September 1- September 7, 2018

Lockheed Martin Preparing Ground System Support For Upcoming GPSIII Satellite Launches

The fourth Lockheed Martin-built GPS Ill satellite is fully integrated. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

September 7, 2018 – Once the next-generation GPS III satellites begin launching later this year, a series of updates to the current ground control system from Lockheed Martin will help the U.S. Air Force gain early command and control of the new satellites for testing and operations. Read More

ROCKETOBERFEST Brings Family-Friendly Oktoberfest Celebration To The Discovery Center

Image Credit: Space Foundation

September 7, 2018 – The Space Foundation is launching its inaugural ROCKETOBERFEST on Saturday, September 15, at the Discovery Center in Colorado Springs. The all-ages event will feature interactive activities and games, beer, food trucks, live music and of course, space exhibits. The event is also a fundraiser benefiting the Space Foundation’s education programs, Sudden Arithmetic Death Syndromes (SADS) and the Pikes Peak Club. Read More

Colorado Students To Speak With Astronauts On Space Station

NASA Astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor calibrates the Bone Densometer aboard the International Space Station on August 27. The machine measures bone loss in mice during space flight. Aunon-Chancellor will speak with high school students from her alma mater in Colorado next week. Image Credit: NASA

September 7, 2018 – High school students in Fort Collins, Colorado, will talk live with a NASA astronaut currently living and working aboard the International Space Station. Wednesday, September 12, as part of NASA’s Year of Education on Station. The Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website at 9:15 a.m. MDT. Read More

NASA Television To Air Launch Of Global Ice-Measuring Satellite

Illustration of NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), a mission to measure the changing height of Earth’s ice. Image Credit: NASA

September 4, 2018 – NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), a mission to measure the changing height of Earth’s ice, is scheduled to launch Saturday, September 15, with a 40-minute window opening at 6:46 MDT (8:46 a.m. EDT). Read More

LASP Director Receives AGU’s Highest Honor

Dr. Daniel N. Baker is the Director of LASP. Image Credit: Patrick Campbell/CU-Boulder

September 4, 2018 – The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has selected LASP Director Daniel Baker as its 2018 William Bowie Medal recipient. AGU’s highest honor, the William Bowie Medal, is given annually to one honoree in recognition of “outstanding contributions for fundamental geophysics and for unselfish cooperation in research.” Read More

Astronaut Scott Kelly To Speak At CU Boulder On October 3

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly inside the cupola of the International Space Station, a special module that provides a 360-degree viewing of the Earth and the station. Image Credit: NASA

September 4, 2018 – Scott Kelly, former commander of the International Space Station and U.S. Navy captain, will speak at Macky Auditorium on Wednesday, October 3. Kelly is being hosted by the Distinguished Speakers Board, a CU Boulder student-led organization. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., with the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. Read More

Ultima In View

The figure on the left is a composite image produced by adding 48 different exposures from the News Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), each with an exposure time of 29.967 seconds, taken on Aug. 16, 2018. The predicted position of the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule is at the center of the yellow box, and is indicated by the yellow crosshairs, just above and left of a nearby star that is approximately 17 times brighter than Ultima.
At right is a magnified view of the region in the yellow box, after subtraction of a background star field “template” taken by LORRI in September 2017 before it could detect the object itself. Ultima is clearly detected in this star-subtracted image and is very close to where scientists predicted, indicating to the team that New Horizons is being targeted in the right direction. The many artifacts in the star-subtracted image are caused either by small mis-registrations between the new LORRI images and the template, or by intrinsic brightness variations of the stars. At the time of these observations, Ultima Thule was 107 million miles (172 million kilometers) from the New Horizons spacecraft and 4 billion miles (6.5 billion kilometers) from the Sun.
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

September 1, 2018 – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has made its first detection of its next flyby target, the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule, more than four months ahead of its New Year’s 2019 close encounter. Read More

