February 5, 2017 – February 11, 2017

February 5, 2017 – February 11, 2017

NASA Bets The Farm On The Long-Term Viability Of Space Agriculture
Source: Popular Science

If you give an astronaut a packet of food, she’ll eat for a day. If you teach an astronaut how to farm in space …

Three Sites Where NASA Might Retrieve Its First Mars Rock
Source: nature

The future of NASA’s Mars programme just got a lot more focussed. The agency has narrowed — from eight to three — the list of potential landing sites for its 2020 rover …

College Students Sought For Suborbital Rocket Projects
Source: NASA

NASA has announced two opportunities for college students to participate in space experiment projects using suborbital sounding rockets.

Hubble Sees Spiral In Andromeda
Source: NASA

The Andromeda constellation is one of the 88 modern constellations and should not be confused with our neighboring Andromeda Galaxy. The Andromeda constellation is home to the pictured galaxy known as NGC 7640.

Unlocking An Impact Crater’s Clues
Source: NASA

Mars is a dynamic planet. HiRISE has witnessed many surface changes over the past ten years, including hundreds of new craters formed by ongoing impacts.

Soccer Ball Recovered From Space Shuttle Challenger Flies To The Space Station
Source: NASA

A soccer ball originally packed onto space shuttle Challenger in 1986 is now orbiting the Earth on board the International Space Station, 31 years later. The soccer ball was signed and presented to NASA astronaut Ellison Onizuka by soccer players – including his daughter – from Clear Lake High School, near NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Big names From NASA, The NFL And The Screen Join 2017 Conference On World Affairs
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

For its 69th season, the iconic Conference on World Affairs (CWA) at the University of Colorado Boulder will bring speakers from 18 countries to campus to discuss issues ranging from space exploration and nuclear policy to long-term health impacts of professional sports.

Will You Be Able To See Tonight’s Deep Penumbral Lunar Eclipse?
Source: SyFy Wire

Tonight — Friday, February 10, 2017 — about half the planet will be treated to a lunar eclipse. But not an ordinary one …

New Horizons Exits Brief Safe Mode, Recovery Operations Continue
Source: NASA

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is operating normally after just over 24 hours in a protective “safe mode,” the result of a command-loading error that occurred early Thursday.

New Data From NOAA GOES-16’s Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS) Instrument

The new Space Environment In‐Situ Suite (SEISS) instrument onboard NOAA’s GOES-16 is working and successfully sending data back to Earth.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Begins Earth-Trojan Asteroid Search
Source: NASA

A NASA spacecraft begins its search Thursday for an enigmatic class of near-Earth objects known as Earth-Trojan asteroids. OSIRIS-REx, currently on a two-year outbound journey to the asteroid Bennu, will spend almost two weeks searching for evidence of these small bodies.

Are You Ready To Hop A Ride On A 3D-Printed Spaceship?
Source: PC Mag

We already know flights aboard Boeing’s Starliner spaceship will be comfortable and have a bit of flair, so it’s only natural that the ships themselves will have futuristic parts, many of them fabricated in 3D printers …

Astronaut Shares Photo Of Colorado’s Front Range From Space
Source: Coloradoan

Early Thursday morning, astronaut Shane Kimbrough shared a photo of what our corner of the world looks like from space.

NASA Space Launch System Opens Pathway To Mars — And Thousands Of Jobs On Earth
Source: Forbes

There’s a conference next week near Capitol Hill to discuss a project that may lead to the greatest technological achievement in history — and yet chances are, you haven’t heard about it. The project is NASA’s effort to develop a huge rocket and spacecraft that will …

European Space Agency To Help NASA Take Humans Beyond Moon
Source: CNBC

The European Space Agency says it will contribute key components for a future NASA mission to take humans around the moon within the next few years.

Lockheed Martin Utilizes DigitalGlobe’s Geospatial Big Data Analysis Platform
Source: GovCon Wire

Lockheed Martin has adopted DigitalGlobe‘s (NYSE: DGI) geospatial big data analytics platform to support the development of new commercial products designed to …

DARPA Selects SSL As Commercial Partner For Revolutionary Goal Of Servicing Satellites In GEO
Source: DARPA

In an important step toward a new era of advanced, cost-effective robotic capabilities in space, DARPA today announced that it has selected Space Systems Loral (SSL), based in Palo Alto, CA, as its commercial partner for the Agency’s Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program.

