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nasa's kennedy space center takes stock of irma storm damage


nasa's kennedy space center in cape canaveral, florida remains closed today (sept. 12) as a team assesses damage caused by hurricane irma. irma, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression, is continuing north-northwest after hitting land twice on sunday (sept. 10), in the keys and then near naples, according to nasa. the storm knocked out power and water service to the nasa space center yesterday (sept. 11).  power was restored to the space center on the florida's east coast yesterday, but the spaceport still lacks running water, ksc spokesman al feinberg told space.com. ksc and cape canaveral air force station host launches of spacex's falcon 9 rocket as well as united launch alliance's atlas v and delta iv rockets. [hurricane irma in photos: latest views from space] today at 8 a.






nasa's kennedy space center braces for hurricane irma


nasa's kennedy space center (ksc) is bracing for the arrival of hurricane irma, a category 5 storm that is expected to make landfall in southern florida over the weekend.






see hurricane irma in motion in these nasa and noaa gifs


hurricane irma is an ominous category 5 storm, the most severe level a hurricane can reach, as it makes its way across the caribbean. nasa and the national oceanic and atmospheric administration (noaa) are providing satellite imagery to the national hurricane center to aid warnings and forecasts about irma's potential for destruction on american soil in the caribbean – puerto rico, u.s. virgin islands, florida – and atlantic ocean island nations in the path of the storm. [hurricane irma in photos: views of the monster storm from space] below are observations of hurricane irma in motion taken by nasa and noaa from satellites and planes.rader imagery of hurricane irma, taken by national weather service's jua radar in san juan, puerto rico, 10:49 a.m. ast (10:49 edt) – 11:22 a.m. ast (11:22 e






nasa's kennedy space center braces for hurricane irma


nasa's kennedy space center (ksc) is bracing for the arrival of hurricane irma, a category 5 storm that is expected to make landfall in southern florida over the weekend.  the facility is located on florida's eastern coast, about midway up the peninsula and about an hour's drive due east of orlando. officials announced today (sept. 7) that the facility will be closed from friday (sept. 8) through at least monday (sept. 11) due to the storm. about 120 ksc personnel will remain on the site to monitor conditions and handle any emergencies that arise, according to tracy young, ksc's news chief. "we have a hurricane plan. we practice it. we review it every year before hurricane season," young told space.com. "some years are more active than others. some years we get lucky and we don't have to a






see hurricane irma in motion in these nasa and noaa gifs


updated sept. 11 at 7:23 a.m. edt with the latest imagery and video.hurricane irma is now a category 1 storm as it makes its way up the west coast of florida, following its second landfall in southern florida on sunday. nasa and the national oceanic and atmospheric administration (noaa) are providing satellite imagery to the national hurricane center to aid forecasts about irma's potential for destruction on the u.s. mainland after battering the caribbean and atlantic ocean island nations in the path of the storm. they are also tracking hurricane jose, a category 4 storm behind irma, and the now-tropical storm katia in the gulf of mexico. [hurricane irma in photos: views of the monster storm from space] below are observations of hurricane irma in motion taken by nasa and noaa from satellit






see hurricane irma crackle with lightning in electrifying satellite video


hurricane irma looks like a gigantic electrified beast in an amazing new video captured by an earth-observing satellite. the video, which is composed of imagery taken by the goes-16 satellite, shows countless lightning storms crackling within hurricane irma day and night as the monster storm churns its way toward florida. the movie condenses more than 80 hours of observations — beginning monday (sept. 4) at about 8 a.m. edt (1200 gmt) — into 49 jaw-dropping seconds. [hurricane irma in photos: satellite views of a monster storm] "of interest in this loop is the lightning within hurricane irma itself, particularly around the eye of the storm," officials with the u.s. national oceanic and atmospheric administration, which operates goes-16 along with nasa, said in a description of the video. "






see hurricane irma in motion in these nasa and noaa gifs


updated sept. 8 at 10:40 a.m. edt with the latest imagery and video.hurricane irma has been downgraded from a category 5 storm, the most severe level a hurricane can reach, to a still-powerful category 4 as it makes its way toward the u.s. east coast. nasa and the national oceanic and atmospheric administration (noaa) are providing satellite imagery to the national hurricane center to aid warnings and forecasts about irma's potential for destruction on american soil in the caribbean – puerto rico, u.s. virgin islands, florida – and atlantic ocean island nations in the path of the storm. [hurricane irma in photos: views of the monster storm from space] below are observations of hurricane irma in motion taken by nasa and noaa from satellites and planes.rader imagery of hurricane irma, taken






