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The Frontier Fields: Where Primordial Galaxies Lurk

his image of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, also called Pandora's Cluster, was taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope. The cluster is also being studied by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory in a collaboration called the Frontier Fields project. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

his image of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, also called Pandora’s Cluster, was taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope. The cluster is also being studied by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory in a collaboration called the Frontier Fields project. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

September 28, 2016 – In the ongoing hunt for the universe’s earliest galaxies, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has wrapped up its observations for the Frontier Fields project. This ambitious project has combined the power of all three of NASA’s Great Observatories — Spitzer, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory — to delve as far back in time and space as current technology can allow. Read More


Issue Delaying SBIRS GEO-3 Launch Tracking Toward Resolution

SBIRS GEO-3 Patch

SBIRS GEO-3 Patch

September 28, 2016 – The Air Force and Lockheed Martin teams successfully completed planned pre-fueling testing and inspections of the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) Flight-3 Satellite currently located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Read More


NASA Develops Satellite Concept To Exploit Rideshare Opportunities

CapSat is a pressurized platform designed to carry laboratory-style instruments into space. Image Credit: NASA/W. Hrybyk

CapSat is a pressurized platform designed to carry laboratory-style instruments into space. Image Credit: NASA/W. Hrybyk

September 28, 2016 – Each time a rocket blasts off to deliver a primary payload into space, it typically does so with room to spare — a reality that got NASA engineer Joe Burt thinking. Read More


NASA’s Van Allen Probes Spot Electron Rainfall In Atmosphere

Image Credit: NASA/Joy Ng/Martin Rother/GFZ-Potsdam

Image Credit: NASA/Joy Ng/Martin Rother/GFZ-Potsdam

September 28, 2016 – Our planet is nestled in the center of two doughnut-shaped regions of powerful, dynamic radiation: the Van Allen belts, where high-energy particles are trapped by Earth’s magnetic field. Depending on incoming radiation from the sun, they can gain energetic particles. On the other hand, the belts can lose energized particles too. Read More


Rosetta Measures Production Of Water At Comet Over Two Years

Comet 67P/C-G on 11 September 2015 - NavCam. Image Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

Comet 67P/C-G on 11 September 2015 – NavCam. Image Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

September 28, 2016 – Over the past two years, Rosetta has kept a close eye on many properties of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, tracking how these changed along the comet’s orbit. A very crucial aspect concerns how much water vapor a comet releases into space, and how the water production rate varies at different distances from the Sun. For the first time, Rosetta enabled scientists to monitor this quantity and its evolution in situ over two years. Read More


SMC, ULA Enter Into CRADA To Certify Vulcan Launch Vehicle

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Air Force program executive officer for Space and SMC commander, and Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO, sign a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement or CRADA for the certification of ULA’s Vulcan Launch System at a ceremony, Sept. 27. Image Credit: ULA

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Air Force program executive officer for Space and SMC commander, and Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO, sign a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement or CRADA for the certification of ULA’s Vulcan Launch System at a ceremony, Sept. 27. Image Credit: ULA

September 27, 2016 – The Space and Missile Systems Center signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with United Launch Alliance (ULA) as part of the company’s effort to certify its new Vulcan launch vehicle for National Security Space (NSS) missions. This cooperative, jointly-written agreement facilitates data exchanges and protects proprietary and export-controlled data. The CRADA will be in effect until all non-recurring design validation activities for Vulcan are complete. Read More


Thomas Zurbuchen Named Head Of NASA Science Mission Directorate

Thomas Zurbuchen. Image Credit: University of Michigan

Thomas Zurbuchen. Image Credit: University of Michigan

September 27, 2016 – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Thomas Zurbuchen as the new associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, effective Monday, October 3. Read More


First Of Two New Test Stands For NASA SLS Completed

Phil Hendrix, right, and Curtney Walters compare blueprint plans of Structural Test Stand 4697 to the nearly completed structure at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Image Credit: NASA/MSFC/Fred Deaton

Phil Hendrix, right, and Curtney Walters compare blueprint plans of Structural Test Stand 4697 to the nearly completed structure at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Image Credit: NASA/MSFC/Fred Deaton

September 27, 2016 – Next summer, NASA engineers will push the limits of the fuel tanks that will power the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS), the massive rocket that will take humans farther into deep space than we ever traveled. Workers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, have completed the construction of a critical test stand for the rocket as the agency continues preparing for its Journey to Mars. Read More


CMCI Student Earns CU Boulder A Free CubeSat Launch

Austin Braun on the steps of Old Main. Image Credit: Kenna Bruner

Austin Braun on the steps of Old Main. Image Credit: Kenna Bruner

September 27, 2016 – Austin Braun is proof that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to have a positive impact on CU Boulder’s aerospace program. Read More


SNC, UN Announce First-Ever Dedicated United Nations-Dream Chaser Space Mission

An artistic rendering of SNC's Dream Chaser in Orbit. Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corp.

