Recently in Nepal Category"Around 37,000 citizen scientists combed through 430,000 images to help an international team of researchers to discover 29 new gravitational lens candidates through Space Warps, an online classification system which guides citizen scientists to become lens hunters. Gravitational lens systems are massive galaxies that act like special lenses through their gravity, bending the light coming from a distant galaxy in the background and distorting its image. Dark matter around these massive galaxies also contributes to this lensing effect, and so studying these gravitational lenses gives scientists a way to study this exotic matter that emits no light. Since gravitational lenses are rare, only about 500 of them have been discovered to date, and the universe is enormous, it made sense for researchers to call on an extra pair of eyes to help scour through the mountain of images taken from the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey (CFHTLS). Details of the discoveries will be published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society."

More"Today SKA Organisation is releasing the new official SKA science book, Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array. The book contains the proceedings from the SKA science conference held in Giardini Naxos, Sicily last year. The two-volume book contains 135 chapters written by 1,213 contributors from 31 nationalities, adding up to some 2000 pages covering many areas of astrophysics, from cosmology to the search for life in the Universe. "The publication of the new SKA science book is the culmination of more than a year's work by the SKA science team and the scientific community at large" said Dr. Robert Braun, the SKA Science Director. "It's also a great testimony to the growing interest and scope of the SKA since the publication of the last book 10 years ago." The last SKA science book, Science with the Square Kilometre Array, was published in 2004."


International Space Apps Challenge 2016"NASA is preparing for the next International Space Apps Challenge. Space Apps is an international mass collaboration that takes place in cities around the world, embracing collective problem solving with a goal of using NASA's open data to produce open-source solutions that can advance space exploration missions and improve life on Earth. NASA is leading this global collaboration along with a number of additional government collaborators and local partner organizations."


NameExoWorlds Contest Opens for Public Voting"Although people have been naming celestial objects for millennia, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is the authority responsible for assigning official names to celestial bodies. The NameExoWorlds contest provides not only the first opportunity for the public to name exoplanets, but also -- for the first time in centuries -- to give names to stars. Twenty stars with known exoplanets in orbit around them are among the objects selected to be named. Astronomy clubs and non-profit organizations from 45 countries submitted 247 proposals for the names of the 20 ExoWorlds."

More"Global and regional processes are changing the world's appearance every day. This results in influences on the social, economical and political situation in countries all over the world. These processes also take place in remote and fragile ecosystems such as the Himalayan region. The countries with the main share of this world's highest mountain range, Nepal and Tibet, have undergone dramatic changes over the past decades. In the last 50 years severe urbanisation processes have affected the old city of Lhasa, a former centre of Buddhist religion and culture. Nepal's mountainous ecosystems have been affected by natural hazards. Continuous landslides have led to a severe threat in the affected regions, such as the Langtang Himal.

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NASA-led Volunteers Map Landslides by Nepal Quakes"As millions of people regroup from the impact of the earthquakes in Nepal, a team of international volunteers is combing through satellite imagery of the region to identify additional hazardsearthquake-induced landslides. As part of a disaster relief response to the 7.8-magnitude Nepal earthquake and its aftershocks, Kirschbaum and Jeff Kargel, glaciologist at University of Arizona, are leading a group of volunteer scientists identifying where and when the landslides are occurring in earthquake-affected areas. Together, the team has mapped nearly one thousand landslides from April 25, the date of the first earthquake, to May 20."


Using Space Radar To Hear Human Heartbeats in Nepal "On 24 April 2015 a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal - a nation woefully unprepared to respond to such an event. Nearly 300 aftershocks of magnitude 4.0 or greater have rattled the country for the past month. One especially large aftershock of magnitude 7.4 on 12 May caused the already-shattered infrastructure to collapse further. Nepal needed help - help that did not rely upon a non-functional infrastructure. Much of the help was traditional. But some of that help arrived in the form of assets in space and space-derived assets on the ground."


Mike Kronmiller's UAS Presentation in Kathmandu

Mike Kronmiller: "Today I gave my STEM project presentation to the group of students I will be working with in Nepal. I just want to thank the Kanjirowa school for giving such an amazing opportunity." Click on images to enlarge. You can learn more about the project at its official website at

NASA Family Pursues STEM Education Research in Nepal

Rory Kronmiller arrived at Everest Base Camp, Nepal this morning along with his specially designed UAS quadricopter. Rory is in Nepal with his brother, Michael who is in Kathmandu. Mike and Rory are in Nepal to test out the use of drones for Search And Rescue and bridge inspection tasks. This is being done as part of a STEM education project between the Bullis School in Maryland and Kanjirowa National School in Kathmandu, Nepal. You may find their last names familiar: Mike and Rory are the sons of Kate (Orbital ATK) and Ted Kronmiller (aerospace lawyer).

Rory and drone #2 ("Windhorse") are back in Kathmandu. Michael made his presentation to some thirty students and faculty at the Kanjirowa School, and left his drone ("Garuda") and spare parts for further testing after his departure.

We'll be featuring more information here at Space College shortly - we have been supporting this project since its inception. You can learn more about the project at its official website at

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Keith Cowing (L) and Scott Parazynski (R) in front of the Khumbu Icefall at Everest Base Camp in 2009. Keith and Scott are currently building the framework for Space College Nepal. Stay tuned for more news at @NepalSpace

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