December 11, 2017

NASA’s Juno Probes The Depths Of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

This looping animation simulates the motion of clouds in Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. The animation was made by applying a wind movement model to a mosaic of JunoCam images. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Justin Cowart

December 11, 2017 – Data collected by NASA’s Juno spacecraft during its first pass over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot in July 2017 indicate that this iconic feature penetrates well below the clouds. Other revelations from the mission include that Jupiter has two previously uncharted radiation zones. The findings were announced Monday at the annual American Geophysical Union meeting in New Orleans. Read More


New Space Policy Directive Calls For Human Expansion Across Solar System

Representatives of Congress and the National Space Council joined President Donald J. Trump, Apollo astronaut Jack Schmitt and current NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, for the president’s signing of Space Policy Directive 1, a change in national space policy that provides for a U.S.-led, integrated program with private sector partners for a human return to the Moon, followed by missions to Mars and beyond. Image Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

December 11, 2017 – President Donald Trump is sending astronauts back to the Moon. The president Monday signed at the White House Space Policy Directive 1, a change in national space policy that provides for a U.S.-led, integrated program with private sector partners for a human return to the Moon, followed by missions to Mars and beyond. Read More


TSIS Instrument Package Ready For Launch To International Space Station

Members of the LASP engineering team pose with the TSIS instrument package at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) just after the completion of all planned integration and testing activities at KSC. TSIS is scheduled for launch on December 12 to the International Space Station on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in the Dragon cargo container. Image Credit: LASP

December 11, 2017 – A solar instrument package designed and built by the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) to help monitor the planet’s climate is now set to launch December 12 at 9:46 a.m. MT (11:46 a.m. ET) aboard a SpaceX rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Read More


New Horizons Corrects Its Course In The Kuiper Belt

The New Horizons spacecraft is about 300 million miles (483 million kilometers) from 2014 MU69, the Kuiper Belt object it will encounter on Jan. 1, 2019. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

December 11, 2017 – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft carried out a short, 2.5-minute engine burn on Saturday, December 9 that refined its course toward 2014 MU69, the ancient Kuiper Belt object it will fly by a little more than a year from now. Read More


Lockheed Martin Continues To Strengthen Weather Forecasting With Second Next-Generation Weather Satellite

Lockheed Martin delivered NOAA’s GOES-S weather satellite to its Florida launch site on December 4. The satellite will undergo final processing at Astrotech Space Operations in preparation for a launch in March 2018. Image Credit: Michael Starobin, NOAA/NASA

December 11, 2017 – Timely and accurate weather forecasts can directly affect public safety and protection of property; and the next satellite in the NOAA GOES-R Series will continue to provide more data for sharper, more detailed views of weather systems. Read More


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Open Data For Thomas And Ventura Fires In California
Source: DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe is making current satellite imagery of Ventura, California, and surrounding communities available through our Open Data Program. DigitalGlobe worked with Mapbox to update their fire tracking map with the latest imagery and will expand its coverage based on the fire’s activity. This map allows users to search addresses and zoom in on specific areas in or near the fire zones, and it includes the latest fire perimeters provided by first responders on the ground.


Odisha Students Have Encouraging Interest In Space Research: NASA Astronaut
Source: Odisha Sun Times Bureau

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Jack David Fischer on Friday said space gives a sense of humbleness and spirituality.


Nozzle Assemblies Complete For Exploration Mission-1 Boosters
Source: NASA

Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket booster prime contractor Orbital ATK recently completed work at its Utah facilities on the booster nozzles for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first flight of SLS and the Orion spacecraft. SLS, the world’s most powerful rocket, and Orion will take humans on deep space missions, and the boosters provide most of the power to get the spacecraft off the ground.


Video: Lockheed Martin: UAE Payload Challenge
Source: Lockheed Martin

The inaugural Unmanned Aerial Systems Payload Design Challenge brings university students together from across the United Arab Emirates to design, develop and integrate payloads with commercial and industrial applications. A joint initiative between Lockheed Martin and Mubadala Investment Company, the participants will be mentored by Lockheed Martin subject matter experts across different fields to convert their ideas into viable commercial applications.


EnerSys, SEAKR Support NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Devt Program
Source: ExecutiveBiz

NASA has reported that EnerSys‘ advanced systems business and SEAKR Engineering respectively manufacture lithium-ion batteries and space-qualified electronics for the Orion spacecraft. EnerSys and SEAKR are two of the 250 businesses that operate in Colorado and support the agency’s deep-space exploration programs, NASA said Tuesday.


Eclipse 2017: Science From The Moon’s Shadow
Source: NASA

On Dec. 11, 2017, six researchers discussed initial findings based on observations of the Sun and on Earth gathered during the solar eclipse that stretched across North America on Aug. 21, 2017. Ranging from new information about the way the Sun’s atmosphere generates heat, to how the dip in solar energy affected Earth’s atmosphere, and even how to protect against contaminating other planets with bacteria, the researchers shared their results at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, in New Orleans.


General Atomics Awarded Contract For Argos Satellite System
Source: General Atomics

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has been awarded a Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) contract from Advanced Technology International for the Army Resilient Global on-the-move SATCOM (ARGOS). ARGOS is a satellite system intended to provide Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Very High Frequency (VHF) Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) assured communications and Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) data capture capabilities for use by the United States Army.


Continued Emissions May Cause Global North-To-South Shift In Wind Power By End Of Century
Source: CIRES

In the next century, wind resources may decrease in many regions of the Northern Hemisphere and could sharply increase in some hotspot regions down south, according to a study by University of Colorado Boulder researchers. The first-of-its-kind study predicting how global wind power may shift with climate change appears today in Nature Geoscience.


Researchers Use Drones To Track Glacier Change In Peru
Source: Discover Magazine

In the crisp Andes air, a drone flew at an altitude of about 16,000 feet (4,900 meters) in order to map and track the glaciers in Peru. This marks the highest altitude a drone has flown for mapping purposes in current scientific literature, according to a paper released in November in The Cryosphere.


SSL To Provide Access To Space For Small Satellite Constellation
Source: SSL

SSL, a business unit of Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) and a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, announced today that it has partnered with a team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the University of Michigan (UM) selected by the agency to conduct a Phase A mission study under NASA’s Explorers Program. SSL’s role in the mission, called the Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment (SunRISE), is to provide a ride beyond geosynchronous orbit (GEO) for a constellation of science-gathering small satellites.