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A New View Of The Sun

March 9, 2018 – When the Sun flared dramatically last September, causing geomagnetic storms and radio blackouts on Earth, a new NOAA solar telescope captured the drama from a different perspective. Now, NOAA has released these new images to the scientific community—images that scientists from CIRES and NCEI have played a key role in capturing. Read More

Earth Is A Beaming Beacon In Kepler’s Eyes

Image Credit: NASA

March 9, 2018 – Capturing images of our home planet from the perspective of faraway spacecraft has become a tradition at NASA, ever since Voyager, 28 years ago, displayed our “pale blue dot” in the vastness of space. But the view of Earth from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope is quite something else. Read More

Scientists Share Ideas For Gateway Activities Near The Moon

Image Credit: NASA

March 9, 2018 – NASA is looking at how the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway can create value for both robotic and human exploration in deep space. In late 2017, the agency asked the global science community to submit ideas leveraging the gateway in lunar orbit to advance scientific discoveries in a wide range of fields. NASA received more than 190 abstracts covering topics human health and performance, Earth observation, astrophysics, heliophysics, and lunar and planetary sciences, as well as infrastructure suggestions to support breakthrough science. Read More

York Space Systems Successfully Completes Critical Design Review For Harbinger Mission

March 9, 2018 – York Space Systems, an aerospace company specializing in complete space segment customer solutions and the manufacture of standardized spacecraft platforms, today announced the successful completion of the Harbinger Mission Critical Design Review (CDR) leveraging the company’s industrial-grade S-CLASS spacecraft platform. Read More

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NASA’s Webb Telescope To Make Splash In Search For Interstellar Water
Source: NASA

Water is crucial for life, but how do you make water? Cooking up some H2O takes more than mixing hydrogen and oxygen. It requires the special conditions found deep within frigid molecular clouds, where dust shields against destructive ultraviolet light and aids chemical reactions. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will peer into these cosmic reservoirs to gain new insights into the origin and evolution of water and other key building blocks for habitable planets.

Norwich University Crowned Champion Of NASA 2018 BIG Idea Engineering Design Challenge
Source: NASA

In a fierce competition against four other contenders, Norwich University emerged as the winning team in NASA’s third Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge. The University of Colorado Boulder team was awarded second place.

Ball Aerospace Showcases Phased Array Antennas, Optical Communications And Remote Sensing Capabilities For Commercial And Government Applications At Satellite 2018
Source: Ball Aerospace

Ball Aerospace is demonstrating how its decades of work for the U.S. government in civil, defense and intelligence applications is being applied to benefit commercial markets at this year’s SATELLITE 2018 conference. As evidenced by cross-industry collaborations with various partners, Ball’s expertise in space-based and tactical remote sensing systems including phased-array antenna systems, optical communications, persistent imaging and data analytics are transforming the commercial marketplace in terms of accessibility and affordability.

3 NASA Satellites Recreate Solar Eruption In 3-D
Source: NASA

The more solar observatories, the merrier: Scientists have developed new models to see how shocks associated with coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, propagate from the Sun — an effort made possible only by combining data from three NASA satellites to produce a much more robust mapping of a CME than any one could do alone.

How Magnetism Melts Away
Source: JILA

Magnets hold cards to your fridge, and store data in your computer. They can power speakers, and produce detailed medical images. And yet, despite millennia of use, and centuries of study, magnetism is still far from fully understood. Members of the Kapteyn-Murnane group at JILA recently discovered that the underlying cause of magnetism – the quantum spin of the electron – can be manipulated 10 times faster than previously thought possible. And while this result may be very useful in practice, the causes are not yet understood.

Layers Along A Pit In Coprates Catena
Source: NASA

This image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows the western wall of a small pit that is located along the floor of a larger trough in Coprates Catena. Dark layers are exposed along the bottom of the pit wall while light-toned layers are near the top of the pit and the adjacent trough floor.

Shatner To Headline Bachelor Of Innovation’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
Source: University of Colorado Colorado Springs

William Shatner, the Emmy Award-winning actor who portrayed Captain Kirk on the original “Star Trek” television series will headline the 10th Anniversary Celebration Gala Dinner for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Bachelor of Innovation program at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Gallogly Events Center.

