April 13, 2017

Hubble Spots Possible Venting Activity On Europa

These composite images show a suspected plume of material erupting two years apart from the same location on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. The images bolster evidence that the plumes are a real phenomenon, flaring up intermittently in the same region on the satellite. Both plumes, photographed in ultraviolet light by NASA’s Hubble’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, were seen in silhouette as the moon passed in front of Jupiter. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, W. Sparks (STScI), and the USGS Astrogeology Science Center

April 13, 2017 – Recent observations of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered a probable plume of material erupting from the moon’s surface at precisely the same location as a similar apparent plume seen two years earlier by Hubble. These images bolster evidence that the plumes are a real phenomenon, flaring up intermittently in the same region on the satellite. Read More


SwRI Scientists Discover Evidence For A Habitable Region Within Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

During Cassini’s deepest dive through the Enceladus plume, SwRI scientists discovered hydrogen gas in the material erupting from the Saturnian moon. This discovery provides further evidence for hydrothermal activity (illustrated here) and heightens the possibility that the ocean of Enceladus could have conditions suitable for microbial life. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

April 13, 2017 – Scientists from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have discovered hydrogen gas in the plume of material erupting from Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Analysis of data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft indicates that the hydrogen is best explained by chemical reactions between the moon’s rocky core and warm water from its subsurface ocean. The SwRI-led team’s discovery suggests that Enceladus’ ocean floor could include features analogous to hydrothermal vents on Earth, which are known to support life on the seafloor. Read More


RUAG Space Ramps Up Its New Decatur Facility

April 13, 2017 – RUAG will soon manufacture carbon fiber structures in the U.S., as the company steadily progresses with their build-up of a new facility within United Launch Alliance’s Decatur rocket factory. Read More


NASA Honors ULA Employee With Prestigious Silver Snoopy Award

Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

April 13, 2017 – Stefania Moehring, ULA’s Commercial Crew Program integration lead, received NASA’s prestigious Silver Snoopy Award for outstanding work and dedication to the human spaceflight program. Four-time Space Shuttle NASA astronaut Richard Linnehan presented the award. Read More


Space Foundation Again Named Among 50 Best Nonprofit Organizations To Work For

April 13, 2017 – For the fourth time, the Space Foundation has been designated by The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group as among the 50 Best Nonprofit Organizations to Work For in the United States, ranking 9th among medium-sized nonprofit organizations and ranked 16th best overall. Read More


SwRI’s Robin Canup Elected Member Of American Academy Of Arts And Sciences

Dr. Robin Canup, associate vice president of SwRI’s Planetary Science Directorate, has been named a member of the 2017 class of inductees of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Image Credit: Dr. Horst Meyer

April 13, 2017 – Dr. Robin Canup, associate vice president of the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been named a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 2017 class of inductees includes leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts. Read More


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NASA Missions Provide New Insights Into ‘Ocean Worlds’ In Our Solar System
Source: NASA

Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and other “ocean worlds” in our solar system and beyond. The findings are presented in papers published Thursday by researchers with NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn and Hubble Space Telescope.


Dr. Carly Howett To Speak At RMCAD, April 14
Source: CreativeMornings

Dr. Carly Howett, a Senior Research Scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder Colorado, will talk about how she and her colleagues creatively solved the problem of studying Pluto and how the images returned by the New Horizons satellite revolutionized our understanding of the Pluto system.


A Bored New Horizons Spacecraft Takes Part Time Job To Fill The Time
Source: Universe Today

The New Horizons probe made history in July of 2015, being the first mission to ever conduct a close flyby of Pluto. The probe has since been making its way towards its first encounter with a Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) – known as 2014 MU69. And in the meantime, it has been given a special task to keep it busy …


Delta IV Rocket Makes Seafaring Arrival At Vandenberg Air Force Base
Source: Noozhawk.com

The Delta Mariner docked at Vandenberg Air Force Base last week to deliver a massive rocket for a mission set to depart later this year.


Could A Colorado Earthquake Have Been Triggered By Dinosaur Extinction Impact?
Source: Seismological Society of America

Researchers have found signs of fault displacement at well-known rock outcrops in Colorado that mark the end-Cretaceous asteroid impact that may have hurried the extinction of the dinosaurs. They will present their results in a poster at the 2017 Seismological Society of America’s (SSA) Annual Meeting.


Cygnus Freighter To Make Science-Enabling Delivery To The Space Station
Source: Spaceflight Now

Loaded with investigations into chemotherapy drugs with reduced side effects and radiation detectors for homeland security, a plant-growing chamber to promote future food harvesting in space and a technology demonstration for sample-return capsules, a commercial Cygnus cargo vessel will be sent to the International Space Station next week.


CU’s Conference On World Affairs: Exploring Tough Questions Posed By Space Exploration
Source: Boulder Daily Camera

As human exploration of space extends mankind’s reach beyond even the edges of our solar system, the difficult ethical questions only continue to mount. A trio of panelists on Friday will entertain the topic, “Space Ethics: Asking the Tough Questions” — on the closing day at the University of Colorado’s Conference on World Affairs.


Launch Of Satellite Marks New Communications Era
Source: Chinadaily.com

China launched its most advanced communications satellite at 7:04 pm on Wednesday, marking the start of the country’s large-capacity communications network in space.


NASA Pluto, Jupiter Missions Focus At Cal Poly
Source: KEYT

NASA brought the furthest reaches of the solar system to a jam-packed crowd at Cal Poly Wednesday night. Fran Bagenal gave the presentation at the sold-out Spanos Theater on the Cal Poly campus.


Waterloo Researchers Capture First ‘Image’ Of A Dark Matter Web That Connects Galaxies
Source: Royal Astronomical Society

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have been able to capture the first composite image of a dark matter bridge that connects galaxies together. The scientists publish their work in a new paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.


Merrick Releases MARS 2017 Software Suite
Source: Merrick & Company

Merrick & Company, a global leader in light detection and ranging (LiDAR), digital orthophotography, hyperspectral imaging, and geographic information systems (GIS) data integration, is pleased to announce the release of Version 2017 of the Merrick Advanced Remote Sensing (MARS®) software suite. The MARS® software suite provides comprehensive support for LiDAR point cloud visualization, data management, automated data processing, LiDAR quality control, and geospatial data production.