April 18, 2017

Student-Built Satellite Launches From Cape Canaveral

Members of the Challenger team with the microsatellite before it left CU Boulder. University of Colorado Boulder

April 18, 2017 – A University of Colorado Boulder student-built microsatellite is on its way to the International Space Station. The satellite, named ‘Challenger’, had a successful lift off Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 9:11 AM MDT from Cape Canaveral on an Atlas V rocket, built by Colorado-based United Launch Alliance. Read More


Breakthrough Initiatives To Host Summit On Life In The Universe And Space Exploration

April 18, 2017 – Breakthrough Initiatives today announced its second annual Breakthrough Discuss scientific conference, which will bring together leading astronomers, engineers, astrobiologists and astrophysicists to advance discussion surrounding recent discoveries of potentially habitable planets in nearby star systems. The conference will take place on Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21, at Stanford University. Read More


Climate Awareness March And Presentation Is April 29

April 18, 2017 – To coincide with the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., concerned community members have teamed up with SLV Women Act, San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council, ASU Community Partnerships, Sodexo and the Adam State University EARTH Group to organize a regional event. Community members are invited to meet at noon on Saturday, April 29, on the Adam State’s North Campus Green, west of the Student Union Building. Read More


Abby Benson Seeks New Synergies In AeroSpace Ventures, Industry Collaboration Teams

New Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, Industry Collaboration and AeroSpace Ventures Abby Benson. Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

April 18, 2017 – University of Colorado Boulder Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation Terri Fiez announced that Abby Benson has taken a new role as assistant vice chancellor for Research & Innovation, Industry Collaboration and AeroSpace Ventures. Read More


United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches OA-7 Under First RapidLaunch Service Contract

Image Credit: United Launch Alliance

April 18, 2017 – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the OA-7 resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 April 18 at 9:11 a.m. MDT. The OA-7 mission represents the first execution of a RapidLaunch™ service contract, with contractual agreements being finalized 5 months ago. Read More


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Orbital ATK Awaits NASA Decision On Future Use Of Atlas For Cygnus Missions
Source: SpaceNews

As Orbital ATK prepares to launch a Cygnus cargo spacecraft on an Atlas 5, the company expects to hear soon from NASA about potentially using that rocket again on future cargo missions.


U.S.-Russian Duo Set To Launch Thursday For Multi-Month Space Station Increment
Source: AmericaSpace

The smallest Soyuz crew in more than a decade will rocket towards the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, 20 April, heading for a shorter-than-normal increment of 4.5 months aboard the orbital outpost. Veteran cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin—who becomes only the eighth Russian citizen to chalk up a fifth space mission—and “rookie” NASA astronaut Jack Fischer will launch aboard Soyuz MS-04 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:13 p.m. local time (3:13 a.m. EDT).


Search For Smartest Kid In Colorado Takes Us To CU Denver
Source: 9news.com

An ongoing search for the smartest kid in Colorado led 9news.com to the University of Colorado (CU) Denver, where Team Epiphany designed and built a rover that can handle terrain on the moon and Mars.


Humanity Will ‘Touch the Sun’ With The Fastest Spacecraft Ever Made
Source: Motherboard

Solar Probe Plus (SPP), a NASA mission in development at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, will venture closer to the Sun than any other probe before it, flying through its corona—the searing atmosphere surrounding the star—for the first time in history.


7 Awesome Things To Know About The Webb Space Telescope
Source: News and Tribune

The James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful space telescope ever built, is on schedule to launch on October 2018 at dawn from French Guiana in South America. Here are 7 things you should know about the massive telescope before liftoff …


Space Salad? Plant Experiment Hitching A Ride To Space Station
Source: USA Today

A Kennedy Space Center-led effort to bolster our understanding of growing plants in space will hitch a ride on an Atlas V rocket to the International Space Station on Tuesday.


Longtime NASA Launch Commentator George Diller To Step Away From The Console
Source: NASA

As launch and mission managers wait for the Orbital ATK Cygnus module’s two solar arrays to deploy, Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana sat down with longtime NASA Launch Commentator George Diller, pointing out today’s launch marks Diller’s final time at the console. Diller has been a NASA Public Affairs information specialist and launch commentator for more than 35 years.


NASA ELaNa VXII Mission Launches Three CubeSats
Source: NASA

NASA has enabled the deployment of three small research satellites, or CubeSats, developed by two universities and one NASA Center. These CubeSat missions were selected through the CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) as part of the seventeenth installment of the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) missions.


NASA Team Explores Using LISA Pathfinder As ‘Comet Crumb’ Detector
Source: NASA

LISA Pathfinder, a mission led by ESA (the European Space Agency) with contributions from NASA, has successfully demonstrated critical technologies needed to build a space-based observatory for detecting ripples in space-time called gravitational waves. Now a team of NASA scientists hopes to take advantage of the spacecraft’s record-breaking sensitivity to map out the distribution of tiny dust particles shed by asteroids and comets far from Earth.


High-Flying Experiments Demonstrate Potential Of Balloon-Borne Infrasound Detection
Source: Space Daily

Experiments conducted high in the skies over New Mexico suggest that balloon-borne sensors could be useful in detecting the infrasound signals generated by small, extraterrestrial debris entering Earth’s atmosphere, according to a report at the 2017 Seismological Society of America’s(SSA) Annual Meeting.


Explore DigitalGlobe’s Content On Google Earth Voyager!
Source: DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe is proud to support the launch of the new Google Earth. In addition to providing high-resolution satellite imagery of the whole world, DigitalGlobe curated several special imagery collections for the new Voyager feature. Voyager is a storytelling platform that provides map-based narratives through interactive tours and image galleries.


Landslides On Ceres Reflect Hidden Ice
Source: Georgia Tech

Massive landslides, similar to those found on Earth, are occurring on Ceres. That’s according to a new study led by the Georgia Institute of Technology, adding to the growing evidence that Ceres retains a significant amount of water ice.