April 15 – April 21, 2019

All-Woman Engineering Team Heads To NASA Mars Competition

Image Credit: NASA

April 19, 2019 – NASA has named a University of Colorado Boulder team a finalist in a competition to design a greenhouse for use on Mars. Read More


SwRI’s Burch Receives Rice Distinguished Alumni Award

SwRI’s Dr. James L. Burch is receiving a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Rice University Laureates Awards Program. Image Credit: Southwest Research Institute

April 19, 2019 – Rice University is honoring Dr. James L. Burch, vice president of Southwest Research Institute’s Space Science and Engineering Division, as a distinguished alumnus at its 2019 Laureates Awards ceremony. Read More


Scientists Find Evidence Mercury Has A Solid Inner Core

An illustration of Mercury’s interior based on new research that shows the planet has a solid inner core. Image Credit: Antonio Genova

April 19, 2019 – Scientists have long known that Earth and Mercury have metallic cores. Like Earth, Mercury’s outer core is composed of liquid metal, but there have only been hints that Mercury’s innermost core is solid. Now, in a new study, scientists report evidence that Mercury’s inner core is indeed solid and that it is very nearly the same size as Earth’s solid inner core. Read More


NASA, Blue Origin Agreement Signals Growth Of Commercial Space

Under a Commercial Space Launch Act agreement, Blue Origin will upgrade and refurbish Test Stand 4670, at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to support testing of their BE-3U and BE-4 rocket engines. Constructed in 1965, Test Stand 4670 served as the backbone for Saturn V propulsion testing for the Apollo program, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Image Credit: NASA

April 18, 2019 – Officials from NASA and the private space company Blue Origin have signed an agreement that grants the company use of a historic test stand as the agency focuses on returning to the Moon and on to Mars, and America’s commercial space industry continues to grow. Read More


Hubble Celebrates Its 29th Birthday With Unrivaled View Of The Southern Crab Nebula

The Southern Crab Nebula — Hubble’s 29th anniversary image. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and STScI

April 18, 2019 – This incredible image of the hourglass-shaped Southern Crab Nebula was taken to mark the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s 29th anniversary in space. The nebula, created by a binary star system, is one of the many objects that Hubble has demystified throughout its productive life. This new image adds to our understanding of the nebula and demonstrates the telescope’s continued capabilities. Read More


Norways’s OSM Aviation Orders 60 Electric Planes From Bye Aerospace

Norway’s OSM Aviation has ordered 60 electric planes from Bye Aerospace. Image Credit: OSM Aviation Group

April 18, 2019 – Norway-based recruitment and training company OSM Aviation has placed an order with Colorado-based aircraft manufacturer Bye Aerospace for 60 all-electric training planes to cut flight costs. Read More


Mines Students Roll To Victory In IEEE Robotics Competition

Image Credit: Colorado School of Mines

April 18, 2019 – On the surface, the task facing students at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 5 Student Robotics Competition was simple: Design a robot that could navigate obstacles, pick up small objects and then sort the objects into separate containers. Read More


Moon’s South Pole In NASA’s Landing Sites

In this multi-temporal illumination map of the lunar south pole, Shackleton crater (19 km diameter) is in the center, the south pole is located approximately at 9 o’clock on its rim. The map was created from images from the camera aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

April 16, 2019 – NASA is working right now to send American astronauts to the surface of the Moon in five years, and the agency has its sights set on a place no humans have ever gone before: the lunar South Pole. Read More


CubeSats Prove Their Worth For Scientific Missions

This image shows an artificial image of the MinXSS CubeSat observing the Sun. Image Credit: MinXSS Team

April 16, 2019 – Only a few years ago, the astronomy and heliophysics communities were skeptical about whether CubeSats could reliably obtain scientific data. But these breadloaf-size satellites have proven their ability to return useful data. Read More


Meteoroid Strikes Eject Precious Water From Moon

Artist’s concept of the LADEE spacecraft (left) detecting water vapor from meteoroid impacts on the Moon (right). Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/Conceptual Image Lab

April 15, 2019 – Researchers from NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, report that streams of meteoroids striking the Moon infuse the thin lunar atmosphere with a short-lived water vapor. Read More


NEOWISE Celebrates Five Years Of Asteroid Data

Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto as imaged in multiple exposures of infrared light by the NEOWISE space telescope. The infrared images were taken on February 25, 2019, when the comet was about 56 million miles, or 90 million kilometers, from Earth. C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto is a long-period comet originally from the Oort Cloud and coming in near the Sun for the first time in over 1,000 years. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

April 15, 2019 – NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission released its fifth year of survey data on April 11, 2019. The five years of NEOWISE data have significantly advanced scientists’ knowledge of asteroids and comets in the solar system, as well as the stars and galaxies beyond. Read More


NASA’s Cassini Reveals Surprises With Titan’s Lakes

This near-infrared, color view from Cassini shows the sun glinting off of Titan’s north polar seas. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. Arizona/Univ. Idaho

April 15, 2019 – On its final flyby of Saturn’s largest moon in 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft gathered radar data revealing that the small liquid lakes in Titan’s northern hemisphere are surprisingly deep, perched atop hills and filled with methane. Read More


