November 24 – November 30, 2018

Two Colorado Companies Among Those Selected By NASA For Commercial Lunar Payload Delivery Services

Image Credit: NASA

November 29, 2018 – NASA has selected nine U.S. companies – including Littleton-based Lockheed Martin and Deep Space Systems — to bid on NASA delivery services to the lunar surface through Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contracts. The goal of CLPS is to enable scientific study and human exploration of the Moon and help prepare the agency to send astronauts to explore Mars. Lunar payloads could fly on these contracted missions as early as 2019. Read More

Astrobotic Selected By NASA To Be A Lunar Delivery Provider

Image Credit: Astrobotic Technology, Inc.

November 29, 2018 – Astrobotic has been competitively selected to be a delivery provider of NASA payloads to the Moon on the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract. Through CLPS, Astrobotic will be a 10-year provider of delivery services for NASA payloads to the Moon. The selection was announced today by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Read More

Hubble Uncovers Thousands Of Globular Star Clusters Scattered Among Galaxies

This is a Hubble Space Telescope mosaic of the immense Coma cluster of over 1,000 galaxies, located 300 million light-years from Earth. Hubble’s incredible sharpness was used to do a comprehensive census of the cluster’s most diminutive members: a whopping 22,426 globular star clusters. Among the earliest homesteaders of the universe, globular star clusters are snow-globe-shaped islands of several hundred thousand ancient stars. The survey found the globular clusters scattered in the space between the galaxies. They have been orphaned from their home galaxies through galaxy tidal interactions within the bustling cluster. Astronomers will use the globular cluster field for mapping the distribution of matter and dark matter in the Coma galaxy cluster. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Mack (STScI), and J. Madrid (Australian Telescope National Facility)

November 29, 2018 – Gazing across 300 million light-years into a monstrous city of galaxies, astronomers have used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to do a comprehensive census of some of its most diminutive members: a whopping 22,426 globular star clusters found to date. Read More

A New Way To Create Saturn’s Radiation Belts

This graphic shows the radiation belt around the planet of Saturn. A team of scientists has discovered a new method to create this. Image Credit: Emma Woodfield/BAS

November 29, 2018 – A team of international scientists from BAS, University of Iowa and GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences has discovered a new method to explain how radiation belts are formed around the planet Saturn. Read More

Centaur Ready To Launch First Starliner

Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

November 29, 2018 – The dual-engine Centaur upper stage that will power Boeing’s first CST-100 Starliner crew capsule into space for its Orbital Flight Test is one step closer to launch. Inside a ULA launch site test cell, the Centaur has been hoisted upright and attached to the interstage adapter that supports the stage atop the Atlas V rocket’s first stage during the initial minutes of launch. The Launch Vehicle Adapter (LVA) was mated to the forward end of Centaur and provides the mechanical interface to attach Starliner. Read More

NASA Provides Live Coverage Of Spacecraft Arrival At Asteroid That May Have Answers To The Origin Of Our Solar System

This “super-resolution” view of asteroid Bennu was created using eight images obtained by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on Oct. 29, 2018, from a distance of about 205 miles (330 kilometers). Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

November 28, 2018 – NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is scheduled to rendezvous with its targeted asteroid, Bennu, on Monday, December 3 at approximately noon EST. Read More

Amazon Web Services And Lockheed Martin Team To Make Downlinking Satellite Data Easier And Less Expensive

November 28, 2018 – Yesterday at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an company, and Lockheed Martin announced a strategic collaboration to integrate the new AWS Ground Station service with Lockheed Martin’s new Verge antenna network. AWS and Lockheed Martin are bringing these two highly capable systems together to provide a solution that addresses customer needs for resilient satellite uplinks and downlinks. Through this integration, customers using AWS Ground Station gain the ability to download data from multiple satellites at the same time and to continue downloading data even when unplanned outages like a weather event impact parts of the network. And, Lockheed Martin Verge customers benefit from being able to upload satellite commands and data through AWS Ground Station and to quickly download large amounts of data over the high-speed AWS Ground Station network. Both Lockheed Martin Verge and AWS Ground Station customers can now integrate satellite data with the rich portfolio of AWS services, including compute, storage, analytics, and machine learning. Read More