An artistic rendering of SNC’s Dream Chaser in Orbit. Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corp.

September 27, 2016 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) announced details of the first-ever United Nations space mission at the International Astronautical Congress today in Guadalajara, Mexico. The dedicated Dream Chaser Mission will provide an opportunity for developing countries to develop and fly microgravity payloads for an extended duration in orbit; however, all United Nations Member States will be able to propose payloads for the mission. Read More


Royal Astronomical Society To Honor Annie Maunder, Pioneer Of Solar Astronomy

Annie Maunder. Image Credit: HAO

Annie Maunder. Image Credit: HAO

September 27, 2016 – Annie Maunder is being honored this year by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) as one of the first women elected as Fellows. Annie was an outstanding observer and interpreter of sun activity. Read More


NanoRacks Announces 6U And 12U CubeSats For ISS Deployment

Image Credit: NanoRacks

Image Credit: NanoRacks

September 27, 2016 – NanoRacks announced today that starting early 2017, customers will be able to utilize the International Space Station a new CubeSat deployer that accommodates additional industry standards. This announcement comes after a successful deployment cycle of eight Planet Labs Doves (2e’) CubeSats two weeks ago from the Space Station. Read More


The ASU Observatory Will Host An Open House On October 8

Image Credit: Adams State University

Image Credit: Adams State University

September 27, 2016 – The Adams State University Observatory will participate in International Observe the Moon Night on Saturday, October 8, with an open house from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. There will be a variety of telescopes available to view the Moon including one connected to a monitor so everyone can view the Moon together while the features visible on the Moon’s surface are described. Read More


Space Foundation Discovery Center Offers Free And Family-Friendly Events

September 27, 2016 – With the changing of the leaves and children returning to school, new family-friendly programs are starting at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs. Read More


Mercury Is Tectonically Active

It’s small, it’s hot, and it’s shrinking. Surprising new NASA-funded research suggests that Mercury is contracting even today, joining Earth as a tectonically active planet. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/Carnegie Institution of Washington/USGS/Arizona State University

It’s small, it’s hot, and it’s shrinking. Surprising new NASA-funded research suggests that Mercury is contracting even today, joining Earth as a tectonically active planet. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/Carnegie Institution of Washington/USGS/Arizona State University

September 27, 2016 – It’s small, it’s hot, and it’s shrinking. New NASA-funded research suggests that Mercury is contracting even today, joining Earth as a tectonically active planet. Read More


Adams State Receives NSF Grant To Advance Women Faculty In The Sciences

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September 27, 2016 – The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a grant of $249,571 to support the three-year project, “Advancing Women in STEM through Institutional Transformation at Adams State University.” Funded by the NSF ADVANCE IT-Catalyst program, the project aims to increase diversity and gender equity among Adams State’s faculty in the social and behavioral sciences and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). Read More


Pikes Peak Community College Gets National Grant To Extend Cybersecurity Programs

September 27, 2016 – Pikes Peak Community College has received a $199,681 national grant to extend its growing cybersecurity programs, creating new partnerships with area high schools and high-profile cyber firms. Read More


Hubble Spots Possible Water Plumes Erupting On Jupiter’s Moon Europa

This composite image shows suspected plumes of water vapor erupting at the 7 o’clock position off the limb of Jupiter’s moon Europa. The plumes, photographed by NASA’s Hubble’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, were seen in silhouette as the moon passed in front of Jupiter. Hubble’s ultraviolet sensitivity allowed for the features -- rising over 100 miles (160 kilometers) above Europa’s icy surface -- to be discerned. The water is believed to come from a subsurface ocean on Europa. The Hubble data were taken on January 26, 2014. The image of Europa, superimposed on the Hubble data, is assembled from data from the Galileo and Voyager missions. Image Credit: NASA/ESA/W. Sparks (STScI)/USGS Astrogeology Science Center

