July 11, 2017

NASA’s Webb Telescope ‘Hangs Out’ In Houston

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope hangs from the ceiling of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Image Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

July 11, 2017 – Houston might have a high of 95 degrees Fahrenheit this week, but NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will soon be hanging out in a vibration-isolating “hammock,” with the best air conditioning available, courtesy of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Read More


NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Completes Flyby Over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

Artist’s concept of the Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

July 11, 2017 – NASA’s Juno mission completed a close flyby of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot on July 10, during its sixth science orbit. All of Juno’s science instruments and the spacecraft’s JunoCam were operating during the flyby, collecting data that are now being returned to Earth. Read More


SOFIA And New Horizons Team In The Right Place At The Right Time

Image Credit: NASA

July 11, 2017 – NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) was in the right place at the right time to study the environment around distant Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69, the next flyby target for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. Read More


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How Colorado Is Trying To Cash In On The Multibillion-Dollar Space Race
Source: CNBC

Colorado ranks just behind California in terms of its aerospace economy. In late June, Colorado-based United Launch Alliance beat out SpaceX for an Air Force satellite launch contract worth $191 million. But the state’s space industry’s fortunes are contingent on the proposed $19.1 billion NASA budget getting passed. Whether that happens remains to be seen.


Alien Ice On Earth
Source: Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Stanford researchers have for the first time captured the freezing of water, molecule-by-molecule, into a strange, dense form called ice VII (“ice seven”), found naturally in otherworldly environments, such as when icy planetary bodies collide.


Spiky Ferrofluid Thrusters Can Move Satellites
Source: Michigan Tech

Once launched into low-Earth orbit, a small satellite needs propulsion. Electrospray uses spiky, needle-like jets of fluid to push spacecraft.


UA Astronomers Track The Birth Of A ‘Super-Earth’
Source: The University of Arizona

A new model giving rise to young planetary systems offers a fresh solution to a puzzle that has vexed astronomers ever since new detection technologies and planet-hunting missions such as NASA’s Kepler space telescope have revealed thousands of planets orbiting other stars: While the majority of these exoplanets fall into a category called super-Earths — bodies with a mass somewhere between Earth and Neptune — most of the features observed in nascent planetary systems were thought to require much more massive planets, rivaling or dwarfing Jupiter, the gas giant in our solar system.


Colorado Commits To State Climate Action
Source: Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed an executive order committing the state to climate action. He also announced that Colorado will join the U.S. Climate Alliance.


Out Of This World
Source: MSU Denver

Science fiction feeds the imagination and helps explore possible futures, hopes and fears, and the unfolding of technologies. And at this year’s Science Fiction Film Series, it’ll all be on the big screen. The series brings together MSU Denver, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Film Society to screen and discuss classic and recent science-fiction films to help better understand the medium, the individual films and the science (or lack thereof) in each work.


Escape From Mars
Source: NASA

This image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows one of millions of small (10s of meters in diameter) craters and their ejecta material that dot the Elysium Planitia region of Mars. The small craters were likely formed when high-speed blocks of rock were thrown out by a much larger impact (about 10-kilometers in diameter) and fell back to the ground.


Hidden Stars May Make Planets Appear Smaller
Source: NASA

In the search for planets similar to our own, an important point of comparison is the planet’s density. A low density tells scientists a planet is more likely to be gaseous like Jupiter, and a high density is associated with rocky planets like Earth. But a new study suggests some are less dense than previously thought because of a second, hidden star in their systems.


Kennedy Engineers To Support Liftoff Of World’s Most Powerful Rocket
Source: NASA

Liftoff of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft from Launch Complex 39B at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will require a symphony of tightly coordinated commands for processing and launch. Kennedy engineers recently achieved authorization to operate the Kennedy Ground Control Subsystem, which is a network of controls, during hazardous operations at the Multi-Payload Processing Facility. The processing facility is used to prepare Orion for its test flight atop the SLS.


Squeezing Innovation Out Of The NASA Twins Study
Source: NASA

Just like early explorers, NASA Twins Study investigators are venturing into new territory. Conducting human omics research on twin astronauts as part of the One Year Mission that took place aboard the International Space Station is one such venture. As technology evolves so does the research. NASA is evaluating more efficient and innovative research techniques to prepare for the journey to Mars.


Mars Society Releases New Red Planet Anthem “Rise To Mars!”
Source: The Mars Society

The Mars Society is very honored to release on its official YouTube channel a new inspirational anthem dedicated to the human journey to explore and settle the Red Planet entitled “Rise to Mars!”


Colorado Will Join States Upholding Climate Agreement Despite Trump Withdrawal, Hickenlooper Announces At Red Rocks
Source: Denverite

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday that Colorado will join the U.S. Climate Alliance — a coalition of states pledging to uphold the climate goals of the Paris Agreement after President Donald Trump withdrew the country from the agreement — and that by executive order, he will create a specific goal for carbon reduction.


NASA Gets Space Probe Closest Ever To Jupiter
Source: 9News.com

University of Colorado’s Fran Bagenal spoke with 9News about the significance of last night’s Juno flyover of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.