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NASA’s Juno To Soar Closest To Jupiter This Saturday

This dual view of Jupiter was taken on August 23, when NASA’s Juno spacecraft was 2.8 million miles (4.4 million kilometers) from the gas giant planet on the inbound leg of its initial 53.5-day capture orbit. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

This dual view of Jupiter was taken on August 23, when NASA’s Juno spacecraft was 2.8 million miles (4.4 million kilometers) from the gas giant planet on the inbound leg of its initial 53.5-day capture orbit. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

August 25, 2016 – This Saturday at 6:51 a.m. MDT, (8:51 a.m. EDT, 12:51 UTC) NASA’s Juno spacecraft will get closer to the cloud tops of Jupiter than at any other time during its prime mission. At the moment of closest approach, Juno will be about 2,500 miles (4,200 kilometers) above Jupiter’s swirling clouds and traveling at 130,000 mph (208,000 kilometers per hour) with respect to the planet. Read More


Lockheed Martin, University Of Colorado Boulder Create Multi-Million-Dollar Partnership

$3 Million Sponsorship Will Launch Careers in Communications Technologies. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

$3 Million Sponsorship Will Launch Careers in Communications Technologies. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

August 25, 2016 – Lockheed Martin and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) are establishing new academic programs through a multi-million-dollar agreement that will develop the next generation of space engineers. The Lockheed Martin Radio Frequency (RF) Space Systems Research Center will boost engineering expertise at the school and create new curriculum to fill in-demand skills in the space sector. Read More


35 Years Later, Voyager’s Legacy Continues At Saturn

Up-close views from the Voyagers, like this one from Voyager 2, showed Saturn and its rings as never before. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Up-close views from the Voyagers, like this one from Voyager 2, showed Saturn and its rings as never before. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

August 25, 2016 – Saturn, with its alluring rings and numerous moons, has long fascinated stargazers and scientists. After an initial flyby of Pioneer 11 in 1979, humanity got a second, much closer look at this complex planetary system in the early 1980s through the eyes of NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft. Read More


Earth’s Nearest Known Exoplanet Orbits In Habitable Zone Of Proxima Centauri

This artist's impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. The double star Alpha Centauri AB also appears in the image to the upper-right of Proxima itself. Proxima b is a little more massive than the Earth and orbits in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri, where the temperature is suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. Image Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

This artist’s impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. The double star Alpha Centauri AB also appears in the image to the upper-right of Proxima itself. Proxima b is a little more massive than the Earth and orbits in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri, where the temperature is suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. Image Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

August 24, 2016 – An international team of astronomers has found clear evidence of a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar System. The new world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface, if it were present. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us. A paper describing this milestone finding is published by Nature. Read More


New NASA Record Holder For Cumulative Days In Space

Image Credit: NASA

Image Credit: NASA

August 24, 2016 – On August 24, 2016, Station Commander Jeff Williams passed astronaut Scott Kelly, also a former station commander, for most cumulative days living and working in space by a NASA astronaut (520 days and counting). Williams is scheduled to land on September 6, for a record total of 534 days in space. Read More


CU Boulder Professor Awarded NASA Space Technology Research Grant

Daniel Szafir, University of Colorado Boulder

Daniel Szafir, University of Colorado Boulder

August 24, 2016 – Daniel Szafir, an Assistant Professor in the ATLAS Institute and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, is one of eight researchers selected by NASA in the Space Technology Research Grants program. Read More


Denver Startup Week Launches 2016 Registration

August 24, 2016 – Denver Startup Week, the largest free entrepreneurial event of its kind in North America, announced today that registration is open for the fifth annual event aimed at celebrating and growing Downtown Denver’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Read More


Aerospace Industry Brings Economic And Educational Opportunity To Colorado

August 24, 2016 – The Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) is conducting an Aerospace Business Development Road Trip throughout western Colorado. CSBR is traveling to four communities to share how the aerospace industry benefits every community in Colorado. Read More


NASA Astrobiologist Dr. Kevin Hand Will Speak At Adams State University

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August 24, 2016 – The Adams State University Title V STEM Lectures Series presents “The Search for Life Beyond Earth,” by Dr. Kevin Hand, NASA astrobiologist, on Thursday, September 8. There will be two presentations: at noon in Porter Hall Room 130; and at 7 p.m. in Carson Auditorium. The events are free and open to the public. Read More


Test For Damp Ground At Mars’ Seasonal Streaks Finds None

Blue dots on this map indicate sites of recurring slope lineae (RSL) in part of the Valles Marineris canyon network on Mars. RSL are seasonal dark streaks that may be indicators of liquid water. The area mapped here has the highest density of known RSL on Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Blue dots on this map indicate sites of recurring slope lineae (RSL) in part of the Valles Marineris canyon network on Mars. RSL are seasonal dark streaks that may be indicators of liquid water. The area mapped here has the highest density of known RSL on Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

