May 12, 2017

Supercomputer Can Shed Light On Sunspot Formation

Magnetic spots (white) near the Sun’s surface from three different-sized simulation models. The spots on the largest model are approximate 20 Mm = 20,000 kilometres, and their magnetic field is approximately 3kG = 3,000G, which is around 10,000 times larger than Earth’s magnetic field. Image Credit: Petri Käpylä

May 12, 2017 – The SPOTSIM project, which studies the formation of sunspots, has been awarded competed time on the Mare Nostrum supercomputer in Spain. The awarded resources amount to 20 million CPU hours – a computing time equal to approximately 500 years on a normal laptop. The group of researchers including scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany and the Aalto University in Finland hopes to pinpoint the role played by turbulent plasma flows within the Sun. Read More

Red Rocks Team In Finals For NSF Community College Innovation Challenge

May 12, 2017 – The National Science Foundation announced that a team from Red Rocks Community College is one of 10 finalists in its nation-wide Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). The CCIC is a contest in which community college students are asked to propose innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-based solutions to perplexing, real-world problems. Read More

Hubble Catches A Galaxy Duo By The “Hare”

Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

May 12, 2017 – This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the unusual galaxy IRAS 06076-2139, found in the constellation Lepus (The Hare). Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) instruments observed the galaxy from a distance of 500 million light-years. Read More

NASA Holds Media Teleconference Today On Exploration Mission-1 Status

During Exploration Mission-1, Orion will venture thousands of miles beyond the moon during an approximately three week mission. Image Credit: NASA

May 12, 2017 – NASA will provide an update on the status of Exploration Mission-1, the first integrated flight of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft, during a media teleconference at 1 p.m. MDT today, May 12. Read More

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How A Boulder Reservoir Lifeguard Found His Future In Space
Source: The Denver Post

Apollo-Soyuz astronaut Vance Brand tells his tales in museum talk, autobiography. The former naval officer, aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot and NASA astronaut will lead a presentation Wednesday at the Longmont Museum.

Equipment Water Leak Shortens Spacewalk For Colorado Astronaut
Source: CBS Denver

An equipment water leak shortened Friday’s spacewalk by two U.S. astronauts at the International Space Station. Spacewalkers Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer got out the hatch late because of the trouble.

‘Ginormous Fondue Pot’: Colorado Astronaut Gives Rich Description Of Earth

Move over Neil Armstrong, NASA Astronaut Jack Fischer just uttered an instant classic. Fischer, who is from Lafayette, took a moment from his spacewalk on the International Space Station to describe his view of Earth in the most colorful terms.

Cosmic Origins Spectrograph Launches Aboard STS-125 Atlantis
Source: Space Sciences Laboratory/University of California, Berkeley

May 11th, 2009 Shuttle STS-125 Atlantis roared into space from the Kennedy Space Center for the final Hubble Servicing Mission. On board were a myriad of instruments to keep the Hubble Space Telescope working well into the future. Space Shuttle Atlantis carried two new instruments to the Hubble Space Telescope, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and the Wide Field Camera 3.

Honeywell And Paragon To Create Life Support Technology For Future NASA Space Missions
Source: Paragon Space Development Corporation

Honeywell and Paragon Space Development Corporation have announced a teaming agreement that will change the way astronauts experience life in space. The two companies will design, build, test and apply environmental control and life support systems for future human NASA and commercial programs.

NASA Continues Testing, Manufacturing World’s Most Powerful Rocket
Source: NASA

The heavy-lift rocket for the first integrated flight with the agency’s Orion spacecraft is a foundation for all future SLS configurations. NASA recently completed a major test series on hardware for the upper part of the rocket. A test article of the rocket’s core stage engine section is on its way by barge to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for a qualification test series.

Video: Going Out In A Blaze Of Glory: Cassini Science Highlights And Grand Finale
Source: NASA/JPL

Dr. Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, will present highlights of Cassini’s ambitious inquiry at Saturn and an overview of science observations in the final orbits. Dr. Earl Maize, Cassini Program Manager, will discuss Cassini’s exciting challenges, ultimately flying through a region where no spacecraft has ever flown before.

Video: JWST Mission Preparations
Source: ESA

In October 2018 a European rocket will launch the largest astronomical space telescope ever built. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), is an international collaboration between NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). It will use infrared light to study the birth and evolution of planets, stars and galaxies throughout our cosmic history, advancing our understanding of the Universe.

Propeller Belts Of Saturn
Source: NASA

A view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is the sharpest ever taken of belts of the features called propellers in the middle part of Saturn’s A ring.