January 28 – February 3, 2019

NASA Selects ULA Atlas V Rocket To Launch Lucy Mission To Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids

Southwest Research Institute is leading NASA’s Lucy mission, which will launch in 2021 for the first reconnaissance of the Trojans, a population of primitive asteroids orbiting in tandem with Jupiter. In this artist’s concept (not to scale), the Lucy spacecraft is flying by Eurybates, one of the six diverse and scientifically important Trojans to be studied. Image Credit: SwRI

February 1, 2019 – NASA’s Launch Services Program announced yesterday that it selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA’s) proven Atlas V vehicle to launch the Lucy mission, which is the first mission to Jupiter’s swarm of Trojan asteroids. This award resulted from a competitive Launch Service Task Order evaluation under the NASA Launch Services II contract. Read More


Jupiter Storm Tracker

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran

February 1, 2019 – A giant, spiraling storm in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere is captured in this animation from NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The storm is approximately 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) across, or roughly the width of the United States. Read More


Sodium, Not Heat, Reveals Volcanic Activity On Jupiter’s Moon Io

IoIO consists of a 14-inch (35 cm) Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope feeding a custom-built coronagraph. An Astro-Physics 1100 mount, 80mm offset guide scope, and associated software enable the system to acquire and guide on Solar System targets robotically. Image Credit: Planetary Science Institute

February 1, 2019 – A large volcanic event was detected on Jupiter’s moon Io using Jovian sodium nebula brightness variation, a new paper in Astrophysical Journal Letters said. Read More


CU Challenger, Columbia Memorial Event To Be Held February 3

University of Colorado Boulder alumni Ellison Onizuka and Kalpana Chawla, who died in space shuttle accidents 17 years apart, will be remembered on campus.

January 30, 2019 – The annual memorial event will be held on the University of Colorado Boulder campus at 9:39 a.m. Sunday, February 3, to honor the astronauts who perished in the Challenger and Columbia disasters. Read More


Aviation Week Honors Two CU Students As Aerospace Leaders

Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

January 30, 2019 – University of Colorado Boulder aerospace graduate students Ryan Blay and Mark Moretto have been announced as 2019 recipients of the Aviation Week Network “Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders: The 20 Twenties” honors. Read More


Space Foundation CEO To Address “The State Of Space”

Image Credit: Space Foundation

January 29, 2019 – In a year where the world celebrates the 50th anniversaries of the Apollo program’s greatest achievements, it is the next 50 years that will create even greater inspiration and opportunities with more people, industries and countries participating in the adventure of space. Read More


Boulder Solar Day

January 28, 2019 – The High Altitude Observatory (HAO) will host Boulder Solar Day on Tuesday, March 12. This informal one-day meeting provides an overview of solar research being accomplished at local institutes and encourages informal interactions with both local and visiting researchers. Topics will include solar instrumentation, observations and models. Read More


Remembering The Crew Of Space Shuttle Challenger

The United States lost seven astronauts in the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy, including Ellison Onizuka, a University of Colorado Boulder alum.

January 28, 2019 – Today marks 33 years since the loss of Space Shuttle Challenger and its crew of seven astronauts. The orbiter broke apart only 73 seconds after launching from Kennedy Space Center on January 28, 1986. Read More


More News

Search And Rescue Pioneers Drone Program
Source: The Mountain Mail


Update On The Search For Planets With TESS
Source: AAS Nova


NASA Pays Tribute To Fallen Heroes
Source: NASA


Former NASA Rocket Scientist On Why We’re Still Going Nowhere Fast
Source: Forbes


OSIRIS-REx Finds Rugged Terrain On Asteroid Bennu
Source: Spaceflight Now


Orion Span Falls Far Short Of Funding Goal To Support Its Commercial Space Station Ambitions
Source: SpaceNews


Iran Improving Its Rockets Ten Years After Its First Satellite Launch
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Hubble Accidentally Discovers A New Galaxy In Cosmic Neighborhood
Source: NASA/ESA


Celebrating Women In STEM: Dr. Kalpana Chawla
Source: University News, University of Missouri – Kansas City


