January 17, 2018

Cassini Finds Saturn Moon Has ‘Sea Level’ Like Earth

Titan is the only world in our solar system other than Earth that has stable liquid on its surface. The liquid in Titan’s lakes and seas is mostly methane and ethane. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI/USGS

January 17, 2018 – Saturn’s moon Titan may be nearly a billion miles away from Earth, but a recently published paper based on data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveals a new way this distant world and our own are eerily similar. Just as the surface of oceans on Earth lies at an average elevation that we call “sea level,” Titan’s seas also lie at an average elevation. Read More


USS Anchorage Departs For NASA’s Orion Mission

In this file photo, Sailors from the USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 participate in the second underway recovery test for the NASA Orion program in August 2014. Image Credit: U.S. Navy/MC1 Corey Green

January 17, 2018 – San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) departed from Naval Base San Diego to conduct an Underway Recovery Test (URT) in conjunction with NASA off the coast of Southern California, January 17. Read More


Space Foundation International Teacher Liaison Program Adds 31 Educators, Including Five In India And One In Nigeria

Image Credit: Space Foundation

January 17, 2018 – Started by the Space Foundation in 2004, the Teacher Liaison program influences space and science education at an international level. Teacher Liaisons serve as advocates for space-themed education, and use Space Foundation-provided training and resources to further integrate space principles into the classroom. Read More


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‘First Light’ Images From CERES FM6 Earth-Observing Instrument
Source: NASA

The covers on the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System Flight Model 6 (CERES FM6) opened Jan. 5, allowing it to scan Earth for the first time. The instrument was one of five that launched Nov. 18, 2017, on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration’s (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System 1 (JPSS-1). After reaching polar orbit Nov. 18, the satellite became known as NOAA-20.


Video: Your Future With Smead Aerospace
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Having a degree from Smead Aerospace opens the door to the aerospace industry. Students graduating with their advanced degrees are going into industry, going into academia, going into agencies, and research institutes.


Thursday Satellite Launch Aims To Bolster Missile Defense
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

In the wake of Hawaii’s weekend missile warning scare, the Air Force is preparing to deploy a new satellite to spot incoming threats. The mission, weather permitting, will be launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral at 5:52 p.m. MST Thursday.


Parker Solar Probe Enters Thermal Vacuum Chamber
Source: NASA

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe was lowered into the 40-foot-tall thermal vacuum chamber at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The spacecraft will remain in the chamber for about seven weeks, coming out in mid-March for final tests and packing before heading to Florida. Parker Solar Probe is scheduled to launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on July 31, 2018, on a Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle.


Odd Behaviour Of Star Reveals Lonely Black Hole Hiding In Giant Star Cluster
Source: European Southern Observatory

Astronomers using ESO’s MUSE instrument on the Very Large Telescope in Chile have discovered a star in the cluster NGC 3201 that is behaving very strangely. It appears to be orbiting an invisible black hole with about four times the mass of the Sun — the first such inactive stellar-mass black hole found in a globular cluster and the first found by directly detecting its gravitational pull. This important discovery impacts on our understanding of the formation of these star clusters, black holes, and the origins of gravitational wave events.


Ground Crews Roll 75th Atlas 5 Rocket To Its Launch Pad
Source: SpaceFlight Now

The Atlas 5 rocket has arrived at Complex 41 after a half-hour trip from the Vertical Integration Facility. The Atlas 5’s mobile platform followed rail tracks leading to the pad as two “trackmobile” vehicles pushed the stack.


Japan’s ASNARO-2 Launched On Third Epsilon Flight
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

Japan’s experimental radar imaging satellite ASNARO-2 was launched Thursday aboard the third flight of the Epsilon rocket. Liftoff – from the Uchinoura Space Centre – occurred at the opening of a twenty-four-minute, two-second window opening at 06:06:11 local time (21:06 UTC on Wednesday).


GAO Warns Of Further Delays In Certifying Commercial Crew Vehicles
Source: SpaceNews

As the two companies developing commercial crew systems reiterated that they were on schedule to carry out test flights later this year, a government analysis of schedules concluded those vehicles may not be certified to carry NASA astronauts until late 2019 or early 2020.


SpaceX And Customers Defend Falcon 9 Performance After Zuma Mission
Source: SpaceNews

SpaceX reiterated at a congressional hearing Jan. 17 that its Falcon 9 rocket performed as expected on its most recent launch, despite swirling questions about the potential failure of the classified Zuma mission.


First ICEYE-X1 Radar Image From Space Published
Source: ICEYE

ICEYE, the leader in synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology for microsatellites providing expanded access to reliable and timely earth observation data, today published the first radar image obtained with the ICEYE-X1 SAR satellite. The image depicts Noatak National Preserve, Alaska, on Monday Jan. 15, at 21:47 UTC. ICEYE-X1 is the world’s first SAR satellite under 100 kg, launched less than a week ago on Jan. 12, 2018 on ISRO’s PSLV-C40 from Satish Dhawan Space Center in India.