August 24, 2016 – Seasonal dark streaks on Mars that have become one of the hottest topics in interplanetary research don’t hold much water, according to the latest findings from a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars. Read More


Scientists At Johnson Space Center Solve Mystery On Surface Of Mercury

Image Credit: NASA

Image Credit: NASA

August 24, 2016 – NASA scientists at Johnson Space Center have solved a longstanding mystery about why some of Mercury’s surface looks new, but some appears to be old. Read More


Spin Test For OSIRIS-REx

Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

August 24, 2016 – After arriving at the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida this week, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft was put on a spin table for a weight and center of gravity test. The spacecraft is being prepared for its upcoming launch, targeted for September 8 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Read More


Orion’s European Service Module Takes Shape

Image Credit: Airbus DS

Image Credit: Airbus DS

August 24, 2016 – The European Service Module (ESM) that will power NASA’s Orion spacecraft is taking shape at Airbus Defence and Space in Bremen, Germany. The ESM sits directly below Orion’s crew capsule and provides propulsion, electricity, water, air, and thermal control for up to four astronauts. Read More


NASA’s WISE, Fermi Missions Reveal A Surprising Blazar Connection

An analysis of blazar properties observed by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Fermi's Large Area Telescope (LAT) reveal a correlation in emissions from the mid-infrared to gamma rays, an energy range spanning a factor of 10 billion. When plotted by gamma-ray and mid-infrared colors, confirmed Fermi blazars (gold dots) form a unique band not shared by other sources beyond our galaxy. A blue line marks the best fit of these values. The relationship allows astronomers to identify potential new gamma-ray blazars by studying WISE infrared data. Image Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Francesco Massaro, University of Turin

An analysis of blazar properties observed by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Fermi’s Large Area Telescope (LAT) reveal a correlation in emissions from the mid-infrared to gamma rays, an energy range spanning a factor of 10 billion. When plotted by gamma-ray and mid-infrared colors, confirmed Fermi blazars (gold dots) form a unique band not shared by other sources beyond our galaxy. A blue line marks the best fit of these values. The relationship allows astronomers to identify potential new gamma-ray blazars by studying WISE infrared data. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Francesco Massaro, University of Turin

August 24, 2016 – Astronomers studying distant galaxies powered by monster black holes have uncovered an unexpected link between two very different wavelengths of the light they emit, the mid-infrared and gamma rays. The discovery, which was accomplished by comparing data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, has enabled the researchers to uncover dozens of new blazar candidates. Read More


SpaceVR Signs Launch Contract with NanoRacks To Deploy World’s First Virtual Reality Camera Satellite Into Space

Image Credit: SpaceVR

Image Credit: SpaceVR

August 23, 2016

SpaceVR, a platform for creating cinematic, live, virtual space tourism, announced earlier this month that it has signed a launch agreement with NanoRacks LLC to send Overview 1, the world’s first virtual reality camera satellite, into space. Overview 1 will be delivered to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX CRS-12 Mission. The satellite will then be deployed into Low Earth Orbit from the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD). Read More


Fly A Project To The Moon

August 23, 2016 – TeamIndus, an Indian aerospace startup and one of the front-runners for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, today announced an international jury for Lab2Moon, a competition to challenge the brightest young minds globally to think beyond planet Earth and create an experiment to fly on board the TeamIndus spacecraft to the Moon in 2017. Read More


USAF Breaks Ground For Modernized Earth Terminal

A construction company builds a Modernized Earth Terminal at the 21st Space Operations Squadron’s Ellison Onizuka Satellite Operations Facility, June 16, 2016. The new system will replace two 38-foot antennas, pedestals and associated equipment with two state-of-the-art antennas and communications equipment. This project is part of continued Air Force Satellite Control Network modernization efforts. Image Credit: USAF

A construction company builds a Modernized Earth Terminal at the 21st Space Operations Squadron’s Ellison Onizuka Satellite Operations Facility, June 16, 2016. The new system will replace two 38-foot antennas, pedestals and associated equipment with two state-of-the-art antennas and communications equipment. This project is part of continued Air Force Satellite Control Network modernization efforts. Image Credit: USAF

August 23, 2016 – After two years of planning, the Modernized Earth Terminal (MET) project broke ground February 2016 at the 21st Space Operations Squadron’s Ellison Onizuka Satellite Operations Facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The new system will replace two 38-foot antennas, pedestals and associated equipment with two state-of-the-art antennas and communications equipment. Read More


