May 30, 2017

Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over

Cassini researchers have found evidence the active south polar region of Enceladus — the fractured terrain seen here at bottom — may have originally been closer to the icy moon’s equator. Image Credit: Cassini researchers have found evidence the active south polar region of Enceladus — the fractured terrain seen here at bottom — may have originally been closer to the icy moon’s equator.

May 30, 2017 – Saturn’s icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus may have tipped over in the distant past, according to recent research from NASA’s Cassini mission. Researchers with the mission found evidence that the moon’s spin axis — the line through the north and south poles — has reoriented, possibly due to a collision with a smaller body, such as an asteroid. Read More


UCCS Awarded $1.2 Million Scholarship Grant To Support STEM Education

May 30, 2017 – Undergraduate students and professionals working in science, technology, engineering or mathematics who want to teach in high-need school districts can apply to receive a scholarship of up to $15,000 at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Read More


Waving Goodbye

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

May 30, 2017 – Before Cassini entered its Grand Finale orbits, it acquired unprecedented views of the outer edges of the main ring system. For example, this close-up view of the Keeler Gap, which is near the outer edge of Saturn’s main rings, shows in great detail just how much the moon Daphnis affects the edges of the gap. Read More


NASA’s 8th Annual Robotic Mining Competition Comes To An End

May 30, 2017 – The eighth annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition wrapped up Friday. Teams of undergraduate and graduate students from more than 40 colleges and universities across the nation, including the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado School of Mines, showed off their excavating prowess during the three-day competition, May 24-26. The teams had to design and build either remote-controlled or autonomous excavator robots that traverse a simulated Martian terrain, scoop up the dirt and return it to a hopper within 10 minutes. The University of Colorado Boulder took 2nd place for Robotic On-Site Mining. Read More


NASA To Announce New Astronaut Class On June 7

Image Credit: NASA

May 30, 2017 – After evaluating a record number of applications, NASA will introduce its new astronaut candidates at 12 p.m. MDT Wednesday, June 7, from the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Read More


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Canada Weighs Scientific Consequences Of Moving A Mega-Telescope
Source: Nature

Is second-best good enough? That’s the question Canadian astronomers will confront this week as they analyze how relocating the planned Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) could affect their science plans.


NASA’s “Webb-Cam” Captures Engineers At Work On Webb At Johnson Space Center
Source: NASA

NASA’s special “Webb-cam” kept an eye on the development of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, since 2012. Now that Webb telescope has moved to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, a special Webb camera was installed there to continue providing daily video feeds on the telescope’s progress.


NASA Team Takes On A New Optical Challenge — The Lyman Alpha Limit
Source: NASA

NASA technologists produced telescope mirrors with the highest reflectance ever reported in the far-ultraviolet spectral range. Now, they’re attempting to set another record. Manuel Quijada and his team, optical experts at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, are investigating techniques for creating highly reflective aluminum mirrors sensitive to the infrared, optical, and far-ultraviolet wavelength bands — a broad spectral range envisioned for proposed space telescopes after the James Webb Space Telescope and Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope.


Boulder Scientists Headed South In Bid To Capture Celestial Shadow
Source: Boulder Daily Camera

Ten faculty and students from the University of Colorado are heading way down under to help NASA learn more about a destination that is way far out there. They are among those recruited by Boulder’s Southwest Research Institute to take part in an occultation observation in support of the New Horizons mission …


‘Halos’ Discovered On Mars Widen Time Frame For Potential Life
Source: American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Lighter-toned bedrock that surrounds fractures and comprises high concentrations of silica — called ‘halos’ — has been found in Gale crater on Mars, indicating that the planet had liquid water much longer than previously believed.


New Scaling Law Predicts How Wheels Drive Over Sand
Source: MIT News

Formula could help optimize construction vehicles, military tanks, and rovers on Mars.


Exclusive: Top Air Force Bosses Pledge Renewed Focus On Space Mission
Source: The Gazette

New Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says you can tell her priorities by seeing where she spent her first days in office. Nine days into her tenure, the secretary has spent five of them on space, including four touring the space assets housed in Colorado Springs.