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M-Cubed



The M-Cubed project? It stands for Michigan Multipurpose Minisat. As in a tiny satellite that does more than one thing that was developed by smart kids at the University of Michigan.
In the summer of 2007, a small group of students took the opportunity to start a new project at the University of Michigan's Student Space Systems Fabrication Lab (S3FL). The objective of MCubed is to obtain a mid resolution image to date of Earth with at least 60% land mass and a maximum of 20% cloud coverage from a single cubesat platform. M-Cubed is planned to launch in the Fall of 2011 on the NASA's third Educational Launch of Nanosat (ELaNa).

And...they're still working on it. Dozens of students have poured in (we're guessing) hundreds of hours on this baby. And who knows how many frozen pizzas and cans of Red Bull?  Following the guidelines set forth by California Polytechnic State University, the wee orbitor has support from the University of Michigan, S3FL, Jet Propulsion Lab, and NASA's Earth Science Technology Office. See, it takes a village to do all kinds of things!

NASA EDGE



No joke: StickerGiant has breached the final frontier! One of the custom stickers we printed hitched a ride to the International Space Station in May 2011. And one of the kindly humans involved in STS-134 captured this image and the image somehow it made it to us. How cool is that?

NASA EDGE takes a "unique look in and around the greatest space program on the planet" through a series of podcasts, interviews, online features, and videos. It's like NPR for the intergalactic set.
Whether it's the latest launch or the coolest gadgets, NASA EDGE hosts provide an offbeat, funny and informative look behind the NASA curtain. If you've ever wanted to learn about NASA but thought you needed to be a rocket scientist, wait no longer. Watch NASA EDGE and embrace your inner astronaut.

First we were featured on Jeopardy! and now we're on the space shuttle. w00t! Forgive our boastful excitement, but we're in geek heaven over here!

*This photo was taken during mission STS-134. That's space-speak for when the Atlantis shuttle was way up there by the moon and stars and stuff.

 

STORRM



Did you ever think about how hard it must be to drive the space shuttle? What about parking it?

NASA's Sensor Test for Orion Relative Navigation Risk Mitigation (STORRM) gives our astronauts a helping hand. Essentially, it's an intergalactic valet for the space shuttle. Or as they put it:
New sensor technology that will make it easier and safer for spacecraft to rendezvous and dock to the International Space Station.

And you thought parallel parking in the city was difficult. Check out the video!

International Observe The Moon Night

International Observe the Moon Night

International Observe the Moon Night



OMG! This is tomorrow! International Observe the Moon Night comes for the very first time September 18, 2010! It's being organized by a coalition of space science and astronomy organizations including Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Education and Public Outreach, the NASA Lunar Science Institute, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and Astronomers Without Borders.

The idea, obviously, is for everyone to observe the moon over the course of the evening, all over the world. It's a rolling event of course because we live on a spinning planet and you can't always see the moon; it's also only a quarter or so full, so it'll set before the night is over. But that means the terminator will be visible (that's the line that divides night and day on the moon, not Arnold Schwarzenegger) and seeing the terminator should mean dramatic views of lunar mountains you wouldn't normally see.

Individuals and groups are hosting events all over the world. Check this map to find one near you. Happy moon-watching!

StickerGiant is Going To Space

NASA has long been a StickerGiant customer, although none of the stickers we have printed for them have gone to space. That has changed, and we are going to space. NASA came to us with a sticker project for the HICO-RAIDS experiment payload project and a sticker we have printed will be going to the space station.

What does this mean? The International Space Station and the NASA space program has long been dedicated to supporting science with experimental payloads. Organizations are given "payload" on the shuttle and sometimes the space station itself to carry experiments that can run once in space.

One or two of these stickers will be leaving our planet in September 2009.

What is HICO-RAIDS ?


The Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean (HICO) and the Remote Atmospheric and Ionospheric Detection System (RAIDS), both developed at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), are ready for payload integration following a fast-paced program of development and test. HICO, built by NRL's Remote Sensing Division, will be the first spaceborne hyperspectral imager optimized for characterization of the coastal environment.

The sticker is a 4-color process sticker printed on a clear vinyl stock with an opaque white backup. This technique produces a sticker with a unique texture and fantastic reproduction quality.

stickergiant in space