NASA launches a new Website

Welcome to the New

Based on extensive user feedback and testing, we’ve modernized to work across all devices and screen sizes, eliminate visual clutter, and put the focus on the continuous flow of news updates, images and videos we know you’re looking for. We’ve simplified our image and video galleries to emphasize viewing and sharing the content, and organized that content around NASA’s areas of work, like the Journey to Mars and exploration of the Solar System and Beyond. And we’ve made the content more “discoverable,” by connecting features and images to related content through an “infinite scroll” of similar content and clickable topic labels that take you to pages with more related content.

Responsive Design

Over 25% of our audience is now coming to the site on a phone or tablet; some live events have seen spikes to over 90% mobile traffic in some locations. Looking at these numbers, the top priority of this redesign was to build a responsive site that works across all devices and screen sizes. Mobile users can now experience the full range of our content when, where and how they want.

Clean up

Over the years, one of the top user complaints about the site has been the difficulty in navigating the visual clutter.  As we have added more links to try to help people navigate the site, we’ve actually made it harder by giving the user more items to scan and try to understand whether they would be useful to click on. The new design has far fewer links per page, and the focal point is a dynamic feed of content, arranged largely in reverse chronological order, and incorporating feature stories, images and videos.

Samantha Cristoforetti diario di bordo

Samantha Cristoforetti originally shared:
Logbook: L+16, L+17

In the past two days Butch and I did many hours of maintenance on an EMU suit and this was without a doubt the most difficult and delicate activity that I have performed on orbit so far.

The EMU is the NASA pressure suit for spacewalks – basically, it’s a little spaceship for one person that can keep you alive outside of the Space Station for several hours, providing oxygen for breathing and pressurization,  cooling water, scrubbing of CO2, communication and probably a few more things I am forgetting.

One of the most important components of the life support system is the Fan-Pump-Separator, FPS for friends. It’s one single, surprisingly small unit containing the fan that provides ventilation, the pump that circulates cooling water and the separator that removes condensate water (from sweat and breathing) out of the ventilation loop, to keep humidity under control in the suit and prevent fogging of the helmet.

The FPS has failed on the suit that is intended to be used by Terry in January and we flew a replacement part with us on the Soyuz, which Butch and I got to install. What makes this work so difficult is that is wasn’t originally intended to be performed on orbit, so the design is not weightlessness-friendly.

For example, the screws are non-captive: not a trivial detail when you’re trying to remove and then install tiny screws with multiple washers in difficult-to-access places.

So, how do you approach a task like this? Well, for one thing, with a lot of eyes: not only ours, but also of a team of specialists on the ground following along on multiple camera views. Then you have a person on the ground serving as CAPCOM for this particular activity, who is extremely familiar with all the aspects of the procedure: how nice that this person was Mark Vande Hei, from our NASA sister class of 2009. Always nice to talk to Mark!

Then you have a very well-honed procedure and a number of videos detailing every step, in addition to special measures such as putting a mesh on the head of a vacuum cleaner and have it placed appropriately to catch any part that you might lose hold of. And then you need to take it very slow and be extremely meticulous about every action and about tracking parts and tools.  Butch and I joked that we were performing surgery on the suit.

So, the new FPS is in place and Butch is scheduled for the checkout tomorrow – hopefully that will confirm that we have a functioning suit for Terry to use in January. Which reminds me that the astronaut profession really requires an extra measure of faith and trust in your fellow human beings. For example, in your crewmates, who replaced a component your life will eventually depend on!

Of course, it’s not only trust, we do have a checkout planned: in fact Butch will perform it tomorrow. So it’s still early to cheer, but if everything goes well it will be very rewarding to look back at this challenging work!

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NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station

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Here is an interview with +Samantha Cristoforetti  who is going “up there ” next year (

The Asteroid travelled at 33000 miles per hour

The asteroid that hit Russia today wasn’t that big at all, but had it hit the Earth at its full size it would have originated a huge explosion comparable tomillion tons of dynamite

Hangout with the first Italian woman to go into the ISS for six months in 2014

NASA astronaut Robert L. Curbeam, Jr. (left) a...
NASA astronaut Robert L. Curbeam, Jr. (left) and European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang, both STS-116 mission specialists, participate in the mission’s first of three planned sessions of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction resumes on the International Space Station. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



English: ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from Italy Deutsch: ESA Astronautin Samantha Cristoforetti aus Italien (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hangout with Samantha Cristoforetti (by pio dal cin) I am so excited and proud to announce to have had clearance for an exclusive interview with +Samantha Cristoforetti . I will interview her exclusively on my humble show on +Google+   called +You Are The Star (for FIVE minutes) 

The show was meant to bring “Gplussers”to the open in front of a camera and have a nice peaceful conversation about themselves and their experience both in life and on +Google+  as it was first launched almost two years ago.

First Italian woman astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti does not like celebrity. She easily escaped the spotlight from the media to resume her training.
 A marathon that will end on 2014 when she will be launched into space to join the ISS (International Space Station) where she will spend a record six months studying Mother Earth and performing various  experiments 

The main training takes place in Houston Texas at the +NASA . Samantha has a great curriculum:
35 years old,  Aeronautic’s captain and over five hundred hours on military airplanes.

She was picked  among thousands of candidates in 2009 by the European Space Agency ESA along with five other astronauts among whom captain Luca Palermitano.

She is training very hard. As the leading engineer on board, she has to know the ISS inside out.

Her dream as a child was to become an astronaut, now that she has finally fullfilled her dream she is ready for the greatest challange of her life.

So, if you are ready to listen to her and what she has to tell about herself and her mission tune in on February 15th at  5 pm (Rome Time) on +YouTube . You’ll be able to see her LIVE and post your questions to her.

Here is the link to my +YouTube  channel  (pio dal cin Youtube channel)

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English: ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from Italy Deutsch: ESA Astronautin Samantha Cristoforetti aus Italien (Photo credit: Wikipedia)