Fossilized Rivers Suggest Warm, Wet Ancient Mars

An artist's concept of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image credit: NASA/JPL

An artist’s concept of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image credit: NASA/JPL

August 23, 2016 – Extensive systems of fossilized riverbeds have been discovered on an ancient region of the Martian surface, supporting the idea that the now cold and dry Red Planet had a warm and wet climate about 4 billion years ago, according to UCL-led research. Read More


A Moon’s Contrasts

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

August 23, 2016 – Dione reveals its past via contrasts in this view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The features visible here are a mixture of tectonics — the bright, linear features — and impact cratering — the round features, which are spread across the entire surface. Read More


NIST Demonstrates Compact Atomic Gyroscope/Accelerometer

NIST's compact gyroscope measures rotation by analyzing patterns of interfering matter waves in an expanding cloud of atoms transitioning between two energy states. Each atom's speed determines both its final position in the cloud and the size of the rotational signal that shifts the interference patterns. Thus, rotations generate interfering bands of atoms across images of the final cloud. The color coding indicates how much the interference patterns shift in radians, the standard unit of angular measure. The orientation of the interfering bands (horizontal in the image) indicates the rotation axis. The rotation rate, determined by an analysis of the band spacing, is 44 milliradians per second.  Image Credit: NIST

NIST’s compact gyroscope measures rotation by analyzing patterns of interfering matter waves in an expanding cloud of atoms transitioning between two energy states. Each atom’s speed determines both its final position in the cloud and the size of the rotational signal that shifts the interference patterns. Thus, rotations generate interfering bands of atoms across images of the final cloud. The color coding indicates how much the interference patterns shift in radians, the standard unit of angular measure. The orientation of the interfering bands (horizontal in the image) indicates the rotation axis. The rotation rate, determined by an analysis of the band spacing, is 44 milliradians per second. Image Credit: NIST

August 23, 2016 – Shrink rays may exist only in science fiction, but similar effects are at work in the real world at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). After successfully miniaturizing both clocks and magnetometers based on the properties of individual atoms, NIST physicists have now turned to precision gyroscopes, which measure rotation. Read More


Air Force, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Celebrate 100 Years Of Flying Protected Satellite Communications

Milstar and the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system cumulatively achieve 100 years on orbit. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

Milstar and the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system cumulatively achieve 100 years on orbit. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

August 23, 2016 – When it comes to transmitting sensitive information in highly contested areas, the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system and Milstar satellites are proving their value, achieving 100 years of combined successful operations. Read More


World Premiere: Colorado Jetpack Pilot Is Back For Another High-Risk Stunt

Lake San Cristobal where the stunt will take place on August 23rd. Image Credit: Mary Carkin

Lake San Cristobal where the stunt will take place on August 23rd. Image Credit: Mary Carkin

August 22, 2016 – On August 23, jetpack history will be made when veteran pilot, Eric Scott, launches his rocket-powered machine from under the deep waters of Lake San Cristobal, in Lake City, Colorado. The Apollo Jetpack Team has been testing the performance of the jetpack underwater, and is hopeful for a successful stunt as part of a video for the international launch of Apollo Energy Gum. Read More


GOES-R Weather Satellite Ships To Florida

Image Credit; Lockheed Martin/NOAA

Image Credit; Lockheed Martin/NOAA

August 22, 2016 – The GOES-R weather satellite met another major milestone today as it flew from Littleton, Colorado to Cape Canaveral, Florida. Read More


Museum Visitors To Experience Lockheed Martin’s Virtual Trip To Mars

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August 22, 2016 – The Mars Experience Bus will be making several stops in Colorado and guests are invited to climb aboard to experience the beauty of the Red Planet. Created by Lockheed Martin, the Mars Experience Bus is the first immersive virtual reality vehicle ever built, and replicates 200 square miles of the Martian surface. Read More


Two Colorado Teachers Recognized With Presidential Award For Excellence In Mathematics And Science Teaching

Dawn Bauer (left) and Carolyn Jordan (right) are recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Image Credit: White House/PAEMST

Dawn Bauer (left) and Carolyn Jordan (right) are recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Image Credit: White House/PAEMST

August 22, 2016 – Two Colorado teachers have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Dawn Bauer of Carson Elementary School is receiving recognition for her commitment to science and STEM education. Carolyn (Carrie) Jordan of Normandy Elementary School is being recognized for her commitment to teaching mathematics. Read More


