April 11, 2017

Student Rocketeers Soar Into Finals Of World’s Largest Rocket Contest In D.C.

Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) Logo

April 11, 2017 – This May, students will prove that for both their dreams and their scientific expertise, the sky truly is the limit. As part of the 15th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) National Finals, one hundred finalist teams of middle and high school students representing 28 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands will travel to Washington with the goal of taking home a trophy and a chance to represent the United States internationally later this year. The finalists outscored more than 700 other teams to earn one of the coveted spots to compete at the Final Fly-Offs on Saturday, May 13 outside of Washington, D.C. Read More


Clinoforms In Melas Chasma

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

April 11, 2017 – In this image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a group of steeply inclined light-toned layers is bounded above and below by unconformities (sudden or irregular changes from one deposit to another) that indicate a “break” where erosion of pre-existing layers was taking place at a higher rate than deposition of new materials. Read More


Low Pressure System Thwarts Super Pressure Launch Efforts

The International Extreme Universe Space Observatory-Super Pressure Balloon payload is picked up and prepared for flight during a launch attempt April 10 from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand. NASA conducted three super pressure balloon launch attempts April 8 – 10 (New Zealand time), but had to stand down each day for various reasons related to weather, forecast trajectories, and maintenance. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Rodman

April 11, 2017 – Multiple areas of low pressure with associated precipitation and unfavorable winds have settled in over New Zealand preventing NASA from attempting a super pressure balloon launch from Wanaka over the next several days. Read More


Chautauqua Annual Space Series Announced

April 11, 2017 – Colorado Chautauqua Association, the steward of Boulder’s cultural and historical gem, the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark, announces its 2017-18 Space Series lineup. The popular series takes place in the intimate Chautauqua Community House and features a monthly voyage of discovery through the solar system and the outer limits of space and time. Speakers include some of the best minds in science from CU Boulder’s Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA), Lockheed Martin, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and many others. Read More


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NASA Space Technology Research Fellow Studies New Heatshield-Making Technique
Source: NASA

A fresh approach to designing and manufacturing heat-thwarting thermal protection systems (TPS) for spacecraft is being developed and tested, offering the promise of fabricating larger tile sizes while reducing labor, cost and waste.


A New Layer To Metal Manufacturing
Source: Colorado School of Mines Magazine

Ask an expert about the possibilities that 3-D metal printing holds for the manufacturing industry, and chances are you’ll hear about GE Aviation’s fuel nozzle.


CU’s Conference On World Affairs: Space Tourism Advances Exploration
Source: Boulder Daily Camera

Blasting people off the planet may be the best way to convince them to take better care of it. That’s the contention of Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides, a self-described space geek who trained as …


Ex-NASA Official At CU’s Conference On World Affairs: ‘We Have To Keep Exploring’
Source: Boulder Daily Camera

Anyone itching to blow this popsicle stand that is planet Earth can count on Dava Newman to figure out how and where to go. Newman, former deputy administrator of NASA, spoke to a packed Macky Auditorium on the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus on Monday morning …


Charting The Skies Of History
Source: Kyoto University

Ice cores and ancient sediments can be gleaned for clues to weather and climate in the past. But astronomical phenomena — such as solar flares or auroras — at best leave only faint environmental traces lacking in specificity. So how can we accurately track ancient astronomical events?


RIT Scientist Measures Brightness Of The Universe With NASA’s New Horizon’s Spacecraft
Source: Rochester Institute of Technology

Images taken by NASA’s New Horizons mission on its way to Pluto, and now the Kuiper Belt, have given scientists an unexpected tool for measuring the brightness of all the galaxies in the universe, said a Rochester Institute of Technology researcher in a paper published this week in Nature Communications.


Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth
Source: NASA

New research on solar storms finds that they not only can cause regions of excessive electrical charge in the upper atmosphere above Earth’s poles, they also can do the exact opposite: cause regions that are nearly depleted of electrically charged particles.


Storm-Scanning Satellites Enter Operations Phase
Source: Crisis Response Journal

Earlier this month, NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission successfully completed its development and commissioning phase and moved into the operations phase. The constellation of eight microsatellites – the first engineered and fabricated by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) – has now started on-orbit instrument calibration and validation and is on track to collect data for the 2017 hurricane season.


Video: NASA’s GOLD Mission: Unprecedented Imaging From The Boundary Between Earth And Space
Source: LASP

In this talk from April 5, 2017, GOLD principal investigator, Richard Eastes, discussed how GOLD measurements will give the scientific community a new perspective on Earth’s Thermosphere-Ionosphere (T-I) system —- the boundary between Earth and space. GOLD is scheduled for launch in late 2017.


‘Cold’ Great Spot Discovered On Jupiter
Source: American Geophysical Union (AGU)

A second Great Spot has been discovered on Jupiter by astronomers, rivaling the scale of the planet’s famous Great Red Spot and created by the powerful energies exerted by the great planet’s polar aurorae.