August 17, 2017

CU Boulder Awarded $507.9 Million In Research Funding For Fiscal Year 2016-17

Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

August 17, 2017 – The University of Colorado Boulder researchers were awarded $507.9 million in research grants in the 2016–17 fiscal year, continuing a decade’s worth of robust growth in sponsored research funding for the campus. Read More

Scientists Improve Brown Dwarf Weather Forecasts

This artist’s concept shows a brown dwarf with bands of clouds, thought to resemble those seen at Neptune and the other outer planets. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

August 17, 2017 – Dim objects called brown dwarfs, less massive than the Sun but more massive than Jupiter, have powerful winds and clouds — specifically, hot patchy clouds made of iron droplets and silicate dust. Scientists recently realized these giant clouds can move and thicken or thin surprisingly rapidly, in less than an Earth day, but did not understand why. Read More

NASA’s LRO Team Wants You To Wave At The Moon

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has observed solar eclipses from its vantage point at the moon before. The image LRO takes of Earth on Aug. 21, 2017, is expected to look similar to this view, which the satellite captured in May 2012. Australia is visible at the bottom left of this image, and the shadow cast on Earth’s surface by the moon is the dark area just to the right of top-center. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University

August 17, 2017 – NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team invites the public to wave at the Moon on August 21 as LRO turns its camera toward Earth. The LRO Camera, which has captured gorgeous views of the lunar landscape and documented geologic activity still occurring today, will turn toward Earth during the solar eclipse on August 21 at approximately 12:25 p.m. MDT (2:25 p.m. EDT) to capture an image of the Moon’s shadow on Earth. Read More

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Girl Scouts Works With The SETI Institute To Skyrocket Girls’ Interest In STEM
Source: Girl Scouts of the USA

Today, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced new details about a five-year program called Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts. Funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute, the program offers more girls opportunities to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through new Space Science badges.

Roscosmos Shares Photos Of Secretive Proton Launch Campaign With 1st Blagovest Satellite
Source: Spaceflight 101

The Roscosmos State Corporation on Thursday shared photos of the Proton-M launch with the first Blagovest dual-use communications satellite that will fulfill military and civilian functions through providing high-capacity communications services for media distribution, Internet access, video conferencing, voice connectivity and data-intensive applications.

Eclipse: Pro Tips On The View From Colorado
Source: Colorado Public Radio

The Great American Eclipse is on Monday, Aug. 21. We’ve got a procrastinator’s guide to the total eclipse here. Staying in Colorado? Doug Duncan, director of the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder offered Colorado Matters some ideas.

NSSL Researchers Measure Eclipse Effects
Source: NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory

The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 offers a unique opportunity for researchers from the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Oklahoma State University to study sudden, drastic changes in the Earth’s lower atmosphere caused by a loss of sunlight.

Blocking Out The Sun
Source: Boulder Weekly

As seen from Earth, a solar eclipse takes place when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, partially or totally obscuring the sun. When serendipity delivers a perfect alignment, the moon blocks the entire disk of the sun causing a total solar eclipse, and for some brief minutes, bright daylight gives way to nighttime stars.

New Air Force Space Operations Directorate Achieves Operating Capability
Source: U.S. Air Force

The Air Force selected the senior civilian and mobilization assistant for the deputy chief of staff for Space Operations directorate, or “AF/A11,” Aug. 17, 2017. Mr. Shawn Barnes will serve as the assistant deputy chief of staff for Space Operations, and Maj. Gen. Pamela Lincoln has been named as the Mobilization assistant to the deputy chief of staff for Space Operations.

Mines Hyperloop Team featured On CBS4 Denver
Source: Colorado School of Mines

The Colorado School of Mines students competing in the SpaceX Hyperloop speed test at the end of the month were recently featured on CBS4 Denver. Team DiggerLoop, one of just 24 teams chosen worldwide to compete Aug. 25-27 at SpaceX headquarters in California, is in the midst of a last-minute push to get its Hyperloop pod ready to ship out by Friday.

Jared Brewer Uses ASCENT Fellowship To Do Cutting-Edge Research In France
Source: Colorado State University

Jared Brewer, advised by Emily Fischer and A.R. Ravishankara, was awarded an ASCENT travel fellowship in March. The fellowship supported his two-month stay this summer in Orleans, France, where he studied atmospheric chemistry at a unique research facility.