This composite image shows suspected plumes of water vapor erupting at the 7 o’clock position off the limb of Jupiter’s moon Europa. The plumes, photographed by NASA’s Hubble’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, were seen in silhouette as the moon passed in front of Jupiter. Hubble’s ultraviolet sensitivity allowed for the features — rising over 100 miles (160 kilometers) above Europa’s icy surface — to be discerned. The water is believed to come from a subsurface ocean on Europa. The Hubble data were taken on January 26, 2014. The image of Europa, superimposed on the Hubble data, is assembled from data from the Galileo and Voyager missions. Image Credit: NASA/ESA/W. Sparks (STScI)/USGS Astrogeology Science Center

September 26, 2016 – Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high altitude water vapor plumes. Read More


United Launch Alliance Kicks Off Additive Manufacturing Challenge

September 26, 2016 – United Launch Alliance (ULA) kicked off the 3-2-1 Liftoff! ULA Rocket Hardware Challenge via GrabCAD Community Challenges, inviting participants to design a launch support attachment bracket for ULA’s current Atlas V rocket. The design will subsequently be evaluated for application on ULA’s next-generation Vulcan Centaur rocket. Read More


OSIRIS-REx Aces Instrument Check

The first-light images of star fields from OCAMS’s MapCam and PolyCam illustrate each camera’s specialized function. MapCam’s medium resolution and wider field of view will help map the entire surface of Bennu in color. While PolyCam’s field of view is much smaller, it can see much fainter objects at a higher resolution. PolyCam’s ability to act as a telescopic will help the OSIRIS-REx team spot Bennu while it is still appears as a point of light against a field of stars. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

The first-light images of star fields from OCAMS’s MapCam and PolyCam illustrate each camera’s specialized function. MapCam’s medium resolution and wider field of view will help map the entire surface of Bennu in color. While PolyCam’s field of view is much smaller, it can see much fainter objects at a higher resolution. PolyCam’s ability to act as a telescopic will help the OSIRIS-REx team spot Bennu while it is still appears as a point of light against a field of stars. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

September 26, 2016 – Its science instruments have been powered on, and NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft continues on its journey to an asteroid. The spacecraft has passed its initial instrument check with flying colors as it speeds toward a 2018 rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu. Read More


EchoStar XXI Satellite Completes Final Preparations For Shipment

September 26, 2016 – In anticipation of launch in the fourth quarter of 2016, the EchoStar XXI satellite―to be located at 10.25° East―has been certified “ready to ship” by spacecraft manufacturer Space Systems Loral (SSL). Read More


$24 Million NSF Grant To Establish Imaging Science Center At CU Boulder

Physics professors Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn of the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) pose next to one of the laser apparatuses in their lab at the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Image Credit: Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

Physics professors Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn of the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) pose next to one of the laser apparatuses in their lab at the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Image Credit: Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

September 26, 2016 – CU Boulder will expand its role as a national leader in imaging, materials, nano, bio and energy sciences as part of a collaborative partnership awarded $24 million by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to launch a new center. Read More


Hidden Wonders

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

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

September 26, 2016 – NASA’s Cassini spacecraft looks toward the brilliant disk of Saturn, surrounded by the icy lanes of its rings. Faint wisps of cloud are visible in the atmosphere. At bottom, ring shadows trace delicate, curving lines across the planet. Read More


How ESSA Will Change K-12 STEM Education

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September 23, 2016 – The new federal education law — the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — promises big changes to K-12 science and STEM education teaching and learning. ESSA includes a flexible block grant program that will provide more hands-on learning for at-risk students, pay for these students to participate in STEM competitions, and bring other academic subjects, including the arts, into STEM subject programs. Read More


Liquid Ocean May Lurk Beneath Sputnik Planum

Pluto's famous "heart," half of which was created by an ancient impact, offers clues about a possible subsurface ocean. Image Credit: NASA/APL/SwRI

Pluto’s famous “heart,” half of which was created by an ancient impact, offers clues about a possible subsurface ocean. Image Credit: NASA/APL/SwRI

September 23, 2016 – Ever since NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto last year, evidence has been mounting that the dwarf planet may have a liquid ocean beneath its icy shell. Now, by modeling the impact dynamics that created a massive crater on Pluto’s surface, a team of researchers has made a new estimate of how thick that liquid layer might be. Read More


8th Annual Symposium On STEM Education

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September 23, 2016 – The Center for STEM Learning at the University of Colorado Boulder will be hosting the 8th Annual Symposium on STEM Education on September 28, 2016. The event is a celebration of CU Boulder’s internationally recognized STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education initiatives. Read More


CU Boulder Astronaut Wins Space Flight Award

James Voss at the 2016 AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition in California.

