June 2, 2017

Citizen Scientists Uncover A Cold New World Near Sun

This image shows the ‘[flipbook’ from which citizen scientists identified the new brown dwarf, marked with the red circle. Image Credit: NASA

June 2, 2017 – A new citizen-science tool released earlier this year to help astronomers pinpoint new worlds lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system has already led to a discovery: a brown dwarf a little more than 100 light years away from the Sun. Read More

Hubble ‘Traps’ A Vermin Galaxy

This shows a distant galaxy — visible as the smudge to the lower right — as it begins to align with and pass behind a star sitting nearer to us within the Milky Way. This is an event known as a transit. The star is called HD 107146, and it sits at the center of the frame. Its light has been blocked in this image to make its immediate surroundings and the faint galaxy visible — the position of the star is marked with a green circle. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

June 2, 2017 – The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is famous for its jaw-dropping snapshots of the cosmos. At first glance this Picture of the Week appears to be quite the opposite, showing just a blur of jagged spikes, speckled noise, and weird, clashing colors — but once you know what you are looking at, images like this one are no less breathtaking. Read More

SpaceX Launch Scrubbed, Reset For Saturday

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, topped by the Dragon spacecraft, awaits liftoff from Launch Complex 39A. Image Credit: NASA/Glenn Benson

June 2, 2017 – Poor weather grounded a SpaceX rocket slated to launch two University of Colorado Boulder-built payloads to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday. The launch team is resetting for a liftoff Saturday, June 3, at 3:07 p.m. MDT. Read More

Doctoral Physics Thesis Award Renamed In Honor Of Deborah Jin

Image Credit: Dave Neligh for NIST

June 2, 2017 – The APS Division of Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP) has renamed their doctoral thesis award to memorialize Deborah Jin, who passed away in September 2016 at the age of 47. The award is now designated the Deborah Jin Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Atomic, Molecular, or Optical Physics. Read More

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SLS Engine Section Test Hardware Installed In NASA Marshall Test Stand
Source: NASA

NASA engineers installed test hardware for the agency’s new heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System, into a newly constructed 50-foot structural test stand at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In the stand, hydraulic cylinders will be electronically controlled to push, pull, twist and bend the test article with millions of pounds of force.

As Hurricane Season Begins, NOAA Told To Slow Its Transition To Better Models
Source: Ars Technica

It’s a lousy time to be a US weather forecaster. Even as the Atlantic Ocean heats up, wind shear falls, and the potential for an active hurricane season looms, vacancies have been mounting at the National Hurricane Center in Miami and at National Weather Service offices around the country.

AAS Division For Planetary Sciences Announces 2017 Prize Winners
Source: American Astronomical Society

The Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) has named its prize winners for 2017.

Planetary Science Up, Earth Science Down In Proposed NASA Budget
Source: Eos

President Donald Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget proposal for NASA gives planetary science a boost while significantly cutting Earth sciences and outright eliminating NASA’s Office of Education.

After Setbacks, Alaska Space Business Again Has High Hopes
Source: Alaska Aerospace

When most people think of Alaska, they picture its thick forests, hulking grizzly bears and soaring, snow-covered peaks. What they might not imagine is rockets whisking defense and other payloads into space.

‘Game Changer’ In Hurricane Prediction
Source: The Ohio State University

The “Morning Edition” radio show on NPR featured a June 1 spot on NASA’s $150 million Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission, and scientists from The Ohio State University are part of the team that made it a reality.

SWF Publishes Updated Fact Sheet On The Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle
Source: Secure World Foundation

SWF has published an updated version of our fact sheet on the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. The updated fact sheet includes new details on the first four flights of the two X-37Bs, including launch and re-entry locations and dates, as well as updated analysis of the various missions the X-37B could potentially be used for while on orbit.

UCAR Statement On U.S. Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement
Source: UCAR

Antonio J. Busalacchi, the president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), issued the following statement.

Expedition 51 Crew Back On Earth After 196 Days
Source: NASA

After spending 196 days in space, Expedition 51 crew members Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) landed their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft in Kazakhstan at approximately 10:10 a.m. EDT.

‘Carry On’ Says NASA to Blue Canyon Technologies’ RAVAN Cubesat
Source: Satnews Daily

Go behind the scenes with the New Horizons KBO chasers as they prepare for a sneak peek of flyby target 2014MU69.

Video: The Kuiper Extended Mission, KBO Chasers, Part 1
Source: John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Go behind the scenes with the New Horizons KBO chasers as they prepare for a sneak peek of flyby target 2014MU69.