May 25, 2017

New Horizons Deploys Global Team For Rare Look At Next Flyby Target

Image Credit: NASA

May 25, 2017 – On New Year’s Day 2019, more than 4 billion miles from home, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will race past a small Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69 – making this rocky remnant of planetary formation the farthest object ever encountered by any spacecraft. Read More

Dream Chaser Spacecraft Passes Major Milestone

Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

May 25, 2017 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) successfully passed the third integration milestone for the Dream Chaser program under the NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS2) program, bringing it a major step closer to providing resupply services to the International Space Station (ISS). Read More

CU Boulder QB50 Challenger Satellite Is Live

QB50-Challenger deployed at 11:25pm MDT with two other QB50 satellites in the same deployer. Image Credit: NASA

May 25, 2017 – CU Boulder’s QB50 CubeSat, named “Challenger,” was successfully deployed from the International Space Station last night at 11:25 PM MDT. The release came just over a month after the satellite was launched from Cape Canveral to the ISS. Read More

Collapsing Star Gives Birth To A Black Hole

This pair of visible-light and near-infrared Hubble Space Telescope photos shows the giant star N6946-BH1 before and after in vanished out of sight by imploding to form a black hole. The left image shows the 25 solar mass star as it looked in 2007. In 2009, the star shot up in brightness to become over 1 million times more luminous than our sun for several months. But then it seemed to vanish, as seen in the right panel image from 2015. A small amount of infrared light has been detected from where the star used to be. This radiation probably comes from debris falling onto a black hole. The black hole is located 22 million light-years away in the spiral galaxy NGC 6946. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and C. Kochanek (OSU)

May 25, 2017 – Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole. It took the combined power of the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), and NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to go looking for remnants of the vanquished star, only to find that it disappeared out of sight. Read More

GOES-16 To Become GOES-EAST In November

In the GOES East position, 75 degrees West, GOES-16 will cover a region including the West Coast of Africa, the central Atlantic Ocean, and the continental United States. Image Credit: NOAA

May 25, 2017 – GOES-16, the most advanced weather satellite NOAA has ever developed, will be moved to the GOES-East position once it is declared operational in November. NOAA officials announced the decision regarding GOES-16’s placement earlier today, during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook news conference at NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland. Read More

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Jupiter’s Interior And Deep Atmosphere: The Initial Pole-To-Pole Passes With The Juno Spacecraft
Source: Science

Jupiter is the largest and most massive planet in our solar system. NASA’s Juno spacecraft arrived at Jupiter on 4 July 2016 and made its first close pass on 27 August 2016. Bolton et al. present results from Juno’s flight just above the cloud tops, including images of weather in the polar regions and measurements of the magnetic and gravitational fields.

Engines Of Twingenuity: NASA’s Twin Study Investigators Have A Meeting Of The Minds
Source: NASA

If you took all the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) in your body and strung it end-to-end, it would reach all the way to Pluto and back. The Twins Study, looking at the effects of space on the human body at the genetic level by studying identical twins Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly, investigates far more than DNA and has generated a vast amount of data. It includes researching proteins, metabolites, gut microbes, telomeres, RNA (ribonucleic acid), epigenomes and how all the various molecules interact in the human body. Research investigators recently met in Houston to discuss the volumes of data and their initial findings to collaborate on a path forward.

Colorado Schools To Participate In Spaceport Rocket Launch
Source: The Denver Post

More than a dozen payloads from public schools and other educational organizations around Colorado will be aboard one of the rockets to be launched from Spaceport America during a competition next month.

Colorado Astronaut Tweets His Way Through Space

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be in space – look no further than Colorado Astronaut Jack Fischer’s twitter account.

REU Interns Get Firsthand Atmospheric Research Experience
Source: Colorado State University

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program gives interns the opportunity to attend scientific seminars, visit national scientific laboratories, and participate in a variety of professional development training.

New Physics Exhibit Rolls Into The Discovery Center This Summer
Source: Space Foundation

The Space Foundation Discovery Center is excited to announce the opening of a new national traveling exhibit this summer. Roll, Drop, Bounce opens at the Space Foundation Discovery Center on Friday, June 2, 2017. The physics of motion is the topic of the exhibit, but the main theme is having fun doing experiments with balls and wheels.

Flown Orion Crew Module Newest Addition To ‘NASA Now’ Exhibit At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Source: NASA

The Orion crew module that traveled into space on an exciting mission beyond low-Earth orbit during Exploration Fight Test 1 (EFT-1) recently completed a different kind of trip at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew module now is on display to the public as part of the new NASA Now exhibit inside the IMAX Theater at nearby Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. It joins other U.S. flown spacecraft from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs.

World’s First Orbital-Class Rocket Launches From A Private Launch Site
Source: Ars Technica

On Thursday, shortly after midnight on the US East Coast, a New Zealand-based rocket company launched an orbital-class rocket from a private launch site for the first time. While relatively small, Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle stands at the vanguard of a new class of launchers designed to place increasingly tiny satellites into space.

No Good News For FAA Space Office In FY2018 Request

After successfully fighting to get a budget boost in FY2017, the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) is back to the drawing board in the Trump Administration’s FY2018 request. The office won a $2 million increase to $19.8 million in FY2017, but the FY2018 request is back down to $17.9 billion.