August 25, 2017

SMC Adds Unclassified Development Space To Remote Sensing Data Lab

Representatives from the Air Force, University of Colorado and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company mark the opening of the unclassified development environment at the Tools, Applications, and Processing (TAP) Laboratory with a ribbon cutting ceremony, Aug 24. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

August 25, 2017 – The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Remote Sensing Systems Directorate held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to unveil the addition of an unclassified development environment to the existing Tools, Applications, and Processing (TAP) Laboratory. This open environment will allow more third-party developers to create capabilities using unclassified remote sensing data without the time and cost of acquiring government security clearances. These new capabilities will have the potential to transition from development to operations rapidly in support of both military and civil applications. Read More

Kepler Discovers Variability In The Seven Sisters

This image from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft shows members of the Pleiades star cluster taken during Campaign 4 of the K2 Mission. The cluster stretches across two of the 42 charge-coupled devices (CCDs) that make up Kepler’s 95 megapixel camera. The brightest stars in the cluster – Alcyone, Atlas, Electra, Maia, Merope, Taygeta, and Pleione – are visible to the naked eye. Kepler was not designed to look at stars this bright; they cause the camera to saturate, leading to long spikes and other artefacts in the image. Despite this serious image degradation, the new technique has allowed astronomers to carefully measure changes in brightness of these stars as the Kepler telescope observed them for almost three months. Image Credit: NASA / Aarhus University / T. White

August 25, 2017 – The Seven Sisters, as they were known to the ancient Greeks, are now known to modern astronomers as the Pleiades star cluster – a set of stars which are visible to the naked eye and have been studied for thousands of years by cultures all over the world. Now Dr. Tim White of the Stellar Astrophysics Centre at Aarhus University and his team of Danish and international astronomers have demonstrated a powerful new technique for observing stars such as these, which are ordinarily far too bright to look at with high performance telescopes. Their work is published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Read More

Hubble’s Dwarf-Sized Double-Named Galaxy

Image Credit: NASA

August 25, 2017 – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft fired its thrusters to position itself on the correct course for its upcoming Earth flyby. The spacecraft, which is on a two-year outbound journey to asteroid Bennu, successfully performed a precision course adjustment on Wednesday to prepare for the gravity slingshot on September 22. Read More

Hubble’s Dwarf-Sized Double-Named Galaxy

Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

August 25, 2017 – The galaxy, NGC 178 may be small, but it packs quite a punch. Measuring around 40,000 light-years across, its diameter is less than half that of the Milky Way, and it is accordingly classified as a dwarf galaxy. Despite its diminutive size, NGC 178 is busy forming new stars. On average, the galaxy forms stars totaling around half the mass of the Sun per year — enough to label it a starburst galaxy. Read More

Astronaut Jack Fischer Wears Spacesuit Designed By Pediatric Cancer Patients

Astronaut Jack Fischer wears the Unity spacesuit created by pediatric cancer patients around the world. Image Credit: NASA

August 25, 2017 – Expedition 52 crew mates on board the International Space Station (ISS) helped raise awareness for pediatric cancer on Wednesday, August 23, with the on-orbit debut of a hand-painted spacesuit inspired by the cooperation between the five international space agencies that built the station. The six crew members took turns answering questions written by children who had contributed to the suit. Read More

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Collecting Data Unique To A Solar Eclipse
Source: University of Colorado Denver

On Monday, just as CU Denver began the new academic year, an awe-inspiring solar eclipse captivated people across North America. A thin line of total solar coverage spanned, at various intervals, the continental United States, completely blocking out the sun from Lincoln Beach, Ore., to Charleston, S.C., for a few remarkable minutes. Mark Golkowski, PhD, acting chair and associate professor of Electrical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Denver, and several students collected data during this rare celestial event by using state-of-the-art Naval submarine communication technology.

Local Leaders Celebrate Air Force Space Command
Source: Air Force Space Command

Brig. Gen. Trent Edwards, Director, Programming, Financial Management and Comptroller, Air Force Space Command accepts a proclamation certificate with Col. Miles Brown, 4th Infantry Division chief of staff, Fort Carson from the Board of El Paso County Commissioners declaring Sept. 1, 2017 as Air Force Space Command Day and recognizing the 100th anniversary of the 4th Infantry Division at Centennial Hall, Colorado Springs, Colo., Aug. 22, 2017.