Looking To The Future: Russia, US Mull Post-ISS Cooperation In Space
Source: Sputnik

NASA may have to book seats for American astronauts on Russian Soyuz spaceships in 2018. Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with …

A Bird’s Eye View of Ski Resorts From Space
Source: Outside

Ski hills are major landforms, not just vertical playgrounds. New tools like Google Earth allow us to glimpse the entirety of the mountains on which ski resorts reside …

NASA Spacecraft Prepares To Fly To New Heights
Source: NASA

On February 9, 2017, NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, known as MMS, began a three-month long journey into a new orbit. MMS flies in a highly elliptical orbit around Earth and the new orbit will take MMS twice as far out as it has previously flown.

Final Work Platform Installed In Vehicle Assembly Building For NASA’s Space Launch System
Source: NASA

NASA reached a key milestone in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A year of platform installations came to conclusion in January as the final work platform, A north, was lifted, installed and secured recently on its rail beam on the north wall of High Bay 3 inside the iconic facility.

Time Lapse of Work Platforms Installed In The Vehicle Assembly Building
Source: NASA/Kennedy Space Center

Time lapse of the new work platforms for NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft installed in High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Hubble Finds Big Brother Of Halley’s Comet Ripped Apart By White Dwarf
Source: ESA/Hubble

Scientists using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have observed, for the first time, a massive, comet-like object that has been ripped apart and scattered in the atmosphere of a white dwarf.

CU Boulder Professor Elected To National Academy Of Engineering
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected Distinguished Professor Daniel J. Scheeres, an aerospace engineer at the University of Colorado Boulder, to its 2017 class. Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer …

One Role Of Mars Orbiter: Check Possible Landing Sites
Source: JPL/NASA

At an international workshop this week about where NASA’s next Mars rover should land, most of the information comes from a prolific spacecraft that’s been orbiting Mars since 2006. Observations by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the basis for evaluating eight candidate landing sites for the Mars 2020 rover mission.

NASA Receives Science Report on Europa Lander Concept
Source: JPL/NASA

A report on the potential science value of a lander on the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has been delivered to NASA, and the agency is now engaging the broader science community to open a discussion about its findings.

Goddard Center Director Remarks On Passing Of Phil Sabelhaus
Source: NASA

Longtime Goddard employee Phil Sabelhaus passed away the morning of February 7, 2017. The following is a statement from NASA Goddard Center Director Chris Scolese …

16th SPCS: Defending Apace At High Frequencies
Source: 21st Space Wing Public Affairs

An array of satellite dishes point to strategic locations in space allowing airmen to monitor Super-High Frequency and Ultra-High Frequency signals assisting military units across the globe in fulfilling their missions.

Genes In Space Competition Launches
Source: miniPCR

Genes in Space, a competition that fosters creativity, collaboration and critical thinking among young innovators, opened a call for entries today. The competition challenges U.S. students in grades seven through twelve to design DNA analysis experiments …

CSU Professor Contributes To NASA’s “Twins Study”
Source: The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Results from the NASA Twins Study came out this week, and a Colorado State University professor played a big part in it. Dr. Susan Bailey is a radiation biologist at CSU …

Lockheed Hit by U.S. Air Force for More GPS III Satellite Flaws
Source: Bloomberg Technology

Botched testing by a Lockheed Martin Corp. subcontractor on a key component for the U.S.’s newest Global Positioning System satellites raises new questions about …

NASA Finds Planets Of Red Dwarf Stars May Face Oxygen Loss In Habitable Zones
Source: NASA

The search for life beyond Earth starts in habitable zones, the regions around stars where conditions could potentially allow liquid water – which is essential for life as we know it – to pool on a planet’s surface. New NASA research suggests some of these zones might not …

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

A Recent Cluster Of Impacts
Source: NASA

The dark spots in this enhanced-color infrared image are the recent impact craters that occurred in the Tharsis region between 2008 and 2014. These impact craters were first discovered by the Mars Context Camera …

Blue Jets Studied From Space Station
Source: ESA

For years, their existence has been debated: elusive electrical discharges in the upper atmosphere that sport names such as red sprites, blue jets, pixies and elves.

Astronomers Find Faintest Early Galaxies Yet, Probe How The Early Universe Lit Up
Source: McDonald Observatory/The University of Texas at Austin

Astronomers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a new technique to discover the faintest galaxies yet seen in the early universe —10 times fainter than any previously seen.

Commercial Group Endorses Use Of Space Launch System
Source: SpaceNews

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) says it supports the continued development and use of NASA’s Space Launch System, a move that may help …

Climate Scientists Challenge Conservatives’ NOAA Suit, Fearing More to Come Under Trump
Source: inside climate news

Three scientific advocacy groups have filed a legal brief in support of federal climate scientists who are being sued by the conservative organization Judicial Watch.