James Voss at the 2016 AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition in California.

September 23, 2016 – James S. Voss, AIAA Fellow and CU Boulder aerospace scholar in residence has won the 2016 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Haley Space Flight Award. Read More


Hubble Views A Colorful Demise Of A Sun-Like Star

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and K. Noll (STScI), Acknowledgment: The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and K. Noll (STScI), Acknowledgment: The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

September 23, 2016 – This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the colorful “last hurrah” of a star like our sun. The star is ending its life by casting off its outer layers of gas, which formed a cocoon around the star’s remaining core. Ultraviolet light from the dying star makes the material glow. The burned-out star, called a white dwarf, is the white dot in the center. Read More


A Mechanical Harmony To NASA’s Webb Telescope Sunshield

NASA's Webb telescope sunshield, opened for inspection. In this photo, engineers and scientists examine the sunshield layers on this full-sized test unit. Image Credit: Northrop Grumman Corporation/Alex Evers

NASA’s Webb telescope sunshield, opened for inspection. In this photo, engineers and scientists examine the sunshield layers on this full-sized test unit. Image Credit: Northrop Grumman Corporation/Alex Evers

September 23, 2016 – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has a giant custom-built, kite-shaped sunshield driven by mechanics that will fold and unfold with a harmonious synchronicity 1 million miles from Earth. Read More


Cassini Takes Final Opnav Image

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

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

September 23, 2016 – On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the Cassini spacecraft took its final optical navigation, or Opnav, image of the mission. Throughout its journey Cassini has used its narrow angle camera to capture images of Saturn’s moons against backgrounds of known stars to precisely determine the spacecraft’s course, as well as the moon’s. Without Opnav images, the Cassini team would not have attempted such daring feats as flying through the plume of the icy moon Enceladus just 16 miles (25 kilometers) from its surface. Read More


NASA, JAXA Focus On Maximizing Scientific Output From Space Station

The Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), includes an external platform for payloads, an airlock and a robotic arm for deploying payloads. The module is called “Kibo,” which means “hope” in Japanese. Image Credit: NASA

The Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), includes an external platform for payloads, an airlock and a robotic arm for deploying payloads. The module is called “Kibo,” which means “hope” in Japanese. Image Credit: NASA

September 23, 2016 – A new program for research cooperation on the International Space Station will enable JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and NASA to encourage researchers and entities from both countries to mutually utilize experiment hardware between the U.S. and Japanese Experiment Module (JEM, or Kibo, which means “Hope” in Japanese).The Japan-U.S. Open Platform Partnership Program was announced by the governments of the U.S. and Japan in December 2015, and will run through at least 2024. Read More


Scientists And Engineers Evaluate Orion Radiation Protection Plan

Engineers conducted testing in a representative Orion to evaluate procedures that will be used to protect astronauts during radiation events in space. Image Credit: NASA

Engineers conducted testing in a representative Orion to evaluate procedures that will be used to protect astronauts during radiation events in space. Image Credit: NASA

September 23, 2016 – When astronauts in Orion venture far beyond Earth into deep space, they will expand humanity’s frontier and push the boundaries of exploration. While the spacecraft is designed with systems and materials to keep the crew safe during their journey, leaving the protection of Earth’s magnetosphere exposes astronauts to a radiation environment in space that scientists and engineers at Johnson Space Center in Houston are working hard to protect against. Read More


WorldView-4 Launch Update

WorldView-4 rendering. Image Credit: DigitalGlobe

WorldView-4 rendering. Image Credit: DigitalGlobe

September 22, 2016 – The ongoing response to the wildfires at Vandenberg Air Force Base will cause the launch of DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 satellite to slip past its previously planned September 26 date. The WorldView-4 team is working to identify a new launch date in early October. Read More