Spacewalk Comes To A Close
Source: NASA

Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, have completed a seven hour and 34 minute spacewalk. They re-entered the airlock at 6:10 p.m. EDT.

Aerospace Team Tests Solar Technology At Edge Of Space
Source: The Aerospace Corporation

Solar cell testing being led by the Aerospace team of Dr. Justin Lee, Colin Mann, John Nocerino, and Dr. Don Walker, all of the Energy Technology Department, Engineering and Technology Group, represents advancements in the field that are not only innovative, they are also shaping the future.

The Shape Of Booms To Come: The Physics Behind NASA’s And Lockheed Martin’s “Quiet” Supersonic Jet Design
Source: Quartz

Getting a plane to fly faster than the speed of sound isn’t the problem—it’s quieting the thunderous sonic boom that’s heard on the ground. In 1973, the US government banned overland commercial supersonic flights.

An Eclipse By Any Other Name: Doing Science With Transits And Occultations
Source: NASA

An otherworldly atmosphere takes hold when a total solar eclipse blocks the Sun’s light, yet the mechanics of the event are actually rather mundane. All you need is for one celestial body (in this case, the Moon) to block your view of a more distant object (here, the Sun). But different flavors of this phenomenon make some very sophisticated science possible. From the study of Pluto’s atmosphere to the discovery of planets around other stars, NASA researchers are using eclipse-like events to learn more about the universe.

US Air Force Prepping Mysterious X-37B Space Plane For September Launch

The United States Air Force’s X-37B program is readying its next robotic mini-shuttle for launch, this time atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The liftoff is scheduled to take place in early September, according to media reports.

New Community-Prepared K2 Light Curves Available At MAST
Source: NASA

The project encourages members of our community to share and archive value-added data products derived from Kepler or K2 observations via the High Level Science Products (HLSP) service offered by the data archive at MAST. In recent months, four bespoke data products have been released or updated in this way.

Video: NASA News Briefing Previews Launch Of TDRS-M Communications Satellite
Source: NASA

On Aug. 17, NASA held a news conference to preview the launch and mission of its next Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-M. TDRS-M, which is targeted for launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, no earlier than Aug. 18, is the third in a series of three advanced TDRS satellites. The fleet of TDRS satellites provides the critical path for high data-rate communication to a host of spacecraft including the International Space Station and its resupply vehicles, the Hubble Space Telescope and many of NASA’s Earth-observing fleet spacecraft.

Open Imagery For Disaster Response In Sierra Leone And South Asia
Source: DigitalGlobe

Earlier this week, both Sierra Leone and South Asia experienced devastating disasters. In Sierra Leone, massive flooding and mudslides have killed nearly 400 people, completely destroying communities and making search and rescue efforts extremely difficult. Halfway across the world, in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, monsoon floods have displaced millions of families and caused the deaths of at least 175. The Nepal Red Cross fears that a much worse humanitarian crisis will occur with shortages of safe drinking water and food.

NOAA Picks Black Swift’s Drones To Collect Wildfire Data
Source: BizWest

Black Swift Technologies, an engineering firm based in Boulder, was selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to use its small unmanned aircraft system, or sUAS, to collect wildfire measurements.

NOAA Scholars Wrap Up A Summer Of Research And Education
Source: NOAA

A total of 127 Ernest F. Hollings Scholars and 13 Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) Undergraduate Scholars completed 10-week internships this summer at NOAA facilities from Maine to Hawaii.

Colorado Researchers Hope To Capture World’s Best Images Of Sun’s Corona During Eclipse

For the casual observer Monday’s eclipse will be a cool experience; a chance to take in something many of us haven’t seen. But for researchers it will be a chance to conduct potentially groundbreaking research.

NASA Goddard Cybersecurity Day – Speaking Opportunities
Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Information security is fundamental to ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Goddard’s critical scientific and institutional data and IT assets. Goddard’s cybersecurity priority is to enhance and integrate information security throughout the system life cycle, ensuring that Goddard’s data and information are protected from cyber-attack. The 2017 Goddard Cyber Security Expo will held at this secure facility hosted by the Cybersecurity Services & Integration Division (CSID) under the Office of the Chief Information Officer to allow personnel and industry partners to evaluate NASA’s modernization and procurement needs.

In Case Of Eclipse, You Have 2 Minutes And 40 Seconds To Get The Picture Right
Source: Air & Space Magazine

A new book describes eclipse-watchers through history, and how many of them tried to document totality.