October 13, 2017

Astronomers Find Potential Solution Into How Planets Form

This image shows V1247 Orionis, a young, hot star surrounded by a dynamic ring of gas and dust, known as a circumstellar disc. The disc can be seen in two parts: a clearly defined central ring of matter and a more delicate crescent structure located further out. Image Credit: Stefan Kraus

October 13, 2017 – The quest to discover how planets found in the far reaches of the universe are born has taken a new, crucial twist. Read More


NASA Seeking Public-Private Partnership For Spitzer Space Telescope

Spitzer Space Telescope. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

October 13, 2017 – NASA is seeking information from U.S. parties interested in operating the Spitzer Space Telescope with non-NASA funding after March 2019, when NASA financial support ends. Spitzer is expected to be able to support its current operations through September 2019, and operations beyond September 2020 should be possible for observing modes with the lowest data volume. Read More


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Taming Liquid Hydrogen: The Centaur Upper Stage Rocket 1958-2002
Source: NASA

An ebook in PDF format on the history of the Centaur Upper Stage, which now serves as the upper stage of the Atlas rocket.


Special Event: International Observe The Moon Night 2017
Source: LASP

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual, worldwide celebration and an opportunity to take notice of the Moon’s beauty. Join us for an evening of Moon viewing and lunar activities for all ages. Scientists and staff from the LASP Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT) will be available to answer questions and discuss the latest in lunar discoveries and research. This event is free and open to the public.


How Bright Is The Moon, Really?
Source: NIST

The “inconstant moon,” as Shakespeare called it in Romeo and Juliet, is more reliable than his pair of star-crossed lovers might have thought. Now researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plan to make the Moon even more reliable with a new project to measure its brightness.


Women In STEM Conference
Source: Metropolitan State University

Save the date for MSU’s 2017 Annual Women in STEM Conference! This year’s conference will take place on October 27, 2017 from 8am until 4pm, and this year’s theme is Intersectionality in STEM: Supporting All Voices. This conference is free-of-charge to attend.


Conference Could Have ‘Huge Ramifications’ For Space, Experts Say
Source: U.S. Air Force Academy

Experts from around the world met at the Air Force Academy Oct. 9-13 to discuss perspective rules space. Gen. John Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, was a keynote speaker at the MILAMOS Conference, where the group discussed the creation of a “Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space.”


Secretary Of The Air Force Heather Wilson To Speak At 34th Space Symposium
Source: Space Foundation

For its 34th year, the Space Foundation’s Space Symposium will bring together leaders of the civil, commercial and defense space sectors from more than 30 spacefaring nations to discuss and shape the future of space.


Moon Express And NanoRacks To Team To Support Commercial Missions Beyond Earth Orbit
Source: Moon Express/NanoRacks

Moon Express and NanoRacks, leaders in commercial access to space, announced an alliance today supporting science and commercials payloads flying on Moon Express missions to the Moon and beyond. The announcement was made at the annual meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) meeting at the Universities Space Research Institute headquarters in Columbia, Maryland.


How Can We Get More Women In Aerospace Engineering? Inspire Them.
Source: SWE Rocky Mountain Section

From my desk at work, I can gaze out the window and watch airplanes take off and land all day. Far too often, my male colleagues and I drop what we’re doing and run to the window to see what airplane is in the sky. As we race to catch a glimpse of a rare Stearman or acrobatic F-18, the thought strikes me — I am the onlywoman in the world building a commercial supersonic airliner. How did I end up here? And more importantly, how can we get more women to stand at this window with me?


Resolving Orbital And Climate Keys Of Earth And Extraterrestrial Environments
Source: NASA

Researchers have used a three-dimensional General Circulation Model (GCM) developed at the NASA Goddard institute for Space Studies (GISS) to model the atmospheres of solar system and exoplanetary terrestrial planets. The model is dubbed, “Resolving Orbital and Climate Keys of Earth and Extraterrestrial Environments with Dynamics (ROCKE-3D),” and its parent model (ModelE2) is used to study the modern Earth and near-term paleo-Earth climates.


Op-Ed: No, Human Space Exploration Is Not A Dead End
Source: Marillyn Hewson/The Washington Post

For Post columnist David Von Drehle, NASA’s renewed focus on human space exploration is “unnecessary” and “a dead end.” I fundamentally disagree with this assessment.


Cargo Mission Launches Carrying Food, Fuel And Supplies To Station
Source: NASA

Carrying almost three tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the International Space Station crew, the unpiloted Russian Progress 68 cargo spacecraft launched at 4:46 a.m. EDT (2:46 p.m. local time in Baikonur) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


NASA Sounding Rocket Instrument Spots Signatures Of Small Solar Flares
Source: NASA

Like most solar sounding rockets, the second flight of the FOXSI instrument – short for Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager – lasted 15 minutes, with just six minutes of data collection. But in that short time, the cutting-edge instrument found the best evidence to date of a phenomenon scientists have been seeking for years: signatures of tiny solar flares that could help explain the mysterious extreme heating of the Sun’s outer atmosphere.


How Scientists Used NASA Data To Predict The Corona Of The Aug. 21 Total Solar Eclipse
Source: NASA

When the total solar eclipse swept across the United States on Aug. 21, 2017, NASA satellites captured a diverse set of images from space. But days before the eclipse, some NASA satellites also enabled scientists to predict what the corona — the Sun’s outer atmosphere — would look like during the eclipse, from the ground. In addition to offering a case study to test our predictive abilities, the predictions also enabled some eclipse scientists to choose their study targets in advance.


Rocket Motor For Ariane 6 And Vega-C Is Cast For Testing
Source: ESA

The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. The P120C is the largest solid-propellant rocket motor ever built in one segment.


NASA Satellite Sees A Tail Of Smoke Over 500 Miles Long From California
Source: NASA

NASA’s Terra satellite saw a stream of smoke that extended over 500 miles from various fires raging in northern California out over the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard Terra passed over California on Oct. 12 and captured a visible light image of the smoke plume.


Deadliest Week In California Wildfire History
Source: NOAA

This false-color image created by combining three of the Suomi NPP satellite’s high resolution thermal and visible channels from the VIIRS sensor captures the burn scars from the California wildfires which as of Oct. 13th have claimed 31 lives, making this week the deadliest in state history, according to California state officials. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection have confirmed that the 17 active wildfires have burned over 221,750 acres.