January 21 – January 27, 2019

5th Annual Girls And Science Event At Denver Museum Of Nature & Science

January 26, 2019 – The Denver Museum of Nature & Science, along with CBS4, will be hosting the fifth annual Girls & Science event on Saturday, March 2. This one-day event is designed for girls and their families to explore diverse careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) by participating in activities with female scientists. Women in STEAM professions will be on hand to talk about what they do, who they are, and what inspires them. Read More


Making Hubble’s Deepest Images Even Deeper

The new version of Hubble’s deep image. In dark grey you can see the new light that has been found around the galaxies in this field. That light corresponds to the brightness of more than one hundred billion suns. Image Credit: NASA/ESA/STScI/A. S. Borlaff et al.

January 26, 2019 – A group of researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), led by Alejandro S. Borlaff, has used original images from the Hubble Space Telescope to produce the deepest image of the Universe from space. The group improved the process for combining several images and was able to recover a large quantity of light from the outer zones of the largest galaxies in the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field (HUDF). Read More


Blue Origin Breaks Ground On BE-4 Rocket Engine Production Facility

Pictured left to right: Greg Canfield, Alabama Secretary of Commerce; Kim Lewis, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber 2019 Board Chair; Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle; Alabama Governor Kay Ivey; United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno; Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith; Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong; U.S. Senator Doug Jones; U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks; Clayco CEO Bob Clark. Image Credit: Blue Origin

January 25, 2019 – Blue Origin celebrated the official groundbreaking for its world-class rocket engine production facility today in Huntsville, Alabama. The plant will be built on 46 acres and employ more than 300 people to build the BE-4 engine. Read More


Ball Aerospace Tests Electronically-Steered Antenna With Telesat’s LEO Phase 1 Satellite, Streams Video

Ball Aerospace has successfully completed the first communication demonstration between Telesat’s LEO Phase 1 satellite and Ball’s fully electronically-steered flat panel antenna. Image Credit: Ball Aerospace

January 25, 2019 – Ball Aerospace has successfully completed the first communication demonstration between Telesat’s LEO Phase 1 satellite and Ball’s fully electronically-steered flat panel antenna at Telesat’s Allan Park ground station in Ontario, Canada. Ball and Telesat are collaborating on the development of satellite communications (SATCOM) terminals based on Ball’s advanced antenna technology. Read More


New Horizons’ Newest And Best-Yet View Of Ultima Thule

Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

January 24, 2019 – The wonders – and mysteries – of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 continue to multiply as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft beams home new images of its New Year’s Day 2019 flyby target. Read More


Stellar Winds, The Source Material For The Universe, Are Clumpy

Illustration of a high-mass X-ray binary system made up of a compact, incredibly dense neutron star paired with a massive normal supergiant star. New data from NASAs Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that the neutron star in the high-mass X-ray binary, OAO 1657-415, passed through a dense patch of stellar wind from its companion star, demonstrating the clumpy nature of stellar winds. Image Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

January 24, 2019 – Data recorded by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory of a neutron star as it passed through a dense patch of stellar wind emanating from its massive companion star provide valuable insight about the structure and composition of stellar winds and about the environment of the neutron star itself. A paper describing the research, led by Penn State astronomers, appears January 15, 2019, in the journal, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Read More


Wings Over The Rockies Announces Apollopalooza Festival

January 23, 2019 – Denver-based Wings Over the Rockies will be hosting Apollopalooza, a regional celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and future of human space exploration on Saturday, July 13th through Saturday, July 20th, 2019. The event is being highlighted by NASA and will be one of the largest Apollo anniversary celebrations in the Rocky Mountain West. Read More


SwRI Scientist Sheds Light On Titan’s Mysterious Atmosphere

This view of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is among the last images the Cassini spacecraft sent to Earth. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

January 23, 2019 – A new Southwest Research Institute study tackles one of the greatest mysteries about Titan, one of Saturn’s moons: the origin of its thick, nitrogen-rich atmosphere. The study posits that one key to Titan’s mysterious atmosphere is the “cooking” of organic material in the moon’s interior. Read More


Winners Of The Space Foundation’s 9th Annual International Student Art Contest Announced

Xinyi Christine of the United States received The Space Achievement Award in the Space Foundation’s International Student Art Contest. Image Credit: Xinyi Christine/Space Foundation

January 23, 2019 – The Space Foundation has announced the winners of its 9th Annual Space Foundation International Student Art Contest, co-sponsored by Firefly Aerospace. The 25 winners represent five U.S. states and 12 countries, with one entry chosen for the Space Achievement Award. Read More


Natalie Gosnell Publishes Paper, Receives NASA Grant

Colorado College Assistant Professor of Physics Natalie Gosnell. Image Credit: Colorado College

