August 18, 2017

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches NASA’s Latest Communications Satellite

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-M. Image Credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Sandra Joseph

August 18, 2017 – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying NASA’s Tracking Data and Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 August 18 at 6:29 a.m. MDT. The TDRS-M is the third and final mission in the series of third-generation space communication satellites to orbit, as part of the follow-on fleet being developed to replenish NASA’s space Network. Read More


Orion EM-1 Capsule Successfully Powered Up

The Orion crew module for NASA’s Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) is secured in a work station in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft is being prepared for its first integrated flight atop the Space Launch System rocket on Exploration Mission-1. Image Credit: NASA/Leif Heimbold

August 18, 2017 – Hurtling beyond the Moon at a speedy 25,000 mph for a three-week mission requires a space processor capable of operating with guaranteed reliability, in a high radiation environment tens of thousands of miles in deep space, at 480,000,000 instructions per second to execute thousands of commands and sequences for controlling the hundreds of spacecraft systems and components to ensure crew safety and mission success. Read More


Breakthrough GPS Work Earns 2017 Governor’s Award

Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

August 18, 2017 – University of Colorado Boulder professor Kristine Larson is a winner of a 2017 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research for her work “GPS Reflections: Innovative Techniques.” Read More


Colorado Astronaut Jack Fischer Could Have Awesome View Of Eclipse

The station crew will have three chances to see the solar eclipse from space. The third pass will offer the most coverage with the sun 84% obscured by the moon. Image Credit: NASA

August 18, 2017 – Colorado astronaut Jack Fischer and his Expedition 52 crew mates on the International Space Station are preparing for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse on Monday with the chance at several unique views of the event. Read More


New Horizons Imaging And Spectroscopy Team Receives Prestigious SPIE George W. Goddard Award

Members of the New Horizons imaging and spectroscopy team accept the SPIE George W. Goddard Award on Aug. 9 at the society’s Optics + Photonics meeting in San Diego. Image Credit: SPIE

August 18, 2017 – The multiorganizational team that brought the world its first close-up views of Pluto and its moons has received the 2017 George W. Goddard Award from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Read More


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How To Photograph A Solar Eclipse
Source: B&H Explora

When the moon passes directly between Earth and the sun, those on Earth are treated to one of nature’s greatest spectacles—a total solar eclipse. It is a phenomenon that almost every observer would like to capture in a photograph. Due to the rarity of the event, the short duration in which to capture it, and the dynamic nature of the subject, it is one of those photographic opportunities that requires the proper gear, setup, planning, and practice.


Best Places In Colorado To See The Solar Eclipse
Source: CBS Denver

The experts all say 100 percent is much better than 99, the difference between night and day- literally. But if you want the best Colorado experience to see the eclipse, there is a town… several, in fact, that would love you to visit!


Video: 2017 Great North American Eclipse And The HAO Connection
Source: UCAR

NCAR’s High Altitude Observatory has been studying eclipses and the Sun’s corona since the coronagraph was created in the 1930s. In fact, HAO was the first US research organization to secure and use the new instrument. In addition, the group has been studying eclipses happening throughout the world to learn more about the Sun and its corona for decades as well.


The Solar Eclipse QSO Party — Are You Ready?
Source: AARL

Hams have been supporting scientific efforts since the earliest days of radio by doingthingslikekeepingintouchwith expeditions and making on-the-air mea- surements. The coming solar eclipse is the latest opportunity to participate in advancing our understanding of the world in which we live, and make a few contacts, too. The objective of the Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) is to flood the airwaves with contacts, all measured by the automated receiver networks of the Reverse Beacon Network, PSKRe- porter, and WSPRNet. When those observations are combined with the logs from individual stations, the result will be one of the largest ionospheric experiments ever performed.


Solar Eclipse QSO Party
Source: HamSCI

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cause the shadow of the moon to traverse the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina in just over 90 minutes causing dramatic changes in both the ionosphere and HF propagation. The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) is a HamSCI-ARRL sponsored operating event to generate data to study ionospheric changes during the eclipse. On this page, you’ll find a list of pre-registered stations, sample log files, and more information.


