‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition Returns For 2017
NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society once again will offer filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by — and using — actual NASA imagery through “CineSpace,” a short-film competition.
NASA’s Next Frontier Is Washington
Source: The Atlantic
Only one president’s name came up during the new Congress’s first hearing about NASA this week: John F. Kennedy. This makes sense. The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology gathered on Thursday to discuss the “past, present, and future” of NASA …
Harris Corp. Helping Small Colorado Springs Defense Contractor Grow Into Bigger Role
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
Defense giant Harris Corp. will sponsor Colorado Springs-based Barnett Engineering and Signaling Laboratories in a Department of Defense program designed to help small military contractors grow large enough to bid on and win prime contracts …
NASA Researching Colorado Snow
Source: KOAA News 5
NASA scientists are working to improve the way water resources are tracked from space. Several Colorado mountain locations are part of a new study called SnowEx.
Colorado Snowpack Shines From Space
Source: Fox 31 Denver
Skies are crystal clear to allow for a stunning view from space. And Colorado shines with snow-covered mountains.
How to Hog Tie The MinXSS CubeSat In 30 Seconds
Source: University of Colorado Boulder/LASP/James Mason
A timelapse of the process to stow the solar arrays and the tape measure antenna (yes the tape measure is what really flies in space!)
NASA Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Visits
Source: University of Colorado Boulder/LASP
Today, the Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen visited us at CU. Part of his tour of LASP was a stop to see MinXSS-2, which is ready for it’s launch later this year.
Canadian Satellite Firm MacDonald Dettwiler In Talks To Buy DigitalGlobe
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Canadian satellite company MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates is in advanced talks to buy U.S. satellite-imaging provider DigitalGlobe Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.
MDA Reportedly In Talks To Acquire DigitalGlobe
According to the Wall Street Journal, MDA is in advanced talks to acquire DigitalGlobe. If a deal does emerge, it would be a significant acquisition.
NASA To Keep Juno In Longer Orbit
NASA announced February 17 that it will keep its Juno spacecraft in a longer orbit around Jupiter than originally planned because of concerns with the spacecraft’s main engine.
Jovian Stormy Weather
NASA’s Juno spacecraft soared directly over Jupiter’s south pole when JunoCam acquired this image on February 2, 2017 at 6:06 a.m. PT (9:06 a.m. ET), from an altitude of about 62,800 miles (101,000 kilometers) above the cloud tops.
After spending nearly a month tending to the International Space Station’s first crop of Chinese cabbage, astronaut Peggy Whitson harvested the leafy greens on February 17.
9 Months Operating On Orbit, Anticipate De-Orbit In Late May
Source: CU Boulder/LASP
February 16 marks 9 months of continuous operations on orbit for MinXSS-1. It has collected and downlinked tens of thousands of soft x-ray from the Sun in that time …
The One Stop Shopping Initiative for NASA’s Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships, or OSSI NIFS, strives to provide students at all U.S. institutions of higher education access to a portfolio of opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and centers.
Hubble Spotlights A Celestial Sidekick
This image was captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), a highly efficient wide-field camera covering the optical and near-infrared parts of the spectrum. While this lovely image contains hundreds of distant stars and galaxies, one vital thing is missing — the object Hubble was actually studying at the time!
NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission. This will allow Juno to accomplish its science goals, while avoiding the risk of a previously-planned engine firing that would have reduced the spacecraft’s orbital period to 14 days.
Rocky Mountain Unmanned Symposium
Source: Rocky Mountain Chapter of AUVSI/UAS Colorado
Once again, the Rocky Mountain chapter of AUVSI, in partnership with UAS Colorado is hosting the best unmanned systems event in the Rocky Mountain region. The Rocky Mountain Unmanned Symposium will be held March 7th and 8th, in Denver Colorado, at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.
Harris Corporation Selected For Mentor-Protégé Program To Support Small Colorado Business
Source: Harris Corporation
Harris Corporation has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to participate in the highly competitive U.S. Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé Program.
On Saturday, SpaceX is launching a key piece of NASA technology that could one day allow satellites to repair other spacecraft already in orbit. It’s called the Raven …
A European Service Module will power NASA’s Orion spacecraft beyond the Moon and back in 2018, and now work has started on a second mission, this time to carry astronauts.
