February 18 – February 24, 2019

Tanks For Orion Flight Model No. 2 Delivered

Image Credit: ArianeGroup/Airbus

February 21, 2019 – The first European Service Module for the Orion spaceship is still being intensively tested by NASA at the Kennedy Space Center, but work on the second flight model is in full swing. ArianeGroup in Bremen has already delivered the first two of a total of four tanks for the second Orion model. On this mission, astronauts will for the first time travel to the moon and back on board Orion. Read More


New Policy Needed To Advance Space Resources Industry

Image credit: NASA/JPL/USGS

February 21, 2019 – Space mining – the extraction and use of resources from the moon, asteroids and more – once sat firmly in the realm of science fiction. Read More


Annika Rollock Wins Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship

Image Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

February 21, 2019 – Aerospace engineering PhD student Annika Rollock is one of 25 individuals nationwide selected for the 2019 Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program. Read More


ULA Wins Competitive Contract Award To Launch Three National Security Space Missions

February 21, 2019 – The United States Air Force announced this week that United Launch Alliance (ULA) was awarded a firm, fixed-price contract to launch three missions on the company’s Atlas V rocket. This contract resulted from a competitive award under the Air Force’s Phase 1A procurement strategy. Read More


Hubble Helps Uncover Origin Of Neptune’s Smallest Moon

This artist’s impression shows the outermost planet of the Solar System, Neptune, and its small moon Hippocamp. Hippocamp was discovered in images taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA, L. Calçada

February 21, 2019 – Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, along with older data from the Voyager 2 probe, have revealed more about the origin of Neptune’s smallest moon. The moon, which was discovered in 2013 and has now received the official name Hippocamp, is believed to be a fragment of its larger neighbour Proteus. Read More


Mock Countdown For Atlas V/CST-100 Starliner

Image Credit: United Launch Alliance (ULA)

February 21, 2019 – The joint team that will launch the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner on its Orbital Test Flight conducted a successful Integrated Crew Exercise (ICE) on February 12. Read More


Boulder Ballet: New Horizons

February 21, 2019 – Boulder Ballet is celebrating the landmark achievements of NASA’s New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission. They’ve taken the beauty and mystery of space, the courage of exploration, the fragility and strength of humanity and created an evening of ballet that will take the audience on a journey of time and space. Read More


‘Artists Inspire Astronauts’ Contest

Image Credit: NASA

February 21, 2019 – NASA is holding an art contest to fill the hallowed halls of the Astronaut Crew Quarters at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This iconic hallway is where past Apollo and space shuttle astronauts took some of their last steps on Earth before heading to the Moon and the International Space Station. Read More


Solar Tadpole-Like Jets Seen With NASA’s IRIS Add New Clue To Age-Old Mystery

The tadpole-shaped pseudo-shocks, shown in dashed white box, are ejected from highly magnetized regions on the solar surface. Image Credit: Abhishek Srivastava IIT (BHU)/Joy Ng, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

February 19, 2019 – Scientists have discovered tadpole-shaped jets coming out of regions with intense magnetic fields on the Sun. Unlike those living on Earth, these “tadpoles” — formally called pseudo-shocks — are made entirely of plasma, the electrically conducting material made of charged particles that account for an estimated 99 percent of the observable universe. The discovery adds a new clue to one of the longest-standing mysteries in astrophysics. Read More


InSight Is The Newest Mars Weather Service

This artist’s concept shows NASA’s InSight lander with its instruments deployed on the Martian surface. Several of the sensors used for studying Martian weather are visible on its deck, including the inlet for an air pressure sensor and the east- and west-facing weather sensor booms. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

February 19, 2019 – No matter how cold your winter has been, it’s probably not as chilly as Mars. Check for yourself: Starting today, the public can get a daily weather report from NASA’s InSight lander. Read More


NIST ‘Astrocomb’ Opens New Horizons For Planet-Hunting Telescope

NIST Physicist Scott Diddams views the NIST frequency comb designed to ensure the precision of starlight analysis at the Hobby-Eberly Telescope in Texas. Image Credit: NIST

