November 17 – November 23, 2018

NASA InSight Team On Course For Mars Touchdown

An artist’s impression of NASA InSight’s entry, descent and landing at Mars, scheduled for Nov. 26, 2018. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

November 21, 2018 – NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) spacecraft is on track for a soft touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet on November 26, the Monday after Thanksgiving. But it’s not going to be a relaxing weekend of turkey leftovers, football and shopping for the InSight mission team. Engineers will be keeping a close eye on the stream of data indicating InSight’s health and trajectory, and monitoring Martian weather reports to figure out if the team needs to make any final adjustments in preparation for landing, only five days away. Read More


NASA OSIRIS-REx Flexes Its “Arm” Before Arriving At Asteroid Bennu

This image of the OSIRIS-REx Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism arm and sampling head in space was taken on November 14, 2018, by the spacecraft’s SamCam imager as part of a visual checkout of the sample return system. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

November 19, 2018 – TAGSAM, or Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism, completed a successful practice deployment in space on Nov. 14—an important milestone in the OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu. TAGSAM is the first-of-its-kind robotic arm and sampling head invented by Lockheed Martin. Read More


Lockheed Martin’s Quiet Supersonic Technology Project Passes Major Milestone

Illustration of the X-59 QueSST as it flies above NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

November 19, 2018 – NASA has officially committed to a development timeline that will lead to the first flight of its X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft in just three years. Read More


Maxar Technologies Shareholders Approve U.S. Domestication

November 19, 2018 – Maxar Technologies, a global technology innovator powering the new space economy, today announced that shareholders approved the Company’s U.S. domestication at a special meeting held earlier today in Westminster, Colorado. Read More


More News

ISS Microbes Should Be Monitored To Avoid Threat To Astronaut Health
Source: Biomed Central


New Committee Brings Industry Viewpoint To NAC, Seeks Changes To Planetary Protection Guidelines
Source: SpacePolicyOnline.com


NASA Closes Call For Small Payloads To Study The Surface Of The Moon
Source: Ars Technica


NASA InSight Landing On Mars: Milestones
Source: NASA


Engineers Successfully Test Major Part Of Orion Launch Abort System
Source: NASA


Moroccan Spy Satellite Launched Aboard Vega Rocket
Source: Spaceflight Now


NASA’s Mars Insight Lander Is Set To Dig Into The Red Planet And Listen For Quakes
Source: Global News


NASA Announces Target Date For First SpaceX Crew Dragon Flight
Source: Spaceflight Now


Cherry Creek Schools Scrub Space Charter School Launch, Prompting Legal Threats
Source: Sentinel Colorado


ALMA’s Highest Frequency Receiver Produces Its First Scientific Result On Massive Star Formation
Source: National Astronomical Observatory of Japan


What Magnetic Fields Can Tell Us About Life On Other Planets
Source: UC Berkeley


Japanese Cargo Capsule Succeeds In Re-Entry Tech Demo
Source: Spaceflight Now


China’s Long March 2D Rocket Launches Five Satellites
Source: Spaceflight Now


Three Months From Application To Launch License? A New Report Says It’s Possible
Source: SpaceNews


How Much Does A Space Force Cost? Analyst Lays Out Menu Of Options
Source: SpaceNews


Denver Museum Of Nature & Science Takes More Than 1,500 Students Behind The Scenes Of NASA’s Latest Mars Mission With Lockheed Martin
Source: YourHub/Denver Post


NASA’s Lucy In The Sky With … Asteroids?
Source: NASA


InSight Arrives At Mars Landing Event
Source: Denver Museum of Nature & Science


Meet The Spacecraft That’s About To Play Tag With An Asteroid
Source: Popular Mechanics


Virgin Orbit Completes Successful Captive Carry Test Flight With “Flying Launchpad”
Source: Virgin Orbit


Study Brings New Climate Models Of Small Star TRAPPIST 1’s Seven Intriguing Worlds
Source: University of Washington


NASA’s Mars InSight Landing Community Livestream
Source: Fiske Planetarium/University of Colorado Boulder


Watch In Person – Landing NASA’s InSight Mars Lander
Source: NASA


NASA Announces Landing Site For Mars 2020 Rover
Source: NASA


DLR’s HP3 Mole On Board NASA’s InSight Mission Soon To Land On Mars
Source: DLR


Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Announces Winners Of The 2018 Scholarship Awards
Source: USRA


Pushing Boundaries: Undergrad Launches Student-Driven Particle Astrophysics Research Group
Source: CU Boulder Today/University of Colorado Boulder


Space Station Receives Second Of Back-To-Back Cargo Deliveries
Source: Spaceflight Now


Russian Freighter Arrives At International Space Station
Source: Spaceflight Now


Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Completes Rendezvous And Berthing With International Space Station
Source: Northrop Grumman


Musk Hints At Further Changes In BFR Design
Source: SpaceNews


Chinese Long March 38 Launches Another Two Beidou Satellites
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Nelson Concedes, Senate Will Lose Key NASA Supporter
Source: SpacePolicyOnline,com


Odd Bodies, Rapid Spins Keep Cosmic Rings Close
Source: Cornell Chronicle