monster hurricane irma looms in new satellite video


as hurricane irma begins to batter islands in the caribbean early wednesday morning (sept. 6), nasa and the national oceanic and atmospheric administration (noaa) are monitoring the colossal storm from space using a suite of weather satellites.  hurricane irma — a category 5 storm packing winds of up to 185 mph (300 km/h) — first made landfall over the caribbean island of barbuda around 2 a.m. edt today (sept. 6). over the next few hours, the eye of the storm continued to creep west-northwestward at a steady pace of about 16 mph (26 km/h), the national hurricane center reported. by 8 a.m. edt (1200 gmt), the storm had ravaged the islands of anguilla and st. martin/sint maarten. the suomi npp satellite flew over hurricane irma on monday (sept. 4) at approximately 12:32 a.m. edt (0432 gmt).






nasa is tracking monster hurricanes irma, jose and katia from space


hurricane irma appears strikingly large on its course toward florida in a new video from nasa and the national oceanic and atmospheric administration (noaa) as the agencies keep tabs on the powerful storm. meanwhile, hurricane jose has been upgraded to a category 4 hurricane, and hurricane katia continues to strengthen as the three storms travel westward. hurricane irma approaches florida in this recent view from noaa's goes east satellite. as of sept. 8, it is a category 4 storm.credit: noaa irma is traveling west-northwest at close to 16 mph (26 km/h) and is set to turn toward the northwest late saturday, denise chow reported on space.com's sister site live science. it is currently passing through the southeastern bahamas, and by sunday morning, it should be making its way toward souther






nasa satellites show hurricane irma hitting florida


as hurricane irma crept toward the southwestern coast of florida on sunday (sept. 10), nasa satellites provided views of the epic storm from space.  irma made landfall in the florida keys early sunday morning as a category 4 hurricane. on saturday, the storm was downgraded to a category 3 hurricane after passing over the northern coast of cuba, but it regained strength after passing over warm ocean waters overnight. you can see the latest satellite videos of hurricane irma here. the suomi npp satellite captured this infrared nighttime image of hurricane irma between cuba and the florida keys on sunday (sept. 10) at 3:38 a.m. edt (0738 gmt).credit: noaa/nasa goddard rapid response team a statement issued by the national hurricane center at 1 p.m. edt (1700 gmt) said that hurricane irma is n






'potentially catastrophic' hurricane irma approaches caribbean in satellite view


many earth-observing satellites are keeping their eyes on hurricane irma, a category 5 storm that will soon bear down on islands in the caribbean sea.  irma is now a category 5 hurricane, the highest possible ranking on the saffir-simpson scale. in a statement, the national hurricane center (nhc) called the storm "potentially catastrophic" and warned that "preparations should be rushed to completion in the hurricane warning area."  [hurricane irma in photos: monster storm seen from space]the goes-16 satellite captured this visible imagery of hurricane irma's eye on sept. 5. credit: noaa the incredibly turbulent cloud system around the eye of the hurricane was captured in a short video taken earlier today (sept. 5) by the goes-16 earth-observing satellite ("goes" stands for "geostationary o






vice president getting inside look at kennedy space center


cape canaveral, fla. (ap) — vice president mike pence is getting an insider’s look at nasa’s kennedy space center.pence will address employees thursday at the vehicle assembly building, once used to stack moon rockets and space shuttles. his tour will also include a look at the future, with nasa’s new orion spacecraft, and boeing and spacex’s commercial crew effort.pence is leading a revived national space council. president donald trump re-established the advisory group on friday.last month, pence visited johnson space center in houston to help introduce america’s newest astronauts. florida’s kennedy is the second stop on his nasa tour. it is nasa’s launch hub, but hasn’t seen any astronaut takeoffs since the shuttles retired in 2011. boeing and spacex are working to change that with thei






vice president getting inside look at kennedy space center


cape canaveral, fla. — vice president mike pence is getting an insider's look at nasa's kennedy space center.pence will address employees thursday at the vehicle assembly building, once used to stack moon rockets and space shuttles. his tour will also include a look at the future, with nasa's new orion spacecraft, and boeing and spacex's commercial crew effort.pence is leading a revived national space council. president donald trump re-established the advisory group on friday.last month, pence visited johnson space center in houston to help introduce america's newest astronauts. florida's kennedy is the second stop on his nasa tour. it is nasa's launch hub, but hasn't seen any astronaut takeoffs since the shuttles retired in 2011. boeing and spacex are working to change that with their own






