April 1 – April 7, 2019

MAVEN Uses Mars’ Atmosphere To Change Orbit

The Lockheed Martin-built MAVEN spacecraft is currently in orbit around Mars. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

April 6, 2019 – NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft achieved a tighter orbit around Mars to act as a telecommunications relay. The two-month campaign began February 11 and ended April 5. Read More

When Humans Settle On Mars, Houses Could Be 3D-Printed

Image Credit: Colorado School of Mines

April 6, 2019 – When the first humans settle on Mars, what if their homes were not built but printed? That’s the question being posed in the latest NASA Centennial Challenge, pitting teams from industry and academia to design and 3D-print habitats using materials that can be found on the Martian surface. Read More

Unexpected Rain On Sun Links Two Solar Mysteries

Mason’s article analyzed three observations of Raining Null-Point Topologies, or RNTPs, a previously overlooked magnetic structure shown here in two wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light. The coronal rain observed in these comparatively small magnetic loops suggests that the corona may be heated within a far more restricted region than previously expected. Image Credit: NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory/Emily Mason

April 6, 2019 – For five months in mid 2017, Emily Mason did the same thing every day. Arriving to her office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, she sat at her desk, opened up her computer, and stared at images of the Sun — all day, every day. “I probably looked through three or five years’ worth of data,” Mason estimated. Then, in October 2017, she stopped. She realized she had been looking at the wrong thing all along. Read More

Ball’s Paterno Honored By Manufacturing Institute For Leadership Excellence

Amber Paterno, lead spacecraft assembly engineer at Ball’s aerospace business, will receive the Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Women in Manufacturing Award on April 11, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Image Credit: Ball Corporation

April 6, 2018 – Amber Paterno, lead spacecraft assembly engineer at Ball’s aerospace business, will receive the Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Women in Manufacturing Award on April 11, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Read More

OSIRIS-REx Captures Laser 3D View Of Bennu

Image Credit: NASA/University of Arizona/CSA/York/MDA

April 6, 2019 – This colorful new glimpse of asteroid Bennu is the first 3D lidar map created since the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s arrival at the asteroid in December 2018. Read More

Northrop Grumman Successfully Completes Second Ground Test Of New Rocket Motor for ULA Atlas V

Image Credit: Northrop Grumman

April 5, 2019 – Northrop Grumman Corporation conducted its second ground test of a 63-inch diameter Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM 63) on April 4 in Promontory, Utah. The company developed this new side-mounted rocket motor to add power to the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V launch vehicle. Read More

NASA Achieves Rocket Engine Test Milestone Needed For Moon Missions

NASA conducts a test of RS-25 flight engine No. 2062 on April 4 on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. The test marked a major milestone in NASA’s march forward to Moon missions. All 16 RS-25 engines that will help power the first four flights of NASA’s new Space Launch System rocket now have been tested. Image Credit: NASA/SSC

April 5, 2019 – NASA is a step closer to returning astronauts to the Moon in the next five years following a successful engine test on Thursday at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The latest “hot fire” was the culmination of four-plus years of testing for the RS-25 engines that will send the first four Space Launch System (SLS) rockets into space. Read More

Jupiter Spiral

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran

April 4, 2019 – A cyclonic storm in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere is captured in this image from NASA’s Juno spacecaft. Many bright white cloud tops can be seen popping up in and around the arms of the rotating storm. Read More

Fly Me To The Moon Yuri’s Night Fundraiser

Image Credit: Colorado Space News

April 3, 2019 – The 5th Annual Yuri’s Night Fundraiser returns to the Space Foundation Discovery Center on Sunday, April 7. The annual event is open to the public and supports Space Foundation education programs that reach thousands of students and teachers in the Pikes Peak region and throughout the nation. Read More

U.S. Air Force And Raytheon Collaborate To Modernize Space Command And Control System

