February 24 – March 1, 2020

Next-Gen Suborbital Space Research And Education Conference To Be Held In Broomfield March 2-4

The Next-generation Suborbital Researchers Conference will be held March 2-4, 2020, in Broomfield, Colorado. Image Credit: SwRI

February 27, 2020 – Since its debut in 2010, the Next-generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) has rapidly become the largest gathering of suborbital researchers and educators in the world, providing an invaluable forum for information, discussion, coordination and networking in this community. Read More


NOAA Finalizes Secondary Payload For JPSS-2

An artist’s rendering of the JPSS-2 satellite. Image Credit: NOAA

February 27, 2020 – When the second satellite in the Joint Polar Satellite System series launches to space in 2022, it will do so with a secondary NASA payload, an inflatable decelerator technology designed to one day land humans on Mars. Read More


NASA Selects New Instrument To Continue Key Climate Record

Earth’s outgoing longwave, or heat, radiation shown here as the average from 2000 to 2015 were measured by the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) instruments on NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites. Bright yellow and orange indicate high heat emission, purple and blue indicate intermediate emissions, and white shows little or no heat emission. Image Credit: NASA

February 27, 2020 – NASA has selected a new space-based instrument as an innovative and cost-effective approach to maintaining the 40-year data record of the balance between the solar radiation entering Earth’s atmosphere and the amount absorbed, reflected, and emitted. This radiation balance is a key factor in determining our climate: if Earth absorbs more heat than it emits, it warms up; if it emits more than it absorbs, it cools down. Read More


Final Test Of Orion Motor Critical To Astronaut Safety A Spectacular Success

Image Credit: NASA

February 27, 2020 – When NASA astronauts blast off for their voyage to the Moon on the Orion spacecraft during Artemis missions, they’ll have protection in the form of the launch abort system (LAS). The LAS is designed to carry crew to safety in the event of an emergency during launch or ascent atop the agency’s Space Launch System rocket. Read More


SwRI Delivers Ultraviolet Instrument For ESA’s Jupiter Mission

Southwest Research Institute’s Norm Pelletier prepares the Ultraviolet Spectrograph (UVS) for delivery and integration onto the European Space Agency’s JUICE spacecraft. As part of a 10-instrument payload to study Jupiter and its large moons, UVS will measure ultraviolet spectra that scientists will use to study the composition and structure of the atmospheres of these bodies and how they interact with Jupiter’s massive magnetosphere. Image Credit: Southwest Research Institute

February 27, 2020 – An ultraviolet spectrograph (UVS) designed and built by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is the first scientific instrument to be delivered for integration onto the European Space Agency’s Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE) spacecraft. Scheduled to launch in 2022 and arrive at Jupiter in 2030, JUICE will spend at least three years making detailed observations in the Jovian system before going into orbit around the solar system’s largest moon, Ganymede. Read More


More News

A Massive Star’s Dying Breaths
Source: The UCSB Current


Freeman J. Dyson (1923-2020), Scientist And Writer, Who Dreamt Among The Stars, Dies At 96
Source: Institute for Advanced Study


NASA Awards Launch Services Contract For The Psyche Mission
Source: NASA


Space Foundation Statement On COVID-19/Coronavirus And The 36th Space Symposium
Source: Space Foundation


Relativity To Move Headquarters To Long Beach
Source: SpaceNews


China To Complete Its Answer To GPS With Beidou Navigation Satellite Launches In March, May
Source: SpaceNews


Boeing Provides Update, Path Forward For Starliner
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


An Iron-Clad Asteroid
Source: Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena


NASA Goddard Team Selected To Design Concept For Venus Probe
Source: NASA


CU Boulder Team Advances In NASA Tech Competition
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Lockheed To Obtain Vector Satellite Assets
Source: SpaceNews


FAA Environmental Assessment Details SpaceX Plans At Cape Canaveral
Source: NASASpaceFlight.com


Air Force Academy 2020 Graduates Will Join U.S. Space Force
Source: SpaceNews


$130 Million Space Mission To Monitor Earth’s Energy Budget
Source: CU Boulder Today


SGAC Announces Winner Of University Of Colorado Boulder SGFF Scholarship 2020
Source: Space Generation Advisory Council


Northrop Grumman Successfully Completes Second Stage Test For OmegA Rocket
Source: Parabolic Arc


Capella Space Expands Leadership Team As It Ramps To Deliver Timely And Reliable Earth Observation Data
Source: Capella Space


New Patented Invention Stabilizes, Rotates Satellites
Source: University of Illinois College of Engineering


Digging Into The Far Side Of The Moon: Chang’E-4 Probes 40 Meters Into Lunar Surface
Source: Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters


Astronaut Aboard International Space Station Swears In Colorado Army Recruits
Source: FOX31 Denver


CU Boulder Astrophysicists Gain Top Honors From Peers
Source: University of Colorado Boulder


Northrop Grumman Successfully Completes Historic First Docking Of Mission Extension Vehicle With Intelsat 901 Satellite
Source: Northrop Grumman


NASA Selects Proposals For Student Aeronautics, Space Projects
Source: NASA


Record-Breaking Explosion By Black Hole Spotted
Source: Chandra X-Ray Observatory


NASA Wants Your Help Designing A Venus Rover Concept
Source: NASA/JPL


NASA Administrator Statement On Passing Of Katherine Johnson
Source: NASA


New Warren Washington Medal To Be Awarded By AMS
Source: NCAR/UCAR


Scientists Demonstrate That Cloud Seeding Can Generate Snowfall
Source: NCAR/UCAR


U.S. Will Not Let China, Russia Deny Its Space Superiority, DOD Officials Say
Source: U.S. Department of Defense


Gemini Telescope Images “Minimoon” Orbiting Earth — In Color!
Source: NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory


NASA’s Mars InSight Lander To Push On Top Of The ‘Mole’
Source: NASA/JPL


Lander Offers New InSights On Martian Magnetic Field
Source: Planetary Science Institute


A Year Of Surprising Science From NASA’s InSight Mars Mission
Source: NASA/JPL


InSight Detects Gravity Waves, Low Rumbles And Devilish Dust
Source: Cornell Chronicle


CU Researchers To Explore 3D Printing In Reduced Gravity With NASA Grant
Source: Colorado State University


NASA Astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle To Headline Women In Science Symposium March 3
Source: Colorado State University


Beyond The Brim, Sombrero Galaxy’s Halo Suggests A Turbulent Past
Source: NASA


Hubble Team Wins The 2020 Michael Collins Trophy
Source: NASA


Sub-Neptune Sized Planet Validated With The Habitable-Zone Planet Finder
Source: Eberly College of Science