August 14, 2017

Colorado Components Launch On ASTERIA CubeSat

Electrical Test Engineer Esha Murty (left) and Integration and Test Lead Cody Colley (right) prepare the ASTERIA spacecraft for mass properties measurements in April 2017 prior to spacecraft delivery. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

August 14, 2017 – A 6U CubeSat that will operate in low-Earth orbit is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft following today’s 10:31 a.m. MDT launch. The Arcsecond Space Telescope Enabling Research in Astrophysics (ASTERIA) includes solar arrays made by MMA Design LLC and an Attitude Control Subsystem built by Blue Canyon Technologies. Both companies are located in Boulder, Colorado. Read More

DigitalGlobe Announces SpaceNet Challenge Round 2 Results And Future Challenges

August 14, 2017 – DigitalGlobe, Inc. today announced the SpaceNet Challenge Round 2 results and plans for the next two SpaceNet Challenges. A collaboration between DigitalGlobe, CosmiQ Works, and NVIDIA, SpaceNet leverages an online repository of publicly accessible satellite imagery, co-registered data layers for training algorithms, and prize challenges to accelerate innovation in machine learning. Read More

RockSat-X Successfully Launches From NASA Wallops

Long exposure of the RockSat-X launch. Image Credit: NASA/Jamie Adkins

August 14, 2017 – The RockSat-X student payload was successfully launched on a NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket at 5:30 a.m. EDT, Sunday, August 13, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Read More

Five Tips From NASA For Photographing The Total Solar Eclipse On Aug. 21

During the eclipse, you’ll be able to see and photograph the structures in the Sun’s corona. Image Credit: Miloslav Druckmüller, Martin Dietzel, Shadia Habbal, Vojtech Rusin

August 14, 2017 – The total solar eclipse crossing America on August 21 will be the first eclipse to march from sea to shining sea in nearly 100 years. This astronomical event is a unique opportunity for scientists studying in the shadow of the Moon, but it’s also a perfect opportunity to capture unforgettable images. Whether you’re an amateur photographer or a selfie master, try out these tips for photographing the eclipse. Read More

NASA Watches The Sun Put A Stop To Its Own Eruption

August 14, 2017 – On September 30, 2014, multiple NASA observatories watched what appeared to be the beginnings of a solar eruption. A filament — a serpentine structure consisting of dense solar material and often associated with solar eruptions — rose from the surface, gaining energy and speed as it soared. But instead of erupting from the Sun, the filament collapsed, shredded to pieces by invisible magnetic forces. Read More

Cassini Begins Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

This artist’s rendering shows Cassini as the spacecraft makes one of its final five dives through Saturn’s upper atmosphere in August and September 2017. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

August 14, 2017 – NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has entered new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it embarks on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn’s upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the planet. Read More

Lockheed Martin Successfully Integrates First Modernized A2100 Satellite

In a clean room near Denver, Lockheed Martin’s first modernized A2100 satellite has undergone the important integration process of three major subsystems. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

August 14, 2017 – A team of engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin has completed the integration of the company’s first modernized A2100 satellite. The spacecraft, known as Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1, now moves into final assembly and testing, on track for launch in the second quarter of 2018. Read More

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ASU STEM Saturdays Begin August 26
Source: Adams State University

The Adams State University Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Saturdays begin August 26. These free interactive sessions will stimulate imagination and curiosity of students. All sessions are designed with specific grade-level, developmentally appropriate lessons in mind. Registration is required for the sessions.

Send A #MessageToVoyager!
Source: NASA/JPL

Join NASA in celebrating the Voyager mission’s 40 years of exploring space. Inspired by the messages of goodwill carried on Voyager’s Golden Record, you’re invited to send via social media a short, uplifting #MessageToVoyager and all that lies beyond it. With input from the Voyager team and a public vote, one of these messages will be selected for NASA to beam into interstellar space on Sept. 5, 2017—the 40th anniversary of Voyager 1’s launch.

Can The Quest To Produce Fresh Food In Space Achieve Liftoff?
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

To see the next frontier for food, you may want to look to the stars. With humans now hoping to establish colonies on the moon, on Mars and in the stars beyond, researchers are focusing on ways to produce fresh food in space that will look, smell and taste like the edibles we have on the home planet.

