Leland Melvin

853 Added | 5 Magazines | 26 Likes | 60 Following | 70,622 Followers | @LelandMelvin | Atlantis Space Shuttle Traveler on missions STS-122, STS-129, Explorer and Promoter of S.T.E.A.M. (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math)

Astronomers to Peer Into a Black Hole for 1st Time with Event Horizon Telescope

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …


Parallel Universes and the Truth Behind Them

The possibility of there being parallel universes out there like our own is quite high if you think about it. At a fundamental level, the idea of …

Trump just signed a law that maps out NASA's long-term future — but a critical element is missing

• <b>President Trump has signed the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017.</b>• <b><br>The new law calls for a $19.5 billion NASA budget and asks the space agency to reach Mars by 2033.</b>• <b><br>However, the law leaves out earth science, which the Trump administration intends to cut heavily.</b><p>For the first time in nearly …

Space Exploration

This incredible Mars video took 3 months and 33,000 images to create

BTW<p>Photos from NASA have given us a sense of what it discovered on the surface of Mars, but a recent video from Finnish filmmaker and space …


Ten Incredible Pictures That Showcase Astronomy's Future

A visible-light telescope can reveal incredible views of nebulae, thanks to multi-wavelength imaging and advanced camera technology.<p>But in order to view what happens inside, you have to go into space.<p>Visible light can reveal the wispy tendrils of evaporating gas, the presence of various elements …


10 Habits That Will Dramatically Improve Your Life

#1: Stay away from people who erode your quality of life.<p>In Hans Christian Andersen’s fable <i>The Red Shoes</i>, a young girl longs for a pair of pretty red shoes. She ultimately tricks the blind woman who cares for her into buying her a pair. Her love for the red shoes causes her to give them priority …


SpaceX is pushing hard to bring the internet to space

For months, SpaceX has been quietly meeting with the FCC to advocate for one of its least-known projects. According to recent disclosures, the company met with FCC officials twice in recent weeks: first with a wireless advisor on February 28th and again on March 10th with Chairman Pai himself. The …


Trump wants to kill NASA office popular with Congress, astronauts and kids

Leland Melvin was, in his own words, “a skinny kid from public schools in Lynchburg, Va., who never in my wildest dreams thought of being an astronaut.” Boys like him aimed to become athletes, and that's where Melvin seemed headed: He went to college on a football scholarship and got drafted by the …


Snow forces two congressmen on a bipartisan road trip from Texas to D.C. — singing along the way

The Democrat from El Paso and the Republican from San Antonio began their 1,600-mile road trip to Washington before dawn Tuesday.<p>By lunch they had stopped at SXSW in Austin, learned the uniting power of coffee from a barista in San Marcos, shared a granola bar they’d split down the middle and, yes, …


CSUN to launch faculty/student built satellite to space

CSUNSat1, a collaboration between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and CSUN, will be launched into space on March 21 as part of NASA’s CubeSat …


Black Hole, White Dwarf Star In Closest Known Binary System With Smallest Orbit In Milky Way

A binary system in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae — about 14,800 light-years away from Earth but inside the Milky Way — has been known for years, …


Beyond the Cradle

Skip to:<p>Dan Novy and Ariel Ekblaw: Introduduction<p>Joi Ito: Welcome and Kickoff<p>Dr. Maria T. Zuber: Welcome and Kickoff<p>Julien de Wit: Keynote - …

The Smart Way to Pack for Months in Space

Sunita Williams’s commute is more harrowing than yours.<p>The Houston resident used to take a shuttle from Cape Canaveral, Fla., but that stopped running in 2011. Since then, she and her colleagues have been making a connecting flight through Baikonur, Kazakhstan, and boarding a Russian Soyuz craft …


Pluto Is Dark And Dreary, And Now Officially The Underworld

If someone asks you to pick a planet in our solar system that most resembles the Greek kingdom of the dead, which one would you choose? If your …


Humans causing climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces

Researchers behind ‘Anthropocene equation’ say impact of people’s intense activity on Earth far exceeds that of natural events spread across millennia<p>For the first time, researchers have developed a mathematical equation to describe the impact of human activity on the earth, finding people are …

Climate Change


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Astronaut Gene Cernan, last man on moon, dies at 82

Cernan made significant contributions to the US space program, going into space three times during his career at NASA.<p>Gene Cernan, a US astronaut who was the last man to step foot on the moon, died Monday. He was 82.<p>NASA announced his death in a tweet Monday morning. The cause of death was not …


Thank you Mr. President for inspiring me and our next generation of #Explorers. Godspeed on your next journey. Let me know if I can help in anyway. 🚀🙏🏾🌎. Thanks for the post @becauseofthem

There are 2,076 black holes lurking in this photo of deep space

Stretch out your hand and raise your pinky finger.<p>Now imagine an area roughly 10% as large as your fingertip.<p>That's the size of a patch of space shown below, and astronomers behind the Chandra X-ray space telescope have photographed it 102 times over the past 17 years. In total, they've observed …


Katherine Dunham Launched a Black Dance Revolution

Meet the woman who showed the world that black dance is beautiful.

Thanks Cameron for capturing the essence of my dad who lifted me and many others on this planet. The quote is by Robert Ingersoll. 🚀

'That's Amazing' Episode 5 | The Risk Takers

All the Biggest Space News to Look Forward to in 2017

Running a space program ain’t easy. Spacefaring missions can take as long to plan and fund as they do to execute, so you’d better bet there’s some …


Becoming a Fighter Pilot

F-35 test pilot Billie Flynn describes what you should be doing now in order to become a 5th Generation fighter pilot.<p>Video Gallery<p>View by Media …

I read 15 books this year on happiness, productivity, and success — here are the most meaningful insights I've taken away

The good thing about getting to read a lot of books for work is that I'm constantly challenged to rethink my conceptions of happiness, productivity, and success.<p>The bad thing is that one time a stack of said books collapsed on my desk neighbor.<p>Without a doubt, the books that moved me most this year …


Hubble Space Telescope Photographs IC 5201 — A Distant Barred Spiral Galaxy

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have captured an image of a distant spiral galaxy in unprecedented detail. The barred spiral galaxy, …


Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn lies in repose, under a United States Marine honor guard, in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Friday, December 16, 2016. Photo Credit: (NASA

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