January 20 – January 26, 2020

OSIRIS-REx Completes Closest Flyover Of Nightingale Sample Site

During the OSIRIS-REx Reconnaissance B flyover of primary sample collection site Nightingale, the spacecraft left its safe-home orbit to pass over the sample site at an altitude of 0.4 miles (620 m). The pass, which took 11 hours, gave the spacecraft’s onboard instruments the opportunity to take the closest-ever science observations of the sample site. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

January 25, 2020 – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully executed a 0.4-mile (620-m) flyover of site Nightingale earlier this week as part of the mission’s Reconnaissance B phase activities. Nightingale, OSIRIS-REx’s primary sample collection site, is located within a crater high in asteroid Bennu’s northern hemisphere. Read More


NASA Sounding Rocket Observing Nitric Oxide In Polar Night

Bill McClintock, PolarNOx co-investigator, monitors a payload test at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. Image Credit: NASA/Berit Bland

January 25, 2020 – Aurora, also known as the northern lights, are a sight to behold as they dance across the sky when solar winds collide with the Earth’s atmosphere. However, they also contribute to a process that has an adverse impact on the Earth’s ozone as nitric oxide is created during the auroral light show.  Read More


United Launch Alliance Issues Call For Student Rocket Launch Payloads

January 25, 2020 – United Launch Alliance (ULA) is inviting the next generation of rocket scientists to submit payload proposals for the annual Student Rocket Launch, which will take place this summer. Read More


How NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Continue Spitzer’s Legacy

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, then known as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility, launches from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday, August 25, 2003. Image Credit: NASA

January 22, 2020 – As one window to the universe closes, another will open with an even better view. Some of the same planets, stars and galaxies we first saw through the first window will appear in even sharper detail in the one that will soon open. Read More


NASA Celebrates The Legacy Of The Spitzer Space Telescope

In this artist’s rendering of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope in space, the background is shown in infrared light. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

January 22, 2020 – NASA is celebrating the legacy of one of its Great Observatories, the Spitzer Space Telescope, which has studied the universe in infrared light for more than 16 years. The Spitzer mission will come to a close on January 30. Read More


New SwRI Models Reveal Inner Complexity Of Saturn Moon

Using new geochemical models, SwRI scientists found that CO2 in Enceladus’ ocean may be controlled by chemical reactions at the seafloor. Integrating this finding with previous discoveries of H2 and silica suggests geochemically diverse environments in the rocky core. This diversity has the potential to create energy sources that could support life. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

January 22, 2020 – A Southwest Research Institute team developed a new geochemical model that reveals that carbon dioxide (CO2) from within Enceladus, an ocean-harboring moon of Saturn, may be controlled by chemical reactions at its seafloor. Studying the plume of gases and frozen sea spray released through cracks in the moon’s icy surface suggests an interior more complex than previously thought. Read More


More News

SpaceX Starlink Launch Scheduled For Monday
Source: Parabolic Arc


Astronauts Finish Repairs To Space Station Cosmic Ray Detector
Source: Spaceflight Now


Solar Orbiter Launch Delayed To Feb. 7
Source: Spaceflight Now


House Introduces NASA Authorization Bill That Emphasizes Mars Over Moon
Source: SpaceNews


Seminar – The Great Gateway Escape: Departing Flows In Near Rectilinear Halo Orbits
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Olson Awarded Brooke Owens Fellowship
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


NOAA Satellites Helped Rescue 421 People In 2019
Source: NOAA NESDIS


Winners Of The Space Foundation’s 10th Annual International Student Art Contest Announced
Source: Space Foundation


Astronomers Detect Large Amounts Of Oxygen In Ancient Star’s Atmosphere
Source: W. M. Keck Observatory


Colorado Team That Built Spitzer Space Telescope Says Goodbye As It Powers Down
Source: 9news.com


Space Industry Group Focused On Cybersecurity To Begin Operations In Spring 2020
Source: SpaceNews


Firefly Confirms Fire During First Stage Test
Source: Spaceflight Now


Mars Curiosity Rover Says Farewell To Murray Buttes
Source: NASA


Collins Aerospace And Discovery Center Join Together To Bring STEM Learning Opportunities To Students In Rockford And Beyond
Source: Collins Aerospace


NASA’s Kepler Witnesses Vampire Star System Undergoing Super-Outburst
Source: NASA/Hubble


NASA Administrator Names Director For Center In Maryland
Source: NASA


SpaceX Presses On With Legal Fight Against U.S. Air Force Over Rocket Contracts
Source: SpaceNews


Boeing Drops Out Of DARPA Experimental Spaceplane Program
Source: SpaceNews


Multi-Spacewalk Series To Replace Station Batteries Completed
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


SpaceX Releases Preliminary Results From Crew Dragon Abort Test
Source: Spaceflight Now


Second Space Data Highway Satellite Set To Beam
Source: ESA


Building Blocks Of Life Spotted On Rosetta’s Comet Hint At Composition Of Its Birthplace
Source: ESA


Lockheed’s Rick Ambrose On Space Market, Manned Lunar Mission
Source: ExecutiveBiz


New Research Finds Earth’s Oldest Asteroid Strike Linked To ‘Big Thaw’
Source: Curtin University


Warming Up For The Sun
Source: ESA