The Farthest: Voyager In Space
Source: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Join us for a screening of The Farthest: Voyager in Space. This documentary tells the captivating tales of the people and events behind one of the greatest achievements in space exploration: NASA’s Voyager mission, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this August. Tuesday, August 15, 7 p.m.

SWF Discusses Best Practices For Cubesat Launch, Deployment, And Disposal At 2017 SmallSat Conference
Source: Secure World Foundation

The annual SmallSat Conference in Logan, Utah, USA, has become the premier gathering of companies, educators, hobbyists, and governments developing cubesat and small satellite technologies. For the third year, SWF had a significant presence at the 2017 SmallSat Conference, held from August 5-10, which had record participation from over 3,000 people from 40 different countries.

Wanted: Space Resources Specialists! New Program At Colorado School Of Mines
Source: Leonard David’s Inside Outer Space

The Colorado School of Mines is establishing a multi-disciplinary graduate program in space resources. The proposed program will focus on developing core knowledge and gaining design practices in systems for responsible exploration, extraction, and use of resources in the Solar System.

NASA Cargo Launches To Space Station Aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission
Source: NASA

Experiments seeking a better understanding of Parkinson’s disease and the origin of cosmic rays are on their way to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft following today’s 12:31 p.m. EDT launch.

Rodents Help NASA Take The Next Step To Mars
Source: NASA

NASA’s future deep space exploration – including to Mars – is an unprecedented venture in spaceflight, requiring us to tackle challenges we’ve never faced before. For instance, we know the human body changes significantly while in space, and we’ll need to find ways to address those effects. NASA is conducting research to learn more about the long-term impact of extended human spaceflight. One experiment that just launched, Rodent Research-9, is contributing to this goal by sending rodents to the International Space Station, to study how a lack of gravity in space affects blood vessels, eyes and joints.

NASA Announces Television Coverage For Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse
Source: NASA

On Monday, Aug. 21, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the Sun, and NASA Television will carry it live from coast to coast from unique vantage points on the ground and from aircraft and spacecraft, including the International Space Station. Coverage will be featured during the live four-hour broadcast Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA.

Chasing The Eclipse At 45,000 Feet
Source: Air & Space Magazine

On August 21, as millions of Americans turn their faces to the sky and marvel at a total solar eclipse, Jenna Samra’s eyes will be glued instead to a laptop screen. She will miss the spectacle because she’ll be inside a Gulfstream V jet, racing at more than 500 miles per hour to do science in the moon’s shadow.

Video: Space Foundation Interview With KRDO NewsRadio
Source: Space Foundation

One segment featured during the Aug. 14, broadcast of The Extra, a KRDO NewsRadio 105.5 FM/1240 AM show. Discussing the total solar eclipse.

Ozone Treaty Taking A Bite Out Of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Source: CIRES

The Montreal Protocol, the international treaty adopted initially to protect and ultimately to heal Earth’s protective ozone layer, has significantly reduced emissions of ozone-depleting chemicals from the United States. But in a twist, a new study by NOAA and CIRES scientists shows the 30-year old treaty has also significantly reduced climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions from the United States.

Wallops Supports CREAM From Balloon To Space Station Flight
Source: NASA

Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility has played an integral role in the development of the Cosmic-Ray Energetics and Mass investigation (CREAM) instrument, which started as a balloon payload and is now heading to the International Space Station. For more than six years Wallops has managed the CREAM instrument for the International Space Station (ISS-CREAM) project, working with the principal investigator Eun-Suk Seo at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Cassini Prepares To Say Goodbye To A True Titan
Source: NASA/JPL

Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its Grand Finale. On a few orbits, Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, has been near enough to tweak Cassini’s orbit, causing the spacecraft to approach Saturn a bit closer or a bit farther away. A couple of those distant passes even pushed Cassini into the inner fringes of Saturn’s rings.

Video: Astrobotic Lunar Mission Profile on Atlas V
Source: Astrobotic

Astrobotic and United Launch Alliance (ULA) proudly announce today that Astrobotic’s Peregrine Lunar Lander will be onboard a ULA launch vehicle in 2019, during the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.