February 25 – March 3, 2019

Advanced Camera For Surveys Anomaly On Hubble Space Telescope

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Image Credit: NASA

March 2, 2019 – At 6:31 p.m. MST on February 28, the Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope suspended operations after an error was detected as the instrument was performing a routine boot procedure. The error indicated that software inside the camera had not loaded correctly. Read More


InSight ‘Mole’ Starts Hammering Into The Martian Soil

DLR’s HP³ (Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package) burrows into the Martian soil for the first time. Image Credit: DLR

March 2, 2019 – On February 28, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) ‘Mole’ automatically hammered its way into the Martian subsurface for the first time. In a first step, it penetrated to a depth between 18 and 50 centimeters into the Martian soil with 4000 hammer blows over a period of four hours. Read More


NASA, SpaceX Launch First Flight Test Of Space System Designed For Crew

A two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for Demo-1, the first uncrewed mission of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The on-time liftoff occurred at 2:49 a.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019. Image Credit: NASA

March 2, 2019 – For the first time in history, a commercially-built and operated American crew spacecraft and rocket, which launched from American soil, is on its way to the International Space Station. The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off at 2:49 a.m. EST Saturday on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Read More


NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Study An Iconic Supernova

Astronomers combined observations from three different observatories (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, red; Hubble, green; Chandra X-ray Observatory, blue) to produce this colorful, multiwavelength image of the intricate remains of Supernova 1987A. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Angelich (NRAO/AUI/NSF)

March 2, 2019 – In February 1987, light from an exploding star arrived at Earth after traveling across 160,000 light-years of space. It was the closest supernova humanity had seen in centuries. Thirty-two years later, the light of the supernova itself has faded, but astronomers continue to study its remains for clues about how stars live and die. Scientists will use NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to observe Supernova 1987A (SN 1987A), as it is known, in order to gain new insights into the physics of the explosion and its aftermath. Read More


SwRI-Led New Horizons Research Indicates Small Objects Are Surprisingly Rare In The Kuiper Belt

An SwRI-led team studied the craters and geology on Pluto and Charon and found there were fewer small craters than expected. This implies that the Kuiper Belt contains relatively small numbers of objects less than 1 mile in diameter. Imaged by New Horizon’s LORRI camera, the smooth, geologically stable “Vulcan Planitia” on Charon illustrates these findings. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/LORRI/SwRI

March 2, 2019 – Using New Horizons data from the Pluto-Charon flyby in 2015, a Southwest Research Institute-led team of scientists have indirectly discovered a distinct and surprising lack of very small objects in the Kuiper Belt. The evidence for the paucity of small Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) comes from New Horizons imaging that revealed a dearth of small craters on Pluto’s largest satellite, Charon, indicating that impactors from 300 feet to 1 mile (91 meters to 1.6 km) in diameter must also be rare. Read More


Es’hailSat And BridgeSat Bring Secure, High-Performance, Low-Cost Laser Satellite Communications To The Middle East

March 2, 2019 – Es’hailSat, Qatar Satellite Company and BridgeSat have announced a strategic relationship that will provide businesses and governments across the Middle East with affordable access to laser-based satellite broadband services. This is the latest milestone toward BridgeSat’s goal of providing organizations worldwide with a faster, less expensive and most secure alternative to traditional radio frequency (RF) solutions for low earth orbit (LEO) and geostationary earth orbit (GEO) applications. Read More


NASA’s Commercial Crew Program On The Verge Of Making History

Image Credit: NASA

February 27, 2019 – SpaceX is set to launch its Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket, the first launch of a space system designed for humans built and operated by a commercial company through a public-private partnership, on a flight test to the International Space Station (ISS) at 12:49 a.m. MST on Saturday, March 2. Read More


Why Do Some Galactic Unions Lead To Doom?

This image shows the merger of two galaxies, known as NGC 7752 (larger) and NGC 7753 (smaller), also collectively called Arp86. In these images, different colors correspond to different wavelengths of infrared light. Blue and green are wavelengths both strongly emitted by stars. Red is a wavelength mostly emitted by dust. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

February 27, 2019 – Three images from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope show pairs of galaxies on the cusp of cosmic consolidations. Though the galaxies appear separate now, gravity is pulling them together, and soon they will combine to form new, merged galaxies. Some merged galaxies will experience billions of years of growth. For others, however, the merger will kick off processes that eventually halt star formation, dooming the galaxies to wither prematurely. Read More


Magnetic Tsunami In The Sun Triggers New Space Weather Events In 2020

Six snapshots of global tachocline fluid top surface deformations are presented in approximately 4 days interval to show the trigerring and development of tsunami, which after reaching the mid-latitudes, lift the weak (nonbuoyant) toroidal bands (white tubes at mid-latitudes) to help erupt as sunspots at solar surface in approximately a couple of weeks since the cessation of the old cycle. Image Credit: HAO

February 27, 2019 – Most people have heard about tsunamis in the Earth’s oceans. Those occur when large masses of water get violently moved at the ocean floor, as a result of earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004, often called the “Boxing Day Tsunami”, is just such an event – it caused catastrophic destruction in many coastal regions around the Indian ocean. Read More


