January 12, 2018

NASA Space Telescopes Provide A 3-D Journey Through The Orion Nebula

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, F. Summers, G. Bacon, Z. Levay, J. DePasquale, L. Frattare, M. Robberto and M. Gennaro (STScI), and R. Hurt (Caltech/IPAC)

January 12, 2018 – Astronomers and visualization specialists from NASA’s Universe of Learning program have combined visible and infrared vision of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to create an unprecedented, three-dimensional, fly-through view of the picturesque Orion Nebula, a nearby star-forming region. Read More


Jupiter’s Colorful Cloud Belts

Image Credit: NASA/SwRI/Kevin M. Gill

January 12, 2018 – Colorful swirling cloud belts dominate Jupiter’s southern hemisphere in this image captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. Jupiter appears in this color-enhanced image as a tapestry of vibrant cloud bands and storms. The dark region in the far left is called the South Temperate Belt. Read More


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Prospecting Nearby Worlds
Source: Boulder Weekly

The past year has been fantastic for commercial spaceflight, with Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully launching 18 Falcon-9 rockets in 2017. It now seems almost routine to watch the first stage of the Falcon-9 gently land itself back on the launch pad after sending its cargo into orbit. The company expects to reuse even more rockets in 2018, leveling out to a steady slate of 30 to 40 launches per year. Later this spring, one of those rockets will carry NASA’s next mission to find planets around other stars: the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS.


First SAGE III Lunar Data Now Available To Public
Source: NASA

The first set of lunar data collected from the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III), a NASA instrument that launched to the International Space Station in February 2017, is now available for public use.


ULA Delta IV Launches With NROL-47
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

United Launch Alliance launched a Delta IV rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying the classified NROL-47 mission for the US National Reconnaissance Office. Following a scrub on Thursday, liftoff occurred on Friday at 22:10 UTC.


Space Foundation Educator Visits Local School For Science Day
Source: Space Foundation

In ongoing efforts to inspire students in the STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), the Space Foundation sent Space Education Specialist Slade Bradbury to visit local grade school, Jackson Elementary, for Science Day on Friday, Jan. 12. Throughout the day, students went from one class to another learning various science topics.


SpaceShipTwo Performs Glide Flight In Advance Of Powered Tests
Source: SpaceNews

Virgin Galactic conducted its first test flight of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle in more than five months Jan. 11 as the company prepares to begin powered test flights of the vehicle. The glide flight, conducted in the skies above the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, was the seventh for the second SpaceShipTwo, named VSS Unity, dating back to December 2016. Pilots Mark Stucky and Michael Masucci landed the vehicle at the airport after a successful flight.


No Planets Needed: NASA Study Shows Disk Patterns Can Self-Generate
Source: NASA

When scientists searching for exoplanets — worlds located beyond our solar system — first spotted patterns in disks of dust and gas around young stars, they thought newly formed planets might be the cause. But a recent NASA study cautions that there may be another explanation — one that doesn’t involve planets at all.


Kids To Interview Apollo Astronaut
Source: News-O-Matic

Fifty years ago, the race to the moon was in full swing. Scientists and engineers were making huge leaps in technology to make good on President Kennedy’s promise of reaching the moon. As News-O-Matic covers the current events of 2018, it is also looking back at the news of 1968 that changed the world. And it’s inviting young readers to participate by conducting an interview with Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham!


Safety Panel Raises Concerns About Falcon 9 Pressure Vessel For Commercial Crew Missions
Source: SpaceNews

An independent safety panel recommended NASA not certify SpaceX’s commercial crew system until the agency better understands the behavior of pressure vessels linked to a Falcon 9 failure in 2016. That recommendation was one of the stronger items in the annual report of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) released by NASA Jan. 11, which found that NASA was generally managing risk well on its various programs.


Above And Beyond: NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Surpasses Expectations Flying To New Heights In 2017
Source: NASA

In the cold vacuum of space, four satellites travel through the darkness, cruising around Earth at speeds up to 22,300 miles per hour. These spacecraft comprise NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, called MMS for short. Looking at electric and magnetic fields, hot plasmas, and high-energy particles, they have been charting the dynamic space environment around Earth for over two years. What they’ve discovered in 2017 is changing how we understand the magnetic environment protecting our planet.


ICEYE Successfully Launches World’s First SAR Microsatellite And Establishes Finland’s First Commercial Satellite Operations
Source: ICEYE

ICEYE, the leader in synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology for microsatellites providing expanded access to reliable and timely earth observation data, today announced the successful launch of its proof-of-concept satellite mission, ICEYE-X1, on ISRO’s PSLV-C40 rocket. The success of the launch, from Satish Dhawan Space Center in India, distinguishes ICEYE-X1 as the world’s first microsatellite equipped with synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) to ever be deployed in space and as Finland’s very first commercial satellite.


Video: Delta IV NROL-47 Live Launch Broadcast
Source: National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)

Recorded broadcast from the United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket launch of the NROL-47 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office earlier today.


Black Hole Spin Cranks-Up Radio Volume
Source: National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)

Statistical analysis of supermassive black holes suggests that the spin of the black hole may play a role in the generation of powerful high-speed jets blasting radio waves and other radiation across the Universe.