SwRI Scientist Develops Database For Stellar-Exoplanet Exploration

SwRI’s Dr. Natalie Hinkel was part of a team looking at the crowded neighborhood around the nearby star TRAPPIST-1. Based on their models, one planet in the so-called habitability zone is a water world, composed of up to 25 percent water. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

September 1, 2018 – A Southwest Research Institute scientist is using big data to help the scientific community characterize exoplanets, particularly alien worlds orbiting nearby stars. Of particular interest are exoplanets that could harbor life. Read More

Lockheed Martin Begins Final Assembly On NASA’s Orion Spaceship

At the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana, Lockheed Martin technicians have completed construction of the first Orion capsule structure that will carry humans to deep space on Exploration Mission-2. Image Credit: NASA/PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin

September 1, 2018 – Technicians have completed construction on the spacecraft capsule structure that will return astronauts to the Moon, and have successfully shipped the capsule to Florida for final assembly into a full spacecraft. The capsule structure, or pressure vessel, for NASA’s Orion Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2) spacecraft was welded together over the last seven months by Lockheed Martin technicians and engineers at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans. Read More

More News

Curiosity Surveys A Mystery Under Dusty Skies
Source: NASA/JPL

Erik Hauri, Who Found Water On The Moon, Dies At 52
Source: Carnegie Institution For Space

Col. Thomas Dorame To Head Space Foundation Washington, D.C., Strategic Operations
Source: Space Foundation

NASA Invites Media To Suborbital Launch Of New Heat Shield Tech From Spaceport America
Source: NASA

Why Lockheed Martin Is Designing A Tiny Home To Orbit The Moon
Source: The Verge

NASA’s Lucy In The Sky With Trojans
Source: Cosmos

NASA’s Latest Exoplanet Hunter Spots Dozens Of Potential New Worlds
Source: nature

New Research Suggest Pluto Should Be Reclassified As A Planet
Source: University Of Central Florida

The Legacy Of NASA’s Dawn, Near End Of Mission
Source: NASA

NASA Seeks Partnership With US Industry To Develop First Gateway Element
Source: NASA

The PI’s Perspective: Tally Ho Ultima!
Source: John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Alan Stern

Kepler Resumes Operations Despite Malfunctioning Thruster
Source: SpaceNews

Orion’s Third Flight Will Haul Two Pieces Of A Space Station To Lunar Orbit
Source: The Planetary Society

DigitalGlobe Gets Potential $600M NRO Follow-On Contract For EnhancedView Satellite Imagery
Source: GovCon Wire

Success In Critical Communications Tests For NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope
Source: NASA

Saturn’s Famous Hexagon May Tower Above The Clouds
Source: ESA

NASA To Host Live Chat On Successful Mission To Asteroid Belt
Source: NASA

Two CU Aerospace Students Earn Women Forward In Technology Scholarships
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Long-Distance Commuter
Source: Coloradan Alumni Magazine

SwRI Engineers Are Developing A Small Cooled Turbine To Make Drones More Reliable And Efficient
Source: Southwest Research Institute

NASA-Funded Rocket To View Sun With X-Ray Vision
Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA Counts Down To Laser Communications For Mars
Source: SIGNAL Magazine

Accessing Water Off Earth With The Moon To Mars Ice And Prospecting Challenge
Source: NASA

NASA Reorganization On Hold, FFRDC Report Headed To OMB

NASA’s ICON Launch Now Targeted For October 6
Source: NASA

Hubble Observes Energetic Lightshow At Saturn’s North Pole
Source: ESA/Hubble

Life On Mars? 40 Years Later, Viking Lander Scientist Still Says ‘Yes’

NASA’s InSight Has A Thermometer For Mars
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA Invites Media To Witness Final Orion Parachute Test In Arizona
Source: NASA

ISS Leak Highlights Concerns About Orbital Debris And Station Operations

Astronaut, A University Of Denver Grad, Quits NASA Halfway Through Training — 1st In 50 Years
Source: The Gazette

Spaceport Colorado Get License To Launch Tourists, Scientists From Front Range Airport
Source: The Denver Post