The ‘Stuff’ Of The Universe Keeps Changing
Source: Ohio State University


Scientists Find ‘New’ Science Instrument On Mars Rover Curiosity
Source: John Hopkins University


China Launched World’s First Rocket-Deployed Weather Instruments From Unmanned Semi-Submersible Vehicle
Source: Institute Of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy Of Sciences


SpaceX’s Huge Falcon Heavy Rocket Will Launch On Its 2nd Flight In March
Source: Space.com


Chinese Company Inks Deal To Launch 90 Commercial Smallsats
Source: Spaceflight Now


Telesat Signs New Glenn Multi-Launch Agreement With Blue Origin For LEO Missions
Source: SpaceNews


UK Space Sector On An Upward Trajectory After Decades On The Sidelines
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


‘Mars Buggy’ Curiosity Measures A Mountain’s Gravity
Source: NASA


NASA Completes Booster Motor Segments For First SLS Flight
Source: NASA


NASA’s NICER Mission Maps ‘Light Echoes’ Of New Black Hole
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center


Maxar Technologies’ SSL Terminates Its Participation In DARPA’s Robotic Servicing Of Geosynchronous Satellites Program
Source: Maxar Technologies Ltd.


Air Force Space Legend Visits The Pentagon
Source: Air Force Space Command


Shanahan Has Identified Top Pick To Lead Space Command
Source: DefenseNews


Is Earth’s Magnetic Field Flipping Soon?
Source: Space.com


Juno Past Halfway Point Of Mission As Scientists Unpack Its Data
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Science Committee Organizes Democratic Caucus For 116th Congress
Source: House Committee On Science, Space and Technology


Schriever AFB Remembers Activation Of 50th SW
Source: 50th Space Wing Public Affairs


Lockheed Martin Lays Infrastructure For Life On Moon, Mars
Yahoo Finance Video


Significant Progress Made To Upgrades That Boost NASA’s Space Communications Capabilities
Source: NASA


Station Crew Helping Future Orion Explorers
Source: NASA


Lockheed Martin Projects Decline In Space Profits In 2019 Due To ULA
Source: SpaceNews


Earth’s Continental Nurseries Discovered Beneath Mountains
Source: Rice University


White House: Space Force Under The Air Force Only A ‘First Step,’ A Separate Department Not Off The Table
Source: SpaceNews


P120C Solid Rocket Motor Tested For Use On Vega-C
Source: ESA


A 2019 Lunar Agenda For Orion
Source: ESA


The Future Of Space-Based Astronomy May Depend On Two Large Ground-Based Telescopes
Source: SpaceNews


How Black Holes Power Plasma Jets
Source: Simons Foundation


MaNGA Data Release Includes Detailed Maps Of Thousands Of Nearby Galaxies
Source: UC Santa Cruz


UA Benefits From Astronomy Superstar’s ‘Failed Retirement’
Source: The University of Arizona


Colorado’s By Aerospace Is Hoping Electric Planes Fix The Global Pilot Shortage
Source: Colorado Inno


To Catch A Wave, Rocket Launches From Top Of World
Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center


World’s Largest Digital Sky Survey Issues Biggest Astronomical Data Release Ever
Source: NASA/STScI


Boeing Starts Final Assembly For NASA’s First SLS Core Stage, Work Picks Up For The Second
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Remembering The First Astronauts Of Apollo
Source: Space Foundation


New Plasma Wave Observations From Earth’s Magnetosphere
Source: Eos


Missing Link In Planet Evolution Found
Source: National Institutes of Natural Sciences


Elementum 3D: At The Cutting Edge Of Advanced AM Materials
Source: 3D Printing Media Network


All Systems Go As Parker Solar Probe Begins Second Sun Orbit
Source: NASA


The Mighty Power Of Pixels: GBDX Powers A New Imagery Exploitation Tool For Analysts
DigitalGlobe


Curiosity Says Farewell To Mars’ Vera Rubin Ridge
Source: NASA/JPL


Space Technology Predicts Droughts Several Months In Advance
Source: Australian National University


Photos: India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle Flies In New Configuration
Source: Spaceflight Now


Active Galaxies Point To New Physics Of Cosmic Expansion
Source: ESA