The hunt for Earth-like planets, and perhaps extraterrestrial life, just got more precise, thanks to record-setting starlight measurements made possible by a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) “astrocomb.” Read More


Curtiss-Wright Preparing For Moon And Mars Missions

February 19, 2019 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a supplier of rugged data acquisition systems for aerospace applications, is helping to usher in the next generation of American space travel and preparing to launch NASA astronauts on missions to deep space through the world’s only exploration-class space systems: NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, Orion spacecraft, and the Exploration Ground Systems that launch these vehicles. Read More


More News

Students Create ‘Out Of This World’ Recipes For NASA
CBS Denver


NASA Selects Experiments For Possible Lunar Flights In 2019
Source: NASA


Help Name Five Newly Discovered Moons Of Jupiter!
Source: Carnegie Institution for Science


NASA Finds Moon Could Be A Chemical Factory For Water
Source: NASA


Earth’s Atmosphere Stretches Out To The Moon — And Beyond
Source: ESA


First Private Moon Lander Heralds New Lunar Space Race
Source: Nature


(Re)solving The Jet/Cocoon Riddle Of A Gravitational Wave Event
Source: Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy


Shalom, Moon: Israeli Non-Profit SpaceIL Plans To Launch A Moon Lander In February
Source: SYFY Wire


In Colliding Galaxies, A Pipsqueak Shines Bright
Source: NASA/JPL


Trump Signs Directive To Establish New Space Force As Part Of Air Force
Source: WashingtonExec


Humans In Space Youth Art Competition
Source: SciArt Exchange


Solar Wind Fills Research Sails At Space Weather Center
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Citizen Scientists Invited To Join Quest For New Worlds
Source: National Optical Astronomy Observatory


NASA Set To Demonstrate X-Ray Communications In Space
Source: NASA


Technology Developed In Brazil Will Be Part Of The International Space Station
Source: Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo


LOFAR Radio Telescope Reveals Secrets Of Solar Storms
Source: University of Helsinki


Northwestern Study Of Analog Crews In Isolation Reveals Weak Spots For Mission To Mars
Northwestern University


Rosetta’s Comet Sculpted By Stress
Source: ESA


Trump Signs Directive To Organize The Space Force Under The Air Force
Source: Defense News


Insights From MU69’s (Lack Of) Craters
Source: AAS Nova


Citizen Scientist Finds Ancient White Dwarf Star With Puzzling Rings
Source: NASA


Trump To Sign Space Force Directive
Source: CNN


Confirming A Source Of The Process Behind Auroras And The Formation Of Stars
Source: DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory


Collins Aerospace To Host More Than 1,000 Female Students Globally For ‘Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day’
Source: Collins Aerospace


First Evidence Discovered Of A Gigantic Remnant Around An Exploding Star
Source: San Diego State University


New Sky Map Detects Hundreds Of Thousands Of Unknown Galaxies
Source: ASTRON Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy


CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta To Keynote 8th Annual International Space Station Research And Development Conference
Source: ISS U.S. National Laboratory


Weather On Mars: Chilly With A Chance Of ‘Dust Devils’
Source: Cornell University


NASA Tests Urban Drone Traffic Management In Nevada, Texas
Source: NASA


Interactive Space Simulation For Nanosatellites
Source: ESA


Boeing Reaches Milestone Of Firsts With Forward Join Of NASA’s Inaugural SLS Core Stage
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


LeoStella Looks For More Customers As It Opens Satellite Factory
Source: SpaceNews


Air Force Smallsat To Fly On Upcoming Falcon 9 Launch
Source: SpaceNews


Final Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Bill Secures $21.5 Billion For NASA
Source: SpaceNews


Podcast: Orbiting The Tiny Asteroid Bennu With OSIRIS-REx
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Dates, Location & Theme For 22nd Annual International Mars Society Convention
Source: The Mars Society