Register Now For Women’s Global Gathering Luncheon At 33rd Space Symposium
Source: Space Foundation

A new forum has been added to the Space Foundation’s Space Symposium that will be open to Symposium registrants as well as non-registrants.

Six New Horizons Scientists Propose Geophysical Planet Definition
Source: Spaceflight Insider

Six scientists who work on NASA’s New Horizons mission propose a geophysical planet definition in a new article published in the journal Lunar and Planetary Science.

Tornado Recovery Underway At NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility
Source: NASA

Recovery efforts are underway at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, which was impacted by a tornado at 11:25 a.m. CST Tuesday. All 3,500 employees at the facility have been accounted for, with five sustaining minor injuries.

Cassini Scientist For a Day 2016-17
Source: NASA

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by the Cassini spacecraft and are tasked to choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be supported in essay. The contest meets U.S. National English and Science Education Standards.

2016 Tycho Brahe Award Presented To Dr. Michael C. Moreau
Source: The Institute of Navigation, Inc.

Dr. Michael C. Moreau has championed the expansion of GNSS beyond low Earth orbit to the edges of cislunar space, through contributions across a wide spectrum of the science of space navigation, including high Earth orbit applications of GNSS, human spaceflight, robotic satellite servicing, planetary exploration, and national and international policy development.

Bringing “Hidden Figures”​ To The Forefront
Source: Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin

The team at Lockheed Martin has been buzzing for months about the recently released Hollywood movie “Hidden Figures.” After all, part of the movie was filmed at our wind tunnel …

Stratasys Partners With Dassault Systèmes To Improve Performance Of Additively Manufactured Production Parts
Source: Stratasys Ltd

Stratasys Ltd., the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, today announced that it is partnering with Dassault Systèmes to provide next generation design tools that improve the functionality, efficiency and weight ratio of additively manufactured production parts.

‘Star Wars’-Loving Alumna Helped Bring ‘Rogue One’ To Life
Source: University of Colorado Denver

Growing up, Rebecca Forth dreamed of being in the “Star Wars” movies and having adventures on planets in a galaxy far, far away. When “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” debuted, Forth’s dreams came to life when she saw the planet she helped create on the big screen.

York Space Systems Announces Space Segment Enterprise Program with Partners
Source: Via Satellite

York Space Systems announced the launch of its Space Segment Enterprise Program (SSEP) in collaboration with its network of partners. Under the program, York will …

MDA Announces Release Of NATURALVUE® 2.0 – A Completely New, Cloud-Free Global Image Mosaic
Source: MDA Information Systems LLC

MDA Information Systems LLC (MDA), a provider of geospatial and advanced information solutions to government and commercial customers, announces the release of NATURALVUE® 2.0 – the only global, commercially available, cloud-free, seamless mosaic using current imagery.

Out Of This World – Juno Spies A Little Red Spot
Source: Apollo Mapping

The Juno spacecraft is whizzing around Jupiter and its highly destructive atmosphere, gathering as much data as it can before …

DigitalGlobe Adds New, Innovative Partners to Its Rapidly Growing Geospatial Big Data Ecosystem
Source: DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe, Inc., the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, announced the growth of its ecosystem of content producers and consumers who leverage the Company’s Geospatial Big Data analytics platform, GBDX. With this increase in ecosystem partners, GBDX solidified its leadership position.

First image from Harris Advanced Himawari Imager. Image Credit: Harris

Japan Meteorological Agency Releases First Images From Harris Corporation-Built Imager Onboard New Weather Satellite
Source: Harris Corporation

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) released the first images taken by Harris Corporation’s (NYSE:HRS) Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI) onboard Himawari-9, the country’s newest weather satellite. The imager captured detailed clouds over Japan and the Pacific Ocean.

New Horizons Team Earns NASA, International Awards
Source: JHUAPL

The New Horizons mission has earned about two-dozen team and individual awards since pulling off a historic flyby of Pluto in July 2015. But its latest honor – the NASA Group Achievement Award – holds a special place on the list.