More News

Leonard David — “Moon Rush”
Source: Boulder Book Store


Kennedy Scientist Leading Team To Combat Lunar Dust
Source: NASA


New Concept For Novel Fire Extinguisher In Space
Source: Toyohashi University of Technology


Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Completes Rendezvous And Berthing With International Space Station
Source: Northrop Grumman


Gen. Goldfein Hosts Inaugural Space Conference For US, Partner Nations
Source: U.S. Air Force Space Command


NASA Launch Services Program Outlines The Alternative Launcher Review For EM-1
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


ArianeGroup Starting Ariane 6 Production After New ESA Agreeement
Source: SpaceNews


Things Are Stacking Up For NASA’s Mars 2020 Spacecraft
Source: NASA


Second NASA Astronaut To Spend Nearly A Year In Space — For Science
Source: Space.com


U.S. Military Electron Launch First Test For York Satellite
Source: SpaceNews


Intelsat Declares Boeing-Built Communications Satellite A Total Loss
Source: Parabolic Arc


NASA Demos CubeSat Laser Communications Capability
Source: Parabolic Arc


NIAC Award: Low-Cost SmallSats To Explore To Our Solar System’s Boundaries
Source: Parabolic Arc


Inflatable Heat Shield Project Gets A Spring In Its Step
Source: NASA


Northrop Grumman Successfully Launches 11th Cargo Delivery Mission To The International Space Station For NASA
Source: Northrop Grumman


Northrop Grumman Heads To Space Station With New NASA Science, Cargo
Source: NASA


NASA Announces First Flight, Record-Setting Mission
Source: NASA


BioSentinel
Source: NASA


NASA Accelerates Pace Of Core Stage Production With New Tool
Source: NASA


Exploring Filaments On The Sun
Source: AAS Nova


A “Jellyfish” Galaxy Swims Into View Of NASA’s Upcoming Webb Telescope
Source: NASA


ASE/EM Establishes Academy Of Distinguished Alumni At UT Austin
Source: The University of Texas at Austin


NASA ‘Nose’ Importance Of Humans, Robots Exploring Together
Source: NASA


One Comet, 70000 Images
Source: Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research


The Universe’s First Molecule Is Found At Last
Source: Universities Space Research Association (USRA)


Explosion On Jupiter-Sized Star 10 Times More Powerful Than Ever Seen On Our Sun
Source: University of Warwick


Five Planets Revealed After 20 Years Of Observation
Source: Université de Genève


Manual Command Likely Caused Israeli Moon Lander’s Crash
Source: Space.com


Why Consensus On Standards & Performance Matters In Commercial Space
Source: SpaceNews


Aerojet Rocketdyne Proposes Using AR1 For Medium-Class Launch Vehicle
Source: SpaceNews


The US Is Investing In AI For High-Powered Satellite Imagery Analysis
Source: Defense One


SpaceX Embarks On Another Funding Round To Raise $400 Million
Source: Parabolic Arc


Op-Ed: Lunar Gateway Or Moon Direct?
Source: Robert Zubrin/SpaceNews


Why Today’s Space Race Is On Pace To Eclipse The Past
Source: Forbes


Rocket Lab To Launch Three R&D Satellites For The U.S. Air Force
Source: Rocket Lab


Pushing Boundaries: An Out-Of-This-World Art Project
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Hitch A Ride Into Space With BLOrk
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


U.S. Resupply Ship Poised For Launch As Crew Studies Life Science
Source: International Space Station/NASA


Float Like Neil Armstrong With Special Weightless Flight Honoring Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary
Source: Zero Gravity Corporation


A New Signal For A Neutron Star Collision Discovered
Source: Chandra X-Ray Observatory/NASA


Astronomers Discover Third Planet In The Kepler-47 Circumbinary System
Source: San Diego State University


Air Force Insists Launch Competition Must Stay On Schedule
Source: SpaceNews


NASA’s Accelerated Moon Plans Create Uncertainty For International Partners
Source: SpaceNews


SolAero Technologies Corp Announces Change Of Control
Source: SolAero Technologies Corp


Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System Team Wins The 2018 Collier Trophy
Source: NASA


Jim Garrettson, CEO Of Executive Mosaic, Presents Rick Ambrose, EVP Of Space Systems For Lockheed Martin, His Fourth Wash100 Award
Source: GovCon Wire


Launch Team One Step Closer To Certification For EM-1
Source: NASA


NuSTAR Explores The Aftermath Of A Supernova
Source: AAS Nova


Falcon Heavy Core Booster Lost In Rough Seas After Drone Ship Landing
Source: Spaceflight Now


Stricken With Fuel Leak, Intelsat 29e Seen Drifting In Geostationary Orbit
Source: Spaceflight Now


Skylab And Space Shuttle Astronaut Owen Garriott Dies At 88
Source: NASA


Astronomers Take First, High-Resolution Look At Huge Star-Forming Region Of Milky Way
Source: Iowa State University


Sizing Up A Starry Night
Source: University of Delaware


TESS Finds Its First Earth-Sized Planet
Source: Carnegie Institution for Science


Graduate Students Win Prestigious NSF Fellowships
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Mars? Nope. Students Take To Great Sand Dunes To Test Robots
Source: Colorado Public Radio


Cometary Surprise Found Inside Meteorite
Source: Carnegie Institution for Science