April 7, 2017

Mines-Built Observatory Ready To Launch Into Near Space

Image Credit: NASA

April 7, 2017 – A NASA space observatory assembled by students and faculty in the Physics Department at Colorado School of Mines could launch this weekend from Wanaka, New Zealand. Read More


NASA Invests In 22 Visionary Exploration Concepts

Montage of innovative concepts selected for 2017 NIAC Phase I and Phase II funding. Image Credit: Joel Sercel, Jay McMahon, Siegfried Janson, Adam Arkin, Jonathan Sauder, John Lewis and background, Chris Mann

April 7, 2017 – NASA is preparing for a future that could include soft robotic spacecraft with flexible surfaces that can anchor to an asteroid, and an artificial gravity device for long-duration, deep space missions, along with other technologies that so far has been limited to the realm of science fiction. Read More


OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Search Tests Instruments, Science Team

The path of the Main Belt asteroid 12 Victoria, as imaged by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on Feb. 11, 2017, during the mission’s Earth-Trojan Asteroid Search. This animation is made of a series of five images taken by the spacecraft’s MapCam camera that were then cropped and centered on Victoria. The images were taken about 51 minutes apart and each was exposed for 10 seconds. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

April 7, 2017 – During an almost two-week search, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission team activated the spacecraft’s MapCam imager and scanned part of the surrounding space for elusive Earth-Trojan asteroids — objects that scientists believe may exist in one of the stable regions that co-orbits the sun with Earth. Although no Earth-Trojans were discovered, the spacecraft’s camera operated flawlessly and demonstrated that it could image objects two magnitudes dimmer than originally expected. Read More


Possible Venus Twin Discovered Around Dim Star

Image Credit: Danielle Futselaar

April 7, 2017 – Astronomers using NASA’s Kepler space telescope have found a planet 219 light-years away that seems to be a close relative to Venus. This newly discovered world is only slightly larger than Earth, and orbits a low-temperature star called Kepler-1649 that’s one-fifth the diameter of our Sun. Read More


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Fusion-Enabled Pluto Orbiter And Lander
Source: NASA

The Direct Fusion Drive (DFD) concept provides game-changing propulsion and power capabilities that would revolutionize interplanetary travel.


A Sneak Peek Into Saheki’s Secret Layers
Source: NASA

A newly released image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is of Saheki Crater, about 84 kilometers across, and located in the Southern highlands of Mars, to the north of Hellas Planitia. It’s filled with beautiful alluvial fans that formed when water (likely melting snow) carried fine material, such as sand, silt and mud, from the interior crater rim down to the bottom of the crater.


CU Home To Numerous Pathways To Study Space
Source: CU Independent

CU Boulder has long had a reputation for being space-minded. The college has the largest number of alumni who are astronauts and receives more NASA research funding than any other public university. Along with the Aerospace Engineering and Space Minor degrees, CU Boulder can connect students to the space industry with many opportunities available around the campus.


Here Is NASA’s Plan For A Space Station That Orbits The Moon
Source: Popular Mechanics

Behind the scenes, NASA and its international partners are putting the finishing touches on humanity’s new home in space. This future science station, which will effectively replace the International Space Station when it reaches retirement age in the 2020s, will be a fraction of the size but carry …


Space Symposium Essential For Networking, Collaboration
Source: Colorado Springs Business Journal

After 33 years, the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation’s annual Space Symposium — which took place April 3-6 at The Broadmoor hotel — is only getting stronger.


Podcast: The Race To Develop New Rocket Engines
Source: Aviation Week

The United Launch Alliance is close to choosing an engine for its Vulcan rocket between Blue Origin’s BE-4 and Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AR-1. Meanwhile Orbital ATK is pitching a solid rocket motor for the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle launch system. Aviation Week editors have the details.


U.S. Satellite Rules Out Of Focus; Time For New Vision
Source: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

For over two decades, the United States has led the world in space-based commercial imagery, supporting our civil, commercial, and national security communities. As these technologies grow, we must ask: Why, what, and how should we regulate space-based remote sensing activities?


Long Hauler: Colorado-Based Venture Wants To Develop Space Trucks
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

The chief executive officer of United Launch Alliance, the nation’s largest private rocket operator, wants to operate a fleet of “space trucks” that would ferry cargo and people between Earth and the moon to create a $3 trillion economy in space that will eventually include …


LOOK: Manned Flight To Mars, A Much More Accurate GPS And Other Glimpses Of The Future From Lockheed Martin
Source: Denverite

Did you know Colorado is swarming with interstellar activity? Not only are there more than 400 aerospace companies in operation here, we’re also the home of the Space Symposium. This week the 33rd annual event has pulled science buffs from all over the country into Colorado Springs’ orbit …


Aerospace Plays Key Role In CYGNSS Mission That Uses GPS Technology To Improve Hurricane Forecasting
Source: The Aerospace Corporation

Commonly used GPS technology that many people have in their cars is being used in space to improve hurricane forecasting, with Aerospace playing a key role in testing a critical subsystem of the eight-satellite constellation at the heart of the mission.


Kimberly Ennico Smith Talks About Pluto And Studying Space With A Flying Telescope
Source: NASA

A conversation with Kimberly Ennico Smith, Project Scientist for SOFIA at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.


A Star Among Planet-Hunters, Natalie Batalha
Source: NASA

This week Natalie Batalha, NASA’s Kepler mission project scientist, is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she will receive the 2017 Lecar Prize from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).


Ceres’ Temporary Atmosphere Linked To Solar Activity
Source: NASA/JPL

Scientists have long thought that Ceres may have a very weak, transient atmosphere, but mysteries lingered about its origin and why it’s not always present. Now, researchers suggest that this temporary atmosphere appears to be related to the behavior of the sun …


Video: Building On ULA’s Heritage, Setting The Pace For The Future Of Space Launch
Source: United Launch Alliance (ULA)

As a new era dawns, ULA continues to set the pace in space launch. Building on a heritage extending to the early days of American space launch, ULA is bringing future innovations to the table to support human launch from American soil and next-generation technology that will create transportation infrastructure to support a permanent human presence in space.


When Jovian Light And Dark Collide
Source: NASA/SwRI

An image taken by the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft, highlights a feature on Jupiter where multiple atmospheric conditions appear to collide.