Latest News

February 19, 2017 – February 25, 2017

NASA’s Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase
Source: NASA

A mission to examine the habitability of Jupiter’s ocean-bearing moon Europa is taking one step closer to the launchpad, with the recent completion of a major NASA review.


Aerospace Manufacturer To Relocate HQ To Coors Technology Center In Golden
Source: Denver Business Journal

NFT Inc., a Golden-based manufacturer of nuclear, aerospace and automation products, will relocate its headquarters to the Coors Technology Center by the end of March.


Why The Man Behind The New Horizons Mission Wants Pluto To Be A Planet Again
Source: IFLScience

The debate over whether Pluto should be called a planet or not has raged for years, coming to a head in 2006 when it was reclassified as a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Now, that debate is being ignited once again.


To COSI, From Pluto
Source: Columbus Underground

Last Wednesday, Dr. Alan Stern told a sold-out audience at at COSI’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater how lucky they are.


Cory Gardner Wants To Go To Mars
Source: The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner wants to explore Mars. Maybe not in person, but the Republican authored an amendment to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act, a bill sponsored by Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and passed by the full Senate Friday, February 17, that indicates an interest.


Senate Approves Gardner Space-Related Provisions
Source: Sen. Cory Gardner

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today released the below statement following the Senate’s passage of the NASA Transition Authorization Act, which included two Gardner-authored provisions.


Learning To Fly Drones On Campus
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Are you planning to use a drone or quad copter in your next research project? Do you know the rules? CU Boulder’s Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing (IRISS) does, and they can help you fly higher and further than you thought possible.


NASA’s SnowEx Challenges The Sensing Techniques…‘Until They Break’
Source: NASA

A NASA-led team will kick off an ambitious airborne campaign to determine which combination of sensors would work best at collecting global snow-water measurements from space — critical for understanding and managing the world’s freshwater resources.


Megamovie Project To Crowdsource Images Of August Solar Eclipse
Source: UC Berkeley

With only six months to go before one of the most anticipated solar eclipses in a lifetime, the University of California, Berkeley, and Google are looking for citizen scientists to document and memorialize the event in a “megamovie,” and help scientists learn about the sun in the process.


Image Credit: OHB/ESA

Propelling Orion
Source: ESA/OHB

Even the most complex of systems comes down to properly configured wires and cables, such as those pictured here on the Propulsion Qualification Model of the Orion service module.


NASA Authorization Bill Calls For Orion ISS Study
Source: SpaceNews

A NASA authorization bill passed by the Senate Feb. 17 would require NASA to reexamine the feasibility of using the Orion spacecraft to transport crews to and from the International Space Station.


NOAA’s GOES-16 Weather Satellite To Showcase Its Lightning Detection Capabilities
Source: SpaceFlight Insider

NOAA’s new highly advanced GOES-16 (formerly known as GOES-R) weather satellite, which has just completed its third month in space, is expected to provide crucial data necessary to detect the presence of lightning earlier and better than before.


ULA Give Sneak Peek At SLS’ Second Stage Before It Gets Shipped To Florida
Source: Spaceflight Insider

United Launch Alliance (ULA) invited media to their 1.6 million-square-foot (148,645 m2) rocket factory in northern Alabama to get a look at the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) flight hardware prior to it being shipped to Florida.


ARISS Opens Window For Proposals To Host Contacts With Space Station Crew
Source: ARRL

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from schools and formal or informal educational institutions and organizations — individually or working in concert — to host Amateur Radio contacts next year with ISS crew members.


Skyview Elementary School Students In Windsor Take A Trip To Space With Mobile Planetarium
Source: The Tribune

About 20 Skyview Elementary School fourth-graders gasped when cosmic lights flicked into existence above their heads.


CU Boulder Students Show NASA Their Vision Of Future Space Transport
Source: Boulder Daily Camera

Four University of Colorado juniors are back from NASA’s Langley Research Center, where they competed Wednesday as finalists in that agency’s BIG Idea Challenge.


Larson Awarded Honorary Doctorate For Groundbreaking GPS Research
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Congratulations to CU Boulder aerospace professor Kristine Larson for being awarded an honorary doctorate from the Chalmers University of Technology.