Canadian Robot Helps Astronauts Install International Docking Adapter On ISS

The International Space Station's Canadarm2 and Dextre. Image Credit: NASA

The International Space Station’s Canadarm2 and Dextre. Image Credit: NASA

August 19, 2016 – Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins conducted a five-hour and 58-minute spacewalk today. The NASA astronauts successfully installed the first of two international docking adapters (IDAs) with the help of a Canadian robot named Dextre. Read More


US-TEC Model Upgrade

Image Credit: SWPC

Image Credit: SWPC

August 19, 2016 – The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has deployed an updated and expanded version of its US Total Electron Content (US-TEC) model. The model now uses more GPS stations, has increased coverage to all of North America, and has added scale information that indicates position error. Read More


Decades Of Discovery: NASA’s Exploration Of Jupiter

Jupiter's great red spot as viewed by Voyager 1. Image Credit: NASA

Jupiter’s great red spot as viewed by Voyager 1. Image Credit: NASA

August 19, 2016 – NASA’s Juno mission maneuvered into orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016 and is currently drawing closer to the planet for its first science orbit on August 27. Scientists expect to release information about the mission’s first findings in September. Read More


Lockheed Martin To Discuss Mars Base Camp & STEM Education At 2016 Mars Society Convention

Mars Base Camp is Lockheed Martin’s vision for sending humans to Mars by 2028. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

Mars Base Camp is Lockheed Martin’s vision for sending humans to Mars by 2028. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

August 19, 2016 – Two senior representatives of Lockheed Martin will participate in the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 22-25, 2016 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Read More


RS-25 Engine Test Continues SLS Progress

A team of engineers successfully conducted a development test of the RS-25 rocket engine Thursday, Aug. 18 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Image Credit: NASA

A team of engineers successfully conducted a development test of the RS-25 rocket engine Thursday, Aug. 18 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Image Credit: NASA

August 19, 2016 – NASA engineers successfully conducted a development test of the RS-25 rocket engine Thursday, August 18 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The RS-25 will help power the core stage of the agency’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket for the journey to Mars. Read More


Cassini Spacecraft Signals Most Distant Catch For ESA Station

In 2016, NASA's Cassini mission will begin its final 'Grand Finale' and ESA’s superbly sensitive deep-space tracking stations will be called in to help gather crucial radio science data. Image Credit: NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab

In 2016, NASA’s Cassini mission will begin its final ‘Grand Finale’ and ESA’s superbly sensitive deep-space tracking stations will be called in to help gather crucial radio science data. Image Credit: NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab

August 19, 2016 – An ESA tracking station has acquired signals from the international Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, across more than 1.4 billion km of space. Read More


Twin Space Surveillance Satellites Launched On ULA Delta IV

A Delta IV rocket carrying AFSPC-6 mission lifts off from Space Launch Complex-37 at 12:52 a.m. EDT, August 19. Image Credit: ULA

A Delta IV rocket carrying AFSPC-6 mission lifts off from Space Launch Complex-37 at 12:52 a.m. EDT, August 19. Image Credit: ULA

August 19, 2016 – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the AFSPC-6 mission for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on August 19 at 12:52 a.m. EDT. Read More


Hubble Investigates Stellar Shrapnel

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Y. Chu

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Y. Chu

August 19, 2016 – Several thousand years ago, a star about 160,000 light-years away from Earth exploded, scattering stellar shrapnel across the sky. The aftermath of this energetic detonation is shown here in this striking image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3. Read More


Full-Circle Vista From NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Shows ‘Murray Buttes’

This 360-degree vista was acquired on Aug. 5, 2016, by the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the rover neared features called "Murray Buttes" on lower Mount Sharp. The dark, flat-topped mesa seen to the left of the rover's arm is about 50 feet high and, near the top, about 200 feet wide. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This 360-degree vista was acquired on Aug. 5, 2016, by the Mastcam on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover as the rover neared features called “Murray Buttes” on lower Mount Sharp. The dark, flat-topped mesa seen to the left of the rover’s arm is about 50 feet high and, near the top, about 200 feet wide. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

August 19, 2016 – Eroded mesas and buttes reminiscent of the U.S. Southwest shape part of the horizon in the latest 360-degree color panorama from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. The rover used its Mast Camera (Mastcam) to capture dozens of component images of this scene on August 5, 2016, four years after Curiosity’s landing inside Gale Crater. Read More


NASA Prepares To Launch Lockheed Martin Built Asteroid Sample Return Mission

OSIRIS-REx will travel to near-Earth asteroid Bennu on a sample return mission. Image Credit: NASA

OSIRIS-REx will travel to near-Earth asteroid Bennu on a sample return mission. Image Credit: NASA

August 19, 2016 – NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return a pristine sample of an asteroid to Earth. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth. Read More