April 21, 2017

Cascading Post-Coronal Loops

Image Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA

April 21, 2017 – An active region of the sun that had just rotated into view blasted out a coronal mass ejection, which was immediately followed by a bright series of post-coronal loops seeking to reorganize that region’s magnetic field on April 19, 2017. The bright loops are actually charged particles spinning along the magnetic field lines. Read More

New Look At 2004’s Martian Hole-In-One Site

The bright landing platform left behind by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in 2004 is visible inside Eagle Crater, at upper right in this April 8, 2017, observation by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

April 21, 2017 – A new observation from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures the landing platform that the rover Opportunity left behind in Eagle Crater more than 13 years and 27 miles (or 44 kilometers) ago. Read More

Introducing ‘Totality By Big Kid Science’

April 21, 2017 – Big Kid Science, an educational company founded by astrophysicist Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, has created a free, educational app to help people plan for the upcoming total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 — the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in almost four decades. Read More

Potentially Habitable Super-Earth Is A Prime Target For Atmospheric Study

An artist’s impression of the newly-discovered rocky exoplanet, LHS 1140b. This planet is located in the liquid water habitable zone surrounding its host star, a small, faint red star named LHS 1140. The planet weighs about 6.6 times the mass of Earth and is shown passing in front of LHS 1140. Depicted in blue is the atmosphere the planet may have retained. Image Credit: M. Weiss/CfA

April 21, 2017 – The study of alien worlds is entering its next phase as astronomers amass the best planets outside our Solar System to look for signs of life. A newly discovered “super-Earth” orbiting in the habitable zone of a nearby small star, has catapulted itself to the top of that list. Read More

NASA Image Shows Earth Between The Rings Of Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this view of planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn on April 12, 2017. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

April 21, 2017 – A new image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn. Read More

Ball Breaks Ground On Expansion To Aerospace Manufacturing Center

Scott Morrison, Senior Vice President, CFO, Ball Corporation, John Hayes, Chairman, President, CEO, Ball Corporation, John Hickenlooper, Governor of CO, Rob Freedman, Vice President & General Manager, Tactical Solutions, Ball Aerospace. Image Credit: ICOSA MEDIA (PRNewsfoto/Ball Corporation)

April 21, 2017 – Ball Corporation yesterday broke ground on an expansion of its Aerospace Manufacturing Center (AMC) at a groundbreaking ceremony in Westminster, Colorado. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, United States Representatives Mike Coffman (CO-6) and Ed Perlmutter (CO-7), and Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison joined senior Ball leadership for the event. When fully completed, the 145,000 square foot expansion will significantly enhance the manufacturing and production capabilities of Ball Aerospace, a business of Ball Corporation. Read More

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W. M. Keck Observatory Captures Rare High-Resolution Images Of Exploded Star
Source: W. M. Keck Observatory

Scientists will now be able to measure how fast the universe is truly expanding with the kind of precision not possible before. This, after an international team of astronomers led by Stockholm University, Sweden, captured four distinct images of a gravitationally lensed type Ia supernova, named iPTF16geu.

Colorado OKs $12.6 Million In incentives For 550 Lockheed Martin jobs In Jefferson County
Source: Denver Post

Lockheed Martin in February said it would relocate 650 jobs from its fleet ballistic missile program in Sunnyvale, Calif., to Colorado and Florida, without specifying who would get what.

Building Roads To Match Tomorrow’s Weather
Source: UCAR

When engineers design roads, bridges, and other types of transportation infrastructure, they need to account for local weather patterns. Extreme heat or freeze-thaw cycles can lead to ruts and cracks in roads, and heavy rains can overwhelm inadequate drainage systems, washing out bridges and flooding key transportation corridors.

Source: LunGradCon

The eighth annual Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2017) will be held at NASA Ames on July 17th, 2017 one day before the NASA Exploration Science Forum. With the expanded interests of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), the scope of this year’s LunGradCon includes both lunar and small body science.

Hubble’s Cosmic Bubbles
Source: NASA

A new image shows a few of the tenuous threads that comprise Sh2-308, a faint and wispy shell of gas located 5,200 light-years away in the constellation of Canis Major (The Great Dog).

Commercial Crew Spacecraft Will Offer A Quick Escape From Station
Source: NASA

New, American-made spacecraft flying to the International Space Station will play a big role in bringing resident crews back home to Earth, but their missions also include the ability to provide the orbiting laboratory with a temporary shelter in case of an emergency in space, or even a safe ride back to Earth with short notice.

Distinguished Alumni: William Bottke, Ph.D.
Source: Faribault Daily News

Space exploration, astronauts and planets have been life-long interests of Dr. William Bottke, valedictorian, FHS class of 1984, and director of NASA’s ISET-SSERVI team and Southwest Research Institute’s Department of Space Studies in Boulder, Colorado.

Detecting Life In The Ultra-Dry Atacama Desert
Source: NASA

Few places are as hostile to life as Chile’s Atacama Desert. It’s the driest non-polar desert on Earth, and only the hardiest microbes survive there. Its rocky landscape has lain undisturbed for eons, exposed to extreme temperatures and radiation from the sun.

NASA And NOAA Satellites Watch Arlene, First Tropical Storm Of The Atlantic Hurricane Season
Source: NASA

The first tropical storm of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season formed 40 days before the official kick off of the season. Tropical Storm Arlene formed in the North Central Atlantic Ocean and NOAA’s GOES-East satellite provided forecasters with a look at the storm, swirling far from land areas.

Bill Nye Saves The World!
Source: SyFyWire

Every now and again, I have to metaphorically shake my brain a bit and think, “Did that really happen to me?” Like, say, when I tell you that today, Friday, April 21, 2017, is when the show Bill Nye Saves the World premiers on Netflix…and I was the head science writer for it.

Cassini Is Ready To Sacrifice Itself For The Good Of The Solar System
Source: Wired

NASA’s Cassini orbiter has spent the last 13 years studying Saturn and its moons, but this year, it has to die. Its fuel has run out. With each orbit, it swoops lower and lower, skimming through Saturn’s rings while sinking towards the gas giant’s crushing atmosphere.

Colorado Springs Space Apps Challenge 2017
Source: Rim Technologies/USAFA/UCCS/Pikes Peak Community College

Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and everyone enthusiastic about space come together to address challenges we face on Earth and in space! Now, we invite you to be a part of this exciting, collaborative scientific exploration, as we unleash NASA’s data to problem solvers across the globe. Join us on April 29-30 for the 2017 International Space Apps Challenge, with challenges to better understand our home planet, Earth!