January 19, 2018

Exploring Europa – Raytheon Tech To Help NASA Examine Jupiter’s Moon

Europa. Raytheon sensor technology will detect any heat signatures in the vast ocean NASA scientists suspect lies beneath its frozen surface. Image Credit: NASA

January 19, 2018 – Jupiter’s moon, Europa, may look like a desolate snow cone. But NASA and Arizona State University scientists believe a closer look at its icy surface could reveal a life-friendly habitat exists beyond planet Earth. Read More

Exploration Mission-1 Identifier

NASA’s Exploration Mission-1 patch. Image Credit: NASA

January 19, 2018 – The Exploration Mission-1 artwork showcases the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft and lifting off from Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The triangular shape represents the three main programs that comprise NASA’s Deep Space Exploration Systems: Orion, SLS, and Exploration Ground Systems, and is a classic shape for NASA mission emblems dating back to the shuttle era. Read More

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Two Innovative Space Command Ideas Are In Air Force Competition
Source: Air Force Space Command

Air Force Space Command recently nominated two innovative ideas for the Air Force’s Spark Tank competition. The Spark Tank competition calls for Airmen to pitch their innovative ideas to the Air Force’s senior leaders through their major command and culminates in a showcase of those ideas in Orlando, Fla. at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium Feb. 21-23, 2018.

Keeping Cool While Staying Warm
Source: ESA

In a series of blog posts based on images taken at Thales Alenia Space building facility in Turin, Italy, we will now have a look at the radiators in Orion’s European Service Module that provides astronauts with all essentials such as air, power, propulsion and water.

GOLD Launch Party
Source: LASP

Join us at LASP, where the GOLD instrument was designed and built, as we celebrate the launch of the Ariane 5 rocket and the SES 14 satellite that will carry GOLD onboard for its science mission. Prior to launch, we’ll hear from mission scientists and engineers, who will provide commentary and background information about the mission. We’ll stream the NASA TV feed and witness the exciting moment of liftoff; the launch window closes at 4:05 p.m. MST on January 25.

Video: JPSS – The Joint Polar Satellite System Overview
Source: NOAA

The Joint Polar Satellite System is the nation’s next generation of polar-orbiting environmental satellites. JPSS satellites circle the Earth from pole-to-pole and cross the equator 14 times daily in the afternoon orbit, providing full global coverage twice per day. Polar satellite data is considered the backbone of the weather forecast and NOAA’s National Weather Service uses JPSS data as a critical input for numerical forecast models, providing the basis for essential, mid-range (3- to 7-day) forecasts.

Canadarm2 Gets A Grip On Wear And Tear
Source: Canadian Space Agency

Canadarm2 will be getting a new “hand” during a spacewalk scheduled for January 23, 2018. NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle will exchange the Latching End Effector (LEE) for a new one stored on the International Space Station (ISS). On January 29, Vande Hei will be joined for a second spacewalk by JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai. They will attach the original LEE to the Mobile Base System.

Hubble’s Cartwheel
Source: NASA

An image of the Cartwheel Galaxy taken with the NASA/ESA (European Space Agency) Hubble Space Telescope. The object was first spotted on wide-field images from the U.K. Schmidt telescope and then studied in detail using the Anglo-Australian Telescope.

Axelrad Aims For The Stars
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Penina Axelrad is, at heart, a problem-solver. Her drive to discover creative, elegant solutions has been the hallmark of her career, from earning her Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1991 from Stanford, to joining the faculty of University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences in 1992, through her accomplished leadership as its chair from 2012-17.