May 27 – June 2, 2019

NASA’s Webb Telescope Has Successful Final Thermal Vacuum Test

The James Webb Space Telescope’s spacecraft element being prepared for entry into Northrop Grumman’s large thermal vacuum chamber in Los Angeles, California. Image Credit: Northrop Grumman

May 31, 2019 – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has successfully cleared another critical testing milestone, taking this ambitious observatory one step closer to its 2021 launch. The spacecraft has gone through its final thermal vacuum test meant to ensure that its hardware will function electronically in the vacuum of space, and withstand the extreme temperature variations it will encounter on its mission. Read More

SwRI’s Singer Wins Urey Prize For Planetary Research

SwRI’s Dr. Kelsi Singer will receive the AAS Division for Planetary Science 2019 Harold C. Urey Prize, the highest honor for a young planetary scientist, recognizing outstanding achievements in planetary research. Image Credit: SwRI/Rayna Tedford

May 31, 2019 – Dr. Kelsi Singer, a senior research scientist at Southwest Research Institute, is being awarded the 2019 Harold C. Urey Prize by the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences. The prize is the highest DPS honor for a young planetary scientist, recognizing outstanding achievements in planetary research. Read More

Build! A Martian Habitat And Explore Life Off Earth At Space Foundation Discovery Center

Image Credit: Colorado Space News

May 31, 2019 – Do you have what it takes to live on Mars? Getting there is one small step, but the giant leap will be living on the red planet. This summer, the Space Foundation Discovery Center is inviting the public to Build!, a limited-engagement exhibit that opens this Saturday, June 1. Read More

A New View Of Exoplanets With NASA’s Upcoming Webb Telescope

This illustration shows an exoplanet orbiting its much brighter star. With its onboard coronagraphs, Webb will allow scientists to view exoplanets at infrared wavelengths they’ve never seen them in before. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

May 31, 2019 – While we now know of thousands of exoplanets — planets around other stars — the vast majority of our knowledge is indirect. That is, scientists have not actually taken many pictures of exoplanets, and because of the limits of current technology, we can only see these worlds as points of light. However, the number of exoplanets that have been directly imaged is growing over time. When NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launches in 2021, it will open a new window on these exoplanets, observing them in wavelengths at which they have never been seen before and gaining new insights about their nature. Read More

Sierra Nevada Corp. Test Fires Next-Gen Rocket Engine

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) test fires its VORTEX rocket engine. Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

May 31, 2019 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) recently showcased its patented VORTEX rocket engine, showcasing next-generation technology available to NASA, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and commercial launch companies. The engine, which uses green and clean propellants, will be used for the SNC Dream Chaser spacecraft when it services the International Space Station for NASA missions starting in spring 2021. Read More

Lockheed Martin Conducts Orion Forward Bay Cover Jettison Test

Orion Structural Test Article Forward Bay Cover Jettison Test. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin Space

May 31, 2019 – Lockheed Martin recently tested a critical event on NASA’s Orion spaceship – the jettison of the forward bay cover on the program’s structural test article. Read More

NASA Astrobiology Researchers Identify Features That Could Be Used To Detect Life-Friendly Climates On Other Worlds

This artist’s concept illustrates a young, red dwarf star surrounded by three planets. NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer is helping to identify young, red dwarf stars that are close to us by detecting their ultraviolet light. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

May 28, 2019 – Scientists may have found a way to tell if alien worlds have a climate that is suitable for life by analyzing the light from these worlds for special signatures that are characteristic of a life-friendly environment. This technique could reveal the inner edge of a star’s habitable zone, the region around a star where liquid water could exist on the surface of a rocky planet. Read More

Atlas V Departs Factory For Historic Mission

The Atlas V booster and Centaur stages leave the Decatur factory today for CFT launch. Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

May 28, 2019 – The first Atlas V rocket to launch astronauts into space emerged from the United Launch Alliance factory last week, rolling into a giant cargo ship for transport to Cape Canaveral. Read More

NASA Invites Public To Help Asteroid Mission Choose Sample Site

This image shows the wide variety of boulder shapes, sizes and compositions found on asteroid Bennu. It was taken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on March 28 from a distance of 2.1 miles (3.4 km). The field of view is 162.7 ft (49.6 m). For scale, the large, light-colored boulder at the top of the image is 15.7 ft (4.8 m) tall. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

