July 12, 2017

<strong>NASA’s SDO Watches A Sunspot Turn Toward Earth</strong>

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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>July 12, 2017</strong> – An active region on the sun, known as a sunspot, has rotated into view and seems to be growing quickly in this video captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory between July 5-11, 2017. This sunspot is the first to appear after the sun was spotless for two days, and it is the only sunspot group at the moment. <a href=”http://www.coloradospacenews.com/nasas-sdo-watches-a-sunspot-turn-toward-earth/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Read More</a></p>

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<strong>Colorado Expecting A Baby Boom In 2018</strong>

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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>July 12, 2017</strong> – A hangar in Centennial, Colorado is about to give birth to a new era of flight. Leveraging 50 years of progress in aerospace technologies, Boom Technology is designing its XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator jet, affectionately nicknamed “Baby Boom.” <a href=”http://www.coloradospacenews.com/colorado-expecting-a-baby-boom-in-2018/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Read More</a></p>

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<strong>NASA Closes Chamber A Door To Commence Webb Telescope Testing</strong>

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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>July 12, 2017</strong> – The vault-like, 40-foot diameter, 40-ton door of NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s historic Chamber A sealed shut on July 10, 2017, signaling the beginning of about 100 days of cryogenic testing for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in Houston. <a href=”http://www.coloradospacenews.com/nasa-closes-chamber-a-door-to-commence-webb-telescope-testing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Read More</a></p>

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<strong>Small Businesses Encouraged To Attend 2nd Annual Aerospace And Defense Small Business Industry Day</strong>

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<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>July 12, 2017</strong> – The Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation in partnership with Lockheed Martin and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) are proud to once again present the Aerospace and Defense Small Business Industry Day with a welcome address from Colorado Lt. Governor Donna Lynne on Aug. 2, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel in Lakewood. <a href=”http://www.coloradospacenews.com/small-businesses-encouraged-to-attend-2nd-annual-aerospace-and-defense-small-business-industry-day/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Read More</a></p>

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<h3><strong>More News:</strong></h3>
<strong><a href=”http://www.theredstonerocket.com/news/article_7ef2c902-6709-11e7-9764-2b5630ab2904.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Space Camp Students Encouraged To Reach For Stars</a></strong>
Source: The Redstone Rocket
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Sixteen future explorers began their journey into the future last week in the Rocket City. The students, recipients of an Air, Space and Missile Defense Association scholarship, spent July 2-7 at Space Camp at the U.S. Space &amp; Rocket Center. On July 5, the scholarship winners were treated to lunch by members of the ASMDA board and had a chance to speak with those who made the week possible.</p>

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<strong><a href=”https://www.spaceintelreport.com/ruag-enters-florida-space-business-ecosystem-oneweb-satellite-plant/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Ruag Enters Florida Space Business Ecosystem With OneWeb Satellite Plant</a></strong>
Source: Space Intel Report
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Satellite- and rocket-component manufacturer Ruag Space of Europe continued its Americanization on July 11 with the inauguration of a new facility in Florida in the presence of its anchor customer, startup internet constellation operator OneWeb.</p>

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<strong><a href=”https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/07/private-company-plans-to-bring-moon-rocks-back-to-earth-in-three-years/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Private Company Plans To Bring Moon Rocks Back To Earth In Three Years</a></strong>
Source: Ars Technica
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>After several years of secrecy, a company called Moon Express revealed the scope of its ambitions on Wednesday. And they are considerable. The privately held company released plans for a single, modular spacecraft that can be combined to form successively larger and more capable vehicles. Ultimately the company plans to establish a lunar outpost in 2020 and set up commercial operations on the Moon.</p>

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<strong><a href=”https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/07/12/first-images-of-jupiters-great-red-spot-reach-earth/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>First Images Of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Reach Earth</a></strong>
Source: Spaceflight Now
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Two days after NASA’s Juno spacecraft streaked over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, pictures of the solar system’s largest, most powerful storm, have been transmitted to Earth, giving eager scientist close-up views of the 10,000-mile-wide anticyclone where 400-mph winds have been howling for at least 187 years and possibly much longer.</p>

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<strong><a href=”http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/07/12/antarctica-larsen-c-ice-shelf/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Colorado Scientists Keep Close Eye On Iceberg That Broke Free</a></strong>
Source: CBS4 Denver
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>On Wednesday, a 1 trillion ton mass of ice broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica. It is one of the largest icebergs ever recorded. Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado are working with NASA to track its progress.</p>

