April 29 – May 5, 2019

ULA Systems Engineer Greg Plettinck Honored With Silver Snoopy

ULA’s Greg Plettinck, receiving a Silver Snoopy award, is joined by (L to R): NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore, Josh Cassada and Suni Williams, ULA CEO Tory Bruno, astronaut Eric Boe, Plettinck, and CFT crew members Chris Ferguson, Mike Fincke and Nicole Mann. Image Credit: ULA

May 4, 2019 – Systems Engineer Greg Plettinck received NASA’s prestigious Silver Snoopy Award for outstanding support of NASA in his role as ascent room coordinator for the upcoming Atlas V Starliner missions. Read More

University-Led Research Institutes Study New Exploration Technology

NASA’s Space Technology Research Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design (US-COMP) involves a manufacturing team responsible for scaling-up the fabrication of ultra-strong composite materials. The University of Colorado is a US-COMP institute partner. Image Credit: NASA/US-COMP

May 3, 2019 – Universities are helping NASA land American astronauts on the Moon by 2024 and establish a sustainable presence four years later. These partnerships come in all shapes and sizes to foster innovative research. Read More

Lockheed Martin Completes Critical Testing Milestone For NASA JPL’s Mars 2020 Rover Heat Shield

The Lockheed Martin-built heat shield, shown here in the testing phase, is just one component in the final aeroshell that will protect the Mars 2020 rover on its long journey to Mars. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

May 3, 2019 – Protecting against the extremes of space travel is critical to the success of any mission. Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the flight hardware structure of the heat shield, validating the physical integrity with a final static test after exposing it to flight-like thermal conditions. The heat shield is half of the large and sophisticated two-part aeroshell that Lockheed Martin is designing and building to encapsulate NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mars 2020 rover from the punishing heat and friction of entry through the Martian atmosphere. Read More

Maxar Technologies To Receive Full Insurance Payout For Worldview-4 Satellite Loss

WorldView-4 Rendering. Image Credit: DigitalGlobe/Maxar Technologies Inc.

May 3, 2019 – Maxar Technologies today announced that its insurance carriers have accepted the company’s $183 million claim for loss arising from the WorldView-4 satellite on-orbit failure, and have agreed to pay the company that full amount under their insurance policies. Read More

InSight Captures Sunrise And Sunset On Mars

NASA’s InSight lander used its Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC) on the spacecraft’s robotic arm to image this sunrise on Mars on April 24, 2019, the 145th Martian day (or sol) of the mission. This was taken around 5:30 a.m. Mars local time. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

May 2, 2019 – NASA’s InSight lander captured a series of sunrise and sunset images. A camera on the spacecraft’s robotic arm snapped the photos on April 24 and 25, the 145th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. In local Mars time, the shots were taken starting around 5:30 a.m. and then again starting around 6:30 p.m. As a bonus, a camera under the lander’s deck also caught clouds drifting across the Martian sky at sunset. Read More

Former NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot Joins Lockheed Martin

Vice President Mike Pence, second from right, looks at the Orion capsule that will fly on the first integrated flight with the Space Launch System rocket, during a tour of the Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) Operations and Checkout Building on Thursday, July 6, 2017. The Vice President was joined by then NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, left; Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director Janet Petro, second from left; NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, center; and Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana, right. Image Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

April 29, 2019 – Robert Lightfoot, a longtime NASA executive who served as both the agency’s acting administrator and highest-ranking civil servant, will join Lockheed Martin Space as vice president, Strategy and Business Development, effective May 6. Read More

MAVEN Sets Its Sights Beyond Mars

MAVEN Principal Investigator Bruce Jakosky. Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

April 29, 2019 – For more than four years, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission has explored the mysteries of the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere. More recently, the spacecraft has gotten up close and personal with that same expanse of gas. Read More

Space Foundation Discovery Center Brings Apollo And Star Wars To Life

April 29, 2019 – The Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs is reigniting the excitement of the Apollo 11 lunar landing and throwing in some Star Wars fun as well with a special Homeschool Day, May the Fourth Be With You celebration and Teacher Appreciation Open House. Read More

Lockheed Martin’s AEHF-4 On-Orbit Test Proves Successful And Marks First Of Its Kind

The fourth Lockheed Martin-built AEHF satellite arrived to geosynchronous orbit and met all spacecraft performance requirements. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

April 29, 2019 – Lockheed Martin announced the successful completion of AEHF-4 spacecraft on-orbit test and available for Satellite Control Availability (SCA). Read More

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Warbird Invasion Showcase
Source: Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight

Martian Dust Could Help Explain Water Loss, Plus Other Learnings From Global Storm
Source: NASA

