July 31, 2017

Summer In Saturn’s Northern Hemisphere

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

July 31, 2017 – Saturn’s northern hemisphere reached its summer solstice in mid-2017, bringing continuous sunshine to the planet’s far north. The solstice took place on May 24, 2017. The Cassini mission is using the unparalleled opportunity to observe changes that occur on the planet as the Saturnian seasons turn. Read More


NASA Tests James Webb Space Telescope’s Communication Skills

The Deep Space Network comprises three ground stations located about 120 degrees apart on Earth — one each in Canberra, Australia; Madrid, Spain; and Goldstone, California. This photo shows an antenna at the DSN site in California. Image Credit: NASA-JPL/Doug Ellison

July 31, 2017 – NASA called, and the Webb telescope responded. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope recently completed its Ground Segment Test Number 1 (GSEG-1), for the first time confirming successful end-to-end communication between the telescope and its mission operations center. Read More


More News:

Local Cork Company Helping NASA
Source: CBS 58 – Milwaukee

A southeastern Wisconsin cork company is among more than a dozen manufacturers in the state that are providing parts and products for a NASA venture into space. Cork from Amorim Cork Composites in Trevor will be used in the heat shield on the crew capsule and rocket for the spacecraft that’s expected to take humans to deep space and Mars in coming decades, according to the Fond du Lac Reporter .


Video: Fly From California To Colorado On The International Space Station
Source: Denver 7

NASA astronaut and Colorado native Jack Fischer, currently in orbit on the International Space Station, shared timelapse video Sunday night that shows a sped-up view of the trip from the West Coast to Colorado.


Astronomers Discover ‘Heavy Metal’ Supernova Rocking Out
Source: Harvard-Smithsonian Center For Astrophysics

Many rock stars don’t like to play by the rules, and a cosmic one is no exception. A team of astronomers has discovered that an extraordinarily bright supernova occurred in a surprising location. This “heavy metal” supernova discovery challenges current ideas of how and where such super-charged supernovas occur.


New Laser SETI Project Will Look For Signals That Most Telescopes Cannot See
Source: SETI Institute

Big discoveries in science are often made when innovative instruments probe nature in new ways. Laser SETI will search the sky for a variety of pulsed light signals that might have been overlooked before. We may find ET, and we also may find new physics.


1st Space Brigade Change Of Command
Source: Peterson Air Force Base

Col. Rick Zellmann, commander, 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, passed the 1st Space Battalion colors to Lt. Col. Donald Brooks. The change of command from outgoing Lt. Col. Bryan Shrank to Brooks took place July 21, 2017, at Fort Carson, Colorado.


NOAA Interns Discuss Diversity And STEM On Capitol Hill
Source: NOAA

On July 26th, 2017, NOAA’s Diversity and Professional Advancement Working Group hosted a discussion on The STEM Gap: Millennials as Agents of Change at the the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. The event brought together students and professionals from diverse backgrounds to discuss barriers and opportunities for pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, math and policy.


Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection And Tracking Network
Source: NASA

NASA scientists are excited about the upcoming close flyby of a small asteroid and plan to use its upcoming October close approach to Earth as an opportunity not only for science, but to test NASA’s network of observatories and scientists who work with planetary defense. The target of all this attention is asteroid 2012 TC4 — a small asteroid estimated to be between 30 and 100 feet (10 and 30 meters) in size.


An Earth-Like Atmosphere May Not Survive Proxima b’s Orbit
Source: NASA

Proxima b, an Earth-size planet right outside our solar system in the habitable zone of its star, may not be able to keep a grip on its atmosphere, leaving the surface exposed to harmful stellar radiation and reducing its potential for habitability.


Two Degrees F Already Baked In
Source: CIRES

New observational study measures the “climate commitment” of greenhouse gas emissions to date. Robert Pincus, a scientist with CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder and NOAA’s Physical Sciences Division, is a co-author of the study.


How And Why Open Source Software Has Become Mainstream For GIS
Source: DigitalGlobe

The move from proprietary software to open source in the geospatial industry is something I’ve been personally engaged with for more than 15 years. So I’m pleased to have recently led a session called “How and Why Open Source Software Has Become Mainstream for GIS” at the very fun and informative SDI-Open 2017 workshop in Washington, D.C.


Lockheed Martin Begins Recruiting For Japan STEM Education Program “Girls’ Rocketry Challenge”
Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has opened applications for three new schools to take part in the “Girls’ Rocketry Challenge,” a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program in Japan which encourages female students to experiment with model rocketry, ignites their intellectual curiosity in this field, and stimulates their interest in STEM careers through practical experience.


Russia To Continue Delivering Rocket Engines To U.S.
Source: TASS Russian News Agency

Russia is set to continue the deliveries of its rocket engines to the United States, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Saturday in an interview with the Rossiya 24 TV channel.


Drones Are Used For Everything From Saving Lives To Land Surveying, But Training Lags Behind
Source: The Denver Post

Ten years ago, everyday use of civilian drones sounded more like science-fiction than social policy. Today, falling costs and improving technologies have helped launch the aviation vehicles in the public sector, where UAVs are used for everything from surveying and mapping to search and rescue, and from law enforcement to fighting wildfires. Still, despite growing recognition of the technology’s potential, many civic entities such as the Douglas County Search and Rescue team have never received formal UAV training from a public agency.