October 11, 2017

School Of Mines Graduate Student Selected For NASA Research Fellowship

Image Credit: Colorado School of Mines

October 11, 2017 – A graduate student at Colorado School of Mines has been awarded a NASA research fellowship to study the use of electrochemical technology to convert the carbon dioxide found in Mars’ atmosphere into methane fuel to help sustain human life beyond Earth. Read More


Giant Exoplanet Hunters: Look For Debris Disks

This artist’s rendering shows a large exoplanet causing small bodies to collide in a disk of dust. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

October 11, 2017 – There’s no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy — they’re so distant and faint compared to their stars, it’s hard to find them. Now, astronomers hunting for new worlds have established a possible signpost for giant exoplanets. Read More


Haumea, The Most Peculiar Of Pluto Companions, Has A ring Around It

Artist concept of Haumea, with the correct proportions of the main body and the ring. The ring is at a distance of 2287 kilometers from the center of the main body and is darker than the surface of the dwarf planet itself. Image Credit: Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía

October 11, 2017 – At the ends of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune, there is a belt of objects composed of ice and rocks, among which four dwarf planets stand out: Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. The latter is the least well known of the four and was recently the object of an international observation campaign which was able to establish its main physical characteristics. The study, led by astronomers from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia and published in Nature, reveals the presence of a ring around the planet. Read More


Ball Aerospace’s Arnold “Chip” Barnes III And Michael O’Hara Elected AIAA Associate Fellows

Image Credit: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

October 11, 2017 – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has recognized two Ball Aerospace employees with Associate Fellows designation for their notable contributions and leadership in furthering the advancement of aerospace science and technology. Arnold “Chip” Barnes III, chief engineer, civil and commercial space, and Michael O’Hara, director, space technologies and services, join nine other AIAA Associate Fellows and two Fellows currently at Ball. Read More


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Trump To Appoint Lockheed Martin Executive To Top Pentagon Policy Job
Source: The Hill

President Trump plans to name John Rood, a Lockheed Martin executive and former State Department official, to the Pentagon’s top policy post.


First Four Space Launch System Flight Engines Ready To Rumble
Source: NASA

The flight preparations for the four engines that will power NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) on its first integrated flight with Orion are complete and the engines are assembled and ready to be joined to the deep space rocket’s core stage. All five structures that form the massive core stage for the rocket have been built including the engine section where the RS-25 engines will be attached.


Reconstructing Cassini’s Plunge Into Saturn
Source: NASA

As NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, the spacecraft was live-streaming data from eight of its science instruments, along with readings from a variety of engineering systems. While analysis of science data from the final plunge will take some time, Cassini engineers already have a pretty clear understanding of how the spacecraft itself behaved as it went in.


NASA’s James Webb And The Big Bang: A Q&A With John Mather
Source: NASA

The concept of the Big Bang is easy to misunderstand. In this Q&A, Dr. John Mather, a Nobel laureate and the senior project scientist for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, answers some commonly asked questions about this expanding universe story, and about Webb’s role in understanding the early history of the universe.


Press Conference At ESO HQ Announcing Unprecedented Discovery
Source: European Southern Observatory

ESO will hold a press conference on 16 October 2017 at 16:00 CEST, at its Headquarters in Garching, Germany, to present groundbreaking observations of an astronomical phenomenon that has never been witnessed before. The event will be introduced from ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile by the Director General, Xavier Barcons, and will feature talks by representatives of many research groups around Europe.


United Launch Alliance Sets New Target Date For Launch
Source: Orlando Sentinel

A piece of hardware on a United Launch Alliance rocket has been replaced and tested, opening the door for an upcoming mission’s new launch time, possibly as early as Saturday.


To The Stars Academy Of Arts & Science Launches Today
Source: To The Stars Academy Of Arts & Science

Today marks the official launch of To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, a consortium of scientists, aerospace engineers and creatives that will work collectively to allow gifted researchers the freedom to explore exotic science and technologies with the infrastructure and resources to rapidly transition innovative ideas into world-changing products and services.


VP Visits Virgin Galactic And Stratolaunch Space Ventures
Source: GeekWire

Vice President Mike Pence made Mojave, Calif., the latest stop on his nationwide tour of spaceship development sites today, with visits to Virgin Galactic and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch hangar.


Progress MS-07 Cargo Ship To Attempt Fastest ISS Rendezvous On Thursday
Source: Spaceflight101

A Soyuz 2-1A rocket rolled out to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome at sunrise on Tuesday, greeted by colorful skies as the stage is set for liftoff on Thursday to send the Progress MS-07 cargo ship on an ultra-fast rendezvous with the International Space Station.


Eutelsat’s Airbus-Built Full Electric EUTELSAT 172B Satellite Reaches Geostationary Orbit
Source: Eutelsat

The EUTELSAT 172B spacecraft, built by Airbus for Eutelsat (Paris:ETL), one of the world’s leading satellite operators, has now reached geostationary orbit, breaking the record for the fastest satellite electric orbit raising (EOR).


Angles Of Plasma Rope Near Mars Point To Different Origins
Source: Eos

Variation in the orientation of flux rope features in Mars’s magnetotail suggests that some of them form on the planet’s Sun-facing side and travel to the night side.


Lockheed Seeing Payoff From Investments In Commercial Space Technology
Source: SpaceNews

Electronics in small packages can do big things in space. That sort of sums up the thinking behind defense industry giant Lockheed Martin’s move to invest in commercial companies that build tiny satellites and sensors, and develop data-crunching software.