Woodward Announces Appointment Of New Board Member Daniel G. Korte
Source: Woodward Inc.

Woodward, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Daniel G. (“Dan”) Korte (56) to serve on the Board, effective immediately. Mr. Korte will also serve on the Audit Committee of the Board.


Woodward Announces Appointment Of New Board Member Eileen P. Drake
Source: Woodward Inc.

Woodward, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Eileen P. Drake (51) to serve on the Board, effective immediately. Ms. Drake will also serve on the Audit Committee of the Board.


Five New Trustees Join UCAR’s Board
Source: NCAR/UCAR

Five new trustees are taking their seats this week on the board of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).


The Last Man On The Moon
Source: Chautauqua

Director Mark Craig’s documentary combines rare archive material, compelling visuals and unprecedented access to present an iconic historical character on the big screen. Dr. Jack Burns from the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA) will lead a post screening discussion and provide an update on current lunar missions.


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

Rays Of Creusa
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

When viewed from a distance with the sun directly behind Cassini, the larger, brighter craters really stand out on moons like Dione. Among these larger craters, some leave bright ray patterns across the moon, calling attention to their existence and to the violence of their creation.


SAGE III Lifts Off To The Space Station
Source: NASA

The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) on the International Space Station lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon spacecraft.


First Flight Hardware Ships To Cape Canaveral
Source: Boeing

Workers at United Launch Alliance (ULA) in Decatur, Ala., will soon ship to Cape Canaveral the Boeing and ULA built second stage propulsion element that will fly on NASA’s Space Launch System’s first flight in 2018.


Image Credit: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory

Earth Eclipses The Sun
Source: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory

Several times a day for a few days the Earth completely blocked the Sun for about an hour due to SDO’s orbital path (Feb. 15, 2017). A related video clip shows the ending of one such eclipse.


European Orion Functional Model Arrives In USA For Combined Testing
Source: ESA

Like modern aircraft with fly-by-wire technology, spacecraft depend on reliable electrical systems to calculate scenarios and command hardware to react for a safe and successful journey. For NASA’s Orion spacecraft that will be heading beyond the Moon and back, the avionics have an enormous amount of data to process and hardware to control …


DKIST Solar Physics In Service Of Society
Source: High Altitude Observatory (HAO)

Philip Judge, Senior Scientist at HAO, Claire Raftery, Director of Education and Outreach at NSO HQ in Boulder, and Sarah Jaeggli, Assistant Astronomer at the NSO’s Daniel K Inouye Solar Observatory in Maui were guests on KGNU public radio in Boulder, Colorado. Listen to the complete interview.


A New Era in Astronomy: Amber Straughn Public Lecture
Source: Perimeter Institute

In her Perimeter Public Lecture, Dr. Amber Straughn will provide an update on the progress of building the world’s largest-yet space telescope, and will give an overview of the astronomical questions we hope to answer with James Webb Space Telescope. Enjoy the live webcast of Perimeter Institute Public Lectures from the comfort of your own home.


Beacon Decoder/Forwarder Software Is Coming
Source: University of Colorado Boulder/LASP

James Mason has been working on the beacon decoding software to be publicly distributed so that HAM radio operators around the world can decode some of the data they’ve been hearing squawk over their radios from MinXSS.


NASA Cargo Headed To Space Station Includes Important Experiments, Equipment
Source: NASA

Major experiments that will look into a range of scientific disciplines from human health to atmospheric conditions on Earth are on their way to the International Space Station following liftoff at 9:39 a.m. EST aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.


45th SW Supports SpaceX’s CRS-10 Launch
Source: USAF/45th Space Wing Public Affairs

The 45th Space Wing supported SpaceX’s successful launch of a Falcon 9 Dragon spacecraft headed to the International Space Station from Space Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center February 19 at 9:39 a.m. ET. The U.S. Air Force has been breaking barriers since 1947 and with the successful demonstration of a new Autonomous Flight Safety System on this launch, yet another barrier has been broken.


Falcon 9 Lifts Off On First Mission From Kennedy Space Center Pad
Source: SpaceNews

A SpaceX Falcon 9 lifted off for the first time from a launch site here previously used by Apollo and shuttle missions Feb. 19, placing a Dragon cargo spacecraft into orbit …