nasa extends concessionaire contract for kennedy space center visitor complex


nasa has awarded an early extension to its concessionaire, delaware north, to continue operating kennedy space center visitor complex, the public face to the florida spaceport. the extension comes as the visitor complex is about to mark its 50th anniversary, having first opened in august 1967. delaware north, a hospitality and food services company, has operated the kennedy space center visitor complex since 1995. in 2010, nasa chose to continue working with the concessionaire through a competitive bid process on a 10-year base period with options for another 10 years. the early extension will see delaware north continuing to run the nasa visitor complex through 2028. [photos: nasa's space shuttle atlantis on display at ksc] "on behalf of delaware north ... i want to thank nasa for giving






today in space! july 1, 1962: kennedy space center established


welcome to "today in space," where we peer back in our archives to find historic moments in spaceflight and astronomy. so enjoy a blast from the past with space.com's hanneke weitering to look back at what happened on this day in space! happy birthday, kennedy space center! on july 1, 1962, nasa established the launch operations center — which was later renamed the kennedy space center — on the east coast of florida. after president john f. kennedy famously said that american astronauts would land on the moon by 1970, nasa had to build a launch facility for their gigantic new saturn v rocket. the facilities at cape canaveral couldn't support such an enormous vehicle, so nasa started building their new launch center just a few miles away on merritt island. since the 1960s, this spaceport ha






monster hurricane irma looms in new satellite video


as hurricane irma begins to batter islands in the caribbean early wednesday morning (sept. 6), nasa and the national oceanic and atmospheric administration (noaa) are monitoring the colossal storm from space with a suite of weather satellites.






see hurricane irma in motion in these nasa and noaa gifs


space and weather agencies are sending data to national hurricane center to issue warnings and forecasts about irma's potential for destruction in the caribbean sea.






vice president pence visits kennedy space center


on thursday (july 6), vice president mike pence will visit nasa's kennedy space center (ksc) in florida. you can watch pence's arrival at the facility at noon edt (1600 gmt) and his address to ksc workers at 1 p.m. edt (1700 gmt) in the window below, courtesy of nasa tv:follow us @spacedotcom, facebook or google+.






'potentially catastrophic' hurricane irma approaches caribbean in satellite view


many earth-observing satellites are keeping their eyes on hurricane irma, a category 5 storm that will soon bear down on islands in the caribbean sea.  irma is now a category 5 hurricane, the highest possible ranking on the saffir-simpson scale. in a statement, the national hurricane center (nhc) called the storm "potentially catastrophic" and warned that "preparations should be rushed to completion in the hurricane warning area." the goes-16 satellite captured this visible imagery of hurricane irma's eye on sept. 5. credit: noaa the incredibly turbulent cloud system around the eye of the hurricane was captured in a short video taken earlier today (sept. 5) by the goes-16 earth-observing satellite ("goes" stands for "geostationary operational environmental satellite"). as of 8 a.m. edt (12






watch live @ 12 pm et thursday: vice president pence visits kennedy space center


on thursday (july 6), vice president mike pence will visit nasa's kennedy space center. you can watch pence's arrival at the facility at noon edt (1600 gmt) and his address to ksc workers at 1 p.m. edt (1700 gmt) here at space.com, courtesy of nasa tv.






nasa shares video of hurrican irma viewed from space


category 5 storm hurricane irma is due to make landfall on the leeward islands in the caribbean later.the national hurricane centre in the us has named it the most powerful hurricane in the atlantic basin ever recorded.it is expected to hit the virgin islands and puerto rico on wednesday.






space station crew sees hurricane irma's power from orbit (photos, video)


hurricane irma is barreling through the caribbean as a massive category 5 storm and its fury unmistakable even from orbit, according to the crew on the international space station (iss). "hurricane irma is clearly visible from the iss," russian cosmonaut sergey ryazanskiy wrote in a twitter post showing his photos of irma from space. "it is one of the most powerful atlantic hurricanes ever." it was the sheer size of hurricane irma that left italian astronaut paolo nespoli of the european space agency in awe. on wednesday (sept. 6), he had to snap several photos of the storm just to take it all in. [hurricane irma in photos: space views of the monster storm]russian cosmonaut sergey ryazanskiy took this photo of hurricane irma from orbit on sept. 7, 2017 while he flew overhead aboard the int