April 3, 2019 – The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and a consortium of tech firms led by Raytheon are modernizing and simplifying the legacy Space Defense Operations Center, a 1990s-era system that tracks and monitors space debris. Read More

Maxar Technologies Partners With Vulcan Inc. To Support Domain Awareness Systems Using EarthWatch

April 3, 2019 – Maxar Technologies today announced that Vulcan Inc. has signed a multi-year EarthWatch subscription, a cloud-based product for viewing, streaming and downloading Maxar’s industry-leading geospatial data, which will be used to develop solutions to Vulcan’s impact projects which address some of the world’s toughest challenges, like detecting and identifying illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing for law enforcement. The operations of DigitalGlobe, SSL and Radiant Solutions were unified under the Maxar brand in February; MDA continues to operate as an independent business unit within the Maxar organization. Read More

Expanding Innovation – Space At Our Fingertips

Senior Airman Taylor San Miguel, 11th Space Warning Squadron satellite systems operator, tries out a virtual reality headset Feb. 14, 2018, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Space operators were encouraged to test the prototype space tools and give feedback on what should be improved in order to create a product operators could use effectively. Image Credit: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Michael D. Mathews

April 3, 2019 – With evolution comes experimentation. Space is an ever-changing warfighting domain and the Air Force must continually evolve the way it budgets, acquires and develops its technology to maintain superiority in a place far above the skies. Read More

SwRI To Conduct Largest-Ever Hubble Survey Of The Kuiper Belt

The SwRI-led Solar System Origins Legacy Survey will search for Kuiper Belt objects such as those shown in this artist’s illustration of a widely separated binary. Image Credit: SwRI/Alex H. Parker

April 2, 2019 – NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) recently awarded Southwest Research Institute the largest Hubble Space Telescope (HST) solar system program ever, with 206 of Hubble’s orbits around the Earth allocated to the project. The Solar System Origins Legacy Survey (SSOLS) will focus on Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs), particularly binary populations. Read More

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Veteran NASA Astronauts Inducted Into US Astronaut Hall Of Fame
Source: NASA

Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2’s SCI Put Into Operation
Source: JAXA

FAA Video On Licensing Commercial Space Transportation Operations Now Available
Source: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Riverside Research Performs Hall-Effect Thruster Experiments To Investigate More Efficient Uses Of Plasma In Propulsion
Source: Riverside Research

Life On Mars?
Source: De Gruyter

Music For Space
Source: ESA

Rocket Fuel That’s Cleaner, Safer And Still Full Of Energy
Source: McGill University

Video: What Is Space Weather And Why Should I Care?
Source: CU Boulder/LASP

Counting The Many Ways The International Space Station Benefits Humanity
Source: NASA

Composite Overwrap 3D-Printed Rocket Thruster Endures Extreme Heat
Source: NASA

Scientists Discover A Small, Dense Planet Orbiting A White Dwarf
Source: American Association For The Advancement Of Science

SpaceIL Lander Enters Lunar Orbit
Source: SpaceNews

SpaceX Drops Protest Of NASA Launch Contract
Source: SpaceNews

Hubble Snares Bevy Of Shimmering Stars
Source: NASA

NASA Awards 2019 Postdoctoral Fellowships

Amazon Planning 3,236-Satellite Constellation For Internet Connectivity
Source: SpaceNews

SpaceX Conducts Static Fire On Falxon Heavy Ahead Of Arabsat 6A Launch
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

BepiColombo Is Ready For Its Long Cruise
Source: ESA

ExoMars Carrier Module Prepares For Final Pre-Launch Testing
Source: ESA

Heavy Metal Planet Fragment Survives Destruction From Dead Star
Source: University of Warwick

Vector Launch Inc. v. Lockheed Martin – Patent Infringement Lawsuit
Source: Vector