New Horizons Returns Its Sharpest Views Of Ultima Thule

The most detailed images of Ultima Thule — obtained just minutes before the spacecraft’s closest approach at 12:33 a.m. EST on Jan. 1 — have a resolution of about 110 feet (33 meters) per pixel. Their combination of higher spatial resolution and a favorable viewing geometry offer an unprecedented opportunity to investigate the surface of Ultima Thule, believed to be the most primitive object ever encountered by a spacecraft. This processed, composite picture combines nine individual images taken with the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), each with an exposure time of 0.025 seconds, just 6 ½ minutes before the spacecraft’s closest approach to Ultima Thule (officially named 2014 MU69). The image was taken at 5:26 UT (12:26 a.m. EST) on Jan. 1, 2019, when the spacecraft was 4,109 miles (6,628 kilometers) from Ultima Thule and 4.1 billion miles (6.6 billion kilometers) from Earth. The angle between the spacecraft, Ultima Thule and the Sun – known as the “phase angle” – was 33 degrees. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute, National Optical Astronomy Observatory

February 26, 2019 – The mission team called it a “stretch goal” – just before closest approach, precisely pointing the cameras on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to snap the sharpest possible pictures of the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule, its New Year’s flyby target and the farthest object ever explored. Read More


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Source: University of Colorado Boulder


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Source: SpaceNews


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Source: Arizona State University


RS-25 Engine Fired At Highest Power Level
Source: NASA


Pentagon Submits Space Force Proposal To Congress
Source: AFP.com


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Source: Frontiers


World View Appoints Ryan Hartman As Chief Executive Officer
Source: World View Enterprises Inc.


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Source: NASA


First Evidence Of Planet-Wide Groundwater System On Mars
Source: ESA


Mars Rover Gets Work-Out Controlled From More Than 6,000 Miles Away
Source: UK Space Agency


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Source: NASA


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Source: Chandra X-Ray Observatory


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Source: National Astronomical Observatory of Japan


Boeing Names Toulouse Senior Vice President Of Communications
Source: Boeing


Exiled Planet Linked To Stellar Flyby 3 Million Years Ago
Source: University of California – Berkeley


Five Teams Win NASA DALI Awards To Advance Future Lunar Missions
Source: NASA


First Six OneWeb Satellites Launched From French Guiana
Source: Spaceflight Now


Iceye Expands Staff To Prepare For Constellation
Source: SpaceNews


Lockheed Martin Getting NASA’s EM-1 Orion Modules Ready For Final Mate
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Westminster-Based Maxar Technologies Slashing More Than 200 Jobs
Source: The Denver Post


The Bizarre And Brilliant Rules For Naming New Stuff In Space
Source: The Washington post


Cluster Spacecraft Reveals New Insights Into The Inner Workings Of The Earth’s Natural Particle Accelerator
Source: Swedish Institute of Space Physics


MapCam View Of Bennu’s North Pole From Orbit
Source: NASA/University of Arizona


Astrobotic Team Selected By ESA To Study Delivery Of Lunar Resources Mission
Source: Astrobotic


The Changing Dynamics Of Twenty-First Century Space Power
Source: Air University


Exclusive: New Horizons’ Mission Head On New Discoveries At Ultima Thule
Source: Astronomy


Shutdown To Delay First Element Of NASA’s Lunar Gateway
Source: SpaceNews


NASA Selects Mission To Study Space Weather From Space Station
Source: NASA


S-Band Radio, Solar Array Drive And Sun Sensor Testing
Source: ESA Orion Blog


NASA Covers Large SLS Liquid Hydrogen Tank With Foam Insulation
Source: NASA


HawkEye 360 Begins First-Of-Its-Kind Commercial Geolocation Of Radio Frequency Signals From Space
Source: HawkEye 360


McDermott Awarded EPC Contract For Largest Hydrogen Cryogenic Sphere Ever Built For NASA
Source: McDermott International Inc.


ALMA Differentiates Two Birth Cries From A Single Star
Source: National Institutes of Natural Sciences


Space Force Proposal Shifts Satellite Communications Procurement To Air Force Secretary
Source: SpaceNews


DARPA’s Fred Kennedy Tapped To Lead Space Development Agency
Source: SpaceNews


NASA Unlikely To Return Mars Samples In The 2020s
Source: SpaceNews


NASA Plans Transition From Robots To Crewed Moon Landings
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Concludes Mission To The International Space Station
Source: Northrop Grumman


InSight Lands Praise And A Proclamation From LA County
Source: NASA


New ‘NASA Science Live’ Program Premieres This Week
Source: NASA


ADAPT Receives DoD Funds For Cooperative Industry Research
Source: Colorado School of Mines


Rick Ambrose, Lockheed Space Systems EVP, Named To 2019 Wash100 For Space Technology Push, Cloud Adoption For Space Missions
Source: ExecutiveBiz


Thales Alenia Space To Develop Communication Devices For Two NASA Programs
Source: ExecutiveBiz


New NASA Mission Could Find More Than 1,000 Planets
Source: The Ohio State University