tropical storm harvey keeps nasa's johnson space center closed through labor day


nasa's johnson space center (jsc) in houston will remain closed through labor day as a result of tropical storm harvey, agency officials said.nasa shuttered jsc to everyone except "essential personnel" on aug. 25, the day that harvey slammed into the texas coast as a category 4 hurricane. though harvey has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, it has lingered, continuing to drench southeastern texas and southern louisiana with record-breaking rain that has caused catastrophic flooding. [hurricane harvey: photos of the massive storm from space] jsc won't reopen until sept. 5. "our primary concern is the safety of our employees and all our fellow houstonians," jsc director and former nasa astronaut ellen ochoa said in a statement. "we're taking these measures to ensure the members of ou






see the latest videos from space


update sept. 11: irma was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves northward after battering the florida peninsula. national oceanic and atmospheric administration (noaa) satellites have been capturing imagery of irma, jose and katia since they first began to form in the atlantic ocean and gulf of mexico. cameras on the international space station have also shown hurricane irma through the eyes of astronauts. scroll down to seee the latest videos of hurricane irma, as well as jose and katia. see complete hurricane irma coverage from our sister site live science.sept 11: tropical storm irma and hurricane jose noaa goes-13 views of irma and jose from sept. 10-11, 2017.sept 10: hurricane irma moving north over florida  noaa goes-13 satellite's view of hurricanes irma and jose from 6am edt t






today in space! july 1, 1962: kennedy space center established


on july 1, 1962, nasa established the launch operations center — which was later renamed the kennedy space center — on the east coast of florida.






as hurricane irma approaches, spacex poised to launch air force's x-37b space pl


washington — as florida braces for a hurricane expected to make landfall this weekend, the u.s. air force and spacex still hope to launch the x-37b reusable space plane before the storm hits. however, officials in cape canaveral, florida, are forecasting only a 50 percent chance of acceptable weather for thursday's launch, which is expected to occur sometime between 9:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. eastern.  friday's forecast is worse, with only a 40 percent chance of acceptable weather. [hurricane irma in photos: views from space of a monster storm] but with hurricane irma expected to reach central florida on sunday, it looks like thursday and friday offer x-37b's best chance to lift off from kennedy space center's launch complex 39a before the storm passes.  officials at neighboring patrick air forc






hurricane from afar: an astronaut's perspective


dr. leroy chiao is the ceo and co-founder of oneorbit llc, a keynote, training and education company. he served as a nasa astronaut from 1990 to 2005 and flew four missions into space aboard three space shuttles and once as the co-pilot of a russian soyuz spacecraft to the international space station. on that flight, he served as the commander of expedition 10, a six-and-a-half-month mission. chiao has performed six spacewalks, in both u.s. and russian spacesuits, and has logged 229 days in space. chiao contributed this article to space.com's expert voices: op-ed & insights. during my first spaceflight aboard space shuttle columbia, i watched, incredulous, as hurricane emilia churned as a category 5 storm. fortunately, emilia never made landfall, but the awesome power in the storm system w






private companies drive ‘new space race’ at nasa center


cape canaveral, fla. (ap) — for the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, nasa says it may soon have the capability to send astronauts to the international space station from u.s. soil.critical milestones are on the horizon for boeing and spacex, the space agency’s commercial crew partners: flight tests of their spacecraft, including crewed missions, are planned for 2018.that’s launched something of a “new space race” at the kennedy space center, officials said.“we have invested a lot as a center, as a nation into kennedy space center to ready us for that next 50 years of spaceflight and beyond,” said tom engler, the center’s director of planning and development. “you see the dividends of that now, these commercial companies buying into what we’re doing.”most read s






tropical storm irma forms over atlantic


miami (ap) — the national hurricane center says tropical storm irma has formed over the far eastern atlantic ocean but poses no immediate threat to land.at 11 a.m. edt wednesday, the storm was about 420 miles (676 km) west of the cabo verde islands. maximum sustained winds were 50 mph (85 kmp) with higher gusts. the present movement is west at 13 mph (20 kmp). the general movement is expected to continue for the next couple of days.no coastal watches or warnings are in effect.the hurricane center says some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and irma could become a hurricane on friday.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






views from space of a monster storm


see photos of hurricane irma, a monster category 5 storm, as it makes its way across the atlantic ocean in to the caribbean toward the u.s. mainland in september 2017. this goes-16 satellite captured this visible imagery of hurricane irma's eye on sept. 5.