AAS Media Fellowship Now Open For Applications
Source: American Astronomical Society

Are you an astronomy graduate student who’s interested in science communication? Do you wish you had the opportunity to explore that interest and gain professional development without having to take time off from your graduate studies? Do you want to write for AAS Nova, report on astronomy meetings, and interface with the science news media? Then the AAS Media Fellowship might be for you!


IRISS Executes It’s First mUAS Flight On Our Special Purpose COA At PNG
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

On August 9th, IRISS successfully executed the first mUAS flight on our special purpose COA at PNG. Following a range and data acquisition test (at 2.25 miles) of a single aircraft, we launched three Talons in succession and tested the MUASO (Multi UAS Operations) ground station. The test went smoothly and was, for the most part, uneventful in regards to technical issues.


OU Astrophysicist Predicts Detached, Eclipsing White Dwarfs To Merge Into Exotic Star
Source: University of Oklahoma

A University of Oklahoma astrophysicist, Mukremin Kilic, and his team have discovered two detached, eclipsing double white dwarf binaries with orbital periods of 40 and 46 minutes, respectively.


Colorado Man’s ‘Spaceship’ Set For Solar Eclipse And Beyond
Source: The Durango Herald

Colorado scientist to visit schools to promote STEM education using Mobile Earth and Space Observatory, or MESO.


High-Flying, Eye-Popping Drones Gather Data From Storms
Source: Colorado State University

C3LOUD-Ex, or CSU Convective Cloud Outflows and Updrafts Experiment, is led by Professor Susan van den Heever in the Department of Atmospheric Science. Supported by van den Heever’s Monfort Professorship, the project’s aim is to capture extremely hard-to-collect data from thunderstorms as they’re happening. Specifically, the researchers are making direct observations of storm phenomena called updrafts and cold pools, employing a signature technology of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.


Coming Soon: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Movie
Source: CIRES

Larisza Krista’s movie of the 2012 total solar eclipse in Queensland, Australia didn’t require a zoom lens, a solar filter, a tripod, or a video camera. Instead, it took computer programming and hundreds of still photos. Krista developed a tool to process solar eclipse images from many sources and stitch them together, to create a solar eclipse “movie.” And Google’s version of that tool is about to hit the big time.


Video: EXCLUSIVE Look Inside NASA Deep Space Gateway: Lockheed Martin Visit Part 1
Source: Beyond Science

This is a very special ON-SITE episode of Beyond Science. I visit Lockheed Martin Space Systems where a deep space gateway is being built. Right now, most spaceships head to the ISS (International Space Station) which is around six hours away. But if we were trying to get to Mars, we would need a cosmic rest stop. This rest stop is what Lockheed Martin is currently building for NASA.


The Sun And The Total Eclipse Of August 2017
Source: Coursera

CU Boulder’s Doug Duncan, astronomer and Fiske Planetarium director, developed the free massive open online course (MOOC) Sun and the Great American Eclipse of 2017 on Coursera to help scientists and curious learners prepare for the event.


Large Asteroid To Safely Pass Earth On Sept. 1
Source: NASA

Asteroid Florence, a large near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of about 4.4 million miles, (7.0 million kilometers, or about 18 Earth-Moon distances). Florence is among the largest near-Earth asteroids that are several miles is size; measurements from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and NEOWISE mission indicate it’s about 2.7 miles (4.4 kilometers) in size.


An Insider’s Guide To Voyager: 1977-2017
Source: NASA

From the first detection of active volcanoes outside Earth to the first up-close images of Neptune, the 40-year Odyssey of NASA’s Voyager mission is full of unforgettable memories. Voyager 1, the farthest human-made object, launched on Sept. 5, 1977, and Voyager 2, the second farthest, launched on Aug. 20, 1977. In honor of their 40th launch anniversaries, we asked scientists and engineers who have worked with the spacecraft, as well as enthusiasts inspired by the mission, to share their most meaningful Voyager moments.


Eclipse Will Have Atmospheric Impact
Source: CIRES

CIRES, NOAA scientists take advantage of shadowed Sun to test a model, study dynamics.