‘Milky Way Project’ Relaunches Citizen Science Website

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September 22, 2016 – To most of us, our home galaxy, the Milky Way, seems like mind-boggling, never-ending space. But what does the Milky Way actually look like? How quickly is the Milky Way giving birth to new stars? In their efforts to answer these complex questions, scientists are figuring out new ways to break down the vast amounts of data they collect. Read More


ESRL’s Brad Hall Wins Governor’s Award For High Impact Research

Brad Hall. Image Credit: ESRL

Brad Hall. Image Credit: ESRL

September 22, 2016 – Calibrating the instruments that measure minute quantities of greenhouse gases is anything but flashy, but it’s incredibly important and exacting work. As the urgency of research on climate change grows, ensuring that the data from hundreds of research labs across the world is accurate is essential to the credibility of research results. Read More


Practicing Orion Spacecraft Recovery After Splashdown

Image Credit: NASA/Radislav Sinyak

Image Credit: NASA/Radislav Sinyak

September 22, 2016 – A group of U.S. Navy divers, Air Force pararescumen and Coast Guard rescue swimmers are practicing Orion underway recovery techniques this week in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to prepare for the first test flight of an uncrewed Orion spacecraft with the agency’s Space Launch System rocket during Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1). Read More


Fort Lewis College Computer Engineering Major To Build Creators Of The Future

September 22, 2016 – Computer engineers create the future. By bridging electrical engineering and computer science, computer engineers develop software that integrates with complex devices like robots, remote sensors, self-driving vehicles, rovers, probes, drones, spacecraft, and even the smartphones in everyone’s pockets. To achieve this, computer engineers grow their skills in both coding software and designing electronic devices, combining the two to create new and unique instruments that interact with our world and expand our understanding of everything around us. Read More


Team Pete Airmen Nab Space Crew Of The Year Award

Tech. Sgt. William White, 4th Space Control Squadron, accepts the award for Air Force Space Crew of the Year, given by the Air Force Association during an awards ceremony in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 19, 2016. The award was accepted on behalf of deployed teammates. Image Credit: USAF

Tech. Sgt. William White, 4th Space Control Squadron, accepts the award for Air Force Space Crew of the Year, given by the Air Force Association during an awards ceremony in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 19, 2016. The award was accepted on behalf of deployed teammates. Image Credit: USAF

September 22, 2016 – Tech. Sgt. William White, 4th Space Control Squadron, accepts the award for Air Force Space Crew of the Year, given by the Air Force Association during an awards ceremony in National Harbor, Maryland, on September 19, 2016. The award was accepted on behalf of deployed teammates. Read More


New Radial Acceleration Relation Found Among Spiral And Irregular Galaxies

In spiral galaxies such as NGC 6946, researchers found that a 1-to-1 relationship between the distribution of stars plus gas and the acceleration caused by gravity exists.

In spiral galaxies such as NGC 6946, researchers found that a 1-to-1 relationship between the distribution of stars plus gas and the acceleration caused by gravity exists.

September 22, 2016 – In the late 1970s, astronomers Vera Rubin and Albert Bosma independently found that spiral galaxies rotate at a nearly constant speed: the velocity of stars and gas inside a galaxy does not decrease with radius, as one would expect from Newton’s laws and the distribution of visible matter, but remains approximately constant. Such ‘flat rotation curves’ are generally attributed to invisible, dark matter surrounding galaxies and providing additional gravitational attraction. Read More


Hubble Helps Find Light-Bending World With Two Suns

This artist’s impression shows a gas giant planet circling the two red dwarf stars in the system OGLE-2007-BLG-349, located 8 000 light-years away. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

This artist’s impression shows a gas giant planet circling the two red dwarf stars in the system OGLE-2007-BLG-349, located 8 000 light-years away. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

September 22, 2016 – A distant planet orbiting two stars, found by its warping of spacetime, has been confirmed using observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The planet’s mass caused what is known as a microlensing event, where light is bent by an object’s gravitational field. The event was observed in 2007, making this the first circumbinary planet to be confirmed following detection of a microlensing event. Read More


JILA Scientist Makes The SN 10: Scientists To Watch List

Tenio Popmintchev, a laser physicist at the JILA institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. Image Credit: JILA

Tenio Popmintchev, a laser physicist at the JILA institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. Image Credit: JILA

