Cascading Post-Coronal Loops
April 21, 2017 – An active region of the sun that had just rotated into view blasted out a coronal mass ejection, which was immediately followed by a bright series of post-coronal loops seeking to reorganize that region’s magnetic field on April 19, 2017. The bright loops are actually charged particles spinning along the magnetic field lines. Read More
New Look At 2004’s Martian Hole-In-One Site
April 21, 2017 – A new observation from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures the landing platform that the rover Opportunity left behind in Eagle Crater more than 13 years and 27 miles (or 44 kilometers) ago. Read More
Introducing ‘Totality By Big Kid Science’
April 21, 2017 – Big Kid Science, an educational company founded by astrophysicist Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, has created a free, educational app to help people plan for the upcoming total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 — the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in almost four decades. Read More
Potentially Habitable Super-Earth Is A Prime Target For Atmospheric Study
April 21, 2017 – The study of alien worlds is entering its next phase as astronomers amass the best planets outside our Solar System to look for signs of life. A newly discovered “super-Earth” orbiting in the habitable zone of a nearby small star, has catapulted itself to the top of that list. Read More
NASA Image Shows Earth Between The Rings Of Saturn
April 21, 2017 – A new image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn. Read More
Ball Breaks Ground On Expansion To Aerospace Manufacturing Center
April 21, 2017 – Ball Corporation yesterday broke ground on an expansion of its Aerospace Manufacturing Center (AMC) at a groundbreaking ceremony in Westminster, Colorado. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, United States Representatives Mike Coffman (CO-6) and Ed Perlmutter (CO-7), and Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison joined senior Ball leadership for the event. When fully completed, the 145,000 square foot expansion will significantly enhance the manufacturing and production capabilities of Ball Aerospace, a business of Ball Corporation. Read More
W. M. Keck Observatory Captures Rare High-Resolution Images Of Exploded Star
Source: W. M. Keck Observatory
Scientists will now be able to measure how fast the universe is truly expanding with the kind of precision not possible before. This, after an international team of astronomers led by Stockholm University, Sweden, captured four distinct images of a gravitationally lensed type Ia supernova, named iPTF16geu.
Lockheed Martin in February said it would relocate 650 jobs from its fleet ballistic missile program in Sunnyvale, Calif., to Colorado and Florida, without specifying who would get what.
Building Roads To Match Tomorrow’s Weather
When engineers design roads, bridges, and other types of transportation infrastructure, they need to account for local weather patterns. Extreme heat or freeze-thaw cycles can lead to ruts and cracks in roads, and heavy rains can overwhelm inadequate drainage systems, washing out bridges and flooding key transportation corridors.
The eighth annual Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2017) will be held at NASA Ames on July 17th, 2017 one day before the NASA Exploration Science Forum. With the expanded interests of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), the scope of this year’s LunGradCon includes both lunar and small body science.
Hubble’s Cosmic Bubbles
A new image shows a few of the tenuous threads that comprise Sh2-308, a faint and wispy shell of gas located 5,200 light-years away in the constellation of Canis Major (The Great Dog).
New, American-made spacecraft flying to the International Space Station will play a big role in bringing resident crews back home to Earth, but their missions also include the ability to provide the orbiting laboratory with a temporary shelter in case of an emergency in space, or even a safe ride back to Earth with short notice.
Distinguished Alumni: William Bottke, Ph.D.
Source: Faribault Daily News
Space exploration, astronauts and planets have been life-long interests of Dr. William Bottke, valedictorian, FHS class of 1984, and director of NASA’s ISET-SSERVI team and Southwest Research Institute’s Department of Space Studies in Boulder, Colorado.
Detecting Life In The Ultra-Dry Atacama Desert
Few places are as hostile to life as Chile’s Atacama Desert. It’s the driest non-polar desert on Earth, and only the hardiest microbes survive there. Its rocky landscape has lain undisturbed for eons, exposed to extreme temperatures and radiation from the sun.
The first tropical storm of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season formed 40 days before the official kick off of the season. Tropical Storm Arlene formed in the North Central Atlantic Ocean and NOAA’s GOES-East satellite provided forecasters with a look at the storm, swirling far from land areas.
Bill Nye Saves The World!
Every now and again, I have to metaphorically shake my brain a bit and think, “Did that really happen to me?” Like, say, when I tell you that today, Friday, April 21, 2017, is when the show Bill Nye Saves the World premiers on Netflix…and I was the head science writer for it.
NASA’s Cassini orbiter has spent the last 13 years studying Saturn and its moons, but this year, it has to die. Its fuel has run out. With each orbit, it swoops lower and lower, skimming through Saturn’s rings while sinking towards the gas giant’s crushing atmosphere.
Colorado Springs Space Apps Challenge 2017
Source: Rim Technologies/USAFA/UCCS/Pikes Peak Community College
Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and everyone enthusiastic about space come together to address challenges we face on Earth and in space! Now, we invite you to be a part of this exciting, collaborative scientific exploration, as we unleash NASA’s data to problem solvers across the globe. Join us on April 29-30 for the 2017 International Space Apps Challenge, with challenges to better understand our home planet, Earth!