October 27 – November 3, 2018

Satellite Operators From Around The World To Convene In Denver

November 2, 2018 – From November 13-16, satellite operators from around the world will convene in Denver, Colorado for the bi-annual Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Operators’ Workshop. The workshop allows spacecraft owners/operators to discuss issues related to launch and satellite spaceflight operations. Over 15 countries will be represented including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Poland, and Turkey. Read More

First Images Of Asteroid Bennu Obtained By The NASA OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft

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 km). Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

November 2, 2018 – After two years traveling through space, the NASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has started to obtain images of the mission target, primitive asteroid Bennu. As part of the Scientific Team of this mission, researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), Javier Licandro and Julia de León have already started to work in the calibration of this images in preparation for the ones that will be obtained in December 2018 using color filters. Read More

Axelrad Earns Grad Student Funding From Department Of Education

Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

October 31, 2018 – Smead Aerospace Professor Penina Axelrad has been awarded a $1.1 million Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant from the US Department of Education. The program will provide funding to grow representation of women and underrepresented minorities with PhDs in Aerospace Engineering Sciences. Read More

NASA’s Mission To Jupiter’s Trojans Given The Green Light For Development

Image Credit: NASA

October 30, 2018 – NASA’s mission to perform the first reconnaissance of the Trojans, a population of primitive asteroids orbiting in tandem with Jupiter, passed a critical milestone today. NASA has given approval for the implementation and 2021 launch of the Lucy spacecraft. Read More

NASA Retires LASP-Operated Kepler Space Telescope

This illustration depicts NASA’s exoplanet hunter, the Kepler space telescope. The agency announced on Oct. 30, 2018, that Kepler has run out of fuel and is being retired within its current and safe orbit, away from Earth. Kepler leaves a legacy of more than 2,600 exoplanet discoveries. Image Credit: NASA/Wendy Stenzel

October 30, 2018 – After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets—more planets even than stars—NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations. NASA has decided to retire the spacecraft within its current, safe orbit, away from Earth. Kepler leaves a legacy of more than 2,600 planet discoveries from outside our solar system, many of which could be promising places for life. Read More

Lockheed Martin Challenges Students To Create The Future Of Flight

October 30, 2018 – Lockheed Martin has launched a new digital curriculum for high-school students, parents and educators as part of Generation Beyond, its free, online STEM education program used in thousands of U.S. classrooms. The new Generation Beyond: Aviation curriculum includes video challenges, a virtual field trip to Lockheed Martin’s famous Skunk Works® and surprise STEM lab takeovers in select U.S. high schools. Read More

More News

New Insights On Comet Tails Are Blowing In The Solar Wind
Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Crewed Soyuz Flights Set To Resume After Russia Blames Close Call On Final-Assembly Error
Source: SpaceNews

Scene At CU: Community Vigil, Astronaut Jack Schmitt More
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Experience High-Res Science In First 8K Footage From Space
Source: NASA

Innovation To Discovery: An Insider’s View Of Kepler/K2 Operations
Source: LASP

Teams To Validate Orion Recovery Tools For Exploration Mission-1
Source: NASA

Space Foundation Announces Changes To Its Board Of Directors
Source: Space Foundation

Aerospace Insiders Share Insights With Students
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Tyvak’s PropCube Spends Three Successful Years In Orbit
Source: Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc.

NASA’s Dawn Mission To Asteroid Belt Comes To End
Source: NASA

Asteroid Mining Company Planetary Resources Acquired By Blockchain Firm
Source: SpaceNews

OSIRIS-REx Executes Third Asteroid Approach Maneuver
Source: NASA

Third ASPIRE Test Confirms Mars 2020 Parachute A Go
Source: NASA

Entry, Descent, And Landing – NASA’s InSight Mars Lander
Source: NASA

Parker Solar Probe Breaks Record, Becomes Closest Spacecraft To Sun
Source: NASA

Top Science Results From The Kepler Mission
Source: NASA

Krikalev: Next Crew Could Launch To ISS On December 3
Source: SpacePolicyOnline.com

NASA’s New Horizons To Show First Close-Up View Of Distant Reaches Of Solar System
Source: Newsweek

Lockheed Martin Extends Additive Manufacturing To Key Spacecraft Components
Source: SpaceNews

Colorado Skies Academy Air And Space Charter School Gets Rare Cherry Creek Schools Approval
Source: Sentinel Colorado

NASA To Air Departure Of Japanese Cargo Ship From Space Station
Source: NASA

Free Family Fun At Super Science Saturday: Nov 3

Blue Canyon Technologies Wins Constellation Contract
Source: SpaceNews

Moon Express Pays Intuitive Machines
Source: SpaceNews

Apollo Astronaut Visits Campus, Shares Tales From The Moon
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

LandSpace Falls Short Of Orbit In Private Chinese Launch Attempt
Source: Spaceflight Now

Rocket Lab Sets New Target Date For First Operational Launch
Source: Spaceflight Now

Russians Trace Soyuz Launch Abort To Faulty Sensor
Source: Spaceflight Now

The Coincidence Between Two Overachieving NASA Missions
Source: JPL/NASA

Five Things To Know About InSight’s Mars Landing
Source: JPL/NASA