NASA Current Affairs

NASA launches Remote Sensing Toolkit to promote commercial use of satellite data

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched ‘Remote Sensing Toolkit’ to promote commercial use of satellite data. The toolkit was launched as part of NASA’s Technology Transfer program that offers open remote-sensing data benefiting scientific community, other government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Remote Sensing Toolkit

It is an online toolkit that aims to make it easier for users to find, analyse and utilise relevant satellite data for their research, business projects or conservation efforts. It has been designed to help users search for data, as well as utilize ready-to-use tools and code to build new tools. It provides simple system that quickly identifies relevant sources based on user input. It makes finding and using NASA satellite data easier than ever before. It aims to spark innovation among entrepreneurial community and lead to further commercialisation of NASA technology.


Peggy Whitson: NASA’s record-breaking spacewoman retires as astronaut

NASA’s record-breaking spacewoman, Peggy Whitson (58) has announced her retirement as astronaut less than year after returning from her last and longest spaceflight.  During her career, she had racked up total of 665 days in space — more than any other NASA astronaut, and record for women worldwide. Her last spaceflight lasted close to 10 months, spanning 2016 and 2017.

Peggy Whitson

She was born on February 9, 1960 in Mount Ayr, Iowa, US. She is biochemist and had joined NASA as researcher in 1986 and became an astronaut in 1996. She had flown three missions aboard International Space Station (ISS): Expedition 5 in 2002; Expedition 16 in 2008 (In it she became first female commander of the orbiting lab) and extended and her longest stint in space from November 2016 through September 2017, which spanned Expeditions 50, 51 and 52. She had commanded Expedition 51, becoming the first woman to lead an ISS mission twice.

Records: She is world’s most experienced female spacewalker, with 10 under her spacesuit belt with record-setting total time of 60 hours and 21 minutes. She was first woman to command International Space Station (ISS), holding the position twice. She was oldest woman ever to fly in space. She was first and only woman (and first non-military person) to serve as chief of NASA’s male-dominated astronaut corps from 2009 to 2012.