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<strong><a href=”https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solar-eclipse-workshop-tickets-35890155421″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Solar Eclipse Workshop</a></strong>
Source: Georgetown Heritage Center
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>The Great American Solar Eclipse is coming! Join Denver Museum of Nature &amp; Science Space Science Educator Naomi Pequette to explore what causes eclipses, eclipse mythology and how to safely view the eclipse. You will also be able to create and take home your own safe, solar pinhole viewer to use to watch the eclipse.</p>

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<strong><a href=”http://www.9news.com/news/local/colorado-school-of-mines-student-team-places-2nd-in-nasa-competition/455961567″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Colorado School Of Mines Student Team Places 2nd In NASA Competition</a></strong>
Source: 9News.com
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Feature story on the student team from the Colorado School of Mines that place second in NASA’s Mars Ice Challenge.</p>

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<strong><a href=”http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/politics/governor-general-canada-julie-payette-1.4201614″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Former Astronaut Julie Payette To Be Canada’s Next Governor General</a></strong>
Source: CBC
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Former astronaut Julie Payette will be the Queen’s new representative in Canada, CBC News has confirmed. The 53-year-old Montrealer, who speaks six languages, will be named the 29th governor general, a position that comes with a $290,660 annual salary and an official residence at Rideau Hall.</p>

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<strong><a href=”https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/jpl/pia21781/dragon-scales-of-mars” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Dragon Scales Of Mars</a></strong>
Source: NASA
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>This intriguing surface texture is the result of rock interacting with water, as observed by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The rock was then eroded and later exposed to the surface. The pinkish, almost dragon-like scaled texture represents Martian bedrock that has specifically altered into a clay-bearing rock.</p>

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<strong><a href=”http://kdvr.com/2017/07/12/super-guppy-arrives-at-buckley-air-force-base/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>‘Super Guppy’ Arrives At Buckley Air Force Base</a></strong>
Source: Fox 31 Denver
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>NASA’s massive cargo plane has arrived in Colorado with some high-tech hardware on board. The “Super Guppy” arrived at Buckley Air Force Base on Tuesday.</p>

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<strong><a href=”http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2017/w51/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>W51: Chandra Peers Into A Nurturing Cloud</a></strong>
Source: Chandra X-ray Center
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>In the context of space, the term ‘cloud’ can mean something rather different from the fluffy white collections of water in the sky or a way to store data or process information. Giant molecular clouds are vast cosmic objects, composed primarily of hydrogen molecules and helium atoms, where new stars and planets are born. These clouds can contain more mass than a million suns, and stretch across hundreds of light years. The giant molecular cloud known as W51 is one of the closest to Earth at a distance of about 17,000 light years.</p>

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<strong><a href=”http://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20170713/106248/HRPT-115-HR-p1.pdf” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Commerce, Justice, Science, And Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2018</a></strong>
Source: U.S. House of Representatives
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>The Committee on Appropriations submits the following report in explanation of the accompanying bill making appropriations for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.</p>

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<strong><a href=”http://spacenews.com/moon-express-releases-details-of-its-lunar-lander-missions/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Moon Express Releases Details Of Its Lunar Lander Missions</a></strong>
Source: SpaceNews
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Moon Express, a company developing commercial lunar landers, said July 12 its first mission is still on schedule to launch by the end of this year in a bid to win the Google Lunar X Prize.</p>

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<strong><a href=”https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/news/2017-jul/bumper-crop-hao-summer-interns” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>A Bumper Crop Of HAO Interns</a></strong>
Source: High Altitude Observatory (HAO)
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>This summer we are happy to host twelve summer students at HAO. They are working on a range of projects, from building telescopes to employing numerical models to analyzing observations and simulation data.</p>

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<strong><a href=”https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/curiosity-mars-rover-begins-study-of-ridge-destination” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study Of Ridge Destination</a></strong>
Source: NASA
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>The car-size NASA rover on a Martian mountain, Curiosity, has begun its long-anticipated study of an iron-bearing ridge forming a distinctive layer on the mountain’s slope. Since before Curiosity’s landing five years ago next month, this feature has been recognized as one of four unique terrains on lower Mount Sharp and therefore a key mission destination.</p>

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<strong><a href=”http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2017/07/we-need-focus-space-we-dont-need-space-corps/139360/?oref=d-channeltop” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>We Need To Focus On Space; We Don’t Need A ‘Space Corps’</a></strong>
Source: Defense One
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>The US military’s top space commander wants deeper integration and more resources, not a separate Space Corps.</p>