October 31, 2017

Free Family Fun At Super Science Saturday: November 4

A weather balloon launch at last year’s Super Science Saturday. Image Credit: UCAR/Carlye Calvin

October 31, 2017 – Come learn about our wild weather at this year’s Super Science Saturday on November 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Mesa Lab in south Boulder. Read More


Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 ‘Eyes’

A selection of the 23 cameras on NASA’s 2020 Mars rover. Many are improved versions of the cameras on the Curiosity rover, with a few new additions as well. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

October 31, 2017 – When NASA’s Mars Pathfinder touched down in 1997, it had five cameras: two on a mast that popped up from the lander, and three on NASA’s first rover, Sojourner. Since then, camera technology has taken a quantum leap. Photo sensors that were improved by the space program have become commercially ubiquitous. Cameras have shrunk in size, increased in quality and are now carried in every cellphone and laptop.


CU Boulder Team Selected To Build Satellite To Study ‘Evaporating’ Planets

Image Credit: NASA

October 31, 2017 – A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has been selected to build a tiny orbiting satellite to study the evaporating atmospheres of gigantic “hot Jupiters” – distant gaseous planets orbiting scorchingly close to their parent stars. Read More


AFA’s StellarXplorers Challenge Registers 180 Teams For Upcoming Season

October 31, 2017 – The Air Force Association (AFA) announced today that its StellarXplorers Program, the National High School Space Competition, registered 180 teams in the program’s fourth competition season, marking a 37 percent increase from the previous year. Read More


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Society Of Women Engineers Section Wins Multiple Awards
Source: Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines – home of the largest collegiate section of the Society of Women Engineers in the nation – was recognized with multiple awards at WE17, SWE’s annual convention Oct. 26-28 in Austin, Texas.


DigitalGlobe And Orbital Insight Deepen Partnership To Fuel Analytic Solutions
Source: DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe, a business unit of Maxar Technologies (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR), today announced a multi-year agreement with Orbital Insight to expand the scope of their existing data partnership and fuel global-scale analytic solutions. Orbital Insight, a leader in geospatial analytics, will operate at petabyte-scale as a DigitalGlobe Geospatial Big Data (GBDX) platform partner.


Rosetta Stone Eclipse Campaign
Source: High Altitude Observatory

HAO scientists observed the August 21st total eclipse with a suite of three instruments with financial assistance provided by NASA. The experiments were intended to learn about the magnetic and thermal structure of the solar corona with the goal of understanding how the Sun generates weather in space.


Submit Abstracts By November 10 For 34th Space Symposium Tech Track
Source: Space Foundation

The Space Foundation is accepting abstracts for papers to be presented at the 34th Space Symposium Tech Track, April 16, 2018, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA. This premier global space conference annually attracts thousands of space professionals from dozens of countries. Abstracts will be accepted until Nov. 10, 2017, and authors will be notified of acceptance by Jan. 4, 2018.


Aerospace Develops Camera To Look At Atmospheric Glow
Source: The Aerospace Corporation

The Earth’s atmosphere is never completely dark. Even at night, with no moon or stars, the atmosphere itself gives off light because of chemical reactions that are taking place. This phenomenon, appropriately known as airglow, is the basis for a camera an Aerospace team is developing to learn about the atmosphere and gather imagery.


ROSINA Spectral Measurements Bring Comet’s Chemistry To Life
Source: newswise

As the Rosetta mission ended by crashing into Comet 67P, it sent detailed chemical spectra information back to earth, providing scientists with valuable compositional insight.


Op-Ed: The Deep Space Gateway As A Cislunar Port
Source: John Thornton/SpaceNews

When Apollo 17 astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt left the lunar surface for the last time in 1972, many viewed the moon as a dry and barren world, with little to offer beyond flags and footprints for superpowers — a prize that had been clearly won by the United States. Fast-forward almost a half-century later, and a lot has changed. Our scientific and strategic understanding of the moon and its resource potential has expanded dramatically.


‘Monster’ Planet Discovery Challenges Formation Theory
Source: University of Warwick

A giant planet – the existence of which was previously thought extremely unlikely – has been discovered by an international collaboration of astronomers, with the University of Warwick taking a leading role.


China’s Reusable Launch Vehicle Expected To Debut In 2020
Source: China Daily

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC), a major space contractor, is collaborating with research institutes to develop a reusable launch vehicle and plans to make its maiden flight in 2020, Science and Technology Daily reported.


Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Impact May Have Cooled Earth’s Climate More Than Previously Thought
Source: American Geophysical Union (AGU)

The Chicxulub asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs likely released far more climate-altering sulfur gas into the atmosphere than originally thought, according to new research.


Three New Gas Giants May Provide Hint Into Major Astronomical Mystery
Source: Sputnik International

European astronomers with the Super Wide Angle Search for Planets (SuperWASP) consortium of planet hunters have detected three new gas giant alien worlds.


Live Coverage: Minotaur-C Rocket Set To Loft Cluster Of Commercial Satellites
Source: Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a Minotaur-C rocket with six SkySat and four Dove Earth-imaging satellites for Planet. Text updates will appear automatically below.