August 28, 2017

Boulder County Recycling Center Is Collecting Eclipse Glasses

August 28, 2017 – Through a partnership with Astronomers Without Borders, the Boulder County Recycling Center is collecting eclipse glasses for redistribution to Asian and South American schools during the 2019 eclipse crossing those continents. Read More

NASA’s Next Mars Mission To Investigate Interior Of Red Planet

In a Lockheed Martin clean room facility near Denver in June 2017, members of the InSight mission’s assembly, test and launch operations team remove the inner layer of protective housing that covered NASA’s InSight spacecraft while the spacecraft was in storage after a launch postponement. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin

August 28, 2017 – Preparation of NASA’s next spacecraft to Mars, InSight, has ramped up this summer, on course for launch next May from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California — the first interplanetary launch in history from America’s West Coast. Read More

Saturn’s North Pole

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

August 28, 2017 – These turbulent clouds are on top of the world at Saturn. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn’s north pole on April 26, 2017 – the day it began its Grand Finale — as it approached the planet for its first daring dive through the gap between the planet and its rings. Read More

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Flooding From Harvey Closes NASA Center In Houston, But Space Station Operations Continue

NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston is closed to all but mission-critical staff, due to heavy rainfall caused by Hurricane Harvey. Mission Control, which oversees the operation of the International Space Station, “remains operational and fully capable of supporting [the station],” according to NASA’s website.

Dave Randall Selected Professor Of The Year
Source: Colorado State University

Dave Randall has been chosen as the 2016-17 Professor of the Year by ATS graduate student representatives, based on evaluations submitted by students over the course of the school year. The grad reps compile student responses and determine which professor received the most support and should be honored for teaching excellence.

AIAA Announces Section Award Winners
Source: AIAA

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has announced its 2016–2017 Section Award winners. The Section Awards honor particularly notable achievements made by member sections in a range of activities that help fulfill the Institute’s mission. The Institute believes that vital, active sections are essential to its success.

NASA Awards $400,000 To Top Teams At Second Phase Of 3D-Printing Competition
Source: NASA

NASA is making progress and awarding prizes in its competition to build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration. The agency has awarded first place and a prize of $250,000 to Team Foster + Partners | Branch Technology of Chattanooga, Tennessee, for successfully completing Phase 2: Level 3 of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a NASA’s Centennial Challenges prize competition. Pennsylvania State University of University Park received second place, and a reward of $150,000.

Full Circle: NASA To Demonstrate Refabricator To Recycle, Reuse, Repeat
Source: NASA

In 2014, NASA made important progress toward the in-space manufacturing necessary for deep space exploration by “printing” tools in space using a 3-D printer on the International Space Station. In 2018, the nation’s space agency will take the next step toward a sustainable in-space manufacturing capability when it launches a machine that can not only print plastic parts, but can also recycle them back into reusable raw materials to make more and/or different parts.

Hurricane Harvey Provides Lab For U.S. Forecast Experiments
Source: Science

For years, U.S. forecasters have envied their colleagues at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading, U.K., whose hurricane prediction models remain the gold standard. Infamously, the National Weather Service (NWS) in 2012 failed to predict Hurricane Sandy’s turn into New Jersey, whereas ECMWF was spot on. But two innovations tested during Hurricane Harvey, one from NASA and another from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), could help level the playing field.

Black Hole Models Contradicted By Hands-On Tests At Sandia’s Z Machine
Source: Sandia National Laboratories

A long-standing but unproven assumption about the X-ray spectra of black holes in space has been contradicted by hands-on experiments performed at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine.

Supersonic Flight Campaign Continues At Kennedy Space Center
Source: NASA

F-18 jets fly at supersonic speeds off the eastern coast of Florida, while agency researchers measure the effects of low-altitude turbulence caused by sonic booms. The F-18’s flightpath is positioned in efforts to keep the strongest-sounding sonic booms away from residential areas, while still producing them over the Kennedy Space Center.

Cassini’s ‘Inside-Out’ Rings Movie
Source: NASA/JPL

This movie sequence of images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft offers a unique perspective on Saturn’s ring system. Cassini captured the images from within the gap between the planet and its rings, looking outward as the spacecraft made one of its final dives through the gap as part of the mission’s Grand Finale.

Camp Guernsey Perfect Place To Launch NASA Eclipse Experiments
Source: Wyoming Military Department

It was a year ago to the day that NASA-affiliated groups teamed up at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center to practice for the Aug. 21, 2017 eclipse by launching EOSS-227, a 6.6-pound, hydrogen-filled balloon from the camp’s North Training Area. This year, a larger group of students and scientists affiliated with the NASA-sponsored program Colorado Space Grant Consortium gathered to launch two balloons loaded with a range of student-created payloads.