GAO Drops NOAA’s GOES Weather Satellites From High-Risk List, But Adds DOD’s
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its biennial assessment of high-risk government programs yesterday. The report addresses programs in all parts of the government, including civil and national security space programs.
An Ice World…With An Ocean?
On Feb. 17, 2005, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was making the first-ever close pass over Saturn’s moon Enceladus as it worked through its detailed survey of the planet’s icy satellites. Exciting, to be sure, just for the thrill of exploration. But then Cassini’s magnetometer instrument noticed something odd …
NASA has selected proposals for the creation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research institutes that will focus on the development of technologies critical to extending human presence deeper into our solar system.
Cool Jobs: Probing Pluto
Source: Science News For Students
July 4, 2015, was supposed to be a routine day at the mission operations center for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. After a 9.5-year journey across the solar system, that craft was just 10 days away from …
Reconnaissance Payload Mounted Atop Atlas 5 For California Launch In Two Weeks
Source: Spaceflight Now
Rising from the ground and into the launch pad gantry, a clandestine U.S. national security payload was fitted atop its Atlas 5 booster rocket in California today for the ride into space on March 1.
NASA provider SpaceX is scheduled to launch its 10th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station no earlier than 10:01 a.m. EST Saturday, February 18. Live coverage of the launch will begin at 8:30 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
ULA Innovation: CisLunar-1000
Source: United Launch Alliance
United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno discusses CisLunar-1000 – a vision for a self sustained space economy that is achievable in 30 years.
How NASA Is Planning To Touch The Sun
Source: Popular Science
Our sun might not seem as enigmatic as more exotic, distant stars, but it’s still a marvelously mysterious miasma of incandescent plasma. And it’s certainly worthy of …
UN Strategy Lifts Capacity For Non-Spacefaring Countries
Source: Room: The Space Journal
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is pursuing a remit to ensure all of humankind can benefit from the use of space. Its latest initiative is a partnership with the space firm Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) …
SpaceX is gearing up to launch its 10th commercial cargo mission on Saturday morning (Feb. 18), ferrying supplies and an assortment of science investigations to the International Space Station …
Space Aggressors Jam AF, Allies’ Systems
Source: Air Force Space Command/926th Wing Public Affairs
The 26th Space Aggressor Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base is always gearing up for the next exercise in replicating enemy action against space-based and space-enabled systems. Teams of adversary subject matter experts regularly employ jamming techniques to train Air Force, joint and coalition personnel how to recognize, mitigate, counter and defeat threats.
Researchers have completed the first flights of a NASA-led field campaign that is targeting one of the biggest gaps in scientists’ understanding of Earth’s water resources: snow.
2017 Rocky Mountain BEST Competition Sign Up
Source: Rocky Mountain BEST
We are excited about having your middle or high school students participate at one of our fall 2017 BEST Robotics Competitions. We provide your student teams all the robot materials and there is no fee to participate in this 6 week competition kicking off in September.
SwRI Scientist Studies Geology Of Ceres To Understand Origin Of Organics
Source: Southwest Research Institute
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft recently detected organic-rich areas on Ceres. Scientists evaluated the geology of the regions to conclude that the organics are most likely native to the dwarf planet.
Preparing For The August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
Source: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse will cross the entire country, coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918. Weather permitting, the entire continent will have the opportunity to view an eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow on Earth’s surface.
Students Play Key Biomedical Research Role – In Space
Source: University of Colorado Boulder
Several students are playing significant roles in the upcoming launch of a SpaceX rocket carrying two CU Boulder payloads – one designed to help researchers better understand and perhaps outsmart dangerous infections like MRSA, another to help increase the proliferation of stem cells in space, a potential boon for biomedical therapy on Earth.
A Dust Devil On Hilly Terrain
There are many dust devils on Mars — little twisters that raise dust from the surface. They have also cleaned dust off of the solar panels of the rovers Opportunity and Spirit, improving the solar power production.
Two Ball Aerospace-Built Instruments Headed For Space Station
Source: Ball Aerospace
Two Ball Aerospace-built payloads will soon blast off toward the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. Scheduled for a February 18 launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the two Ball instruments will play critical roles in the International Space Station’s scientific and environmental observations and technical operations.
