April 14, 2017

LIFT OFF: Women Adding Greater Impact In The Space Industry

LaBonte and AYVF Students. Image Credit: AVYF

April 14, 2017 – Over the past several weeks, commercial or ‘new’ space, NASA, and space travel, have made more frequent headlines. The wave of stories included the much anticipated release of “Hidden Figures,” a film celebrating female contributions to the American space industry at NASA, President Trump’s signing of the $19.5 billion NASA funding bill, and most noteworthy and a looming “game changer” Elon Musk’s Space X launch and landing of the Falcon 9 rocket, with implications that rocket reusability will dramatically reduce the costs associated with space transport. Read More


Watch World’s First Live 360 Degree Video Of Rocket Launch April 18

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is seen in a December 2015 image in place at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Sealed inside the payload fairing atop the rocket is the Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft filled with science, crew supplies and equipment that launched to the International Space Station on December 6, 2015. Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

April 14, 2017 – NASA, in coordination with United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Orbital ATK, will broadcast the world’s first live 360-degree stream of a rocket launch. The live 360 stream of the cargo resupply mission liftoff to the International Space Station may be viewed on the NASA Television YouTube channel starting 10 minutes prior to lift off. Read More


Hubble Sees Starbursts In Virgo

Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

April 14, 2017 – Although galaxy formation and evolution are still far from being fully understood, the conditions we see within certain galaxies — such as so-called starburst galaxies — can tell us a lot about how they have evolved over time. Starburst galaxies contain a region (or many regions) where stars are forming at such a breakneck rate that the galaxy is eating up its gas supply faster than it can be replenished. Read More


NOAA’s GOES-S Satellite In Thermal Vacuum Testing

GOES-S satellite going into the thermal vacuum chamber at Lockheed Martin for testing. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

April 14, 2017 – In March, NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) satellite was lifted into a thermal vacuum chamber to test its ability to function in the cold void of space in its orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth. Read More


Cassini Sees ‘Flying-Saucer’ Moon Atlas Up Close

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

April 14, 2017 – These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn’s moon, Atlas, were taken on April 12, 2017, by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The flyby had a close-approach distance of about 7,000 miles (11,000 kilometers). Read More


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Astronaut Jack Fischer Predicts What His Biggest Challenge In Space Will Be
Source: NASA

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer is poised for his first trip to space – a journey of exploration and research on the International Space Station. He launches at 3:13 a.m. EDT Thursday, April 20, with his crewmate Fyodor Yurchikhin, of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, for a four-month mission.


House Members Ask Pentagon To Stay The Course On Launch Vehicle Development
Source: SpaceNews

A bipartisan group of 20 House members has asked the Defense Department not to alter the U.S. Air Force’s plans to fund development of new launch systems.


ULA’s Bruno Insists AR1 Still In Contention For Vulcan Next-Generation Rocket
Source: Via Satellite

United Launch Alliance (ULA) CEO Tory Bruno insists Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AR1 engine is still in contention to serve as the first stage of ULA’s Vulcan next- generation launch vehicle, despite rumors that the company was heavily favoring Blue Origin’s BE 4 engine.


NASA Spacecraft Investigate Clues In Radiation Belts
Source: Space Sciences Laboratory, The University of California, Berkeley

High above Earth, two giant rings of energetic particles trapped by the planet’s magnetic field create a dynamic and harsh environment that holds many mysteries — and can affect spacecraft traveling around Earth. NASA’s Van Allen Probes act as space detectives, to help study the complex particle interactions that occur in these rings …


Habitability Of The TRAPPIST-1 System
Source: AAS Nova

The recent discovery of seven Earth-sized, terrestrial planets around an M dwarf star was met with excitement and optimism. But how habitable are these planets actually likely to be? A recent study of these planets’ likely climates may provide an answer to this question.


SWPC Returns To Normal Operations Following APS Migration Test
Source: Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)

The transfer of operations to SWPC’s off-site backup system was completed on Monday, 10 April 2017. SWPC ran on the backup system for three days and returned to normal operations 13 April at 1752 UTC (1:52 ET).


NASA’s Plans For Human Exploration Beyond Low Earth Orbit
Source: Office of Inspector General

The OIG released a new report and concluded that NASA’s initial exploration missions on its Journey to Mars – EM-1 and EM-2 – face multiple cost and technical challenges that likely will affect their planned launch dates.


Astronaut Praises Space Station As ‘Great Model For Society’
Source: Department of Defense/Army News Service

The International Space Station is a “great model for society,” said NASA astronaut and retired Army Col. Robert S. “Shane” Kimbrough, who returned to Earth on April 10 after 173 days in space.


Atlas V To Launch OA-7 For Orbital ATK And NASA
Source: United Launch Alliance (ULA)

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 will launch Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft on the initial leg of its cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).


US Mint To Launch Design Contest For Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Coins
Source: collectSPACE

The United States Mint is launching an art competition for the design of its 2019 coins marking the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.