May 6 – May 12, 2019

Why This Martian Full Moon Looks Like Candy

These three views of the Martian moon Phobos were taken by NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter using its infrared camera, THEMIS. Each color represents a different temperature range. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/SSI

May 12, 2019 – For the first time, NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter has caught the Martian moon Phobos during a full moon phase. Each color in this new image represents a temperature range detected by Odyssey’s infrared camera, which has been studying the Martian moon since September of 2017. Looking like a rainbow-colored jawbreaker, these latest observations could help scientists understand what materials make up Phobos, the larger of Mars’ two moons. Read More


U.S. Air Force Welcomes Fifth Lockheed Martin-Built AEHF Satellite To Cape Canaveral For June Launch

AEHF-5 is hoisted by crane into its satellite ship container at Lockheed Martin’s satellite manufacturing facility in Sunnyvale, California. After the satellite is securely packed into the container, it boards a US Air Force cargo plane where it will travel from California to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

May 12, 2019 – The U.S. Air Force is gearing up to launch the fifth global, anti-jam, protected communications satellite after its arrival in Florida. Lockheed Martin shipped the Air Force’s fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station ahead of its expected June launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. AEHF-5’s launch comes just eight months after AEHF-4 blasted off from the Cape on October 17, 2018. Read More


4th Space Operations Squadron Takes Control Of AEHF-4

Lt. Col. Armon Lansing (right), 4th Space Operations Squadron commander, accepts the key from Col. David Ashley, Space and Missile Center AEHF program manager, signifying the handoff of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency-4 satellite to the 4th SOPS at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, May 3, 2019. Image Credit: U.S. Air Force/Kathryn Calvert

May 12, 2019 – The 4th Space Operations Squadron accepted control of a new satellite in their constellation, Advanced Extremely High Frequency-4 from the Space and Missile Center and 14th Air Force in a satellite control authority ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, May 3. Read More


For InSight, Dust Cleanings Will Yield New Science

This is NASA InSight’s second full selfie on Mars. Since taking its first selfie, the lander has removed its heat probe and seismometer from its deck, placing them on the Martian surface; a thin coating of dust now covers the spacecraft as well. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

May 10, 2019 – The same winds that blanket Mars with dust can also blow that dust away. Catastrophic dust storms have the potential to end a mission, as with NASA’s Opportunity rover. But far more often, passing winds cleared off the rover’s solar panels and gave it an energy boost. Those dust clearings allowed Opportunity and its sister rover, Spirit, to survive for years beyond their 90-day expiration dates. Read More


Air Force Successfully Launches Satellites From New Zealand On Electron Rocket

May 10, 2019 – The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched three Department of Defense research and development satellites on Huntington Beach-based Rocket Lab USA’s Electron rocket from Mahia, New Zealand at 11:00 p.m. PST, May 4, 2019 and 6:00 p.m. NZST May 5, 2019. Read More


New Clues About How Ancient Galaxies Lit Up The Universe

This deep-field view of the sky, taken by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, is dominated by galaxies – including some very faint, very distant ones – circled in red. The bottom right inset shows one of those distant galaxies, made visible thanks to a long-duration observation by Spitzer. The wide-field view also includes data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The Spitzer observations came from the GREATS survey, short for GOODS Re-ionization Era wide-Area Treasury from Spitzer. GOODS is itself an acronym: Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/Spitzer/P. Oesch/S. De Barros/ I.Labbe

May 10, 2019 – NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed that some of the universe’s earliest galaxies were brighter than expected. The excess light is a byproduct of the galaxies releasing incredibly high amounts of ionizing radiation. The finding offers clues to the cause of the Epoch of Reionization, a major cosmic event that transformed the universe from being mostly opaque to the brilliant starscape seen today. Read More


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a.i. solutions Named NASA Agency Large Business Prime Contractor Of The Year
Source: a.i. solutions


Sir Richard Branson Announces Virgin Galactic Move To Spaceport America This Summer, As Company Readies For Commercial Service
Source: Virgin Galactic


Studying DNA Breaks To Protect Future Space Travelers
Source: NASA


National Science Foundation Announces New Diamond Achievement Award
Source: National Science Foundation


10 Years Ago, Hubble’s Final Servicing Mission Made It Better Than Eve
Source: NASA


United Launch Alliance, UAW Employees Ratify New Contract
Source: United Launch Alliance


Maura Hagan Is One Of An Historic Number Of Women Elected To The National Academy Of Sciences
Source: High Altitude Observatory


Meet The Women In Charge Of NASA’s Science Divisions
Source: NASA


Northrop Grumman, NASA Test Cygnus-Derived Lunar Gateway Habitat
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Gravitational Waves Leave A Detectable Mark, Physicists Say
Source: Cornell University


Our History In The Stars
Source: University of Tokyo


SpaceX To Launch 60 Starlink Satellites On Wednesday
Source: Parabolic Arc


ULA To Support NRO Launch Mission Two Under $149M Contract Modification
Source: GovCon Wire


Lockheed Delivers AEHF-5 Satellite To Cape Canaveral Launch Site; Mike Cacheiro Quoted
Source: ExecutiveBiz


Jeff Bezos Unveils ‘Blue Moon’ Lander
Source: Spaceflight Now


Blue Moon Brewing Is Capitalizing On Bezos’ News With A Lunar Lander Keg
Source: TechCrunch


Teams 3D Print Planetary Habitats, Awarded $700K In NASA Challenge
Source: NASA


Thales Alenia Space And Maxar Consortium Achieve Significant Milestone For Telesat’s LEO Satellite Constellation
Source: Maxar Technologies Inc.


Northrop Grumman Successfully Demonstrates Critical Space Capability For DARPA Mission In Record Time
Source: Northrop Grumman


InSight Sees Drifting Clouds On Mars
Source: NASA


NASA Aeronautics Selects Three University Teams For Research Help
Source: NASA


The Bill O’Hara Chronicles: A Trip To The Haughton Mars Project Research Station
Source: Sierra Nevada Corporation


50 Years Ago: One Week To Apollo 10
Source: NASA


SLS Begins Insulation Process For Booster Segments For Second Flight
Source: NASA


Lunar Power System Team Wins President’s Award
Source: NASA


Dragon Cargo Spacecraft Berthed To Station
Source: NASA


30 Years Ago: Magellan Off To Map Venus
Source: NASA


Rocket Lab Launches STP-27RD Test Satellite Trio For The DoD
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Apollo Fusion, Inc. Lands NASA JPL License And Manufacturing Contract
Source: Apollo Fusion


Telescopes In Space For Even Sharper Images Of Black Holes
Source: Radboud University Nijmegen


A New Filter To Better Map The Dark Universe
Source: DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Why NASA Just Destroyed A Simulated New York City With A Huge Fake Asteroid
Source: NBC News


Student Design For Space Colony Greenhouse Wins NASA Praise
Source: Engineering News-Record


CSU Pueblo Students Win Big At NASA Competition
Source: La Voz Bilingüe


A Safer Spacesuit
Source: AIAA Aerospace America


Brazilian Scientists Investigate Dwarf Planet’s Ring
Source: Agência FAPESP


Warbird Invasion Showcase
Source: Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight