NASA Langley Research Center 100th Anniversary: NIA provides support, including event planning, broadcast, media production, and communications, for the NASA Langley 100th Anniversary. A live broadcast of the Viking 40th Sigma Series and the 40th Anniversary of Viking were key events occurring in 2016. NIA produced videos for the NASA Langley Centennial Exploration Trailer and worked with Langley Public Affairs to produce 52 Innovation Now radio segments that will align with the Centennial communications themes for the events. Major events for 2017 include the Hampton Roads Mini Maker Faire, the LaRC Centennial Gala, the Centennial Symposium, and Langley Open House, as well as several other events.
For a calendar of centennial events and more information, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/langley/100
NASA iTech: In late 2016, NIA began a yearlong initiative to support NASA’s Office of Chief Technologist to find innovative ideas with the most potential impact on future space exploration and support development of the most promising solutions. iTech consists of two six-month cycles. In Cycle 1, technology areas included: radiation protection, life support systems in space, astronaut crew health, in-space propulsion, and ability to achieve high-resolution measurements of greenhouse gases. Cycle 1 ended December 8th, 2016 with three finalists who will receive six months of mentoring to further their solutions and collaborate with researchers and industry experts.
NASA iTech Cycle 2 began in early 2017. Areas of focus include: autonomy, big data (data mining and machine learning), medical systems and operations, radiation protection and mitigation, X-factor innovations (solutions for unspecified future challenges). The second cycle of NASA iTech concludes at the NASA Langley Centennial Symposium.
For more information, visit: www.NASAiTech.com
NASA Exploration Design Challenge: learning and challenge activities tied to the Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) of the Orion spacecraft. NASA EDC is an opportunity for students to chart their journey to deep space by tackling one of the major challenges of long-duration exploration – the dangers associated with radiation and the need to protect our astronauts as they venture to places never before attempted by human beings.
NASA @Home & City: an interactive website developed in collaboration with Woodpile Studios. This Webby award-winning site provides a virtual tour of NASA-related science in our homes and cities and allows visitors to “trace space back to you.”
Space Shuttle Tour: through an immersive educational experience set within a 50-foot geodesic dome, public visitors in Washington DC, New York City and Los Angeles were invited to virtually explore the new frontiers of deep space.