Trump Makes NASA Add Astronauts To Moon Mission, Could Save $10 Billion
Source: The Daily Caller
NASA intends to send astronauts to orbit the moon in 2018 at the apparent request of President Donald Trump, potentially saving taxpayers $10 billion dollars. Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s acting administrator, sent a letter to the space agency’s employees saying they should “explore the feasibility” …
Airbus Defence And Space Wins 200 Million Euros ESA Contract For Second Service Module For NASA’s Orion Crewed Space Capsule
Source: Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, has signed a new contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the construction of the second European service module (ESM) for NASA’s Orion spacecraft.
Watch Live: Announcement And Centennial Lecture By United Launch Alliance President
Source: UC Communications/UTEP Communications
President and CEO of United Launch Alliance (ULA) Salvatore T. “Tory” Bruno will make a special announcement at noon Thursday, February 16, 2017, followed by a Centennial Lecture at 1 p.m. The lecture will be preceded by a special announcement at noon. Both events will be streamed live.
Juno: Mission To Jupiter
Source: Fiske Planetarium
Join Dr. Fran Bagenal as we explore the largest planet in our solar system and its newest orbiting companion.
India Lofts A Record 104 Spacecraft On A Single Rocket
Source: Spaceflight Now
An Indian rocket deployed 104 spacecraft into orbit 300 miles above Earth on Tuesday, the largest flock pack of satellites ever launched on a single booster.
Researchers Pinpoint Watery Past On Mars
Source: Trinity College Dublin
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have discovered a patch of land in an ancient valley on Mars that appears to have been flooded by water in the not-too-distant past. In doing so, they have pinpointed a prime target to begin searching for past life forms on the Red Planet.
NOAA Awards Vencore With $113 Million Program To Support Space And Satellite Operations
Source: Via Satellite
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded Vencore with the Systems Engineering and Technical Services (SETS) contract valued at $113 million.
CU Boulder Brother-Sister Grads Forge New Partnership In Space
Source: Broomfield Enterprise
A brother-sister team of graduates from the University of Colorado are both making contributions to an upcoming SpaceX mission to the International Space Station — one as an artist, the other as a scientist.
CU Boulder-Built Payloads To Support Medical Research, Stem Cell Experiments In Space
Source: Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
Two University of Colorado Boulder-built payloads, including one designed to help researchers better understand and perhaps outsmart dangerous infections like MRSA, will launch on a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) on February 18.
Annual Conference Shows Girls A Path Into STEM Fields
Source: Colorado School of Mines
The Colorado School of Mines student section of the Society of Women Engineers welcomed nearly 200 students—the largest turnout to date—to its fifth annual Girls Lead the Way conference, which guides young women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
CSU Receives Gift Of Weather Radar System
Source: 9 News
In the middle of a farm field just east of Greeley, Colorado State University creates a strange combination in a strange building. “This place is formally called the CSU-CHILL National Radar Facility,” Steve Rutledge, scientific director, said. “High-level engineering research on weather radars.”
Engineers, Computer Scientists Team Up To Improve Particle Simulations For Aerospace, More
Source: University of Colorado Boulder
The flow and movement of individual solid particles — be it grains of lunar dust or the powdered contents of a medication — holds tremendous research value for scientists in a variety of fields. Now, a $3 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) will allow University of Colorado Boulder researchers to simulate particle behavior to a greater degree than ever before.
Student Team Set To Take ‘Game-Changing’ Solution To NASA Competition
Source: University of Colorado Boulder
Four CU Boulder juniors, all from Colorado, are headed to NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, Feb. 14 to propose a new in-orbit assembly design of a spacecraft that can deliver cargo from low-Earth orbit to lunar and Martian orbits.
The Element Of Surprise: Early Findings Raise More Questions In Space Radiation Research
Source: Colorado State University
“The discovery which comes as a puzzle and surprise usually marks a fresh epoch and opens a new chapter in science.” –Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge (1851-1940) The British physicist who pioneered the first clinical use of X-rays in England could have been speaking across the centuries to fellow radiation researchers Dr. Susan Bailey and graduate student Miles McKenna …
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, today announced the successful completion of in-orbit testing and handover of EchoStar XIX from Space Systems Loral (SSL), manufacturers of this next generation, Ka-band high-throughput satellite.