what's happening: irma unleashes fury on caribbean, eyes us


miami — hurricane irma shook homes and flooded buildings in small caribbean islands as it marched toward cuba and perhaps the u.s.the storm unleased record-setting winds of 185 mph (300 kph) as it began a path of destruction.___where is irma headed?hurricane irma grew into a dangerous category 5 storm tuesday and showed no signs of losing strength. the u.s. national hurricane center said irma was a "potentially catastrophic" storm with winds that extend 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the center.the center of the storm is expected to cross near puerto rico, the dominican republic, haiti, cuba and possibly florida. it could arrive in south florida this weekend as a category 4 or 5 hurricane. the last major hurricane to hit florida was in 2005.___powerful irmairma had the most powerful winds e






nasa honors john f. kennedy's space legacy on his 100th birthday


he was the american president who aimed an entire country at the moon, and for that nasa will always remember.president john f. kennedy, born 100 years ago today (may 29), wasn't the first u.s. president to oversee nasa, but it was he who in 1961 — amid a space race with the soviet union — set the country firmly on a path to the moon for the next giant leap for human spaceflight. to honor kennedy's vision and space legacy, nasa is celebrating with a special jfk centennial website: http://www.nasa.gov/specials/jfk100/. the website features images of kennedy's biggest moments with nasa and astronauts, as well as excerpts from "ten presidents and nasa" by space policy expert john logsdon, which originally appeared in the "nasa 50th anniversary magazine." "this year marks the 100th anniversary






tropical storm irma and hurricane jose: see the latest videos from space


noaa satellites have been capturing imagery of the storms since they were developing in the atlantic ocean and gulf of mexico. international space station cameras were also used to record hurricane irma.






the latest: irma's weakening expands hurricane-force winds


miami — the latest on hurricane irma (all times local):11:55 p.m.meteorology director jeff masters at weather underground says hurricane irma isn't likely now to regain enough strength to become a category 5 storm again before it hits florida. but even though irma has steadily decreased from 185 mph (298 kph) to 150 mph (241 kph), it remains a dangerous category 4 storm and will likely hit as one.that weakening comes at a cost. now the hurricane-force wind field has expanded greatly, to about 110 miles wide. and that means higher storm surges in a wider area.___11:40 a.m.hurricane jose has now become an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane, threatening caribbean islands already devastated by hurricane irma.jose now has top sustained winds of 150 mph (240 kph) and as it moves toward the






us astronaut hall of fame 2017 induction ceremony!


nasa will webcast the 2017 astronaut hall of famer induction ceremony at the u.s. astronaut hall of fame in cape canaveral, florida today (may 19) at 1 p.m. edt (1700 gmt).  nasa astronauts ellon ochoa and mike foale will be inducted into the hall during the ceremony. you can watch it live in the window above. from nasa's release:  "two nasa astronauts, both with one-of-a-kind career credits, will be honored friday, may 19, when they are inducted into the u.s. astronaut hall of fame. the ceremony will air live on nasa television and the agency’s website at 1 p.m. edt. "bob cabana, 2008 hall of famer and current director of nasa’s kennedy space center in florida, will speak at the induction ceremony about the distinguished careers of honorees ellen ochoa, the first hispanic woman to go into






views from space of a monster storm


credit: nasa/gpm/jaxa on tuesday (sept. 5) at 1 p.m. edt (1700 utc), the radar on the global precipitation measurement (gpm) satellite captured this 3d view of the heat engine inside hurricane irma. the blue-gray region contains light precipitation, while the small, red regions at the base of the storm contain the heaviest precipitation.






how to get a glitched mew into 'pokémon sun' and 'moon'


why it matters to you the secret pokémon mew was the subject of countless schoolyard myths, so any real way to get one -- easy or not -- is good news for pokémon fans.many players grew up among rumors of finding the elusive 151st pokémon, mew, underneath a truck by a dock or by beating the elite four 1,000 times in a row in the original pokémon red and pokémon blue. what those players might not know is there actually is a fairly easy glitch that lets you catch a mew in the wild in those games.of course the next goal is to get that glitched mew into the most recent games, pokémon sun and moon. and although the developers really don’t want you to, it turns out there is a way. it’s extremely complicated and kind of amazing.executing the glitch that lets you catch mew in pokémon red/blue/yell