NASA’s Webb Takes A Carriage Ride To Testing Chambers

Image Credit: NASA

November 28, 2018 – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is both large and heavy, so it requires some big equipment to move it from one place to another during testing. Read More

Lockheed Martin And NASA JPL Successfully Land On Mars

On November 26 at 12:52 p.m. MT, NASA’s InSight Lander sent confirmation that it successfully landed on the surface of the Red Planet. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin/NASA

November 27, 2018 – NASA has a new spacecraft operating on the surface of Mars. On Monday, the InSight Mars Lander, which was designed, built and tested by Lockheed Martin, navigated the dramatic entry and descent through the Martian atmosphere and touched down on Elysium Planitia in the equatorial region of Mars. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor responsible for the complete spacecraft system – cruise stage, aeroshell and the lander itself. Mission management and navigation were handled by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and spacecraft operations were performed by engineers at Lockheed Martin Space’s Mission Support Area in Littleton, Colorado. Read More

Twin CubeSats Complete Historic Mission To Mars

MarCO, or Mars Cube One, is the first CubeSat Mission to Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

November 27, 2018 – Two CubeSats had a front row seat when NASA’s newest lander successfully touched down on the Martian surface on Monday, November 26. The twin spacecraft, called Mars Cube One (MarCO), made history by successfully relaying real-time data back to Earth as InSight descended through the atmosphere and landed near Mars’ equator on a flat, smooth plain called Elysium Planitia. Read More

SEAKR To Develop Advanced Space Processing Prototype For Air Force Protected Satellite Communications

SEAKR Engineering Logo. Image Credit: SEAKR

November 27, 2018 – SEAKR Engineering, Inc. (SEAKR) has been awarded a contract to define requirements and build digital processing system prototypes for protected satellite communications for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Read More

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Source: Australian National University

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Source: Las Cumbres Observatory

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Source: UC Santa Cruz

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Source: Carnegie Institution For Science

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Source: Intuitive Machines LLC

NASA Selects Masten For Moon Delivery
Source: Masten

Moon Express Announces Strategic Partners For Commercial Lunar Payload Services
Source: SpaceRef

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Source: Forbes

OrbitBeyond Teams With Team Indus, Honeybee Robotics For NASA Lunar Program
Source: Parabolic Arc

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Source: NASA

Firefly Aerospace Selected By NASA For Commercial Lunar Payload Services
Source: Firefly Aerospace, Inc.

Draper Returns To The Moon, Enables The Future Of Exploration
Source: Draper

U.S. Secretary Of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Appoints Monteith To FAA Associate Administrator For Commercial Space
Source: FAA

Harrison, Kennicutt To Chair Astro 2020 Decadal Survey

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Source: NASA

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Source: The Ethio Sun

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Lift Off For Pioneering Nanosats
Source: ESA

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Source: nature

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Source: Houston Chronicle

Indian Rocket Launches 31 Satellites
Source: Spaceflight Now

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Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Researchers Rise To Challenge Of Predicting Hail, Tornadoes Three Weeks In Advance
Source: Colorado State University

Simulating WFIRST’s Search For Supernovae
Source: AAS Nova

Embark On A NASA Technology Scavenger Hunt And More With The OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion And Research Challenge 2019
Source: NASA

Cave Paintings Reveal Use Of Complex Astronomy
Source: The University of Edinburgh

As InSight Lands On Mars, Cornell’s Banfield Gets To Work
Source: Cornell Chronicle

Senator Seeks Assurances On JWST And WFIRST Funding

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Source: JHUAPL

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Source: SpaceNews

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SpaceX Postpones California Launch To Wait For Better Weather
Source: Spaceflight Now

Colorado Springs Students Go Through Mars Simulation While InSight Lander Touches Down On Red Planet

Colorado School Of Mines At The Frontier Of Space Resources Education
Source: JDSupra

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Source: GPS World

First Starliner To Launch Crew Ready For Environmental Testing
Source: NASA

NASA Administrator To Announce New Moon To Mars Partnerships
Source: NASA

InSight Is Catching Rays On Mars
Source: NASA/JPL

SolAero Technologies Solar Panels Powering The NASA Mars InSight Lander
Source: SolAero Technologies Corp.

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