February 5, 2009 Vol. 14, No. 10
NASA, network giant give Software glitch shakes space
public 3-D view of Mars station, no damage detected
NASA and Google Launch ance was altered such that the reboost Deborah.L.Bitner@nasa.gov or by phone
Virtual Exploration Of Mars — burn dynamics coupled into the natural at 867-0510.
NASA and Google announced Monday frequency of the space station. This re-
sulted in oscillations and higher loads to Education Opportuni-
the release of a new Mars mode in ties — Florida Institute of
Google Earth that brings to everyone's station components than desired. The
crew was awake and reported a fairly Technology: Complete a
desktop a high-resolution, three- master's degree in two years,
dimensional view of the Red Planet. healthy vibration throughout the station.
two courses per term! Florida Tech is
Besides providing a rich, immersive • It was human error; improper values now accepting applications for the sum-
3D view of Mars that will aid public un- for key parameters were uplinked. The mer term April 27 - Aug. 7. Master of
derstanding of Mars science, the new Russians are investigating ways to pre- Science degrees are in space systems,
mode, Google Mars 3-D, also gives re- vent future or similar occurrences. This space systems management, computer
searchers a platform for sharing data shows the criticality of software to proper information systems, computer science
similar to what Google Earth provides for operation of systems. In the past, NASA and software engineering. Classes are
Earth scientists. made similar errors in shuttle uplinks. held from 5 to 8 p.m. one night a week in
The mode enables users to fly virtu- • NASA analysis shows that the sta- Rockledge, at KSC, and online. For more
ally through enormous canyons and scale tion was not structurally damaged by the information, go to: www.uc.fit.edu .
huge mountains on Mars that are much reboost vibrations, but NASA is conduct- National Graduate School Master’s
larger than any found on Earth. Users ing more detailed analysis along with Program: The National Graduate School
also can explore the Red Planet through other international partners. Master’s Program begins April 8. The
the eyes of the Mars rovers and other school is repeating its successful dual-
Mars missions, providing a unique per- • The oscillation incident will not have
an impact on the station's life through credential Master of Science degree in
spective of the entire planet. Quality Systems Management with a
Users can see some of the latest sat- 2015.
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt for KSC em-
ellite imagery from NASA's Mars Re- NASA College Scholarship Fund ployees. Classes will be held every
connaissance Orbiter and other probes Inc. — The NASA College Scholarship Wednesday evening from 4:30 to 9 p.m.
orbiting the Red Planet. Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization in Cocoa Beach. A program representa-
Viewers can learn about new discov- that awards undergraduate scholarships to tive will be on site in February to answer
eries and explore indexes of available qualified NASA dependents pursuing a any questions and assist enrollment deci-
Mars imagery. The new Mars mode also course of study in science or engineering. sions. For more information, visit the
allows users to add their own 3D content Up to five scholarships will be awarded Web site at: www.ngs.edu.
to the Mars map to share with the world. this year. Applications are now being ac-
cepted and must be received by the cor-
ISS Update: Information about poration scholarship committee at JSC no Countdown is published every Tuesday &
the issues concerning the reboost of the Thursday for NASA KSC employees. Dead-
later than March 20.
International Space Station was released: lines are 9 a.m. Mondays & Wednesdays. E-
Information and guidelines for ap-
• An oscillation was experienced after plying for the scholarship can be found at mail news to email@example.com. For
a set of Russian software control parame- the Web site: questions or information, e-mail or call 867-
ters were uplinked in error to the vehicle. http://nasapeople.nasa.gov/nasascholar 2815. You can also find PDF editions of
These parameters are used to control op- Countdown on the Web at:
ship/index.htm. For additional details,
eration of the gimbals on the service http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/new
please contact Debbie Bitner at s/countdown/countdown_toc.html.
module thrusters. The control perform-