ASU Researchers Find Water In Samples From Asteroid Itokawa
Source: Arizona State University

NASA And Blue Origin Help Classrooms And Researchers Reach Space
Source: NASA

Hera’s APEX CubeSat Will Reveal The Stuff That Asteroids Are Made Of
Source: ESA

Hera’s CubeSat To Perform First Radar Probe Of An Asteroid
Source: ESA

CU Boulder Part Of New NASA Institute On Space Habitat Design
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

When It Comes To Planetary Habitability, It’s What’s Inside That Counts
Source: Carnegie Institution for Science

SLS Forward Join Set For Horizontal Assembly To Liquid Hydrogen Tank
Source: NASA

JWST Master Class Workshop
Source: Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Constellation Of Weather Satellites To Cover The Globe
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Ozone Monitoring Instrument Team Spots “Fingerprints” On Earth’s Atmosphere
Source: NASA

Drone Ship Power Issue Forces Scrub Of CRS-17 Launch
Source: NASA

Hubble Spots Stunning Spiral Galaxy
Source: NASA

House Appropriators Press For Details On Space Force Cost And Organization
Source: SpaceNews

Cloud Constellation Selects LeoStella To Build 10 Data-Storage Satellites
Source: SpaceNews

NASA Begins Outlining Roadmap For 2024 Moon Landing
Source: SpaceflightNow

Peter Mayhew, Star War’s Original, Iconic Chewbacca, Dies At 74
Source: Space.com

Debris From India’s ASAT Test Worse Than Predicted
Source: Room

SpaceX: Crew Dragon Explosion Occurred Prior To SuperDraco Firing
Source: Parabolic Arc

Martian Dust Could Help Explain Water Loss, Plus Other Learnings From Global Storm
Source: NASA

“Unfathomable Abodes Of Life?” — Water Worlds Of The Milky Way
Source: The Daily Galaxy

What’s The Future Of Business In Space?
Source: Virgin Galactic

Maxar Technologies Reports Growth In Its Geospatial Subscription Products Line
Source: Maxar Technologies Inc.

Hubble Astronomers Assemble Wide View Of The Evolving Universe
Source: NASA

Swarm Helps Explain Earth’s Magnetic Jerks
Source: ESA

Researchers Find Ice Feature On Saturn’s Giant Moon
Source: University of Arizona

The Space Rock That Hit The Moon At 61,000 Kilometres An Hour
The Royal Astronomical Society

Yale Astronomer Helps Create ‘History Book’ Image Of The Universe

Putting On The Brakes While Still Going Fast: MAVEN Completes Aerobraking
Source: Lockheed Martin

Launch Window: Space Command Center Could Put Aurora Into A New Orbit
Source: Sentinel Colorado

The Race To Develop The Moon
Source: The New Yorker

Reaction Engines Pre-Cooler Passes Mach 3.3 Test
Source: Aviation Week

Opinion: Buzz Aldrin: It’s Time To Focus On The Great Migration Of Humankind To Mars
Source: The Washington Post

Blue Origin Reaches Space Again On Latest New Shepard Test Flight
Source: SpaceNews

Magma Is The Key To The Moon’s Makeup
Source: Yale University

Giant Planets And Big Data: What Deep Learning Reveals About Saturn’s Storms
Source: University of Arizona

Cosmic Dust Reveals New Insights On The Formation Of Solar System
Source: University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

GRACE Mission Data Contributes To Our Understanding Of Climate Change
Source: University of Texas at Austin

OCO-3 Ready To Extend NASA’s Study Of Carbon
Source: NASA

100th Space Sharing Agreement Signed, Romania Space Agency Joins
Source: Air Force Space Command

Metro State University Expands Longtime Aviation Program To Shoot For The Stars — And Aerospace Jobs For Students
The Denver Post

Franklin Middle School Teacher Selected To Attend 2019 Teacher Innovator Institute At National Air And Space Museum
Source: Greeley Tribune

UT-Austin Alumnus Alan Stern Talks About NASA Kuiper Belt Mission
Source: The Daily Texan

CU Boulder Sweeps AIAA Region V Student Paper Awards
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Astronomers Discover 2,000-Year-Old Remnant Of A Nova
Source: University of Göttingen

50th Space Wing Engages Community Leaders During State Of The Base
U.S. Air Force/Schriever Air Force Base

NASA Weighing SLS Green Run Versus EM-1 Schedule Risks
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

Air Force Research Laboratory Announces Third Space Technology Accelerator Cohort
Source: Parabolic Arc

Lockheed Martin Announces First-Ever Recipients Of STEM Scholarships
Source: Lockheed Martin