July 10, 2017

Juno To Peer Into Solar System’s Largest Storm

This close-up of swirling clouds around Jupiter’s Great Red Spot was taken by Voyager 1. It was assembled from three black and white negatives. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

July 10, 2017 – Tonight, NASA’s Juno mission will fly directly over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. The spacecraft will pass over the planet at 7:55 p.m. MDT, turning its science instruments to peer into the Solar System’s largest storm. Read More


Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program Now Accepting Applications For Proof Of Concept And Early Stage Grants

July 10, 2017 – The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) today announced it is accepting applications for the Advanced Industries Accelerator (AIA) Grant program. Proof of Concept and Early-Stage Capital and Retention applications are due September 8. Read More


Mines Team Takes Second In NASA Mars Ice Challenge

Caroline Ellis, Michael Szostak and Justin Kilb work on their water extraction system. Image Credit: Colorado School of Mines

July 10, 2017 – Colorado School of Mines took second place in a NASA competition to design and build a system for extracting water from Mars’ subsurface, and learned plenty of lessons along the way. Read More


Dawn’s Early Light

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

July 10, 2017 – The light of a new day on Saturn illuminates the planet’s wavy cloud patterns and the smooth arcs of the vast rings. The light has traveled around 80 minutes since it left the sun’s surface by the time it reaches Saturn. The illumination it provides is feeble; Earth gets 100 times the intensity since it’s roughly ten times closer to the sun. Yet compared to the deep blackness of space, everything at Saturn still shines bright in the sunlight, be it direct or reflected. Read More


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Back Home With Researchers, More Science Ahead For ‘Mice-Tronauts’
Source: Daily Breeze

The first 20 star-trekking mice to travel to the International Space Station, riding aboard a spacecraft built by Hawthorne-based Space X, have returned to their home lab at UCLA.


World’s First Demonstration Of Space Quantum Communication Using A Microsatellite
Source: National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)

NICT developed the world’s smallest and lightest quantum-communication transmitter (SOTA) onboard the microsatellite SOCRATES. We succeeded in the demonstration of the first quantum-communication experiment from space, receiving information from the satellite in a single-photon regime in an optical ground station in Koganei city.


Second Batch Of Volunteers Enters China’s ‘Lunar Palace’
Source: Chinadaily.com

Four Chinese volunteers will live in a sealed, self-contained laboratory simulating a moon-like environment, for the next 200 days without any interaction with the outside world as Beijing prepares for its long-term goal of putting humans on the moon.


One Small Step For U.S.-China Space Cooperation
Source: SpaceNews

Collaboration between China and the United States in space is difficult. Federal law prohibits NASA from bilateral cooperation with China unless the agency first receives congressional approval. Export control restrictions prevent U.S. companies from selling hardware to Chinese companies, or launching satellites on Chinese rockets. One initiative, though, could open the door for greater cooperation between the two space powers, eventually.


Exploring Disks Around Planets
Source: AAS Nova

Giant planets are thought to form in circumstellar disks surrounding young stars, but material may also accrete into a smaller disk around the planet. We’ve never detected one of these circumplanetary disks before — but thanks to new simulations, we now have a better idea of what to look for.


Consortium Including Lockheed Martin Wants To Develop A Spaceport In The Scottish Highlands
Source: SpaceNews

A consortium that includes an American aerospace company wants to develop a spaceport in the Scottish Highlands. The consortium, which includes the U.K. division of Lockheed Martin, wants to develop a launch site on the A’Mhoine peninsula in northern Scotland for launches of vehicles carrying small satellites.


BepiColombo Set For Launch To Mercury Next Year
Source: Air & Cosmos – International

BepiColombo, Europe’s first mission to Mercury, will set off in October 2018 on a seven-year journey to the smallest and least explored rocky planet in our Solar System.


Earth Observation To Capture The Mainstream Market
Source: Via Satellite

The mighty rise of smallsats will inevitably drive competition in the Earth Observation market. This will lead to delivery of new data services which, in turn, will lead to increasing demand from new customers. Within this proliferation of remote sensing satellites, not all companies will emerge as victors, but what is certain is that Earth Observation is on a steady winning streak.


Nick Scoville Honored For “Lifetime Of Outstanding Research In Astronomy”
Source: Caltech

Nick Z. Scoville has been awarded the 2017 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal—an honor bestowed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) since 1898 for “a lifetime of outstanding research in astronomy.” Scoville, the Francis L. Moseley Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus, founded the Cosmic Evolution Survey (COSMOS) in 2003 and led the project for its first decade.


Heart Of An Exploded Star Observed In 3-D
Source: National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Deep inside the remains of an exploded star lies a twisted knot of newly minted molecules and dust. Using ALMA, astronomers mapped the location of these new molecules to create a high-resolution 3-D image of this “dust factory,” providing new insights into the relationship between a young supernova remnant and its galaxy.


Regal Representation: Iron Mike Is Face Of The 21st Space Wing
Source: U.S. Air Force Space Command

Iron Mike the Knight has been the face of the 21st Space Wing dating back almost to its stand up. But where did he come from? Whose idea was it and where did he get his knightly apparel?


Lucky Break Leads To Controversial Supernova Discovery
Source: Quanta Magazine

Supernova hunters were able to train their telescopes on a recent eruption just hours after it exploded. What they found only adds to the growing list of questions surrounding these cosmic blasts.


Thoughts On Commercial Space, Part IIB
Source: George Sowers

The next four posts will be a detailed account of each of the four phases of commercial space starting with the communications satellite market, Commercial Space 1.0. My career has spanned all four phases.


A Space Age View Of The Past: Using Satellite Resources To Monitor Archaeological Resources Around Mexico City
Source: DigitalGlobe

Archaeologists talk about the landscape as a palimpsest—a parchment only incompletely scraped clean of previous markings. A visitor to Mexico City can see this same effect—the juxtaposition of past and present—at well-known archaeological sites.


NASA Mission Puts Students In Charge Of Search For Earth-Like Planets
Source: CGTN America

Scientists around the world have been searching for planets that can support life. NASA has sent up the Kepler space probe to search other solar systems. But one difference with this mission is that it’s run by students. CGTN’s Hendrik Sybrandy visited their command center at the University of Colorado.


William Reach Talks About NASA’s Flying Telescope In New Zealand
Source: NASA

A conversation with William Reach, Deputy Director at the SOFIA Science Center at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.


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