DigitalGlobe, Inc., the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced the launch of a new product, SecureWatch, optimized for International Defense and Intelligence customers. SecureWatch is a web-based subscription service that gives intelligence agencies and defense organizations access to DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading 7 billion sq. km. imagery library and millions of square kilometers of daily image collections.
SWF Participates At ISU Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program
Source: Secure World Foundation
Executive Director Michael Simpson and Space Law Advisor Chris Johnson participated in the International Space University’s five week Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Takes Closer Image Of Jupiter
Source: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
During Earth-Trojan asteroid search operations, the PolyCam imager aboard NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured this image of Jupiter (center) and three of its moons, Callisto (left), Io, and Ganymede.
A NASA technologist has teamed with the inventor of a new nanotechnology that could transform the way space scientists build spectrometers, the all-important device used by virtually all scientific disciplines to measure the properties of light emanating from astronomical objects, including Earth itself.
Launching soon, aboard the 10th SpaceX commercial resupply mission, will be a technology module called Raven, which will bring NASA one step closer to having a relative navigation capability. When affixed outside the International Space Station, Raven will test foundational technologies that will enable autonomous rendezvous in space …
A hit Hollywood film often leads to a sequel. Sometimes those movies do well, but rarely will they eclipse the original. Undaunted by those odds, NASA is set to reboot a successful study of Earth’s lightning from space — this time from the unique vantage point of the International Space Station (ISS).
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory: Year 7 Ultra HD (4k)
Source: NASA Goddard
The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has now captured nearly seven years worth of ultra-high resolution solar footage. This time lapse shows that full run from two of SDO’s instruments.
Like A Mini Solar System
Perhaps no planet in our solar system resembles a miniature solar system more than Saturn.
NASA is inviting the public to help search for possible undiscovered worlds in the outer reaches of our solar system and in neighboring interstellar space. A new website, called Backyard Worlds: Planet 9, lets everyone participate in the search by viewing brief movies made from images captured by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.
Egidio Landi Degl’Innocenti (1945–2017)
Source: High Altitude Observatory
On Sunday, February 12th, 2017, Prof. Egidio Landi Degl’Innocenti unexpectedly died of a heart attack in his home in Florence, Italy. Egidio had just returned from a scientific visit to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) in Spain …
NASA Astronauts At Survival School Highlights Capabilities, Needs
Source: Fairchild Air Force Base
Four NASA astronauts trained with U.S. Air Force Survival School instructors in water survival and recovery Feb. 10, at the base fitness center pool. The astronauts underwent the training in preparation for anticipated test flights of the new commercially made American rockets, the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and the SpaceX Dragon.
NASA is mulling over the idea of putting astronauts on the first flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) …
NASA To Study Launching Astronauts On First SLS Mission
NASA plans to study putting astronauts on the first launch of its Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket, a move that could introduce new delays and other complications into the vehicle’s development.
The Realm Of Daphnis
Daphnis, one of Saturn’s ring-embedded moons, is featured in this view, kicking up waves as it orbits within the Keeler gap. The mosaic combines several images …
Planetary Moons Formed By Giant Impacts Outside Our Solar System Could Be Detected By Kepler
Source: Planetary Science Institute
NASA’s Kepler observatory should be able to detect planetary moons – yet to be discovered – formed by far-away planetary collisions outside our Solar System, research by Amy Barr of the Planetary Science Institute shows.
Black-Hole-Powered Jets Forge Fuel For Star Formation
Source: National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered a surprising connection between a supermassive black hole and the galaxy where it resides.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Takes Its First Image Of Jupiter
This magnified, cropped image showing Jupiter and three of its moons was taken by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s MapCam instrument during optical navigation testing for the mission’s Earth-Trojan Asteroid Search.
DigitalGlobe, Inc., the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, and NTT DATA Corporation, a leading global IT services provider, today announced the start of an expanded partnership involving the use of elevation data in their respective products, effective immediately.
Spitzer Hears Stellar ‘Heartbeat’ From Planetary Companion
A planet and a star are having a tumultuous romance that can be detected from 370 light-years away. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has detected unusual pulsations in the outer shell of a star called HAT-P-2.
Solar-Stellar Connections will be a half-day workshop aiming to bring together solar and stellar researchers in the Boulder area to meet, share research, and forge collaborations.
