May 19, 2017

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Completes Fifth Science Pass Of Jupiter

This enhanced color view of Jupiter’s cloud tops was processed by citizen scientist Bjorn Jonsson using data from the JunoCam instrument on NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The image highlights a massive counterclockwise rotating storm that appears as a white oval in the gas giant’s southern hemisphere. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Bjorn Jonsson

May 19, 2017 – NASA’s Juno mission accomplished a close flyby of Jupiter on May 19, successfully completing its fifth science orbit. All of Juno’s science instruments and the spacecraft’s JunoCam were operating during the flyby, collecting data that is now being returned to Earth. Read More

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Beyond Pluto: Nasa’s Next New Horizon Target Is Its Biggest Mystery Yet
Source: WIRED UK

HNew Horizons has already shown Pluto to be a remarkably beautiful and active world, now it’s headed for the icy frontier of our Solar System.

What’s Going On August 21st

Hundreds of experiments planned for this summer’s total solar eclipse: We share the highlights.

Dawn of a New Age: 55 Years Since the Troubled Mission of Aurora 7 (Part 1)
Source: AmericaSpace

Fifty-five years ago, this week, America launched its second man into orbit around the Earth. That man should have been Deke Slayton, but a heart murmur had left him grounded, not in favor of his backup, Wally Schirra, but in favor of John Glenn’s backup, Scott Carpenter.

AR1 Engine Clears Milestone In Step Toward Ending U.S. Reliance On Russian Propulsion
Source: Spaceflight Now

A rocket engine that could power United Launch Alliance’s next-generation rocket has passed a major design review, clearing the way for full-scale hotfire testing starting next year and certification for test flights in 2019, according to Aerojet Rocketdyne, the powerplant’s developer.

Two NASA Astronauts Inducted Into U.S. Astronaut Hall Of Fame
Source: NASA

Two veteran NASA astronauts joined the ranks of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Friday. Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman to travel to space and current director of the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, and Michael Foale, the only U.S. astronaut to serve on both the International Space Station and Russian space station Mir, bring the total number of space explorers honored in the hall of fame to 95.

Boeing/Lockheed JV Unit Secures $27M Contract For EELV
Source: Zacks Equity Research

United Launch Services, LLC (“ULS”), a subsidiary of United Launch Alliance (“ULA”) – a Lockheed Martin Corp. LMT and The Boeing Co. BA joint venture (“JV”) – has won a modification contract from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for launch vehicle production services (“LVPS”). This comes under the requirements contract terms of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Phase I contract.

Astronomers Make The Largest Map Of The Universe Yet
Source: Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)

Astronomers with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) have created the first map of the large-scale structure of the Universe based entirely on the positions of quasars. Quasars are the incredibly bright and distant points of light powered by supermassive black holes.

Taking Flight With Ultracold Atoms
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

On a recent warm, sunny morning at Boulder’s municipal airport, CU Boulder physics professor and JILA Fellow Dana Anderson stood on the tarmac with his colleagues preparing to take to the skies with some very, very cold atoms.

James Nabity Honored As Outstanding Faculty Advisor For 2017
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Congratulations to associate professor James Nabity for earning the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award from the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The award recognizes faculty and staff advisors who demonstrate exceptional advising skills and serve as role models to other advisors. Nabity has been on the aerospace faculty at CU Boulder since 2013, coming to the university after a 30 year engineering career in the government and private sector.

Air Force Lays Out Its Case For Keeping Space Operations
Source: SpaceNews

Separating space operations from the Air Force would hamper the service’s efforts to address threats in orbit, Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said May 17.