ORS-5 Satellite Prepped For Launch
Source: Space and Missile Systems Center

With a Flight Readiness Review successfully concluded Aug. 17, the Air Force’s Operational Responsive Space (ORS)-5 satellite is now ready for its journey to equatorial orbit from Space Launch Complex-46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. It is scheduled for launch on Aug. 25 during a four-hour launch window that opens at 11:15 p.m., EDT, after being stacked and mated atop a five-stage Orbital ATK Minotaur IV launch vehicle.

Heroes Of Space exhibit: Opening Friday, Sept. 8
Source: Space Foundation Discovery Center

You can be a hero of space. Right now, there is someone working to explore space who is just like you. More than just astronauts, they are engineers, scientists, business people, and others, who are making space exploration possible. Opening September 8, 2017, Heroes of Space is a small exhibit highlighting the stories of eight space professionals and how they became a part of the space industry. A hands-on interactive exhibit, Heroes of Space invites visitors to learn how they can be a part of working in space.

Landsat 7 Reaches Peak Outer Boundary
Source: USGS

Landsat 7 recently reached its peak outermost boundary of 10:14:58 Mean Local Time (MLT) on August 11, 2017, since the final Delta-Inclination (Delta-I) maneuver took place on February 7, 2017.

NASA Gets An In-Depth Look At Intensifying Hurricane Harvey
Source: NASA

As Hurricane Harvey continued to strengthen, NASA analyzed the storm’s rainfall, cloud heights and cloud top temperatures. NASA’s GPM and Aqua satellite provided information while an animation of GOES-East satellite imagery showed Harvey’s progression toward the Texas coast.

Big Dishes Band Together
Source: ESA

Earlier this month, radio dishes from three deep-space networks combined to catch faint ‘survival’ whispers from one of ESA’s Mars orbiters, underlining the value of international collaboration for exploring the Red Planet.

Neptune From Saturn
Source: NASA/JPL

On Aug. 25, 1989, NASA’s Voyager 2 made its historic flyby of Neptune and that planet’s largest moon Triton. The Cassini mission is publishing this image to celebrate the anniversary of that event.

Saturn With A Side Of Bacon
Source: NASA/JPL

For more than a decade, members of the Cassini team at JPL have turned the most important meal of the day into a beloved tradition of friendship, conversation and delectable delights. Now, as the mission counts down its final days during the Grand Finale, the breakfasts continue to bring together a crew of people who have spent nearly two decades working together.

Hurricane Harvey Approaches The Texas Coast
Source: NOAA

The NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite captured this infrared image of Hurricane Harvey just prior to making landfall along the Texas coast on August 25, 2017 at 18:55 UTC. NOAA’s National Hurricane Center has clocked Harvey’s maximum sustained winds at 110 miles per hour with higher gusts. Infrared images like this one can help meteorologists identify the areas of the greatest intensity within large storm systems.

Juling Crater
Source: NASA

This high-resolution image of Juling Crater on Ceres reveals, in exquisite detail, features on the rims and crater floor. The crater is about 1.6 miles (2.5 kilometers) deep and the small mountain, seen left of the center of the crater, is about 0.6 miles (1 kilometers) high. The many features indicative of the flow of material suggest the subsurface is rich in ice.

Kennedy’s Food Production Team Holds Information Exchange
Source: NASA

The food production team at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida recently held a two-day information exchange with fellow subject-matter experts in the commercial and academic sectors to discuss how their solutions could help NASA solve some of the most difficult challenges in food production system development.

Simulations Reveal Mysteries Of The Solar Cycle
Source: NASA

Although much has been discovered about our Sun and its constantly erupting surface, scientists are turning to simulations created on Pleiades, NASA’s fastest supercomputer, to better understand the Sun’s ever-evolving magnetic field and how it affects the solar cycle, which produces solar flares.

Dragonfly Proposed To Probe Saturn’s Titan
Source: Leonard David’s Inside Outer Space

Opening up Titan – a moon of Saturn – to robotic exploration is the thrust behind a proposal from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. An APL team is proposing an instrumented, radioisotope-powered dual-quadcopter to explore Titan, one of a number of “ocean worlds” in our solar system that hold the ingredients for life.

Find An Asteroid 2017
Source: Space Generation Advisory Council

SGAC gives you the opportunity to take part in an Asteroid Search Campaign. Partnering with the International Astronomical Search Collaboration, SGAC has slots available for 15 -20 teams to participate. Selected teams will receive an info pack about the software to be used and other details on how to get ready for the Search Campaign.