Geoscience Australia, Lockheed Collaborate On Multi-GNSS SBAS Research
Source: GPS World
Geoscience Australia, an agency of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Lockheed Martin have entered into a collaborative research project to show how augmenting signals from multiple GNSS constellations can enhance positioning, navigation and timing for a range of applications.
Another Hubble Repair Mission Could Be On The Way
Source: Astronomy Magazine
Preliminary reports suggest the Trump administration may team up with Sierra Nevada to bring new life to an old telescope.
About 21 years ago, team members started building and testing the Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry, or SABER instrument. Back then, they dreamed of how great two years of data from an unexplored region of the upper atmosphere would be.
Ball Aerospace Awarded Spacecraft Operation Support
Source: Ball Aerospace
NASA has awarded a contract to Ball Aerospace for continued spacecraft operations support for the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite. The sole source contract has a maximum ordering period of five years beginning March 7, 2017.
The next Mars rover will be able to land near rugged terrain, giving scientists access to diverse landscapes. It will also cache core samples, a first step in the quest to return samples to Earth.
NASA Gives The Webb Telescope A Shakedown
Scientists and engineers had many challenges in designing the components of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and then had to custom design and build ways to test it. Because of the sheer size and scale of the assembled Webb telescope, some of the equipment typically used to test spacecraft simply doesn’t measure up.
Team Makes Planet Hunting A Group Effort, Finds More Than 100 Candidates
Source: Carnegie Institution for Science
An international team of astronomers released the largest-ever compilation of exoplanet-detecting observations made using a technique called the radial velocity method. They demonstrated how these observations can be used to hunt for planets by detecting more than 100 potential exoplanets …
Scientists Make Huge Dataset Of Nearby Stars Available To Public
Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Today, a team that includes MIT and is led by the Carnegie Institution for Science has released the largest collection of observations made with a technique called radial velocity, to be used for hunting exoplanets. The huge dataset, taken over two decades by the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, is now available to the public …
DigitalGlobe, Inc., the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced a partnership with Esri and Harris Corporation, which will enable Esri users to access DigitalGlobe’s 17-year, time-lapse library of high-resolution satellite imagery and the analytical and deep learning tools needed to unlock actionable insights from that imagery at scale.
Webb Telescope Structure Practice Move 7-14-16
Source: NASA Goddard Space
A short featurette about how engineers at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland practice moving a mock up version of the James Webb Space Telescope onto the vibration facility, before moving the actual telescope for sine vibration tests.
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals are critical tools for industries requiring exact precision and high confidence. Now, Geoscience Australia, an agency of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Lockheed Martin have entered into a collaborative research project to …
A Solar Cycle From Solar Dynamics Observatory
Source: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio
This visualization is a series of graphic components to present nearly a full sunspot cycle observed by Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Static Fire Sets Stage For Launch Of Cargo Mission
The SpaceX launch teams on Sunday conducted a static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket that is being prepared to send a cargo-laden Dragon spacecraft …
F For Fabulous
When seen up close, the F ring of Saturn resolves into multiple dusty strands. This Cassini view shows three bright strands and a very faint fourth strand off to the right.
The men and women of Lockheed Martin congratulate 35 of their colleagues who were recognized at the annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM Conference, held in Washington, D.C. on February 9-11.
The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) project has begun final testing on a new satellite that will replenish NASA’s Space Network. The spacecraft is scheduled to launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Aug. 3, 2017, on an Atlas V rocket.
A Journey To Jupiter, Without Leaving Earth
Source: SyFy Wire
I don’t mean to make this blog all Jupiter all the time, but c’mon. It’s Jupiter. The biggest planet in our solar system is truly …
A Valentine: From Cassini With Love
Saturn mission invites public to share artistic creations with #CassiniInspires. Although the motivation behind NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn was scientific, part of the planet’s allure has long been in its undeniable physical beauty.
Ancient Signals From The Early Universe
For the first time, theoretical physicists from the University of Basel have calculated the signal of specific gravitational wave sources that emerged fractions of a second after the Big Bang.
Sometimes good things come in very small packages. Just ask Dr. Luke Roberson, senior principal investigator for Flight Research within the Exploration Research and Technology Directorate at …
Participants in a landing site workshop for NASA’s upcoming Mars 2020 mission have recommended three locations on the Red Planet for further evaluation.