January 29, 2018

NASA Invites Media To Upcoming NOAA GOES-S Satellite Launch

This illustration depicts NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S), which is scheduled to launch March 1 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA oversees the acquisition of the spacecraft, instruments and launch vehicles for the GOES-R Series program. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

January 29, 2018 – Media accreditation is open for the launch Thursday, March 1, of the second in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) series of next-generation geostationary weather satellites. Read More


NASA’s GOLD Powers On For The First Time

Artist rendering of SES-14 satellite, the spacecraft that carries GOLD as NASA’s first ever hosted payload. Image Credit: NASA/CIL/Chris Meaney

January 29, 2018 – NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission powered on the GOLD instrument for the first time after launch on January 28, 5:23 p.m. MST. The systems engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder successfully established communication with the GOLD instrument and its detector doors opened when commanded. Read More


Catalyst Accelerator Kicks Off Intensive 12-Week Journey

January 29, 2018 – Catalyst Accelerator, a defense and national security accelerator and the first accelerator program to be held in Southern Colorado, is launching its inaugural cohort today at the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation in downtown Colorado Springs. Catalyst Accelerator’s mission is to promote technology advancement for the warfighter and to guide technology transfer between the government and the commercial market. Read More


NASA Television To Air Live Coverage Of Upcoming Rare Lunar Eclipse

Image Credit: NASA

January 29, 2018 – Sky-gazers are in for a rare treat Wednesday, January 31, when three celestial events combine to create a super blue blood moon. NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of the celestial spectacle beginning at 3:30 a.m. MST. Read More


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CIRES Graduate Student Research Award Program
Source: CIRES

CIRES supports a Graduate Student Research Award program to promote student scholarship and research excellence. The goal of the program is to recognize the scholarship and merit of CIRES’ outstanding graduate students. Any current Ph.D. student that is formally supervised by a CIRES Fellow or CIRES Researcher is eligible for this one-time award opportunity. Prospective graduate students are not eligible to apply. The 2018 competition opens January 29, 2018. Applications are due February 23, 2018.


Follow The STTARS To Find NASA’s Webb Telescope
Source: NASA

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will soon be on the move, and in order to find it, you will need to follow the STTARS. Webb telescope, or Webb, is NASA’s upcoming infrared space observatory, which is scheduled to launch in 2019. Transporting something as large and as delicate as Webb is no easy task. Enter the Space Telescope Transporter for Air, Road and Sea — or STTARS — a specially engineered shipping container that safely carries Webb from one location to another.


Space Exploration Educators To Speak With NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station
Source: NASA

Teachers from across the nation will speak with a NASA astronaut living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station at 9:35 a.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 1. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.


Earth May Have Housed Life Over 4 Billion Years Ago When It Was Bludgeoned By Asteroids
Source: Express

EARTH may have housed life over four billion years ago when it was repeatedly bludgeoned by asteroids during an era known as the Hadean, a group of researchers from the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado have claimed.


Ball ‘Sisters’ Mentor CU Engineering Women
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Dozens of professional women engineers are now serving as sounding boards, cheerleaders and industry contacts for women CU Engineering students as part of a new pilot program with Ball Corporation. The “Ball Sisters” program continues a long tradition of partnership between the Colorado-based company (and its philanthropic arm, The Ball Foundation) and CU Engineering (along with other CU programs) at a time when increasing female representation in the field is top of mind.


NASA Marshall Scientist Wins Top High-Energy Astronomy Prize
Source: NASA

NASA astrophysicist Dr. Colleen Wilson-Hodge and the Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor, or GBM, team are recipients of the top prize in high-energy astronomy this year. The High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) selected Wilson-Hodge and the GBM team to receive the 2018 Bruno Rossi Prize for their role in the first joint detection of gravitational and light waves from the same cosmic event — the spectacular smashup of two neutron stars in a distant galaxy.


Pinning Down Properties Of TRAPPIST-1
Source: AAS Nova

TRAPPIST-1, a nearby ultracool dwarf star, was catapulted into the public eye roughly a year ago when it was determined to host seven transiting, Earth-sized planets — three of which are located in its habitable zone. But how correct are the properties we’ve measured for this system?


Colorado’s Aerospace Alley Being Developed In Centennial With Wings Over The Rockies Expansion
Source: Denver7

Like California’s Silicon Valley, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is looking to develop “Aerospace Alley” at the Centennial Airport. A 15-acre campus is under construction, with a completion date of Summer 2018, into 2019.


Supermoon 2018: Catch The ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ In Northern Colorado
Source: Coloradoan

Northern Colorado skygazers have a decent viewing spot for the so-called “Super Blue Blood Moon” this week.


NASA Astronaut Visits Hilo For Onizuka Science Day
Source: Big Island Now

On Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, about 400 students grades 3 through 12 attended the 18th annual Onizuka Science Day. The event, presented by American Savings Bank (ASB), featured Col. Jack Fischer, a NASA astronaut, who shared his stories of space travel with students from across the state.


Crew Looking Ahead To Friday Russian Spacewalk
Source: NASA

Expedition 54 is now focusing on Friday’s spacewalk to install and remove gear on the Russian side of the International Space Station. This comes after today’s spacewalk to work on the Canadarm2 robotic arm was postponed to mid-February.


Jury Awards Intuitive Machines $4.1 Million In Cash And Moon Express Equity
Source: SpaceNews

Intuitive Machines LLC has won a $4.1 million verdict from a federal court jury in a dispute regarding work it was doing on software and a return vehicle for Moon Express.


Boeing Satellite Workers Keeping Busy With Commercial Orders While Awaiting Defense Work
Source: SpaceNews

Boeing is striving to keep a core of 4,000 to 4,500 workers busy at its satellite manufacturing facilities across California to prevent losing highly experienced workers during a slow down in commercial and government satellite orders.


Robotic Solution Postpones EVA-48
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

A solution to a troublesome issue with the space station robotic arm’s end effector has resulted in a delay to the next spacewalk that was scheduled to take place on Monday. The situation relates to the previous spacewalk, EVA-47, which saw two astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) conclude a maintenance program on the robotic asset. A software issue was set to result in the need to reverse the work conducted on the EVA before a software patch was developed.