September 21, 2016 – Science News strives to make more scientists, particularly those who are young and accomplished, household names. The October 1 issue, available online today, shines a spotlight on 10 early- to mid-career scientists on their way to more widespread acclaim with the SN 10: Scientists to Watch. The list includes a laser physicist in Boulder, Colorado, and nine other scientists making important advances in their chosen fields. Read More


Prominent NIST And JILA Physicist Deborah Jin Passes Away

Image Credit: Dave Neligh for NIST

Image Credit: Dave Neligh for NIST

September 21, 2016 – Physicist Deborah Jin, a world leader in exotic states of matter called ultracold quantum gases, passed away September 15, 2016, from cancer. She was 47 years old. Read More


Colorado School Of Mines PhD Student Awarded NASA Fellowship

Image Credit: Colorado School of Mines

Image Credit: Colorado School of Mines

September 21, 2016 – A Colorado School of Mines PhD student in materials science has been awarded a NASA fellowship -— one of only 14 awarded by the space agency this year -— to improve the performance of thermoelectric materials that can be used to power deep space missions. Read More


JPL Seeks Robotic Spacecraft Development For Asteroid Redirect Mission

This graphic depicts the Asteroid Redirect Vehicle conducting a flyby of its target asteroid. During these flybys, ARM would come within 0.6 miles (1 kilometer), generating imagery with resolution of up to 0.4 of an inch (1 centimeter) per pixel. Image Credit: NASA

This graphic depicts the Asteroid Redirect Vehicle conducting a flyby of its target asteroid. During these flybys, ARM would come within 0.6 miles (1 kilometer), generating imagery with resolution of up to 0.4 of an inch (1 centimeter) per pixel. Image Credit: NASA

September 21, 2016 – NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has issued a request for proposal (RFP) seeking design, development and build of the robotic spacecraft that will capture a multi-ton asteroid boulder from deep space during the first segment of the agency’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). The RFP is open to the four industry partners that previously completed conceptual designs of the spacecraft. Read More


DigitalGlobe’s Global Enhanced GEOINT Delivery Program Renewed

September 21, 2016 – DigitalGlobe, Inc. today announced that the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has renewed the Global Enhanced GEOINT Delivery (Global EGD) program under the EnhancedView contract. For a sixth consecutive year, beginning September 1, 2016, DigitalGlobe is delivering online, on-demand access to global high-resolution commercial satellite imagery under the program. Users can access mission-ready satellite imagery in multiple classification levels via web browser or mobile device, typically within two to four hours after downlink. Read More


Esri Launches Global Content Challenge

Esri's Global Content Challenge is open to undergraduate or graduate students at colleges or universities and to high school students enrolled in an advanced-placement human geography or environmental science course. Image Credit: Esri

Esri’s Global Content Challenge is open to undergraduate or graduate students at colleges or universities and to high school students enrolled in an advanced-placement human geography or environmental science course. Image Credit: Esri

September 21, 2016 – Smart mapping leader Esri announced it is engaging students all over the world in a new contest called the Global Content Challenge. With the power of Esri content at their disposal, students will tell their own compelling scientific stories using the Esri Story Map Journal app. Entrants will use personal geographic analyses, visualizations, predictive models, and more, to explore a variety of scientific themes. Read More


NASA iTech Fosters Technology Needed For Journey To Mars

Image Credit: NASA

Image Credit: NASA

September 21, 2016 – NASA is seeking innovative technology for the agency’s future exploration missions in the solar system and beyond, including the Journey to Mars, from other U.S. government agencies, academia, the aerospace industry and the public through the new iTech initiative. Read More


Fort Lewis College Receives $1.75 Million For STEM, Native American Education

September 21, 2016 – In a huge boost to STEM education at Fort Lewis College (science, technology, engineering, and math), FLC was awarded $1.75 million from the U.S. Department of Education, Title III, Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions Program. The funding will support development of FLC’s new Computer Engineering degree, undergraduate research, and the Native American Center. Read More


Piece By Piece: Building Space Launch System’s Core Stage

Engineers just completed welding the liquid hydrogen tank that will provide fuel for the first SLS flight in 2018. The tank measures more than 130 feet tall, comprises almost two-thirds of the core stage and holds 537,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen -- which is cooled to minus 423 degrees Fahrenheit. Image Credit: NASA/Michoud/Steven Seipel