A Ride In Orion
Source: NASA

“Houston We Have a Podcast” is the official podcast of the NASA Johnson Space Center, the home of human spaceflight, stationed in Houston, Texas. Episode 35 features Jeff Fox, Chief Engineer of the Rapid Prototype Lab, who talks about some of the testing and training for Orion. Fox brings the actual audio from inside the Orion capsule during its first flight so you, the listener, can experience what it would be like to ride inside the spacecraft. This episode was recorded on February 7, 2018.

Kepler Shifts Its View Toward Targets In The Constellation Virgo
Source: NASA

The seventeenth observing campaign of the Kepler spacecraft’s K2 extended mission is now underway. The cartoon illustrates some of the objects of interest that Kepler is observing for 68 days, from Mar. 1 to May 8, 2018. The campaign has prospects for discoveries among more 30,000 objects in the direction of the constellation Virgo.

Material Samples To Be Tested On The International Space Station
Source: NASA

NASA has selected five technologies for its Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE)-11 mission to test them aboard the International Space Station (ISS). MISSE missions enable long-term exposure of materials—such as composites and polymeric specimens—to the inhospitable space environment. The samples remain in space for at least one year, allowing researchers to make meaningful assessments about the long-term impact of factors such as temperature extremes and radiation on the performance of their innovations.

BepiColombo Gets Green Light For Launch Site
Source: ESA

Europe’s first mission to Mercury will soon be ready for shipping to the spaceport to begin final preparations for launch. The mission passed a major review yesterday, meaning that the three BepiColombo spacecraft, along with ground equipment and mission experts, are confirmed to start the move from ESA’s centre in the Netherlands to Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at the end of next month. The launch window is open from 5 October until 29 November.

ULA’S President And CEO Tory Bruno To Host Media Roundtable At Satellite 2018
Source: ULA

Tory Bruno, ULA’s president and CEO, will host a media roundtable at Satellite 2018 to discuss the commercial market and the company’s role as the nation’s most reliable launch services provider. In addition, Bruno will discuss progress on ULA’s next-generation rocket Vulcan Centaur as well as his vision for ULA to serve as the transportation that will enable a future self-sustaining CisLunar economy.

Weather Satellites Air Search And Rescue Capabilities
Source: NASA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) constellation monitors Earth’s environment, helping meteorologists observe and predict the weather. GOES observations have tracked thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and flash floods. They’ve even proven useful in monitoring dust storms, forest fires and volcanic activity.

World Forward Shares Importance Of International Women’s Day: Letting Young People Lead
Source: World Forward Foundation

The World Forward Foundation today announced Phoebe Amoako, a student at Denver School of Science and Technology: Green Valley Ranch, as the winner of the World Forward Innovation Contest. The contest empowers young people to express their desire for positive change through visual storytelling. This year, Colorado students were asked to design a Snapchat Geofilter celebrating International Women’s Day and submit an essay explaining the design.

Soyuz Rocket Fires Into Orbit With Fourth Group Of 03b Network Satellites
Source: Spaceflight101

A Russian-built Soyuz/Fregat rocket soared into the skies over the Guiana Space Center on Friday with the fourth set of O3b broadband satellites, joining twelve constellation craft launched in recent years to connect those parts of the world where Internet access is not readily available through conventional means.

Orbital ATK Execs On The Future Of Satellite Servicing
Source: Via Satellite

What does the future of satellite servicing look like? In this exclusive audio interview, we tackle that question with Orbital ATK’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) David W. Thompson and SpaceLogistics President Tom Wilson. Thompson and Wilson will take the stage on March 13 at the SATELLITE 2018 Conference & Exhibition to discuss new applications on the horizon and the company’s plans to grow out the business.

A New Kind Of Star
Source: SISSA

A new kind of star comes up from a study by SISSA’s postdoctoral researcher Raúl Carballo-Rubio. In a piece of research recently published in Physical Review Letters, Carballo-Rubio has developed a novel mathematical model that combines general relativity with the repulsive effect of quantum vacuum polarization. The inclusion of this repulsive force allows describing ultracompact configurations of stars, which were previously considered by scientists not to exist in equilibrium.

Lockheed Martin CEO Marilyn Hewson: ‘We’ll Continue To Be On Every Mission To Mars’
Source: Bizwomen – Atlanta Business Chronicle

Lockheed Martin Corp. CEO Marillyn Hewson is confident her company will remain involved in U.S. missions to Mars, even as upstart companies like Space Exploration Technologies Inc., better known as Elon Musk’s SpaceX, create more competition.

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