NASA’s Cassini Mission Prepares For ‘Grand Finale’ At Saturn
April 4, 2017 – NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable story. On Wednesday, April 26, the spacecraft will make the first in a series of dives through the 1,500-mile-wide (2,400-kilometer) gap between Saturn and its rings as part of the mission’s grand finale. Read More
New Horizons Halfway From Pluto To Next Flyby Target
April 4, 2017 – How time and our spacecraft fly – especially when you’re making history at 32,000 miles per hour. Continuing on its path through the outer regions of the solar system, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has now traveled half the distance from Pluto – its storied first target – to 2014 MU69, the Kuiper Belt object (KBO) it will fly past on January 1, 2019. The spacecraft reached that milestone at midnight (UTC) on April 3 – or 8 p.m. ET on April 2 – when it was 486.19 million miles (782.45 million kilometers) beyond Pluto and the same distance from MU69. Read More
Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits
April 4, 2017 – The most data-productive spacecraft yet at Mars swept past its 50,000th orbit last week, continuing to compile the most sharp-eyed global coverage ever accomplished by a camera at the Red Planet. In addition, the spacecraft — NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) — recently aided preparations for NASA’s next mission to Mars, the InSight lander. Read More
SwRI-Led Team Focusing On Safety Chosen For NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute
April 4, 2017 – NASA announced it has selected a new team led by Southwest Research Institute to its Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). Project ESPRESSO (Exploration Science Pathfinder Research for Enhancing Solar System Observations) is a consortium of seven research institutions dedicated to developing tools and techniques needed for future human exploration of the solar system. Read More
CU & NASA To Build Observatories On The Moon
Coloradans are among the scientists who one day plan to build obervatories on the moon.
NASA Selects New Research Teams To Further Solar System Exploration
NASA has selected four new research teams to join the existing nine teams in SSERVI to address scientific questions about the moon, near-Earth asteroids, the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and their near space environments, in cooperation with international partners.
Planetary Science Institute’s Toolbox For Research And Exploration Project Funded For $5.5 Million
Source: Planetary Science Institute
The Planetary Science Institute has been awarded $5.5 million by NASA to be a research node of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) to advance basic and applied research for lunar and planetary science, and advance human exploration of the solar system. The node, known as the Toolbox for Research and Exploration (TREX) project, will be led by PSI Senior Scientist Amanda Hendrix, the Principal Investigator, and funded for five years.