May 9, 2017

Cloud Bands Streak Across Titan

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

May 9, 2017 – NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this view of bands of bright, feathery methane clouds drifting across Saturn’s moon Titan on May 7, 2017. Read More


MinXSS-1 CubeSat Mission Completed

Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder/LASP

May 9, 2017 – The University of Colorado Boulder’s LASP-built Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS) CubeSat completed its mission on Saturday, May 6. After a week of rapid altitude decay, MinXSS deorbited and burned up in Earth’s atmosphere, as expected. The last contact from the spacecraft came from an Australian HAM operator, VK2FAK, at 2017-05-06 02:37:26 UTC. Read More


SOFIA Cycle 6 Call For Proposals Released

Image Credit: NASA

May 9, 2017 – NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, issued its Cycle 6 Call for Proposals, on May 1, 2017, soliciting observing proposals from the U.S. and international astronomical communities. Approximately 500 hours of observing time will be awarded. The call for proposals was issued by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) on behalf of NASA. Read More


Colorful Impact Ejecta From Hargraves Crater

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

May 9, 2017 – The collision that created Hargraves Crater impacted into diverse bedrock lithologies of ancient Mars. As a result, the impact ejecta is a rich mix of rock types with different colors and textures, as seen by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Read More


MIT To Participate In Live Q&A With Astronaut Jack Fischer

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome Museum in Kazakhstan, Expedition 51 crewmember Jack Fischer of NASA signs a wall mural April 14 during a traditional tour of the facility. Image Credit: NASA
NASA/Victor Zelentsov

May 9, 2017 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students will participate in a live question-and-answer session with an alumnus astronaut aboard the International Space Station on Wednesday, May 10. NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, who received his master’s in aerospace engineering from MIT in 1998, will take questions from the students via video at 10:40 a.m. MDT. The session will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Read More


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AIAA-RM May Program: ROCCOR
Source: AIAA-RM

AIAA Rocky Mountain Section Speakers Program: Building a New Generation of Space Deployable and Thermal Management Products. Will Francis, Roccor VP of Engineering and Mark Lake Roccor VP of R&D. 6:00 pm Wednesday May 10, 2017 6:00 pm Social, 6:30 pm.


CSU 2017 Spring Commencement Set For May 12-14
Source: Colorado State University

Mary Cleave will deliver the commencement address at the College of Natural Sciences ceremony at 8 a.m., May 13, in the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom. Mary L. Cleave, Ph.D., P.E., is a former NASA astronaut and administrator who graduated from Colorado State University’s College of Natural Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in biological science (1969).


‘Epiphany’ Triumphs: Engineering Team Brings Back Honors From Space Flight Competition
Source: CU Denver

The CU Denver team won two big awards at the international 2017 Human Exploration Rover Challenge hosted by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. CU Denver brought home honors for Rookie of the Year and, even more significantly, the Neil Armstrong Best Design Award.


Astronauts Experience Decrease In Blood Vessel Function During Spaceflight, Study Finds
Source: Kansas State University

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have decreased physical fitness because of a decrease in the way oxygen moves through the body, according to a Kansas State University kinesiology study.


Nasa Investigating Cause Of Balloon Failure
Source: Otago Daily Times

NASA is investigating what caused its super-pressure balloon to leak, leading to the sudden termination of the flight over the South Pacific ocean at the weekend.


Two James Webb instruments Are Best Suited For Exoplanet Atmospheres
Source: PennState

Batalha and Michael Line, assistant professor, School of Earth and Space Science, Arizona State University, developed a mathematical model to predict the quantity of information that different Webb instruments could extract about an exoplanet’s atmosphere. Their model predicts that using a combination of two infrared instruments — the Near Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (NIRISS) and the G395 mode on the Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) — will provide the highest information content about an exoplanet’s atmosphere.


Regional Geomagnetic Model Products Now Fully Operational
Source: SWPC

SWPC is pleased to announce that we have transitioned the entire set of Geospace model derived products from experimental to fully operational in order to better support forecasters and web-based customers.


Merging Galaxies Have Enshrouded Black Holes
Source: NASA

Black holes get a bad rap in popular culture for swallowing everything in their environments. In reality, stars, gas and dust can orbit black holes for long periods of time, until a major disruption pushes the material in. A merger of two galaxies is one such disruption.


NASA Team Pursues Blobs And Bubbles With New PetitSat Mission
Source: NASA

Figuring out how plasma bubbles and blobs affect one another and ultimately the transmission of communications, GPS, and radar signals in Earth’s ionosphere will be the job of a recently selected CubeSat mission.


NASA Delivers Detectors For ESA’s Euclid Spacecraft
Source: NASA

Three detector systems for the Euclid mission, led by ESA (European Space Agency), have been delivered to Europe for the spacecraft’s near-infrared instrument. The detector systems are key components of NASA’s contribution to this upcoming mission to study some of the biggest questions about the universe, including those related to the properties and effects of dark matter and dark energy.


DigitalGlobe Satellite Imagery Launch For OpenStreetMap
Source: DigitalGlobe

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a free and open database of Earth’s features created by contributions from volunteer mappers. Every day, thousands of new features are added and existing features are enriched. Accurate, high-resolution and up-to-date satellite imagery is an essential component for improving this continuously evolving map of our planet …


A Simple Rocket For Staring At The Sun
Source: Cosmos

Capable of snapping 1,500 images in just five minutes, NASA’s newly launched rocket is raising the bar on studies of the sun. RAISE (Rapid Acquisition Imaging Spectrograph Experiment) is a type of sounding rocket, a relatively simple and cost-effective rocket that goes up 300 kilometres and spends 15–20 minutes making observations from above the atmosphere before returning to the ground.