March 11 – March 17, 2019

NASA Announces Tenth Round Of Candidates For CubeSat Space Missions

CubeSat Launch Initiative Tenth Round Selections Map. Image Credit: NASA

March 17, 2019 – An inflatable space antenna and a solar sail material test are among 16 small research satellites from 10 states NASA has selected to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard space missions planned to launch in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Read More


A Region Of Bennu’s Northern Hemisphere Close Up

Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

This trio of images acquired by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft shows a wide shot and two close-ups of a region in asteroid Bennu’s northern hemisphere. The wide-angle image (left), obtained by the spacecraft’s MapCam camera, shows a 590-foot (180-meter) wide area with many rocks, including some large boulders, and a “pond” of regolith that is mostly devoid of large rocks. The two closer images, obtained by the high-resolution PolyCam camera, show details of areas in the MapCam image, specifically a 50-foot (15 meter) boulder (top) and the regolith pond (bottom). The PolyCam frames are 101 feet (31 meters) across and the boulder depicted is approximately the same size as a humpback whale. Read More


Returning Astronauts To The Moon: Lockheed Martin Finalizes Full-Scale Cislunar Habitat Prototype

The Lockheed Martin Habitat Ground Test Article (HGTA) Lunar habitat prototype is designed to accommodate a variety of missions around the Moon. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

March 17, 2019 – For long-duration, deep space missions, astronauts will need a highly efficient and reconfigurable space, and Lockheed Martin is researching and designing ways to support those missions. Under a public-private partnership as a part of NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) Phase II study contract, Lockheed Martin has completed the initial ground prototype for a cislunar habitat that would be compatible with NASA’s Gateway architecture. This habitat will help NASA study and assess the critical capabilities needed to build a sustainable presence around the Moon and support pioneering human exploration in deep space. Read More


United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches WGS-10 Mission

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket launched carrying the tenth WGS satellite for the U.S. Air Force on March 15. Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

March 17, 2019 – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the tenth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite for the U.S. Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 on March 15 at 6:26 p.m. MDT. ULA has been the exclusive launch provider for all ten WGS satellites. Read More


Asteroid Bennu, Target Of NASA’s Sample Return Mission, Is Rotating Faster Over Time

This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on Dec. 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). The image was obtained at a 50° phase angle between the spacecraft, asteroid and the Sun, and in it, Bennu spans approximately 1,500 pixels in the camera’s field of view. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

March 17, 2019 – In late 2018, the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft arrived at Bennu, the asteroid it will be studying and sampling over the next several years. Read More


Lockheed Martin Develops World-First LTE-Over-Satellite System

March 17, 2019 – Lockheed Martin has developed a new LTE-over-Satellite system designed to provide connectivity to remote regions, including areas without cellphone coverage, boats off-shore, or during natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, catastrophic floods or volcanoes. New hotspots connect existing phones to satellites for reliable 4G connections. Read More


InSight Lander Among Latest ExoMars Image Bounty

ExoMars images InSight. Image Credit: University of Bern/University of Arizona/INAF-Padova, Italy

March 17, 2019 – Curious surface features, water-formed minerals, 3D stereo views, and even a sighting of the InSight lander showcase the impressive range of imaging capabilities of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter. Read More


SNC Adds Wagner To Leadership Team

John Wagner joins Sierra Nevada Corporation as Vice President, National Security and Space. Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

March 14, 2019 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced this week that U.S. Air Force Colonel (ret.) John Wagner has joined its Crystal City, Virginia office, bolstering its team with Wagner’s expertise in global space operations and nearly 30 years of military service. Wagner serves as the company’s Vice President, National Security and Space. Read More


More News

ISS National Lab Announces Request For Proposals To Access Spaceflight Biospecimens
Source: International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory


NASA To Host Media Teleconference On Asteroid Sample Return Mission
Source: NASA


Dormant Viruses Activate During Spaceflight — NASA Investigates
Source: Frontiers


Daniel N. Baker: Keep Colorado At Forefront Of Space Discovery
Source: University of Colorado Boulder/The Daily Camera


ESA Greenlight For UK’s Air-Breathing Rocket Engine
Source: ESA


Northrop Grumman Products From Across The Country Support ULA Delta IV Launch Of WGS-10 Spacecraft
Source: Northrop Grumman


Colorado School Of Mines Aims For Moon, Mars In Developing Resources In Space
Source: The Denver Post


NASA Astronauts Hague, Koch Arrive Safely At Space Station
Source: NASA


Bon Voyage (Buen Viaje) M1M3!
Source: The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope


Earth Is A Less Volatile Version Of The Sun, Study Finds
Source: Australian National University


Littleton Aerospace Engineer Works To Break Into Final Frontier While Shattering Stereotypes
Source: Denver 7


Moon Mining Could Actually Work, With The Right Approach
Source: Space.com


Floating Ideas For An Airlock Near The Moon
Source: ESA


AeroSpace Ventures Day: Research Blitz
Source: CU/LASP


NASA Goddard Teams To Study Unopened Apollo Samples
Source: NASA


Untouched Apollo Moon Rocks To Be Studied At NASA Ames
Source: NASA


NASA Selects Teams To Study Untouched Moon Samples
Source: NASA


Where’s The Water? Two Resource-Hunting Tools For The Moon’s Surface
Source: NASA


Thank Earth’s Magnetic Field For Water That Gives You Life
Source: Australian National University


Goddard Technologists And Scientists Prepare For A New Era Of Human Exploration
Source: NASA


SWIM Project Maps Potential Sources Of Mars Water
Source: Planetary Science Institute


NASA Administrator Statement On Moon To Mars Plans, FY 2020 Budget
Source: NASA


What Scientists Found After Sifting Through Dust In The Solar System
Source: NASA


First Release Of Data From GOLD
Source: University of Central Florida


Cooking Up Alien Atmospheres On Earth
Source: NASA/JPL


A NASA Spacecraft May Have Explored The Edges Of An Early Mars Sea In 1997
Source: Planetary Science Institute


Bernese Mars Camera CaSSIS Returns Spectacular Images
Source: University of Bern


ALMA Observes The Formation Sites Of Solar-System-Like Planets
Source: ALMA


Plant Experiment Veg-03 H Initiated On Space Station
Source: NASA


Video: NASA’s #Moon2Mars Update
Source: NASA


NASA Return To The Moon With Orion And The European Service Module
Source: ESA


Researchers Uncover Additional Evidence For Massive Solar Storms
Source: Lund University


Physicists Reverse Time Using Quantum Computer
Source: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology


(Bad) Science Movie Night Examines ‘The Martian’
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


CU Engineering Continues Rise: No. 17 Among Nation’s Public Engineering Graduate Programs
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Fusion Science And Astronomy Collaboration Enables Investigation Of The Origin Of Heavy Elements
Source: National Institutes of Natural Sciences


Colorado Politicians Want Space Command To Return Home
Source: Westword


Aerospace Day At The Colorado State Capitol Celebrate’s State’s Private Aerospace Employment
Source: Denver 7


Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement For Hearing On America’s Future In Space
Source: House Committee on Science, Space and Technology


Lockheed Martin Assembling EM-2 Structures For NASA’s First Crewed Orion Flight
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Shanahan Officially Establishes The Space Development Agency
Source: SpaceNews


NASA Unveils $21 Billion Trump Administration Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request
Source: Spaceflight Now


Chinese TV Broadcasting Satellite Launched On 300th Long March Rocket
Source: Spaceflight News


Opportunity’s Parting Shot Was A Beautiful Panorama
Source: NASA


In Memo, Air Force Secretary Slams Space Development Agency As Not Ready For Prime Time
Source: Defense News


Space Foundation Hosts New Generation Space Leaders Event At Kennedy Space Center
Source: Space Foundation


2019 FIRST Robotics Competition Returns To Rocket City
Source: NASA


NASA Program Manager To Deliver Charter Lecture
Source: University of Georgia


Quasar Jets Confuse Orbital Telescope
Source: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology


Astronomers Discover 83 Supermassive Black Holes In The Early Universe
Source: National Institutes of Natural Sciences