Engineers just completed welding the liquid hydrogen tank that will provide fuel for the first SLS flight in 2018. The tank measures more than 130 feet tall, comprises almost two-thirds of the core stage and holds 537,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen — which is cooled to minus 423 degrees Fahrenheit. Image Credit: NASA/Michoud/Steven Seipel

September 21, 2016 – The largest rocket stage in the world is coming together piece by piece at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Large elements for NASA’s Space Launch System are in production and will be joined together to create the rocket’s 212-foot-tall core stage, the backbone of the SLS rocket. Read More


NASA’s MMS Achieves Closest-Ever Flying Formation

This animation illustrates the four Magnetospheric Multiscale satellites' flying formation. Image Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Joy Ng, producer

This animation illustrates the four Magnetospheric Multiscale satellites’ flying formation. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Joy Ng, producer

September 21, 2016 – On September 15, 2016, NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission achieved a new record: Its four spacecraft are flying only four-and-a-half miles apart, the closest separation ever of any multi-spacecraft formation. The previous record was first set by MMS in October 2015, when the spacecraft achieved a flying separation of just over six miles apart. Read More


CU Boulder And DigitalGlobe Partner To Advance Research Innovation

Image Credit: DigitalGlobe/CU Boulder

Image Credit: DigitalGlobe/CU Boulder

September 20, 2016 – CU Boulder and DigitalGlobe Inc. this week announced a partnership to provide access to DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading high-resolution satellite imagery, data and analytics tools to the university’s Earth Lab initiative in order to advance earth and space science research. Read More


Denver Museum Of Nature & Science Reopens Gates Planetarium

September 20, 2016 – The Denver Museum of Nature & Science today celebrated the grand re-opening of the Gates Planetarium. The Planetarium temporarily closed earlier this month to install upgraded projection equipment, making the experience sharper and more vibrant. Read More


CU-STARs Heads To Kennesburg For Science Activities And Star Party

CU Boulder science students lead space programs in many Colorado communities. Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

CU Boulder science students lead space programs in many Colorado communities. Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

September 20, 2016 – Middle school students in Kennesburg will build their own solar system, look for sunspots and flares on the sun using a solar telescope and more, thanks to an outreach program offered through the University of Colorado Boulder. Read More


NASA Scientists Find ‘Impossible’ Cloud On Titan – Again

Scientists from NASA’s Cassini mission think the appearance of a cloud of dicyanoacetylene (C4N2) ice in Titan’s stratosphere is explained by “solid-state” chemistry taking place inside ice particles. The particles have an inner layer of cyanoacetylene (HC3N) ice coated with an outer layer of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) ice. (Left) When a photon of light penetrates the outer shell, it can interact with the HC3N, producing C3N and H. (Center) The C3N then reacts with HCN to yield (right) C4N2 and H. Another reaction that also yields C4N2 ice and H also is possible, but less likely. Image Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Scientists from NASA’s Cassini mission think the appearance of a cloud of dicyanoacetylene (C4N2) ice in Titan’s stratosphere is explained by “solid-state” chemistry taking place inside ice particles. The particles have an inner layer of cyanoacetylene (HC3N) ice coated with an outer layer of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) ice. (Left) When a photon of light penetrates the outer shell, it can interact with the HC3N, producing C3N and H. (Center) The C3N then reacts with HCN to yield (right) C4N2 and H. Another reaction that also yields C4N2 ice and H also is possible, but less likely. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

September 20, 2016 – The puzzling appearance of an ice cloud seemingly out of thin air has prompted NASA scientists to suggest that a different process than previously thought — possibly similar to one seen over Earth’s poles — could be forming clouds on Saturn’s moon Titan. Read More


Sierra Nevada Corporation And Solar Junction Launch Advanced Spacecraft Solar Array Technology

SNC’s low-cost solar array Surface Mount Technology. Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

SNC’s low-cost solar array Surface Mount Technology. Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

September 20, 2016 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Solar Junction Corporation (Solar Junction) are launching a revolutionary new technology that will increase the efficiency of spacecraft solar array production and operation and lower the overall cost, providing a direct savings to customers. Read More


United Launch Alliance Announces CubeSat STEM Education Program Winners

Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

September 20, 2016 – United Launch Alliance (ULA) has selected four proposals from university students to receive free CubeSat launch slots on future Atlas V missions through the company’s new innovative rideshare program. Dubbed CubeCorp, the program encourages hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experience to motivate, educate and develop the next generation of rocket scientists and space entrepreneurs. Read More