May 28, 2019 – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu needs extra pairs of eyes to help choose its sample collection site on the asteroid – and to look for anything else that might be scientifically interesting. Read More

More News

All-Woman Engineering Team Earns Most Innovative Award At NASA Mars Competition
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

A Giant Stellar Eruption Detected For The First Time
Source: Chandra X-Ray Observatory/NASA

NASA Mission To Study Earth’s Atmosphere By Forming Artificial Night-Time Clouds Over Marshall Islands
Source: NASA

Melting Moon Dust With Lasers To Use In Lunar Habitats
Source: Room

Modeling Earth’s Geomagnetic Fields
Source: CIRES

NICER’s Night Moves Trace The X-Ray Sky
Source: NASA

The U.S. Postal Service Is Issuing First Moon Landing Forever Stamps
Source: NASA

SpaceX Update On Status Of 60 Starlink Satellites
Source: Parabolic Arc

Northrop Grumman Looking Into Dramatic Nozzle Anomaly On Omega Rocket Motor
Source: Spaceflight Now

Hubble Sees A Galaxy Bucking The Trend
Source: NASA

ExoMars Orbiter Prepares For Rosalind Franklin
Source: ESA

Remarks By President Trump At The 2019 United States Air Force Academy Graduation Ceremony
Source: The White House

President Trump Says Mission Of Academy Grads Vital To Keeping U.S. Safe
Source: U.S. Air Force Academy

NASA Notes Starliner’s Excellent Progress Toward Orbital Flight Test Launch

Bridenstine Says Debate Only Beginning Over Funding 2024 Return To The Moon
Source: SpaceNews

Proton Rocket Lifts Off With Yamal 601 Communications Satellite
Source: Spaceflight Now

NASA To Shut Down Spitzer Space Telescope Early Next Year
Source: Spaceflight Now

NASA’s Mars 2020 Gets HD Eyes
Source: NASA

First Ever Solar Eclipse Film Brought Back To Life
Source: The Royal Astronomical Society

Air Force Assuming Responsibility For Future Narrowband Satcom Capabilities
Source: ExecutiveGov

NASA’s Spitzer Captures Stellar Family Portrait
Source: NASA/JPL

Powerful All-Electric Satellite For Eutelsat Arrives At The Guiana Space Center For Launch
Source: Maxar Technologies

NASA Makes Progress Assembling Massive SLS Rocket Stage
Source: NASA

NASA Navigation Tech Shows Timing Really Is Everything
Source: NASA

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Finds A Clay Cache
Source: NASA

Russian Spacewalkers Complete VKD-46 — Pay Tribute To Leonov

China’s First Mars Spacecraft Undergoing Integration For 2020 Launch
Source: SpaceNews

U.S. And Japan To Cooperate On Return To The Moon
Source: SpaceNews

NASA Says SpaceX Readying Crew Dragon Capsule For Possible Piloted Test Flight By End Of Year
Source: Spaceflight Now

Chandra Finds Stellar Duos Banished From Galaxies
Source: Chandra X-Ray Observatory/NASA

NASA Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor Announced As Keynote Speaker At ISS R&D Conference
Source: ISS/U.S. National Laboratory

Engineer Charged With Falsifying Inspections Of SpaceX Hardware
Source: SpaceNews

GAO In A Spat With Raytheon Over Critical Report Of GPS Ground Control System
Source: SpaceNews

SpaceX Ramps Up Operations In South Texas As Hopper Tests Loom

Lightning Strikes Russian Rocket During Satellite Launch (But Everything’s Fine)

Momentum Grows For Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

US Air Force Academy Names New Commandant Of Cadets

First ICESat-2 Global Data Released: Ice, Forests And More
Source: NASA

Senate Bill Calls On DoD To Utilize Commercial Spaceports For SmallSat Launches
Source: ExecutiveGov

Semi-Finalists Selected For Mars Colony Prize Competition
Source: The Mars Society

Plasma Processes In Mars’s Shadow
Source: AAS Nova

NASA Invites Media To Orion Abort Test Before Moon Missions With Crew
Source: NASA

Origami-Inspired Materials Could Soften The Blow For Reusable Spacecraft
Source: University of Washington

NASA Television To Air Russian Spacewalk At Space Station
Source: NASA