June 16, 2017

Red Rocks Community College Places Second In NSF Innovation Challenge

Red Rocks Community College team. From left to right: Red Rocks Community College program lead for cyber security and computer networking Joseph Murdock; Acting NSF Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources Jim Lewis; student Isaac Kerley; student Bruno Salvatico; student John Sanchez and Red Rocks Community College IT Director Bill Cherrington. Image Credit: NSF

June 16, 2017 – Teams from Texas and Colorado received first and second place awards, respectively, in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) co-sponsors the annual event, which fosters students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers by asking them to offer creative solutions to real-world problems. Read More

1,000 Days in Orbit: MAVEN’s Top 10 Discoveries At Mars

NASA’s MAVEN mission, the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere, completed 1,000 Earth days in orbit around the Red Planet on June 17, 2017. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

June 16, 2017 – NASA’s MAVEN mission to Mars led by LASP and the University of Colorado Boulder will hit a happy milestone on Saturday, June 17: 1,000 days of orbiting the Red Planet. Read More

Orion Kicks Off Summer With Series Of Safety Tests

NASA is qualifying Orion’s parachutes for missions with astronauts. Image Credit: NASA

June 16, 2017 – Engineers working on NASA’s Orion kicked off summer with a series of important tests for some of the spacecraft’s critical safety systems. In the Utah desert, the skies over Arizona and the water at Johnson Space Center in Houston, the team is making sure Orion is safe from launch to splashdown. Read More

U.S. Air Force Establishes Deputy Chief Of Staff For Space Operations

June 16, 2017 – Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson has approved the reorganization of the Air Force headquarters to establish a Deputy Chief of Staff for Space Operations, who will be a three-star Air Force general officer. Read More

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NASA Selects Army Surgeon For Astronaut Training
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

How many lifetimes does it take to become a soldier, pilot, doctor — and an astronaut? For Army Maj. (Dr.) Francisco Rubio, the battalion surgeon assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group here [Fort Carson, Colorado], it only takes one.

Students Rise To NASA’s Mars Ice Challenge
Source: Daily Press

If this were a mere race, then, the Colorado School of Mines in Golden would have won the day. But this was a Mars Ice Challenge — an engineering competition among college teams from across the country to come up with novel yet feasible ways to extract water from Martian soil.

NASA Record-Breaking Sun-Surfing Mission, Explained In Gifs
Source: Motherboard

The Parker Solar Probe will travel faster than any human-made object, and will travel closer to the Sun than ever before.

Martian Crater Brings Back Memories Of Apollo 16 Lunar Mission
Source: Planetary Science Institute

Forty-five years after astronauts on NASA’s Apollo 16 mission explored the surface of the Moon, a crater recently found on Mars similar to one investigated earlier by the astronauts was informally named for the lunar mission. NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity passed near a young Martian crater this spring that was similar in size to lunar crater explored by Apollo 16 astronauts, and a connection between the two missions was made.

How X-ray Microscopy Facilitates Game-Changing 3D Printing For Parts Manufacturers
Source: SelectScience

Find out how X-ray microscopy at the Colorado School of Mines ADAPT Center is enabling the optimization of parts manufacturing.

Mines Students Compete In NASA Mars Ice Challenge
Source: Colorado School of Mines

An interdisciplinary team of Mines students is in Virginia this week competing in NASA’s Mars Ice Challenge, part of NASA’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) brand of competitions. The “Orbiting Orediggers” are one of eight university teams from across the nation that were awarded $10,000 to construct ice extraction prototypes and bring them to Virginia to demonstrate their effectiveness.

When New Horizons’ Next Target Passed In Front Of A Star, This Scientist Was Watching From Argentina
Source: Alejandro Soto/The Planetary Society

I work as a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, CO. My main area of research is the atmospheric and climate dynamics of terrestrial atmospheres, like Mars, Titan, and Pluto. However, I have a pretty eclectic background, having been involved in projects outside of my main area of research. Thus, when one of the astronomers in my office mentioned that I should get involved in an occultation campaign for the New Horizons mission, it made complete sense to me to say yes.

Challenger Center And New Matter Announce Partnership
Source: Challenger Center

Challenger Center, a leading science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education organization, and New Matter, a leading desktop 3D printing company, today announced a new partnership that will include selecting and equipping Challenger Learning Centers with New Matter’s award-winning MOD-t 3D printers.

SWF Staff Attend The US Geospatial Intelligence Forum
Source: Secure World Foundation

From June 4-7, Washington Office Director Victoria Samson and Project Manager Krystal Wilson traveled to San Antonio, Texas to participate in GEOINT 2017. Organized yearly, the GEOINT Symposium is a gathering of companies displaying their latest earth observation and data integration products to governments, universities, and other companies.

Russian Cargo Craft Delivers Over Three Tons Of Supplies
Source: NASA

Traveling about 250 miles over the Philippine Sea, the unpiloted ISS Progress 67 Russian cargo ship docked at 7:37 a.m. EDT to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station.

Colorado Governor Green-Lights Drone Initiative For Public Safety
Source: Unmanned Aerial Online

Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., has signed into law a bill that mandates the creation of a study on how unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can help public safety agencies with missions and decrease their reliance on manned aircraft.

US Air Force Reorganizes Approach To Space
Source: DefenseNews

The U.S. Air Force has reorganized how it handles space, creating a three-star billet as deputy chief of staff for space operations. The new directorate, which represents the firsts major organizational move by Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, will be known as A-11 and will stand up sometime in August.

From Interns To Astronauts: Former JPL Interns Join NASA Astronaut Class
Source: NASA/JPL

Two former interns of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are joining the agency’s newest class of astronaut candidates. Jessica Watkins and Loral O’Hara were among 12 selected for the coveted spots announced by the agency on Wednesday.