May 2, 2017

Cassini Finds ‘The Big Empty’ Close To Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is shown diving through the gap between Saturn and its rings in this artist’s depiction. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

May 2, 2017 – As NASA’s Cassini spacecraft prepares to shoot the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings for the second time in its Grand Finale, Cassini engineers are delighted, while ring scientists are puzzled, that the region appears to be relatively dust-free. This assessment is based on data Cassini collected during its first dive through the region on April 26. Read More

NASA’s Webb Telescope Completes Goddard Testing, Heading To Texas For More

The James Webb Space Telescope completed its environmental testing at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The Webb telescope will be shipped to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston for end-to-end optical testing in a vacuum at its extremely cold operating temperatures. Image Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

May 2, 2017 – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has successfully passed the center of curvature test, an important optical measurement of Webb’s fully assembled primary mirror prior to cryogenic testing, and the last test held at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, before the spacecraft is shipped to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston for more testing. Read More

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Future Polar Weather Satellites Down, Space Weather Up In NOAA’s FY2017 Final Appropriations

NOAA’s Polar Follow On (PFO) program to build the third and fourth Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) weather spacecraft is the only satellite program that will be cut substantially in the final FY2017 omnibus appropriations bill.

CU Boulder Mechanical Engineering Students ‘Explore All The Details’ In Final Projects
Source: University of Colorado Boulder Buffzone

Five of the students graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder mechanical engineering senior design program are leaving with patents in their name.