January 22, 2019 – A paper co-authored by Colorado College Assistant Professor of Physics Natalie Gosnell ’08 was highlighted recently in AAS Nova, which features recent papers from the American Astronomical Society journals, which comprise the premier journals in astrophysics. Additionally, Gosnell, who graduated cum laude from CC with a degree in physics, recently was awarded a $10,900 grant from NASA. Read More


United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches NROL-71 In Support Of 
National Security

A Delta IV Heavy with the NROL-71 mission aboard lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, January 19. SMC acquired the rocket and provided mission assurance for the mission. Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

January 22, 2019 – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a critical payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) denoted NROL-71 lifted off from Space Launch Complex-6 on January 19 at 12:10 p.m. MST. Read More


More News

Women In Space: Roscosmos Sets Sights On Creating Female Crew Of Cosmonauts, Says Source
Source: Tass Russian News Agency


Radiation For Dummies
Source: ESA


Brain Condition Related To Long-Term Spaceflights Needs More Attention, Data
Source: Medical University of South Carolina


Prolonged Spaceflight Could Weaken Astronauts’ Immune Systems
Source: University of Arizona


After Satellite Flap, Swarm Technologies Raises $25M For Space-Based IoT Network
Source: GeekWire


Op-Ed: Responsible Satellite Operations In The Era Of Large Constellations
Source: SpaceNews


Stars Shrouded In Iron Dust
Source: Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)


Space Foundation Launches Podcast Series Space4U
Source: Space Foundation


Regenerative Medicine Foundation Awards International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory For Leadership In Stem Cell Research
Source: ISS U.S. National Laboratory


Cassini Still Reveals Saturn’s Secrets More Than A Year After Its Mission’s End
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Chinese Companies OneSpace And iSpace Are Preparing For First Orbital Launches
Source: SpaceNews


Virgin Galactic Lays Off Staff As Test Program Continues
Source: SpaceNews


Rover Team Beaming New Commands To Opportunity On Mars
Source: NASA


Scientists Explain Formation Of Lunar Dust Clouds
Source: National Research University Higher School Of Economics


GRAIL: NASA’s Mission To Study The Gravity Of The Moon
Source: Space.com


Thales Alenia Space And Maxar Consortium Achieve Major Milestone In Design Phase Of Telesat’s LEO Satellite Constellation
Source: Maxar Technologies Ltd.


Falcon 9 Rocket Fires Engines In Key Test Ahead Of Crew Dragon Demo Flight
Source: Spaceflight Now


Earth’s Oldest Rock Found On The Moon
Source: USRA


Hubble Sees Plunging Galaxy Losing Its Gas
Source: NASA/STScI


The State Of Space 2019
Source: Space Foundation


NASA’s Opportunity Rover Logs 15 Years On Mars
Source: NASA/JPL


Virgin Galactic Unveils Under Armour As Exclusive Technical Spacewear Partner
Source: Virgin Galactic


When Black Holes Collide
Source: Caltech


ArianeGroup And PTScientists To Study Lunar Lander Mission For ESA
Source: SpaceNews


Rocket Lab To Launch DARPA Satellite
Source: SpaceNews


Birth Of Massive Black Holes In The Early Universe Revealed
Source: Georgia Institute of Technology


Astronomers Find Star Material Could Be Building Block Of Life
Source: Queen Mary University of London


UAE’s Mission To Mars On Track For Lift-Off In 2020
Source: The National


Planetary Collision That Formed The Moon Made Life Possible On Earth
Source: Rice University


Colorado-Built Dream Chaser, Successor To Space Shuttle, Turning Into Reality
Source: The Denver Post


Blue Origin Sends NASA-Backed Payloads To Space And Back
Source: GeekWire


Initial Results From The Ultima Thule Flyby
Source: Sky & Telescope


Greenland Ice Melting Four Times Faster Than In 2003
Source: CIRES


Amazing Photos Of The Super Blood Wolf Moon Of 2019!
Source: Space.com


Seeing Double Could Help Resolve Dispute About How Fast The Universe Is Expanding
Source: University of California – Los Angeles


Milky Way’s Neighbors Pick Up The Pace
Source: Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)


How Hot Are Atoms In The Shock Wave Of An Exploding Star?
Source: Penn State


Secure World Foundation Winter 2019 Internship
Source: Secure World Foundation


Ready For Blastoff
Source: RED


Aerospace School Possible At Wings Over The Rockies Site
Source: Englewood Herald


China’s Long March 11 Rocket Lofts Earth-Imaging And Tech Demo Satellites
Source: Spaceflight Now


NASA Announces Updated Crew Assignment For Boeing Flight Test
Source: NASA


Concern Over Shutdown Mountain At CU Boulder, Where Majority Of Research Funding Comes From Federal Government
Source: Boulder Daily Camera


19 Collaborative Quantum Projects Awarded  A Total Of $780,000 In Seed Grants
Source: University of Colorado Boulder