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NASA Mission Points to Origin of “Ocean of Storms” on Earth’s Moon

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Using data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), mission scientists have solved a lunar mystery almost as old as the moon itself.

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft, Rocket Move Closer to First Flight

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NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry it into space are at their penultimate stops in Florida on their path to a December flight test.

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NASA Awards Enterprise-Wide Procurement Contracts

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NASA has awarded 56 contracts under the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V. Twenty-three contracts were awarded in the Computer Based Systems, Group A, and 33 contracts were awarded in the Networking/Security/Video and Conference Tools, Group D.

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NASA Invites Public to Participate in #SkyScience for Earth Science Week

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NASA is inviting people around the globe to step outside during Earth Science Week, Oct. 12-18, observe the sky and share their observations as citizen scientists.

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Phanfone (Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

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Phanfone (Northwestern Pacific Ocean) [ http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/phanfone-northwestern-pacific-ocean ] 10/01/2014 12:00 PM EDT
An intensifying typhoon called Phanfone that originated east of Guam on September 28, 2014 is headed toward southern Japan.

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Low Pressure Cylinder Awareness Webinars

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Low Pressure Cylinder Awareness Webinars

In light of a recent propane cylinder incident on a mobile food truck in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is promoting awareness regarding the safe use and condition of pressure vessels.

The agency invites fire marshals and code enforcement personnel to participate in informational webinars on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 10 a.m. (ET) or 2 p.m. Register for these webinars here [ https://www150.livemeeting.com/lrs/1100004049/Registration.aspx?pageName=2n8kd4cx2936r85v ].

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NIST Releases Final Version of Smart Grid Framework, Update 3.0

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NIST Releases Final Version of Smart Grid Framework, Update 3.0 [ http://www.nist.gov/el/smartgrid-100114.cfm ] 10/01/2014 10:42 AM EDT
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published its “NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0” [ http://www.nist.gov/smartgrid/upload/NIST-SP-1108r3.pdf ], a document that reflects advances in smart grid technologies and developments from NIST’s collaborative work with industry stakeholders. Revisions to its guidelines for smart grid cybersecurity [ http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=916068 ] are available as well.

The 3.0 framework updates the plan for transforming the nation’s aging electric power system into an interoperable smart grid—a network that will integrate information and communication technologies with the power-delivery infrastructure, enabling two-way flows of energy and communications. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 established a goal to modernize the nation’s electricity system and assigned to NIST the primary responsibility to coordinate development of a framework to achieve interoperability of smart grid devices and systems.

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Milky Way Viewed From the International Space Station

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Milky Way Viewed From the International Space Station [ http://www.nasa.gov/content/milky-way-viewed-from-the-international-space-station ] 10/01/2014 12:00 PM EDT NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this image from the International Space Station and posted it to social media on Sept. 28, 2014, writing, “The Milky Way steals the show from Sahara sands that make the Earth glow orange.” Aboard the space station, the six-person Expedition 41 crew is currently preparing for two spacewalks set for Oct. 7 and 15. During the first six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk, slated to begin on Oct. 7 around 8:10 a.m. EDT, Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst will transfer a previously uninstalled pump module from its temporary stowage location to the External Stowage Platform-2. The two spacewalkers also will install the Mobile Transporter Relay Assembly that adds the capability to provide “keep-alive” power to the system that moves the station’s robotic arm between worksites. NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore will join Wiseman for the second Expedition 41 spacewalk on Oct. 15. Image Credit: NASA/Reid Wiseman

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News Release: EPA Requires Mercedes-Benz to Correct Fuel Economy Labels for Two C300 4-Matic Vehicles

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
October 1, 2014

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EPA Requires Mercedes-Benz to Correct Fuel Economy Labels for Two C300 4-Matic Vehicles* 

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WASHINGTON* - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising estimates for two 2013/2014 Mercedes C300 4-matic vehicles, the FFV and PZEV, to ensure consumers are given accurate fuel economy values.

During EPA fuel economy audit testing, the Mercedes C300 4-matic was found to have values that differed from those submitted to EPA at the time of certification. With EPA oversight, Mercedes conducted new emissions and fuel economy testing, and EPA conducted its own testing at its National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a result of this subsequent testing, EPA is requiring Mercedes to relabel its 2013 and 2014 C300 4-matic models with lower fuel economy values.

The specific changes to fuel economy stickers are listed in the table below. 

*_Mercedes Fuel Economy Value Updates_*

Model

C300 4-Matic FFV

C300 4-Matic PZEV

Combined (mpg)

City (mpg)

Highway (mpg)

Combined
(mpg)

City (mpg)

Highway (mpg)

Original Values

22

20

27

23

20

29

New Values

22

19

27

22

19

28

“Even though the adjustments are small, it is important that our oversight system is producing the correct results because even one MPG matters to consumers,” said Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “EPA will continue strong oversight of fuel economy values to ensure that consumers have the best information available to make important purchasing decisions, to ensure fair competition among automakers, and to protect investments in new fuel efficient technologies.

The original values reported by Mercedes underestimated the impact of aerodynamic drag and tire rolling resistance known as “road-load.” While this error impacted the fuel economy estimates by a small amount, these vehicles were found to be in compliance with emissions standards. EPA also tested several other Mercedes as part of this spot check, and found their labeling was accurate.

EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan, conducts fuel economy testing on a number of vehicles each year to ensure that their performance matches the mileage and emissions data automakers submit to EPA. These spot-checks are part of the oversight program that helps ensure that carmakers are following the same procedures for calculating mileage estimates. The oversight program also helps the EPA verify that vehicles on the road meet national tailpipe emission standards to protect public health and the environment.

More information on today’s update: www.epa.gov/fueleconomy/updates.htm [ http://www.epa.gov/fueleconomy/updates.htm ]. 

Updated fuel economy values are also available on the joint EPA and the Department of Energy website: www.fueleconomy.gov [ http://www.fueleconomy.gov/ ]