NASA News: NASA'S Partners Meet Milestones For Developing Future Commercial Spacecraft / NASA Online Videos Provide New Approach To Teach Science

WASHINGTON -- NASA's industry partners have met all their initial
milestones in developing commercial crew transportation capabilities
to reduce the gap in U.S. human spaceflight capability.

NASA posted its first status report on the agency's Commercial Crew
Development 2 (CCDev2) program to its website. The report highlights
the progress and accomplishments for the agency's commercial
spaceflight development efforts. Designed to be a bi-monthly report,
it is targeted toward the interested layperson and other
non-technical stakeholders in order to keep them informed of our achievements.

"We're only 60 days into CCDev 2, and their progress is right on
schedule," said Phil McAlister, NASA's acting director, commercial
spaceflight development.

NASA's Commercial Crew Development program is investing financial and
technical resources to stimulate efforts within the private sector to
develop and demonstrate safe, reliable, and cost-effective space
transportation capabilities.

For the report and more information about CCDev2, visit:



NASA Online Videos Provide New Approach To Teach Science To Public

WASHINGTON -- NASA's new video series offers the public a fast and fun
way to learn about scientific discoveries and facts about Earth, the
solar system and beyond.

Called "ScienceCasts," the videos are created by an astrophysicist and
a team of agency narrators and videographers. The videos are posted
online every Thursday afternoon at approximately 4 p.m. EDT. The
format is designed to increase understanding of the world of science
through simple, clear presentations.

"If you want entertaining, yet very informative, these videos are for
you," said Ruth Netting, manager for communications and public
engagement in NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

Future episodes will focus on citizen science research; the search for
new galaxies; how to watch this summer's Perseid meteor shower; and
the causes of recent wild weather events in the United States.

NASA's Science Mission Directorate seeks new knowledge and
understanding of Earth, the sun, solar system and the universe. The
directorate also constantly looks for inventive ways to reach out to
the public via museums, classrooms, science centers and home schools.

To view the latest videos science online, visit:


For a complete list of ScienceCast episodes, visit:



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