay Morgan for a private tour of the Space Science Center Wednesday morning. Their visit was to learn more about Kentucky’s number one export: aerospace technology. NASA acting...

EKU grad to discuss work as NASA engineer during celebration of Science and Mathematics Week

Encouragement doesn’t always come with a pat on the back. As a student at Eastern Kentucky University, Tracie Prater’s career plans were constantly changing. She filled out a change-of-major form several times, but ultimately stuck with physics because of her undergraduate adviser, retired Foundation Professor Dr. Jerry Cook. “In one of his courses, I was suffering from a bit of burnout toward...

Worth the Wait: 4-H Solar Eclipse Camp gave youth front-row seat for once-in-a-lifetime event

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward At 11:55 a.m. CDT last Monday, Cory Stone, NASA solar system ambassador, gave the call for eclipse glasses to go on and excitement ensued. The moment for which campers at the 4-H Solar Eclipse Camp had been waiting had arrived. The viewing of the total solar eclipse was the culmination of a weekend of learning and fun at the West Kentucky 4-H Camp. Located in Dawson...

Team of University of Kentucky students will have unique view of eclipse — from above

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward While millions are looking to the sky on Aug. 21 for one of nature’s rarest events, a team of University of Kentucky students will offer a perspective of a total solar eclipse never experienced before — the view from above. Using cutting-edge technology, the UK Solar Eclipse Ballooning Team will stream the eclipse live from space to the internet, where...

Murray State University alumna, former NASA director Ellis to speak in advance of solar eclipse

Murray State University alumna and former NASA director Sue Darnell Ellis will present a special lecture entitled “Creating Tomorrows by Dreaming Today” on August 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Wrather Auditorium. The lecture will be streamed live at murraystate.edu. At just 18 years old, Darnell Ellis took her first steps on the path that would lead her into the NASA Teacher in Space Program. She attended...

EKU hosting preview of KET documentary about NASA’s Voyager mission, info session on eclipse

Area residents are invited to learn more about the upcoming solar eclipse and get a sneak preview of a KET documentary about NASA’s Voyager mission at an event in Eastern Kentucky University’s Ravine on Friday evening, July 28. The event begins at 8 p.m. with some educational activities related to what will be a total solar eclipse across parts of western Kentucky (partial eclipse in Richmond area)...

UK students testing two high-altitude weather balloons to livestream total solar eclipse in August

A team of University of Kentucky students, led by College of Engineering Professor Suzanne Smith, is preparing to launch two high-altitude weather balloons on Aug. 21 as part of a nationwide, NASA-sponsored project to livestream footage of the 2017 total solar eclipse. The August eclipse will be the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse will cross the entire nation. Over the course of 100...

State Tourism Department launches new travel webpage to promote 2017 Great American Eclipse

With one year left before much of western Kentucky becomes the epicenter of the Aug. 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism has created a webpage to enhance the visitor experience and inform guests what to expect during this astronomical phenomenon, www.kentuckytourism.com/eclipse/. This page provides direct links to tourism offices in communities that feature...

Rural Blog: If you thought it was especially hot in July … well, you were right, NASA says

If you thought July was especially hot, you were right. NASA researchers say July was the world’s hottest month on record, going back to 1880, Seth Borenstein reports for The Associated Press. “NASA calculated that July 2016 was 1.51 degrees Fahrenheit (0.84 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1950-1980 global average. That’s clearly hotter than the previous hotter months, about 0.18 degrees...

Astronaut, UK alum Story Musgrave: ‘I never come for a triumph, I come for tomorrow’

UK alum and former astronaut Story Musgrave returned to Lexington recently to help promote a book about Blue Grass Airport. (Photo from UKNow).   By Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward   When you ask UK alum and former astronaut Story Musgrave about being the only person to have traveled to space in five different shuttles, he hesitates.   “I never come for a...

Tonight’s the night for first total lunar eclipse of 2014 and closest Mars has been in six years

The earth’s umbra is the fully shaded inner region of the moon’s shadow. The earth’s penumbra is the outer region which is partially shaded by the moon’s shadow. (Photo from NASA)   For lunar eclipse fans, today’s the day … or rather, tonight’s the night. The first of two total lunar eclipses in 2014 will take place in the wee hours of the morning on April...

KET EncycloMedia expands with debut of PBS service with links to 30,000 digital resources

Combining the educational power of PBS programming with its extensive offerings of teacher resources, PBS LearningMedia is now available for free to all Kentucky public and private school teachers and students, homeschoolers and families.   This new service provides access to more than 30,000 digital resources ranging from short videos to educational games to images and audio files.   “Teachers...

Middle schoolers to talk to astronaut aboard international space station at EKU event

(Image from EKU)   Special to KyForward   Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), Kentucky Educational Television (KET) and NASA are helping to make a dream come true for a select group of middle schoolers.   Twenty-three area middle school students will have the opportunity on Friday, Jan. 11, to speak to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. They are among 160 sixth- , seventh-...