Angling Up For Mars Science
Source: ESA

ESA’s latest Mars orbiter has moved itself into a new path on its way to achieving the final orbit for probing the Red Planet. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter …

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Sharpens Paradox Of Ancient Mars
Source: NASA

Mars scientists are wrestling with a problem. Ample evidence says ancient Mars was sometimes wet, with water flowing and pooling on the planet’s surface. Yet, the ancient sun was about one-third less warm and climate modelers struggle to produce scenarios that get the surface of Mars warm enough for keeping water unfrozen …

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Contrasting Colors Of Crater Dunes And Gullies
Source: NASA

Gullies are relatively common features in the steep slopes of crater walls, possibly formed by dry debris flows, movement of carbon dioxide frost, or perhaps the melting of ground ice. This example shows a section of crater wall from the rocky crater rim at the far left of the image, down to the dark dusty dunes on the crater floor in the bottom right.

Surprising Solar Flares: Studying the Sun as a Star
Source: LASP/University of Colorado Boulder

In this February 1, 2017 LASP public lecture, senior research scientist Tom Woods, discussed some of the measurements made of the sun’s variability during flare events across all wavelengths.

1 SOPS Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Source: Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group

The 1st Space Operations Squadron marked its 25th Anniversary during a celebration at The Mining Exchange in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Friday.

Uwingu Announces 2017 Mars Valentine’s Day Gifting
Source: Uwingu

Space and astronomy public engagement company Uwingu announced today a very special way for anyone to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2017 …

New ‘Space Poop’ System Could Fly On Orion Deep-Space Mission
Source: NBC News

A new spacesuit system to flush away astronauts’ poop will likely fly on the first crewed Orion spacecraft flight …

Older Than The Moon
Source: University of California – Santa Barbara

The Earth’s mantle — the layer between the crust and the outer core — is home to a primordial soup even older than the moon.

In ISRO’s Launch Of 104 Satellites Next Week, 88 Will Be From U.S.
Source: The Hindu

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is on the cusp of making history when it sends 104 satellites into orbit on its PSLV-C37 rocket on February 15. Only three of them are Indian satellites.

Igniting A Passion For Science
Source: Colorado School of Mines

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and CBS4 are hosting the third annual Girls & Science event, sponsored in part by Colorado School of Mines, on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Eclipse 2017: NASA Supports a Unique Opportunity for Science in the Shadow
Source: NASA

The first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in nearly 40 years takes place on Aug. 21, 2017. Beyond providing a brilliant sight in the daytime sky, total solar eclipses provide a rare chance for scientists to collect data only available during eclipses. NASA is funding 11 scientific studies that will take advantage of this opportunity.

U.S. Congressmen Rogers And Bridenstine To Speak At 33rd Space Symposium
Source: Space Foundation

With a new Congress and a new administration in place, space policy and legislation, both civil and national security-related, will be integral to this year’s 33rd Space Symposium. Perspectives from U.S. Congressmen will be provided at the Symposium by speakers Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK).

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

Jovian ‘Antarctica’
Source: NASA/JPL

Cyclones swirl around the south pole, and white oval storms can be seen near the limb — the apparent edge of the planet — in this image of Jupiter’s south polar region.

Black Hole Meal Sets Record For Length And Size
Source: Chandra X-ray Center/NASA

A giant black hole ripped apart a star and then gorged on its remains for about a decade, according to astronomers. This is more than ten times longer than any observed episode of a star’s death by black hole.

Boeing, NanoRacks Partner To Create First Commercial Airlock
Source: Boeing

New privately funded passageway to space estimated to increase station utilization once installed on International Space Station in 2019.

Progress Underway For First Commercial Airlock On Space Station
Source: NASA

The International Space Station allows NASA to conduct cutting-edge research and technology demonstrations for the next giant leap in human exploration and supports an emerging space economy in low-Earth orbit.

Mystery Radiation ‘Clouds’ May Pose Risk To Air Travellers
Source: New Scientist

Danger zones in the air where radiation levels surge could pose an unrecognised health hazard. Airliners may have to …

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Potentially Hospitable Enceladus
Source: NASA

Seen from outside, Enceladus appears to be like most of its sibling moons: cold, icy and inhospitable. But under that forbidding exterior may exist the very conditions needed for life.

Image credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

Orion Crew Module Plumbing To Undergo Proof Pressure Testing
Source: NASA/Kennedy Space Center

The Orion crew module was moved from a work station to the proof pressure cell in the high bay of the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jan. 26 to prepare for testing.

Boeing Has Spacesuit, Will Travel
Source: Fox Business

United Launch Alliance — the Boeing and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) joint venture responsible for launching most U.S. government space missions — has a big plan for space …

ULA’s Navy Delivers Rocket That Will Launch Supplies To The Space Station
Source: Spaceflight Now

The ocean-sailing ship that transports rocket stages from United Launch Alliance’s factory to U.S. launch sites completed its latest voyage overnight …