Record-Breaking NASA Mission Advances High-Altitude GPS
Source: NASA

GPS Glitch Threatens Thousands Of Scientific Instruments
Source: Nature

Rocket Lab Schedules Next Electron Launch For DoD
Source: ExecutiveBiz

Curiosity Captured Two Solar Eclipses On Mars
Source: NASA/JPL

Mysterious Martian Methane Bursts Confirmed
Source: Planetary Science Institute

Bacterial Factories Could Manufacture High-Performance Proteins For Space Missions
Source: American Chemical Society

NASA, Boeing Extend Crew Flight Test, Update Target Launch Dates
Source: NASA

Pioneering New Frontiers
Source: The Colorado Chautauqua Association

New Spinoff Publication Highlights NASA Technology Everywhere
Source: NASA

VLA Makes First Direct Image Of Key Features Of Powerful Radio Galaxies
Source: National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Researchers Pinpoint Origin Of Photos In Mysterious Gamma-Ray Bursts
Source: RIKEN

Startup AGILE Space Propulsion Is 3D Printing Thrusters For CLPS Landers
Source: SpaceRef

For The Sixth Time, Space Foundation Named Among Best Nonprofit Organizations To Work For
Source: Space Foundation

Simulations Find Mechanism Of Brightest Flashes In Universe
Source: National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Subaru Telescope Helps Determine That Dark Matter Is Not Made Up Of Tiny Primordial Black Holes
Source: Kavli IPMU

Lockheed Martin Australia Signs On In Support Of COSPAR 2020, The World’s Largest Space Research Conference
Source: UNSW Canberra

Heritage Month Spotlight: Carson Brumley, Sierra Nevada Corporation
Source: Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)

A Possible Explanation For One Of Saturn’s Moons Having An Underground Ocean
Source: Phys.org

Inside Lockheed Martin’s Epic Smell Of Space Prank
Source: Westword

InSight Scientists Not Sure Stalled Mars Heat Probe Can Be Recovered
Source: Spaceflight Now

Colorado Company To Build Space Outpost
Source: 9news.com

NASA Warns Indian Anti-Satellite Test Increased Debris Risk To ISS
Source: SpaceNews

Concerning Orion – Amid SLS Push, Orion Requires Life Support Testing
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com

Northrop Grumman Signs Agreement With JAXA And Young Astronauts Club Of Japan For Collaboration In Space Education
Source: Northrop Grumman

ESA Boosts Startup To The Moon
Source: ESA

More Than A Carbon Copy: OCO-3 On The Space Station
Source: NASA

JAXA Space Exploration Hub Center Co-Produces Results On Remote And Automatic Control To Build Lunar Base
Source: Parabolic Arc

LinkSpace Successfully Launches Reusable Rocket Prototype
Source: Room

NASA Announces Winners Of Recycling In Space Challenge
Source: NASA

Europa Clipper High Gain Antenna Undergoes Testing At Langley
Source: NASA

ExoAnalytic Solutions And NorthStar Earth & Space Join Forces To Combat Growing Space Debris Threat, Protect Satellites In Orbit
Source: NorthStar Earth & Space Inc.

URI Researcher Calculates Temperature Inside Moon To Help Reveal Its Inner Structure
Source: University of Rhode Island

Mars Express Matches Methane Spike Measured By Curiosity
Source: ESA

NanoRacks Completes First Mission On India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, Launches Spire’s 100th Satellite
Source: NanoRacks

NASA TV To Broadcast Launch, Docking Of Space Station Cargo Ship
Source: NASA

Benefits Coming From GPS III Constellation
Source: GPS World

Air Force Space Launch Competition Caught In Political Crossfire
Source: SpaceNews

Indian Military Satellite, 20 More Planet Imaging CubeSats Launched By PSLV
Source: Spaceflight Now

NASA Awards $5.2 Million Contract To Auburn University’s National Center For Additive Manufacturing Excellence
Source: Auburn University

BREAKING: United Federation Of Planets And Starfleet Command Announce Selection Of CU Boulder For Starfleet Academy’s HQ2
Source: University of Colorado Boulder